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Minnesota opens early voting in March 3 presidential primary

Minnesota opens early voting in March 3 presidential primary Photo: AP/File

Updated: January 17, 2020 10:41 AM

Minnesota voters on Friday became some of the first in the country to cast ballots in the presidential primaries as early voting began for the state's Super Tuesday contest.

Eligible Minnesota voters can now vote at county courthouses across the state, and early voting stations in some cities, and they can also request absentee ballots for the March 3 primary. But the votes won't be counted until primary night.

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Fifteen candidates are on the Democratic ballot, even though some already have dropped out of the race. The GOP ballot lists only President Donald Trump, though write-in votes are allowed. It's Minnesota's first presidential primary since 1992 after years of using precinct caucuses to kick off the process of selecting national convention delegates.

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Supporters of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's presidential campaign had early voting events scheduled across the state Friday. And Klobuchar was due to appear at a rally Friday night at the First Avenue nightclub in downtown Minneapolis with Gov. Tim Walz, Sen. Tina Smith and U.S. Rep. Angie Craig.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar was holding get-out-the-vote rallies in Minneapolis for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Voters must request either a Democratic or Republican ballot, and their names will be shared with the state's major parties.
 

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