By Tori Mason
DENVER (CBS4)– The start of the 2018 voting season in Colorado begins Tuesday with caucuses across the state.
Thousands of Democrats and Republicans will participate in caucuses on Tuesday evening.
It’s the first step in the mid-term elections for governor, sheriff and several local offices.
Both parties will host small precinct meetings to start the candidate nomination process and elect delegates.
These delegates will represent each precinct in future meetings. They will also voice decisions of the precincts.
Candidates who receive enough delegate votes will earn a spot on the primary ballot in June.
The results are non-binding — but they’re considered a measure of candidates’ strength and momentum.
State Republicans don’t hold a straw poll in non-presidential election years.
Democrats do, and they’ll release results for their gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday.
Former state treasurer Cary Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, ex-state Sen. Mike Johnston and businessman Noel Ginsberg are among those vying to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Candidates can get at least 30 percent of delegate votes at state assemblies April 14 or petition their way onto the primary ballot.
Only voters who registered as a Republican or a Democrat before Jan. 9 of this year can participate in the caucuses. Caucuses are open to the public for those who just want to observe.
Precinct meetings for both parties start at 7 p.m. at different locations across Colorado.
Democratic caucus locations: https://www.coloradodems.org/caucus-locations/
Republican caucus locations: http://caucus.cologop.org/