The Missouri Republican Party has prepared the following memo in an attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions about the GOP caucuses?
Will the state party release results of the caucuses?
Unlike many other caucus states, there will not be a straw poll attached to the caucus. Caucus-goers will be voting for delegates, and with few exceptions, these delegates will not be bound to a particular candidate. Because there is no vote on candidate preference, neither the Missouri GOP nor any election authority will have or release any data regarding the “winner” of the caucuses.
When will “results” be known?
Delegates selected at the county caucuses will elect and bind national delegates at the Congressional District Conventions on April 21 and the State Convention on June 2.
Will the media be allowed into caucus locations?
It is up to each caucus location to determine a policy on non-participants, including media; however, we encourage counties to allow media to observe the caucuses. If you would like to cover a particular caucus, it is advisable to contact the county GOP chairman (or township committee members in St Louis County) in advance to make arrangements.
When and where will the caucuses take place?
Most caucuses will take place on Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m.; however, some counties have requested and been granted a change of date. The time, date, and location of each caucus is available on our website: http://www.mogop.org/2012stateconvention/caucuses/
***Franklin County will hold its Republican caucuses Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. at the County Seat Senior Center, 1329 Union Ave, in Union.***
Who can participate in the caucuses?
Any self-declared Republican who is registered to vote can participate in the caucuses (note: you must participate in the county/township where you are registered to vote)
How will the caucuses be conducted?
Meetings will be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. The meeting will be gaveled to order, a caucus chairman will be elected, various committees (Rules, Platform, Credentials, etc) will be appointed, and delegates will be elected. Many details of the caucus (including whether delegates are voted on individually or as a slate, whether delegates are bound to a candidate or not, how voting will be conducted, etc) will be determined by the participants at each county caucus.
How will the caucuses be used to bind delegates?
County Caucuses, March 17, 2012: Attendees will select delegates and alternates to the Congressional District Conventions and State Convention. Delegates selected at the county level will not be bound to a specific candidate unless a rule is passed by participants of that individual caucus.
Congressional District Conventions, April 21, 2012: Delegates chosen at the county level will select delegates and alternates to the National Convention and 1 presidential elector. These delegates and alternates will identify their candidate before being chosen. They will be bound to that candidate on the first ballot at the national convention (unless the candidate drops out and releases his delegates). Each of the 8 Congressional Districts will select 3 national delegates, for a total of 24.
State Convention, June 2, 2012: Delegates chosen at the county level will vote on a slate of 25 at-large delegates and alternates to the National Convention and 2 at-large presidential electors. These delegates and alternates will identify their candidate before being chosen. They will be bound to that candidate on the first ballot at the national convention (unless the candidate drops out and releases his delegates).
Note: Missouri has 52 total national delegates. 24 will be selected and bound at the Congressional District conventions on April 21 and 25 will be selected and bound at the State Convention on June 2. In addition, the state chairman, national committeeman, and national committeewoman are automatically delegates as well.
How many delegates will each county caucus select and how is the number determined?
Each county is assigned a number of delegates and alternates to the Congressional District Conventions and the State Convention based upon the number of votes cast for the Republican nominee for president during the 2008 general election. Each county’s allocation is available here.
What other business will take place at the caucuses?
In addition to the selection of delegates, caucus-goers will review and vote on amendments to the 2012 Missouri Republican Party platform.