Friday, March 4, 2016

The 5 W's (and 1 H) of the GOP caucus

Kentucky GOP Presidential Caucus is Saturday
Below is what you need to know
Any registered Kentucky Republican as of Dec. 31 is eligible.
To check your eligibility, contact your county clerk's office. In Crittenden County, County Clerk Carolyn Byford's office can be reached until 5 p.m. today at (270) 965-3403. You may also check your eligibility online at the Kentucky Voter Information Center. Anyone who has already received an absentee ballot will not be able to vote in person Saturday.

The caucus replaces Kentucky’s May GOP presidential primary.
Kentucky offers 46 GOP delegates to be allocated to any of the 11 candidates (only four now have active campaigns) appearing on Saturday's ballot based on percentage of popular vote. The Republican primary for U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate and state legislative races will still be May 17.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Anyone in line at 4 p.m. Saturday will still get to cast a ballot

Most counties offer only one polling locations, and a handful offer none.
Unlike state-run elections, the Republican Party of Kentucky’s caucus offers only one central poll in Crittenden County, which will be in the high school multi-purpose room. To check the polling location for another county, visit the Republican Party of Kentucky online or

By moving up the balloting, Kentucky Republican votes will matter.
By mid-May, the state-run primary rarely mattered in selecting a presidential nominee. Democrats will still select their nominee on May 17.

Simply check in, show your ID, mark a secret ballot and drop it in a box.
This will not be like the Iowa caucus, but instead will mirror old-fashioned voting with paper ballots. In Crittenden County, there will be two voting stations and one ballot box in which to drop your selection. Votes will be counted by hand and results should be available sometime before 7 p.m. local time.

For GOP caucus results, visit
back here at 7 p.m. Saturday.