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Absentee voting in Minnesota's primary elections started June 24.

Election 2022 in United States
Election 2022 in United States
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The 2022 Minnesota primary elections will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9 at local voting precincts. However, absentee voting started last Friday, June 24 at county auditors’ offices statewide.

Statewide races on the ballot include state senator seats for Districts 2 and 5, governor and lieutenant governor, secretary of state and attorney general. There are also primaries for U.S. Representative from Congressional Districts (CD) 7 and 8.

CD7 includes Badoura, Crow Wing Lake, Hubbard, Straight River, Todd, Henrietta, Nevis, White Oak and Mantrap townships and portions of Akeley Township, as well as the cities of Park Rapids, Nevis and Akeley. The rest of Hubbard County, including the City of Laporte, is in CD8.

Meanwhile, in state senate races, Dist. 2 includes Lake Alice, Lake Hattie, Schoolcraft, Guthrie, Hart Lake, Farden, Helga, Rockwood and Fern townships, while Dist. 5 includes the rest of the county.

Visit to see sample ballots, locate your polling place and verify what congressional and legislative district you are in. Or, visit a local voters’ guide at


Primaries in Hubbard County

The Hubbard County Auditor’s Office shared two sample ballots with the Enterprise, typical of areas in the county lying in each congressional and state senate district.

Races in the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) primaries include:

  • A CD 7 U.S. Representative race between Jill Abahsain and Alycia R. Gruenhagen.
  • A CD 8 congressional race between John Munter and Jen Schultz.
  • A Dist. 5 state senator race with A. John Peters running uncontested.
  • A Dist. 2 state senator race with Leonard Alan Roy running uncontested.
  • A race for governor and lieutenant governor including incumbents Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan vs. Ole Savior and Julia M. Parker. 
  • A secretary of state race between Steve Carlson and incumbent Steve Simon. 
  • An attorney general race between Bill Dahn and incumbent Keith Ellison.

Republican Party (GOP) primary races include:

  • U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach running uncontested for CD 7.
  • Harry Robb Welty and incumbent U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber running for CD 8.
  • Incumbent Paul J. Utke, challenger Dale A.P. Anderson and GOP endorsed candidate Bret Bussman running for Dist. 5 state senator.
  • Edward Strickland and incumbent State Sen. Steve Green running for Dist. 2.
  • A three-way race for the governor-lieutenant governor team between Bob “Again” Carney Jr. and Captain Jack Sparrow, Scott Jensen and Matt Birk, and Joyce Lynne Lacey and Kent Edwards.
  • Kim Crockett vs. Erik van Mechelen for secretary of state. 
  • Jim Schultz, Sharon Anderson and Doug Wardlow running for attorney general.

The Legal Marijuana Now Party has the following primary races on at least some ballots:

  • Travis “Bull” Johnson running unopposed for Dist. 7 U.S. Representative.
  • Chris Wright and L.C. Lawrence Converse running for governor and lieutenant governor against James McCaskel and David Sandbeck.

The Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party also has a primary for governor and lieutenant governor, featuring Steve Patterson vs. Matt Huff and Darrell Paulsen and Ed Engelmann.

Wadena and Becker counties

The Wadena County Auditor’s Office shared primary ballots for Blueberry, Huntersville and Shell River Twps. and the City of Menahga.

Besides the same statewide primaries, including State Senate Dist. 5 and the CD 7 congressional races, voters in these precincts have a three-way, nonpartisan primary for county sheriff between Jason Hofer, Milo Scott and incumbent Sheriff Mike Carr, Jr.

The Becker County Auditor’s Office referred Enterprise staff to the Minnesota secretary of state’s website, where searches under nearby townships and the City of Wolf Lake revealed the following.


  • In Forest and Pine Point townships, the same statewide races as above, in State Senate Dist. 2.
  • In Savannah, Two Inlets, Carsonville, Osage, Wolf Lake and Green Valley townships and the city of Wolf Lake, the same statewide races as above, in State Senate Dist. 5.
  • In Forest, Savannah, Pine Point and Two Inlets townships, the same congressional races as above for CD 8. 
  • In Carsonville, Osage, Wolf Lake and Green Valley townships and the city of Wolf Lake, the same congressional races as above for CD 7.
  • Craig Hall, Erica Jepson and Tim Clements running in a nonpartisan race for Dist. 1 county commissioner.
Rep. Michelle Fischbach, currently in the middle of a district-wide tour during the congressional August recess, made a variety of stops in Detroit Lakes on Aug. 17 as she met with local business and civic leaders to discuss their concerns. She even had time to sit down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with the Detroit Lakes Tribune.

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