Caucus 2012

Precinct caucuses will be on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012. Senate District 64 will have caucuses in four locations. Make sure you know what precinct you are in, and you should be able to find your caucus on the list below.

Time

Precinct Caucuses February 7, 2012
Registration and Preference Balloting start at 6:30pm
Call to Order 7:00pm

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
  • W-1 P-2
  • W-1 P-7
  • W-1 P-13
  • W-2 P-1
  • W-2 P-2
  • W-2 P-4
  • W-3 P-13
  • W-3 P-14
  • W-4 P-4
  • W-4 P-5
  • W-4 P-6
  • W-4 P-9
  • W-4 P-10
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 in the basement of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.

  • W-3 P-7
Highland Junior High School

64BThese precincts will be gathering at Highland Park Junior High, 975 S. Snelling Ave., for their caucuses.

  • W-2 P-17
  • W-3 P-3
  • W-3 P-4
  • W-3 P-5
  • W-3 P-6
  • W-3 P-9
  • W-3 P-10
  • W-3 P-11
  • W-3 P-15
  • W-3 P-16
  • W-3 P-1
  • W-3 P-2
  • W-3 P-8
  • W-4 P-7

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What to expect

If all you want to do is vote in the non-binding preference ballot for president, that’s easy. Just come in, register, fill in the ballot, and hand it in. That’s it! You can do this any time between 6:30 and 8pm, but the earlier the better in case it gets crowded.

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

Registration

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

The Preference Ballot

There will be a statewide preference poll for presidential candidates. While we have only President Obama on our ballot, you are welcome to write in other candidates. If all you want to do is vote in the non-binding preferential ballot for president, that’s easy. Just come in, register, fill in the ballot, and hand it in. That’s it! You can do this any time between 6:30 and 8pm, but the earlier the better in case it gets crowded.

Business Meeting

We would love to have your help organizing DFLers for this years county and statewide races. If you want to be a precinct chair, a delegate to the senate district convention or beyond, or a convention committee volunteer, please stay for the business of the precinct caucus, which will convene at 7pm.

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!

At 8pm the preference balloting for president will end and the votes from your caucus will be tallied.

What if you can’t be there?

If you cannot be at the caucus, or can only stop by briefly to vote in the preference ballot, you can still participate by filling out the nomination letter form (a “proxy”). Make sure to sign your letter!

If you can’t attend you can still:

  • Run to be a delegate or alternate at the Senate District Convention on March 25
  • 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

Unfortunately, you will not be able to vote in the preference ballot if you can not personally attend to pick up the ballot.

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.

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!