Minnesota voters will be among the first in the country to cast ballots in the upcoming March presidential primaries.

“Voters will have the opportunity starting this Friday to go into a government office and vote in-person absentee or order an absentee ballot to come to them in advance of a March 3rd election day and they’ll have an opportunity to weigh in on the major parties’ presidential nominees,” said Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon.

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says this is the first time 1956 that the state has done the balloting process exactly this way. Previously the state used a precinct caucus system. The primary is open to all eligible voters.