2022 DFL State Convention



The 2022 DFL State Convention will be called to order at 4pm Friday afternoon and will reconvene at 10am on Saturday morning and again at 10am on Sunday. This year, Convention attendees are strongly encouraged to attend various Training Summit sessions which will be offered each day. 

Proposed Agenda for the 2022 Minnesota DFL State Convention



The 2022 State Convention is planned as an in-person event. On-site COVID-19 testing at Mayo Civic Center is required for all attendees. No one testing positive will be permitted to access any Convention space. The testing area will be located on the second floor (Skyway level) of Mayo Civic Center and will be open during these times:

Friday, May 20, from 7am to 7pm

Saturday, May 21, from 8am to 12pm

Please take a moment to carefully read the list of precautions shown below:

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COVID-19 Precautions

Every delegate, alternate, vendor, news media member, volunteer, staff, elected official, or campaign member will only gain entrance to any space on the first floor of Mayo Civic Center during the Convention with a valid photo ID, proof of COVID-19 vaccination, and a negative COVID-19 test result. If you do not have your vaccination card, the Minnesota Department of Health cannot provide a replacement CDC COVID-19 vaccine card. If you lost your COVID-19 vaccine card, you can request a copy of your immunization record, which includes similar information to the vaccine card, by using the Docket app or submitting a request to the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC).

How to get your immunization record

The precautions listed here are subject to change based upon public health advisories from the state of Minnesota, Olmsted County, and the City of Rochester.

All persons must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and must test negative for COVID-19 on-site at Mayo Civic Center to receive a silicone wristband which must be shown at the security checkpoint. This wristband will be required for entrance each day of the Convention.

Delegates, alternates, non-voting delegates and volunteers must show their wristband and valid photo ID at registration to receive a new credential badge each day during the Convention. 

A valid credential badge must be worn at all times while in any Convention space.

A well-fitting face mask is required to be worn by attendees when they enter the Mayo Civic Center for their COVID-19 test and until they receive a negative test result and silicone wristband. Once admitted to the Convention space on the first floor, persons wearing wristbands will have the option to wear a face mask or not.

Unseated alternates will not be admitted to the arena balcony. Alternates will be able to watch the Convention proceedings via closed-circuit video in a designated meeting room at Mayo Civic Center while waiting to be upgraded.

Guests and other members of the public will not be admitted to any Convention space in the Mayo Civic Center, nor any other Convention activity held elsewhere in Rochester.


All persons must show their silicone wristband (see COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS) before passing through a magnetometer (metal detector) at the security checkpoint. 

Large bags and backpacks, handmade signs, banners, balloons, and noisemakers are not allowed. Bags and purses will be searched for weapons of any kind and other items not permitted at the Convention or in Mayo Civic Center. Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside Mayo Civic Center.



State Convention Delegates and Alternates are encouraged to pre-register for the Convention to save time picking up credential badges and other information on-site. A voluntary registration donation is requested to help the Party cover some of its costs for this three-day event. We work hard to keep the Convention revenue-neutral and keep our costs down. This voluntary registration donation goes a long way toward ensuring a productive, enjoyable, and successful convention for all. 

Delegates $150

Alternates $75




The Training Summit sessions are offered to all State Convention delegates and alternates. Courses are designed to build the skills needed by local party leaders, activists, organizers, and anyone who wants to elect more DFLers this year. There is no additional cost to attend and all the sessions will be held during breaks in Convention business, so you won’t miss a thing! Be sure to check out the session descriptions, make your choices, and pre-register early.





DFL room blocks are available for both Friday and Saturday nights at three union hotels and are expected to reach capacity quickly:

The Kahler Grand Hotel – 20 Second Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55902 – 1-800-533-1655

Rate: $139-159, based on occupancy/room type (discounted parking, $8/day). Reserve TODAY! This room block will expire no later than midnight, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Online Reservation Process for The Kahler Grand Hotel:

Go to www.thekahlerhotel.com

Click Book Your Stay – Use dates of stay 

Click Check Availability

Enter group code – 52022MNDFL

Click Apply


Kahler Inn & Suites – 9 Third Avenue NW, Rochester, MN 55901 – 1-800-533-1655

Rate: $139-149, based on occupancy/room type (discounted parking $8/day) Reserve TODAY! This room block will expire no later than midnight Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Online Reservation Process for Kahler Inn & Suites:

Go to www.kahlerinnsuites.com

Click Book Now – Use dates of stay 

Click Reserve Now

Enter group code – 0522MNDFLC

Click Apply


Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area – 101 First Avenue SW, Rochester, MN 55902 – 1-888-236-2427

Rate: Standard Room, $159 (discounted parking, $8/day) Reserve TODAY! This room block will expire no later than midnight Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

Room block is MN DFL Convention. Reserve by phone at 1-800-228-9290 or 507-280-6000, or online at marriott.com.




