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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
The delegate selection processes herein, along with any and all dates and delegate counts associated therewith, are unofficial and based on either (1) information obtained from either Major Party, (2) Presidential Primary dates established by currently-effective State statute, or- where the foregoing information could not be obtained- (3) the state's 2016 delegate selection process and associated dates adjusted to the corresponding dates in 2020.
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 2020
County Assemblies: Tuesday 3 March - Saturday 28 March 2020 (presumably)
Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably)
District Conventions: CDs 1,6: Saturday 4 April 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Saturday 11 April 2020 (presumably)
37 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 21 re: 7 congressional districts / 3 party / 3 bonus
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2020 Election Calendar from the Colorado Secretary of State.
In the 2016 general election, voters approved Proposition 107 which restores the presidential primary election. SB 17-305 1-4-1203: "A presidential primary election shall be held on a Tuesday on a date designated by the governor. The date selected for the primary must be no earlier than the date the national rules of the major political parties provide for state delegations to the party's national convention to be allocated without penalty and not later than the third Tuesday in March"
30 April 2019: Governor Jared Polis (Democratic) and Secretary of State Jena Griswold (Democratic) officially announce 3 March 2020 as Colorado's presidential primary date.
Colorado has same-day voter registration [CTS 1-2-217.7]. Unaffiliated voters may vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary election, but not both. [CRS 1-7-201(2.3)]. Voters who are affiliated with a major political party may switch their affiliation no later than 29 days before the primary election. State law restricts participation in Party caucuses and conventions to registered Party members [CRS 1-3-101]. Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in a party primary without affiliating with the party [CRS 1-7-201(2.3)].
Tuesday 3 March - Saturday 28 March 2020 (presumably): County Assemblies. County Assemblies elect delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.
Precinct caucus attendees must be registered to vote and affiliated with the Republican Party by TBD and must be a resident of their precinct by TBD to be eligible to participate in their precinct caucus.
Tuesday 3 March 2020 (presumably): Precinct Caucuses meet in each precinct at 7p MST (?) to choose delegates to the County Assemblies and District Conventions. Caucuses last about 1.5 hours. There are 2,917 (TBD) precincts.
Saturday 4 April 2020 (presumably): District Conventions. Delegate Binding: Delegate Selection Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus/Convention.
Distict Caucuses choose the 6 National Convention Delegates (3 in each of Colorado's District) along with the district's delegates to the Colorado State Republican Convention.
Saturday 11 April 2020 (presumably): The Colorado State Republican Convention convenes. The State Convention chooses 13 of 37 delegates from Colorado to the Republican National Convention. Delegate Binding: Delegate Selection Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus/Convention.
In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Colorado's Republican Party, will attend the convention by virtue of their position, bound to the candidate of choice.
Candidates for national convention delegate need not identify the presidential candidate they are pledged to support, but may do so at their option. The ballot shall include the presidential candidate each candidate for national delegate is pledged to support, or shall indicate that the candidate for national delegate is unpledged. CRC Bylaws, Art. XIII, § A(5)(c).
In the event a candidate for national delegate indicates on his or her notice of intent to run as a national delegate that such candidate is pledged to support a particular presidential candidate, the State Chairman of the Colorado Republican State Central Committee shall cast the vote on behalf of that national delegate on the first nominating ballot in accordance with the pledge of support made by such national delegate on their notice of intent to run; except that if a qualifying presidential candidate releases his delegates through public declaration or written notification, the presidential candidate's name is not placed in nomination, or the presidential candidate does not otherwise qualify for nomination ..., the individual National Delegates and National Alternate Delegates previously pledged are released to cast their ballots as each may choose, or the State Chairman shall allocate and cast the delegate votes to the remaining presidential candidates as if the eliminated presidential candidate had failed to qualify. On any succeeding ballot for president, the national delegates are released to cast their ballots as each may choose. CRC Bylaws, Art. XIII, § A(3).
Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.
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