Letter to the editor: Caucuses are important

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While the political ads and candidate announcements have begun, the official start of the 2014 election season kicks off at 7 p.m. March 4. That's the date of Colorado's grassroots political process: the Precinct Caucus.

Unlike some states, which only conduct primary elections, Colorado conducts precinct caucuses. This process gives members of political parties the opportunity to meet, debate issues and nominate candidates to represent them on the 2014 election ballot. Caucus attendees can speak on behalf of their favorite candidates, vote for their favorites and elect delegates to the countywide assemblies and convention.

This year candidates for Colorado governor, treasurer, secretary of state attorney general and the U.S. Senate and Congressional seats, Colorado legislators and county officials will be up for election. Information about the candidates is on the League of Women Voters of Arapahoe County's web site, www.lwvarapahoe.org.

Any registered voter in one of Colorado's major political parties (Republican, Democrat, American Constitutional) can attend a caucus. Colorado does not allow unaffiliated (Independent) voters to participate. Caucuses are held in homes, schools, churches and community buildings throughout each Colorado County. To find your location you will need your precinct number. Visit the following websites or call the following phone numbers for information:

Arapahoe County Democrats: www.arapahoedems.org or 303-338-1202
Arapahoe County Republicans: www.arapahoerepublicans.org or 303-779-1115
American Constitution Party: www.constitutionparty.com or 720-772-4227
Arapahoe County Clerk: www.arapahoevotes.com or 303-795-4511
Douglas County Republicans: www.dcgop.org or 303-730-0100
Douglas County Democrats: www.douglasdemocrats.org or 720-509-9048
Douglas County Clerk: www.douglas.co.us/clerk or 303-660-7469

Marlu Burkamp
League of Women Voters of Arapahoe County