What is Caucus?


Before the general election, each state has its primaries and caucuses that kick off election seasons. Before any candidate can be on the ballot for the general election, they have to win the approval and backing of their political party.

For both Republicans and Democrats, a caucus can be a long affair. Voters will meet at schools, churches, and other community centers across a state’s precincts, and then kick things off. Each precinct chooses or introduces its delegates, or their party representatives to the national convention later this year. Party officials do some last-minute campaigning or give a few speeches, and sometimes presidential candidates will even attend. Finally, after all of that, the actual voting will begin.

After hearing some speeches and maybe talking with a few politics, you cast a secret ballot in a private voting booth just as you would during a regular primary or general election. That’s it for our  Party caucus.

 

Who can vote in a precinct caucus?

 To be eligible to vote in a political party's precinct caucus a voter must be:

  • A resident of the precinct for at least 22 days;

  • Registered to vote no later than 22 days before the caucus; and

  • Affiliated with the party holding the caucus for at least 22 days before the caucus.

 

 Can I participate if I turned 18 or became a citizen less than 22 days before my party's caucus?

 

Yes. Anyone who turns 18 or becomes a naturalized citizen less than 22 days before their party's caucus may still participate if they are a registered member of the Democratic or Republican party.

In addition, a registrant who is seventeen years of age on the date of a caucus and who will be eighteen years of age on the date of the next general election may vote at the caucus.