Boone County Democrats will gather for caucuses at various sites at 7 p.m. today to nominate delegates they hope will eventually attend the Democratic National Convention in Boston this July.
At each of the five caucus meetings, participants will be asked to split into groups based on their presidential candidate of choice.
Results from the Feb. 3 presidential primary will determine the proportion of delegates assigned to candidates in each caucus district. Only those candidates who received at least 15 percent of the vote within the district will be allotted delegates. Delegates are chosen based on the vote of their peers, and an equal number of men and women are selected.
The nominees chosen tonight will be narrowed down at the county convention on March 11. Boone County will send the remaining 27 nominees (17 for John Kerry and 10 for John Edwards) to the state’s 9th Congressional District Convention on March 25. Five delegates and one alternate from that convention will be sent to the Democratic National Convention.
In all, 88 delegates will represent Missouri at the national event: 48 selected at the congressional district level, 16 at-large delegates chosen at the State Democratic Convention on April 17, and 24 state delegates made up of party leaders, add-on delegates and automatic delegates. Thirteen alternate delegates will also attend the national convention.
All declared Democrats who are registered to vote and have no allegiance to another political party can attend caucus meetings in their legislative districts.