Eleven states to make their choice on Republican and Democratic nominees
Students on campus during spring break as well as residents of Elliot Park have an opportunity to make an impact on the presidential race this Tuesday.
March 1, also known as “Super Tuesday,” is one of the key dates in the election process when many states across the country award electoral votes for their respective party presidential nominees. Both major political parties in Minnesota, the DFL and the GOP, will hold caucuses, and candidates hope for a strong showing in the 18-29 age group.
Historically, younger eligible voters have a dismal record of turning up at the caucuses. In the 2012 Republican primaries, only four percent of voters were 18-29 years old, according to a Pew Research study.
The DFL precinct caucus will take place at the park building across from the library, the Elliot Park Recreation Center, 1000 14th St. E.
The GOP precinct caucus will take place at the Hennepin County Government Center 300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis MN. For students of NCU this is one light rail stop away.
Students who will be 18 years of age by Nov. 8, 2016 (the general election) are eligible to participate. No preregistration is necessary and the precinct caucuses in Minnesota are open party.
Why a caucus and not a primary?
According to the Minnesota voting information website, a precinct caucus gets more volunteers for precinct activities, and it helps voters discuss issues and ideas for the party to support as well as choose delegates who will endorse candidates at future conventions.