The Utah Democratic Party will hold its local caucus meetings tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 pm. The Utah Republican Party will hold its caucus meetings Thursday night (15 March) at 7:00 pm. For information on other parties’ meetings, see below.
Different parties have their own rules as to who may participate in their caucus meetings. Some parties require you to be a registered party member if you wish to vote in the caucus meeting, but they’ll allow you to register on the spot if you’re not already registered. Other parties merely require that you show up at the meeting and be of voting age. Even if you don’t qualify to vote at a caucus meeting, you can still show up and sit in on the meeting and learn how the process works.
To find out where and when your local caucus meeting is, go to the following website and click on the label that says “Where and When do I Vote?”
For additional information, you can go to your state party’s website. We’ve listed the websites of the four largest parties in Utah below:
Constitution Party http://www.cputah.org
Democratic Party http://www.utdemocrats.org
Libertarian Party http://www.lputah.org
Republican Party* http://www.utgop.org
For those who are republicans, you might consider attending tonight's Democratic caucus meetings just to see who is there and who gets elected to various party positions. You will then be in a good position to help prevent such persons from actively participating in the GOP caucus on Thursday night. It is common for Democrats to want to help pick the GOP nominees. And in most cases the influence democrats bring to the GOP is less friendly to RKBA than would otherwise be present.
I suggest the following. At the democrat caucus, introduce yourself as a republican who doesn't plan to vote or otherwise actively participate, but you'd just like to get to know your neighbors and to put a human face on those with whom you may disagree politically so as to increase civility. Or maybe it is just to see how the other party does things to see if you can get any good ideas. Keep track of who is there, and especially who gets elected to various party positions including delegates and precinct officers.
Then, on Thursday, as you introduce yourself, you can relate that attended--but did not actively participle in--the Democrat caucus earlier in the week. Then, if applicable say something like, "I notice that several of our democrat neighbors have returned the favor and are visiting us here this evening. Of course, as a democrat party officer, Mr. Smith is not eligible to participate in our caucus. And I'm sure that Mrs. Brown who actively participated in the democrat caucus on Tuesday is likewise here just to observe rather than to actively participate. I hope we can extend a warm welcome to these guests and get to know each other a little better as they watch how the GOP conducts business." Say it all with a smile on your face and in your voice and it can't come off as mean spirited. But it should act to prevent democrats from trying to actively select the GOP nominee.