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Request for Committee Action

2020 Presidential Nomination Primary: Plans and Preparations (RCA-2019-01344)

ORIGINATING DEPARTMENT
City Clerk's Office
To Committee(s)
# Committee Name Meeting Date
1 Elections & Rules Committee Nov 20, 2019
Lead Staff:
Grace Wachlarowicz
Presented By:
Casey Carl
Action Item(s)
# File Type Subcategory Item Description
1 Receive & File Report

Receiving and filing a report on the plans and preparations by the Elections & Voter Services Division related to the 2020 Presidential Nomination Primary.

Ward / Neighborhood / Address
# Ward Neighborhood Address
1. All Wards
Background Analysis

For the first time since 1992, Minnesota will be conducting a Presidential Nomination Primary scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020. While caucuses will still occur, election officials will be responsible for administering the Presidential Nomination Primary, the results of which parties must use to allot their respective delegates for their national conventions.

In-person absentee balloting for the Presidential Nomination Primary begins 46 days prior to Election Day, which is Friday, January 17. Based on the anticipated voter turnout and recent Minneapolis voting trends, the Elections & Voter Services Division expects there to be significant turnout in the lead up to and on March 3. This election will likely mark the beginning of increased public interest in elections during the months ahead of the Presidential Election in November, 2020.

To serve all eligible voters and to minimize the potential impact caused by new voting procedures and modernization of election facilties, the Elections & Voter Services Division is pursuing a multi-tiered outreach, education, and engagement approach that will use community-based partnerships, voter resources, and early voting opportunities to maximize access to the ballot box for all qualified voters.

FISCAL IMPACT STATEMENT
  • No fiscal impact anticipated