As of Thursday, March 3, 2016
GRANGEVILLE Idaho County Democrats will make their presidential candidate choice at their caucus on Tuesday, March 22.
Doors open at 5 p.m. at Grangeville High School and will be locked at 6 p.m. for the duration. Participants must be an Idaho County resident, at least 18 and registered to vote by the general election in November, and they cannot have voted in the Republican or Constitution party primaries on March 8. The caucus is open, meaning any party affiliation can participate, though a pledge must be signed stating the person is a qualified elector and is a member of the Democratic Party.
Participants will have the opportunity to speak for the candidate of their choice, and up to two voting rounds will be held. For a candidate to receive delegate support, he or she must receive at least 15 percent of the vote; in the event more than one candidate receives the required percentage, the delegate votes will be divided accordingly.
“It’s serious business electing a candidate, but it’s going to be fun,” said organizer Michelle Perdue.
At the end of the caucus, four county delegates will be chosen to attend the Idaho State Democratic Convention, June 17-19, in Boise.
Contact Perdue, 983-3763.
UPDATE, March 3: Practice Caucus on March 14
A practice Democratic Presidential Caucus will be held at the regularly scheduled Idaho County Democrats’ monthly meeting on March 14th at 6:30 PM. The meeting will take place at the Grangeville Senior Citizens’ on the Truck Route. The official caucus will be held the following week at the Grangeville High School gymnasium on Tuesday, March 22nd.
Both caucuses are open to the public, however only qualified electors will be able to participate. To qualify, a participant must be an Idaho County resident, either registered to vote on caucus night or registered by the General Election on November 7th, 2016 and have NOT participated in an earlier 2016 Presidential Primary or Caucus. This includes Idaho County residents who are not yet eighteen but will be by November 7th and will be registered to vote. Everyone who meets these requirements is invited to participate in the Democratic Caucus. Spectators are also encouraged to attend.
A Pledge form must be signed before ballots will be given out. The form states “I am or will be a qualified elector in the 2016 General Election. I reside in Idaho County and I am a member of the Democratic Party. Should the party desire to publish my name as such, I hereby agree.” Participants do not need to be declared Democrats as this is an open caucus.
Following the signature line on the Pledge form is a statement to complete by the elector: “I hereby declare my support for this presidential candidate (or declare as uncommitted):_”
Doors on Caucus night open at 5:00 PM Pacific Time and everyone who is in line by 6:00 PM Pacific will be registered and able to participate. To speed up the registration process, make your reservation at Eventbrite.com. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/idaho-state-democratic-party-county-caucuses-registration-18644393884
Delegates to the Idaho State Democratic Convention, June 17 – 19, 2016 will be elected, also, on Caucus night. Idaho County will send four delegates to the State Convention in Boise. Please contact Michelle Perdue at 208 983 3763 if you are interested in being a delegate.
Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania must submit a “National Declaration of Candidacy Form” by June 15, 2016. The National Convention will be held in July. Please call for a declaration form.
Anyone willing to help with the caucus or having questions regarding the process, call Michelle Perdue at 983 3763. For more information visit the Idaho County Democrats’ Facebook page, website or call Michelle Perdue.