“Four years ago we had to move this meeting into a bigger room because there were so many people,” Franklin said. “That had everything to do with choosing a candidate for president.”
Franklin said he’s happy to see the state’s parties transition to ballot voting instead of caucusing for this year’s presidential primary.
“This (caucusing) is better than feats of strength — but just so,” Franklin said.
What is a caucus?
Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office.
While each political party runs the caucus meetings a little differently, there are three main activities that usually happen, according to the Secretary of State’s Office:
- Choose volunteers who will organize activities in the precinct. This could include maintaining contact lists, holding political meetings and helping campaign efforts.
- Discuss issues and ideas for the party to support.
- Choose delegates who will endorse candidates at future conventions. At future conventions, party delegates will endorse state and federal candidates, including for Governor.
The absentee/early voting period started mid-January this year and extends until Super Tuesday. Absentee voters can fill out their ballots via mail, online or in person.
Minnesotans living abroad or serving in the military can have an absentee ballot sent to them anywhere in the world.
The two major Minnesota parties, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and the Republican Party, will participate in the primaries. Other offices will be on the primary ballot in August.
The right for time off from work to vote in a presidential nominating primary is protected by law.
The primary election for other electoral races, like U.S. Congress or the Minnesota Legislature, will be on Aug. 11. Early voting begins in June.
Reporters Christine Schuster, Michael Strasburg, Maddie DeBilzan, Meg Britton-Mehlisch and Editor Rachel Minske contributed to this report.
Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong city for Eagle Ridge Middle School, which is in Savage.