2020 Elections

Presidential Nomination Primary Election

In 2016, new legislation established a presidential nomination primary. The election will take place on March 3, 2020. Of the four major parties, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Republican Party, the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and the Legal Marijuana Now Party, only two major parties, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, and the Republican Party have submitted candidates for the ballot. 

Registered voters will be able to vote at their polling place on presidential primary day or by absentee ballot starting January 17, 2020. A voter must request the ballot of the party of their choice. If a voter refuses to select a party, they will not be able to vote in the presidential nomination primary.

A voter’s choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data. However, a list of who voted in a presidential nomination primary and the political party each voter selected will be provided to the chair of each major political party. How a voter voted on the ballot is private.

If you are not available to vote on election day, you may vote early by absentee ballot in person at city hall, online at www.mnvotes.org, or call the Hennepin County Election office at 612-348-5151.

Will there still be Precinct Caucuses?

Yes, the 2020 precinct caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. at locations set by the parties. Find your caucus locations here

The presidential primary replaces the presidential straw poll that used to be held during the precinct caucus. Learn more information about the caucuses here.

2020 Election Calendar
January 17Absentee voting begins for presidential nomination primary
February 11Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. for presidential nomination primary
February 25Precinct Caucuses at 7 p.m. 
February 29Extended hours for absentee voting 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 2Absentee voting for presidential nomination primary election closes at 5 p.m.
March 3Presidential nomination primary day, polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June 26Absentee voting begins for State Primary Election
July 21Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. for Primary Election
July 28Candidate filing opens for State General Election. Individuals wanting to run for the two City Council member seats may file their Affidavit of Candidacy with the required $5 filing fee (or petition) at Wayzata City Hall.
August 8Open Saturday for absentee voting (from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
August 10In-person absentee voting for the State Primary closes at 5 p.m.
August 11State Primary Election Day. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
August 11Candidate filing closes at 5 p.m. for State General Election.
September 18Absentee voting begins for State General Election
October 13Last day for voters to pre-register to vote for the State General Election (ends at 5 p.m.)
October 31Extended hours for absentee voting (from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
November 2In-person absentee voting for State General Election closes at 5 p.m.
November 3State General Election. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Election Sign Rules in Wayzata

Please be aware of the city’s code related to posting political campaign signs.

Wayzata zoning code says: "Free-standing, temporary political signs, which may remain for a period of not more than eight (8) weeks prior to an election and five (5) days after an election, provided that such signs are no more than six (6) square feet in area and are placed with permission of the property owner or lessee, except during August 1 and ten days following the general election in any State general elction year pursuant to Minnesota Statue 211B.045., which does not place any size restrictions on non-commercial signs during that time period.

Election Ballot

View the Election Ballot online at What’s On My Ballot


Information is subject to change based on actions of the Minnesota Legislature and current rulemaking.