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.