About Rice County GOP


BPOU stands for Basic Political Operating Unit. What that really means though, is that a BPOU is the lowest level of a political organization. In rural areas, a BPOU may be an entire county, such as our Rice County BPOU. It is where the rubber meets the road within our party. With your help we intend to grow our BPOU year-round, By becoming engaged in the BPOU you take a larger role in getting our candidates elected and serve as a conduit for community involvement within the party.

The BPOU operates as a fairly independent group and relies on volunteers. It has its own leadership, membership, budget, etc. The BPOU holds caucuses (manned by volunteers) so that those who are new to the political process can get involved at the ‘Grass Roots Level’ by becoming a delegate or an alternate.

Each BPOU consists of one or more senate districts, two or more house districts, and many precincts. The senate districts and house districts can also cross county lines. However, only precincts within our county (Rice) caucus with us. Other precincts will caucus with their own county BPOU (Steele, Waseca, & Dodge). Precincts within each BPOU area, vary in size but are used to help organize votes and voting locations on Election Day.


The purpose of this organization shall be the maintenance and advancement of good government as set forth in the United States Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights; performing the county’s responsibilities relative to the Rice County Convention, the 1st and 2nd Congressional District Republican Conventions, the Minnesota State Republican Convention and the National Republican Convention.

Map of Rice County Republicans (BPOU) – Precinct Map

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