Why do we have caucuses?
Minnesota political parties hold their precinct caucuses at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Here are some basics from the Associated Press:
Q: What are they?
A: Gatherings of people who live in the same area and belong to the same political party meet to talk issues and choose candidates. They also cast a straw ballot expressing gubernatorial preferences.
Q: Who can take part?
A: Anyone can watch, but to take part you need to be eligible to vote on Nov. 7 and have an affiliation with the political party.
Q: How do I find mine?
A: Call your political party or visit their Web site (links at the right.) Minnesota DFL 651-293-1200; Republican Party of Minnesota 651-222-0022; Independence Party of Minnesota 651-487-9700; Green Party of Minnesota 612-871-4585.
Q: What if I have to work that night?
A: Under state law you can take time out without pay to attend a caucus as long as you gave at least 10 days notice.
Q: When will the gubernatorial straw ballot be known?
A: It could be a day or two before full results are in. But they can be found at the secretary of state Web site.
- Hy Berman: History professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota.
- Ron Carey: Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota
- Donna Cassutt: Associate chair of the Minnesota DFL Party
- Jim Moore: Chair of the Independence Party of Minnesota
- Minnesota DFL
- Republican Party of Minnesota
- Independence Party of Minnesota
- Green Party of Minnesota
- Minnesota Secretary of State