Quantcast

What Kansans Need to Know About the Caucuses - KOAM TV 7

What Kansans Need to Know About the Caucuses

Updated:

Kansas presidential caucuses are tomorrow and there are a few things you should know before heading to the polls. It’s the only chance Kansans have to vote for who they would like to see as their party's nominee for the general election and there are differences depending on the political party you are affiliated with.

Republicans and Democrats will have very different experiences during the Kansas caucuses. The Democratic caucus is more of an informal vote.

“It’s democracy at work, I guess, in its rawest form. And unlike a primary where you vote in private, here you publicly express your support,” says David Miller, vice chairman of the Labette County Democratic party.

Residents can register to vote or affiliate themselves with the party on site starting at 1 p.m. and everyone in line by 3 p.m. will be allowed to participate. They’ll be asked to stand in a designated area based on the candidate they support.

“We will take a head count and we will award delegates based upon the proportion at the caucus you have to have 15 percent to be viable and if the group you're in is not viable, then you have a chance to join another group,” says Miller.

Registered Republicans will likely be more familiar with the procedures. They have to already be registered and will vote traditionally after showing a photo ID.

“Your vote is private. Who you vote for is your information and no one else’s and we want to keep it that way. We vote by secret ballot,” says Mike Howerter, chairman of the Labette County Republican party.

Both caucuses will have representatives to speak for each candidate. And despite any political differences, both parties encourage residents to participate.

“If they're great Americans and they believe something whether they be democrat or republican they need to show up and participate,” says Howerter.

“It is the only way you can choose who you want to be on that ballot,” adds Miller.

Delegates will represent caucus voters at the National Convention. Kansas has 40 Republican delegates and 37 Democratic delegates. If you're undecided, you can still participate. Both parties allow voters to caucus in favor of "uncommitted" delegates who would go to the convention without the obligation to support one candidate or another.

For the locations of the Republican and Democratic caucuses, click here.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Columbian Elementary Pilots Second Recess

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:55 PM EDT2018-04-19 17:55:59 GMT
    Columbian elementary school in Carthage is giving students a second recess each day. It's a pilot program showing promising results. We hear from the principal about what prompted the effort, a teacher about how it's impacting her class and we get feedback from the kids on tonight's news. Lisa Olliges reports. More >>
    Columbian elementary school in Carthage is giving students a second recess each day. It's a pilot program showing promising results. We hear from the principal about what prompted the effort, a teacher about how it's impacting her class and we get feedback from the kids on tonight's news. Lisa Olliges reports. More >>
  • Galena, KS Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash

    Galena, KS Man Dies in Single Vehicle Crash

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:30 PM EDT2018-04-19 17:30:37 GMT

    The Joplin Police Department responded to a crash this morning (April 19) around 9:50. Authorities say Brian R. Taylor was driving west on Murphy Blvd when he crossed the center of the road, drove off the side and hit an electronic traffic control box on the southwest corner of Murphy Blvd and Connecticut Avenue in Joplin. Taylor was taken to Freeman Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:24 a.m. The incident is under investigation, but authorities say it appear...

    More >>

    The Joplin Police Department responded to a crash this morning (April 19) around 9:50. Authorities say Brian R. Taylor was driving west on Murphy Blvd when he crossed the center of the road, drove off the side and hit an electronic traffic control box on the southwest corner of Murphy Blvd and Connecticut Avenue in Joplin. Taylor was taken to Freeman Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:24 a.m. The incident is under investigation, but authorities say it appear...

    More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-19

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 4-19

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:54 AM EDT2018-04-19 12:54:22 GMT
    COUNCILMAN RESIGNS A newly elected Joplin City Council member steps down, due to prior drug convictions.  Joshua Bard was charged in 2005 in Newton County for "manufacturing a controlled substance".  Joplin's Mayor Gary Shaw tells us Bard's replacement will be selected by the council.  He says he hopes to start the process very soon. ARSON ARREST State investigators say the fire that destroyed a vacant house on Gum Lane in rural Cherokee County on Tues...More >>
    COUNCILMAN RESIGNS A newly elected Joplin City Council member steps down, due to prior drug convictions.  Joshua Bard was charged in 2005 in Newton County for "manufacturing a controlled substance".  Joplin's Mayor Gary Shaw tells us Bard's replacement will be selected by the council.  He says he hopes to start the process very soon. ARSON ARREST State investigators say the fire that destroyed a vacant house on Gum Lane in rural Cherokee County on Tues...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.