Earlier this week, Secretary of State Steve Simon highlighted the important 2018 election dates in Minnesota and encouraged all citizens, regardless of political affiliation, to get involved, stay informed and, most importantly, vote.

“This is going to be an important and historic election year in Minnesota, beginning with precinct caucuses in three weeks on Feb. 6,” said Simon. “I encourage all Minnesotans to get involved in the civic process and make their voices heard in 2018 – whether by attending a local precinct caucus, asking friends and family if they are registered to vote or by voting on election day.”

In 2018, Minnesotans will be voting for their choice for both U.S. Senate seats, their member of the U.S. House of Representatives, as well as for the governor and the lieutenant governor. 

The Secretary of State, state auditor, attorney general will also be elected this year, as will members of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

This will be the first election in Minnesota since 1978 when both U.S. Senate seats and the governorship are up for election in the same year. Some Minnesotans will also be voting for their local county officers, city officers, school board members, township officers, hospital board members, park board district members or local ballot questions.

Key dates for 2018

• Feb. 6 — Precinct caucuses. The precinct caucus finder will be available in mid-January on the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Web site. The finder displays caucus locations provided by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and Republican Party. Voters may also contact their preferred political party to find caucus locations.

• May 22–June 5 — Candidate filing period. Candidates who are running for partisan office need to file for office during this window of time.

• June 29 — Minnesotans can begin to vote early via absentee ballot, by mail or in person for the Aug.14 primary election.

• July 24 — Pre-registration deadline for the primary election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote to avoid lines at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on primary election day.

• Aug. 14 — Primary Election Day.

• Sept. 21 — Minnesotans can begin to vote early via absentee ballot, by mail or in person for the Nov. 6 general election.

• Sept. 25 — National voter registration day. Join Secretary Simon and organizations across the state and country as the largest annual voter registration drive in the U.S. is celebrated.

• Oct. 16 — Pre-registration deadline for the general election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote to avoid lines at the polling place. Voters who miss tis deadline may still register at their polling place on election day.

• Nov. 6 — General Election Day.

To find more information about these dates and to register for upcoming elections, visit the Office of the Secretary of State Web site online at www.sos.state.mn.us.