Election-year key dates: caucuses Feb. 4; general election Nov. 4

With the governor’s race, a U.S. Senate seat, all eight U.S. House seats and the entire state House on the ballot, 2014 will be a busy election year.

So Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, who’s not seeking re-election himself, sent out a primer today listing critical dates on the election calendar, so we can’t say we’re not prepared:

  • Feb. 4 — Precinct caucuses. The Precinct Caucus Finder will be available Jan. 15 on the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website, mnvotes.org. The finder displays caucus locations provided by the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Independence Party and Republican Party. Voters may also contact their political party to find caucus locations.
  • May 20-June 3 — Candidate filing period. Candidates running for partisan office need to file for office during this window of time.
  • June 27 — Absentee ballots will be available on this date for the Aug. 12 primary election.
  • July 22 — Pre-registration deadline for primary election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Primary Election Day.
  • Aug. 12 — Primary Election Day.
  • Sept. 19 — Absentee ballots will be available  for the Nov. 4 general election.
  • Sept. 23 — National Voter Registration Day is a special event to encourage voter registration.
  • Oct. 14 — Pre-registration deadline for the general election. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Election Day.
  • Nov. 4 — General Election Day.

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