Attend your Precinct Caucus!


 



Attend Your Precinct Caucus in Minneapolis!



Tonight’s the night!  If you’ve been wanting to get involved as a bicycle advocate in Minneapolis, attend your precinct caucus tonight.  Here are some frequently asked questions and some simple answers.



1. What the heck is a precinct caucus?



It’s a meeting organized by a political party



2. What is a precinct?




  • The smallest political subdivision of our state


  • Your neighborhood


  • All the people who vote at the same location



3. What is a caucus?



Most simply, a group of people



4. What is a caucus for?




  • Political parties choose issues


  • Resolutions can be proposed for potential inclusion in the party platform


  • Political parties choose candidates


  • Political parties endorse candidates


  • Candidates get the party’s nomination


  • Ordinary people (called delegates) vote for the candidates they want their party to endorse


  • Political parties build their base



5. Who can go to a precinct caucus?




  • You must reside in the precinct


  • You have to pick your party


  • You must be eligible to vote on November 5, 2013, to become a delegate, offer resolutions or vote on precinct business



6. What happens at a precinct caucus?



There are 3 main caucus activities:




  • Elect a precinct chair and precinct officers


  • Elect delegates and alternates to the ward and city conventions


  • Propose and vote on resolutions



7. What are delegates?




  • A delegate is a person who wants to go to the next level of their party’s caucus system


  • Precinct caucuses are open invitation, but only delegates can attend conventions



8. What are resolutions?




  • A resolution is a statement for an issue that you support


  • Resolutions can be used to get your issue on to the party platform


  • Resolutions should be presented in writing



9. Why be involved?




  • Meet your neighbors and build community


  • Support an issue (like Bikeways for Everyone!)


  • Support a candidate


  • Be a delegate



10. How do I get involved?




  • Choose your political party, then Google it with Minneapolis


  • Find out where and when your precinct caucus meets


  • Show up, run to be a delegate, offer a resolution

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