ST. PAUL (Jan. 27, 2014) — The first major event of the 2014 election season is Tuesday, Feb. 4, as Minnesota’s political parties hold their precinct caucuses. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie urges Minnesota voters to participate and attend their party’s caucus.
“Your political party’s platform starts at the caucus with the ideas and voices of its supporters,” says Ritchie. “Neighborhood caucuses provide a rich and productive environment for people to get involved in their party’s activities and the political process.”
Find Precinct Caucus Locations at mnvotes.org.
The online caucus locator at mnvotes.org provides the locations of the major political party neighborhood precinct caucuses. The tool displays caucus locations as provided by Minnesota’s political parties. Caucus locations for other political parties are also available online at www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=886.
Who Can Attend a Caucus?
Caucuses are open to the public, but attendees interested in voting, or want to offer ideas or resolutions for their party, or want to serve as a party convention delegate must:
• Be eligible to vote in the 2014 general election.
• Live in the precinct.
• Be in general agreement with the principles of the political party.
What Happens at a Caucus?
Caucuses assemble a party’s voters at the precinct level to discuss and vote on issues for their party to support. Participants of a caucus also vote on delegates who will represent their voting precinct at their party’s conventions. Caucus attendees conduct the following activities:
• Elect precinct officers who work to organize political activities in the precinct. This could include maintaining contact lists, convening political meetings and helping with campaign efforts.
• Discuss issues and positions for the party to support. Persons may put forth resolutions to be voted on.
• Sign up to serve as an election judge for the upcoming election.
• Vote for the person they want the party to support in a straw poll — an informal poll to determine the support for each candidate. Candidates are officially chosen at future meetings, called conventions.
Learn more about precinct caucuses at www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=886.