DFL & GOP move date of 2016 precinct caucuses

PoliticsMN_WEBSITELogoThe Minnesota DFL and the Republican Party of Minnesota have reached an agreement to schedule precinct caucuses for March 1, 2016. State law allows for the chairs of the two major political parties to jointly schedule the date of precinct caucuses for general elections.

The State Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Minnesota voted during a conference call today to scheduled precinct caucuses for March 1, 2016.

The Minnesota DFL and the Republican Party of Minnesota are moving the date of precinct caucus to comply with rules established by each of the national parties regarding nominating candidates for president and vice-president in 2016.  Rules of the Republican Party only allow Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada to elect delegates to the national convention before “March 1 or after the second Saturday in June in the year in which a national convention is held.”

According to state law, a preference ballot will be conducted for president at precinct causes. While Democrats in Minnesota require delegates elected to the national convention to support the winner of the preference ballot at DFL precinct caucuses, Republicans in Minnesota will be required to follow a similar process.

Rule changes made at the 2012 Republican National Convention and later amended by the RNC, require that the results of the presidential preference ballot at Republican precinct caucuses “must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the national convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner.” In previous years, delegates to the Republican National Convention from Minnesota were not bound by the results of the presidential preference ballot conducted at precinct caucuses.

In 2016, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia and Cleveland will host the Republican National Convention.

As always, please check back to politics.mn for additional information on the 2016 elections.


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  3. Kathie Roberts says:

    Been saying for over 2 years that this was going to happen. The only way we’ll have any ability to have an impact on Nat’l Republican politics. Plus it’ll make the delegate make up fair. Proportional is the way to go. Lets citizens send delegates according the THEIR choice.

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