Q&A: “Garage Logic”
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Did you know today is the birthday of President Ronald Reagan? Did you know tonight is Caucus night in our great state?
Like most things in life, the people who show up are in charge. Caucus night is fun; you get to meet/see your neighbors before the spring thaw, and it is important because you can influence who ends up on the ballot in the 2018 gubernatorial election, choose delegates and other important citizen duties.
Caucuses, run by the political parties, will be held from 7:00-9:00 pm somewhere near your home.
The Secretary of State offers an easy way to find your caucus location at http://www.sos.mn.gov/
So do this for the Gipper: get yourself to Caucus night, be an active Citizen and go say hello to the neighbors.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL 2018 PRECINCT CAUCUSES BE HELD?
The 2018 precinct caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. at locations set by the parties. Look up the caucus locations for the DFL and Republican parties with the Caucus Finder.
Minor party caucus information:
WHAT IS A PRECINCT CAUCUS?
Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals and values (called party platforms).
In 2018, one part of precinct caucuses will be a preference ballot for the candidates you want your political party to support for Governor.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN A CAUCUS?
To participate, you must be eligible to vote in the November 2018 general election and live in the precinct. You also must generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CAUCUS?
Each political party runs their caucus meetings a little differently. Check with your political party if you have specific questions. Generally, there are four main activities at a caucus:
Choose volunteers who will organize political activities in the precinct. This could include maintaining contact lists, holding political meetings, and helping with campaign efforts.
Vote for the person you want the party to support for Governor. This is called the preference ballot. The results help gauge support for candidates.
Discuss issues and ideas for the party to support. You can present an issue or idea for the party to support, called a resolution. If you convince other attendees to support your resolution, it will be taken to the next political convention. Eventually, your resolution could become part of the official party platform.
Choose delegates who will endorse candidates at future conventions. At future conventions, party delegates will endorse state and federal candidates, including for Governor. Political parties have different ways of choosing delegates at the precinct level caucus—contact your party for more information.
FEEDBACK ABOUT CAUCUSES
If you have questions, concerns or a complaint about your precinct caucus, please contact the political party holding the caucus meeting. Unlike elections, which are run by local and state government election officials, precinct caucuses are run by political parties. Everything from site location to conducting preference ballot voting is the responsibility of the party.
Additional information on precinct caucuses
CAN I VOTE ABSENTEE IN THE PREFERENCE BALLOT?
The Minnesota Republican Party and Minnesota DFL Party do not have an absentee voting option for the preference ballot. You will need to be there in person to vote. However, the parties do provide a way for absentee voters to submit a resolution or seek to be a delegate. Check with your political party for more information.
RIGHT TO TIME OFF WORK TO ATTEND CAUCUSES
You have the right to take time off work to be at a precinct caucus or political party convention (if you’re a delegate or alternate). You must give your employer ten days’ written notice (See 202A.19, subd.2 and 202A.135).
ACCESSIBILITY AT CAUCUSES
Major political parties must attempt to provide you an interpreter by request, if you are deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearing. If you are visually impaired, you also have the right to get written caucus materials ahead of time, by request (see 202A.155).
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