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Republican Precinct Caucus — the basics

The Archuleta County Republican Precinct Caucus, the first official event in a series of events leading to the choice of Republican candidate(s) to be placed on the primary and general election ballots, will take place at 7 p.m. Feb. 7, 2012, at eight separate Precinct Caucus locations .

See www.archuletarepublicans.org for exact locations and call the Archuleta County Clerk, 264-8350, if you are not sure of your precinct.

Voters present at each of the eight precinct caucuses will elect two precinct committee persons to represent them on the Archuleta County Republican Central Committee for the next two years and they will elect delegates to the next event in the caucus process, the county Assembly. Absentee ballots and/or proxy votes are not allowed, you must be there to vote and participate in the process. In addition, they will hear and vote on resolutions to be forwarded to the county assembly for consideration.

The one other major vote to be taken at the precinct caucus is the Presidential Preference poll or the Presidential Straw poll. Registered Republican voters at the caucus will vote for the person they want to be the Republican candidate in the presidential election on Nov. 6. The results are non-binding on anyone but will point the way Colorado wishes to go.

Delegates elected to the county assembly (March 3) at the precinct caucuses, and present at the assembly, will vote on several things. First, they will choose the Republican candidates for county office on the primary election ballot (June 26). This year only two county commissioner positions are up for election: District 1 (currently Steven Wadley (R)) and District 2 (currently Clifford Lucero (D)).

Next, they will elect delegates to the three state and national political districts which include Archuleta County and are up for election this year: the 59th State House, the 3rd US Congressional (3rd CD), and the 6th Judicial. These offices are currently represented by J. Paul Brown (R), Scott Tipton (R), and District Attorney Todd Risberg (D), respectively. Later, these district delegates will choose the candidate(s) to be put on the Republican primary ballot at their respective district assemblies.

Next, delegates at the county assembly will hear and vote on resolutions to be forwarded to the state convention. And last, they will choose among themselves who will be delegates to the state convention in Denver (April 13-14).

Usually, delegates at the state convention get to choose who will be on the Republican primary ballot for statewide offices (governor, secretary of state, state treasurer etc.), but in this year’s cycle there are no major state offices up for election. Therefore, it is left for the delegates to choose who among them will go, as delegates, to the national convention in Tampa, Fla., late in August and to vote on resolutions to be forwarded to the national convention for inclusion in the Republican National Platform.

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