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Stevens County GOP, DFL caucuses Feb. 2 at MAHS, Old #1

The Stevens County Republican and Democratic parties will gather for precinct caucuses on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at two locations in Morris.

The Democrats will caucuse at 7 p.m. at the Old #1 Southside, in Morris.

The Republicans will caucus beginning at 7 p.m. at the Morris High School Cafeteria.

At the caucuses, DFLers will cast a gubernatorial-preference ballot that will determine how Minnesota's delegates to the state convention in April are allocated among the gubernatorial candidates. They will also debate resolutions that any caucus attendee may introduce for possible inclusion into the Minnesota DFL Party's platform, elect precinct chairs for the next two years, and select delegates for the upcoming county convention on March 6.

Gubernatorial-preference balloting will conclude at 8 p.m. sharp. Ballots may only be cast in person; no absentee balloting is allowed.

Anyone who will be eligible to vote in Minnesota by Nov. 2, 2010 may vote in the gubernatorial-preference ballot. Anyone age 16 or over may participate in caucus business.

At the Republican caucus, since this is a gubernatorial election year, participants will be able to vote in a straw ballot for their favorite nominee to be the Republican candidate for governor. Precinct caucuses allow Minnesotans to take an active part in the political process.

The Republican caucuses will be held for the following purposes:

• Electing Chairs and such other officers that the precinct may need;

• Electing Delegates and Alternates to the Stevens County Republican Basic Political Organizational Unit (BPOU) Convention and House District 11A Convention;

• Adopting resolutions; holding a Gubernatorial Preference straw ballot; discussing Party policies, candidates, issues; and conducting any other Party business that may come before the caucus.

Persons who may vote and participate in the caucus must meet the following qualifications:

• They must be qualified voters in Minnesota, residents of the precinct, and at least 18 years of age by the next General Election.

• They must be in agreement with the principles of the Republican Party as stated in the party's constitution and have either voted or affiliated with the party at the last General Election or intend to at the next General Election.

As a point of extra information, James Stock and Dan Pagel, Co-Chairs of the Stevens County Republican Party, point out that persons who meet the qualifications and not in attendance at the caucus may be nominated for the various elected positions. However, those persons should give written confirmation of their willingness to serve to the person nominating them or to one of the Stevens County officers. That written confirmation should contain the person's name, address, and phone number to verify that he or she resides in the precinct.