It seems early to be thinking about elections this year, but the early stages of candidate selection are in full force. Candidates are vying for a chance to run for governor, U.S. Congress, and positions in the state legislature to name a few.
The Colorado caucus for candidate selection is scheduled to take place on March 16, 2010 this year. The Democratic and Republican Parties will both hold a caucus to poll public preference for their gubernatorial and other candidates. According to state law (CRS 1-3-101):
“In order to vote at any precinct caucus, assembly, or convention of a political party, the elector shall be a resident of the precinct for thirty days, shall have registered to vote no later than twenty-nine days before the caucus, assembly, or convention, and shall be affiliated with the political party holding the caucus, assembly, or convention for at least two months.”
Voters who want to participate in their local caucus need to register to vote and declare their party affiliation before January 15th.
To learn about the election process, try the following resources:
- Colorado State Election Law –Colorado Revised Statutes Title 1, Article 3 describes political party organizations and precinct caucuses.
- Colorado Voter and Election Information – from the Secretary of State’s office. Register to vote, and learn about the election process.
- Colorado Democratic Party Caucus Information – gives caucus locations and explains how the caucus systems works.
- Colorado Republican Party Information – information on the Republican candidates, and platforms.
- Colorado Political Parties – a list of all political parties in Colorado with contact information and website listings.
- Find Your Precinct – Use the Registered Voter Search from the Colorado Secretary of States’ Office to identify your precinct number.