What is a Neighborhood Caucus?
A Caucus is a gathering of politically like-minded people that live in the same neighborhood or Precinct. These regularly conducted meetings are based on political party rules and guidelines and are the most basic and accessible grassroots level of government.
Who is a Delegate, and What do they do?
At your Neighborhood Caucus you will meet with your neighbors in your Precinct (you can find out your Precinct number by going to vote.utah.gov/vote/) and elect people you trust to represent you in (1) fully investigating the candidates from your political party who are running for office, and (2) who will attend a convention to cast votes on which candidate they feel best represents the values of their neighborhoods and should move on to the next step in the election process.
Just like you elect a mayor, city council, governor, senators, etc., who make local, state, or federal decisions and laws on your behalf, Utah’s Caucus System allows you to elect people from your neighborhood, who are called Delegates, to study and vote on potential candidates for your political party.
There are two different types of delegates: State and County.
It’s important to note that neighborhoods throughout Utah historically elect over 30,000 delegates Caucus night!
Elected Delegates are important because they are responsible for getting to know candidates from your political party between Caucus night and the Convention, researching their positions on issues, looking into their records, asking detailed and probing questions, reporting this information back to the constituents in their neighborhood Precinct, and to seeking input from their precinct constituents.
Elected Delegates then attend a Convention and vote for candidates who will eventually move on to a Primary or General Election.
Resources for Caucus
- 2020 Caucus Locations
- Caucus Attendance Roll Instructions
- Platform of the DCRP
- Building Stronger Precincts
Offices & Elections & Reports
- Candidate Commitment & Disclosure Form
- Officer Duties
- Ballot Tally Sheets
- Caucus Report Form
- Affiliation Role
After the Votes Have Been Counted
After the votes have been counted in Primary and General Elections, the role of the Elected Delegates continues.
Elected Officials have many thousands of people who attempt to contact them during their terms of office. All this “noise” makes it difficult for them to hear from and respond to their Constituents – those who elected them to office and live in their respective Districts.
Delegates serve as the conduit through which the neighbors who elected them still have a voice, even after the votes have been counted. Delegates listen to the concerns of their neighbors and contact the elected officials. This is immensely helpful for the elected officials, since they now have only a few hundred people to communicate through, rather than tens of thousands – most of whom are not even consitutents.
Delegates ensure that the voice of their neighborhoods are still heard long after the votes have been counted.