Caucuses and Primaries
Precinct caucuses will be held on February 25, 2020. We will be selecting delegates, precinct leaders, voting to change the party platform, and meeting our neighbors and local candidates.
Minnesota has switched to a presidential primary, so there will be no presidential preference ballot at the precinct caucus. The presidential primary will be held on March 3, 2020. You can cast your vote early or in-person. More information about the primary can be found on the state elections and voting websiteFind My Caucus
At the Caucus
Becoming a Delegate
Delegates are elected to serve as representatives for a given precinct, district, region, or state at conventions. These delegates are responsible for making decisions about who will be endorsed. They also vote on what's in the party platform, action agenda, and constitution. Delegates may also be responsible for electing party officers.More information about being a Delegate
Electing Precinct Leaders
You will be able to elect precinct chairs and up to two vice chairs. The DFL has a rule that at least one of the vice chairs must be a different gender than the chair.
Precinct chairs and vice-chairs:
- Organize precinct by convening regular meetings of DFL members in their precinct
- Canvass residents to determine party affiliation; record results
- Distribute campaign literature
- Register all voters who can be expected to support the party
- Organize committees to get party vote to polls
- Attend Central Committee meetings
Changing the Party Platform and Action Agenda
The Party Platform and Action Agenda embody the beliefs, principles, and policy positions of the DFL. If there is an issue you are passionate about and would like to have it added to the DFL Party Platform or Action Agenda, you can submit a resolution for consideration at your precinct caucus. You will need to complete a resolution form in order for the resolution to be considered.
This video explains both how to write a good resolution as well how your resolution can become part of our Party Platform or Action agenda.
Can I participate if I can't attend?
If you want to participate in your local DFL precinct caucus, but can’t attend in person on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, you can:
- Fill out the non-attendee form and have someone else bring it on caucus night, or
- Send the non-attendee form (or an email with all of this information) to the Chair of your local DFL Organizing Unit no later than Saturday, February 22, 2020. Local unit contact information.
As a non-attendee you won’t be able to vote (for candidates, delegates, or resolutions), but you will be able to:
- Be nominated and possibly elected as a precinct officer or a delegate or alternate to a higher level convention.
- Submit resolutions for caucus approval by attaching a Resolution Form. (Available at dfl.org/caucuses-conventions)
- Sign up to help in other ways: as an Election Judge, or as a member of a committee setting up for a higher level convention.
Know your rights: Minnesota Statutes Section 202A.19 permits Minnesota residents to take time off from work without pay to attend precinct caucuses, provided they give their employer written notice at least 10 days in advance. State universities, community colleges, and public schools may not hold classes or events after 6:00 p.m. on the evening of precinct caucuses. State agencies, school boards, county boards, township boards, city councils, and all other political subdivisions may not conduct meetings after 6:00 p.m. on caucus night.