NOTICE – GUIDANCE FOR ASSEMBLY AND NOMINATIONS FOR CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 3

The Chairman for County Commissioner District 3, Jim Bensberg, has sent an email informing the Delegates, Alternates, and the Officers in District 3 what the next steps to get to the Assembly are.

He has tentatively set 26 March 2020 for a electronic Assembly. The chair will open the Assembly for Nominations for Candidate for El Paso County Commissioner, District 3, at noon, Saturday, 21 March 2020 and end at noon, Sunday, 22 March 2020.

Nominations and seconds must be sent separately, via email and must be delivered to both the Chair, Jim Bensberg, at and the Vice Chair, Paul Paradis. See the email sent this morning by Jim Bensberg for their email addresses. If you did not receive the email, you can contact us at CCD3@rapko.com and we will provide an unredacted copy of the Chairman’s email.

The State Executive Committee Approved Amended Emergency Bylaws Amendments Today

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The State Party at today’s Executive Committee Meeting approved amended emergency bylaw amendments. The State Party changed from the plan to put the bylaw amendments to a vote at the State Central Committee Meeting to approving them at the Executive Meeting. The State Executive Committee chose to take this action in accordance with Governor Polis’ directive, D 2020 005, paragraph B.

The Executive Committee unanimously passed the amended emergency bylaw amendments. The meeting minutes can be found here. Along with the meeting minutes, the state party released an explanatory document to accompany the adopted bylaw amendments.

An Amended Call For the El Paso County Republican Assembly and Convention is Published

The El Paso County Party has published the Amended Call for County Assembly.

The EPC GOP will conduct a drive through assembly on 28 March in the parking lot of Radiant Church located at 4020 Maizeland Road, Colorado Springs, CO  80909. The sequence of events are detailed in the Amended Call for Assembly.

8:30 am – 11:30am: Delegates are expected pick up their packets, vote, and return their vote to the Teller Committee

11:30 am – Noon: The Credentialing committee will elevate the necessary alternates.

Noon – 12:30 pm: The alternates will arrive and credential into the assembly

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm: The alternates will pick up their packets, vote, and return their packets.

1:30 pm: The County Assembly will close.

In addition to the assembly, State Representative District 15 and State Senatorial District 12 will occur simultaneously with the County Assembly schedule. The Amended Call does not allow time for that to occur, so we are unsure what that actually means.

If you need directions to the County Assembly, you can find them here on our precinct mapper application. See you at the County Assembly.

The EPC GOP Held a Private Meeting on 17 March 20 and CANCELED the County Assembly

Assembly is Canceled!

The EPC GOP held a private meeting last night, 17 March 20. The agenda and the purpose of the meeting are unknown except we have learned through a couple of leaks that the proxy method was discussed and the County Assembly was CANCELED!

We are getting reports that not all candidates or bonus members were informed about this meeting.

Rober Blanken, the House District 17 Chair sent an email describing the requirements for the State Central Committee Meeting and when the proxy forms are due to the Vickie Tonkins. The Email was sent to 28 people outside of Vickie and Robert.

What to Expect at County Assembly

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If you are new to the County Assembly process, you may not know what to expect. This year the County Assembly is scheduled for 28 March 2020 at Sand Creek High School. The El Paso Republican Party has apportioned 1489 Delegates and 1489 Alternate Delegates over all of the 291 Precincts in El Paso County. The apportionment depended on the number of active republican voters in your precinct, but every precinct was given at least two delegates and two alternate delegates.

The Assembly will begin at 9 am, but expect to get there early so that you can be signed in to the Assembly. The El Paso County Party will form a credentialing Committee to ensure all delegates are authorized to participate according to the County Bylaws. If the credentialing committee disqualifies a delegate, or if a delegate is not present, alternates will be elevated to Delegate status at that time. Until then, the alternate delegates are generally segregated to a separate room.

After credentialing is done, the credentialing committee will make an official credentials report. The general assembly will hear the report and offer any amendments. When the amendment process is complete, the general assembly will vote on the adoption of the credentialing report. Generally these votes are made by voice, but in the case of close vote, a count may be taken.

Next the general assembly will move on to the process of ratifying the newly elected Central Committee Members. These include the new precinct leaders voted into office at their respective precinct caucuses.

After the ratification of the new Central Committee member is complete, the general assembly will move to elect 567 delegates and alternates to the State Assembly. This process will be similar the ratification process for the new Central Committee Members. After the delegates are selected, the general assembly may make time for the politicians looking for access to the primary ballot to give speeches. The speeches are generally limited to a few minutes each. Finally, the general assembly will hear any resolutions or any other business that the members may propose.

After the general assembly has conducted its business, delegates will break up into their respective House and Senate Districts to conduct business important to their respective districts. This is arguably the most important thing the delegates will do during assembly. Generally, the House District meetings occur first with the Senate and County Commissioner District meetings occurring later in the day. The general assembly attempts to deconflict all of the meetings so that delegates can move between meetings and make their votes.

After the breakout meetings, votes for the House Districts, Senate Districts, and County Commissioner Districts will occur. The general assembly will meet one last time to conclude the County Assembly. The Teller committee will provide vote counts. The General Assembly will conduct any new business important to the Assembly.

The County Assembly is a long, but interesting day. If you are interested in local politics, the County Assembly is the place to be.

Republican Active Voters by State Senate and House District

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The El Paso County Republican Party released Republican active voter counts for each of the El Paso County precincts. We summed them up for you and are releasing them here. As for the individual numbers, you can find them on the precincts map. The count for the entire county is 155,006 active voters.

We will include our own analysis about the voter counts in a separate post. Our analysis will include the number of active Democrats and Independents as well. If you would like to conduct your own analysis, you can purchase the same data set that we use from the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder by sending an email to the El Paso County Election Department. The cost of the data is$25 with some administrative fees associated with the delivery method you choose.

State House District Active Republican Voters

House DistrictActive Republican Voters
1426248
1519869
1619255
177989
1813248
1935290
2021626
2111481

State Senate District Active Republican Voters

Senate DistrictActive Republican Voters
211753
957417
1037136
1117336
1231364

Presidential Primary Voter Turnout in El Paso County

Voter turnout in El Paso county looks to be on par with the 2018 voter turn out. According to the Magellan Strategies Colorado Ballots Returned Demographic Report released on 24 Feb 2020, Republican voters in El Paso County are leading the charge in returning primary ballots. El Paso County accounted for 45,276 out of the 247, 202 Republican ballots returned so far, and are, by percentage, up almost a full point over the previous voter turn out. You can expect the numbers to change. Magellan Strategies expects a flurry of ballots over the next week as last-minute voters turn in their ballots. I know this voter’s ballot will be included in those last minute votes.

A copy of the Ballots Returned Demographic Report can be download here.

How to Read Your Precinct Information

When you show up at caucus this year, you’ll get your precinct number. If you are not familiar with the format, you’ll have a tough time understanding what it means. The precinct number will contain 10 digits and will give you information about your Congressional District, State Senate District, State House District, County Code, and then finally your Precinct Number. I will use my precinct number to illustrate how to read it.

My precinct number is: 5121821724. That number is broken down in the following way:

The first digit is my Congressional District: 5
The second and third digits are my State Senate District : 12
The fourth and fifth digits are my State House District: 18
The sixth and seventh digits are my County Code: 21
The eight, ninth and tenth digits are my Precinct Code: 724

All precinct numbers are formatted in the same order. It is something that confused me when I first attended the caucus since I knew my precinct number was 724, but I was given a 10 digit number when I walked in. I hope this primer helps you out.