Minnesota election calendar 2018

With a competitive governor’s race, two U.S. Senate races and more tossup Congressional races than any other state, Minnesota’s midterm elections this year are already in the national spotlight. Mark these key dates to follow along and participate. And follow the Star Tribune’s election coverage here.

June 1-3
State party conventions
The DFL will meet in Rochester and Republicans will meet in Duluth to decide which candidates each party’s delegates will endorse. Endorsements can provide a political boost to a candidate but are not necessary to continue in the race. The marquee event in both conventions will be each party’s endorsement for governor.
June 5
Candidate filing period ends
Candidates have until 5 p.m. today to decide whether they are in or out of the election. For some, the deciding factor might be the previous weekend’s party endorsements, which can provide early indications of support (or lack thereof).
June 29
Absentee and early voting opens for primary election
Minnesotans can cast their votes up to 46 days before an election by filing a no-excuse absentee ballot either in person or by mail. The program has proven popular, with about one in five voters casting early ballots during the general election in 2016.
July 24
Pre-registration ends for primary election
This is the last day to pre-register to vote before the primary. But no problem if you forget: In Minnesota, you can also register at your polling place on election days.
Aug. 14
Primary election day
Winners of the primary election will move on to face each other in the general election in November. In most places, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The Star Tribune will provide coverage throughout the day.
Sept. 3
Labor Day
Long regarded as the traditional start to campaign season, when news coverage and campaign spending both heat up. Voters can expect to start seeing more ads — particularly considering Minnesota is home to four of the nation’s most competitive Congressional races, which are expected to attract major spending from outside political groups.
Sept. 21
Absentee and early voting opens for general election
Similar to the primary election, voters can begin casting early ballots for the general election in November.
Oct. 16
Pre-registration ends for general election
The last day for voters to register early before the general election.
Nov. 6
General election
This is it: Election Day. Minnesota routinely boasts the highest voter turnout in the nation, and being home to so many competitive races with the potential to influence national politics, excitement and anticipation will be high. Polls in most places open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State