DFL Party Caucus Switches to Virtual Meeting Due to Health Concerns With the Pandemic
By: Mary Balstad firstname.lastname@example.org
Polk County, MN – Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Polk County Democratic-Farmers-Labor Party has announced the switch from an in-person caucus meeting to a virtual one in order to keep all members safe from potential exposure. Polk County DFL Chair Sheila Fontaine shared this information, as it is imperative to ensure all members of the party are able to attend the caucus. This option to make the caucus virtual was given by the state DFL party along with the decision to stay in-person. However, with the spike in COVID-19 cases, particularly the omicron variant, the Polk County DFL leaders determined the caucus to be virtual for the safety of its members. Fontaine says there are two drop off sites for ballots in case someone cannot make the virtual meeting.
By participating in the local caucus, people get the opportunity to share their voice and opinions in local and state politics. Fontaine states that the Polk County DFL is a very active unit, as the chance to get together with other democrats or even volunteer services to their local party.
Caucus are held for local party members to choose delegates that will represent their corresponding area at the state partisan conventions later this year. The caucus will be held virtually on Tuesday, February 1st from 6:30 P.M. to 9 P.M. Forms can be filled out electronically by visiting dfl.org or printed off and delivered to either drop-off site at East Grand Forks Senior High School or Highland Elementary School in Crookston. Because of the ongoing pandemic, electronic attendee forms currently accept typed signatures instead of written ones.