Precinct caucuses are Feb. 27


Precinct caucuses will be held in Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

In Pipestone County, Republicans will meet at the Pipestone Area Schools Elementary School gymnasium at 1401 Seventh St. S.W. in Pipestone. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party will meet in room 103 at Minnesota West Community and Technical College at 1314 N. Hiawatha Ave. in Pipestone.

During the precinct caucuses, party members can submit and vote on resolutions that they would like to see become part of the party platform. If approved at the caucus, the resolutions could be advanced to the Pipestone County party conventions in March. If approved there, they could go on to the congressional district conventions.

Pipestone County DFL Party Chair Jennifer Cronin said she’d seen some of the resolutions that will be brought up at the DFL caucus and they include support for right to repair laws that would allow farmers to work on their own agricultural equipment, and addressing the child care and housing shortages in rural Minnesota.

Party members will also elect delegates during the caucuses who will attend the county conventions. Then, at the conventions, delegates will be elected to go to the congressional district conventions.

Republican Party Chair Brandon Berkenpas said Republicans will also discuss their presidential preference and conduct a non-binding straw poll.
Anyone can attend the caucuses to observe, but only party members can participate in the party business that will be conducted. People can register at both the Republican and DFL caucuses.

Presidential primary
One week after the party caucuses, Minnesota will hold a presidential nomination primary on Tuesday, March 5.

Only major parties will participate in the presidential primary. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office, that includes the DFL, Republican and Legal Marijuana Now parties. Each party will have a separate ballot for the presidential primary.

Only presidential candidates will appear on the presidential primary ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.
All three parties have several candidates who will appear on the primary ballot, although some of them have already dropped out of the race.

Any voter registered in Minnesota who is 18 years old by March 5 can vote in the presidential primary. A voter must request the ballot of the party of their choice. If a voter refuses to select a party, they will not be able to vote in the presidential primary.

Voting locations are as follows:
•Pipestone Precinct 1 and 2 will vote at St. Leo Church at 415 Hiawatha Ave. S.
•City of Edgerton will vote at the Edgerton Emergency Services building at 230 Mill St. E.
•All other precincts in Pipestone County vote by mail. Their ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at the Pipestone County Courthouse at 416 Hiawatha Ave.