Presidential Caucus Rules

(Revised January 18, 2012)

1. Caucus voting:
The North Dakota state Republican presidential caucus shall be held on March 6, 2012. Each legislative district established in the 2011 special legislative session shall establish one or more voting location(s) for the purpose of conducting the presidential caucus on the established date. Each district must tabulate their votes and relay the final results to State party headquarters no later than 9:00 p.m. (central time) on that date. Legislative districts may combine to hold joint balloting and joint reporting of results.

2. Presidential caucus voters must be:
• Physically present to cast their presidential caucus vote
• Eligible to vote in the General Election to be held on November 6, 2012
• A citizen of the United States
• Affiliated with the Republican Party in the last general election or intending to affiliate with the Republican Party in the next general election

3. Delegate Allocation:
North Dakota’s delegates to the Republican National Convention in 2012 shall caucus prior to or at the convention to discuss voluntarily apportioning delegate representation on the first ballot to reflect the results of the Presidential Caucus, with any fractional result rounded to the nearest whole delegate. However, any such apportionment on the first ballot shall be strictly voluntary. The delegates remain free to vote their conscience on all balloting.

4. Delegate Selection:
North Dakota’s delegates to the Republican National Convention in 2012 shall be selected in accordance with applicable state and national Republican Party requirements.

5. The District Chair of each District shall appoint a District Presidential Caucus Chair on or before January 21, 2012 and notify the Executive Director of the North Dakota Republican Party of that person’s name, address, phone number, fax number (if applicable) and e-mail (if applicable).

6. The District Executive Committee shall determine the number and place of voting sites for the District on or before January 31, 2012.

7. There will be at least one voting site for each district and there can be as many for a district as needed. The District Executive Committee will be directed to choose the site or sites. These selections of additional sites must be completed by February 1, 2012.

8. The ballot for the Presidential Caucus shall contain the names of all announced Republican Presidential candidates as of February 1, 2012 as stated by the Republican National Committee and/or the Federal Election Commission.

9. The District Presidential Caucus Chair, in consultation with the District Chair and the District Executive Committee, shall appoint a Chair for each voting site for the District. The appointment must be made by February 14, 2012 and must be reported to the Executive Director of the North Dakota Republican Party.

10. Notice of the Presidential Caucus date, time and site shall be given in the same manner as provided for the precinct caucus in Section 16.1-03-01 of the North Dakota Century Code. – Please note you must place an ad in the county newspaper for every county in your district.

11. The ballot shall be prepared by Republican State Headquarters and copies provided to each District. Each District shall make as many copies as are needed in the District. Each ballot must be initialed by the Chair of the Presidential Caucus Voting Site to be valid and counted.

12. Each person may vote for only one candidate on the ballot, and any ballot voted for more than one candidate will be void. An elector in a District may vote at any site for the District, but may only cast one vote.

13. Voting by absentee ballot shall not be allowed.

14. Candidates or their representatives wishing to speak at caucus shall be allowed an equal amount of time per candidate as determined by the Caucus Chair.

PRESS RELEASE from North Dakota Republican Party
February 27, 2012

NDGOP Will Operate 59 Voting Locations on Tuesday, March 6

Bismarck, ND – 59 voting locations were announced today for North Dakota’s Republican Presidential Caucus on Super Tuesday, March 6. All voting sites will operate from 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

“The campaign stops we’ve already seen from the Presidential candidates and the possibility of even more candidates visiting have created more excitement than we have ever had for our Presidential Caucus,” said NDGOP Spokesman Matt Becker. “Super Tuesday promises to be a defining moment in this nomination process, and this gives North Dakota a chance to be a major player in determining how the results shape up.”

The full list of voting sites, along with more information on the Caucus, is available at The main purpose of the Presidential Caucus is for local Republicans to gather at a common place and discuss with their fellow Republicans the reasons why they are supporting a particular candidate for President.

Results will be updated live at beginning at 9:00pm central time as they are reported and verified by NDGOP Headquarters. Chairman Stan Stein will announce the winner of the Caucus from the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo.

The Caucus ballot will include Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum. Representatives on behalf of each candidate are given time to speak at the beginning of each caucus. Any Republican who wishes to vote must present a photo ID.

“After meeting these candidates face to face and watching them in debate after debate, North Dakotans are ready to head to the polls,” Becker added.
All Caucus Locations Can Be Found at

Ed. Note. Three of the candidates made trips to North Dakota in advance of the presidential caucus:

February 15 - Rick Santorum (a) held an energy roundtable and toured Hess Oil's North Dakota operations at Hess Oil, 6619 Highway 40, Tioga; (b) hosted a town hall meeting at Tioga Public School Gymnasium, 303 North Linda Street, Tioga; and (c) held a rally at Holiday Inn of Fargo, 3803 13th Avenue South, Fargo.

