Caucuses

About the Caucus Process

At precinct caucuses, attendees:

  • Elect precinct-level (neighborhood) officers to organize the party
  • Elect delegates to the Senate District and County Unit conventions
  • Begin to shape the party platform

At Senate District and County Unit conventions, delegates:

  • Endorse candidates for state Legislature (Senate District only)
  • Elect Senate District and County Unit officers to organize the party
  • Elect delegates to the Congressional District and State conventions
  • Continue to shape the party platform

At State Conventions, delegates:

  • Continue to shape the party platform
  • Decide endorsements for statewide elections (Governor, U.S. Senators, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General)

At Congressional District conventions, delegates:

  • Endorse candidates for Congress
  • Elect Congressional District officers to organize the party
  • Continue to shape the party platform

About Precinct Caucuses

Precinct caucuses are your neighborhood organizing meetings. All precinct caucuses begin at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6th and will be located in your neighborhood. At the caucuses we’re asking you to do three things:

  1. Talk to your neighbors and candidates about the values we share and big ideas worth fighting for. 
  2. Run to be a delegate. Usually becoming a delegate to the Senate District Caucus is as simple as raising your hand and signing up. The delegates to Senate District Conventions get to meet the candidates and ultimately decide which candidates will be endorsed by their political party for the Minnesota Legislature. If we want to make sure we are moving in the right direction, we need to have a voice in who are the options in the general election.
  3. Introduce resolutions. Minnesota’s political parties have ongoing platforms, the document that lists the beliefs of the party and the issues the party is fighting for. To add something to the platform, attendees introduce resolutions. This is often as simple as handing copies of the resolutions forward when the chair asks for them.

After you take these steps, share how it went sharing resolutions and becoming a delegate. Let us know about your experience at precinct caucuses by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 9th.