Caucuses provide grassroots methods for people to be involved in
The neighborhood caucuses are held to discuss candidates and
choose delegates to attend higher assemblies.
According to Precinct Vice-Chairman for the Larimer County
Republican Party Dan Betts, to be eligible to be a delegate someone
must be a registered voter for the party and have resided in the
precinct for at least 30 days.
“The caucuses really are the foundation for grassroots democracy
in Colorado,” Betts said.
Over recent years, some say the turnout for caucuses has
decreased, but the Larimer County Republicans’ turnout has
increased, Betts said.
“Each time we’ve had a caucus, more and more people have come,”
This year the race for U.S. Senate may have captured the most
attention in the Republican community.
“Probably the most interesting thing is the Senate race between
Bob Schaffer and Peter Coors,” Betts said.
For the Democrats, the focus may be on a higher office.
“I think for a lot of people the presidential race is what’s
driving them to come to the caucuses, because they see that
something needs to change and they want to be part of it,” said
Betsy Markey, chairperson for the Larimer Democratic Party.
She said it is important for people to participate in caucuses
in order to become involved with their local political party and to
have a small influence on the national platform.
“The caucuses are a grassroots way for people in their political
party to get together,” Markey said.
Colorado Democrats and Republicans alike will be holding their
caucuses, open to the public, at 7 p.m. today.