February 19-20...  Feb. 19 - Ron Paul (a) held a town hall meeting at Ramada-Grand Dakota Lodge, 532 15 Street West, Dickinson; and (b) held a non-campaign event "Freedom 101: The Basics with Ron Paul" (sponsored by North Dakota Policy Council) at Williston High School Auditorium, 502 West Highland Drive, Williston.  Feb. 20 - Ron Paul (c) greeted convention goers and spoke briefly at the District 12 Convention, Knights of Columbus, 519 1st Avenue South, Jamestown; and (d) greeted convention goers and spoke briefly at the Bismarck Convention, Shiloh Christian Elementary School, 1915 Shiloh Drive, Bismarck.

March 1 - Mitt Romney held a campaign event at Wrigley Mechanical Inc., 4102 15th Avenue, Fargo.

March 2 - Josh Romney joined North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem for a Romney for President meet-and-greet with voters at North Dakota Republican Party Headquarters, 1029 North 5th Street, Bismarck.

March 6 - Ron Paul spoke at the Fargo-area mega-caucus at Ramada Plaza Inn and Suites, 1635 42nd Street South, Fargo.

Ed. Note.  The actual process of selecting delegates starts at District Conventions, held around the state from January through March.

Become a Delegate

Delegates for the 2012 NDGOP Convention are chosen at the district level. In January, February, and March, each of the 47 districts will hold a District Convention to elect delegates for the State Convention. To become a delegate, get in touch with your district chairman by browsing the list here, and plan to attend your local district convention. The cost to become a delegate is $80, with a reduced rate of $40 for those under 30. The cost to become an alternate is $60.

District 1
March 9 at 7:00pm
El Rancho
1623 2nd Avenue West
Williston, ND

District 2
March 22 at 7:30pm
Tioga High School Library
303 N. Linda St.
Tioga, ND

Districts 3, 5, 38, and 40

February 6 at 6:30pm
Holiday Inn
2200 Burdick Expressway
Minot, ND

District 4
February 22 at 6:30pm
Berthold Sportsman’s Building
Berthold, ND

District 6
February 19 at 3:00pm
Senior Citizens Center
Newburg, ND

Districts 7, 30, 32,
35, and 47

February 20 at 5:30pm
Shiloh Elementary School
1915 Shiloh Drive
Bismarck, ND

District 8
February 21 at 6:30pm
Washburn Memorial Hall
805 Main Avenue
Washburn, ND

District 9
February 21 at 6:00pm
Rolla Community Center
111 6th Avenue
Rolla, ND

District 10
February 16 at 7:00pm
American Legion
701 Main Street West
Cavalier, ND

Districts 11, 13, 16, 21, 27, 41, 44, 45, and 46

March 1 at 6:00pm
Fargo South High School
Commons Area
1840 15th Avenue South
Fargo, ND

District 12
February 20 at 1:00pm
Knights of Columbus
519 1st Avenue South
Jamestown, ND

District 14
March 4
Convention at 4:00pm
Banquet at 6:00pm
Harvey Eagles Club
931 Business Hwy 52
Harvey, ND

District 15
February 13 at 6:00pm
Fireside Inn & Suites
Sunset Room
215 Highway 2
Devils Lake, ND

District 17, 18, 42, and 43

February 16 at 7:00pm
The Guest House
710 First Avenue North
Grand Forks, ND

District 19
February 16 at 4:30pm
Choice Financial Bank
645 Hill Avenue
Grafton, ND

District 20
February 26 at 2:00pm
O’Brien Seed Office
945 3rd Street Southeast
Mayville, ND

District 22
March 10 at 10:00am
City Hall Auditorium
702 First Street North
Casselton, ND

District 23
February 18 at 10:00am
Coachman Inn
504 9th Street Southwest
Cooperstown, ND

District 24
March 3 at 7:00pm
Valley City Country Club
500 12th Avenue NE
Valley City, ND

District 25
February 29 at 7:00pm
Chahinkapa Park
Hughes Shelter
Wahpeton, ND

District 26
January 19 at 7:00pm
Milnor Senior Center
Main Street
Milnor, ND

District 28
February 28 at 7:00pm
Wishek Civic Center
Wishek, ND

District 29
February 23 at 7:00pm
Governor’s Hall
Quality Inn and Suites
507 25th St SW
Jamestown, ND

District 31
February 27 at 7:00pm
Seven Seas Inn
2611 Old Red Trail
Mandan, ND

District 33
February 23 at 6:30pm
Grand View Steakhouse
320 2nd Avenue NE
Beulah, ND

District 34
February 21 at 6:30pm
Seven Seas Inn
2611 Old Red Trail
Mandan, ND

District 36
February 25 at 6:00pm
Grand Dakota Lodge
Dickinson, ND

District 37
January 17 at 6:00pm
Elks Club
Sodbuster Room
501 Elks Drive
Dickinson, ND

District 39
January 20 at 7:00pm
Adams County Courthouse
602 Adams Ave
Hettinger, ND

Delegates to the national convention are selected at the 2012 NDGOP Convention held at the Bismarck Civic Center from March 30-April 1, 2012. >