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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CAUCUS

                     

 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CAUCUS

 

The 2014 Iowa caucuses will be held on January 21ST, at 7:00 PM.  You must be a registered republican to attend, registration forms will be available on site to complete if needed, or if you want to change your registration.  If someone will be 18 as of the general election, on November 4th, 2014, they can attend and vote at the caucus, as long as they are a registered republican, or will register as a republican at the caucus.

 

The first step to attend your caucus is determining in which precinct you live.  If you do not know your precinct, you can find it on the Scott County Auditors website, click on the “precinct finder” link and type in your address. Once you determine your precinct you can find your caucus site either by looking on our website, calling or emailing us, or calling the auditor’s office who has a list of all of our sites.

 

There is no charge to attend, although a donation envelope will be distributed. All donations are given to the Scott County Republican Party to offset caucus expenses and help elect republicans at all levels.

 

Expect the caucus to take approximately 1 -1 ½ hours depending on the number of people attending and the number of platform planks submitted.

 

Get to your caucus early in order to avoid the rush and get properly checked in, 6:30 is a good idea.  For check in you will need a picture ID, preferably, an Iowa driver’s license.

 

YOU MAY NOT CAUCUS AT THE SAME LOCATION AT WHICH YOU VOTE!  Caucus sites are assigned by your precinct number.  Find your precinct, either by looking on your voter registration card, or by searching the Scott County Auditor website, search by your current address.  Once you find your precinct number you can find your caucus site by looking at our website; scottcountyrepublicans.org, the Scott County Auditor’s website, calling us or emailing us.

 

When you arrive at your location, find your specific room and go there to check in.  At 7:00 PM a temporary caucus chairman will call the caucus to order.  The first order of business will be to elect a permanent Caucus Chairperson who will run the caucus, and a permanent Caucus Secretary.

 

A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS CAUCUS IS TO ELECT PRECINCT LEADERS TO SERVE FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS. Each precinct will elect 2 precinct leaders who will make up the voting members of the Scott County Republican Central Committee.  This is a very important volunteer position, as these will be the people we ask to engage folks in their own precincts, and help to get out the vote to win in 2014.  The Central Committee meets 4-6 times a year, usually on a Tuesday evening, and it is expected that precinct leaders attend these meetings. If you, or if you know of anyone who might be interested in serving in this vital role, and would like to discuss it further, please contact us at 563-823-5854.  There will be information available at the caucuses regarding responsibilities of the precinct leaders.

 

 

In addition to electing Precinct leaders, delegates will be elected to the Scott County Republican County Convention. Interest forms will also be completed for the District Convention and the State Convention.  Those interested in attending the District/State convention need to be voted upon at the County convention, completing an interest form does not guarantee one to be a district or state delegate. Those who complete an interest form will be forwarded on to the nominations committee. Any registered republican is eligible to attend. Junior delegates, (those younger than legal voting age), will also be asked to attend the County Convention, no vote is taken for the junior delegates; all who want to attend are allowed to do so.

 

The County Convention will be on Saturday, March 8 at Tanglewood Hills Pavilion in Bettendorf, calling to order at 1:15 PM. The fee for a delegate to attend is $15.00 and the alternate delegate fee is $10.00, (no fee for junior delegates). The District Convention is April 26, location TBD.  The state convention is June 14, and the fee to attend one or both is $50, with no alternate delegate fee.  The site for the state convention has not yet been chosen, most likely it will be in Des Moines, but it will be a full day, beginning early in the morning and continuing all day.  Fees for the county convention will be collected at the caucus, so if you think you might want to attend, please be prepared to pay the fee.  No fees for district/state are collected at the caucus, as these delegates must be voted on at the county convention in March. Delegates can attend either both or just one of District and State Conventions.

 

Finally, there will be an opportunity to submit platform planks. These planks will then be forwarded on to the County Platform Committee who will review them and make recommendations at the County Convention.

 

If you have any further questions about the caucus, or how to get involved, please call us at 563-823-5854, or take a look at any of our social media outlets below.

 

Website: scottcountyrepublicans.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Scott-County-Republicans/218292784861691
Twitter: www.twitter.com/screpublicans

Blog:  therightsideofiowa.wordpress.com

Email: republicanssc@gmail.com

 

 

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