What Is Caucus?

CAUCUS is TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018!
Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.
Please sign in by 6:30 p.m.

Caucus begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. and is over by 9:00 p.m.

What is caucus?
Caucuses are essentially meetings of Democratic voters in your neighborhood. You gather at the location designated for your precinct with other Democrats, vote for your preferred candidate and elect delegates to the Eagle County Democratic Party Assembly.

The caucus and assembly process gives Democrats the ability to choose which candidates will appear on the June primary and the November general election ballots.  The steps and dates are: 1) Precinct Caucuses on March 6, 2018; 2) County Assembly on March 17, 2016 and 3) the State Assembly on April 14, 2016. Delegates from the County Assembly will also be elected to the other legislative districts’ assemblies, including Congressional Districts 2 and 3 to be held on Friday, April 13 and State Senate District 5 and State House District 26, also held on Friday, April 13.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn More about Caucus at a Training!
Want to learn more about the caucus process and becoming a delegate? Interested in volunteering to help on caucus night? Just need a review? Come to one of our caucus trainings! Dates, locations and RSVP here.

What exactly happens at caucus?
Three things must take place:
1 – A Gubernatorial Preference Poll is held to allocate and elect delegates to the County Assembly
2 – Election of two Precinct Committee Persons to represent their precinct for two years
3 – Submission of platform resolutions for acceptance at the County Assembly on March 17

1 – The Gubernatorial Preference Poll
Registration at your caucus site opens at 6:00 p.m. Please register by 6:30 p.m. as caucus begins at 7:00 p.m. promptly.  The Pledge of Allegiance is recited, and the rules are read aloud. Candidates or their representatives, if they are present, may be given an opportunity to make a brief speech to caucus attendees.

Each precinct elects a pre-determined number of delegates to the County Assembly. Each caucus first takes an informal straw poll to gauge support. Then the Official Preference Poll is taken and votes are tallied.  A candidate must get at least 15% of the vote in order to receive any delegates.

There’s math! Don’t worry – it’s easy.
The Preference Poll math is simple, and every caucus gets a worksheet to make it easier! It is helpful to have a calculator on hand, or a smartphone with a calculator app.

Once the Preference Poll is complete, caucus members break into candidate preference groups. Each group will elect the delegates and alternates allotted to its candidate, based on the results of the Preference Poll.

2 – Elect Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs)
Your precinct will also elect two Precinct Committee People who serve a two-year term from March 2018-March 2020. PCPs are the link between your neighbors and the Eagle County Democratic Party. If you are reading this, you are a great candidate to be a PCP!  It is a great way to participate in Democratic politics.

3 – Contribute to the shaping of the Colorado Democratic Party Platform
Caucus is an opportunity for Democrats to pass their own platform resolutions, which help shape the state and national party platforms. Citizens may bring to caucus ideas they would like included in our Democratic Platform.

Who can participate in caucus?
In order to vote at caucus, you must be:
· A resident of your precinct for at least 30 days (by January 8, 2018).
· Registered to vote no later than 29 days before the caucus (by February 5, 2018).
· Affiliated with the party holding the caucus for at least 2 months before the caucus.

Anyone naturalized or who turned 18 in the two months before caucus may participate, but must be registered to vote. The two month affiliation requirement is waived.

No I.D. is required to participate.

When and where is caucus?
Caucus will be March 6, 2018 beginning at 7:00 pm. sharp.

Plan to join like-minded friends and neighbors at this one-of-a-kind, grassroots political forum. Throw your hat in the ring at caucus to be elected a delegate to the County Assembly  where the stakes are higher and excitement grows. Typically, there are plenty of spots for all those interested in going forward as delegates all the way to the State and Congressional Assemblies.

You must be a registered as a Democrat to participate, so be sure your voter registration is current. Visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website at govotecolorado.com to check or update your record and confirm your precinct number. Once you know your precinct number, find your caucus location here.

Don’t know your precinct number? We’ll explain how and where to find it on your official “Registered Voter Information” on this page: Find Your Caucus Location

Download this Election Cycle diagram (link below) to learn more about the steps leading to the General Election on November 6, 2018.

2018 Election Cycle Diagram