Listed below are five steps to becoming a delegate at your party caucus meeting, which are as follows:
1. Determine your voting precinct number and caucus location
Contact your county clerk or elections office or call your county party officers to find your precinct and caucus location. Some precinct caucus locations will also be posted on the Utah State Democratic Party Web site, and on the Utah State Republican Party Web site, Caucus location information may even appear in major newspapers a few days before the caucuses.
Utah State Democratic Party 801-328-1212
Utah State Republican Party 801-533-9777
2. Bring 10-20 people to the caucus to vote for you.
This is key! Obtain a precinct boundary map (often available online) or a list of registered voters from the country clerk or elections office and call people you know. Tell them you will be running for a delegate position and ask for their support. Make sure they know the caucus time and location. All of these people must be over the age of 18. In order to run as a delegate for the Republican party, you must be registered as a Republican.
3. Arrive 10 minutes early.
Introduce yourself to neighbors you may not already know, tell people you are interested in being a delegate, and ask precinct residents for their support.
4. Have someone nominate you.
After initial party business, delegates for the county and state conventions will be selected. When nominations are open, have a friend or spouse nominate you.
5. Be prepared to briefly introduce yourself and explain why you are running.
State your name, where you live and that you support the party platform. You may add some positive criteria by responsibility. However, keep it brief and don’t endorse specific candidates or take issue positions as you may jeopardize your support. Smile, make eye contact, and good luck!
Important election dates to remember:
- Neighborhood caucus meetings: March 13 for Democrats and March 15 for Republicans
- County Convention: April 19 for Democrats; check online for Republican date.
- State Convention: April 21 for both Democrats and Republicans
- Primaries: June 26
- General Election: November 6