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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 2020
Precinct Caucuses: Saturday 7 March 2020
County Assemblies: Sunday 8 March - Wednesday 1 April 2020
Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 4 April - Friday 17 April 2020
State Convention: Saturday 18 April 2020
37 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 21 re: 7 congressional districts / 3 party / 3 bonus
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Congressional District Convention Delegate Allocation, State Convention Delegate Allocation, and Bylaws from the Colorado Republican Party.
2020 Presidential Primary Candidate List from the Colorado Secretary of State.
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)].
All of Colorado's 37 delegates to the Republican National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders in today's Colorado Presidential Primary. [CRC Bylaws, Art. XIII.A.1.a]
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.
Saturday 7 March 2020: Precinct Caucuses meet in each precinct at 10:00a MST (1700 UTC) to choose delegates to the County Assemblies and District Conventions. Caucuses last about 1.5 hours. There are 2,917 (TBD) precincts.
Sunday 8 March - Wednesday 1 April 2020: County Assemblies. County Assemblies elect delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.
Saturday 4 April - Friday 17 April 2020: Congressional District Conventions.
Distict Caucuses choose the 6 National Convention Delegates (3 in each of Colorado's District) according to the results of the Presidential Primary along with the district's delegates to the Colorado State Republican Convention.
Saturday 18 April 2020: 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 according to the results of the Primary.
Candidates for national convention delegate need not identify the presidential candidate they are pledged to support, but may do so at their option. CRC Bylaws, Art. XIII, §A.3.c.
If a Presidential candidate releases his delegates through public declaration or written notification, the candidate's name is not placed in nomination, or the candidate does not otherwise qualify for nomination under the rules of the Republican National Convention, CRC Chairman shall release ... Delegates ... allocated to that candidate. Such National Delegates released may cast their ballots as each may choose, and the CRC Chairman shall announce the delegation’s vote accordingly. The Chairman shall release the National Delegates by category in the following order, and within category as the Chairman directs: First, Delegates pledged to such candidate; second, the National Committeeman and National Committee Woman; third, unpledged Delegates; fourth, others [CRC Bylaws, Art. XIII.A.1.a]. On any succeeding ballot for President and on all ballots for other purposes the individual delegates are released to cast their ballots as each may choose [CRC Bylaws, Art. XIII.A.1.a].
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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