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Prepare yourself for the primary election Aug. 9

Depending on where you live, your ballot may look different than your neighbor, get to know what your vote will determine on primary day.

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WADENA — Minnesota's primary election is set for Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Top seats to be voted on in Wadena County include the District 1 county commissioner seat, county sheriff seat, Senate and House of Representatives. The primary will determine the top two vote-getters from the slate of non-partisan county commission and county sheriff candidates in each race that move on to the general election in November.
The Dist. 1 Commissioner race is between Ron Noon, Don Burns and Victor Kern.

The Wadena County Sheriff race is between incumbent Mike Carr Jr., and Wadena police officers Milo Scott and Jason Hofer.

What is a primary election?

A primary election determines which candidates will be on the ballot in the November general election.

For example, five candidates from one political party might run for governor. Only one candidate can be on the ballot in November. The winner of the August primary election will represent their party on the November election ballot.


There may be two kinds of offices on your primary ballot: partisan offices and nonpartisan offices.

Partisan offices

Partisan offices will list a political party next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. All state and federal offices—such as U.S. representative or Minnesota senator—are partisan offices.

Partisan candidates will be listed in multiple columns on the primary ballot. Each column will list the candidates for one major party .

You can only vote for candidates from one political party. If you vote for candidates from more than one political party, your votes will not count. You decide when you vote which one of the parties you will vote for—Minnesota does not have political party registration.

Nonpartisan offices

Nonpartisan offices will not list a political party next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. For example, county, city, township and school board offices are nonpartisan.

Nonpartisan offices will be listed on the back side of the primary ballot. You can vote for any candidate. The candidates who get the most votes will be on the November general election ballot.
In the case of county commissioner or county sheriff, the top two vote getters in the primary appear on the general election ballot. Others still have a chance to join the November ballot by write-in.

Dates to remember

  • Aug. 8: Last day for in-person early voting for primary
  • Aug. 9: Minnesota primary election
  • Sept. 23: Early voting begins for general election 
  • Nov. 7: Last day for in-person early voting
  • Nov. 8: Election day
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