Precinct caucuses will be on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018. Senate District 64 will have caucuses in six locations. Make sure you know what precinct you are in, and you should be able to find your caucus on the list below.
February 6, 2018
Registration starts at 6:30pm
Call to Order 7:00pm
Non-binding preference ballot allowed for eligible voters in line by 8pm
Central High School
64AThese precincts will be gathering at Central High School, 275 Lexington Parkway N, for their caucuses. Site coordinators: Chris Haas and Diana Tastad-Damer.
- W-1 P-1, Room 2406
- W-1 P-7, Room 2408
- W-1 P-13, Room 2101
- W-2 P-1, Cafeteria (North)
- W-2 P-2, Cafeteria (South)
- W-2 P-4, Room 2410
- W-3 P-12, Room 2118
- W-4 P-1, Room 2307
- 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, Room 2304
- W-4 P-9, Room 2405
- W-4 P-10, Room 2201 (Auditorium)
Highland Park Middle
64BThese precincts will be holding caucuses at the Highland Park Middle School, 975 S. Snelling Ave.. Site coordinators, Rick Varco and Chelsea Magadance.
- W-2 P-6, JR Room 1314
- W-3 P-3, 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-8, JR Room 1214 (Choir)
- W-3 P-9, JR Room 1202 (Auditorium)
- W-3 P-10, JR Room 1308
- W-3 P-11, JR Room 1301
64BThese precincts will be holding caucuses at the Groveland Park Elementary School, 2045 St. Clair Ave.. Site coordinator, Eric Celeste.
- W-3 P-1, Room 1200 (Media Center)
- W-3 P-2, Room 1101 (Cafeteria)
- W-4 P-7, Room 1123
64AMacalester and the precinct around it will hold their caucus at Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall. Site coordinator: Ryan Sendelbach.
- W-3 P-7, John B. Davis Lecture Hall
64BThis precinct will be holding its caucus at the Randolph Heights Elementary, 348 Hamline Ave. S. Site coordinator: Elizabeth Wefel.
- W-3 P-14, Cafeteria
64BThis precinct will be holding its caucus at the Edgcumbe Rec Center, 320 Griggs St S. Site coordinator: Sasha Bergman.
- W-3 P-13, Edgcumbe Rec Center
What to expect
Parking and Access
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 and Access to Groveland Park Elementary School
There is extremely limited parking at Groveland Park Elementary School (2045 St. Clair Ave.). Please do not use the parking lot behind the school unless you require access to the accessible ramp and entrance there. Otherwise we recommend walking to the school or parking on the streets around the school.
All our rooms are on the lower “1st floor” of the building. Please enter the building via the two smaller doors to the left and right of the main door (doors 1 and 14) or via the accessible door at the far end of the parking lot behind the school (door 10). All three of these doors lead to the 1st floor. Note that the main doors will be locked since they lead up to the 2nd floor.
Parking at Highland Park Middle School
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 School.
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.
Non-Binding Preference Ballot
At any time between registration and 8pm you will be able to submit your preference ballot. All eligible voters in line to register at their precinct caucus at 8pm will be allowed to submit a 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.
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 Non-Attendee Form (a “proxy”). Make sure to sign your letter! Note that the Non-Attendee Form does not allow you to submit a preference ballot.
If you can’t attend you can still:
- Run to be a delegate or alternate at the Senate District Convention (Sunday, 25 March 2018)
- 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, 444 Warwick Street, Saint 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.
If you are interested in helping out during caucuses, please see our volunteer page. Thanks!
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.
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!