What the heck is a BPOU anyway?

A BPOU is a Basic Political Operating Unit. What that really means though, is that a BPOU is the grass-roots level of political organization. In rural areas, a BPOU may be an entire county. In urban areas, a BPOU may encompass only a particular State Senate District or even a single State House District.

The BPOU operates as an independent group. It has it’s own leadership, membership, budget, etc. Each BPOU endorses members during election years at it’s caucuses. And during off-election years holds conventions to elect officers and other business.

A BPOU may contain an entire city, or only part of one. It may contain several cities, or be part of several. A BPOU may encompasses an entire county, or only part of one. It may also contain parts of several counties as well.

To make this even more confusing, the boundaries of a BPOU can change when the legislature does it’s redistricting every ten years.

Here in MN Senate District 57, we have one BPOU for the entire district.

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