Comment of the Day

Reader: We Should Scrap Caucuses and Use Open Primaries

7News via YouTube

Page 2 of 2

Gregg Looker at Flickr
"Seven Ways to Improve Caucus Turnout"

Cary Kennedy collected as many caucus votes as all of her competitors combined.
"Colorado Caucus Results 2018: Cary Kennedy Is the Big Democratic Winner"

Mihajlo Maricic/iStock
"John Wren Still Believes in Caucusing"

Let Colorado Vote Facebook page
"Caucus? Primary? A Voters' Guide to Colorado's Elections."

A caucus is, simply, a political community gathering, and the March 6 caucuses were held at the precinct level, which is the smallest subset of a county. The idea is to engage in neighborhood-level discussions and debate local party leaders and ideas. Rather than going to a voting booth and filling out a ballot (primary), you go to a designated location, usually a high school gym or a community center (but sometimes even a living room or barn) and, after debate, vote for delegates to your party's assembly in mid-April.

Political junkies get a kick out of caucuses, and political newbies generally find them snoozy. But the March 6 Democratic caucuses were a real wake-up call, because Cary Kennedy got a surprising 50 percent of the support.

What do you think about the caucus system? Who do you think will be the next governor of Colorado? Post a comment or email your thoughts to [email protected]
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.