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Voting in the primary election

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 4:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 11:27 a.m. CDT

HENNEPIN — The Putnam County Clerk’s Office wants to address some possible public misconceptions relative to voting in a primary election. When one votes in a primary election, whether by mail-in absentee, in-person absentee, as an early voter or at the polling place, you are required to request an established political party’s (Republican or Democratic) ballot. There are no bi-partisan ballots in a primary election.

If during the candidate petition circulation period (Sept. 3, 2013, through Dec. 2, 2013) you signed a Republican candidate’s petition or a Democratic candidate’s petition, it has no bearing on which established political party ballot you request when you vote in the general primary election on March 18. It is the voter’s own personal choice which party ballot they request. 

Anyone with questions or who needs further clarification regarding this matter should call the Putnam County Clerk’s Office at 815-925-7129.

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