Minnesotans prepare for caucuses on Super Tuesday
With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary in the past, Minnesota voters are preparing for the state’s Democratic and Republican caucuses on Super Tuesday, March 1.
Minnesotans will join residents of 14 other states in registering their preferences for the presidential candidates. For Minnesota caucus goers it will also be a chance to weigh in on what they would like to be included in the two state party platforms.
The caucus is the basic grassroots political event. The caucuses are run by each political party with many similarities and some differences between them.
Both parties will begin their caucuses at 7 p.m., according to information from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office.
Caucus goers meet with others in their precinct however, the meetings are generally not at the same location as voting. Anyone eligible to vote may attend the caucus for their precinct.
After signing in to the caucus, those attending will be asked to vote on party officers for the precinct, express their preference for the party’s presidential candidate and discuss and submit resolutions to be considered for inclusion in the party platform. Delegates will also be chosen for the next level of party conventions.
In an effort to make the caucuses available to all who want to attend state law prohibits local government, public schools, colleges and universities cannot meet after 6 p.m. on caucus day. A person also has the right to take time off work to attend their precinct caucus provided one gives the employer 10 days notice.
Detailed information about the caucuses are available from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office or the political parties.
Democrats and Republicans will meet at several location in Dodge County.