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Caucus information for Democrats

Dear Editor:

Except for Precinct 7, all other Pitkin County precinct caucuses will meet under one roof at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Rio Grande meeting room (in Aspen, behind the courthouse on Main and Galena streets). Registration and complimentary dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Brief presentations by visiting speakers will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presidential preference poll and other votes at 7 p.m. sharp. Each precinct caucus will vote at their own table.

Precinct 7, which includes Woody Creek and other areas, will meet for their caucus at the Woody Creek Community Center because of a special request by Ann Owsley, who says that she speaks for the majority of Woody Creek residents. Ann has scheduled the caucus for 7 p.m. Even if you think you are not in Precinct 7, please double check with us because the precinct boundaries have changed in the past few years. Since it is against the rules to “split” the location of a caucus, all residents of Precinct 7 must meet at the Woody Creek Community Center. We would love to accommodate those of you who would prefer to meet at the Rio Grand Meeting Room with the other caucuses, and we are mindful of the inconvenience that a number of you have brought to our attention. However, we are trying to accommodate the most Precinct 7 residents we can within the rules.

Since in Colorado the caucuses are limited to Democratic voters registered as Democrats by Dec. 5, 2007, each person must register at the door and at their table. Please arrive promptly to allow enough time for a smooth registration process. Others are welcome if they call us advance and can audit but not vote.

A briefing session (an hour or less) will take place at the Pitkin County Library (lower floor) at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 for all acting precinct captains for the Pitkin County Democratic Party to review the procedures the Democratic Party captains will need to follow for the caucus voting. All Democrats and all questions are welcome. This is an important meeting to insure that the caucuses run as smoothly as possible.

Resolutions to be carried forward to the County Assembly and the State Platform are welcome at the caucus. They must be type written and submitted to the chair or vice chair no later than 4 p.m. Monday, Feb 4. (Otherwise there will not be time to make copies for every caucus). Submission by e-mail or fax will be welcome. E-mail to fax to 544-9257.

The caucuses are the only opportunity to vote for the presidential candidates in the primaries. As some of you may know, Colorado also has a “primary” (a general vote with voting machines) in August, but only congressional and state offices are open to the vote ” NOT the presidential candidates. Also, because Colorado moved up its caucus vote, your vote at the Caucus will be part of the Super Tuesday vote which will be very significant and possibly definitive in determining the Democratic nomination. So please come and vote!

Camilla Auger and Blanca O’Leary

Chair and vice chair, Pitkin County Democrats

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