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Serving as polling location is honor that comes with responsibility

2012ElectionAugsburg College will serve as an official polling place for the November 6 General Election.

Residents of Minneapolis Ward 2, Precinct 7—who include some Augsburg students, staff, and faculty—may vote in the Marshall Room of Christensen Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

While making the Marshall Room available to the Cedar-Riverside community as a polling place is convenient for eligible voters, it does come with special responsibilities.

“It’s an honor to serve as a polling location for the Presidential, Congressional, state, and local races,” said Ann Garvey, vice president of Student Affairs. “But it will create a different feel in Christensen Center on Election Day.” Continue reading “Serving as polling location is honor that comes with responsibility”

Sabo and Schwarzkopf reflect on the elections

election_reflectionSen. Barack Obama became the first African-American to ever be elected president of the United States. The U.S. Senate race between Sen. Norm Coleman and Al Franken is so close that the votes will be counted again. Despite a firestorm of criticism, Rep. Michelle Bachmann will return to Washington, D.C., as the U.S. Representative from Minnesota’s Sixth District.

What does all of this mean?

That is what former U.S. Representative Martin Olav Sabo ’59 and Lyall Schwarzkopf, a former state legislator and former chief of staff for Gov. Arne Carlson, will attempt to explain on Monday evening. “Reflections on the Elections,” an event sponsored by the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning, the College Republicans, and College Democrats will be held at Augsburg College on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Sabo and Schwarzkopf reflect on the elections”

Minnesota party caucuses offer chance to participate

caucusBy the time the general election rolls around in November 2008, the candidates and platform for each party will be set in stone. The Minnesota party caucuses, the majority of which will be held on Feb. 5 (a.k.a., “Super Tuesday”), offer us a chance to determine who will be on that November ballot.

Each political party sets the date and time for its precinct caucuses. Minnesota’s Republican Party, Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, and Independence Party will hold their caucuses on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The Constitution Party of Minnesota will hold its caucus on Saturday, Feb. 2 at noon, while the Green Party will hold its caucus on March 4 at a time to be announced. The Libertarian Party of Minnesota is not holding precinct caucuses this year. Continue reading “Minnesota party caucuses offer chance to participate”