Yesterday, Thomas and I made our way to our local caucus to make our voice heard & cast our vote for the next President of the United States. It was exciting to be apart of! I couldn’t believe the turn out & felt (using the words of the famous anthem)..I was proud to be an American!
The last time there was a Presidential election, I was in the MTC & didn’t have the chance to vote. However, as I’ve followed the presidential candidates on mediums such as The New York Times, CNN, The Today Show & The Deseret News I was excited to join the hundreds of thousands of other Americans and cast my vote.
Never attending a caucus before, I was a little confused how it all worked. I was surprised that there weren’t more clear instructions online as to how caucuses worked and what I should expect.
For those of you who are new at this, like I was, here is how caucuses work:
- Before going, register online at least a week before to vote so you can skip the crazy lines! (speaking of crazy lines, get there early so you can miss the mob/zoo of people!)
- When you arrive, find your precinct. (Assigned according to your address) There are large maps that can help you locate what precinct you are in when you arrive in the lobby.
- Go to your precinct’s location and find your name on the registered voters list, organized by last name. If you weren’t able/forgot to register online, you can fill out a little paper that you can register on site. (This isn’t recommended because of the lines!)
- At this point, you can do one of two things. You can vote for the presidential candidate of your choice, and then leave OR you can vote for the presidential candidate of your choice, and enter the caucus room. Each precinct then has a meeting that chooses delegates that will vote for the president later this year.
As I mentioned earlier it was great to see how many people came out to make their voice heard! Your vote matters.