Party primary moving to August

The Minnesota Senate unanimously passed a bill that would move the party primary from September to August. The Senate decided to concur with a House bill rather than negotiate their differences in a conference committee. Governor Pawlenty has indicated that he’ll sign the bill.

Here are the important dates to remember:

Candidate filing period: May 18 – June 1

Absentee balloting period for primary: June 25 – Aug. 9

Pre-primary campaign finance reports due: July 26

State Primary: August 10

State Canvassing Board meeting for primary: August 17

Absentee balloting period for general election: Sept. 17 – Nov. 1

Pre-general campaign financial reports due: Oct. 25

General election – Nov. 2

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