Attending a Caucus

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For my Advanced Topics homework assignment this week, I attended the DFL caucus at Middle School, the evening of Super Tuesday. As has been stated by countless others, the evening was one of “DFL Caucus Madness.” I arrived at quarter to 7 and only barely found parking spot at the far end of the bus parking lot. Luckily I found a group of fellow high school students on my way in, and we pretty much stayed together for the rest of the night. Jordan, Claire, Megan and I all live east out of town, which means that we all belong to the Northfield Township. Going into the night none of us knew that important bit of information seeing as none of us had ever caucused before. Once we figured out which room to go to, we jammed ourselves into one of the many classrooms being used for the event. Jammed is certainly the right word, and soon enough people were spilling out into the hallway. So, with quite a bit of waffling back and forth, the Northfield Township voters went out into the commons area where we all signed in and cast our votes on pieces of scratch paper. We tried to stay and get involved in the election of precinct chairs and delegates but there was simply too much noise and we were very confused about what we were supposed to be doing. There was a rumor about a larger debate at 8 pm in the auditorium, so we left our township caucus and set out to figure out what was going on. In the end we learned that the huge crowd had caused the debate to be cancled, so we left to go home after a busy, confusing, but gratifying evening at the DFL caucus.
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