Kentucky Republicans will cast their votes for Republican candidates for president at a caucus this Saturday, March 5. The caucus, which is run by the state Republican party and county parties, replaces the usual presidential primary in May.
By holding a caucus on March 5, Republican voters in Kentucky could have more influence on the presidential race, at a time when candidates are still competing to win more states and their delegates to secure the presidential nomination.
"This is an exciting time for Kentucky Republicans, as the caucus has made us more relevant in choosing our nominee for president." said state party Chairman Mac Brown.
On March 5, Republican voters will come to caucus at the Brownsville Community Center anytime between 10a.m. and 4 p.m. to vote for a Republican candidate for president by secret paper ballot. The voting process will be similar to a Kentucky election--voters will show identification, sign in, and vote by secret ballot--but the voting locations are different.
Eleven presidential candidates filed to participate in the caucus, all of whom will remain on the ballot. Voters will be notified at caucus locations about which candidates have dropped out of the race.
The Republican presidential nomination is the only race that will be voted on at the caucus. Primary elections for local, state and Congressional races will still occur in May.
Voters who were registered as Republicans by December 31, 2015, are eligible to vote in the caucus.