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CAUCUS 101
Colorado Party Caucuses will be Held on March 1, 2016, 7:00 pm

Most voters are aware of the differences between primary and caucus states and their respective roles in the presidential nomination process, but many do not know that there are also big differences between caucus systems in different states. While Iowa will hold its caucuses on February 1, Colorado caucuses will be held during the very important Super Tuesday event on March 1. Only Colorado political parties that qualify as "major parties" (currently the Republican and Democratic Parties) participate in the caucus system. Even though both Iowa and Colorado have so-called "closed" caucus systems (meaning participants must be affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic Party in order to participate), Iowans may affiliate at the caucus event while Coloradans must be affiliated with one party by January 4th in order to participate.

While the Colorado legislature has set up the basic caucus structure for its citizens, it is up to the individual county political parties to plan, locate precinct sites, and conduct the meetings according to individual party rules. This year, some precincts in Colorado Springs have been reapportioned meaning that some caucus goers may not know where to go for their local precinct meeting. It behooves every caucus goer to check his local precinct number with the Secretary of State's office (GoVoteColorado.com) and then check with their local political party headquarters to get the location of that precinct's caucus. Caucus locations change from election to election, depending upon the availability of the facility (often rented by the party). The Colorado Secretary of State has been working on the precinct member updates, and then individual parties will need to update their voter own records. Closer to the day of caucuses, individual party offices will probably be able to provide both precinct number and location for each voter.

While every voter affiliated with the Democratic or Republican Party can participate in his precinct's caucus, few actually do. If you choose to get involved, you can have an impact. The key to participating in Colorado's caucus process is to take steps now. Learn what your precinct number is (many have changed since the last election), learn where your individual caucus will meet, and go prepared to dedicate a couple of hours to pick delegates and decide on other party-building matters. It will be a carefully planned procedural and agenda-driven meeting.

Caucus goers usually participate in a presidential preference poll. This year the State Republican Party has decided not to hold a presidential preference poll. While disappointing to some, the decision makes sense because there are so many GOP candidates. The GOP preference poll requires that delegates be committed to a particular candidate; but it is likely that by the time delegates attend their state conventions, several of the GOP presidential candidates will have dropped out of the competition. Colorado Democratic delegates are not similarly bound, so those caucuses will still hold a preference poll.
Source: LWV Pikes Peak

For more information go to Secry of States's website at http://www.sos.state.co.us.
Enter the word "caucuses" in the search bar.

Political Party Information

POLITICAL PARTY CONTACT INFORMATION
Major Parties
American Constitution Party
1-877-vote-acp
http://www.americanconstitutionparty.com

Democratic Party
303-623-4762
http://www.coloradodems.org

Republican Party
303-758-3333
http://www.cologop.org

Minor Parties
Americans Elect Party
http://www.americanselect.org

Green Party
303-284-6792
http://www.coloradogreenparty.org

Libertarian Party
303-837-9393
http://lpcolorado.org

VOTER REGISTRATION NEWS

Voter Education WHO CAN REGISTER AND WHEN
- 16 year olds can pre-register when they get Driver's Licenses, and become eligible upon turning 18

- Election Day registration is permitted

ELECTION NOTIFICATIONS
- Voters can sign-up to receive election and registration notifications by email

AUTOMATIC RECORD UPDATES
- Voters will remain "ACTIVE" UNLESS:
They MOVE out of the county or into the county without notifying the Clerk's Office

- Addresses NOW update within the county.

ANSWERS TO ELECTION QUESTIONS

ELECTION QUESTIONS?????
Where's my ballot? Drop-off locations? Voting Places?

VERIFY your voter registration
or call Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder's Office at 303-271-8111.

TRACK YOUR BALLOT

Where can I vote?
Voters may vote at any location within the county. No more precinct restrictions.
Voter Service and Polling Centers will replace precinct voting.
Five locations and all Motor Vehicle offices.
Voter Service and Polling Centers

CAN'T FIND AN ANSWER
Contact your local County Clerk & Recorder's Office:
Jefferson County 303-271-8111
Adams County 720-523-6500
Arapahoe County 303-795-4511
Denver County 720-913-8683

Acceptable Forms of Identification When Voting

All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification. If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification.

Please note, a Social Security number (or last four digits) is not a legal form of identification for voting in person. Additionally, if any form of identification listed below shows your address, that address must be in the state of Colorado to be valid.

The following are acceptable forms of identification:

(a) A valid Colorado driver's license;

(b) A valid identification card issued by the Department of Revenue in accordance with the requirements of Part 3 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.;

(c) A valid U.S. passport;

(d) A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or of this state, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state;

(e) A valid pilot's license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the United States;

(f) A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector;

(g) A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. For example: (I) A cable bill or telephone bill, (II) Documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and legal residence address of the student elector, (III) A paycheck from a government institution or private company, (IV) A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood, or (v) A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.

(h) A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly the United States Health Care Financing Administration);

(i) A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector issued in the United States;

(j) Certified documentation of naturalization; or

(k) A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S.

Section 1-1-104(19.5), C.R.S.; Colorado Secretary of State Election Rule 30.1.6.

Revised 12/08/09