Caucus 2016

Precinct Caucuses, Tuesday, March 1

Precinct caucuses will be on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016. Senate District 64 will have caucuses in three locations. Make sure you know what precinct you are in, and you should be able to find your caucus on the list below.

Time

March 1, 2016
Registration starts at 6:30pm
Call to Order 7:00pm
Presidential preference ballot allowed for eligible voters in line by 8pm

Caucus Locations

Central High School

64AThese precincts will be gathering at Central High School, 275 N. Lexington Ave., for their caucuses.

  • W-1 P-1, Room 2406
  • W-1 P-7, Room 2408
  • W-1 P-13, Room 2118
  • W-2 P-1, Room 3108
  • W-2 P-2, Room 3109
  • W-2 P-4, Room 3110
  • W-3 P-12, Room 2507
  • W-4 P-1, Room 2304
  • W-4 P-3, Room 2306
  • W-4 P-4, Room 2312
  • W-4 P-5, Room 2403
  • W-4 P-6, Room 2404
  • W-4 P-8, Cafeteria
  • W-4 P-9, Room 2405
  • W-4 P-10, Room 2201
Macalester College

64AMacalester and the precinct around it will hold their caucus on the Mac campus, 1600 Grand Ave, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall.

  • W-3 P-7, John B. Davis Lecture Hall
Highland Park

64BThese precincts will be holding caucuses at the Highland Park Middle and Senior High Schools, which are right next to each other near 975 S. Snelling Ave..

Highland Park Middle School
  • W-2 P-6, JR Room 1314
  • W-3 P-1, JR Room 1323
  • W-3 P-2, JR Room 1101 Cafeteria
  • W-3 P-4, JR Room 1305
  • W-3 P-5, JR Room 1311
  • W-3 P-6, JR Room 1208 Band
  • W-3 P-10, JR Room 1308
  • W-3 P-11, JR Room 1301
  • W-3 P-13, JR Room 1316 Science
  • W-3 P-14, JR Room 1202 Auditorium
  • W-4 P-7, JR Room 1214 Choir
Highland Park Senior High School
  • W-3 P-3, SR Auditorium
  • W-3 P-8, SR Room 1329 Choir
  • W-3 P-9, SR Room 1314
Site coordinators for Central High

Chris Haas

Kieren McCarney

Site coordinator for Macalester

TBA

Site coordinators for Highland Middle and Senior High Schools

Rick Varco

Chelsea Magadance

What to expect

Parking

Please note that parking is limited around these sites. Consider walking or taking Metro Transit if those are options for you.

Parking at Central High School

Participants should use the main (south-facing) entrance to Central High School on Marshall Ave at the top of the main stairs (even though the address is listed as 275 N. Lexington Ave.). The handicap-accessible entrance is door 2, on the ground level to the right of the main stairs.

Parking on-site is limited, so if you do not live in the vicinity of Central, we highly recommend carpooling or the use of public transportation (Central High is on bus route 83, a half mile south of the Lexington Ave exit from the Green Line). The front lot near the south entrance is expected to fill quickly, so participants could use the back (north) lot or the single line of parking spots along the gym (west side). There is street parking and some overflow parking at both the Dunning Rec Center to the west and Oxford Community Center to the east on the other side of Lexington. As both Marshall and Lexington are very busy, please be careful walking to the caucus.

Parking at Highland Park Middle and Senior High Schools

There is limited parking for Highland Park Middle and Senior High Schools, located next to each other at 975 South Snelling Avenue (intersection of Snelling and Montreal Avenues), in the lot behind the buildings. Please use the entrances behind the building by the parking lot. Public parking is also allowed on Snelling and Montreal and other side streets. Some additional parking may be found in lots at (although we have not yet confirmed their parking rules):

  • Urban Academy Charter School (formerly Nova Academy) on Montreal Avenue between Snelling and Davern Street
  • Highland Park Elementary School at 1700 Saunders Avenue
  • Highland (Charles M. Schultz) Arena at 800 Snelling Ave.
  • Highland Park Golf Course on Montreal Avenue between Snelling and Hamline Avenues

We encourage neighbors to car pool or public transportation. The bus route 84 will take you to Highland Park Middle and Senior High Schools.

Registration

Registration opens at 6:30pm. If you have attended a caucus in your precinct in the past few years, you should get a reminder card in the mail. Please bring your reminder card to the caucus with you. This year you can register by bringing the reminder card to the meeting and signing it in front of one of our volunteers at the caucus. This should speed up registration significantly, so remember to bring your card!

If you do not receive a card, or if you forget your card, you can still register in other ways at the caucus location.

Presidential Preference Ballot

At any time between registration and 8pm you will be able to submit your presidential preference ballot. All eligible voters in line to register at their precinct caucus at 8pm will be allowed to submit a preference ballot.

NOTE: An Absentee Participation Form does not allow you to submit a presidential preference ballot.

Becoming a Delegate or Alternate to the Convention

The caucus’s business meeting begins at 7pm. The meeting will begin by choosing its own officers (the people who will make sure the caucus runs smoothly), and then proceed to elect delegates to the Senate District convention. Note that under the caucus rules, the caucus cannot begin electing convention delegates until 7:30pm. If you’re interested in organizing DFLers for this year’s races, if you want to be a delegate to the district or state convention, or if you want to have a say in who will attend those conventions, please stay for this part of the caucus.

Resolutions

If you have a resolution you would like your caucus to consider, please prepare it ahead of time. It must be brought to the caucus on the official state DFL resolution form. You may attach other prepared text to the form. If time allows, you may be able to read the action item of your resolution (skipping all the “whereas” clauses) and have it voted on by your neighbors. Even if time does not allow for reading all the resolutions, you will have a chance to pass the resolution from your caucus up to the senate district convention’s resolutions committee. You could even run to be a part of the resolutions committee!

What if you can’t be there?

If you cannot be at the caucus, you can still participate by filling out the Absentee Participation Form (a “proxy”). Make sure to sign your letter! Note that the Absentee Participation Form does not allow you to submit a presidential preference ballot.

If you can’t attend you can still:

  • Run to be a delegate or alternate at the Senate District Convention (Sunday, 3 April 2016)
  • Sign up as a representative from your caucus to the convention committees (link to the committees)
  • Run for chair or associate chair of your precinct

After you download the proxy form, you can give to a neighbor in your precinct and they can bring it to the caucus. You can also mail it to SD64 Chair Elizabeth Wefel, 977 Goodrich Avenue # 4, St. Paul, MN 55105. Letters mailed to the chair must be received at least 72 hours in advance of the caucus to be guaranteed consideration. We will attempt to deliver later-received letters to the caucus, however, to be safe, please send your letter as soon as possible.

Volunteer!

If you are interested in helping out during caucuses, please see our volunteer page. Thanks!

Convenors!

The convenor and co-convenor are critical roles at the precinct caucuses. Be sure to help your convenor make your caucus a smooth and enjoyable evening. If you have volunteered to be a convenor or co-convenor, please check out the resources on our convenor page.

Candidates

We love having candidates at our caucuses, so please join us. But we do want you to know about the rules we have governing candidate activity at caucuses. Please review this information for campaigns. Thanks!