202A.15 TIME AND PLACE OF CAUCUS.
Subdivision 1. Time.
Precinct caucuses within a county shall be held on the day provided by
law and the caucuses shall remain open for at least one hour.
Subd. 2. Place.
The precinct caucuses shall be held at the regular polling places for each
precinct or other suitable places designated in the call, and no caucus may be adjourned to any
other place or time.
In the event that there is only one suitable meeting place in the precinct polling place and
the major political parties cannot agree as to its use, the county auditor shall decide by lot prior
to January 15, 1970, the party which is to receive the use of the meeting place in years evenly
divisible by four and which party shall receive the use of the meeting place in other years in
which a state general election is held. The report of such selections by lot in the county shall be
filed by the auditor with the county board which shall publish the same as a part of the minutes of
the board meeting at which the report is filed.
A precinct caucus must be held at a place that meets the accessibility standards for precinct
polling places specified in section
204B.16, subdivision 5
. In addition, the place where a precinct
caucus is held must contain restrooms that conform to the standards in the State Building Code for
accessibility by disabled persons. If a precinct caucus is held on a floor of a building that is either
above or below the entrance level for the building, an elevator must be available. Any elevators
used for access to the room where the precinct caucus is held must conform to the standards in
the State Building Code for accessibility by disabled persons.
If there are not enough places within a precinct that are or can be made accessible as
provided by this subdivision and section
204B.16, subdivision 5
, for each major party to hold its
precinct caucus, a major party may hold its caucus at a place outside one of the boundaries of
the precinct in order to comply with accessibility requirements.
If only one place satisfies the accessibility and location requirements of this subdivision, the
major parties shall alternate use of the place. Prior to January 1, 1990, the county auditor shall
decide by lot which party is to use the accessible place in years evenly divisible by four and which
party is to use the place in other years when a state general election is held.
History: 1975 c 5 s 6; 1975 c 292 s 3; 1981 c 29 art 7 s 38; 1989 c 308 s 2; 2005 c 56 s 1