What is a Precinct Caucus

Learn about a precinct caucus, what happens there, and why you should attend. 

Republican caucuses will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2014 7:00 - 8:30 p.m at South View Middle School.   

What is a precinct caucus?
All individuals who live within a certain area, or precinct, get together to decide the direction of the party they support.

  • Held in even-numbered years
  • Marks the start of the political process
  • By attending you will have the opportunity to help select the candidates that the party puts forth in the next election.
  • A chance to bring forth issues important to you and that you would like to see the party address.
  • Each precinct will elect a precinct chair and will nominate delegates (and alternates) to represent them at higher party levels.


Am I eligible to attend?
More than likely yes -

  • If you are eligible to vote in that precinct in the next election,
  • you are not active within any other political party and
  • you agree with the principles of that party

- then yes!!

Even if you don't meet the above qualifications, you can attend, but will likely not be eligible to be elected as a delegate, alternate or precinct chair.



Why should I attend?
The precinct caucuses give you a voice

  • Easy way to be active in the party of your choice and to make sure the party is run the way you want.
  • You will have a voice both in what issues are raised and also in selecting the people that run the party.
  • The first step in the political process and the doorway to becoming more active in your party.
  • Your chance to have a say in your party's platform and the candidates it selects.



Where do the republican caucuses take place?
All Bloomington precincts will be held at:
Jefferson High School, 4001 W. 102nd St., Bloomington 55437 - 7:00 p.m.


All Edina precincts, Eden Prairie precinct 8 and Minnetonka precincts 1B and 1C will be held at:
South View Middle School, 4725 South View Lane, Edina 55424 - 7:00 p.m.



What do I do when I get there?

  • Sign-in: by signing in you state your general intent to support that party in the next election and that you agree with the principles set forth by that party
  • Be as active as you want
    • Elect delegates and alternatives
    • Choose to represent your precincts by signing up to be a delegate
    • Voice any particular issue
    • Elect precinct chairs



What happens at the caucus?

  1. Sign‑in as either a member of the Republican Party or a guest (as a guest, you may attend the precinct caucus to watch, learn and ask questions, but you cannot vote for any of the officers, delegates, and alternates, or take part in the straw poll).
  2. Election of delegates and alternates (delegates go to party endorsement conventions held in the spring and summer, as well as the following year).
  3. Discussion of issues (caucuses also provide a forum for you to voice your view on issues such as taxes, education, transportation, property rights, and others. You can submit and vote on resolutions that the party conventions may make a part of the party platform).
  4. Election of local party leadership (the local Republican Party elects their precinct officers at the caucuses and it is a good place to seek support if you are interested in running for an elected office).
  5. Straw Ballot



What if I want to become a delegate?
Contact either the precinct chair or an elected delegate to have your name placed as a delegate or alternate candidate. The attendees at the caucus will vote for acceptance of the delegate and alternate candidates slate.


For more information please visit caucus-info 


To find your precinct click Precinct Finder


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