Letter: Importance of Colorado caucuses
The presidential election is a long way off, but the immediacy and importance of the Colorado state caucus are here and now.
First its importance: Because attending the caucus takes a fair amount of a voter’s time (three-four hours on the evening of March 1 at a site determined by your voter precinct), not many voters will attend … so your vote is important because of the sparse number of attendees; another reason for your vote’s importance is that caucus results are tallied proportionally, not by a “winner take all” method as our general elections are. This means that if your candidate loses by a margin of 52 votes against him/her, to 48 votes for him/her; your candidate will still get 48 percent of your precinct’s vote, which means your vote counts even if you candidate loses.
The immediacy of the caucus: Because you may only vote in the Colorado caucus if you are registered in one of the two major parties, and this must be done prior to Jan. 1, 2016, you must make sure that you are registered with either of these parties by that time. It is very simple to register on line by going Colorado Secretary of State/voter registration. All you need is your driver’s license (or some other proof of residency). Registration is extremely simple and quick, as is changing your status from independent to one of the two parties (you can also change right back to independent after March 1, 2016).
Make your vote count. Register (before Jan. 1 and vote in the Colorado caucus on March 1.
Editor’s note: At this time, only Colorado Democrats plan to caucus on March 1. Republicans will begin the process of selecting delegates to their party’s national convention, but will not conduct a presidential preference vote. Anyone who turns 18 or becomes a naturalized U.S. citizen and registered to vote during the two months prior to March 1 is eligible to participate in a precinct caucus.
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