|The Green Papers|
2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
The delegate selection processes herein, along with any and all dates associated therewith, are unofficial and based on either (1) information obtained from either Major Party, (2) Presidential Primary dates established by currently-effective State statute, or- where the foregoing information could not be obtained- (3) the state's 2016 delegate selection process and associated dates adjusted to the corresponding dates in 2020.
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably)1
Organizing Unit Conventions: Saturday 14 March - Sunday 19 April 2020 (presumably)
Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 25 April - Sunday 31 May 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Saturday 6 June 2020 (presumably)
91 total delegate votes - 49 district / 16 at large; 10 Pledged PLEOs; 16 Unpledged PLEOs
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The 2020 Presidential Primary is scheduled for 3 March 2020 unless major party chairs agree on a different date by 1 March 2019.
"... beginning at 7:00 p.m. ... there shall be held ... a party caucus ... The chairs of the two largest major political parties shall jointly submit to the secretary of state, no later than March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the single date on which the two parties have agreed to conduct their precinct caucuses ... If the chairs of the two largest major political parties do not jointly submit a single date for conducting their precinct caucuses ... the first Tuesday in February shall be considered the day of a major political party precinct caucus." [Minnesota Statutes 202A.14 § Subdivision 1. (a), (b)(1), (3)]
Participants in the Precinct Caucuses must consider themselves a member of the DFL Party and not an active member of any other political party.
Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): Minnesota Precinct Caucuses. Polling hours reportedly 6:30p-8:00p CST (0030-0200 UTC). Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Open Caucus/Convention.
Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): First Level Precinct Caucuses. The caucuses elect delegates to the Organizing Unit Conventions. A Presidential Preference ballot is taken from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. "Uncommitted" appears on the ballot and write-ins are allowed.
75 of 91 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in the Minnesota Minnesota Precinct Caucuses. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level. How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.
"Minnesota is a caucus/convention state that utilizes a binding ballot taken at the precinct caucuses and affirmed at the Organizing Unit Convention." [Delegate Selection Plan, Section III.A.6.a.]
Delegates may not change their Presidential preference unless their candidate is no longer a candidate. Uncommitted delegates may change their Presidential preference, but once they declare they may not change their preference again unless their candidate is no longer a candidate.
These precinct meetings make up what is generally known as a "firehouse primary": during Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party precinct meetings- in which local party officers are elected and delegates are chosen for the party's county and higher tier conventions (organizational bodies having nothing directly to do with the pledging of National Convention delegates to presidential contenders [although these later meetings will choose the actual delegates themselves]).
Saturday 14 March - Sunday 19 April 2020 (presumably): Second Level Organizing Unit Conventions elect delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.
Saturday 25 April - Sunday 31 May 2020 (presumably): Third Level Congressional District Conventions. National Convention District delegates are elected according to the Presidential Preferences expressed at the Precinct Caucuses.
Saturday 6 June 2020 (presumably): Fourth Level State Convention.
National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected according to the Presidential Preferences expressed at the Precinct Caucuses.
The remaining 16 National Convention delegates consist of
These 16 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
|Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.|
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|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board|
|• Minnesota Secretary of State Elections and Voting|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Minnesota House of Representatives|
|• Minnesota Senate|
|• Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus|
|• Minnesota State Legislature|
|• MN Senate GOP - Twitter|
|• Minnesota Democratic-Farmer Labor Party|
|• Minnesota Senate - DFL Caucus|
|Media & others|
|• Austin Daily Herald|
|• Brainerd Dispatch|
|• Cannon Falls Beacon|
|• Duluth News Tribune- Duluth|
|• Echo Press - Alexandria|
|• KSTP TV - ABC - Saint Paul|
|• Lee Helgen for St. Paul, Minnesota City Council|
|• Minnesota E-Democracy - Minneapolis|
|• Minnesota Progressive Project|
|• Minnesota Public Radio|
|• MinnPost - Minneapolis|
|• Morrison County Record - Little Falls|
|• Pioneer Press - Minneapolis - St. Paul|
|• Politics in Minnesota - St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report|
|• Politics1.com - Minnesota|
|• Southwest Journal|
|• St. Paul Legal Ledger|
|• Star Tribune - Minneapolis|
|• The Annandale Advocate|
|• The Austin Daily Herald|
|• The Journal - New Ulm|
|• The West Central Tribune - Willmar|
|• Winona Daily News|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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