Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Caucus system not popular with local Republicans

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 5:44 PM

click to enlarge Last night's caucuses weren't popular with citizens. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Last night's caucuses weren't popular with citizens.

The caucus process isn't popular in El Paso County, where many Democrats found themselves holding the process outside last night due to overcrowding and Republicans weren't able to record a preference for a presidential candidate.

Daniel Cole, executive director of the El Paso County Republican Party, said that the No. 1 resolution from last night may turn out to be a call for the end of the caucus system and a return to a regular primary. As packets are returned from the 242 county precincts, he says he's already noticed 16 separate resolutions calling for an end to the caucuses. Many are marked as having been approved unanimously.

"More than 90% of Colorado Republicans never participate in the caucus process," he stated in a press release. "I would expect them to prefer a primary, but it's remarkable that so many caucus participants would also like to see a change." 

In a later conversation with the Indy, he said the only resolution that may end up getting more votes is one supporting "the sanctity of life." 

Colorado last had a presidenital preference primary in 2000, but abandoned the system because it was deemed too expensive for the state. Parties pay for caucuses, while the state pays for elections. 

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