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2016 Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus FAQs

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Kentucky Presidential Caucus FAQs

What will a County Caucus location look like?

Voters will arrive any time between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM to a central caucus location, for example, the county high school gymnasium. Immediately inside they will see dozens (or hundreds) of other Republicans, visiting tables for each of the presidential candidates who have elected to participate in the Kentucky Caucus. There may be a representative for each candidate who can answer questions. Voters may also be given information from the local county party, or the Republican Women’s club, or College Republican organization, etc.

When voters are ready to cast their vote by secret ballot, the caucus goers will move to the balloting area. At this point, the caucus will feel like a typical polling location. Voters will present identification to a trained Caucus Official, who will look them up on the voter roster. Voters will sign in, just like they would during a typical election, and will be handed a ballot. After marking their selection, they will insert their ballot into a ballot box.

When will the caucus take place?

The caucus will take place on Saturday, March 5th, 2016. Voting hours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm local time.

Where will I vote?

Every voter has been assigned to one caucus location. That is the only caucus site where they may vote.

A typical county will have a single caucus location for all of its Republican voters. Some of the most populous counties will have multiple caucus locations.

A voter can look up his or her caucus location using a search tool on this website.

Who is allowed to vote?

Kentucky voters who were registered as Republicans by December 31, 2015, are eligible to vote in the caucus.

What if my county party does not hold a caucus in my county?

111 out of 120 county parties have chosen to hold a caucus at a location within their county. If you are registered to vote in one of the nine remaining counties without a caucus location in your county, then you will be part of a regional caucus in a nearby county. You will be able to vote at that caucus location on March 5, or you may vote by absentee ballot (absentee application deadline was February 19).

A voter can look up his or her caucus location using a search tool on this website.

Who is eligible to vote by absentee ballot?

February 19 was the last day that the Republican Party of Kentucky accepted absentee applications.

Once an absentee ballot was mailed to a voter, that voter became ineligible to vote in person at any caucus location.

Completed absentee ballots must be received at the state party headquarters by 5:00 pm ET on Friday, March 4.

How are Kentucky's Republican Presidential Convention Delegates allocated?

Kentucky’s Republican delegates will be allocated proportionately among the candidates as described in the RPK rules. Specifically, each candidate who receives at least five percent (5%) of the total votes cast at the caucus shall be awarded a pro-rata portion of the authorized delegate vote for the Kentucky Republican Party at the Republican National Convention.

Will candidates who ended their campaigns still be on the ballot?

All eleven presidential candidates who filed to participate in the caucus will remain on the ballot. However, signs will be posted at caucus locations to inform voters about which candidates have dropped out of the race.

Will there still be a primary election in May?

The March 5th caucus replaces the usual Republican presidential primary in May, so the caucus is the only opportunity for Kentucky Republicans to vote in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

However, primary elections for local, state and Congressional races will still occur in May.

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