Presidential primary absentee voting began Jan. 17

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Absentee voting began Jan. 17, for the March 3 Presidential Nomination Primary. Voting in the Presidential Nomination Primary will be different from a statewide primary election with the following differences:

• The Democratic-Farmer-Labor  and Republican parties are the only major political parties that will participate in the Presidential Nomination Primary. Donald Trump and the Republican Party have decided only Trump’s name will appear on the Republican ballot.

• Each party will have a separate ballot.

• Only presidential candidates will be on the ballot.

• A voter’s choice of party ballot and how a voter voted is private data. 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

Stearns County has two locations for in-person absentee voting for the full 46 days before the election at the following locations:

Stearns County
Administration Center

Auditor Office, Room 148

705 Courthouse Square

Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Stearns County Service

License Center West

3301 CR 138

Waite Park

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Voters can also apply for an absentee ballot online at and a ballot will be mailed to them. Absentee ballot requests may also be done by mail. Contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office at 320-656-3920 or email and an application will be sent.

The political parties will conduct precinct caucuses on Feb. 25 to address other party business including nominations for other offices and issues.

There will be a primary election on Aug. 11 to decide other contested races. The general election is Nov. 3.

Author: Mike Knaak

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