Top 5 Reasons to Caucus
#5 Meet your Republican neighbors
Let’s face it, we live in an era where the left attempts to shame anyone who identifies as a Republican or believes that all lives matter. Most of us don’t enjoy being targeted, so we quietly go to work, provide for our families, and vote every couple of years. When you attend your caucus, you’ll discover there are others just like you. It’s a great opportunity to network and meet your neighbors.
#4 Discuss candidates and ballot issues
The caucus process is the ultimate grassroots political tool. You’ll be able to share your thoughts and feelings with others from your precinct. Maybe you’ll change some minds, or you might discover there are different ways to look at issues. Caucusing is the first step in shaping the party platform and choosing Republican candidates. We will take a non-binding gubernatorial straw poll. Here is a candidate summary.
#3 Run to be a delegate to the County Assembly
If you’re ready to take your political involvement to the next level, you’re in luck. Within each precinct, delegates and alternates are chosen to go to the County Assembly. Why not convince your neighbors that you’re the right person to carry their sentiments to the county-wide meeting?
#2 Run for Precinct Committeeperson
If you appreciate the grassroots interaction and want to do more, you can run to be a Precinct Committeeperson (PCP). Up to two PCPs for each precinct serve two-year terms. As the party liaison to your precinct, you will get to know your neighbors better. This is also the way you can affect the innerworkings of the county party. PCPs are voting members of the BCR Central Committee and get to help choose its leadership.
#1 Maximize your voice
Stop feeling fed up that you don’t have a say in the political process! Caucusing is the most effective way for you to have an impact on candidates and the Colorado GOP. Did you know that about 1,500 Boulder County Republicans caucused in 2016, but more than 34,000 voted in the General Election? Your voice is so much greater as 1 of 1,500 than of 34,000.
Questions & Answers
What is a caucus?
A caucus (noun) is a neighborhood meeting of each precinct for the purposes of discussing issues, candidates and platform topics. The term “caucus” is also a verb. By caucusing, you are participating in the meeting. This process is conducted completely by the political parties and not Boulder County. At the caucus, you will also elect Precinct Committeepersons and designate delegates for the BCR County Assembly.
Download the BCR Caucus Flier
What is a precinct?
Precincts are defined by geographic boundaries and are the smallest legal political divisions we have. A typical precinct size is roughly a handful of neighborhood blocks and several hundreds of registered voters. As populations change over time, or city limits expand, precincts may be adjusted. We have 235 precincts in Boulder County and we expect to have about 17 caucus sites.
What precinct am I in, and what are its boundaries?
The easiest way to find your precinct is to look up your voter registration. This is a good time to verify all the data is accurate!
Boulder County offers maps of all the county’s precincts. If you’re curious to see which streets are in your precinct, check them out.
When is our caucus?
The 2018 caucus is Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 pm. Caucuses are typically held the first Tuesday of March.
Who is eligible to caucus?
You may caucus with Boulder County Republicans if you are affiliated with the party, as of January 8, 2018. You must have lived in your precinct for 30 days, and updated your residential address no later than February 5, 2018. You may register or change your address at the CO Secretary of State’s site.
Didn’t we vote to eliminate the caucus and use primary elections?
Not exactly. Caucuses and assemblies weren't eliminated but continue to be how parties designate candidates to the primary ballot. Candidates may still petition onto the primary ballot. The biggest difference you'll see is that unaffiliated voters have the opportunity to vote in either party's primary election. This year's primary election day is Tuesday, June 26; the general election day is Tuesday, November 6.
What happens at the County Assembly? Why do I want to be a delegate?
At the County Assembly, you will have the opportunity to designate primary candidates for Boulder County offices, our Judicial District, and Colorado House and Senate offices. Some House and Senate Districts cross our county lines, and for these you will designate delegates for multi-county assemblies. Download a copy of the Official Call for Multi-County Assemblies. You will also elect delegates to our two Congressional District Assemblies and to the Colorado GOP Assembly. Download a copy of the Official Call for the Colorado GOP Assembly.
What are the duties of a PCP?
Precinct Committeepersons play a vital role in our political process. They are regular people who meet other voters face-to-face, ask questions, and discuss issues. PCPs help distribute information about candidates and can respond to questions voters have. PCPs are the primary personal interface between voters and the county party.
In addition, as a PCP, you will have the opportunity to vote for the party’s leadership, influence who our candidates are, and help get them elected. You will also have fun getting to know and building better relationships with your neighbors.
How does the caucus/assembly system work in Colorado?
It all starts with the caucus where delegates are elected for the county assemblies. At the county level, county-wide candidates are chosen, as well as state district candidates. Certain state-level districts span the borders of multiple counties so these require separate assemblies. Also at the county assembly, delegates are selected to go to the state assembly and congressional district assemblies.