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 2018, Olmsted county Republicans was allocated up to 400 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 18
Chatfield 1 4
Dover 1 2
Eyota 1 6
Oronoco 1 5
Pine Island 1 2
Rochester 52 257
Stewartville 1 20
Township Precincts Delegates
Cascade P-1 8
Cascade P-2A 1
Cascade P-3A 1
Cascade P-4 0
Dover 2
Elmira 2
Eyota 2
Farmington 2
Haverhill 5
High Forest 5
Kalmar 5
Marion P-1 15
Marion P-2 1
New Haven 5
Orion 2
Oronoco 9
Pleasant Grove 3
Quincy 1
Rochester P-1 5
Rochester P-2 0
Rochester P-3 1
Rochester P-4 1
Rock Dell 3
Salem 5
Viola 2

The city of Rochester’s 52 precincts and their delegate counts are as follows. Precincts are grouped by ward. For example, the entry for P4 in Ward 2’s column is for Rochester ward 2, precinct 4 (often referred to as 2-4).

Ward 1 Ward 2 Ward 3 Ward 4 Ward 5 Ward 6
P1 3 P1 3 P1 5 P1 5 P1 5 P1 9
P2 5 P2 5 P2 7 P2 2 P2 4 P2 7
P3 9 P3 5 P3 5 P3 3 P3 7 P3 5
P4 3 P4 6 P4 5 P4 3 P4 6 P4 6
P5 7 P5 5 P5 10 P5 4 P5 8 P5 2
P6 1 P6 4 P6 6 P6 1 P6 3 P6 3
P7 8 P7 7 P7 8 P7 5 P7 9 P7 6
P8 5 P8 8 P8 4 P8 2 P8 4
P9 5 P9 1
P10 2
P11 4
P12 2
TOTAL 54 43 46 28 44 42