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Across the state, people will gather on Tuesday, February 7 to select candidates during the 2012 caucuses.

Precinct caucuses are open to the public and are organized by Minnesota's political parties. During these meetings political parties will get together to select local people to help run the 2012 elections. They also discuss candidates for state office, and elect delegates to represent the precinct at other conventions that will select candidates.

In addition, caucus attendees are encouraged to offer policy ideas (resolutions) that may go on to become party policy positions.


The Douglas County DFL caucuses will be held at Alexandria Technical and Community College, Room 743.

The caucuses will begin with sign-in at 6:30 p.m. Balloting and other official business will begin at 7 p.m. Preference balloting will conclude at 8 p.m. Ballots may only be cast in person; no absentee balloting is allowed. Anyone who will be eligible to vote in Minnesota by November 6, 2012 may vote in the caucus preference ballot and be elected a delegate or alternate to the Douglas County DFL and Senate District 11 Conventions. Anyone age 16 or older may submit resolutions and run for precinct office.

To participate in a Douglas County DFL precinct caucus, you must:

• Reside in the precinct.

• Be age 16 or older.

• Consider yourself a member of the DFL Party and not be an active member of any other political party.

• Agree with the principles of the DFL Party as stated in the DFL Constitution and Bylaws that can be found at the DFL website at

Anyone with questions about precinct caucuses can check the Minnesota Secretary of State website at


The Douglas County Republicans will caucus at Jefferson High School in Alexandria on February 7 beginning at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m.

All cities, wards, precincts, and townships of Douglas County will meet at Jefferson High School.

Any citizen who will be 18 years old by Election Day, November 6, 2012, is eligible to attend. To find your precinct, go online to or contact your city clerk.

During the Republican caucus, attendees will:

• Elect precinct officers.

• Elect delegates and alternates to the Douglas County Republican Party Convention and legislative district endorsing conventions.

• Present, discuss and act on resolutions.

• Conduct a presidential preference ballot/straw poll.

Delegates and alternates elected at the caucus will represent their precincts at the upcoming county convention, which will be March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Senior Center, 414 Hawthorne Street in Alexandria.

For more information, contact Dan Haglin at (320) 815-9614.

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Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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