Local Democratic Caucus to open check-in 2 hours early

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Due to widespread interest in Saturday's Democratic Party Presidential preference caucuses, the county party will open the check-in process early, at 9 a.m. The Teton County Democratic Caucus will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole. "In an effort to avoid congestion and make this process as convenient and democratic as possible, we will open our doors fully two hours before the caucus starting time of 11 a.m.," said Leslie Petersen, chair of the Teton County Democratic Party Organizing Committee. "Voters also may cast ballots and immediately leave, rather than wait for the caucus process to unfold," said Marcia Kunstel, one of the caucus organizers. "The caucus is going to take a while, so anyone planning to stay and participate might want to bring along a lunch," said Lauren Dickey, secretary of the Teton Democratic Party. Those wishing to become delegates to the Wyoming State Democratic Convention must be present, however, to declare their candidacy for election. Supporters of Secretary Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders and any other nominee with sufficient support to be allocated a delegate, will meet in separate caucuses to elect their state convention delegates. All registered Democrats at the caucus will be eligible to become delegates, as will all Teton County registered Democrats not present at the caucus who have made a declaration of candidacy for delegate to the state Democratic Party by April. "Campaigns of Sanders and of Clinton have been actively at work in Teton County for weeks," Petersen said. "Telephone calls, door-to-door canvassing, Facebook posts and other campaign tactics have been employed." The Teton Dems initially planned to begin checking in voters at 10:45 a.m. Besides taking the Presidential preference vote and electing delegates to the state Democratic convention, the participants will discuss and adopt a county political platform. This will be guiding principles for the county party and will be sent to the state party for consideration in the Wyoming state platform. As of the March 25 deadline for participating in the caucus, there were 3,736 registered Democrats in Teton County, according to records kept by the Teton County Clerk's office. Of these, 253 had registered within the prior two months. *Feature Photo: h/t Wyoming Democratic Party / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news