Feb. 5 caucuses: What you need to know
Minnesota is among the states that hold local precinct caucuses as the first step in the 2008 election process. Below are some commonly asked questions about that process:
Q: When are the precinct caucuses?
A: Precinct caucuses for the DFL and Republican parties will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Q: Who can participate?
A: Anyone who will be eligible to vote by Nov. 4, 2008, can participate. Anyone over 16 can attend.
Q: Where will they be held?
A: Locations are shown below. Precinct caucuses are not held at the same location where you vote on Election Day.
Q: What happens at a precinct caucus?
A: At the precinct caucus, delegates are elected to attend the district convention. Participants will discuss election issues, debate resolutions that anyone may introduce for possible inclusion in the party's state platform and cast a straw vote for a presidential candidate.
Q: What do precinct delegates do?
A: Delegates elected at the precinct level will attend the district convention. The DFL district convention is scheduled Saturday, March 29 at South St. Paul High School. The date of the Republican district convention had not been determined at the Bulletin's press time.
Q: What happens at the district convention?
A: At the district convention, delegates will be elected to attend the state convention. The DFL state convention is scheduled Friday through Sunday, June 6 to 8 in Rochester. The Republican state convention will be held Thursday through Friday, May 29 to 31 at Mayo Civic Center, Rochester.
Q: What happens at the state convention?
A: At the state convention, delegates are chosen to represent the party at the national convention. The Democrats will hold their national convention in Denver, and the Republicans in St. Paul.
Precinct Caucus Locations for Legislative District 57A&B
All Cottage Grove Precincts -- Cottage Grove Junior High School, 9775 Indian Blvd., Cottage Grove
Grey Cloud Island -- Oltman Junior High School, 1020 Third St., St. Paul Park
Newport Precincts 1 and 2 -- Newport Elementary School, 851 Sixth St.
St. Paul Park Precincts 1, 2 and 3 -- Oltman Junior High School
All Cottage Grove. St. Paul Park and Grey Cloud Island Precincts -- VFW Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove
Newport Precincts 1 and 2 -- Central Square Community Center, 100 Seventh Ave. S., South St. Paul
For details about the DFL caucus locations, go to www.dfl.org.
For details about Republican caucuses, go to www.mngop.com
For details about Independence Party caucus locations, call (651) 487-9700 or go to the Web site at www.mnip.org.
Green Party caucuses will be held on Tuesday, March 4. For location, call the Green Party at (651) 288-2820 or access the Web site at www.mngreens.org.
For general information about precinct caucuses, go to the county Web site at www.co.washington.mn.us/info_for_residents/atse/elections/precinct_caucu... or call (877) 600-8683 (VOTE).