Readers: Caucuses Suck and Here's Why

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Our post about the Colorado caucus focused on the huge turnout.

Lines were long, sites were so crowded that some participants had to meet outside and a voter shared his story about being turned away because he got into the line one minute late.

Not every person commenting on the piece had a bad experience. But plenty of them were unhappy about how things went down, with many arguing that switching from a caucus to a primary would be preferable.

Here's a sampling of takes expressing the latter view.

Steven Fowler writes:

Caucuses are a ridiculously outmoded means of participation in the 1st world of the 21st century.

Mitch Stillman writes:

I guess it is really kinda old fashioned democracy but a mail in ballot primary is the way to go....

Tom Fair writes:

They turned away people that were in line at 7 p.m. They waited several hours and then were told they could not vote, when it would have taken 2 seconds to add their votes to the vote we literally finished counting right before they got there. Instead they were told you are shit out of luck. We had a line going all the way around a city block until 8 p.m.

Dawne Flanagan writes:

My first caucus. I can see why there's so much contention about them, they can be chaotic. Our caucus captains did a great job, though.

Mail in ballots/Primaries. That's what Colorado needs. This caucus system is antiquated and unneeded.

Michael Eric writes:

Time to move to a primary. It was totally exclusionary. What middle-aged family person or service worker can afford three hours from 6-9 to vote. Time for a change!

Christine Shock writes:

Complete cluster in Brighton. Disorganized, missing packets where people could not Caucus. Very few trained Caucus workers, etc. We were there for 3 hours. We should go back to a mail in primary...

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