Caucusing for the first time can be QUITE a daunting task! You may ask yourself many questions, such as where to go, what to do, or whether to bring a friend. If you are anything like me, you may ask, "What should I wear?" So, to combat some of these worries and stress, I have compiled a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to ensure your Caucus experience is excellent!
1. Know Where You Are Going
This may seem silly. You may be reading this as, "Duh, Mattie, of course, you have to know where you will be able to caucus"! But as someone who is directionally challenged, this is the first step to ensuring your evening starts with success.
To find out where you are going, identify what county you live in and then what precinct you live in that county! To find your precinct, check out the Iowa Secretary of State website (Linked here) and input your zip code and address.
After identifying your precinct, check out your respective party's website to find your caucus location. I have placed these links below to make it a little easier for you all.
Feel free to bring a friend or family member with us if they have the same precinct and caucus location!
2. Know When The Caucuses Happen
The Republican Caucuses occur on January 15th, 2024, at 7 p.m. across 99 precinct locations.
The Democrats are holding a party meeting to conduct party business and elect delegates on January 15th, 2024. However, the presidential candidate selection process will occur by mail. Rules and dates are on the Democratic Party of Iowa's website here.
3. Make Sure You Are Registered to Vote
This is so important!! You can register to vote (and subsequently register with whichever party you want to caucus with) before Caucus Day or as you enter your caucus location the day of.
To register to vote before January 15th, check out our webpage on the Iowa Caucus Project that has ALL the information (Linked here).
4. Learn About the Candidates, the Caucus, and the Caucus Process
If you are not a seasoned political junkie (like those of us here at the Iowa Caucus Project), that's okay! Get up to speed on why Iowa has a caucus and not a primary and why Iowa is first in the nation (linked here), and learn about who you can caucus for (linked here) all from the comfort of our website!
5. Have Fun!
Finally, have Fun with it! Caucusing is a unique and intimate way to become involved in politics. Wear your best American flag merch to celebrate exercising your right to vote (or not, lol), and soak in the magic of the democratic process. If you have any more questions, please get in touch with us at the Iowa Caucus Project at email@example.com.