The word caucus, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means a meeting of members of a political party for the purpose of choosing candidates for an election. On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, voters in Utah will head to caucus sites to select delegates to vote for them at county and state party conventions. Delegates then attend the conventions to vote for candidates that will then face each other in the public general election.
Utah caucuses are only open to registered voters. If you have not already registered to vote, most caucus meetings will allow you to register to vote during the meeting. If you are planning to cast a ballot in the Utah caucuses, you will need to find out the precint number in which you will be voting. You can do that by visiting the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s website by clicking HERE.
Once you know the precinct number you will be voting in, you will need to visit the website of the political party you are affilliated with in order to learn the time and location of your local precinct’s caucus. If you’re not registered with a political party, you can declare your affiliation at the meeting.
Here are the websites for political parties participating in Tuesday’s caucuses:
Republican party voters click HERE. Phone: 801-266-9777 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Democratic party voters click HERE. Phone: 801-328-1212 Email: email@example.com
Libertarian party voters click HERE. Phone: 801-534-8872 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Green party voters click HERE. Email: email@example.com
Constitution party voters click HERE. Phone: 801-544-4056
In order to run or vote for delegates, a person must be 18 years old at the time of the election for either primaries in August or the general election in November and a registered voter. The various parties may have additional rules about party affiliation.
The choosing of delegates is where caucus participation creates a tangible winner and loser on a statewide basis. In each caucus, voters who support the same candidate will group up and then attempt to encourage uncommitted voters to vote for the same candidate they have chosen. Before the caucus ends, delegate candidates are chosen and voted on to send the winners to county and state party conventions, where delegates will be chosen to represent Utah in the general election in November.
You can visit the State of Utah’s official website for caucus information HERE.
We’d like to encourage all eligible voters to participate in your local caucus on Tuesday March 22, 2016 and vote for your candidate of choice. Your vote matters!