Precinct caucuses set for Feb. 4
WILLMAR –– Political parties will hold precinct caucuses Feb. 4 in Minnesota, signaling the kick-off to the 2014 campaign and election season.
In Kandiyohi County, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Republican Party and the Independence Party will hold precinct caucuses.
All the Kandiyohi caucuses begin at 7 p.m. at various locations in the county.
Those locations are listed in the accompanying sidebar.
Individuals who are unsure of which precinct they live in can find the information online at: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ and entering your zip code and address.
Participants are encouraged to arrive at their respective caucuses ahead of the 7 p.m. start time early to complete registration prior to the start of the meetings.According to the Minnesota Secretary of State website, precinct caucuses are meetings organized by Minnesota’s political parties that signal the first step for the party to select candidates and choose the party’s goals and values.Precinct caucuses are open to the public.However, in order to vote, offer resolutions or become a delegate participants must- Be eligible to vote in the fall election;- Live in the precinct;- Be in general agreement with the principles of the political party (Minnesota does not have an official party registration process).During caucuses, precinct officers are elected to organize political activities in the precinct.Participants also typically discuss issues, ideas and resolutions for the party to support.Straw poll votes may also be held to show voter preference for candidates for governor or president.Delegates are also elected to represent your precinct at upcoming political conventions that are held during an election year, including the political party’s county or district conventions.At these conventions, delegates endorse candidates to represent the county or district, and then choose a smaller number of delegates for the party’s congressional and state conventions, according to the Secretary of State’s website.These delegates will endorse candidates to represent the congressional district or statewide offices such as governor or U.S. Senator.—Staff Reports
Caucus locations in Kandiyohi County
DFLThe Kandiyohi County DFL party is hosting precinct caucuses at seven locations. Multiple precincts will meet at one location.
Bethel Lutheran Church411 Becker Ave. SW, WillmarAll city of Willmar precinctsWillmar TownshipWhitefield Township
Kandiyohi Civic Center432 N. Atlantic Ave., KandiyohiCity of AtwaterCity of KandiyohiLake Elizabeth TownshipGennessee TownshipHarrison TownshipKandiyohi Township
O’Neil’s Bar152 Lake Ave. South, SpicerCity of SpicerDovre TownshipGreen Lake Township
Lake Lillian City Center Community Building511 Lakeview St, Lake LillianLake Lillian (city), Blomkest, East Lake Lillian Township, Lake Lillian Township, Fahlun Township, Roseland Township
Prairie Woods Elementary – music room17435 County Road 9 NE, New LondonNew London (city), Regal, Hawick, Irving Township,Colfax Township, Lake Andrew Township, New London Township, Burbank Township, Roseville Township
Sunburg Community Center211 Isola St., SunburgCity of SunburgMamre TownshipNorway Lake TownshipArctander Township
Raymond Community CenterMain Street, RaymondCity of PennockCity of PrinsburgCity of RaymondHolland TownshipSt. Johns TownshipEdwards Township
GOPThe Kandiyohi County Republican party is hosting precinct caucuses at six locations. Multiple precincts will meet at one location.Willmar Middle School201 Willmar Ave. SE, WillmarAll City of Willmar precinctsCity of KandiyohiCity of PennockCity of RaymondEdwards TownshipDovre TownshipFahlun TownshipKandiyohi TownshipMamre TownshipSt. Johns TownshipWillmar Township
ACGC North Elementary School302 2nd St., AtwaterCity of AtwaterGennessee Township Blomkest Community Center1 South Main, BlomkestCity of BlomkestRoseland TownshipWhitefield Township Lake Lillian Library431 Lakeview St, Lake LillianCity of Lake LillianLake Lillian TownshipEast Lake Lillian TownshipLake Elizabeth Township Prinsburg Community Center 411 3rd St, PrinsburgCity of PrinsburgHolland Township. New London- Spicer High School101 4th Ave SW, New LondonCity of New LondonCity of RegalCity of SpicerCity of SunburgNew London TownshipGreen Lake TownshipLake Andrew TownshipHarrison TownshipIrving TownshipArctander TownshipBurbank TownshipColfax TownshipNorway Lake TownshipRoseville Township
Independence PartyAll precincts of the Kandiyohi County Independence Party will caucus at the Calvary Lutheran Church.