Cache Republicans gather at caucuses

The streets surrounding Mt. Logan Middle School were packed with parked cars Thursday night as Cache’s Republican voters headed for the caucuses. The school hosted Logan’s precincts, while voters around the valley gathered in several other meeting places. After a prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and a reading of the state GOP platform, Jeff Seeholzer explained the caucus process to participants from precinct 22.The Utah Republican caucus is closed, meaning only local voters registered with the Republican party can participate. This rule was put into place years ago to make sure delegates were correctly representing their party.”I don’t know if we’ve got a whole bunch of imposter Democrats in here, you know,” Seeholzer joked. “All we can do is go on the honor system. If you’re a registered Republican, fill out a name and send it in. If you’re a slime bag and try to do it, go ahead.”Voters were able to register as Republicans Thursday night and still participate in the caucus.Boyd Pugmire, Cache County Republican Party chairman, said it’s important for more people to come to the caucus because it makes it less likely that special interests will have much power during the general election. Those who did not go to the caucus will still have plenty of opportunities to get involved throughout the election season, he said. Cache Republicans will be active this summer, with volunteer campaigns, parades, fair booths and other activities. Contact information for the party’s leaders can be found

<a href=”http://www.cachegop.com/web/org.html”>online.</a>

At both the Democratic and Republican caucuses, registering for mail-in voting was encouraged. The voter will be mailed a ballot they can fill out and either mail back or take to a voting station. Seeholzer said Thursday that voter participation in elections jumped from around 10 percent to around 26 percent with mail-in voting.A full

<a href=”http://www.cachecounty.org/elections/filings.php”>list of candidates</a>

can be found on Cache County’s website. – rachel@cvdaily.com

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