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Caucus date: March 24 – Jeff needs your help to win the Republican Convention. Sign up for more information on how to be elected as a State Delegate to represent your precinct and help elect Jeff Burningham.


Caucus night: March 24, 7pm


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What is a delegate?


(Information from Utah Republican Party) CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL 2020 CAUCUS RULES.

Utah uses a caucus/convention method for elections, using elected delegates instead of the broader voting population to select party candidates. A delegate is an individual chosen to represent their state or county voting precinct at their annual party conventions. Delegates serve two-year terms and have many duties depending on the type of delegate that they are. All delegates gather every year at their party’s convention.

During the first year (even-numbered years) they meet to vote on party primary candidates. This meeting is called the nominating convention. During the second year (odd-numbered years) they meet to conduct county party business, such as voting on party officials and platforms. This meeting is called the organizing convention.


Why do delegates matter?


The primary purpose of delegates is to vote on a party’s candidate for primary and general elections. If one candidate receives 60% of the delegate votes at the convention, they will be the only candidate who secures a spot on the primary ballot from the convention (other candidates can be on the ballot if they collected enough signatures). If no candidate receives 60%, then the top two candidates will go on the primary ballot.


What are the types of delegates?


A county delegate must attend and participate in the annual county nominating convention. They must cast ballots and choose the party’s nominees for elected positions in the state legislature and county offices for primary and general elections. In addition, delegates may also debate and vote on issues important to their county and attend to county party business.

A state delegate plays a similar role to county delegates but at a state level. These state delegates must attend the annual state convention where they choose party nominees for statewide offices like governor, legislative candidates in districts that include more than one county, and Congressional candidates. They must also debate any changes to state party constitution, bylaws, platform, or rules of convention.


How do I become a delegate?


The process for becoming a delegate in Utah is actually not as hard as you think. First, you must meet the following basic qualifications:

  • Be 18 years or older by the time of the primary in August or the general election in November
  • Be a registered Republican and live within the precinct of the caucus that you would attend

Then you must attend your precinct caucus (a neighborhood party meeting) and get enough votes to win a delegate position. How? Follow these simple steps.

How to run for a delegate position in Utah:

  • Visit utgop.org to find your caucus location (should be available a couple of weeks before caucus night). You can also find your precinct number by entering your home address at vote.utah.gov.
  • Bring neighbors to the caucus that will vote for you. The more friends and family from your precinct you can rally to come and vote for you, the better. You might want to do some campaigning ahead of the caucus (dropping off flyers at neighbor's homes or just calling people who might support you). And remind your supporters to bring a photo ID with them on caucus night.
  • Make sure to arrive at least 10-20 minutes early to the caucus. Use this time to introduce yourself (and sell yourself) to more potential supporters. Ask your supporters to arrive early too and help spread the word about you.
  • Ask someone to nominate you (or nominate yourself) and then be prepared to speak as to why you should be elected.
  • If you win the vote and become a delegate, make sure you can attend the annual county and state convention. If you aren’t present at the convention, you cannot cast a vote.

Tips for your speech to become a delegate:

  • Plan a brief speech of 1-2 minutes that is concise and to the point. Be sure to practice beforehand.
  • In your speech, talk about why you would like to be a delegate and what parts of your party platform are important to you.
  • Talk about your commitment to careful evaluation of the candidates and to selecting the best person to represent your area, including your criteria for evaluating these candidates.
  • End your speech by asking caucus attendees to vote for you.