BOISE, ID – Idaho Republicans are getting ready for Tuesday evening’s presidential caucus. GOP leaders in each county run their own show. Canyon County’s will be held at the Idaho Center.
Once inside the main doors of the Idaho Center, every voter checks in. They must be registered as Republicans to participate. They can do so on site. Brandon Hixon is in charge of Canyon County’s GOP presidential caucus. He says each participant gets a slip of paper that allows them one token for each round of voting. This is how they’ll vote.
Brandon Hixon: “They will enter the booth. And as they enter the booth there will be these buckets that we have stamped out especially for each one of the candidates.”
A voter drops a token into a candidate’s bucket. Once a round of voting is done, Hixon says tokens will be counted using a scale.
Brandon Hixon: “The bucket with all the tokens in them will be weighed for a precise counting of how many votes are in each bucket.”
Hixon says these commemorative tokens will be available for sale after the event. The Canyon County GOP hopes this will defray some of the costs of the caucus estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars.
Idaho Center doors open at 4:30 PM and voting begins at 7. Canyon is one of 44 Idaho counties that will hold a GOP caucus Super Tuesday.
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