Vote 300HARTFORD, Ky. (2/12/16) — Ohio County, along with the rest of the state, is just three weeks away from the Republican Presidential Caucus and some still have questions about the process.

The Republican Presidential Caucus will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 5. All eligible Ohio County Republicans will vote at the Ohio County Community Center in Hartford, instead of their regular polling places. To be eligible to vote in the caucus, a voter must have been a register Republican by Dec. 31, 2015. 

The caucus voting will be for Republican Presidential candidates only. Registered Republicans will still vote in the Kentucky Primary Election for Republican Senate candidates. 

Many have questioned why the state switched to a caucus to select a Republican Presidential candidate. The main reason is Rand Paul, the Republican Junior Senator from Kentucky, decided to run for president, in addition to running for re-election to the Senate.

Kentucky law will not allow a candidate's name to appear on the same ballot for more than one office. By law, Paul would have to run either for President or the Senate.

If Kentucky changed to a caucus, instead of the traditional primary election to select the Republican candidate for President, then Paul could run for both offices. The Kentucky Republican Party voted to change to a caucus, so long as Paul paid $250,000 to help cover the costs. Paul did so in September of 2015.

SurfKY News
Information about the caucus provided by Ben McKown 

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