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Who will Faribault County pick?

By Staff | Feb 28, 2016

Political party caucuses will be held across Minnesota on Tuesday, March 1, as part of the “Super Tuesday” presidential candidate selection process across the nation.

And, that includes having precinct caucuses in Faribault County. Both the Republican and DFL parties will be holding caucuses that evening.

The Republican Party of Faribault County will be holding caucuses in two locations on March 1. Both will begin at 7 p.m.

Residents in the townships of Dunbar, Clark and Foster and towns of Kiester, Wells and Walters will be meeting at the Wells Community Center.

All other townships and towns in the county will meet at the Blue Earth Area High School Commons.

Meanwhile, all of the DFL party precincts in the whole county will hold their caucuses at the Wells Community Center in Wells.

At both the Republican and DFL caucuses, there will be a presidential preference ballot for all those in attendance. Caucus organizers for both parties say they are expecting a large turnout, due to the interest in this year’s presidential race.

Other matters at the caucuses will be to discuss and debate party platforms and to possibly pass resolutions on the platforms.

Election of precinct chairs for the next two years and selection of delegates to the party’s conventions are also usually included on the agenda.

In addition, the DFL caucus will include a silent auction that will feature items donated by retired former state representative Henry Kalis.

Anyone age 16 or over may participate in caucus business, but only those persons old enough to vote in the November election are allowed to vote at the caucus.

The Faribault County DFL Party chairwoman is Shannon Savick of Wells. The co-chairmen of the county Republican Party are Bill Erickson of Winnebago and Lowell Borgas of Delavan.

Precinct Caucuses Q&A

Question: When are Minnesota’s 2016 Precinct Caucuses?

Answer: Precinct Caucuses for the major political parties (Minnesota DFL & Republican Party of Minnesota) will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m.

Question: What happens at precinct caucuses?

Answer: Precinct Caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. Generally, they are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and discuss their goals and values.

In 2016, a major part of caucuses will be for attendees to indicate their choice for the party’s endorsement for President via the presidential preference ballot.

Question: Who can participate in a caucus?

Answer: In order to participate in a caucus, Minnesotans must be eligible to vote in the November 2016 general election, live in the precinct, and generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus.

Minnesotans also have the right to take time off work to be at a precinct caucus or, if you are chosen as a delegate or alternate, a political party convention, but must give their employer 10 days written notice.

Question: What is the role of the Office of Secretary of State on caucus night?

Answer: Precinct Caucuses are entirely run by the state’s political parties. This includes everything from setting the location of specific caucus sites, parking and logistics, caucus rules and bylaws, etc.

The role of the Office of Secretary of State, by law, is to post the caucus results of the major political parties to the Secretary of State’s website. These results are inputted by the parties themselves, and then displayed on the Secretary of State’s site.