We encourage citizens to attend precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 6. Precinct caucuses are where the process of choosing candidates for fall elections begins.
A highlight of DFL caucuses this year will be to complete a preference ballot and vote for candidates for governor. People can go to their designated location, cast a ballot and leave if they wish, but are encouraged to stay and participate in this important part of our Minnesota democratic process.
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.
Caucusesare a great way to get involved and make your voice heard — even if you've never attended before.
The DFL Party uses precinct caucuses and conventions to endorse candidates and to debate and set the issues the party will stand for in a process of considering resolutions. Anyone attending caucuses may compose resolutions and, if approved, they will be forwarded to the county convention. Resolutions are categorized on topics, such as agriculture and food, business and community development, education, health and human services and natural resources and environment. A resolution form can be downloaded at www.dfl.org/caucuses-conventions.
The DFL site also has a form for absentee participation. If you want to participate in the precinct caucus, but can't attend in person, you can complete a form and have someone else bring it on caucus night or send the form to Hubbard County DFL , PO Box 814, Park Rapids, MN 56470 no later than Saturday, Feb. 3. This form also is at www.dfl.org/caucuses-conventions.
The Hubbard County convention will be Sunday, March 4 at the Laporte School. On caucus night, you can ask to be considered as a delegate to the county convention. Alternates are seated at the convention if delegates are unable to attend. County convention delegates will hear from candidates seeking endorsement in House Districts 2A and 2B. Candidates for state constitutional offices also may attend. In addition to voting on resolutions forwarded from precinct caucuses, convention delegates will elect Hubbard County party officers and can seek election to the state DFL convention.