What to know before you caucus, new system for Democrats
(ABC 6 News) – Monday’s Iowa caucus will be a very different scene for Iowans as far as how they vote for their candidates. Now, and then again in November. For Democrats, the process is completely new.
In past years, a Democratic caucus has brought people together to take opposite sides of a room to vote for their candidate. The amount of people, deciding how many votes a candidate needs to be viable, or if they are.
“Those people have to find somewhere to go because that person isn’t viable. So those people, all the other candidate’s people are like ‘Come over here, you know we’re going to win.’ And they try to lure those people into their corner to get a bigger and bigger portion,” said Laura Hubka, Co-Chair of the Howard County Iowa Democrats.
This time around, you will get a mail-in card to vote for your Democratic candidate. Despite the massive change, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. People can still gather to talk about local issues.
“We have some great candidates that are coming to run for local offices that will be there and that also gives opportunities,” Amanda Ragan, Co-Chair of the Cerro Gordo County Democrats said.
For Republicans, they’ll find out their winner sometime tonight. Like Democrats, representatives from each campaign will get to pitch to their candidate. As Jeff Gorball, Chair of the Worth County Republican Party explains:
“Folks will have an opportunity to caucus for whoever their presidential preference is. We’ll have paper ballots for everybody there. We’ll also have an opportunity for folks to volunteer or be nominated for our county convention.”
Caucusing, for candidates voters have gotten to know personally.
“I really enjoy the fact that we, as Republicans in Iowa, have the chance to meet Republicans in coffee shops, and different places one on one,” added Charles Tweeten, Chair of the Winnebago County Republicans.
For more information on how to caucus or to request your mail-in card, you can click here.