Sumner Newscow report â€” The Kansas Republican and Democratic Presidential Caucuses will be held Saturday, March 5. The Caucuses will determine how the delegates will vote at the national conventions for the two biggest political parties.Â Sumner County Registered Republicans will hold their Caucus at the Cornerstone Church, 3725 E. 9th St. in Winfield with Cowley andÂ Chautauqua counties.The Democrats will hold their Caucus at the First Christian Church, 904 Alexander St. in Winfield. Caucuses for Democrats are based on Senate Districts.The schedule for the Republicans are as follows:Â 9 a.m. – Check-in begins (Photo ID required).10 a.m. – Caucus will be called to order with candidate’s presentation.10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Voting by ballot.For more questions, call Janet Whittington at 316-746-3120.The Democrat caucus will be held starting at 3 p.m. One must registered before voting. The registration will last until 5 p.m.The following information about the caucus is from the Kansas City Star site:Caucuses arenâ€™t elections, at least as that word is commonly understood. Caucuses are meetings, designed to allow members of a political party to assemble with their neighbors and indicate their preferences for the presidential nomination.Each party sets its own rules for caucus eligibility, participation, hours of operation and counting the results.Voting machines aren’t used. Democrats don’t even use a secret ballot.Caucuses are free, although both parties use them to seek donations and build volunteer rosters. They are held on a Saturday because itâ€™s easier to get volunteers to run the meetings and for people to show up.Casting ballots would be much simpler and probably more popular. In New Hampshire, South Carolina, Missouri and other states that hold primaries, voters enter their polling places, mark their ballots and go home. Local and state officials count the votes and announce the results.The turnout for primaries usually is much higher than that for caucuses. In 2012, roughly 31,000 Kansas Republicans cast ballots in the presidential caucuses. Two years later, more than 264,000 Republicans voted in the partyâ€™s Aug. 5 U.S. Senate primary.But primaries are more expensive to hold than caucuses. By some estimates, it would cost Kansas taxpayers $2 million to hold a presidential primary. The caucuses donâ€™t cost taxpayers anything.The two parties will pay a total of roughly $140,000 to print ballots, buy insurance, rent schoolrooms and basements and publicize their caucuses.Cost is the biggest reason Kansas lawmakers have shied away from presidential primaries. The state last held a primary in 1992, when Democrats picked Bill Clinton and Republicans chose incumbent George H.W. Bush as their partiesâ€™ standard-bearers.Since then, itâ€™s been off to the caucus.Here is what to expect Saturday:RepublicansThe GOP will caucus first, starting at 10 a.m. There are 102 caucus locations across the state, usually one per county. Republicans can attend any caucus site, although participants are urged to caucus in their home counties, if possible.Only Republicans can participate in the caucus. You must have registered as a Republican by Feb. 4 if you want to be a part of the vote, and youâ€™ll be asked for a government-issued photo ID.If youâ€™re not on the voter list at the caucus site you attend, or donâ€™t have proper ID, you can cast a provisional ballot that can be counted after the party confirms you are eligible.After that, the GOP procedure is simple. After short speeches from attendees supporting the candidates, caucusgoers can mark secret ballots. Seven names will be listed: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump. (The ballots were printed before Bush and Fiorina dropped out of the race.)Caucus voters can cast ballots as â€œuncommitted.â€You need not attend the entire meeting to vote, and you donâ€™t have to listen to the speeches. You can come in any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., cast your ballot, then leave.There are 40 convention delegates at stake in the caucuses. Three are national committee members, and theyâ€™re pledged to the top vote-getter in the statewide vote.Twenty-five statewide delegates will be assigned proportionally to candidates who receive at least 10 percent of the vote. The remaining 12 delegates also are awarded proportionally, but by congressional district. Kansas has four congressional districts.All Kansas delegates must cast their votes at the partyâ€™s national convention July 18-21 in Cleveland based on the caucus results, until they are released by the candidates.DemocratsKansas Democrats hope for a big turnout Saturday, but thereâ€™s a potential conflict. The University of Kansas menâ€™s basketball team plays Iowa State at 3 p.m., right when the partyâ€™s caucuses begin.No problem, said Al Frisby, a Democratic organizer who plans to caucus. â€œBasketball patrons should actually attend our event,â€ he said. Hoops fans can also rest easy. The caucus probably will end before the Jayhawksâ€™ game does.The process to participate in the Democratic caucuses is a bit more complicated than the one for the Republicans.Registration begins at 1 p.m. You must be a Democrat, although you can register your party affiliation at the caucus site â€” that means Republicans and independents who want to take part can register as Democrats on caucus day.If youâ€™re not registered to vote at all, you can do so at your caucus. First, though, a warning: You will need proof of citizenship if youâ€™ve never registered in Kansas. If you lack that proof, you still can caucus, but you wonâ€™t be officially registered to vote in the state. You would need to follow up with proof later.