*Presidential Nomination Primary: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Minnesota State Primary: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
State General/City Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
*This will be the first year of a binding Presidential Nomination Primary. Per Minnesota State Statute 207A.12, 'The voter must request the ballot of the party for whose candidate the individual wishes to vote' and ' the election judge must record in the polling place roster the name of the political party whose ballot the voter requested'. 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. Precinct caucuses will be held on February 25, 2020.
Presidential Nomination Primary Sample Ballots
(listed in alphabetical order)
Important Dates for the Presidential Nomination Primary
January 17, 2020: Absentee Voting Begins (See 'Absentee and Early Voting' tab below)
February 18, 2020: Public Accuracy Testing at 9:00 a.m.
February 25, 2020: Early Voting Begins (See 'Absentee and Early Voting' tab below)
February 29, 2020: City Hall Open for Voting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
March 2, 2020: City Hall Open Until 5:00 p.m
March 3, 2020: Election Day; Voting Locations
The Absentee Ballot Board is scheduled to meet February 29th, March 2nd and March 3 and as needed between January 17th and March 3rd.
Facts about the Presidential Nomination Primary (PNP)
- The PNP will be held on March 3, 2020
- 1992 was the last time in Minnesota a PNP was held
- In 2016, the Minnesota State Legislature passed a law establishing a PNP
- Only major political parties will participate in the PNP
- The four major political parties are (in alphabetical order):
- Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
- Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party
- Legal Marijuana Now Party
- Republican Party
- There will only be presidential candidates on the ballots
- Each political party chair has until December 31, 2019 to submit a list of candidates
- It is possible that a major political party may not submit a list of candidates; thus, that party will not have a ballot during the PNP*
- This means that there potentially could be FOUR separate ballots
- December 30, 2019: The Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and the Legal Marijuana Now Party have decided not to submit a list of candidates for the PNP election. This means that these two parties will not have ballots for the PNP election.
- Changes cannot be made to a ballot if a candidate drops out after the December 31, 2019 deadline
- Any votes for that candidate will not be counted
- Voters will need to declare their party in order to receive a ballot
- The voter's name and party selection will be made available for the major political parties but not who the voter voted for
- Results from the PNP will determine Minnesota's delegates for each major party
- Caucuses will still take place for other party business
- Absentee voting for the PNP will start January 17, 2019
Watch Lee talk about the PNP on the City Minute.
Election judges are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place and help guarantee voter's rights are protected. Plus, it's a great way to learn about the election process, be active in the community, meet new people, learn new skills and get paid!
Who can apply
Anyone who is eligible to vote in Minnesota. That means you have to be at least 18 years old and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days by the time of the election. An election judge candidate must by a resident of the United States and able to read, write and speak English. Students 16 and 17 years-old can be election judge .
Relatives cannot serve together in the same precinct at the same time. A relative is defined as a spouse, parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, sibling, or stepsibling. In addition, relatives of a candidate, and anyone who temporarily or permanently lives in the same house as a candidate, cannot serve in the precinct where the candidate is on the ballot.
Candidates cannot serve in a precinct where they are on the ballot.
High school students can be election judges too!
Students either 16 or 17 years old can work as election judges.
Student election judges receive the same training and pay as other election judges. They also perform many of the same election tasks. Student election judges can not work past 10:00 p.m. and cannot perform duties that require two people of different parties.
To qualify, you must be 16 or 17 on or before Election Day, be a U.S. citizen in good academic standing at a Minnesota high school (or home schooled), and get permission for your parents and your school.
All election judges are required to attend a two hour training and a one hour training specifically for the President Primary Election. Head/co-head election judges are required to take an additional one hour training. And of course you will be paid for all time spent training.
Election judge duties include:
- Open and close the polls (judges may work in shifts from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm or later)
- Take responsibility for all election materials
- Ensure qualified voters are permitted to vote only once
- Distribute ballots
- Help voters requiring assistance
- Maintain order in the voting place throughout the day
- Register new voters at the polling site
- Process absentee ballots
- Obtain the results after the polls are closed
- Certify the precinct election results
If you are interested in becoming an election judge, please fill out an election judge application and either email it to Erica Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or return it to City Hall. Feel free to either email or call Erica Henderson, (651) 480-2343, with any questions.
Don't want to wait in line to vote on Election Day? Or you will be out of town? There are other ways you still can vote.
Vote Early by Mail or Vote Early in Person
No longer do you need an excuse to vote absentee! The absentee ballot period begins 46 days before Election Day. Your ballot can be mailed to you or you can pick it up in person.
***If you want to vote absentee for the Presidential Nomination Primary on March 3, a specific absentee application needs to be filled out. There are two ways you can do this: either online or fill out and print a paper application and return it to Hastings City Hall.***
Also, starting seven days before Election Day, you can come to City Hall, get your ballot, vote and put it in the ballot counter. Also during these seven days and in special situations, you may have someone else pick up and return an absentee ballot for you. This is called 'agent delivery'.
City Hall is also open the Saturday before Election Day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Check the status of your absentee ballot.
Video by MN Secretary of State
The State of Minnesota recognizes four major political parties. A 'major party' is defined in Minnesota Statutes 200.02 subd. 7.
255 E Plato Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55107
Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party
2114 E 35th St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Legal Marijuana Now Party
1717 Tyler St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Republican Party of Minnesota
2200 E Franklin Ave, Suite 201
Minneapolis, MN 55404
There are three minor political parties in Minnesota. A 'minor party' is defined in Minnesota Statutes 200.02 subd. 23.
Green Party of Minnesota
4200 Cedar Ave S, Suite 8
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Independence Party of Minnesota
P.O. Box 40495
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Libertarian Party of Minnesota
1710 Douglas Drive N, Ste 225U
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Political Party Recognition Petitions
Major Political Party Recognition Petition (print on 8.5" x 14" (legal size) paper)
Minor Political Party Recognition Petition (print on 8.5" x 14" (legal size) paper)
Caucuses are meetings run by state political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates and set goals and priorities.
Caucuses will be held on February 25, 2020; the week before the Presidential Nomination Primary.
Campaign Signage Regulations
The City of Hastings has an ordinance regulating signs. However, 46 days before the Primary Election and 10 days after the General Election, the sign ordinance is not in affect. The Presidential Nomination Primary is not included; thus, the sign ordinance is in affect. To learn more about campaign sign regulations, check out Minnesota State Statute 211B.045.
- MnDOT's Letter to Candidates
- MnDOT's Information On Signs in Right of Way
- Dakota County's Fair Campaign Practices
Expiration of terms:
- Mayor – 2022
- Ward 1 – 2020
- Ward 2 – 2020
- Ward 3 – 2020
- Ward 4 – 2020
- At Large (x2) – 2022
Interested in becoming a candidate? Fill out the forms below and submit to City Hall. There is a $5.00 fee to file the paperwork.