How do I participate?
In order to participate in the upcoming Republican caucus, you must be a registered Republican and at least 18 years old by the 2016 general election, held on November 8th. Consequently, you must be born on or before November 8th, 1998 in order to caucus. If you are not old enough to caucus, you can still attend to learn more about the process and become a junior delegate to the conventions. If you are not a registered Republican, you can contact your county auditor to register immediately, and will also have the option of same-day voter registration at the caucus location. You can get full information on registering to vote in Iowa at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html.
What happens at the caucus?
At 7:00pm, each precinct will be called to order by the temporary chair, an individual appointed by the county party. After a permanent chair and secretary are elected by the body, business can begin. Since 2016 is a presidential election year, the first item of business will be to conduct a presidential preference poll. After the results are tabulated and announced, other state and county party business will proceed. This official business includes:
- Electing county Republican central committee members
- Electing delegates, alternate delegates, and junior delegates to the county convention
- Electing members of standing committees to the county convention (depending on the county)
- Discussing, submitting, and voting on platform planks to the county convention
Following the precinct caucus, an additional three tiers of conventions will be held, moving grassroots delegates and platform proposals from the precinct level to the county, congressional district, and state conventions. If you are interested in participating in the work of the Republican Party of Iowa, consider running for delegate to the county convention!
Where do I go to caucus?
You can use https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx to find your precinct. Once you have identified the precinct in which you reside, consult the Republican Party of Iowa’s list of caucus locations posted here: https://www.iowagop.org/2015/12/03/iowa-gop-precinct-locations/