Kansas is in play!

It’s not often that the presidential race is fought in Kansas but this year, with no clear front runner in either party and the Kansas caucuses in early February, Kansas voters get the chance to have a real say.

For anyone new to the caucus system, it is not terribly complicated. Both parties estimate that the caucus will last from 1 to 2 hours. Beyond that, the two parties operate quite differently.

The Republican caucuses will feature a discussion of each candidate followed by a secret ballot vote. The winner of that vote (tallied for all 65 caucuses) wins Kansas and Republican delegates to the national convention are required to support that candidate. The Republican delegates are selected in a completely separate process.

In the Democratic caucuses, participants gather in groups supporting each candidate. Participants in a candidate group that is comprised of less than 15% of the total caucus goers have the opportunity to switch to a viable candidate group. They then determine the number of delegates for each candidate and elect delegates to represent their candidate at the Congressional District Convention.

Find out where your caucus is and get on board. Let’s put education first in the selection of our next president.

Democratic caucuses


February 5, 2008
Open at 6:00 pm
Call to order at 7:00 pm


40 locations by state senate district. Go to http://ksdp.org to find your location or watch your local newspaper.


You may register as a Democrat at the door – there is no need to pre-register to vote. Republicans and Independents may register as Democrats at the door.


If you will be 18 by November 4, 2008, you may participate in the Democratic caucus. Register at the door.



Republican caucuses


February 9, 2008
Open by 9:00 am
Call to order at 10:00 am


65 locations throughout the state.
Got to http://ksgop.org to find locations or watch your local newspaper. Choose the location in your Congressional District that is most convenient for you.


You must be registered to vote as a Republican by Jan. 25, 2008 – no voter registration at the door.


You must be 18 by February 9, 2008 and registered to vote by January 25, 2008 in order to participate. 17-year-olds may be observers.



Caucus Preparation: What are the party positions on education?

As you consider participation in the Kansas presidential caucuses, wouldn’t it be great to know what each party is promoting for education and where the individual candidates stand?

Wonder no more!

The national party positions are hammered out every four years at the national conventions. We have the “education plank” of both party platforms here for you to read for yourself.

Click here to read the 2004 Democratic Party Platform Education Plank.

Click here to read the 2004 Republican Party Platform Education Plank.

Here's a handy candidate comparison on education issues. There is one for the Republican candidates and