What you need to know: Kentucky Republican Caucus

Published: Mar. 1, 2016 at 6:41 AM EST
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How the Kentucky Republican caucus will work:


10 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time Saturday.


Most counties have a single caucus location, while some of the state's most populous counties have multiple locations.

on the state party website.


Kentucky voters must have been registered as Republicans by Dec. 31, 2015, to be eligible to vote in the caucus.


All 11 presidential candidates who filed to participate in the caucus will remain on the ballot. However, signs will be posted at caucus locations to inform voters about which candidates have dropped out of the race.


Candidates are allowed to recruit volunteers to serve as their representatives at caucus sites. Those representatives can hand out campaign literature and answer voters' questions.


111 out of 120 county parties chose to hold a caucus at a location in their county. If you are registered to vote in one of the nine remaining counties without a caucus location in your county, then you will be part of a regional caucus in a nearby county. You will be able to vote at that caucus location on March 5.


Voting will be done by secret ballot. Once caucus goers move into the balloting area, they will present ID to a trained caucus official, who will look up their name on the voter roster. Voters will sign in, as they do during a typical election, and will be handed a ballot. After marking their selection, they insert their ballot into a ballot box.


The March 5th caucus replaces the usual Republican presidential primary in May, so the caucus is the only opportunity for Kentucky Republicans to vote in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. However, primary elections for local, state and congressional races will still occur in May.

The following candidates have filed for the March 5, 2016 Caucus:

Donald Trump

Ted Cruz

**Ben Carson

Marco Rubio

John Kasich

*Jeb Bush

* Rand Paul

* Chris Christie

* Carly Fiorina

* Rick Santorum

* Mike Huckabee

*Candidates that have suspended their campaigns (their names will still appear on the caucus printout).

**Candidate has not suspended his campaign, but he is not actively seeking votes.

About the Caucus

To find out your caucus location, go to www.rpk.org. Voting is open from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday. 
For more information call the Republican Party of Kentucky at (502) 875.5130.