Ritchie points public to caucus finder

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has announced voters can now access the Caucus Finder, an easy-to-use, online service to assist Minnesotans in locating the precinct caucus of their choice in their neighborhood on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

“The Caucus Finder is an important service that helps citizens take ownership of our democracy,” said Ritchie. “Minnesotans can access the 2012 Caucus Finder at  http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ to find the precinct caucus times and locations provided by the political parties.”

Ritchie said precinct caucus meetings are a great place for citizens to engage in Minnesota’s political process at the grassroots level by participating in discussions that impact a wide range of public policy and political issues with their neighbors.

The caucuses are open to the public and provided by four of Minnesota’s political parties — Republican, Independence, Green, and Democratic-Farmer Labor. During these meetings political parties will begin the process of selecting candidates for the 2012 election. Caucus attendees are encouraged to offer policy ideas (resolutions) that may go on to become party policy positions. Caucus attendees interested in voting, offering resolutions or serving as a delegate at a precinct caucus must be eligible to vote in the 2012 general election, live in the precinct and be in general agreement with the principles of the political party.

(Editor’s note: Watch www.erstarnews.com for a listing of caucus locations.)