Presidential Primary, March 3, 2020
Minnesota is trying something new this year and is holding a presidential primary on March 3, 2020. Party-specific ballots are required by state law and will be used at the Presidential Primary. Voters will be required to declare a party affiliation and will be presented with a ballot from the party of their choice. Election judges will determine which ballot to give to a voter based on which party the voter declares when they are checking in to vote. If you refuses to select a party, state law does not permit an election judge to give you a ballot.
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and the Republican Party have submitted candidates for the ballot. The two other major parties, the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and the Legal Marijuana Now Party, will not be participating.
You may ask - "How party choice data is used?"
A voter’s choice of party ballot is recorded by the election judges 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.
There are not currently restrictions placed on how the political party chairs can use or share the voter data. Some local officials have expressed concerns about their party affiliation becoming public when most local offices are considered nonpartisan.
There is not a way for a voter to opt out of the party designation and still vote in this election. Ballots will continue to be tabulated anonymously. How individuals vote on the ballot will not be tracked.