Caucus Convenors 2014

Thank you for agreeing to convene or co-convene your precinct caucus! Your are the heart of making Caucus 2014 go smoothly. If you have any questions about what you need to do on caucus night, please email or call one of our SD64 officers.

If you are signed up to convene an SD64 DFL caucus in 2014, please make sure you attend our precinct caucus convenor training session. We’re currently finalizing times and locations for convenor training sessions, but they’re tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 22, from 6-7:30pm and Sunday, January 26 1-2:30pm. Trainings will be held at the offices of SEIU Healthcare, 345 Randolph Ave., Suite 100, in St. Paul. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.

Two years ago, we have created the 2014 Caucus Convening instructions (PDF) to provide a guide to the evening and a convenor’s responsibilities. It also has some important information about the SD64 caucus sites and site coordinators. We’re in the process of drafting similar instructions for 2014, but if you’re looking to get a head-start, last year’s instructions should give you a sense of what to expect. You may also want to look at the DFL Constitution.

If you think your caucus may need to use the “walking subcaucus” process to choose delegates, you may be interested in the Minnesota Subcaucus Calculator created by our own Associate Chair, Eric Celeste. This app calculates the number of delegates each subcaucus gets when you enter the total number of delegates your precinct or convention is allowed and how many people are in each subcaucus. The rules it follows appeared on page 4 of the DFL 2014-2015 Official Call (page 6 of the pdf), including the proper treatment of remainders. It makes the math involved in a walking subcaucus disappear. There are two versions:

This 2008 video by Team Franken might give you a feel for the walking subcaucus process. While you probably won’t use this process in your precinct caucus, you are likely to encounter it at the SD64 convention in March.

We will add resources to this page as they become available. Please feel free to email if you have any suggestions of what we should put here. Please check back the weekend before the caucuses to see if there is anything new to review.

Thanks again for taking on this vital role!

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