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Kansas caucuses: When, where to vote and hear candidates

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It’s Kansans’ turn to choose.

Republican presidential candidates are parading through Wichita as voters head to caucuses Saturday.

Businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will speak at the Sedgwick County caucus site at Century II, beginning at 10 a.m.

Trump also plans a pre-caucus rally at 9 a.m. in the Exhibition Hall at Century II.

And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio drew 1,000 supporters to an airport hangar in northeast Wichita on Friday afternoon.

“You have to understand: For the first time in as long as I can remember, Kansas matters. It matters for the primary and caucuses. We have to turn out,” state Rep. Erin Davis of Olathe, state co-chair for Rubio, urged supporters at the rally.

Democrats also vote Saturday, choosing between Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Those caucuses start at 3 p.m. at numerous sites.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to participate.

Republicans

Who: Anyone who was a registered Republican by Feb. 4. Take a government-issued photo ID.

When: The caucus runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Sedgwick County, the doors open at 8 a.m. and caucusing begins at 10 a.m. with speeches by the candidates or their supporters. Voting will begin when the speeches are finished, about 10:45-11 a.m. After that, voters can drop by, check in, cast their ballot and leave.

Where: Sedgwick County voters will caucus at Century II in Wichita. Butler County Republicans will caucus at the 4-H Community building, 206 N. Griffith, in El Dorado. Republicans can caucus at any of 102 sites across the state, although participants are urged to caucus in their home county if possible.

How: By secret ballot

More information: www.ksgop.org/#!caucus/cl95

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Democrats

Who: Any registered Democrat. You can register to vote or change your party affiliation at the caucus site. No photo ID is needed.

When: Registration begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The caucus begins at 3 p.m. The state party recommends arriving by 2 or 2:30 p.m. You must be in line by 3 p.m. in order to caucus; actual caucusing will begin around 3:30 p.m.

Where: Democrats must go to the caucus site in their state Senate district. To determine what Senate district you live in, look on your voter registration card or go to kansasdems.org/where-to-caucus/.

Here are area sites:

District 16: Andover Community Center, 1008 E. 13th St., Andover

District 25: SEIU Hall, 3340 W. Douglas, Wichita

District 26: Apollo Elementary School, 16158 Apollo St., Goddard

District 27: Maize South Elementary School, 3404 N. Maize Road, Wichita

District 28: Machinists Union Hall, 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

District 29: Wichita State University CAC Theatre, 1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita

District 30: Coleman Middle School, 1544 N. Governeour Road, Wichita

How: Democrats will gather as a group, and then move to different sides of the caucus hall to be counted in support of their candidate.

More information: www.ksdp.org/caucus-2016

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