Presidential Nomination Primary Election – March 3rd

On Tuesday, March 3rd, registered voters will be able to cast their ballots in the presidential nomination primary election, which is a change from our previous straw poll precinct caucus system. The political party precinct caucuses will still be happening on February 25th to discuss party issues, offer resolutions, and elect delegates, but the actual presidential nomination will happen during an official government run election on March 3rd. The presidential nomination primary will allow registered voters to vote on election day at their regular polling place or cast an absentee ballot starting on January 17, 2020.

Registered voters will be required to choose a party and can only vote for a presidential candidate on the party ballot of their choice. A voter’s choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data; however, a list of who voted in a presidential nomination primary and the political party each voter selected will be provided to the chair of each major political party. How a voter voted on the ballot will be secret.

For more information on absentee voting, polling place locations, voter registration, etc. visit the election page at: 

FAQ’s regarding the Presidential Nomination Primary Election

Candidates on Ballots—The Republican Party has submitted a list of 1 candidate and write-in option. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has submitted a list of 15 candidates and an “Uncommitted” option. Click the links below to view your sample ballot:

Sample Ballot – Precinct 1A – Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

Sample Ballot – Precinct 1A Republican Party

Sample Ballot – Precinct 1B Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party

Sample Ballot – Precinct 1B Republican Party

Presidential Nomination Primary – Certification of Candidates for the March 3, 2020 Election

Candidates Dropping Out—Major political parties participating in the Presidential Nomination Primary were required to provide a list of candidates by December 31, 2019. Any candidate that drops out between December 31, 2019 and the March 3, 2020 Election Day will remain on the ballot. Voters should contact their party directly for questions on which candidates have dropped out. Election judges will NOT be able to help voters identify candidates still in the running, so please come to the polls prepared.

Uncommitted Option on Ballot—The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has requested that an “Uncommitted” option be placed on the ballot. If a voter chooses “Uncommitted”, they are voting to have delegates sent to their party’s national nominating convention without being “bound” to support a specific candidate.

Write-in Option—The Republican Party has requested a write-in option, and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party has not. If a party chooses to include a write-in option, their party chair must submit the names of write-in candidates to be counted on their ballot no later than 7 days before the date of the primary. For this upcoming Presidential Nomination Primary, the deadline for write-in candidates is February 25, 2020.

For more information, contact Assistant City Administrator Jodi Gallup at or call 763-473-8850.