Caucus Information: Commit to Caucus—March 6!
- Help choose candidates for the 2018 Democratic primary ballot
- Shape the Democratic platform
- Become a Precinct Chair
- Volunteer to be an election judge
- Get to know your neighbors
Here’s a video: Colorado Caucus Power to the People
See Caucus Locations Below!
What is a Caucus?
Two methods used nationwide to nominate a candidate for president or candidates for local offices are the caucus or the primary. Unlike a primary, where residents cast their ballots, a caucus is a local gathering where voters openly decide which candidate to support.
Colorado adopted the caucus system in 1910, switched to primaries in 1992, and then went back to caucuses in 2004—primarily due to the high cost of primaries.
Precincts. Precincts are the smallest political subdivision in Colorado. Pueblo County has 128 precincts, and each precinct elects up to two precinct chairs (PCs). PCs are elected at caucuses in even years and serve a two-year term; they lead their caucus whenever it convenes.
Purpose and Process. Democratic voters who attend a precinct caucus will make two important choices.
- First, attendees will elect Precinct Chairs. These volunteers will represent the party in each precinct, serve on the Pueblo County Central Committee, help get out the vote for party candidates, and assist with planning the next caucus.
- Attendees also will choose delegates to the Pueblo County Assembly, where the delegates will nominate candidates to the ballot and provide inputs to the Democratic Party’s platform.
Attendees discuss the candidates and debate their merits. The voting for candidates happens either by raising hands or by separating into groups, with the votes being counted manually by counting the number of supporters of each candidate.
Caucuses are open to the public, but only registered Democrats may actively participate and vote.
If you are not sure of which precinct in which you live, go to https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter/pages/pub/olvr/findVoterReg.xhtml
to check your precinct number.
List of Caucus Locations for Pueblo County: