ADVISORY: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF IOWA CAUCUS PROCEDURE
Party of Iowa
caucuses are among the most transparent, grassroots-based political
activities in the country. Below is a detailed overview of what will
happen at 1,774 precincts in the state of Iowa
on caucus night, January 3, 2012.
caucus participants arrive at their precincts where they will sign in
at the door upon arrival. Caucuses will begin at 7:00PM CT.
caucus meetings begin with the pledge of allegiance. A caucus
and secretary will be elected by the body to run the meeting and take
the chair and secretary are elected, candidate representatives from
each campaign are given time to speak on behalf of their candidate.
·Once the speakers have finished, sheets of paper are be passed
out to every registered IowaRepublican
from the precinct. Voters then write down their candidate preference.
·All votes are then collected.
vote is counted. The caucus chair and secretary will count the
in front of the caucus and a representative from each campaign is
allowed to observe the counting of the votes. The results are recorded
on an official form provided by the Republican
Party of Iowa and are announced to the caucus.
·A caucus reporter is chosen to report the results to the Republican Party of Iowa,
accompanied by campaign representatives to verify the results reported
to Iowa GOP officials.
officials do not count results; they aggregate them from around the
state and report them to the media. To ensure consistency in
reporting, campaign representatives have the opportunity to be present
with RPI officials as votes are reported to the public.
will be reporting the votes for Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt
Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Mitt
Romney, Rick Santorum, “No Preference,” and “Other.”
·“No Preference” votes include those who vote “present,” “no
preference, “uncommitted,” or “none of the above.”
fourteen days of the caucus, certified results will be released for a
complete breakdown of all caucus votes that were cast by precinct.
the Presidential preference poll is completed the caucus will elect
precinct committee representatives; delegates, alternates, and junior
delegates to the county convention; and discuss and submit platform
resolutions for consideration at the county convention.