Precinct

A precinct is a defined area that shares a single polling place. Their boundaries may change every 10 years, based on the results of the national census. New ones may spring up at any time, based on growth between censuses. Don’t know your precinct? The Secretary of State provides a precinct finder.

When it comes to politics, Minnesota is a “grass roots” state. Every even numbered year, the major political parties hold caucuses. They represent the beginning of a new election cycle. Neighbors gather by precinct to help decide the future direction of the political party of their choice.

From caucus to caucus, agendas may differ but some things hold constant. They meet by precinct, elect precinct officers and delegates for the county convention, and propose changes to the party platform in the form of resolutions.

In 2020, Olmsted County Republicans were allocated up to 340 BPOU delegates representing 84 precincts. A precinct’s delegate count is a measure of its “Republicanism”. Delegate counts are based on the number of Republican votes cast in each precinct, for the candidate of highest public office in the most recent general election (usually, President or Governor). Actual delegate counts may be less than the allocation because people have to be elected at their precinct caucuses. This list is unofficial.

Cities Precincts Delegates
Byron 1 14
Chatfield 1 3
Dover 1 2
Eyota 1 5
Oronoco 1 5
Pine Island 1 2
Rochester 52 218
Stewartville 1 16
TOTAL 265
Township Precincts Delegates
Cascade P-1 7
Cascade P-2A 1
Cascade P-3A 1
Cascade P-4 0
Dover 1
Elmira 1
Eyota 2
Farmington 1
Haverhill 5
High Forest 4
Kalmar 4
Marion P-1 12
Marion P-2 0
New Haven 5
Orion 2
Oronoco 8
Pleasant Grove 3
Quincy 1
Rochester P-1 6
Rochester P-2 0
Rochester P-3 1
Rochester P-4 1
Rock Dell 3
Salem 4
Viola 2
TOTAL 75

The city of Rochester’s 52 precincts are found in six wards. Their delegate counts are found by following the ward column down to the precinct row. For example, Rochester ward 2, precinct 4’s delegate count is 5.

Precinct
Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 5 Ward 6
1: 3 2 5 4 4 7
2: 4 4 6 1 3 6
3: 8 4 5 2 6 4
4: 2 5 4 3 5 4
5: 6 4 9 3 8 1
6: 1 3 5 1 2 2
7: 7 7 7 4 9 4
8: 5 7 3 2 3
9: 5 1
10: 2
11: 5
12: 1
TOTAL 49 36 41 22 39 31