State Begins Rulemaking Process for Presidential Primary Election

The Office of the Secretary of State is currently seeking comments and ideas on possible rules regarding the presidential primary election and general elections administration.
(Published Jul 31, 2017)

The Office of the Secretary of State (OSS) is requesting comments on possible rules governing the administration of the presidential primary election as well as soliciting input as to whether changes should be made to other administrative rules governing elections administration.

The OSS is considering rules that may prescribe:

  • The method for administering absentee voting and mail ballot voting in a presidential primary.
  • Presidential primary ballot preparation.
  • Presidential primary polling place roster preparation.
  • Modifications to absentee and mail materials necessary for the administration of a presidential primary.
  • Instructions to voters related to voting in a presidential primary.
  • Election judge training related to a presidential primary.
  • Recount procedures for a presidential primary.
  • Voting system testing procedures for a presidential primary.

For more information on the 2016 law establishing a presidential primary, visit the Office of the Secretary of State website.

If cities have suggestions for rules either related to the administration of the presidential primary in 2020 or general elections administration, please submit them directly to the OSS on or before Sept. 25, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. While not part of the official rulemaking record, comments and suggestions will be considered by the OSS as the OSS decides what to include in any proposed rules or amendments to the rules.

The OSS plans on submitting a draft of rule changes in the fall, at which point the League will submit formal commentary on the proposed changes. This will be a part of the offical rulemaking record.

Written comments, questions, and requests for more information on these possible rules should be directed to: Julie Strother, Government Relations Director at the Office of the Secretary of State, 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul MN 55155, (651) 296-9073 (fax), (651) 201-1342 (phone) or julie.strother@state.mn.us. TTY users may call the office at 711. Additional information about rulemaking and the current rulemaking docket can be found on the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s rulemaking webpage.

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