Never been to a caucus? Not sure how it works? Learn more about the process below!
We encourage Minnesotans to show support for their preferred candidates by participating in the candidate endorsement process that leads up to the state and national party conventions.
It all begins on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 with the precinct caucuses. Going to a caucus is a great way to show support for a candidate, raise an issue that’s important to you, influence who the party will endorse for many offices, and meet people in your community.
View 2016 Caucus Results
Caucus results for the presidential preference ballot are provided to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State by political parties.
The 2016 precinct caucuses were held on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m.
If you have questions, concerns or a complaint about your precinct caucus, please contact the party holding the caucus meeting. Unlike elections, which are run by local and state government election officials, precinct caucuses are run by political parties. Everything from site location to conducting preference ballot voting is the responsibility of the party.
What is a precinct caucus?
Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals and values (called party platforms).
In 2016, a major part of precinct caucuses will be to vote for the person you want your political party to support for President in the presidential preference ballot.
Who can participate in a caucus?
To participate, you must be eligible to vote in the November general election and live in the precinct. You also must generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus.
What happens at the caucus?
Each political party runs their caucus meetings a little differently. Check with your political party if you have specific questions. Generally, there are four main activities at a caucus:
Can I vote absentee in the presidential preference ballot?
The Minnesota Republican Party and Minnesota DFL Party do not have an absentee voting option for the presidential preference ballot. You will need to be there in person to vote. However, the parties do provide a way for absentee voters to submit a resolution or seek to be a delegate. Check with your political party for more information.
Restriction on public meetings
So that all voters can attend the caucus, some groups cannot hold meetings after 6 p.m. on caucus night:
For more details, see 202A.19.
Right to time off work to attend
You have the right to take time off work to be at a precinct caucus or political party convention (if you’re a delegate or alternate). You must give your employer ten days’ written notice (See 202A.19, subd.2and 202A.135).
Major political parties must attempt to provide you an interpreter by request, if you are deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearing. If you are visually impaired, you also have the right to get written caucus materials ahead of time, by request (see 202A.155).
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