Precinct caucuses are meetings organized by Minnesota’s political parties, typically on the first Tuesday in February of a statewide election year.
Minnesota’s major political parties must hold caucuses at least every statewide election year. Other political parties may also choose to hold caucuses. It is the first step for the party to select candidates and choose the party’s goals and values (called the party platform).
Who can attend a caucus? Precinct caucuses are open to the public. But in order to vote, offer resolutions, or become a delegate, you must:
Caucus accessibilityAn individual who is deaf, deafblind, or hard-of-hearing can request a major political party to provide an interpreter at the precinct caucus. A visually impaired individual can request written caucus materials in advance from a major political party.
What happens at the caucus?
Restriction on Public MeetingsOn caucus day, certain entities are restricted from holding meetings after 6 pm. This includes:
For more details, see Minnesota Statues 202A.19.
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