When and Where:
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – SD 44 Precinct Caucuses will convene at 7 p.m. Registration will begin by 6:30 p.m. Find your precinct caucus location at www.caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us Bring your precinct name and caucus room information with you!
A DFL meeting every two years, to elect precinct officers, delegates to county and senate district conventions, and to debate and vote on resolutions to be considered in the DFL party platform. See SD 44 Caucus Agenda and Rules at https://sites.google.com/site/sd44caucuslocations/
The DFL welcomes you. Here is what you affirm when you sign in:
“By signing in, precinct caucus attendees agree to the following: You affirm that you live in the precinct; you will be 18 and eligible to vote by November 6, 2018 if you wish to run for, or vote for, organizing unit convention delegate or alternate, or to vote on the preference ballot –or– will be 16 and eligible to participate in caucus business; you consider yourself a member of the DFL Party, and are not an active member of any other political party; and, you agree with the principles of the DFL Party as stated in the DFL Constitution and Bylaws.”
DFL party documents are found at www.dfl.org Our Party > DFL Party Documents
We look forward to seeing you caucus night!
Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Caucus 2018:
1. Where is MY caucus held?
Answer: Caucus is a meeting of your DFL PRECINCT.
SD 44 precincts in 44 A meet at Wayzata High; SD44 precincts in 44 B meet at Hopkins High. Find your precinct name and caucus location at www.caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us
3. The other high school is closer to where I live – can I just go there?
Answer: No, you must meet with your own precinct.
4. Once I arrive at the right high school, where do I go?
Answer: have your precinct name with you – you will be able to go straight to your precinct room! Here is the
CURRENT line-up of rooms – if we have to make a change ahead of caucus, we’ll update this site; if the
change occurs right before caucus, we’ll have updates in the lobby. There will be site maps for you to
5. Why doesn’t my precinct meet near my home?
Answer: Your local Senate District 44 has to pay for the venues where we hold caucus – we have 30 precincts – and to pay for 30 venues and have volunteers enough to staff 30 venues is more daunting than we can manage! Plus, even though it might be crowded, it is kind of energizing to see so many DFLers in one place – isn’t it?
6. I’m new to all of this – is this for insiders only?
Answer: No indeed! We welcome everyone! And if your convenor or another attendee speaks in acronyms or
DFL-centric terms you don’t know, please – ask them to explain – you won’t be the only one who doesn’t know that
“Ken” is Ken Martin, DFL Chair; “Plato” is the DFL headquarters, etc.
7. Is caucus attendance really that important?
Answer: Yes indeed! Much of what impacts our lives here in Minnesota is legislated at the state level – Caucus is where the selection of MN leadership starts. DFL candidates for Governor/Lt. Gov, other constitutional officers (Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of State), US House and Senate candidates, MN House candidates, County Commissioners, Sheriff–all are looking for delegates to support them at upcoming conventions (SD 44March 10, 9 a.m., Minnetonka High Cafeteria; Hennepin County Endorsing Convention, May 19.
At 2018 Caucus, you’ll also be able to vote your preference for a candidate for governor, run for precinct leadership
(please!), and present resolutions which might become part of the DFL Platform. Not a bad’s night work every two
years! Plus candidates and their representatives will probably stop by for a short greeting.
8. Sounds good – but I can’t attend caucus on Feb. 6. Any options?
Answer: Some pretty good ones: you may still indicate that you’re willing to (a) run as a delegate or alternate to the Senate District conventionMarch 10; (b) run as a precinct chair or vice chair; (c); run as a delegate or alternate to the Hennepin County Endorsing ConventionMay 19; (d) submit a resolution – form atwww.dfl.org/caucus
Non-attendees may not vote in the gubernatorial preference ballot.
You may complete and scan your non-attendee form, sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact email@example.com about mailing instructions (due BY Feb. 3, 2018) or you can ask someone to take it to YOUR precinct meeting by7:15 p.m.on caucus night.
9. I’d like to do more than attend, I’d like to help with Caucus – may I?
Answer: Thank you! Please contact SD 44 Chair Phyllis Richerson firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your availability: late afternoon set up, pre-caucus help in the lobby, help in your precinct room during caucus, tear-down after caucus. Also, if you’re interested in helping with electronic registration in your precinct and could take an instructional webinar and bring a laptop or tablet by6 p.m., let us know.
10. I have questions that aren’t covered here – what do I do?
Answer: The DFL website has info and the forms you’ll need –www.dfl.org
And please send your questions to Phyllis Richerson, Chair of SD 44, at email@example.com
And one more thing: Caucus is in the EVENING – starting at 6:30 p.m. (It’s not an all-day thing like Election Day!)