- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Democrats caucus Saturday in each of the state’s 23 counties. Party leaders expect robust turnout because of the presidential contest between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Here’s a closer look at Wyoming’s Democratic caucus system:

WHAT’S AT STAKE IN THE WYOMING DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS?

Fourteen of Wyoming’s 18 delegates to the national convention are up for grabs among the presidential hopefuls, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. While the delegate number is small compared to other states, Sanders is looking to extend his recent success against Clinton. Sanders has won six of the last seven contests between the two and a victory in Wyoming would keep his momentum heading into the big contests coming up later this month in New York and elsewhere.

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IS THE CAUCUS OPEN TO ANYONE?



While anyone can show up at the caucus, Wyoming Democrats conduct a “closed” caucus, meaning only residents who are registered Democrats as of March 25 can participate. People who are not registered are welcome to attend but cannot cast votes.

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WHAT HAPPENS AT THE CAUCUS?

Registered Democrats will be allowed to participate in a presidential preference vote, followed by selecting the county’s delegates to the state convention. Each county caucus then conducts other business, such as discussing and settling on platform issues that will be taken to the state convention.

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WHAT DOES THE PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE VOTE DETERMINE?

The presidential preference vote determines the allocation of 14 of the state party’s national convention delegates in the presidential race. The 14 delegates themselves won’t be selected until the state convention May 28 in Cheyenne but they will be allocated to specific presidential candidates based on the statewide caucus voting. Wyoming sends a total of 18 delegates who will cast votes for presidential candidates at the national convention in July. The other four are two party leaders and two national committee members, who are allowed to vote independently for the candidate for their choice.

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CAN NONCOMMITTED PRESIDENTIAL DELEGATES BE DESIGNATED?

Yes. But only if at least 15 percent of county caucus voters side with not committing to a specific candidate.

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