Monday, February 04, 2008

Colorado Caucus: What is it? And How do you participate?

Tomorrow is being called "Super Tuesday" "Tsunami Tuesday" or any number of other names and amazingly (or depressingly depending on your viewpoint) the candidates for the Republican and Democratic parties are still up for grabs. So all of you registered to vote (as a party member) here in Colorado can head out to the caucus!

What is a caucus? Well, quite simply it is a chance for everyone to get in a room and vote for their candidate of choice. It is different from a primary in that it only occurs at one particular time in the day and all your neighbors can see who you are voting for. For a more in-depth definition, why not check out the Republican or Democrat descriptions.

How do you participate?
  • First you must be affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic party. Don't know if you are? The Colorado Secretary of State allows you to view your registration information online. If you are an unaffiliated voter then, sorry, you don't get a chance to participate in the caucus. You needed to have changed your affiliation by December 5, 2007.
  • Second, go to the Democratic or Republican web site. The Democratic site allows you to look up your caucus location by address, but the Republican site requires you to put in the precinct number from the Secretary of State site.
  • Third, go to your caucus location at 7 tomorrow night.
Want to read more about the Caucus in the news? Check out the Denver Post's "Passionate partisans stir votes."

Want more elections information? Check out the library's guide.

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