How Elections Work

How Elections Work

voteMinnesota 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 its caucuses early in the year on what’s known as Super Tuesday. 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 a particular office. For example, in 2010, several candidates were running for Governor from the Minnesota DFL Party, so voters went to the polls to decide which DFL candidate should represent the party in the General Election. Not all races have primaries.

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.

Often times, the candidate who wins is the one who talked to the most voters. That’s why nurses can make such a difference to help the candidates they’ve chosen by talking to as many people as you possibly can about the election. Make your voice heard! Vote and help the candidates you like to get elected.

To learn more and get involved, contact:

Jackie O’Shea, Political Organizer

Katie Gjertson, Political Coordinator

You can find your legislative district and representatives here.