Citizens are encouraged to attend precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Precinct caucuses are where the process of choosing candidates for fall elections begins.

To participate, you must be eligible to vote in the November general election and live in the precinct. You also must generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus.

Political parties run their caucus meetings a little differently. Generally, there are three main activities at a caucus:

  • Choose volunteers who will organize political activities in the precinct. This could include maintaining contact lists, holding political meetings and helping with campaign efforts.

  • Introduce resolutions and discuss issues and ideas for the party to support. If you convince other attendees to support your resolution, it may be taken to the county convention. Eventually, your resolution could become part of the official party platform.

  • Choose delegates who will endorse candidates at future conventions. At future conventions, party delegates will endorse state and federal candidates.

  • Sign up to become an election judge.

Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. Caucuses start at 7 p.m.

If you’re unsure where to go on caucus night, visit the Enterprise's "Suggested Articles" links at the bottom of this page. The GOP and DFL caucus locations are also posted under “Events” on the Enterprise website.

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office also has an online caucus finder at https://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

Caucuses are a great way to get involved and make your voice heard – even if you’ve never attended before.

One week after precinct caucuses – Tuesday, March 3 (Super Tuesday) – Minnesota is conducting a presidential nominating primary. Voters will go to their usual polling place. Early voting has begun - check with the Hubbard County Auditor’s office for in-person voting locations, days and times. If you live in a township with mail-in ballots, you should have received a ballot by now. If you have not, contact the County Auditor’s office at 218-732-3196.

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