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Thursday, January 17, 2008

DFL Party Rules for Presidential Voting

This is very different than it has been in the past.


TO: Media, Interested Parties

FROM: Minnesota DFL Party

DATE: January 16, 2008

RE: 2008 DFL Precinct Caucus

In order to clarify some of the details around the 2008 DFL Precinct Caucus, on Tuesday, February 5 (“Super Tuesday”) at 7:00 p.m., the Minnesota DFL Party prepared the following memorandum for media and interested parties. A more detailed explanation of DFL precinct caucuses is available at Additional questions about caucuses should be directed to Kelly Schwinghammer (651-251-6334 or or John Stiles (651-251-6315 or

For Media: (more detailed information available at

Minnesota is tied for seventh-largest of all states voting on February 5 in the number of delegates (88 total) that Minnesota sends to the Democratic National Convention.

DFL caucus attendees will cast a secret Presidential Preference Ballot. The results of the ballot are binding and determine how Minnesota’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be allocated among the candidates.

Unlike Iowa Democrats, Minnesota DFLers do not sub-caucus at precinct caucuses for presidential preference.

Caucus-goers may cast ballots starting at 6:30 p.m. and anytime until 8:00 p.m. Caucus-goers are not obligated to stay for the remaining caucus business.

Absentee voting is not allowed on the DFL Presidential Preference Ballot.

The results of the Presidential Preference Ballot will be reported to and tallied by the Minnesota Secretary of State. Results will be available in real time on the Web site of the Office of Secretary of State (

For Caucus-Goers:

To find precinct caucus locations, go to or call the DFL Headquarters at 651-293-1200 or 800-999-7457. Attendees can also find caucus locations through the Minnesota Secretary of State (

More information for caucus-goers can be found at