What Is A Caucus

January 3, 2012 by staff 

What Is A CaucusWhat Is A Caucus, It’s something we have all been hearing about on a daily basis and now it’s finally here. Many people know that the Iowa Caucus is Tuesday, but not everyone understands what makes a caucus different.

Since 1972, Iowa has been the earliest state to start the presidential decision making process. That year, KELOLAND’s own George McGovern ran for president and came in second at the caucus.

But what exactly happens on the day? The caucuses are held at all of the voting precints in Iowa. Some are in such rural areas that only a handful of voters will join, while others are held in schools and community centers.

Once they get started, voters will elect a temporary chairperson to run the meeting along with a secretary to record the preceedings.

Then the floor is open for any of the voters to speak in favor of a specific candidate.

Some presidential hopefuls make sure to have voter representing them at every caucus in order to try to get swing voters to commit in their favor.

Then the ballots are passed out around the room where people mark their choice and place it in the ballot box. All caucuses are secret ballot.

Those ballots are quickly counted and then called into party headquaters where they are collected and posted online.

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