Polls closed; primary voters decide who runs in November

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Minnesotans took to the polls Tuesday for the state’s primary election, where voters were choosing which candidates will represent their political party for governor, U.S. Senate and state auditor in the Nov. 4 general election.

As expected, turnout at most polling places was low. Only 200,000-300,000 people were expected to cast votes.

Elections officials in Minneapolis put in place unprecedented security precautions for Tuesday's primary at several polling places due to a tense Minneapolis House race. Officials posted sergeants-at-arms to maintain order and make sure voters weren't intimidated or interrupted while casting their ballots.

The Pioneer Press says not only will Tuesday's primary decide which candidates will represent their party in the November election, but it will also test the value of the Republican party's endorsement. The newspaper says if the GOP-backed candidate for governor, Jeff Johnson, wins, "the party's stock will rise." But if he loses, the value of having the party's backing "will continue to erode."

Key election dates

  • Aug. 12: Primary election. Absentee ballots for the primary election are due.
  • Sept. 12: Absentee ballots are available for the Nov. 4 general election. For the first time this year, Minnesotans don’t need to provide an excuse. Voters can request an absentee ballot here.
  • Oct. 14: Pre-registration deadline for the Nov. 4 general election. Voters who miss the deadline can still register at their polling place on the day of the election, but may face long lines.
  • Nov. 4: General election

The Minnesota Secretary of State is calling this year a significant election year because Minnesotans will decide a U.S. Senate seat, all of Minnesota’s eight U.S. House seats, every state House seat, as well as governor and other state offices.

Many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders are also on the ballot.

Next Up

covid-19, coronavirus

CDC says COVID-19 quarantine period can be cut to 10 or 7 days

You can come out of a 7-day quarantine following exposure provided you've had a negative test.

maple grove fire

1 person found dead inside Maple Grove business that burned down

A person had been unaccounted following the fire that destroyed Hanson Implement and Storage Tuesday night.

One-dollar bill, cash, money

Appeals court rules MN high school students can get unemployment benefits

They've been denied the benefits, and some were even asked to pay them back.

covid-19, coronavirus

Dec. 2 COVID-19 update: 77 more deaths in Minnesota

The death toll is closing in on 3,700 in Minnesota.

City Pages

Fan creates City Pages archive, Star Tribune tells him to remove it

After word spread that the defunct newspaper's website would go down, a fan created his own copy. Then he got a cease and desist letter.

Adam Thielen

Vikings activate Adam Thielen off COVID-19/reserve list

The star receiver missed last week's victory over Carolina.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 10.27.14 AM

Naked man shot by St. Paul cop is charged for sexual assault of ex-girlfriend

The 31-year-old suspect remains at Regions Hospital after being shot.

Lindsay Whalen

Whalen's Gophers start season with only 7 players available

Whalen isn't happy that a transfer wasn't granted immediate eligibility to play.

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.21.08 AM

Baby steals the show in Minnesota family's viral TikTok video

Definitely busting out that wobbly baby move at the next party...

George Floyd protest

Activist groups release 'The People's Budget,' call for $53M Minneapolis police cuts

The People's Budget, spearheaded by Black Visions Collective and Reclaim the Block, would cut more than $53 million from MPD's budget.

Related