By Cameron Rasmusson
While local and state candidates prepare for their May primary election, the presidential primary election continues at full speed.
The Democrats’ turn at throwing their support behind a presidential candidate comes Tuesday, March 22 in caucuses around the state. Bonner County Democrats can contribute with a caucus at Bonner County Fairgrounds beginning 4 p.m. with doors closing at 6 p.m. for a final vote.
Expect a lively time while considering the candidates’ merits. According to the Idaho Democratic Party, caucuses are “a lively event with people speaking on behalf of their candidate and actual debate and discussion amongst friends and neighbors before the final vote is held.”
You do not need to bring any registration, ID, proof of address or party affiliation to participate in the Democratic caucus. In fact, you don’t even have to be a registered Democrat. The only requirements are that you will be eligible to vote by the Nov. 8 election and you did not participate in the March 8 GOP primary election.
The final vote will begin 6 p.m., with participants choosing between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Rocky De La Fuente or remaining uncommitted. Delegates will be awarded on a proportional system, with a coin toss used to break a tie. Candidates who do not receive at least 15 percent of the vote will not receive any delegates.
If you’re interested in participating, IDP officials recommend you reserve a seat beforehand at idahodems.org/caucus. Check out the site to learn more information about caucusing and the Democratic system.
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