Voting precincts are the smallest subdivisions of a city for the purposes of elections. The city of Minneapolis is made up of 13 wards, and each ward is divided into several precincts. Kingfield neighborhood is located at the west end of Ward 8 and neatly contains two precincts, 8-6 and 8-7 (that’s “ward eight, precinct six” and “ward eight, precinct seven” to be precise).
The precinct caucus is a meeting for people who live in one precinct to discuss candidates and issues, and to elect delegates to attend the ward convention at a later date, where they will vote on endorsing candidates and issues. This year, caucusers will begin the endorsement process for Minneapolis city council and mayoral contests, plus our park board and the board of estimate and taxation.
In odd-number years like 2017, each political party decides IF and WHEN to hold precinct caucuses.
* The DFL precinct caucuses for Ward 8 precincts 6 and 7 will be held this year on Tuesday, April 4th, at Lyndale School, 312 West 34th Street (between Grand and Pleasant Avenues). Registration begins at 6:30 and the caucus will be called to order at 7 PM. The DFL Ward 8 convention is on Saturday, April 29th, at Sabathani Community Center.
* At deadline, we are not able to find information about MN-GOP precinct caucuses in 2017. Call your local party office for more information. If you don’t know your party office you can get more information here.
* The Green Party usually meets by congressional district rather than by ward or precinct. For more information visit here.
Who can attend caucuses? Any Ward 8 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. Younger residents are welcome to observe!
It’s always a great time to get involved in politics at the neighborhood level. You can make a difference.