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Significant Election Year Begins with Precinct Caucuses on February 4
Caucus Finder Online at mnvotes.org
Posted Date: 1/27/2014

Contact: Nathan Bowie (651) 297-8919

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — The first major event of the 2014 election season is Tuesday, February 4, as Minnesota’s political parties hold their precinct caucuses. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie urges Minnesota voters to participate and attend their party’s caucus.

“Your political party’s platform starts at the caucus with the ideas and voices of its supporters,” says Ritchie. “Neighborhood caucuses provide a rich and productive environment for people to get involved in their party’s activities and the political process.”

Find Precinct Caucus Locations at mnvotes.org
The online caucus locator at mnvotes.org provides the locations of the major political party neighborhood precinct caucuses. The tool displays caucus locations as provided by Minnesota’s political parties. Caucus locations for other political parties are also available online: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=886

Who Can Attend a Caucus?
Caucuses are open to the public, but attendees interested in voting, or want to offer ideas or resolutions for their party, or want to serve as a party convention delegate must:

  • Be eligible to vote in the 2014 general election.
  • Live in the precinct.
  • Be in general agreement with the principles of the political party.

What Happens at a Caucus?
Caucuses assemble a party’s voters at the precinct level to discuss and vote on issues for their party to support. Participants of a caucus also vote on delegates who will represent their voting precinct at their party’s conventions. Caucus attendees conduct the following activities:

  • Elect 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.
  • Discuss issues and positions for the party to support. Persons may put forth resolutions to be voted on.
  • Sign up to serve as an election judge for the upcoming election.
  • Vote for the person they want the party to support in a straw poll — an informal poll to determine the support for each candidate. Candidates are officially chosen at future meetings, called conventions.

Learn more about precinct caucuses: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=886

Results of Precinct Caucuses Posted Online
Major political parties that conduct straw polls for governor at their caucus will provide results to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, which will be posted online: www.sos.state.mn.us.

Significant Elections on the Ballot in 2014
This year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to vote for a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House of Representative seats, as well as for governor and other state constitutional officers, and all Minnesota House of Representative seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, and all county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.

Receive election updates and news by following the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State on Twitter @MnSecofState and sign up for email updates: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNSOS/subscriber/new

About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.

The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.

A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota. The Office of the Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.

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