Site lists Feb. 7 GOP caucus locations

Colorado Republicans who want to participate in selecting the party’s candidates can find out where the process begins on a website intended to direct them to the correct caucus.

The website is http://www.caucus.cologop.org and can help people find their caucus locations.

For about 43,000 Republicans in Mesa County, the rush is on as the caucuses for the new precincts are barely a month away, Feb. 7.

The website will be able to direct Republicans to caucus locations by Jan. 16, according to a note on the site. Caucus sites won’t be set until the Mesa County Commission approves the new precinct lines. The commissioners are expected to do that Monday.

The website is part of the party’s investment in new technologies “to maintain a competitive advantage in the upcoming 2012 elections,” Mesa County Republican Chairwoman Ruth Ehlers said in a statement.

New precinct lines were drawn in response to the 2010 census.

For Democrats, the schedule is a bit less tense because their caucuses are scheduled March 6.

The new Mesa County precincts are larger and fewer. Instead of 82 precincts, as was the case for the last decade, the county is now divided into 57 precincts.

At the caucuses, participants can vote in a presidential preference poll, the results of which will be tallied and announced locally and statewide.

Participants also will elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Mesa County assembly and discuss and vote on resolutions for the party platform.

Local candidates also frequently make their pitches at caucuses in hopes of building their organizations for the county assemblies.

Caucus-goers will elect two precinct committee members who will help coordinate voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts in the precinct.

To participate, voters must have been registered Republicans as of Dec. 7, 2011, and must have been a resident of the precinct since Jan. 9. Pre-registration for the caucus is optional.

The Elections Division of the Mesa County Clerk’s Office will be open late on caucus night to help participants find the correct location, Clerk Sheila Reiner said.


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