2018 CAUCUS & ASSEMBLY FACTS IMPORTANT DATES:
Precinct Caucuses: March 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM, check in at 6:00 PM Caucus locations
County Assembly: March 17, 2018 at 9:00 AM, check in at 7:30 AM. County Assembly
State Convention & Assembly: Saturday, April 14, 2018 – Coors Event Center CU Boulder, 950 Regent Drive, Boulder, CO. State Convention
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How do I register for my precinct caucus: http://caucus.cologop.org
Who is eligible to participate in a precinct caucus?
(1) resident of the precinct for 30 days, (2) registered to vote no later than 29 days before the precinct caucus and affiliated with the Republican Party at least two months as shown on the registration books of the county clerk and recorder or on the records of the Colorado Secretary of State; except that any registered Republican elector who has attained the age of eighteen years within the two month immediately preceding such precinct caucus or who has become naturalized citizen within the two months immediately preceding the precinct caucus: or (3) such other registered Republican electors as may be present and otherwise entitled to participate in the precinct as may be required by law
What happens at a precinct caucus?
Step 1: voting members elect a chair, secretary, teller Step 2: voting members then elect by plurality vote delegate(s) and alternate(s) to attend county assembly or higher assembly (per county party by laws) Step 3: elect by plurality (2) precinct committee people
How do I run for National Delegate?
Complete the National Delegate Intent to Run Form. Form must be submitted (13) days prior to the assembly you intend to run for. Form can be found on the CRC website: www.cologop.org
Who is eligible to be a National Delegate?
Must meet all requirements for precinct caucus, and be elected to attend the State and / or Congressional Conventions as either a delegate or alternate delegate.
Here’s what to expect from Colorado’s GOP caucuses
Your neighborhood Republicans are gathering March 6. You should know how to get involved.
Unless you’re a committed cog in the Colorado GOP machine, chances are you’ve never participated in the state’s early voting process. To many, it can be confusing. This presidential year you might be even moreconfused because Republican leaders in Colorado canceled their traditional presidential preference poll at the March 1 precinct caucuses. What’s that mean exactly? We’ll get to that. But one thing it doesn’t mean is that presidential politics won’t play at least some role during the local party get-togethers taking place March 1. And besides, there are a whole bunch of other important local and state elections to worry about.
So if you’re a young Republican, new to Colorado, or are just thinking about participating in your first caucus this year, here’s what you need to know.
So are the March 6, 2016 GOP caucuses important beyond presidential politics?
Oh, yes. And if you want to see steam shoot out the ears of a Republican Party leader in Colorado, try to say otherwise.
The precinct caucuses are about party building, and there’s much to be done at the local level during these neighborhood political gatherings. Registered Republican voters will help select their neighbors to positions of power in the party structure. They’ll help form the state’s Republican organization for the next two years by electing precinct captains, district captains, and other positions on up to convention delegates.
The caucuses are also a place where you can meet candidates for local and state office, and also just get a sense of what’s going on politically.
I’ve been a registered Colorado Republican, but I’ve never participated in this process. What are these ‘precinct caucuses’ happening on March 6?
These are neighborhood events that take place at the homes of local party leaders, or in community centers, schools or churches near where you live. You’ll show up and hear speeches from candidates (or their supporters) for state, local and national office, depending on your location.
Most importantly, though, in most counties caucus-goers will be electing delegates to the next level, which is the county convention. Some counties might take an unofficial straw poll to see where local Republicans stand on the current announced crop of GOP candidates for U.S. Senate. But that’s really a county-by-county thing. Douglas County, for instance, has a tradition of doing straw polls for all statewide elections. Other counties might just stick to the local stuff.
OK, I’m going to the caucuses. How do I know when and where to show up?
You can register at: Caucus registration
So if I’m not a diehard, party-building type, but I’m still a registered Republican and I want to participate, why should I spend time on March 6 to caucus?
Other than that it just might be your duty as a registered voter in a major political party to participate in local elections and make your voice heard about who should represent you and your party?
Well, if you want to nationalize it, if you have a favorite Republican candidate for the Governor’s Race who you want to see nominated by the Republican Party, then you can get in on the ground floor early to find out who of your local potential delegates are also in your corner. And, most importantly, you yourself can run to become a delegate.