According to a representative from the Larimer County Republican Party, Larimer County will be ground zero for the Obama campaign. In fact, Northern Colorado backers have a regional office in Fort Collins under the label “Organizing for America Colorado.”
Only 10 states “caucus”, and Colorado is one of them. The first major caucus event in Colorado that will set the ball rolling for the Republican presidential nomination is on February 7. All registered Republican voters can take part in this grass root event, but you must be a registered Republican (by Dec. 7).
The caucus process is ground level politics, where voter’s voices can be heard. Considering our government was founded “by the people, for the people” (Gettysburg Address, 1863), it’s our responsibility to get involved in the process.
A caucus is a gathering of voters by precinct in a central location. Estes Park currently has 6 precincts. Four of those precincts will meet on Feb. 7, 2012 at the Estes Park High School commons. The other two caucus locations are currently undecided, and in fact, the precinct lines could change because of the 2010 census. Precinct numbers are listed on voter registration cards, and available online on the Larimer County site.
During a Republican caucus, voters are side by side with their neighbors. They can make a case for a candidate and try to get others to vote with them.
A number of things are determined at the Larimer County caucus’s, including party leadership, delegates to party assemblies and convention, and election judge affiliation. A straw poll will tell delegates who local voters want for their presidential candidate. The caucus represents a local opinion on the Republican presidential nominee, but it is not a vote. The delegates take that information up the chain, all the way to the National Convention, where the Republican candidate is ultimately selected (if there are still more than one candidate in the race.) The vote happens at the primary.
The caucus is also a place to discuss and submit Republican resolutions for the county platform, or the direction the party should go. This must be done in writing and submitted to the Larimer County Republican Party as soon as 24 hours after the caucus.
Redistricting after the 2010 census is currently under review, and may not be decided until January. At that time, precincts and districts will be available on the Larimer County site. Caucus locations will be available at that time and place as well and here on examiner.com.
Get involved at every level and let your voice be heard. The first step is the Larimer County Republican caucus on February 7. Doors and registration open at 6:30 p.m., and the caucus begins at 7:00 p.m. The caucus will run from 1 to 2 hours.
If you are interested in getting involved, or would like more information, please contact us and you’ll be notified of changes in caucus information in Larimer County.
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