Caucus

Commit to Caucus for Janne on April 4th, 2017

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Sign up here to let us know you're willing to caucus for Janne!

Earning the DFL nomination is an important part of winning the general election in November. Your support and participation at your Minneapolis Ward 7 precinct caucus on April 4, 2017 is essential.

Look for Janne's campaign precinct captains on caucus night; they'll be at each site to guide you through the process. If you'd like to learn more about caucusing we have answers to some common questions below.

How do I find my caucus site?

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To find your precinct, visit http://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/precincts/ and enter your address.

 

April 4, 2017 precinct caucus locations:

7-1 Anwatin Middle School, 256 Upton Ave S
7-2 Kenwood Rec Center, 2101 W Franklin Ave
7-3 Hennepin Ave United Methodist, 511 Groveland Ave
7-4 Anwatin Middle School, 256 Upton Ave S
7-5 Emerson School, 1421 Spruce Pl
7-6 Emerson School,1421 Spruce Pl
7-7 Anwatin Middle School, 256 Upton Ave S
7-8 Emerson School, 1421 Spruce Pl
7-9 Hennepin Ave United Methodist, 511 Groveland Ave
7-10 Emerson School, 1421 Spruce Pl

Do I live in Ward 7?

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Visit http://www.gis.leg.mn/iMaps/precincts/ to find your precinct number. If you're in Ward 7, your precinct will start with a "W-7".

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When is the caucus?

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DFL precinct caucuses will be held on April 4, 2017.

Doors open at 6 pm. Please arrive by 6:45 pm so you have time to check in before the action starts at 7:00.

What is a caucus?

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A caucus is a meeting held by political parties to choose candidates and pass resolutions. Unlike primary elections which last all day long, a caucus happens at a specific time of day.

Who can caucus for Janne?

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Any Ward 7 resident who will be eligible to vote by election day can caucus. This includes 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by election day on November 7, 2017.

First time caucuser?

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If this is your first time caucusing, don't worry--you're not alone. Sign up to let us know you're willing to caucus, and our team of volunteers will be there to guide you through the process.

What should I expect at the caucus?

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Arrive on time so you don’t miss your chance to support Janne. Once inside the building, volunteers will help you find the room for your precinct number, which is based on your street address. Stop by Janne’s volunteer table to pick up some swag, and wear it proudly!

Join your precinct-mates in their designated room, sign in, and take a seat. Your precinct caucus will be called to order. Select a chair and vice chair (from volunteers who most likely have already offered to help with these tasks). There will be some announcements and requests for additional volunteers. A hat may be passed for contributions to defray the cost of the caucus (room rental, insurance, etc.)

Then the real fun starts. Participants will be asked to offer party policy resolutions, which may be voted upon and advanced to the next level for consideration (the Ward 7 Convention). You may prepare and present resolutions in advance or on the spot on any topics you wish.

The chair will then ask participants to indicate if they would like to be named as delegates or alternates to the Ward 7 Convention, which takes place a couple of weeks later. This is what you’re here for. Raise your hand to be a delegate!

There will be a limit to the number of allowed delegates per precinct. DFL party rules also state that there need to be equal numbers of male and female delegates. If too many people want to advance (including those who cannot attend the caucus but who have written in advance to request that they are selected as delegates), the caucus chair has the option of calling a vote, or using an active selection method known as a “walking subcaucus.” In a walking subcaucus, would-be delegates move around the room, joining groups that have selected and named a policy position or candidate that appeals to them.

For example, one subcaucusing group could call themselves “Police Reform.” Another group could be “Janne for City Council.” A third group could be “More street trees and Janne for City Council.” Create a new group or join a group from among these where you think your chances of being selected as a delegate are highest. Then the room is “frozen” and no further movement is allowed. Delegates are usually picked proportionally from among the remaining “viable” subcaucuses. Look here for a detailed description of how this plays out.

What do I do at the caucus to support Janne?

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  • Raise your hand to be a delegate at the Ward 7 convention, which is the next level of party decision making that takes place a couple of weeks after the caucus.
  • If too many people want to be delegates and you were not selected, volunteer to be an alternate to the Ward 7 convention. Alternates are often seated when delegates do not show up at the convention. Make sure you ink the convention date into your calendar and show up planning to spend the entire day. Conventions often lose delegates as voting continues throughout the day. As an alternate, you may then step in and be seated to vote.
  • Be sure to wear your Janne campaign t-shirt, sticker, or other swag! Campaign volunteers will be visible near the front door to provide these items to Janne’s supporters.
  • Be an enthusiastic and outgoing Janne supporter. Talk to your neighbors before and after the caucus starts. Make the case for your choice in a positive and friendly way.

What else can I do to support Janne?

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You can help elect Janne by doing any of the following. Volunteer here.

  • Donate
  • Host a meet-and-greet
  • Put up a yard sign
  • Post a sign in my window
  • Join the telephone calling crew
  • Drop literature door-to-door
  • Volunteer in the campaign office
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