Missourians will find the task of choosing a presidential candidate very different this year.

Republicans will be holding caucuses across the state, the same as Iowa Republicans did on Monday. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said those who take part will decide as a group who Missouri’s delegates will cast their votes for.

“It probably will take a couple of hours, it depends on turnout, depends on how verbose people are,” Ashcroft told Missourinet. “I kind of like to think of it as just old school democracy – civic participation – and it really requires people to put thought into it and think and self-educate.”

The Republican caucuses will take place in every Missouri county and the city of St. Louis on March 2nd.

“They’ll lock the doors at 10:00 a.m., and then as we used to say when we were out in the woods, the cussing and the discussing starts,” Ashcroft said. “People actually have the opportunity to give speeches and say why Candidate A is better than Candidate B.”

Participants will then vote in groups to select Missouri’s preference for president. Caucus locations can be found on the Missouri Republican Party’s website.

Democrats are not caucusing, however. They are holding a mail-in presidential primary with limited in-person voting in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas on March 23rd. In-person voting may occur in other areas but that is undetermined so far.

The Libertarian Party will hold a statewide convention on February 24th in Earth City in St. Louis County.

For more information, you can visit the Secretary of State’s website.

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