Tuesday’s precinct caucuses are residents’ opportunity to be heard

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
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Tuesday night, Minnesotans will take part in precinct caucuses that begin at 7 p.m. Precinct caucuses are often called “politics at the grassroots level.”

In Morrison County, the Democratic caucus for all county residents will be held in one location, that being the Little Falls Community Middle School in the commons area. Here, registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

Those who attend the DFL caucus are encouraged to bring a cash donation or food item for the Morrison County Food Shelf.

Republicans will hold caucuses at six locations and residents attend the caucus location chosen for the precinct in which they live.

Republican caucus sites include:

• Little Falls Community High School — For residents who live in the township of Belle Prairie, Green Prairie, Pike Creek and Ripley, as well as residents who live in Ward 1, 2 and 3 of the city of Little Falls;

• Scandia Valley Town Hall — This caucus is for township residents in Cushing, Darling, Motley, Parker, Rosing and Scandia Valley, as well as residents of the cities of Motley, Rail Prairie and Randall;

• The Upsala High School library is the caucus site for those who live in the townships of Culdrum, Elmdale and Swanville, and city residents of Elmdale, Flensburg, Sobieski, Swanville and Upsala;

• At the Pierz Senior Center, residents of Agram, Buckman, Buh, Granite, Hillman, Lakin, Leigh, Morrill, Mt. Morris, Pierz, Platte, Pulaski and Richardson townships will join with residents of the cities of Buckman, Genola, Harding, Hillman, Lastrup and Pierz, to caucus; and

• Residents of Bellevue, Swan River and Two Rivers townships and city residents of Bowlus and Royalton will caucus at the Royalton High School in the media center.

Anyone who lives within the boundaries of a voting precinct and who is also a registered voter can participate in a precinct caucus.

Participants at precinct caucuses select presidential candidates and vote on their party’s platform issues. At each precinct caucus, a chairperson of the caucus is elected as well as delegates who will represent the area at the next level of the party’s convention.

Caucus night, those who are in attendance discuss and vote on resolutions as recommendations to the party for inclusion in the party platform. These resolutions are introduced by participants and can be written by the participant themselves, or prepared by groups or interests that are supported by that person.