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Both GOP and DFL parties in Douglas County to caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 1

Republicans will gather at the Alexandria Area High School while Democrats will caucus at Discovery Middle School.

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Those attending the Douglas County DFL caucus in 2020 started the meeting at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria with the Pledge of Allegiance.
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DOUGLAS COUNTY โ€“ Political caucuses will take place in Alexandria on Tuesday, Feb 1.

Participants will need to know which precinct they live and vote in. While help will be available at the caucuses, anyone unsure of their precinct is encouraged to verify that information beforehand by calling the county auditor's office or going to the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Republicans from all precincts in Douglas County will caucus at the Alexandria Area High School. Proceedings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Attendees are encouraged to arrive as early as 6:30 p.m.

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At the Republican caucus in 2020, Justin Lee, right, helps Laraya Hammer of Battle Lake find her precinct at Alexandria Area High School.
Echo Press file photo

Republicans will vote in an informal preference poll for their favorite candidate for governor. They'll also elect delegates and alternatives from their respective precincts to the Douglas County Republican Convention and their legislative district endorsing convention; present, discuss and act on resolutions; aand act on any other business.

Democrats in the Douglas County DFL will caucus on Feb. 1 at Discovery Middle School, 510 McKay Ave.. N, Alexandria. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m.

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State party leaders have decided to hold an in-person caucus meeting for those who want to join and participate face to face but COVID-19 restrictions will be in in place.

Masks will be required for all DFL attendees, along with proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test. Attendees will asked to do their best to socially distance and to keep their masks on throughout the meeting. The Minnesota State DFL party mandates this.

DFL attendees will not be allowed to stay for the caucus without proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. However, they will be allowed to complete the non-attendee form and/or resolution forms in the lobby.

Each precinct will elect delegates and alternates for the Douglas County DFL convention in late March or early April. These delegates will also represent their precinct in the district representing them after redistricting.

Anyone who wants to participate but would prefer not to join the in-person DFL caucus can submit a non-attendee form and resolutions in advance; or these forms can be dropped off caucus night at Discovery Middle School.

Resolution and non-attendee forms can be filled out and left at registration on DFL caucus night for anyone who would prefer not to stay that evening. These forms will also be available in advance and can be submitted electronically or dropped off caucus night at Discovery Middle School.

Resolutions and/or non-attendee forms can be submitted to Bonnie Bina, Douglas County DFL Chair, bonniebina.dfl@gmail.com or mailed to PO Box 21, Alexandria, MN 56308. Completed forms can also be dropped off caucus night 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Resolution and non-attendee forms are available at: https://dfl.org/partydocuments/

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