Both major parties in El Paso County are concerned about confusion this year when it comes to caucus locations. Last spring, the county commission changed the precinct lines, so some caucus-goers might not be able to go to the same caucus location they did four years ago. Caucus-goers in both parties should check their precinct number at the Secretary of State's website, call their county parties, or visit their county party's website to see if they were affected by the change.
"It's not a huge number of people," says El Paso County Clerk & Recorder spokesman Ryan Parsell, adding that his office sends out new precinct cards when a voter's precinct number changes.
But El Paso County Democratic Party Chairwoman Kathleen Ricker says she doesn't think voters were notified of changes in a significant way. She says her own precinct number changed and she wasn't aware until someone brought it to her attention.
"We are very concerned about the confusion in our caucuses," Ricker says. "We want to be the professional organization we know we are and this is a whole lot of work for us to try to get out the word that you've got to go check. We obviously can't contact all these voters ourselves."
Daniel Cole, director of the El Paso County Republican Party, suspects the precinct changes will be "a hassle for all of the voters" and could lead to confusion, "especially in a caucus state like Colorado, where one's precinct is central in participating in the caucus process."
Ricker and Cole also urge caucus-goers to check their county party's website or give them a call to confirm their location.