On Tuesday, March 3, Minnesota will be holding its Presidential Nomina≠tion Primary Election, and will only be for voting on this year's presidential candidates. This election was authorized by the State legislature in 2016.

For this election, there will be two separate ballots and voters will be asked to select the major political party they wish to vote on. Minnesota's election will be administered similar to most other states, with specific differences that voters can anticipate before they arrive at the polls.

On Tuesday, March 3, Minnesota will be holding its Presidential Nomina­tion Primary Election, and will only be for voting on this year’s presidential candidates. This election was authorized by the State legislature in 2016.

For this election, there will be two separate ballots and voters will be asked to select the major political party they wish to vote on. Minnesota’s election will be administered similar to most other states, with specific differences that voters can anticipate before they arrive at the polls.

“The biggest difference for this election is that voters will be asked to select a political party when they check-in at the voter roster,” explained Michelle May, Chippewa County Auditor/Treasurer. “Based on their choice, they will receive a ballot with only candidates for the political party of their choosing. If they don’t select a party, they will not be allowed to vote. When they check-in, they have to sign a voter receipt, which has the voter oath and some additional language stating they are in general agreement with the principles of the party whose candidate they intend to vote for.”

After the election, the Secretary of State will be providing a list of voter names and major party ballot choice to the major political parties.

“Voter information is private data and is the county’s primary priority. However, the statute was written to allow access to some of that information by the political parties for political and election purposes only. These rules for the election are governed by MN Statute and are not a decision to be made at the local level,” said May.

The Presidential Nomination Primary will be held at the following locations on March 3: The City of Clara City City Hall, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; The City of Granite Falls W-2 at Granite Falls City Hall, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Granite Falls Township P-1 at Granite Falls City Hall, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; The City of Maynard at the Maynard Community Center, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; The City of Montevideo P-1 and P-2 at the TACC, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Rosewood Township at Rosewood Town Hall, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sparta Township at the Courthouse Township Room, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; The City of Watson at the Watson Community Center, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.