Kansas Republican Caucus Information- 2016


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Kansas Republicans will hold their 2016 presidential caucuses on March 5, four days after the Super Tuesday primaries. All the info you need is below

On Saturday, March 5, bring a government issued photo ID (like a driver’s license) to the caucus location. Be prepared for lines during the check-in process.

Each voter will have to have their registration verified.

“What can I expect when I show up?”

Caucus chairs are given broad latitude in running their event. Once you are checked-in, you will proceed to the main seating area. The chair of the caucus will call the meeting to order at 10:00 AM. Following the introduction, there will be the opportunity for representatives from various campaigns to present information about their candidate. Once all the representatives have had an opportunity to discuss their candidate, ballots will be distributed and you can vote. People can come in at any time to vote. Voting will be by secret ballot. You will only vote for one candidate. You do not have to stay after you have cast your ballot.

Kansas lawmakers this year repealed a statute that had required both parties to hold primaries in presidential election years. But that statute was routinely waived, usually to save the cost of holding a primary.

“What is the difference between a state Presidential primary caucus?”

The terms vary, but essentially:

Primary: A government run election, paid for by the tax payers, and run by the state elections system as a joint venture between the party and the government.

Caucus: A political party run election, run by party volunteers. No tax funds are used. Every state does its caucus in its own way, stere is no standard method

The last presidential primary that was actually held in Kansas was in 1992, when Republicans endorsed then-President George H.W. Bush for re-election and Democrats voted to nominate Bill Clinton.

“In the last two caucuses we have had, we’ve had a number of candidates come to Kansas on that Thursday and Friday to be able to meet with our Republicans, have events and share their message in Kansas,” Arnold said. “We’re no longer a fly-over state. And in the past, we’ve been a fly-over state.”

1. The Caucus for the determination of Kansas’s Republican presidential preference shall be held
on Saturday, March 5, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m. CST and ending at 2 p.m. CST.

2. Participation in the KSGOP presidential preference caucus is open to all eligible voters
affiliated with the Kansas Republican Party.

To participate in the KSGOP presidential preference caucus must be registered Kansas Republicans on or before February 4, 2016. To be eligible to participate in the presidential preference caucus, the voter must present proof that he or she is a registered Republican.

“Proof” means:

A state issued photo ID matching current Secretary of State voter registration rolls for name and date of birth or if not on the voter rolls, evidence of current voter registration from the appropriate elections office and a state issued photo ID with a matching name and date of birth.

3. No person shall be allowed to vote in more than one Caucus meeting for their presidential preference.

Every county Republican Party is required to hold a caucus or run a joint caucus with a neighboring county. Most do it in one location – schools, churches, armories, restaurants, hotel lobbies, and theaters have been used as locations. Johnson County usually does it in multiple locations. Voters may arrive and cast a secret ballot between 10am and 2pm. These are partisan political events, so short speeches are given, candidates and elected officials will attend and meet the voters.

Participants may vote in any Caucus of their choosing held in the Congressional district in which they reside.

Locations: http://www.ksgop.org/#!caucus-locations/vopsn

“How do I Find out if I’m a Registered Republican?”

Contact your local county election office. For a complete listing of election offices, visit:
http://www.kssos.org/elections/elections_registration_ceo.asp

“How do I register to vote in Kansas?”

Fill out this form and submit it to the local county election office.http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/voterregistration.pdf

2016 Military Absentee Ballot Request Form

The Kansas Republican Party allows military personnel, their dependents and disabled veterans to request an absentee ballot for the March 5, 2016 Kansas Presidential Caucus.

Online Application: http://www.ksgop.org/#!military-absentee-ballot/p8nkl

Please complete all required sections of this form and, after your voter registration is verified, a ballot will be mailed to you. Ballots will not be mailed until early February. To be counted, ballots must be post-marked by 2:00pm, March 5. If your circumstances require, we can e-mail or fax a ballot to you and, if you are willing to waive ballot secrecy, we will accept e-mailed or faxed completed ballots. If so, complete the form and then contact us at clayton@ksgop.org or call 785-234-3456.

Any questions not answered here should be addressed at:
Kansas Republican Party  
Address: 2605 SW 21st St, Topeka, KS 66604

Source: KANSAS REPUBLICAN CAUCUS – 2016

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