Thursday, May 03, 2012

Updated: Michigan Democrats to hold presidential caucuses Saturday May 5

HOUGHTON -- The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) will hold presidential caucuses in more than 200 locations across the state on Saturday, May 5, 2012. All caucuses begin at 11 a.m.

Houghton County’s Democratic Party Presidential Caucus will be held in the Conference Room at the Super 8 Motel on Lakeshore Drive in Houghton, MI. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Arrive early to register, hear from candidates, and meet fellow Democrats. Sign in before 10:45 a.m. by declaring yourself a Democrat eligible to vote in Houghton County on November 6, 2012. Only those voters who have properly registered by 11 a.m. will be permitted to vote in the caucus. You do not need to be a party member to vote.

Update: Keweenaw County Democrats should vote in the caucus at the Allouez Township Hall.

Marquette County Democrats will also hold Presidential Caucuses this Saturday, May 5, 2012. Voters must go to the particular site for their area. Marquette County will have two sites.

Voters from the City of Marquette and Townships of Chocolay, Ewing, Forsyth, Marquette, Powell, Sands, Skandia, Turin, Wells, and West Branch will vote at the Chocolay Township Hall.

Voters from the Cities of Ishpeming and Negaunee, and Townships of Champion, Ely, Humboldt, Ishpeming, Michigamme, Negaunee, Republic, Richmond, and Tilden will vote at Ishpeming Township Hall.

Interested voters from other Michigan counties can find their Caucus sites by clicking here.

"People do not need to be members of the Michigan Democratic Party to vote," said MDP Chair Mark Brewer. "They simply have to indicate at registration that they are participating as a Democrat. People who voted in the February 28th primary are welcome to vote on May 5th. We also welcome young people who are eligible to register to vote before the November election."

Marquette County Party Chair Ben Bohnsack will conduct the Caucus at Chocolay, and former State Senator Mike Prusi will lead the Caucus at Ishpeming.

"These Caucuses will be short and simple," said Bohnsack. "This begins the process of re-electing President Barack Obama and we are enthusiastic about continuing to have his leadership."

Following the local Caucuses on May 5, delegates to the National Democratic Convention will be chosen at Congressional District Conventions on June 2 and by the Party’s State Central Committee.

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