Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Sage Thornbrugh
This week marked Super Tuesday, a day upon which several states hold primary elections for the Republican and Democratic parties. Minnesota was one of those states, fortunately. The Democratic Caucuses took place at Minnesota State University at Moorhead, in the Memorial Union building, while the Republican Caucuses took place at Moorhead High School.
The caucus process was exhilarating, and slightly sloppy. Upon our arrival, the organizers had only about 30 ballots for the Concordia section, when a couple of hundred ballots were required at a minimum. Registration started at 6:30, with balloting beginning at 7:00. I had to be at work in Fargo by 8:00, so, realistically, I needed to be out of the building by about 7:30. At about 7:36, having not received a ballot, I was reluctantly ready to head out of the door, when one of the organizers finally walked in with more ballots for all of the students. Luckily, I got to cast my ballot right before having to head to work, and I even made it to work on time!
This was my first time voting in the United States political body in any way, shape, or form. I wasn’t old enough to vote during the last presidential election, and I didn’t vote during the off-year elections, due to being out-of-state and not knowing enough about the candidates. Suffice to say, I was pretty excited to finally be able to participate in American politics.