Minnesota’s primary election is next Tuesday, when voters winnow down the field of candidates in a number of races, including for U-S House and state legislature. If voting on Tuesday is a problem, Secretary of State Steve Simon says anyone can vote absentee by going to their city or county office up until the day before the election. Simon says, “I hope people take the opportunity to take part in the primary. There are so many ways to take part,… so that we make sure that the right candidates are on the ballot in November. This is the part where the funnel starts to narrow, and everyone should use their voice to help do that.” If you want to know which candidates will be on your ballot for the primary election, go to MNvotes.org. There are also links to the candidates’ websites.
In southern Minnesota, there’s a Republican primary on Tuesday for First District U-S House. A number of Republican candidates are battling it out in the primary in the Second Congressional District just southeast of the Twin Cities. In the Sixth District, from the Twin Cities northwest to St. Cloud, there are primary elections for Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress. And there’s a Republican primary for U-S House in the Seventh District in western Minnesota.
In addition there are primary contests for a number of seats in the Minnesota legislature, for Minnesota Supreme Court and other judges, plus county, municipal and school district races and ballot questions.