Every election year Utahns are accustomed to the Utah Republican Party’s caucus night.
They elect neighbors as delegates to represent their voting precinct at the political party’s conventions where Republican Candidates are chosen. The 2016 caucus includes the first ever Presidential Preference Caucus as well. In commemoration of Presidents Day, the Utah Republican Party is launching pre-registration for caucus night and the first ever Presidential Preference Caucus available to Utah voters beginning today, February 15, 2016. Chairman of the Utah Republican Party, James Evans commented; “We are very excited about conducting the first ever online and in-person Presidential Preference Caucus in conjunction with our traditional caucus night. Really, I think of this process as a “virtual caucus” where a Utahn who is a registered Republican that is out of town, working, or has a pressing obligation is able to vote for their presidential candidate from the convenience of their computer or smart phone. Utah is spearheading this new process, which has never been done before in the nation. If a registered Republican cannot attend in person or vote on-line they also have the option of casting an absentee ballot. We still encourage everyone to attend their neighborhood caucus in person to meet their neighbors and learn more about the candidates and issues of the day.”
Voters need to be Registered Republicans in order to participate in Caucus Night and the Presidential Preference Caucus. Those who are not registered Republicans can register here at: https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/or can affiliate as Republican at their caucus meeting on March 22, 2016. To pre-register the voter will need to do two things:
Go to http://utah.gop/ and click “Pre-Register Now” and complete registration form
Upon registration, if the voter chooses the option to vote for their Presidential Preference online the voter will be issued a unique PIN number that they need to place in a secure place and which will be used on March 22, 2016 to go online and vote for their presidential candidate. If you choose not to vote online then just show up at your precinct caucus on March 22, 2016 and vote in person or cast an absentee ballot.
Details for the Presidential Preference Caucus will be:
What: Launch – Pre-Registration for Caucus Night and Presidential Preference Caucus
February 15, 2016 – March 20, 2016 (FAQ Sheet Attached)
Where: Virtual Office, Computers Worldwide, In-Person at Your Precinct Caucus
When: Registration launches today – President’s Day, February 15, 2016 (10:00 AM MST)
Who: Registered Republicans who reside in Utah.
For additional information about the Presidential Preference Caucus, please contact: Bryan Smith, Executive Director at 801.533.9777 or [email protected]