Mail-only ballots discussed for presidential primary

Published 8:11 am Friday, December 7, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota political party leaders along with state and local officials are considering mail-only balloting for the 2020 presidential primary, a dramatic change from past practices in which citizens made their selections in party caucuses.

The state will switch to a more straightforward primary system beginning in 2020 that allows voters to cast ballots for their preferred choice for president. Officials hope the move will be less chaotic than the caucuses, which take place in classrooms and community centers across Minnesota.

The switch to a presidential primary means the state would have three elections in 2020: the presidential primary in late winter, the primary election in August and the general election in November.

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