There will be no Civic Buzz gathering in February because precinct caucuses will be held the first Tuesday in February. Have you wondered about the purpose of precinct caucuses, or how to find the location for your precinct caucus?
Here’s some information from the Secretary of State’s office about this year’s precinct caucuses:
“We encourage Minnesotans to show support for their preferred candidates by participating in the candidate endorsement process that leads up to the state and national party conventions.
It all begins on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 with the precinct caucuses. Going to a caucus is a great way to show support for a candidate, raise an issue that’s important to you, influence who the party will endorse for many offices, and meet people in your community.
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. Caucus locations will be shared with the public after the parties notify this office of the locations in mid-January. Check our website at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/how-elections-work/precinct-caucuses/ to find out the location for your precinct caucus, or contact your choice of Minnesota’s political parties.
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, a major part of precinct caucuses will be to vote for the candidates you want your political party to support for governor and lieutenant governor in the preference ballot.
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.”