Republicans seek military caucus vote |

Republicans seek military caucus vote

by Aurora Sain
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Campaigning has already started for the 2016 presidential election, the caucus is scheduled for early next year, and one group doesn’t want anyone to miss out on the chance to vote.

“If they’re not registered, they can’t participate,” said Dick Schwabe, First Vice Chairman of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee.

Schwabe and the rest of the committee are pushing to get people registered to vote so that they can participate in the Feb. 23, 2016, presidential preference poll.

Absentee voters won’t be able to participate in the precinct meetings or in the selection of delegates to the county convention.

The committee hopes to get a large number of military members registered for an absentee ballot, so that they are still able to participate.

“It is important for them to vote because they pick their next commander in chief,” said Schwabe. “They may want to have a say in who gets into office.”

In order to vote in either the Republican or the Democratic caucus, voters have to be a registered with the party. Republicans are asking for absentee ballots by Feb. 22, 2016.

Schwabe said they plan on publicizing the caucus through various advertising, radio and word of mouth, with the hope that it will get people excited about the election.

A presidential caucus is a meeting of voters who belong to a specific political party.

A primary election is a state-level election where party members vote to choose a candidate for the party.

The difference between the two is that a caucus is not run by the state, the party itself runs it, which is why residents must be registered in the party in order to participate.

It is the forum that the party uses in order to choose whom they support, and how many delegates each supporter gets to represent them. Caucus results are tabulated at the county level and then passed along to the state.

“This is the way Republicans get to voice their opinion,” said Schwabe.

Active service members and their dependents can request an absentee ballot by writing the Douglas County Republican Party, 1507 Highway 395 North, Suite B, Gardnerville, NV 89410. Absentee ballots will be mailed in January.

To get a registration application, visit the Douglas County Clerk at 1616 8th street, Minden, Nev., 89423.