After watching the early presidential campaign action unfold in other states, Minnesotans will get involved in the nomination process March 1, when our precinct caucuses are part of Super Tuesday.
Secretary of State’s Steve Simon’s office has prepared an online “caucus finder” to help voters find the location of their DFL or GOP gathering that night.
With Iowa and New Hampshire in the books, next on the schedule are Democratic caucuses in Nevada and the South Carolina Republican primary on Feb. 20; Nevada Republican caucuses on Feb. 23; and the South Carolina Democratic primary on Feb. 27.
Then it’s Super Tuesday, March 1.
In addition to the Minnesota caucuses that day, Colorado also holds caucuses for both parties.
There also will be Republican caucuses in Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming, and primaries for both parties in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.
To help find your Minnesota caucus location, the SOS caucus finder starts with your zip code or county — then your address. It pulls up the location and address where you’ll want to be at 7 p.m. that night.
You can also attend caucuses for other parties, but they’re not in the SOS app. Simon provides a list of the “minor parties,” and says you should contact them for dates and locations.
The state rules for participating in a caucus are:
- You must be eligible to vote in the November general election
- Live in the precinct
- Generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus
And, Simon notes, state law gives Minnesotans the right to take time off work to attend a precinct caucus or political party convention (if you’re a delegate or alternate), but you must give their employer ten days’ written notice.