The 2022 Precinct Caucuses, the first step in Minnesota’s process for selecting our parties’ candidates, leadership, platforms, and values, are just around the corner and we need you and those in your community to participate. For all major political parties, in-person caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 1st , with optional absentee participation via a non-attendee form, and it’s critical that we have your voice present in this process to ensure our political parties and candidates are working on behalf of people and the land, not corporate interests.
We invite you to join us for our upcoming virtual caucus training on Wednesday, January 19th from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to learn more about in-person and remote participation and ask any questions you have. Below we also have a timeline and general overview for the upcoming caucus process, and you can reach out to LSP/LSAF’s Political Organizer, Emily Minge, at email@example.com or 612-400-6353 with questions.
- February 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm (registration starts at 6:30 p.m.) – In-Person Precinct Caucuses. At caucuses you will often hear from the different candidates seeking your party’s endorsement, elect precinct delegates who will move onto their Senate District Convention and/or County Convention, and you can bring forward resolutions to be added to your party’s platform.
- Alternatively, you can complete and submit a Non-Attendee Form by Saturday, January 29th to declare your interest in being a delegate.
- Click here for the DFL Non-Attendee Form.
- We will add the GOP and Independent Party Non-Attendee Forms here when they’re released.
- March and April 2022 – Senate District and/or County Conventions. Delegates gather to vote on candidate endorsements and resolutions within the Senate District and/or County. For example, at Senate District Conventions, you will endorse candidates running for the State House and State Senate in that district. Delegates for the Congressional District Convention will also be elected.
- From what we know right now, these will be done remotely.
- April 2022 – Congressional District Delegates will gather to endorse congressional candidates and vote on resolutions. State Convention Delegates will also be elected.
- May 2022 – State Convention where state delegates adopt party platforms based on resolutions and endorse statewide candidates.
Steps to Caucusing:
- Decide which party to caucus for. Minnesota does not require party registration to vote, but you should caucus with the party that best aligns with your values.
- Determine if you would like to participate remotely or in-person.
- If you are unable or uncomfortable with participating in person, download and complete your party’s Non-Attendee Form and send it to your local party unit leader by Saturday, January 29th.
- We will add the GOP and Independent Party Non-Attendee Forms and contact info here when they’re released.
- If in-person, determine if you need time off or accommodations. Your employer is legally required to give you time off to caucus as long as you submit a written request at least 10 days in advance. If you require accommodations due to hearing or visual impairment, the major parties must accommodate you.
- If in-person, find your caucus location on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
- Recruit your family, friends, and neighbors! They can also decide if they would like to participate remotely or in-person.
- If in-person, show up to your Precinct Caucus location between 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on February 1st with any resolutions you’d like to bring forward.
What does it mean to be a delegate?
- If you are elected a delegate at your precinct caucus, it means you will be moving onto the next step in the process and attending your Senate District or County Convention.
- At the convention, you will be casting your vote for candidate endorsements and resolutions that made it through caucuses.
What is a resolution?
- Resolutions are simple statements of values or policy priorities that you’d like your party to adopt or maintain. Those that pass will go on to help shape your party’s platform, but they must receive support at multiple conventions to keep moving upward.
- During your Precinct Caucus, your caucus chair will ask if anyone has resolutions to bring forward.
- Click here for the DFL Resolution Form.
- We will add the GOP and Independent party forms when they’re released.
- See below to read and download our Land Stewardship Caucus Resolutions
Want to learn more about this process and why it’s so important for Land Stewardship Project’s work? Register for our upcoming caucus training by clicking here!