How Elections Work


Minnesota elections begin with precinct caucuses in the winter of an election year, when voters can show up to their local school or library with neighbors to voice support for candidates. Presidential election years are very important for both the Democratic and Republican sides because Minnesota holds both a primary and a caucus. If you’re really interested in having your voice heard, you can become a delegate to your party conventions. Go to your local caucus to find out how to get more involved.

The first official time to vote takes place in the Primary Election, usually held in August. This is for races that have more than one person in a party running for office. You may see multiple candidates from the same party on your primary ballot, but not all races have primary.

The big day is, of course, the General Election early in November each year. This is when you can vote for President on down to your City Council members, depending on the year. In Minnesota, you have the right to vote early at your own convenience either by requesting a mail-in ballot or by going to your city hall starting 46 days before the election. Voting is even easier in Minnesota now because of this.

Fill out this form to get your personalized voting information

Candidates who run strong campaigns consisting of attending community events, phone banking, and door knocking win elections.  Nurses’ activism and volunteerism can make the difference in the right candidate winning in November.  Nurses are the most trusted profession; when you speak, the community listens.  Make your voice heard! Vote and help the candidates you believe will improve patient care get elected.

To learn more and get involved, contact:

Jackie O’Shea, Political Organizer

Cameron Fure, Political Organizer

Aaron Woida, Political Organizer

You can find your legislative district and representatives here.