101 Guide to the KY Republican Caucus
Q: What is the Caucus?
A: The Caucus replaces the Republican Presidential Primary in May. It allows registered republican voters to select which presidential candidates will be chosen by Kentucky delegates. Democrats will do the same during their normal Primary on May 17
To become the official Republican Party nominee (only one in the main presidential race) the candidate must win a majority of the total delegates across the U.S.
Kentucky usually has a Primary, which also chooses delegates. The difference is a Caucus would have allowed Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for presidency, while remaining a Senate candidate for re-election. Senator Paul dropped out of the race in February, but it’s too late to change things back.
Q: How does the Caucus work?
A: Any voter who was registered as a Republican by December 31, 2015 can go to their assigned county voting location. There, they can place their vote for who they think should represent Republicans in the race.
Every ballot will be counted, either by hand or electronic readers.
Kentucky Delegates will be divided between the Republican nominees based on how many KY residents voted for them in the caucus in each county.
Q: How do I vote?
A: Voters must arrive at the caucus location between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5
There may be booths to provide information about various candidates and their policies before you go into vote.
- Present identification to a trained caucus official, who will look them up in the voter roster.
- Sign in, after being confirmed as a republican by the official
- Receive a ballot
- Mark your vote on the ballot
- Put it into the ballot box.
Q: Where do I vote?
A: Every Republican voter has been assigned to one caucus location based on the address they provided to the Board of Elections. You can find the county you are assigned to by going HERE.
All voting locations can be found at THIS SITE. Some counties do not have official voting locations of their own, and voters will have to travel to a neighboring county to place their vote.
Voting locations may be a town hall, a high school gymnasium, community center, or other large gathering place.
If you receive a phone call telling you to vote in a county not assigned to you, please report it. ABC36 has received an anonymous complaint that this kind of misinformation has already occurred in Fayette County.
Q: If I vote in the caucus, can I still vote in the Primary May 17th?
A: YES! The Caucus is for the Republican Presidential Candidates ONLY. The rest of the candidates for important races like the Senate and the House of Representatives will be decided in the Primary. You now have three voting dates. (Including the main presidential race)
For more information, check out: http://rpk.org/caucus/