Caucus to Convention Guide
Your Basic Handy-Dandy Guide for 2024
A Series of Events Connected with Purpose
From local Precinct Caucuses to the National Convention, the Republican Party organizes itself to support candidates for office.
How does the Party Structure work?
The Local Political Process is constructed through a series of gatherings or Conventions which organize the Republican Party locally.
WHEN AND WHERE WILL PRECINCT CAUCUSES BE HELD?
The 2024 Minnesota precinct caucuses are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Announcements may be found on local and state websites, social media, and in local newspapers to inform the public of caucus locations.
Caucuses are organized for local Precincts all across the state. In 2024 you may also check the MN Secretary of State’s website to find your caucus location.
Pre-registration and Resolutions forms are also available on this page.
WHAT IS A PRECINCT CAUCUS?
Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals and values (called party platforms).
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.
Generally, there are three main activities at a caucus
NOTE- Delegates serve for a 2 year period and are part of the party, they have the ability to elect party leadership during odd year conventions. Delegates are a critical component of an informed electorate.
What does a Precinct Delegate do?
But all Republicans can participate in activities, attend events, support campaigns, work on teams, serve on sub-committees. Lots of hands make small work! Don't underestimate your value. Come walk a parade- it's fun! You don't have to be a delegate to be included.
Carver County Republican Precinct Officers
Serve on the Full Committee of the BPOU – Basic Political Organizational Unit- which is part of the governance structure of the local organization.
There are two voting members per precinct on the Full Committee.
“It shall be the responsibility of the precinct officers to perfect the organization of the precinct by filling as many officers’ positions as necessary to do the work of the precinct, to fill vacancies in delegate and alternate positions by means of special precinct caucus, to recruit and direct block workers, conduct training sessions, complete voter surveys, conduct voter registration programs, conduct Neighbor-to-Neighbor and other authorized finance drives, to get out the Republican vote and to accomplish such other tasks as may be assigned to them by the Full Committee.”- from the Carver County Republican Constitution
What More? If you are a local delegate, you can run to be a delegate to the Congressional District and/or State Party Conventions, and eventually the Republican National Convention.
A select number of Republicans will gather in Milwaukee, July 15-18, for the 2024 Republican National Convention (2024 RNC). If you want to be a delegate or alternate to that convention and cast a vote for our nominee, here are a few things you might want to know.
Minnesota is allotted 39 Delegates and 36 Alternates to the RNC Convention.
Three Delegates are already determined (the State Party Chair, the Republican National Committeewoman, and the Republican National Committeeman).
Each of Minnesota's eight Congressional Districts elect three Delegates and three Alternates.
The remaining 12 Delegates and 12 Alternates are elected "at-large" at our Republican State Convention May 16-18.
Please visit the MN GOP website to download a copy of the info packet with all the required forms and to read through more information to get your questions answered. The first deadline in this process is not until March 31st, so take your time and carefully consider whether or not you are interested in running to represent Minnesota.
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