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For most Minnesotans, attending a political caucus is something new, confusing, and intimidating. Some people think it's just for those “in the know” or elected officials. Ironically, a caucus is intended to be a very welcoming meeting, in your neighborhood, with your neighbors of the same political party. The Senate District 33 Republicans want to encourage participation in the upcoming 2014 Precinct Caucuses. With the election of a new Minnesota Governor and new Minnesota US Senator in November 2014, the February 4th Caucuses are more important than ever. All you need to do is show up!

Below are some frequently asked questions about the Caucus process. If you need more information, please feel free to contact us.

What is a Precinct Caucus?
In Minnesota, political decision-making begins at the caucus level. A caucus is simply a gathering of people interested in exercising their rights in the American political process. This is the first opportunity for you to affect the process by supporting potential candidates and discussing platform issues.

How is a Primary different from a Precinct Caucus?
Most states will narrow the field of candidates with a Primary. Voters cast a ballot, without discussion prior to voting. Caucusing allows you to cast a vote for your candidate, but discussion and presentations can occur before ballots are cast.

Who can attend a Precinct Caucus?
Anyone that is a United States citizen and eligible to vote in the November 2014 election is invited to participate in the caucus. This is grassroots politics in action.

How do I determine my Precinct?
The easiest way to find your Precinct is to use the Precinct Finder on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Who can vote in a Precinct Caucus?
Each precinct is allotted a pre-determined amount of delegates and alternates. In the event that a delegate cannot attend a convention or cast a vote, an alternate may be seated. Alternates are called upon in order of their election ranking. To become a delegate, you submit your name and all those in attendance vote to elect delegate. In turn, delegates advance to the SD33 Convention. Delegate terms are for two years. All caucus attendees will be able to vote in the Gubernatorial Preference Poll.

Why attend a Precinct Caucus?
The importance of attending these caucuses cannot be overstated. Our success in November hinges on our ability to organize, mobilize, and activate volunteers throughout our Senate District and Minnesota. Local caucuses are the first step in this process. If you don't participate, you are letting someone else decide for you. In the 2014 Precinct Caucus, delegates will have a chance to cast a vote for the candidate they support for Minnesota Governor and U.S Senate. During the Precinct Caucus, resolutions may also be submitted, discussed and voted on for further consideration. Resolutions are desired changes or amendments to the current Republican Platform. After a resolution is submitted, the merits are discussed, and caucus attendees vote on it. If the resolution is passed, the platform committee at the Senate District convention considers it. People often ask how the Republican Platform is created. It all starts at the Precinct Caucus.

Where is my Precinct Caucus?
Since the initial caucuses are designed to gather neighbors together, they are nearby your home. For Senate District 33, precincts meet at the following locations:

House District 33A
Precinct Location
Corcoran P01 and P02 Corcoran City Hall
8200 County Road 116
Corcoran, MN 55340
Greenfield P01 Old Town Hall
6390 Town Hall Drive
Greenfield, MN 55357
Independence P01
Maple Plain P01
Independence City Center
1920 County Road 90
Independence, MN 55359
Long Lake P01
Loretto P01
Medina P1A
Orono P01, 3A, 4A
Orono High School
795 North Old Crystal Bay Road
Orono, MN 55356
Medina P1B

Hamel Community Building
3200 Mill Drive
Hamel, MN 55340

Minnetrista P1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Mound Westonka High School
5905 Sunnyfield Road East
Minnetrista, MN 55364

St. Bonifacius P01 St. Boniface School
8801 Wildwood Avenue
St. Bonifacius, MN 55375
Wayzata P01 Wayzata City Hall
600 Rice Street East
Wayzata, MN 55391

House District 33B
Precinct Location
Deephaven P01 and 02
Excelsior P01
Greenwood P01
Shorewood P2, 3, 4
Tonka Bay P01
Minnetonka High School
18301 Highway 7 West
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Orono P02 Orono High School
795 North Old Crystal Bay Road
Orono, MN 55356
Minnetonka Beach P01 Minnetonka Beach City Hall
2945 Westwood Road
Minnetonka Beach, MN 55361
Mound P1, 2, 3, 4 Mound Westonka High School
5905 Sunnyfield Road East
Minnetrista, MN 55364
Shorewood P1 McDonald Residence
4695 Lagoon Drive
Shorewood, MN 55364
Spring Park P01 Spring Park City Hall
4349 Warren Avenue
Spring Park, MN 55384

When is the 2014 Precinct Caucus?
Tuesday, February 4th. The meeting begins promptly at 7:00. You should already be registered and in place by 7:00, so be sure to arrive early.

What happens at the Precinct Caucus?

  • When you arrive, local volunteers will help you register and answer questions. There is no charge to attend the Precinct Caucus.
  • You will be directed to your Precinct room. Each Precinct meets in a separate school room.
  • The precinct meeting will be called to order at 7:00 PM sharp. Robert's Rules of Order for Parliamentary Procedure are used throughout. Don't worry if you are not familiar with procedure. The meeting leader (called a convener) will conduct the caucus according to Minnesota law.
  • All caucus attendees will be able to vote in the Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Preference Polls.
  • Caucus attendees will vote on officers for the Caucus and Precinct Leaders.
  • Letters may be read from elected officials, those seeking election, or party representatives. In some cases, you may also hear from a candidate in person.
  • Delegates will be elected from the Caucus attendees. Anyone who is present may submit his name to run for a delegate slot.
  • Once the delegates are determined, they will vote on resolutions.
  • Delegates will represent their precincts at the Senate District 33 Convention which will take place (date and location to be announced)..
  • Here is a handy Glossary of Caucus Jargon

What if I work or have school that evening?
Minnesota Statutes section 202A.19 permits you to take time off from work (without pay) to attend your caucus if you give your employer written notice at least 10 days in advance. State universities, community colleges, and public schools cannot hold classes or events after 6 PM on the evening of precinct caucuses. State agencies, school boards, county boards, township boards, city councils, and all other political subdivisions cannot conduct meetings after 6 PM on caucus night.

What if I have a disability?
Most caucuses are held in accessible buildings. Individuals who plan to attend party caucuses may request an interpreter if needed. Requests must be submitted by certified mail to the party's county or legislative district committee at least 30 days before the date of the caucus. Individuals who require audio, braille, or large print materials may request all official caucus materials to be sent as soon as available so that they may be converted. Contact the Republican party's state office for more details.


Please remember: Don't be afraid to go to your caucus because you don't know what to do. We will have people there to guide you through the process. You will see how interesting and fun it is to participate!

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