Get thee to a caucus


Are you a lawn sign reader, or a lawn sign maker? Lawn sign readers watch the signs as they go up, and get familiar with the candidates by seeing how many signs each has. For many, the signs are a major part of their voting decisions. Lawn sign makers, on the other hand, help determine whose names will be on the signs that tell the lawn sign readers whom to vote for and why.

This is one of the few times in the political theater of seasons that it’s pretty easy to make the jump from being a reader to being a maker, and we hope numerous area residents choose to make the jump. The great “crossover” event is the precinct caucus.

At caucuses, ordinary neighbors gather to elect delegates to district conventions. Those conventions will choose state legislature candidates, and elect delegates to still larger conventions that will choose candidates for offices that represent larger constituencies.

Very frequently, your publishers attend caucuses that can’t fill their delegate positions. We won’t go so far as to say it’s a slam-dunk, but if a person really wants to be a delegate, s/he can usually find a way. Prospective delegates can pledge to support certain candidates and certain stands on issues, or they can be uncommitted.

It’s fairly easy, it’s usually painless. If you agree with the President (governor, senator, representative, commissioner) and want to ensure that s/he gets all the support we can give; or if you disagree with the President (governor, senator, representative, commissioner) and want to ensure the public elects strong opposition candidates, the place to start or continue your political activism is at your precinct caucus Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m. See the chart in this Northeaster for locations.

You’ll still be able to read the lawn signs. But reading them will be an awful lot more fun if you’ve had a hand in deciding what’s printed on them.