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Politics Iowa Democrats propose satellite caucusing to expand access

07:55  20 september  2019
07:55  20 september  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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The Iowa Democratic Party will propose instituting “ satellite caucuses ” to let voters participate , In-person requirement limited access to nominating process. Plan would allow voters to create their The proposal , which would take effect for the caucuses in February, will be unveiled Thursday during the

The Iowa caucuses are biennial electoral events for members of the Democratic and Republican parties in the U.S. state of Iowa . Unlike primary elections in most other U.S. states where registered

With less than five months to go until the Iowa caucus, the state's Democratic Party proposed satellite caucusing to fulfill the requirement to expand access after the "virtual caucus" plan was scraped. Satellite caucusing would allow Iowans who can't attend in-person caucuses on February 3 to participate during extended hours at a location other than their precinct location.

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The plan would allow Democrats to hold satellite caucuses in places like factories, group homes or community event spaces. The party says it is designed to help people like shift workers, disabled Iowans, people serving overseas and students.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party on Monday proposed the biggest changes to the state's famed caucuses in nearly 50 years by recommending Iowans be able to participate virtually. If approved, the measure would allow people to caucus using telephones or smart devices during the

The Democrats ' caucus is more complicated. Candidates are competing to win over a set number of county convention delegates, which are determined by When you hear about which Democrat "won" the Iowa caucus , you're really talking about who got the highest number of state delegate equivalents.

The satellite caucuses would take place on the same day as the in-person ones, which would allow Iowa to avoid any primary-like measures which would endanger New Hampshire's status as the first in the nation.

The new proposal comes weeks after the DNC rejected the state's initial plan to hold virtual caucuses because of security concerns. The Iowa Democratic party said reporting will follow the same method as precinct caucus locations and creates one additional county in each congressional district.

"There are many challenges with developing a new system, especially in such a short period of time,"  said the state Democratic party chair Troy Price in a statement. "And a satellite caucus system is the best possible solution to build on the great work of caucus organizers and keep focused on our goal of giving more Iowans a voice in our party and building momentum up-and-down the ticket in 2020."

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The Iowa Democratic Party laid out a proposal Monday that would add a major change to its presidential caucuses , allowing for absentee voting by phone on six different days through “virtual caucuses .” The proposed change, set out on a call by Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price

Iowa Poll: Democrats ' new remote caucus option could expand participation by nearly a third, results suggest. The Iowa Democratic Party last week announced a dramatic expansion of its However, even with new access to virtual caucusing , other poll respondents said they still would not participate

The Rules and Bylaws Committee, which determines the delegate rules, will discuss the new plan on a Friday over conference call. The committee intends to vote on it during the call so the state party and presidential campaigns can educate voters on the process.

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