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Update from Rep. Tabke: Voting in the Presidential Primary

Friday, January 24, 2020


Your Friday Update from the Office of Representative Brad Tabke: 

This week, Keith B. Anderson was elected as the new chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Business Council. He will replace Charles Vig, who's retiring after 8 years as Chairman. Chairman Vig had been tireless in his dedication to his community and the state of Minnesota and we wish him an enjoyable, well-earned retirement. And congratulations to Chairman Anderson, Vice-Chair Cole Miller, and Secretary-Treasurer Rebecca Crooks-Stratton on her re-election! 

Voting in the Presidential Primary

This week's Shakopee Podcast was about our upcoming presidential primary. Rep. Tabke sat down with Secretary of State Steve Simon to discuss voter turnout, the integrity of Minnesota's elections and election system, and logistics of the presidential primary. Listen to the conversation here. Here's a quick Q and A. 

When will Minnesota's presidential primary take place?

March 3, 2020, early voting began on January 17th.

Will all parties be on the same ballot?

No, each major party will have a separate ballot.

Will there be a place to write in a choice or vote for “uncommitted”?

If it is requested by the party chair. Party chairs will need to submit names of write-in candidates to be counted seven days before the primary.

Will any other offices be on the ballot?

No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the presidential primary ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.

Will parties have to abide by the primary results?

The presidential primary results must bind the election of delegates in each party.

Will there still be precinct caucuses?

Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct other party business. 

Other News 

  • The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) is looking for Minnesotans who are active in the food and beverage manufacturing industry to take a survey that will help them develop next steps to bring innovative ideas to reality. The survey will be available until February 5, 2020. Click here to participate in the survey.
  • We heard informative and insightful testimony at this week's Census and redistricting event in Shakopee. The Census begins in March and there are 7,600 Census jobs still available at


  • Don't forget there are events coming up. Be Heard on Cannabis is on Jan 29 at the Shakopee VFW. This story is a good illustration of the challenges veterans face in accessing cannabis to treat PTSD or chronic pain.
  • The 2020 Legislative Session Preview town hall is on February 7 at the Shakopee Public Library. 
  • Our Youth Advisory Council now has a President, Vice-President, and Secretary! We had a good discussion about bills Rep. Tabke is carrying in 2020. You can sign up for the youth and senior advisory councils on Rep. Tabke's website here


  • O'Briens Pub held an event supporting the Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women this week. Learn more about their work at

Have a great weekend!

Brad Tabke, State Representative

Adeline Miller, Legislative Assistant