We all want to change the world. Well this is one way to do it. At your upcoming caucus, after you select your preference for any contested election and elect delegates and alternates to go on to the County Assembly to represent their candidate, and after you get a chance to sign up to be an Election Judge, you can submit a resolution for the caucus to vote on.
Resolutions say what we will do as a political party. They start at the precinct level and are voted on at the county level where they are taken to the state level to form the party platform. The state party platform for Colorado lays out the principles and top priorities for Colorado democrats. Basically this says what we believe, why we believe it and what we are going to do about it. The state platform feeds into the national party platform.
You can bring your own resolution to the caucus or you may be involved with a political organization that provides a resolution for you to submit. Resolutions can be short (We resolve to support innovation in public education) or they can be VERY long. They can be very broad (see previous) or very specific (We resolve to fix the street light on East Suburban Road). You can type them up in advance or write them down on the spot. They will be collected and sent to the crack resolution committee who will transcribe and organize them by themes. They will be taken to the County Assembly and voted on by delegates. My advice is to try and type them up in advance, make them short and make them broad (things that are important to a number of people). I haven’t seen any resolutions to fix the street light on someone’s block pass at the county level.
Some key points about resolutions:
- Any one at the caucus can submit a resolution
- Resolutions should be submitted in writing, discussed by caucus attendees and voted on
- Resolutions must pass by a majority vote to go on to the County Assembly
- Votes will be recorded by the caucus secretary
And that’s all it takes to change the world!