How to Caucus
As part of Andrea's pledge of equitable access to democracy, we've created this page as a means to demystify Minnesota's caucus system.
There is a lot more to elections than just showing up at the polls on Election Day, and we want you to know how to participate and make your voice heard.
What Is a Caucus?
A caucus is a gathering of members of the same political party who meet to elect party officials and delegates, and to discuss and propose resolutions for the party to consider for its platform.
Unlike polling places on voting day, precinct caucuses occur at a single location, at a specific time. Make sure you know here and when your specific precinct caucus s being held so that you can participate!
At 6:00pm on April 4, Ward 8 voters will be caucusing at Lyndale Community School, except for those living in precinct 1, who will caucus in Horn Towers.
Becoming a Delegate
If you support a candidate for office, you can do more than vote for them on Election Day. During your party's caucus, you can become a delegate for your ward's convention. All you have to do is volunteer to become one at your party's caucus. It's that simple.
As a delegate, you'll be expected to attend the Ward 8 convention, which will be on April 29 at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E 38th St #200, Minneapolis, MN 55409 at 9:00am. At the convention, delegates will vote to endorse a candidate, and whichever candidate gets 60% of delegate votes will receive their party's official endorsement. As a delegate, you'll be instrumental in helping your candidate get elected.
There is no better way to learn about the democratic process than by participating in it—and, hands down, caucusing is the best way to do so. Minnesota law even requires employers to allow their employees to take time off work in order to attend the caucus.
So remember to attend your caucus on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and let your voice be heard!
And then don't forget Election Day on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
To find out where you vote, visit http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/