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Snowbird Early Absentee Voting for March 3 Presidential Primary

Post Date:11/12/2019 8:17 AM

Next year is a big election year. An elections communications partnership has been established between Olmsted County and the City of Rochester – with a shared “Your Vote” icon – to ensure all residents in our community have the information and resources needed for the following major election events:

  • March 3, 2020: Presidential Nomination Primary
  • August 11, 2020: State and Local Primary
  • November 3, 2020: General Election

Presidential Nomination Primary

Legislation was passed in 2016 which established a presidential nomination primary for Minnesota starting in 2020. This means instead of using the caucus system to identify preferred presidential candidates for the state’s four major parties, Minnesota will now conduct a primary administered by election officials on behalf of the parties to help select each party’s preferred candidate for the November General Election. Each party is responsible for deciding which candidates will appear on their primary ballot.

For 2020, the Minnesota Presidential Nomination Primary will be held March 3, which is “Super Tuesday,” the day when the largest number of states and territories around the country will be holding either primaries or caucuses. Early absentee voting for this primary begins January 17, 2020, both by mail and in person.

Snowbird early absentee voting

If you are a snowbird who leaves Minnesota for the winter, you can still vote in the presidential primary on March 3, 2020. Simply visit to get the information you need:

  1. Visit
  2. Click “Other Ways to Vote”
  3. Select “Vote Early by Mail”

You can also call Olmsted County Elections at 507-328-7650 to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. You do not need to be pre-registered to vote to apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to your winter address.

Selecting your political party affiliation

All voters in the presidential nomination primary, including early absentee voters, will request the ballot for their political party of choice. Which party you choose will not be public information, though it will be available to each major party. Voters must select a party, or they will be unable to vote in the presidential primary. 

Election judges needed

If you are looking for a way to get more involved in the political process, consider becoming an election judge! Election judges are always needed to help serve voters during election events. Individuals in these roles fulfill duties such as opening and closing the polls on Election Day, aiding voters needing help, ensuring only qualified voters are permitted to vote and certifying precinct election results. Sometimes election judges are also hired to process absentee ballots with the Absentee Ballot Board. 

Election judges are appointed by their cities, townships and school districts, and are paid for their work. The pay rate is set by cities, townships and school districts.

If you are interested in becoming an election judge, complete an online application today!

More information

For the latest election updates and further details about voting in Olmsted County and the City of Rochester, Minnesota, visit the following sites and type “Elections” in the search bar: