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Party affiliation required for caucus participation

Patrick Kelly

Colorado residents who want to participate in the state’s precinct caucuses have until Monday to choose a party affiliation.

In a presidential election, precinct caucuses are where Republicans or Democrats within a county gather to elect delegates who will represent them and their choice of candidate at the next level of party conventions.

"It's a real grassroots process," Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod said.

To participate in a Colorado caucus you must be a resident of the precinct for at least 30 days, registered to vote no longer that 29 days before the caucus and have party affiliation for at least two months prior to the meeting.

Colorado's precinct caucuses are scheduled for March 1, meaning Monday is the last day to register with a party to meet the two-month requirement.

Registration can be completed by going to the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way, and visiting the clerk's office or online at http://www.govotecolorado.com.

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Jo Ann Baxter, Moffat County Democratic Party chair, said in Colorado the only way for voters to have a say in a party's nominee selection is by partaking in the caucus process.

"If you have a favorite candidate who you want to put forward you need to do that at the caucus and support that candidacy," she said.

This presidential election, Colorado will be one of 15 states to use a caucus or mixed-caucus system rather than a primary for determining which presidential candidates its delegates will support.

To learn more about Colorado’s caucus system visit http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/vote/VoterHome.html

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