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Caucus roundup

The next round of state elections will task Minnesotans with casting votes for nine congressional seats, all 134 State House seats and a successor to Gov. Mark Dayton.

Polls won't open until August and November, but voters across the state will have the opportunity to help launch the election process next week at precinct caucuses.

Citizens will have opportunities Tuesday, Feb. 6, to discuss party platforms, select delegates and vote for the gubernatorial candidate they'd like their party to support. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m. with caucusing to follow at 7 p.m.

Caucusing requires no prior experience, just a general interest in the values of a political party hosting the caucus.

Although the events can vary from location and political party, caucusing usually involves discussing issues they'd like to see their party prioritize. If attendees agree on a particular issue, a resolution will continue on to the next political convention.

Attendees will also offer their input on their party's leadership, including volunteers and organizers, party delegates who will endorse state and federal candidates, and their party's candidates for governor.

Secretary of State Steve Simon earlier this month announced the launch of the 2018 caucus finder, an online tool to help voters determine their caucus location.

"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," Simon said in a statement.

The caucus finder is available at caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

Hastings

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Caucus: Hastings Middle School, Cafeteria, 1000 W. 11th St.

Republican Party Caucus: Hastings High School, 200 General Sieben Drive.