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JAN. 30, 2012
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Precinct caucus set for Tuesday, Feb. 7

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

Ready to make an impact on Minnesota’s political landscape?

One of the ways local residents can get involved in the 2012 general election is by attending the precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 7.

During the caucuses, citizens meet to discuss which candidates to support, and which public policy positions should be adopted.

Democrats and Republicans meet separately, giving citizens the chance to form party platforms and organize volunteers.

Precinct caucuses are open to the public, and political parties encourage participation, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Political parties may conduct a straw poll to gauge caucus attendees’ candidate preferences for state or federal elected offices.

Anyone who will be eligible to vote in Minnesota by Nov. 6 may vote in the preference ballot. Anyone age 16 or over may participate in caucus business.

For additional information, follow the link to the Minnesota Secretary of State website on the Enterprise Dispatch homepage, www.dasselcokato.com.

Republican party

Residents of various cities and townships will meet at different locations for the Republican precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

• Cokato, Cokato Twp., Howard Lake, Middleville Twp., Stockholm Twp. will meet at the Cokato City Hall.

• French Lake Twp will meet at Annandale High School.

• Darwin, Darwin Twp. will meet at Litchfield Senior High cafeteria.

• Dassel, Dassel Twp., Kingston, Kingston Twp. will meet at the Dassel Elementary School large gym.

Democrat party

Residents of various cities and townships will meet at different locations for the DFL precinct caucuses Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

• Cokato, Cokato Twp., Howard Lake, Middleville Twp., Stockholm Twp. will meet at Daniel’s Restaurant (255 Cokato St. E.)

• Delano, Franklin Twp. will meet at Delano High School.

• French Lake Twp. will meet at Annandale Middle School.

• Darwin, Darwin Twp. will meet at the Litchfield Middle School.

• Dassel, Dassel Twp., Kingston, Kingston Twp. will meet at the Dassel Elementary School cafeteria.

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