What is a Caucus?
A caucus is a neighborhood meeting and the first step in Minnesota's 2016 election! Your vote at caucus determines how many of Minnesota's presidential delegates go to each presidential candidate. And you can vote for district convention delegates and party platform resolutions.
Who can participate in a Republican caucus:
- Are you eligible to vote? You do not need to be registered to vote, but you must be eligible to vote, including being 18 years old or older, on Election Day, November 8th.
- Agree with the principles of the Republican Party? If you agree with the general principles of the Republican Party, will vote for Republicans or the Republican nominee in the upcoming election you can participate.
- Willing to attend in person? There's no absentee or drive-by voting for Republican caucus voters. You'll need to come to your neighborhood's (precinct's) meeting room, sign-in (i.e., register for caucus) and vote in person.
- 6:15 pm Registration opens. Due to the large anticipated turn-out, traffic may be heavy and parking at caucus locations may be limited. SD49 Caucus participants should arrive at or soon after 6:15 pm to locate their caucus rooms and register.
- 7:00 pm Caucuses convene. Late arrivals much after this may find that the window to cast a vote has closed.
Where: Residents in precincts within Senate District 49 will caucus in one of two locations:
- Bloomington Republicans will caucus with their precincts at Thomas Jefferson High School, 4001 W 102nd St, Bloomington. Note that Bloomington SD50 Republicans will also caucus here.
- Edina, Eden Prairie and Minnetonka Republicans that reside within Senate District 49 will caucus at South View Middle School, 4725 Southview Lane, Edina.
You can use your address to look up your caucus location.
1. The formal caucus actions to elect the caucus convener & secretary.
2. Early in the process, the Presidential Preference Poll will be conducted. The results will be used to award Minnesota's presidential nominating delegates.
3. Precinct Officers will be elected
4. Delegates and Alternates will be elected who will attend Republican District conventions to endorse local candidates.
5. Finally, attendees may present, debate and vote on resolutions to the Party Platform.
Candidates, Delegates, & Winning The Nomination
The Minnesota caucus polling results will be announced as part of the Republican “Super Tuesday” Presidential primary and caucus results. Minnesota has 38 Delegates that will be proportionally distributed based on the results on caucus night.