Friday, January 29, 2016

Questions about a Caucus? Your Frequently Asked Questions are Answered

1.  When is the Caucus?  Tuesday, February 23, 2016, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

2.  What is a Caucus?  "Caucus" is an umbrella term which encompasses three distinct events:  (1) A precinct meeting; (2)  An election of delegates to the Douglas County Republican Convention; and (3) Voting in the Presidential Preference Poll (PPP).

3.  Where will my Caucus be held?  There are 41 separate precincts in Douglas County.  Each precinct will conduct its own distinct precinct meeting.  Precinct meeting site locations are found at www.douglasgop.org, or may be obtained from the Douglas County Republican Headquarters.

4.  How do I find out what precinct I am in?  Look on your voter register card, the precinct number is designated thereon.  If you are still unsure, telephone the Douglas County Republican County Headquarters and a member will look that information up for you.

5.  Do I have to bring anything to the Caucus?  You must bring a government issued photo I.D. card.  You will not be permitted to register, nor vote, in the PPP without photo identification.

6.  In order to vote in the Presidential Preference Poll (PPP), must I attend the entire Precinct Meeting?  No.  PPP voters may arrive and vote between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., on February 23rd.  Voters are not required to attend the entire precinct meeting, and are welcome to arrive or leave at any time.

7.  If I am a registered Republican, do I need to re-register for the Caucus?  No.  As long as you are a registered Republican in Douglas County, you just need to show up where your precinct caucus is being held.

8.  If I am unregistered, when must I register to vote in the Caucus?  Now.  Do not wait.  In order to participate in the Caucus, you must be a registered Republican on or before
February 13, 2016.

9.  If I am not a registered Republican, can I vote in the PPP?  No.  Only registered Republicans will be permitted to vote in the PPP.

10.  If I am not a registered Republican and want to vote in the PPP, what must I do?  If you want to vote in the Caucus and are not currently a registered Republican, you must register to vote or change your voter registration to Republican on or before February 13, 2016.

11.  Is it true that 17 year olds can participate?  If a voter will be 18 by election day (November 8th), the voter can register to vote and participate in the Caucus.

12.  How do active duty service members and their dependents obtain an absentee ballot?  To participate in the Caucus, military personnel must be a registered Republican in Douglas County.  Absentee ballots may be requested for the PPP at any time from the Douglas County Republican Central Committee, 1507 Highway 395 North, Suite B, Gardnerville, NV 89410.  Once voter registration is confirmed, absentee ballots will be mailed to service members beginning January 15, 2016.  Completed ballots must be returned and received in Douglas County not later than February 22, 2016.

13.  Can non-registered Republicans attend the Caucus?  No.  Only registered Republicans who are residents of the precinct are permitted to attend the Caucus.  All others are excluded.

14.  Besides voting in the PPP, what else happens at the Caucus?  Because the Caucus is a partisan political event, participants may give short speeches supporting their candidates.  Also, delegates to the County Convention will be elected and platform planks will be discussed and recommendations for their adoptions forwarded to the County Convention.

15.  If Caucus participants elect delegates, what do these delegates do?  Caucus participants elect delegates to the Douglas County Republican Convention.  At the County Convention, the delegates adopt a county platform and party resolutions; elect delegates to the Republican State Convention; elect members to the Douglas County Republican Central Committee; amend and adopt bylaws; and consider other business as may be properly brought to the floor.

16.  How are Caucus attendees selected to be state and national delegates?  The delegates elected at the precinct-level Caucus go to the County Convention.  It is there that delegates to the State Convention are nominated and elected.  At the State Convention, delegates to the National Convention are elected.

17.  Is my PPP vote going to be made public?  No.  The PPP is conducted by secret, paper ballot.  You will deposit your ballot in the ballot box.  At the conclusion of the Caucus, the ballot box will be opened and the votes tallied.  All Caucus participants are welcome to remain after the meeting and observe the vote tally.

18.  Can I volunteer to help out with the Caucus?  Yes.  Volunteers are needed to register voters and help setup for the Caucus.  Also, you can volunteer to count ballots at the conclusion of the meeting.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your Precinct Captain at the beginning of the Caucus.