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Switching to a presidential primary means you'd have to pick your party

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Minnesota's another step closer to switching its election process and having presidential primaries.

Currently, the state has a caucus-only system. The Senate voted Thursday in favor of having a primary instead.

This comes after complaints regarding long lines and confusion during the 2016 caucuses.

Gov. Mark Dayton called for the change in March, saying it would help voters by giving people more time to cast their ballot.

So instead of having just a few hours in the evening to go and vote, people would be able to stop by throughout the day.

What does this mean?

Basically, the biggest and most controversial change would be that voters would need to register as a Democrat or Republican, etc.

According to KARE 11, when a person goes in to vote, they'll be asked which party's ballot they'd like. That information would be recorded, stored, and made public upon request, according to the bill.

That can be a point of contention for those who don't like to identify as either party.

Other than that, voting would look a lot more like it does for presidential elections.

Under the proposed hybrid policy, people could still gather at caucuses for the sake of discussing policies with others who support the same candidate.

But when it comes down to voting, people would be able to cast their ballot and leave.

The secretary of state's office says the simplicity means twice as many people would turn out for a 2020 primary, the Pioneer Press reports.

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