What the caucus?! Wash., Idaho Caucus explained


by Shawn Chitnis & KREM.com


Posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 20 at 7:42 PM

SPOKANE-- Both Washington and Idaho will hold caucuses next month to help nominate the republican candidate for president. The process is different in each state.

Both states have chosen not to have a traditional primary, but they take different routes to decide which candidates get the delegates up for grabs next month.

In Washington voters will head to their precinct location on Saturday, March 3rd and declare they are a republican and don't intend to vote in any other party primary

They will write in who they want to be the party's nominee and the votes will be totaled for an unofficial straw poll. The results will be announced later that night.  This vote does not go toward deciding Washington’s 43 delegates.

Voters will also select a precinct delegate who indicates the candidate they want to represent.

Precinct delegates then go to a county convention where county delegates are selected for the state convention in late may.

We won't know which candidates get how many delegates on caucus night.

Forty delegates will be picked to represent Washington in the spring to attend the national convention in August.

There are three other delegates who are party officials that also serve as delegates in Tampa Bay.

In Idaho voters will go to locations for their county and use ballots or tokens to support a candidate on Tuesday, March 6th. There are five candidates for Idaho voters to choose from and they will keep voting until a winner is selected.

In each round the candidate with the fewest votes or anyone with less than 15% is out of the race.

The voting ends at the county level when there is a final vote for two candidates or one has more than 50% of the vote for that county.

The delegates assigned for that county will then represent the winning candidate.

Counties will report their winner to the state office in Boise.

If one candidate has more than 50% of the vote for all of Idaho, they get all 32 delegates.  Otherwise, the candidates split delegates they won in each county

For more information on the Idaho GOP Caucus http://www.idaho-republican-caucus.com/

For more information on the Washington GOP Caucus http://wsrpcaucus.tumblr.com

Idaho GOP: http://idgop.org/

Washington GOP: http://www.wsrp.org/
For Washington Voters:
Arrive around 9:30 a.m. on the day of the caucus and have your voter registration with you to speed the process.
For Idaho Voters:
Voting starts at 7 p.m. local time across the state, you should arrive early, especially if you need to register and declare yourself as a Republican.