Precinct caucuses mark the beginning of the 2018 election season in Minnesota. They are meetings run by the state’s political parties where the candidate endorsement process begins, delegates are selected and goals and values (called party platforms) may be set.

Precinct caucuses are entirely run by the state’s political parties, including the selection of caucus locations and meeting procedures. 

This year, one part of the precinct caucuses will be a preference ballot where Minnesotans will be able to vote for the person they want their political party to support for governor.

“I encourage all Minnesotans to go out and caucus on Feb. 6 and make their voices heard,” said Simon. “Minnesota has a proud tradition of civic engagement, and going to a caucus is a great way for Minnesotans to show support for their preferred candidates, raise an important issue and meet people in their community. This is an important and historic election year in Minnesota and every voice matters.”

In order to participate in a caucus, Minnesotans must be eligible to vote in the November general election, live in the precinct and generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus.

What follows is a list of the precinct caucus locations in Redwood County:

• The Redwood County DFL is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at the Redwood Falls Public Library. Registration is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Following the precinct caucus, the Redwood County DFL county convention will also be held.

The Redwood County Republican Party is scheduled to meet in four locations throughout the county this coming Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. including:

• At the city offices in Lamberton for the towns of Walnut Grove, Revere, Lamberton and Sanborn and for the townships of North Hero, Springdale, Lamberton, Waterbury and Charlestown.

• At Redwood Valley schools in Redwood Falls for the towns of Delhi and all three wards of Redwood Falls, as well as the townships of Delhi, Honner, Redwood Falls, Swedes Forest, Sheridan and Kintire.

• At the community center in Wabasso for the towns of Wabasso, Wanda, Lucan, Milroy, Vesta, Belview and Seaforth and the townships of Granite Rock, Westline, Johnsonville, Gales, Vesta, Under-wood, Vail, New Avon and Willow Lake.

• At Cedar Mountain school in Morgan for the towns of Morgan and Clements and the townships of Paxton, Three Lakes, Sundown, Morgan, Brookville and Sherman.

To learn more about the precinct caucus process, visit the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State Web site online at www.sos.state.mn.us.