Excitement builds for first Knox Republican caucus

KY Republican PartyExcitement within the Knox Republican Party is beginning to build as the March 5 Presidential Caucus draws near.

“It’s gonna be a party!” says Knox County Republican Party Chairman Mike Corey about the upcoming caucus. “This is going to be a day for Knox County Republicans to come out and have some fun. Voters will get the chance to learn more about the presidential candidates from their representatives – maybe even the the candidates themselves – who will have booths set up around the gym. But, even better, everyone will have the chance to win some money!”

Corey is talking about a $50 door prize that will be drawn every half hour from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. According to Corey, everyone who walks through the doors will be given a ticket and will be eligible for a door prize, so long as they are in the building when the ticket is drawn. A concession stand hosted by the Knox Central boys and girls track and cross country teams will also be open throughout the day.

The caucus will be set up differently from the typical election poll sites. Voting will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the new Knox Central High School gym at Bimble.

According to the Republican Party of Kentucky Rules for Participation, the caucus is open to all qualified voters who have been registered Republicans on or before Dec. 31, 2015.

“You’ll sign a roster book, just like you would at a regular election,” explained Corey. “But, then you’ll be given a paper ballot and vote secretly for your presidential candidate. You will then place your secret ballot into a collection box, and all ballots will be counted at the end of the day.”

The ballot itself will have all 11 presidential candidates on it, and votes can be cast for any of the 11 candidates. However, only the five remaining candidates who have not dropped out of the race will be awarded delegates to the Republican National Convention. Kentucky currently has 46 Republican delegates based upon the percentage of votes. At the present time, five candidates are still in the Republican presidential race. Those include Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump.

As a reminder to all Knox County Republicans, if you are a registered Knox County Republican in 2016 you will be able to vote three times:

• Saturday, March 5, at the Republican Presidential Caucus

• Tuesday, May 17, at the Kentucky Primary Election

• Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the General Election

If anyone has any election questions, call Mike Corey at 546-3568 or 546-0949.