What they are: Precinct caucuses are local meetings by political parties. They are not run by the government, but by the parties and are considered party activities.
The caucuses are held every two years and are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals and values (called party platforms).
Caucuses for the 2022 election cycle will be February 1, 2022 at 7 pm.
Each political party runs their caucus meetings differently.
Check directly with a political party to answer specific
questions about how they are run and where their caucuses are located.
Who can participate in a caucus? To participate, you must be eligible to vote in the next 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 a caucus? Each political party runs their caucsu a little differently so check with the local party if you have questions. Typically three main activities take place at caucuses:
1. Choose volunteers who will organize political activities in the precinct or state senate or house district.
2. Discuss issues and ideas (resolutions) for the party to support that will eventually become the party platform.
3. Choose delegates who will endorse candidates at future conventions.
Major Parties: Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party, Legal Marijuana Now Party, Republican Party MN Statues 200.02, subd.7
Minor Parties: Green Party of MN, Independence Party of MN, Libertarian Party of MN
MN Statutes 200.02, subd. 23
Employers are required to allow employees time off to attend caucuses if they receive written a request 10 days before the date.