603 Alliance Grassroots Presidential Selection Caucus
October 17, 2015
Rallies and Vendors – 8:00 a.m.
Check-in – 10 a.m.
First Vote – 11:30 a.m.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is this event indoors or out?
A. Both. The caucus is in an indoor arena, but the rallies, exhibitors, and food vendors will be outside.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Dress comfortably for the season since the arena is not heated. Dress as if you were going to a sporting event. The floor of the arena is packed dirt.
Q. Do I have to bring any ID to vote?
A. Yes, you will need a government-issued photo ID to check-in.
Q. What if I moved to New Hampshire recently and just registered to vote?
A. If you are a new registrant, you may not be on the official voter list with the Secretary of State yet. We will be using the official state list for our check-in process, but that list is only updated periodically when the Supervisors of the Checklist hold their meetings. If you registered recently, get a statement from your Town Clerk to prove that you are a registered voter.
Q. Do I need to bring food and drink?
A. No. There will be food vendors there selling food and beverages.
Q. What about the bathroom facilities?
A. There is a large restroom facility just next to the arena.
Q. Is this area handicap accessible?
A. We will have handicap parking spaces beside the arena and the arena entrance is on ground level. Wheelchairs can manage, but the earth is uneven in places and the paths are not all paved.
Q. Can I bring the kids?
A. Of course. They will learn a lot from this historic event.
Q. What’s the fee to attend?
A. It’s free admission. There is NO fee to attend.
Q. Who will be there? Any Presidential candidates?
A. Yes, but it is up to the candidates if they will attend. Some may send surrogates. In addition, there will be some special guests who will speak. Candidates who have prior commitments and cannot attend are urged to send us a video clip or connect with the caucus via skype. Check with the candidates to ask if they will attend and if their campaign will be holding a rally.
Q. How long will the caucus last?
A. That depends on how fast the voting goes and if the caucusing process takes a long time. We anticipate that once it gets started at 11:30, the process may take 2 or 3 hours. Or it could be less. There will be breaks in between the votes so people can get snacks or go to the restrooms.
Q. Do I need to arrive early to get a seat?
A. The check-in stations will open at 10:00 and close at 11:30. Anyone ON LINE at 11:30 will still be allowed to check in to participate in the caucus. After 11:30 when the check-in station closes, you may stay to observe, but will not be able to vote in the Caucus. Seating is on bleachers inside the arena and there is plenty of seating available.
Q. Can I bring a sign for my candidate?
A. Signs are permitted, but are restricted to the size that one person can hold. If a candidate gets eliminated during the caucus process, then those signs must be removed.
Q. Is there a fee to park?
A. No. There are no fees to park or to attend this event. The only thing you might need cash for is purchasing food or drink, or purchases for the souvenir vendor.
Q. What if I forget my ID?
A. A photo ID is required to participate in the caucus.
Q. If I show up late can I still vote?
A. No, but you may observe.
Q. I can’t come that day. Can I send a proxy in my stead?
A. No. Proxies are not permitted.
Q. How do I find the Durgin Arena at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds? Is there a GPS address that works?
A. Directions are posted on the 603 Alliance website. Road signs will be posted at various places to help you find the Yellow Gate entrance. To use your GPS, plug in the address for the school (297 Park Avenue, Contoocook NH) and the Yellow Gate to the Fairgrounds is ½ mile north of the school on Park Avenue). Workers will direct you from there.
Q. What happens if it’s raining? Is the event canceled?
A. No. The event is indoors and will be held rain or shine.
Q. Can we bring our camper and stay overnight on Friday before the caucus?
A. Yes. The Fairgrounds are open for overnight stays. Contact them to arrange the hook-up.