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Participate in Shaping Your Government



Tuesday, November 28

6:00 p.m. - Pizza Buffet and Social         6:30 p.m. - Program


Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers, 5200 85th Avenue N


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Your government will serve you best if you participate in choosing the candidates who will run for office at the city, state, and national levels and contribute to the platform that serves as a guideline for your political party.  The election process starts on February 6 when the caucuses will be meeting.  Think Again Brooklyns will not meet in December to leave your time free for the holidays.  Our November 28th forum will introduce you to ways you can participate in the election process.  Please invite people you know to attend the forum by copying this notice or by sharing the event on Facebook.  We need a lot of people to work together to get elected officials and public policy that will serve us well.


Think Again MN is a nonpartisan organization.  We'd like to remind you that campaign literature, signs, clothing, or buttons are not allowed at our forums.  Thank you for remembering this requirement.



robert marvinMN's Political Organization and the Coming Sequence of Caucuses and Conventions - You don't have to attend all of the conventions, but participating in your precinct caucus and your senate district convention is essential for giving support to your preferred candidates and contributing to your party's platform.  Robert Marvin, currently the Secretary of the Senate District 40 Republican Party, will give you an overview of MN's political units and explain how the caucuses and conventions are related.    Robert Marvin is the Principal Electrical Engineer at R. J. Marvin and Associates.

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 Supporting your Preferred Candidates - It requires attending your precinct caucus and your senate district convention. - Hollies Winston, Ironwood Consult LLC, who earned his MBA at the Carlson School of Management, will explain how it works.


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Developing the Party Platform - the importance of submitting Resolutions - Bonnie Jude. who has led  the Senate District 40 DFL team in choosing the Resolutions to be submitted for many elections, will explain how the team works and how Resolutions get to be part of your party's platform.


The Resolutions submission and approval process is not exactly the same for the Republican Conventions - Robert Marvin, who has been a member of SD40, CD3, and CD5 GOP Resolution Committees and of the MN GOP State Platform Committee, will explain the process for the GOP Conventions.

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Absentee Voting and Serving as an Election Judge - changes in absentee voting, submitting your vote in person before election day, and the important contribution of election judges from diverse cultures - Devin Montero, Brooklyn Park City Clerk


Candidate Forums - Getting to know the candidates, especially their views on issues important to you.



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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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