Guide to Idaho's Democratic caucuses

On Tuesday, March 22, Idaho Democrats will gather at county caucus sites to help decide which presidential candidates will get the state's delegates.

BOISE - Idaho Democrats will make their choice for president by holding county caucuses on Tuesday, March 22. Caucusing is much more interactive - and more time consuming - than simply turning up and voting at a poll.

Although it has become less common in modern times, the caucus process has been around far longer that the primary system and dates back to the American Revolution. The Idaho Democratic Party claims a long history of caucusing as a way to pick its presidential candidate.

Here's how it works:

Anyone can participate in the county caucuses - regardless of party affiliation - as long they did not cast a vote in the March 8 Republican primary.

Caucus participants will cast multiple votes throughout the evening. The first vote happens upon arrival at the caucus location when deciding which sub-caucus to join. This year there are four sub-caucuses - One each for candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and California businessman Rocky De La Fuente, as well as a sub-caucus for undecided voters.

Then, after some speeches and debating, caucus participants will have the opportunity to change their vote and move to another candidate's camp. That process will repeat at least twice, but no more than three times, until all delegates are decided.

It's worth noting here, that Democratic presidential candidates need at least 15 percent support to win delegates, which are awarded proportionally. If only one candidate qualifies for delegates, then that candidate is given all of the delegates.

Each county will have a designated number of delegates to assign, based on population. Those delegates will then decide at the state convention in June how to divide the state's 27 possible delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention.

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In the Mountain Time Zone, caucusing runs from 6 - 9 p.m. Doors close and caucusing begins at 7 p.m. In the Pacific Time Zone, caucuses run from 5 - 8 p.m., with doors closing and caucusing beginning at 6 p.m. Organizers suggest arriving early and reserving your spot online because they expect this year to rival 2008, when 21,000 people took part in Idaho caucuses.

"Part of what's happening this year is that the national race is so close between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and both of these campaigns have drawn a lot of energy, and new energy into their campaigns and we're seeing the same thing in Idaho," said party spokesperson Dean Ferguson.

Ada County's caucus will take place at the Boise Centre, while Canyon County's will happen at Sage Valley Middle School.

FIND YOUR COUNTY CAUCUS LOCATION

  • Ada, Boise Centre, 850 W Front St, Boise
  • Adams, The New Meadows Senior Center, 102 N. Commercial, New Meadows
  • Bannock, Idaho State University Pond Student Union Building Ballroom, 921 S. 8th Ave, Pocatello
  • Bear Lake, Montpelier City Hall, 534 Washington St., Montpelier
  • Benewah, Walker Building Benewah County Fairgrounds, St. Maries
  • Bingham, Sa-Sys Event Ctr., 214 S. University, Blackfoot
  • Blaine, Wood River High School Campus Gym, 1250 Fox Acres Rd, Hailey
  • Boise, Garden Valley High School, 1053 Banks Lowman Road, Garden Valley
  • Bonner, Bonner County Fairgrounds, 4203 North Boyer Road, Sandpoint
  • Bonneville, Skyline High School Gymnasium, 1767 Blue Sky Dr., Idaho Falls
  • Boundary, Exhibit Hall Fairgrounds, Bonners Ferry
  • Butte, Butte County High School, 120 S Water St, Arco
  • Camas, My Home, 822 East Highway 20, Fairfield
  • Canyon, Sage Valley Middle School, 18070 Santa Ana Ave., Caldwell
  • Caribou, Montpelier City Hall, 534 Washington St., Montpelier
  • Cassia, Burley Inn, 800 Overland Ave., Burley
  • Clark, Jefferson County Courthouse, 210 Courthouse Way, Rigby
  • Clearwater, Orofino Junior Senior High School, 300 Dunlap Road, Orofino
  • Custer, Custer County Courthouse, 801 E. Main St., Challis
  • Elmore, Mountain Home Senior Center, 1200 N. 3rd East, Mountain Home
  • Franklin, Franklin County Fire Station, 55 W 1st S, Preston
  • Fremont, Madison Middle School, 575 W. 7th South, Rexburg
  • Gem, Emmett Middle School, 301 E. 4th Street, Emmett
  • Gooding, 145 7th Ave. East, Gooding
  • Idaho, Grangeville High School Gymnasium, Grangeville
  • Jefferson, Jefferson County Courthouse, 210 Courthouse Way, Rigby
  • Jerome, El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant Banquet Hall, 143 Main Ave W., Jerome
  • Kootenai, North Idaho College, Boswell Hall, 1000 W Garden, Coeur d'Alene
  • Latah, McDonald Elementary School, 2323 E. D Street, Moscow
  • Lemhi, Salmon City Center, 200 Main Street, Salmon
  • Lewis, Nezperce Community Center, 602 N. 4th Ave., Nezperce
  • Lincoln, Manhattan Cafe, 133 S. Rail St. W., Shoshone
  • Madison, Madison Middle School, 575 W 7th S, Rexburg
  • Minidoka, Burley Inn, 800 Overland Ave., Burley
  • Nez Perce, Jenifer Junior High School, 1213 16th St., Lewiston
  • Oneida, Franklin County Fire Station, 55 W. 1st St., Preston
  • Owyhee, Owyhee County Extension Office, 238 W 8th Ave., Marsing
  • Payette, Mandarin Restaurant, 411 SW 3rd St., Fruitland
  • Power, American Falls Housing Authority, 290 Tyhee Ave., American Falls
  • Shoshone, VFW Post 1675, 318 E Mullan Ave., Osburn
  • Teton, Teton Middle School, 935 N 5th East, Driggs
  • Twin Falls, College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Center, 315 Falls Ave., Twin Falls
  • Valley, McCall-Donnelly High School Commons Area, 401 N. Mission, McCall
  • Washington, Weiser Public Library, 28 E 1st St., Weiser


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