The Caucus is Tuesday, March 4th! The following is information is provided for to help you understand what it is and how you can get involved! We have included great information if you are interested in learning how you can get involved in determining which candidates will actually appear on the Primary Ballot in June.
2014 REPUBLICAN CAUCUS
When: Tuesday, March 4th begins at 7 pm (you can arrive any time after 6:30 pm)
Where: Various precinct locations – see below info on locating your precinct location
Who: All individuals registered as Republican
Cost: None to attend Caucus, but County Delegate is $30, County Alternate is $15
What to Bring: Photo ID, checkbook or $to pay County Delegate or Alternate fee
How Do I Locate What Precinct I am In?
Go to www.govotecolorado.com and click on the link for ‘Manage my Registration’. You will be prompted to enter your first name, last name, date of birth and zip code. Then click on the section for verifying/updating your information. More info will appear – locate the 10 digit number listed as your Precinct. The last 3 digits of this long number is your actual precinct number.
How Do I Know Where My Precinct Meets on Caucus Night?
Once you have your precinct number, go to the El Paso County Republican Party website at www.gopelpaso.com and scroll down the list on their home page, locating your precinct number. Your caucus location will be listed next on that list.
What is the Caucus?
The caucus is held every 2 years (in even-numbered years) on the first Tuesday in March. In Presidential election years, major parties may hold the caucuses on the first Tuesday in February. At the caucus, future leaders in the Republican Party are elected to offices of responsibility.
What Happens at a Republican Caucus Meeting?
At the caucus, we elect precinct leaders and delegates and alternates to the El Paso County Assembly and other (higher) assemblies, which include the 5th Congressional District Assembly and the State Assembly this year. To be elected delegate or alternate to any of the higher assemblies (5th Congressional District and State), one must first be elected a delegate or alternate to the El Paso County Assembly. Any resident of the precinct may attend the caucus, but only registered Republicans may vote or be heard. Registered Republicans may also submit resolutions for consideration by the Resolutions Committee for inclusion into the Republican Party Platform.
Individuals DO NOT have to proclaim support to any candidate at the caucus – individuals can remain completely anonymous as to who they support for any race. Any individual is welcome to speak positively on a candidate’s behalf; however, no one is required to do so.
Precinct Leaders (2 per precinct) are elected by neighbors who live within the precinct and attend the caucus. Precinct leaders serve for 2 years. They are responsible for organizing their precincts to aid in get-out-the-vote efforts. Precinct leaders may enlist the help of neighbors by designating block captains. Walking precincts and meeting people face-to-face are the most important duties of the precinct leader.
Delegates and Alternates are elected by neighbors who live within the precinct to represent them at the assemblies. An equal number of delegates and alternates are elected at the caucus. The number of delegates and alternates is determined by a formula related to votes cast in a previous election. When electing delegates, the precinct is essentially selecting representatives to speak for it at assemblies on matters of policy and select candidates for county and state elections.
How Does the Vote at the Republican Party County Assembly Affect Who Appears on the Ballot?
If a candidate receives 30% of the votes at the county assembly, he/she will automatically appear on the primary ballot. The names of candidates receiving more than 30% of these votes will appear on the Primary Ballot in the order of votes cast (most votes received = top line on the ballot)!! If a candidate receives between 10% and 30% of the votes, he/she may petition onto the primary ballot. If a candidate receives less than 10% of the votes, they have been disqualified from continuing on in that election process.
How Many Delegates are There – Does My Vote as a Republican County Assembly Delegate Matter?
There are only 1498 County Assembly Delegates for El Paso County. These individuals hold incredible power in determining which candidate(s) will appear on the upcoming primary ballot. If you didn’t ever believe your vote did not matter, think again! When you consider only 1498 people in El Paso County can control the overall opportunity for an individual to move forward in the primary election, EACH VOTE IS CRITICAL!!!!
Other upcoming dates to mark on your calendar:
Saturday, March 29th - County Assembly at UCCS...watch for more info on that
Tuesday, June 24th - Primary Election
Thank you so much for your involvement in the Republican Caucus, Assembly and Primary process! Every vote matters and is instrumental in getting the candidate(s) you support on the Primary ballot! Please get involved and assist in making a positive impact on the upcoming election process!