â€œOur goal is to not turn anyone away for any reason,â€ said Kerry Gooch, the director of theKansas Democratic Party.Democrats will caucus by state Senate district, not by county. Because some state Senate districts cross congressional district lines, some districts will hold two caucuses. Part of the 5th state Senate district will caucus in Leavenworth, for example, while part of it will caucus in Kansas City, Kan.If you try to attend a caucus outside of the Senate district in which you live, volunteers will direct you to the correct location.Registration ends at 3 p.m., and the caucus begins. After speeches, volunteers will ask participants to declare their presidential preferences by standing in different parts of the caucus location.A candidate must have the support of at least 15 percent of caucusgoers in order to be considered viable. Caucusgoers who back a candidate with less than 15 percent support will be asked to leave the caucus, join with another candidate or join with uncommitted caucus goers.Party officials eventually will allocate 33 of Kansasâ€™ 37 delegates based on the caucus results. Eleven will be awarded proportionally statewide, while 22 will be awarded by congressional district. Delegates must reflect caucus results on the first ballot at the partyâ€™s national convention July 25-28 in Philadelphia.The other four delegates are â€œsuperdelegatesâ€ and officially unpledged. Democratic delegates are not bound to support any particular candidate, but the people picked are understood to be loyal to the candidates they represent.The resultsOfficials in both parties expect to report results early Saturday night. Neither side is predicting turnout.â€œIâ€™ve heard plausible, reasonable estimates everywhere from 40,000 to 75,000 (Republicans) in Kansas,â€ GOP director Barker said. He said the party has printed 60,000 ballots, but he warns that volunteers might have to run to the copy store for more.For the Democrats, â€œIâ€™m not expecting a long drawn-out process,â€ Gooch said. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -3 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg · 232 weeks ago Why bother, have you seen what they are showing us. One one side you have a man who has insulted about everyone except the KKK. Then on the same side you have two who’s parents where Cubans (well one’s mommy was from the US but voted in Canada so she could get free healthcare). And one male parent even fought beside Castro until the going got tough and he bribed his way into the US, the others were illegals. Then on the other side. You have one who doesn’t know how to tell the truth on anything and calls young black males “super predators” and should be jailed and never let out. All the while her husband the “super sexual predator” was stalking the halls of the WH, in search of young White House interns was impeached by the US House for perjury. Then theres Bernie, well you can decide on him. So you pick. 1 Billionaire trash talker 2 Cuban commies 1 Socialist 1 Liar which can’t control her husband the sexual predator. Take your pick and be proud. Report Reply 1 reply · active 232 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down BornInASmallTown · 232 weeks ago If your biggest criticism of Hillary Clinton is that she can’t control her husband you should probably come up with another reason not to caucus for her. Blaming the faithful spouse for an affair is hurtful victim-blaming and, in this case, is misogynistic. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Farmer · 232 weeks ago I will not drive to Winfield to cast a Sumner County vote. Why can’t Sumner County have our own caucus? The article says there will be 102 sites in Kansas yet we must combine 3 counties. Report Reply 1 reply · active 232 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down BornInASmallTown · 232 weeks ago This is because the caucuses are paid for without taxpayer dollars, as opposed to a primary. There are fewer caucus sites and must be spread out. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Facebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationThe around-the-clock closure of the Marvin Road (State Route 510) on-ramp to southbound Interstate 5 in Lacey has been rescheduled due to equipment issues.If the weather cooperates, the busy on-ramp will close to all traffic at 9 p.m. Friday, March 27. The around-the-clock closure will continue until 5 a.m. Monday, March 30.The closure will allow crews to rebuild the on-ramp in an effort to upgrade the existing overpass into a diverging diamond interchange.Advance information about this project and other roadwork on state highways is available at the Thurston County construction and travel updates web page.