Caucus 101: What you need to know for Utah’s GOP caucus Tuesday

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The Republican party has three ways to vote for the GOP caucus on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The Democratic party only has one.

The Republican party has three ways to vote for the GOP caucus on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The Democratic party only has one.

On Tuesday, Utahns will cast their votes for John Kasich, Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, or Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders — but it’s a little different than years’ past.

If you’re a Republican:

In past presidential election years, you’ve participated in a presidential preference primary in June. Not this year; instead, Republicans will be voting for presidential candidates at their neighborhood caucus meetings or online.

— First, if you want to vote online, you had to register to do that. If you haven’t done that, the deadline has passed and you won’t be able to vote online in the caucus this year.

— Voting is open online from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. When you registered online, you got a PIN and you need that to vote.

— If you want to vote in person, go to your neighborhood caucus meeting at 7 p.m. Find the location here.

— To participate in a neighborhood caucus, you have to live within the boundaries, be a registered Republican or turn 18 by Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016) and affiliate as a Republican.

— If you can’t make it to the caucus and didn’t register online, you can print an absentee ballot here.

— If you plan on voting at your neighborhood caucus, voting ends at 9 p.m.

— Video tutorial here.

If you’re a Democrat (it’s less complicated, but there are fewer options):

— There’s no online voting.

— There’s no absentee voting.

— You don’t have to be a registered Democrat to participate, but you have to be 18 by Election Day (Nov. 8, 2016).

— The neighborhood caucus meetings start at 6 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. If you’re in line to vote by 8:30 p.m., you will be allowed to cast a ballot.

— Find your caucus location here.

Watch for election results at utahdemocrats.org and utah.gop. Results likely will come in late Tuesday through Wednesday morning.

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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