Minnesota's precinct caucuses happen Tuesday. A guide for how to participate.
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's presidential preference ballot is binding on 72 yet-to-be-chosen delegates to the Democratic National Convention, as long as the candidate clears a 15 percent threshold in one of the state's eight congressional districts. Minnesota's 16 superdelegates are not bound by the vote.
Votes for president are accepted between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at more than 4,000 DFL precinct caucuses. Caucus-goers can make presidential picks without sticking around to elect officers, choose delegates to county and Senate district conventions or shape the party's platform.
The GOP's nonbinding presidential straw poll does not commit the state's 41 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Caucus-goers can cast their votes when more than 4,000 GOP caucuses begin at 7 p.m.
By participating in precinct caucuses, supporters of presidential candidates can position themselves to eventually become delegates to the national convention and vote for their contender.
The Independence Party of Minnesota holds more than 70 caucuses starting at 7 p.m., plus an online virtual caucus that runs for the next month at its Web site: http://www.mnip.org/.
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