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Caucuses prepare to ‘party’

Republicans and Democrats in Becker County will gather at 7 p.m. Tuesday for precinct caucuses.

DFLers will meet at the Lake Park-Audubon Elementary School at 601 Fourth St. in Audubon.

Depending on where they live, the west or east side of Becker County, Republicans will meet either at M State in Detroit Lakes (located at 900 Highway 34 East) or the Lions Club Hall in Wolf Lake, located at 130 N. Mannine Ave.

Republicans in the townships of Silverleaf, Height of Land, Sugar Bush and Eagle View will caucus at M State in Detroit Lakes. All townships to the west of this line also vote at M State.

Republicans in the townships of Evergreen, Toad Lake, Shell Lake and Round Lake will caucus in Wolf Lake, along with all townships east of this line.

Republicans in these townships and cities will caucus at M State:

Atlanta, Audubon city and to¶wnship, Burlington, Callaway city and township, Cormorant, Cuba, Detroit Township, Detroit Lakes (all wards), Eagle View, Erie, Frazee, Hamden, Height of Land, Holmesville, Lake Eunice, Lake Park city and township, Lakeview, Maple Grove, Ogema, Riceville, Richwood, Silver Leaf, Spring Creek, Sugar Bush, Walworth, and White Earth.

Republicans in these townships and cities will caucus at Wolf Lake:

Carsonville, Ever-green, Forest, Green Valley, Osage, Pine Point, Round Lake, Runeberg, Savannah, Shell Lake, Spruce Grove, Toad Lake, Two Inlets, and of course Wolf Lake city and township. The Independence Party will have an on-line caucus. Go to:

Check the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website for information on where non-major party caucuses will be held.

Precinct caucuses are meetings organized by Minnesota’s political parties, typically on the first Tuesday in February of a statewide election year.

Minnesota’s major political parties must hold caucuses at least every statewide election year. Other political parties may also choose to hold caucuses. It is the first step for the party to select candidates and choose the party’s goals and values (called the party platform).

Precinct caucuses are open to the public. But in order to vote, offer resolutions, or become a delegate, you must:

  • Be eligible to vote in the fall election.
  • Live in the precinct.
  • Be in general agreement with the principles of the political party (Minnesota does not have an official party registration process).

So what happens at the caucus?

  • The election of 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.
  • Discussion of issues and ideas for the party to support.

People may bring ideas, called resolutions, to be voted on. People usually bring a typed or handwritten copy of their resolution.

Voting for the person you want the party to support for governor or president. This is called the straw poll, which is an informal poll to learn how much support each candidate has. Candidates are officially chosen at future meetings, called conventions.

Election of delegates to represent your precinct at upcoming political conventions that are held during an election year.