Election 2008 - Kansas Caucuses

Caucus Q&A

When are the Kansas caucuses?

  • Kansas Democrats: Tuesday Feb. 5, 6 p.m. (Super Tuesday)
  • Kansas Republicans: Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.

Where do I caucus?

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Douglas County Republicans will caucus at South Junior High School, 2734 Louisiana Street. Miami County Republicans will also caucus there. Jefferson County Republicans report to the Ozawkie American Legion, and Leavenworth County Republicans to the Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center.

For area Democrats, it's a bit more complicated. If your state senator is Roger Pine, you'll caucus at the National Guard's Metcalf Memorial Armory. If your state senator is Marci Francisco, it depends on the congressional district you live in. Residents in Nancy Boyda's district will caucus at Abe & Jake's Landing. Those in Dennis Moore's district will caucus at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, near 19th and Harper streets (the location was changed on Feb.1.)

Do I need to register?

  • Democrats: you can change your party affiliation if you need to at the door of the caucus. Anyone who will be 18 by Nov. 4 can participate.
  • Republicans: you must register as one by Jan. 25, although party leaders recommend changing your registration by this week.
  • Registration is available through the Kansas Republican Party's Web site, www.ksgop.org, and the Kansas Democratic Party's site, www.ksdp.org

How do Kansas Caucuses work?

  • Republicans: It's fairly simple. Bring a state-issued photo ID to check in. The caucus chairman allows representatives from the campaigns to give presentations, which will take one hour. Then voters will vote for one candidate by secret ballot. The votes are counted by congressional district. Candidates can win three convention delegates each for garnering the most votes in a congressional district. Also, the overall winner statewide will gain 24 delegates.
  • Democrats: After registration, the caucus chairman gives participants 30 minutes to select a candidate. The chairman then determines which candidates have received 15 percent support and are "viable." Then the chairman allows voters to reconsider their candidate. Voters must gather together to show their support for a candidate, so the format allows for lobbying on the floor. On Super Tuesday, Democratic voters are actually selecting delegates for the congressional district conventions on April 12, which will determine what candidates will be best represented at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Do the Kansas caucuses matter?

With the presidential nomination process still wide open, winning each delegate could be crucial. The Kansas caucuses are also happening much sooner in the year than past years, which virtually had taken the state out of play.

Which candidates have filed?

  • Republicans: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; former Ambassador Alan Keyes; U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona; U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, of Tennessee.
  • Democrats: U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York; former U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina; U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois; and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who is still on the ballot even though he has withdrawn from the race.

Who organizes the caucuses?

The state Republican and Democratic parties, but the county party organizers play a major role at the local level.