Local Democrats can vote in early caucus

CNJ staff

Holding a caucus on Super Tuesday allows local voters to take a more active roll in deciding the party’s presidential nomination, according to Mark Sweetman, chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County.

The Democratic caucus is being held statewide from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“One advantage of the early caucus, with other states pushing their caucuses forward, is that our participation seems to be more meaningful,” Sweetman said, as opposed to voting after the nomination, for all practical purposes, is determined.

The caucus essentially is a replacement for the primary election to choose a presidential candidate, Sweetman said.

The regular primary election for all other offices will be June 3.

The decision to have an early caucus is made by the Democratic Party of New Mexico in conjunction with the Democratic National Party, Sweetman said.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, Ill., remain in the Democratic race. A clear winner has not yet emerged from the earlier contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

New Mexico is one of 21 states which will vote Tuesday, and these contests likely will determine the Democratic nominee, according to a news release fro the state Democratic party.

“I think Democrats and Republicans want a leader who can be trusted,” said Sweetman, along with more civility in the campaign process.

He said local Democrats are “optimistic for the future and the potential for change,” especially in issues such as the war in Iraq, the economy and education.

Fast facts
What: State Democratic caucus
When: noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday
Who can vote: Registered Curry County Democrats
On the ballot: Sen. Hillary Clinton, N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, Ill.

Caucus voting sites:
Precincts 1-3, 5-15, 17-37
Clovis-Carver Public Library
701 N. Main, Clovis

Precincts 4, 16
Melrose City Hall
105 E. Ave. B, Melrose

How it works:
Seventeen
delegates and four alternates will be pledged to vote at the Democratic National Convention in August for a candidate based on the results of Tuesday’s presidential preference caucus. Another 12 delegates will be unpledged and can vote for any
candidate.
Source: www.nmdemocrats.org

On the ‘Net:
www.nmdemocrats.org