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What is a caucus and how is it different than a primary?

Iowa Caucus Explainer

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A caucus is a political gathering for people of a shared interest, typically within the same party. A caucus is not an election

Not all states hold caucuses, as caucuses are held by political parties, not the state itself.

The Iowa caucus will include multiple meetings to conduct party business and express interest for a party’s presidential nominee. Caucus meetings can also be used to establish a political party’s goals, agenda or platform.

Party “voters” are polled for their presidential preference.

In Iowa, voters to will choose a party to register with, but a voter can publicly change party affiliation on caucus day. This is cross-party-line system is called a “Partially Open” primary election type. To learn about other state’s primary election types, CLICK HERE.

Additionally, the 40 Iowa delegates are awarded to presidential candidates based on the percentage of the poll votes a candidate received.

Caucuses can take place at a county, district or precinct level.

Unlike a caucus, a primary takes place to count delegates from a state to announce the state’s preferred candidate. Nothing more.

A primary is a state run election to select a party’s presidential nominee.

The Iowa Democratic Party will not conduct their presidential preference poll in person. Instead, ballots will be mailed out. The Iowa Democratic Party will still conduct party business in person.

The Republican Party of Iowa will conduct their presidential preference poll and party business in person, click here to find your caucus location.


Voting Guide

Voters can vote in person or by voting early via mail.

In Minnesota, you can locate your polling place here, which includes updated redistricting information. Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In Iowa, you can locate your polling place here. Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In Minnesota, you can enter your zip code or county via the Secretary of State Office's website to view a sample ballot.

In Iowa, you can see a full list of candidates here.

In Minnesota, if you need to register to vote on Election Day, HERE is what you need to bring.

In Iowa, if you need to register to vote on Election Day, HERE is what you need to bring.


Quick Links

Iowa Democratic Party

The Republican Party of Iowa