We are now less than a month away from the, first in the nation, Iowa caucuses. This is where the process of nominating the next President of the United States begins.
There have been a few ripples in some places across the nation where another Republican has stated that they would challenge President Trump for the Republican nomination. I haven’t seen or even heard of anyone foolish enough to try this in Iowa. It just wouldn’t fly.
So the GOP will still have the President as our nominee here in Iowa. But the Republican Caucus not only votes for the nominee of choice. It also creates the state’s party platform.
This gives direction for the party’s candidates and delegates as well. Additionally this is the start of the process that will eventually choose the members of the Electoral College.
In 2016 I started at my local precinct caucus and became a delegate to the county convention, then a delegate to the district convention, and finally a delegate to the state convention. During this process I was nominated for the Electoral College and to be a delegate to the national convention. I didn’t get either but it was an honor to be nominated.
On the Democratic Party side, they too decide on their nominee. The process is different as they do not do a direct vote.
As to other actions taken at the caucus by the Democratic party. I don’t know as I have never attended one. If anyone has it would be great to know.
This process is generally repeated across the nation in other caucus based states. In a primary based state I do not know how party platforms are decided. I wouldn’t want to live in a state where I wouldn’t have the means to be in direct control of my political party.
So if you live in Iowa. The caucus is February 3rd at 7:00pm. There are various resources online to find your local precinct locations. Use them and take part in this processes. I will be at mine.