What happens at the state convention?
The DFL State Convention, June 1-3, 2018, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, is the culmination of organizing activities at precinct caucuses and local conventions, where delegates from across Minnesota come together to conduct important business of the DFL State Party. The Convention will be called to order at 4pm Friday afternoon, and it will reconvene at 9am on Saturday morning and at 10am on Sunday. You can find the Proposed Agenda here. Delegates will be engaged in numerous items of business, including:
- Endorsing candidates for both U.S. Senate seats
- Endorsing candidates for Governor/Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Auditor
- Electing 16 At-Large Directors to the State Executive Committee
- Considering resolutions for inclusion in the Ongoing Platform and Action Agenda
- Considering amendments to the DFL Constitution and Bylaws
See pages 12-17 in the Official Call for more information.
Who may attend the state convention?
The DFL State Convention includes approximately 1,200 delegates who have been elected at their local Organizing Unit Conventions. In addition, there are delegate votes given to state party officers, and 16 votes given to Congressional District chairs and vice chairs. DFL legislators at the state and federal level as well as tribal representatives are also automatic delegates.
The convention is open to the public. Seating for guests is in the arena balcony area. You must be a delegate or an upgraded alternate to sit on the Convention floor and participate in voting. Alternates are encouraged to attend the Convention, as there is plenty of balcony seating and there are often opportunities to be upgraded to delegate status during the three days of the Convention.
What happens leading up to the convention?
On February 6, 2018, DFLers turned out to their local precincts to cast gubernatorial preference ballots and begin electing delegates to the next level of conventions.
In February and March, Organizing Unit Conventions are held across the state to elect delegates to the State Convention, followed by Congressional District Conventions during April and May. Schedule of Organizing Unit and Congressional District Conventions
State Convention Committees (Platform, Constitution, Credentials, Nominations, and Rules) meet on Saturday, May 5 – Sunday, May 6, 2018 to conduct their pre-convention business. As committee reports are finalized, they will be posted on this website.
What are the state convention committees and what do they do?
There are five different committees:
- Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules recommends changes to the State DFL Constitution and Bylaws. They also hear reports on all delegate and alternate challenges.
- Credentials supervises registration of convention delegates and alternates; prepares the temporary roll of the convention. The credentials committee hears challenges and then reports its recommendation(s) for resolving any challenge(s) to the Convention.
- Nominations screens and recommends candidates for At-Large State Directors who serve on the State Executive Committee. The nominations committee does not recommend members as candidates for party office. Information about the candidate questionnaire and screenings dates/locations can be found here.
- Platform, Issues, and Legislative Affairs prepares the State Convention ballot for considering changes to the Ongoing Platform and adoption of the biennial Action Agenda.
- Rules proposes final rules for the State Convention to adopt when it is called to order. Until the Convention adopts its final rules, it is governed by the Temporary and Proposed Permanent Rules and Agenda for the State Convention. The Rules Committee has published Proposed Permanent Rules that will be voted on by the convention body.
How are the community caucuses involved?
The DFL Community Caucuses and Community Outreach Organizations play a large part in what makes the Minnesota DFL such a vibrant and inclusive party, and nowhere will this shine more than at the State Convention. DFLers from around Minnesota, from different communities and perspectives, will have a unique opportunity to come together to rally around our shared values and issues. These vital DFL organizations are encouraged to table at the Convention and meet throughout Convention weekend.