Colorado Caucus

) the 20-16 presidential election cycle begins in less than a month with the iowa caucus.the colorado caucus follows soon thereafter… but many voters might not even know what exactly the caucus entails. lets check the facts first. the colorado caucus system was established in 2002. this year it will be held on tuesday, march first. it’s primarily geared towards committed voters for both parties. in colorado springs… el paso county has 242 precincts which will each hold their own caucus. fox 21’s kalyn mcmackin joins us now to expain more. the colorado caucus is the first step in ultimately nominating a presidental candiate. however..the process is multi tier and fairly complex. in the state of colorado…the presidential nominee is decided through a caucus system as opposed to a primary election. in a primary , all registered voters simply fill out a ballot choosing their nominee. but…the caucus system is more complex. daniel cole:el paso county republican party executive director”the caucus process is a representative form of government. on march first, we elect delegates, who elect delegates who vote on who the presidential nominee should be.”essentially…at the caucus’…voters aren’t choosing a presidential candidate but rather delegates they want representing their party in voting for a certain nominee. josh dunn: associate professor of political sciene at uccs”then you select delegates to go to the next convention, which would be the county convention here in colorado so you select delegates based on how much support each individual candidate gets in your caucus.” those delegates then move through the county, state and national conventions. annie schmitt: el paso coutny democratic executive director “at caucus…everybody says i want so and so or i want so and so and then people have a chance to try and pursuade other people to change their mind and vote for their candidate.”so why the long complicated caucus system as oppose to the straightforward primary?daniel cole:el paso county republican party executive director”people who support the caucus system say that it gives the grass root, really involved active people a greater voice in choosing the nominee.”annie schmitt: el paso coutny democratic executive director”it’s a neat way for people to get involved. it is time consuming, there is a lot of planning that goes into this but it really does allow people to participate.” now..tonight is the last night to register for the colorado caucuses.if you haven’t registered yet, go to go- vote-colorado-dot-com. reporting live in the newsroom..kalyn mcmackin…fox 21 news. …