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Governor:1(Term Limit: None; 4-year term)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 2)
2000 Census:4,925,670 (1.75% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:10(1.86% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:8(1.84% of 435)
2010 Census:5,314,879 (1.72% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:10(1.86% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:8(1.84% of 435)
Capital:St. Paul

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Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of Minnesota
 Status: STATE of the Union
 Organized as a Territory: 3 March 1849. 9 Stat. 403:carved from part of Wisconsin Territory and a portion of the unorganized so-called "Indian country" of old Missouri Territory left over from when Missouri had been admitted as a State back in 1821 (NOTE: this is not to be at all confused with that Indian Territory which eventually became the State of Oklahoma and which was established just south of this "Indian country")
 Admitted to the Union as a State: 11 May 1858 by an Act of Congress (11 Stat. 285)
  The 32nd state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Section: MIDWEST
 Region: Great Plains
 Survey: Public Domain

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act (of the Congress of the United States): 26 February 1857 [11 Stat. 166: authorizing formation of a State government alone]
1st (1858-) [Adopted: 29 August 1857 Convention convened, 13 July 1857, Ratified: 13 October 1857 ratified by a vote of 36,240 to 700; effective upon Admission, 11 May 1858]

Executive Branch   All States
Chief Executive
Successor to a Vacancy
  Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR; nominated with Governor as well]
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2021 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: None
  Lieutenant Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket with the Governor.
  Secretary of State: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022
  Treasurer (--2002): 4 year term, Final Election Cycle: 1998. The office of Treasurer is no longer going to be an elective office, so there will be no election held for this office in 2002 or any time thereafter.
  Auditor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022

Legislative Branch   All States
Upper House
Lower House
  House of Representatives

Judicial Branch   All States
Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate Court
  Court of Appeals

Local Government
  county [Type: Broad, Executive and Legislative: BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]
   township [Type: Limited, Executive: Board of Supervisors, Legislative: Town(ship) Meeting]
Incorporated Municipalities  All States

Key Statewide / Federal Officials  All States
  Minnesota Officials

Statutory Election Information   All States
General Election   All States
  The state general election shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year. [204D.03 Subdivision 2]
Presidential Primary   All States
  (--2017) There is no Presidential Primary. Instead, Minnesota holds caucuses:
"In every state general election year, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ... there shall be held ... a party caucus ... [Minnesota Statutes 202A.14 § Subdivision 1. (a)].
"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 in the next even-numbered year." [Minnesota Statutes 202A.14 § Subdivision 1. (b)(1)].
"If the chairs of the two largest major political parties do not jointly submit a single date for conducting their precinct caucuses ... then for purposes of the next general election year, the first Tuesday in February shall be considered the day of a major political party precinct caucus." [Minnesota Statutes 202A.14 § Subdivision 1. (3)]
  (2017--) (a) A presidential ... primary must be held each year in which a president ... [is] to be ... elected. (b) The party chairs must jointly submit to the secretary of state, no later than March 1 in a year prior ... the single date on which the parties have agreed to conduct the presidential ... primary ... 1. If a date is not jointly submitted by the deadline, the presidential nomination primary must be held on the 1st Tuesday in March ... No other election may be conducted on the date of the presidential nomination primary. [Session Law Chapter: 162] [Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 207A.11, signed by the Governor 20 May 2016, effective 1 July 2017]
State Primary   All States
  (--2010) The state primary shall be held on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in September in each even-numbered year. [204D.03 Subdivision 1]
  (2010--) The state primary shall be held on the second Tuesday in August in each even-numbered year. [204D.03 Subdivision 1] [amended 3 March 2010 by S.F. No. 2251]
Polling times   All States
  ... at the state primary and the state general election the hours for voting in every precinct in the state shall begin at 7:00 a.m. and shall extend continuously until 8:00 p.m. [204C.05, Minnesota Statutes 2006 Subdivision 1.]
The governing body of a town with less than 500 inhabitants ... may fix a later time for voting to begin at state primary, special, or general elections ... The later time may not be later than 10:00 a.m. [204C.05, Minnesota Statutes 2006 Subd. 1a.]
An unorganized territory or unorganized territories which ... may have shorter voting hours if at least 20 percent of the registered voters ... sign a petition for shorter hours ... The later time may not be later than 10:00 a.m. [204C.05, Minnesota Statutes 2006 Subd. 1b.]

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Constitution    All States
Election Authority
  Minnesota Campaign Finance Board
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Legislature    All States
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  Minnesota Democratic-Farmer Labor Party
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  Republican Party of Minnesota
Third Party
  Green Party of Minnesota
  Independence Party of Minnesota
4 May 2019: The Minnesota Independence Party voted to affiliate with the Alliance Party.
  Justice Party of Minnesota
  Legalize Marijuana Now Party
  Libertarian Party of Minnesota
  Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life
  The Unity Party of Minnesota
Media & others
  Austin Daily Herald
  Brainerd Dispatch
  Cannon Falls Beacon
  Duluth News Tribune- Duluth
  Echo Press - Alexandria
  KSTP TV - ABC - Saint Paul
  Minnesota Lawyer - Minneapolis
  Minnesota Public Radio
  MinnPost - Minneapolis
  Morrison County Record - Little Falls
  Pioneer Press - Minneapolis - St. Paul
  Politics in Minnesota - St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report - 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

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