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Caucus? What’s that? That is where you vote for presidential candidates on Tuesday, March 1, 2016! Yes! Your vote is important!

Bernie or Hillary? Trump or Cruz or Rubio or one of the others? Whose name will appear on the ballot in November?

You can vote on which of the candidates in your party will move forward.

In Minnesota the voting is done at a neighborhood meeting called a precinct caucus. The Republicans meet separately from the Democrats. So there will be a Republican caucus meeting in your neighborhood and a DFL caucus meeting in your neighborhood. You can only go to one, so you have to choose which political party’s caucus to go to.

All of the caucus meetings on held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. They begin at 7:00 pm, but a lot of people are expected to go, so you might want to go early. There might even be a line to get in!

You can find out where your caucus meeting, go online to:

http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Put in your address and it will tell you where the meetings are for both the Republicans and the Democrats.

If you want an interpreter, you need to contact either the Republican or DFL Party in writing and ahead of time. You can send your request by email.

To request an interpreter, send an e-mail to:

DFL Party
Vicki
vwright@dfl.org.

Republican Party
Katie
keb@mngop.com.

Be sure to include your name and your home address (so that they will know which precinct caucus you’ll be attending).

When you get to your caucus, you will have to sign in. You will write down your name, your address and will sign your name to say that you agree with the ideas of that political party.

Then they will give you a ballot with the names of the presidential candidates for that political party. Check the name of the candidate you like and turn your ballot in.

You’re finished voting. Then you can stay for a meeting, if you want.

At the meeting, they will:
1. choose people (called “delegates”) to represent your neighborhood precinct at future meetings
2. elect officers for your neighborhood group
3. discuss and vote on issues that people want the political party to support
4. maybe hear from candidates running to represent your neighborhood

This is your chance to have a say in who your party picks to run for president. Make sure your vote counts!

MNCDHH wants to hear from you after you go to caucus! Send us a short vlog on your experiences or stories. Let us know how we can help inform voters. Share why your vote is important. Email your clip to ekdivelydlc@gmail.com.

On March 1, please attend your precinct caucus. Your opinion is important. Make your vote count.

http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

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