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[/media-credit]Shawnee Mission East hosted one of the seven Johnson County Republican caucus sites on Saturday, with officials expecting around 4,000 voters between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. With appearances from nominee Congressman Ron Paul and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer, crowds packed into the East cafeteria to cast their votes and hear the two esteemed guests speak, as well as speakers for the other nominees.
“Things have gone smoothly, the volunteers have done great and the voters seem to understand the process,” said location organizer Theresa Segraves.
The caucus was held in place of a state primary, which was due to the fact the state legislature did not allocate any more for a primary.
“The counties this year have to run their own caucus because the legislature didn’t get us any money,” said Segraves. “We were able to raise money for this caucus through donations, and the Johnson County Republicans organized the event.”
While a primary is considered to be more ideal by many, Segraves said there are some positive aspects to holding a caucus.
“People go to primaries and they just go cast their vote, but in a caucus they’re more involved,” said Segraves. “You get to participate in discussion and talk to the candidates, it’s just a more involved way of doing things.”
The casted votes will be sent to the Johnson County Republican office to be counted, and results are expected by 5 p.m.