Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Rocky Mountain News entry into pre-Caucus pr contest:

Registration cutoff near for caucuses
By David Montero, Rocky Mountain News

There are only nine days left to register to vote if you want to participate in the Colorado presidential caucuses Feb. 5.

With 55 delegates at stake for Democrats and 46 for Republicans - coupled with eight candidates on each side - both political parties in Colorado would like to see people register to vote and make themselves eligible to participate.

"We want to be sure that people understand that if they want to be a part of this process, they have to be registered with a party," Colorado Democratic Party Chair Pat Waak said.

The deadline to register to vote in the caucus is by the close of business Dec. 5.
The rules are simple, if you want to participate in the caucuses that will help select each party's presidential candidate for the general election.

First, you must register as a Democrat or a Republican with your local county clerk and must be affiliated with either party for at least two months before the caucus. Secondly, you must be a resident of a precinct for 30 days prior to voting.

There is also one exception: Any registered voter who turned 18 or became a naturalized citizen during the two months preceding the caucus meeting may vote at the caucus.

Dick Wadhams, chair of the Colorado Republican Party, said the GOP has not engaged in any extensive voter drive but has instead relied on the media to publicize the deadline - a course also being followed by Democrats.

He did say his office has noticed an uptick in calls inquiring about voting eligibility for the upcoming caucus.

Waak said there is increased interest because Denver is hosting the Democratic National Convention Aug. 25-28 and people want to be delegates.

Why isn't this story featured on the front page of the Rocky Mountain News Online? Why doesn't it come up when "Colorado Caucus" is the search term? Is the Rocky intentionally burying the story?

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