Voting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2016) — All Kentuckians that are registered Republicans, as of Dec. 31, 2015, are eligible to participate in the caucuses scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (local time) on March 5.
Information on locations of local events are available at the official 2016 Kentucky Republican Caucus website, which allows participants to find out their voting location by entering their name, zip code and date of birth.
For those wondering how a caucus works, tables will be set up for each candidate and representatives of each candidate will be available to answer questions. Voters may also be given information from their local county party, or another organization, such as the Republican Women’s club or College Republican organization.
When voters are ready to cast their vote by secret ballot, the caucus goers will move to the balloting area. At this point, the caucus will feel like a typical polling location. Voters will present identification to a trained caucus official, who will look them up on the voter roster. Voters will sign in, just like they would during a typical election, and will be handed a ballot. After marking their selection, they will insert their ballot into a ballot box.
Absentee ballots can also be cast under the following circumstances:
- Absent from their county on the day of the caucus
- A caucus location is not established in the county in which the voter’s registration record is filed
- The voter is an active duty member of the military and is stationed outside the county in which their voter registration record is filed
- The voter will be at least (70) years of age on the day of the caucus
- The voter, due to a medical condition or disability, admission to or residence in a healthcare facility, would face undue hardship to vote in person at the voter’s designated caucus location
- The voter is a student who does not reside in the county in which their voter registration record is filed
Kentucky’s Republican delegates will be allocated proportionately among the delegates as described in the RPK rules. Specifically, each candidate who receives at least five percent (5 percent) of the total votes cast at the caucus shall be awarded a pro-rata portion of the authorized delegate vote for the Kentucky Republican Party at the Republican National Convention.
Candidates who have filed for the Kentucky caucus are (some candidates have already withdrawn from the election but are still on the ballot):
- Jeb Bush
- Donald Trump
- Ted Cruz
- Ben Carson
- Marco Rubio
- Rand Paul
- John Kasich
- Chris Christie
- Carly Fiorina
- Rick Santorum
- Mike Huckabee