Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Missouri Caucus



How the Missouri Republican presidential caucus system will work:

Q: Who can go to a caucus?
A: Any registered voter in a county who says he or she is a Republican.

Q: What do I need to do to caucus?
You will need to be a registered voter in your county to caucus.  This will be checked when you come to caucus.  Please bring with you your voter registration card and your driver's license.  There is no cost to caucus.  The caucus can be a long process so plan for an all day event.  There is no formal dress code for the caucus; dress comfortably.

Q: Where are caucuses held?
A: One caucus will be held in each of Missouri's 114 counties and the city of St. Louis at 10 a.m. on March 17. This caucus is to elect the delegates only.
Macon County will be held at the Macon County Courthouse - March 17th at 10 a.m.
Other counties contact your County Committee for the location:

Q: How do caucuses work?
A: Once voters gather at a caucus location, they will decide as a group how delegates will be selected, whether delegates will run individually or as a slate of candidates, whether the vote will use a secret ballot or be conducted publicly and other details.

Q: How long will a caucus take?
A: That will be determined by how each caucus decides to select delegates. Allowing speeches, extended debate or multiple votes could prolong a meeting.

Q: How many delegates will be chosen at each caucus?
A: The number of delegates per county is determined by a formula worked out by the Missouri Republican Party. It is based on the number of votes for the GOP candidate for president in each county in 2008.
Macon County will elect 14 delegates.

Q: What happens after the caucuses?
A: One set of delegates chosen at the county caucuses will attend one of eight congressional district conventions on April 21. At those conventions, a total of 24 delegates (three from each district) will be chosen to attend the national convention in Tampa, Fla. Another set of delegates from the county caucuses will attend the state convention on June 2, at which time they will help chose 25 delegates to attend the national convention. The party chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman are automatically delegates, bringing Missouri's total to 52.
Source: Missouri Republican Party

From Missouri Precinct Project (MOPP):

The delegate selection process, as agreed to by the state committee:

*The County Caucuses will take place on March 17, 2012.  At these caucuses, which are open to any Republican who is registered to vote in that county, attendees will select delegates and alternates to the Congressional District Conventions and State Convention.  No delegates to the national convention are selected at this time.  The number of delegates and alternates per county is determined by the Missouri Republican Party based upon the number of GOP votes cast in the last presidential election. Presidential Election 2008 Republican Votes = 1,441,911
 
* The Congressional District Conventions will take place on April 21, 2012.  At each of these 8 conventions, delegates chosen at the county level will select 3 delegates and alternates to the National Convention and 1 presidential elector.  The delegates and alternates will be required to declare allegiance to a candidate prior to the voting, and they will be bound to that candidate on the first ballot—unless they are released prior to the convention.
 
*The State Convention will take place on June 2, 2012.  At the convention, delegates chosen at the county level will vote on 25 at-large delegates and alternates to the National Convention and 2 at large presidential electors.  The delegates and alternates will be required to declare allegiance to a candidate prior to the voting, and they will be bound to that candidate on the first ballot—unless they are released prior to the convention. In total, Missouri will have 52 delegates and 49 alternates to the Republican National Convention—24 selected at the congressional district caucuses, 25 selected at the state convention, and 1 delegate (but no alternate) for the state Party chairman, national committeeman and national committeewoman. 
This Party action does not require legislative approval.

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