The Precinct Caucus is the foundational meeting for the election of leadership in the two major parties and partisan political representation in all levels of government. Under Colorado’s election laws and statutes, the state’s politics begin at these precinct level meetings.
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The precinct is Colorado’s smallest political division. At the precinct caucus, groups of people who live together in a relatively small local area gather every other year to discuss and vote on the important political decisions that will directly influence their own lives. Since they likely know the people in their caucus, they will know who the best 2 Precinct Committee Persons would be to represent their precinct to the county party and perhaps to the larger districts in which they all reside. They will know who would make the best delegates to delegate candidates to the primary ballots for the county and larger districts. They will know who they could run as a candidate for a political office. They will have a vested interest in getting these people elected and holding them accountable once they’re in office.
In Colorado, the 2 major parties have control over the designation and election processes for candidates for elected office, in effect controlling entry into local, state and national governments. Therefore, state election laws and statutes regulate how the 2 major parties conduct their business. The process creates a series of checks and balances to keep both the government and the political parties under the ultimate authority of the sovereign individual during the entire political process.
Colorado’s representative form of government wasn’t designed to depend on the whims of large national or state-wide political organizations or tyrannical government politicians, it was designed to provide structure to self-government starting right where we live.
The caucuses are to be organized by the county parties, but they should be controlled by the authorized Republicans in attendance. The same is true for every subsequent meeting or assembly; it is up to the sovereign individuals in attendance to know the rules and bylaws under which the meetings are to be conducted. People make better party leaders and government representatives when they know they have an engaged constituency to hold them accountable.
Here are a couple of videos that former State Senator Kevin Lundberg created when he was running for State Treasurer in 2018. They contain some information that is out of date, but the content about the importance of the precinct caucus is still pertinent.
THIS VIDEO is 12 minutes long. Remember, this is talking about the 2018 caucus, but is still relevant.
THIS VIDEO is also from 2018. It has additional content and runs 22 minutes. Please watch it to hear many passionate Republicans, including myself and David Barton, talk about the importance of caucuses!