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Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams


Caucuses, Assemblies and Conventions FAQs

Q1. What is a precinct caucus?

A1. Precinct caucuses are meetings of registered electors within a precinct who are members of a particular major political party. The purpose of precinct caucuses is to elect precinct committee persons and delegates to county assemblies. Caucuses are held in locations across Colorado and are open to the public.

Q2. Who can vote in a precinct caucus?

A2. In order to vote in any precinct caucus of a political party a voter must be:

  • A resident of the precinct for at least 30 days.
  • Registered to vote no later than 29 days before the caucus.
  • Affiliated with the party holding the caucus for at least 2 months before the caucus.

Q3. I turned 18 or became a citizen less than 2 months before my party’s caucus. Can I still participate?

A3. Yes. Anyone who turns 18 or becomes a citizen within the 2 months leading up to a party’s caucus may still participate in their party’s caucus. However, you must still be registered and a member of the Democratic or Republican Party to participate.

Q4. Where do I caucus if I moved within a month before my party’s caucus?

A4. In this instance, you may only participate in your party’s caucus at your old address. However, you will not be eligible to be elected as a delegate or committeeperson.

Q5. Can unaffiliated voters participate in precinct caucuses?

A5. No. Although unaffiliated voters may now vote in primary elections, they still cannot participate in party precinct caucuses. For more information about primary election activities that unaffiliated voters may be involved in, please see our frequently asked questions page regarding primary elections.

Q6. Where can I get information about my precinct caucus?

A6. Contact your political party for information about your precinct caucus.

Q7. When are precinct caucuses held?

A7. Precinct caucuses are held on the first Tuesday in March.

In a presidential election year, each major political party may conduct its precinct caucus on the first Saturday following the presidential primary election.

Q8. Where are precinct caucuses located?

A8. The county central committee or executive committee of the political party is responsible for determining the time and place of the caucus. Precinct caucuses may be held in a public place or a private home that is open to the public during the caucus that is in or near the precinct. The location must be physically accessible to persons with disabilities and comply with the rules of the county central committee.

Signs must be posted designating precinct caucus locations no later than 12 days before the caucus. The signs must state: “Precinct caucus place for precinct no. ________”

Q9. What happens at a precinct caucus?

A9. Caucus attendees elect officers who will be responsible for organizing political activities within the precinct. Caucus attendees also elect delegates and alternates to represent the precinct at the political party’s county or district convention.

Q10. When are county assemblies, district assemblies, and state assemblies held?

A10. The county assembly will be held no later than 25 days after precinct caucuses.

The date of the district assembly is determined by the chairperson of the district committee, and happen after county assemblies.

The state assembly follows both the district and county assemblies, and will be held no later than 73 days before the June primary election.

Q11. What happens at a county assembly, district assembly and state assembly?

A11. The county assembly is convened to designate candidates for the state primary election and to select delegates to the congressional district assemblies and the state assembly.

The district assembly is then convened to designate district level delegates to the national convention. The delegates also nominate candidates for Congress, the Colorado General Assembly, the State Board of Education, the Board of Regents, and District Attorneys.

The purpose of the state assembly is to nominate candidates for statewide offices to the primary election ballot. During the assembly, delegates will also be elected to the national convention.

I have more questions.

Contact your political party for information about caucuses and assemblies.