Republican Presidential Caucus 101

Anderson County Clerk Jason Denny sent in this article describing the upcoming Republican Caucus that will be held across the state instead of a standard primary election:

Our office has been receiving numerous calls lately regarding the Republican Caucus.  Even though neither the County Clerk’s Office or the Anderson County Board of Elections has anything to do with the Caucus, I thought I would do my best by passing along the information that I do have.

Why is there a Republican Presidential Caucus instead of the normal Presidential Preference Primary?
KRS 118.555 states that:
The state executive committee of each political party shall, pursuant to its party’s rules, determine whether to distribute its party’s authorized delegate votes for presidential candidates at its party’s national convention based on the results of a party caucus, a presidential preference primary, or a combination of the two (2) methods. Each state executive committee shall notify the State Board of Elections of its decision not later than the December 31 preceding the day for conducting a presidential preference primary as set by KRS 118.561.

In short, after considering several factors, the Republican Party of Kentucky chose the Caucus style of choosing their nominee instead of a Presidential Preference Primary.

The Republican Presidential Caucus is scheduled for March 5th from 10:00-4:00. The Anderson County Republican Party will conduct the local Caucus at the Anderson County High School-Freshmen Wing (Old Emma B. Ward). The local Republican Party will select volunteers to work Caucus Day. If you were Registered as a Republican as of December 31, 2015, you will be eligible to cast a vote.
You may call the Republican Party of Kentucky at 1-502-875-5130 or visit for more information. You may also call the Anderson County Republican Party at 418-4460 or 839-4460.

There will not be any Republican Presidential Candidates on the Primary Ballot on May 17, 2016. There will be the ability for Registered Republicans as of December 31, 2015 to have the ability vote for United States Senator and 6th District United States Representative on May 17th. Registered Democrats as of December 31, 2015 will have the ability to vote for President of the United States, United States Senator and 6th District United States Representative on May 17th.

Written by Jason Denny, Anderson County Clerk

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