What is a caucus?
A caucus is a short (1-2 hour) neighborhood meeting within a voting precinct where delegates are elected as the first step of the party endorsement process. You also can submit a resolution and discuss local issues to send to the party for consideration on the party platform.
Why should you caucus?
In Minnesota we now have both caucuses on February 25th and the presidential primary on March 3rd, and it’s important that we show up for both. If you want to be a National Delegate at the DNC convention this summer, getting elected as a delegate at your precinct caucus is the first step. And if you don’t want to be a delegate, just by being in the room you get to decide who does. We want as many socialists caucusing and elected delegates as possible!
What if I have a schedule conflict and can’t participate in my caucus?
If you want to be elected as a delegate but can’t make your caucus you can submit a proxy letter to your local party chair.
Key terms + jargon:
- Democratic Farmer Labor (DFL) Party — what the Democratic Party is called in Minnesota. They are responsible for running all caucuses and conventions. Check out their website for additional information about the caucus process.
- Precinct — the first level of the local party structure. Each caucus is organized by precinct or neighborhood.
- Delegate — elected to represent their neighbors at the party endorsing convention.
- Alternate — elected to represent their neighbors if upgraded at the party endorsing convention.
- Convention — where a party endorsement is made and in some cases, more delegates are elected to the next convention (ex: senate, county, congressional, state, national).