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LWV Minnesota: "Fear and bigotry have no place" in caucuses

A statement by Terry Kalil, president of LWV Minnesota:

The League of Women Voters Minnesota encourages all citizens, regardless of political party, religious beliefs, country of origin, or age to attend a political caucus of their choice next Tuesday. LWV Minnesota condemns in the strongest terms possible any effort to disparage communities of color or discourage Minnesota’s diverse population from attending either the trainings or the caucuses. Fear and bigotry have no place in the building blocks of our democracy.

During the past several weeks, several nonpartisan groups including LWV Minnesota have held caucus training workshops so that voters can understand the process of selecting candidates and advancing resolutions supporting policy issues. Our democratic process begins with attending a caucus. To suggest that groups “infiltrate” any party’s caucus demonstrates a lack of understanding of the fundamentals of the political process. All political parties should and must welcome everyone on caucus night, Tuesday, February 6th at 7pm. To learn more about caucuses and their locations, please visit http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/how-elections-work/precinct-caucuses/.

A portion of this statement has been featured in a Star Tribune story. You can also read the full letter to the editor.