A rule change by the Minnesota D-F-L will now allow people ineligible to vote to participate in the party’s caucusing process. A group that includes non-citizens, ex-felons who have completed prison terms and those on probation can now hold positions within the party organization, vote for party leadership and help shape the platform of the D-F-L.

“These are people who are already contributing in so many valuable ways, but not able to have that right to participate in this most important part of democracy, the selection of the candidates and the shaping of our party’s values and party platform.”

D-F-L Party Chair Ken Martin hopes Republicans make similar rule changes to their bylaws. In a statement the Minnesota GOP responded calling the move a “new low” by the D-F-L, specifically referring to the opening of the caucuses to non-eligible voters a “clear violation of Minnesota law.”