Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is inviting Minnesotans to join in the candidate selection process and attend a political party precinct caucus on Tues., Feb. 7, 2012.
“Precinct caucuses are the first step in selecting candidates for the general election,” said Secretary Ritchie. “By participating in their local caucus, Minnesotans make their voice heard.”
Precinct caucuses are open to the public and are organized by Minnesota’s political parties. During these meetings political parties will begin the process of selecting candidates for the 2012 election. Caucus attendees are encouraged to offer policy ideas (resolutions) that may go on to become party policy positions.
Caucus attendees interested in voting, offering resolutions or serving as a delegate at a precinct caucus must be eligible to vote in the 2012 general election, live in the precinct and be in general agreement with the principles of the political party.
Precinct caucus meetings are a great place for individuals to formally express their interest in serving as an election judge. Election judges are paid officials who staff local polling places to protect the rights of voters and determine the balloting results after the polls close on Election Day.
Election Judges must be at least 18 years old. Election judges typically serve in polling places near their homes. For more information about becoming an election judged visit: www.mnvotes.org.
“To encourage participation, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State provides a free online ‘Caucus Finder’ with the time and place of your caucus,” said Secretary Ritchie. “Minnesotans can access the 2012 ‘Caucus Finder’ after Jan. 18 at www.sos.state.mn.us.”