To make the voting process fast and convenient for delegates, all votes will be conducted using the same electronic voting system, Election Buddy,  employed at recent DFL State Central Committee meetings. Delegates and alternates should plan to bring their own smartphone, tablet, or laptop. While a limited supply of these devices will be available to borrow on-site, most people find it easier to use their own devices. Training on the voting procedures will be available before and during the Convention.



At Mayo Civic Center, the DFL will be providing: a Quiet Room (for those who need it), a Nursing Mothers Room, a Prayer Room, an All-Gender Restroom, and accessible parking. There will be  Real-Time Captioning during the Convention general sessions. Those interested in carpooling or sharing hotel rooms during the Convention should contact their local unit delegation.

Requesting Accommodations: To request disability accommodations during the convention, we ask that you fill out this request form. Alternatively, you may send an email to [email protected] or call the Accommodations Hotline at 651-251-6380.  The deadline for all requests is Friday, May 6, 2022.

Accommodations include:

Convention materials in alternate formats

Headphones for hearing impaired

Headphones for language translation

Additional space on the convention floor for a scooter, wheelchair, Personal Care Attendant or service animal

Wheelchair and Scooter Rental is available in Rochester from Anderson Wheelchair at 507-288-0113. They offer free delivery/pickup to Rochester area hotels ($30 minimum for delivered items). Equipment will be delivered to the front desk of your hotel, so it is there for you when you check in. If you check-in on a Saturday or Sunday, the equipment is delivered to your hotel on Friday so it’s there when you check-in. Wheelchair rentals with delivery and pick up have the $30 minimum added at end of rental.

Information needed for rental: Name, billing address, delivery place, phone number, your height and weight, and credit card to hold the reservation.

Scooter rental (2-day minimum)

  • Scooter rental for up to 300 lbs. – $25/day
  • Maxima scooters for over 300 lbs. – $30/day

Power wheelchair rental

  • Standard power wheelchair – $20/day
  • Power wheelchair with tilt, recline, and power leg-rest –  $35/day

Wheelchair rental

  • Standard wheelchair up to 250 lbs. – $4/day
  • Lightweight wheelchairs up to 250 lbs. – $5/day
  • Transport wheelchair up to 250 lbs. – $5/day
  • Heavy-duty wheelchair over 250 lbs. – $7/day


What happens at the State Convention?

The DFL State Convention, May 20-22, 2022, 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, including:

Endorsing candidates for Governor/Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and State Auditor

Considering resolutions to include in the Ongoing Platform and Action Agenda

Considering amendments to the DFL Constitution and Bylaws

See pages 18-23 in the 2022-23 Official Call


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. Additionally, DFL State Party Officers, Congressional District Chairs and Vice Chairs, DFL legislators, statewide and federal elected officials, and representatives of the tribes are automatic delegates to the State Convention.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the 2022 DFL State Convention will not be open to the public and there will be no seating for guests or alternates in the arena balcony. However, live streaming video of the Convention proceedings will be available. You must be a delegate or upgraded alternate to be seated on the Convention floor and participate in voting. Alternates are encouraged to attend the Convention, as 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 1, 2022, DFLers held precinct caucuses to begin the process of electing delegates to their Organizing Unit Conventions.

In March and April, Organizing Unit Conventions are held across the state to elect delegates to the State Convention, followed by Congressional District Conventions during April and May.

State Convention Committees (Platform, Constitution, Credentials, and Rules) will meet on Saturday, April 30, 2022 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 four different committees:

Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules recommends changes to the State DFL Constitution and Bylaws.

Constitution Report for the State Convention


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.

Platform, Issues, and Legislative Affairs prepares the State Convention ballot for considering changes to the Ongoing Platform and adoption of the biennial Action Agenda.

Platform Report 2022 State Convention final ***updated to include amendments 05/21/22***

Platform Ballot Results

Rules proposes 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. 

Proposed Agenda for the 2022 Minnesota DFL State Convention

Temporary and Proposed Permanent Rules for the 2022 Minnesota DFL State Convention

As committee reports are finalized, they will be posted in this section.


How are the Community Outreach Organizations 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.