MEMO from the Iowa Democratic Party
To: Interested Parties
From: Iowa Democratic Party
Date: December 31st, 2011
Re: Iowa Democratic Caucus Procedures
January 3rd, 2012, the Iowa Democratic Party will hold its First in
the Nation Precinct Caucuses across the state. In addition to
standard caucus business of electing delegates and precinct committee
and discussion on platform resolutions, Democrats will use the 2012
Caucuses as a tool to organize towards Democratic victories at all
night, Democrats will hear directly from their Democratic candidates,
a live address from President Obama. Additionally, they’ll learn how to
involved in their community and build support for our candidates as we
the general election.
refresher to many members of the press who have covered the Democratic
in the past, the Iowa Democratic Party has prepared this memo to cover
logistics and structure of our party’s caucuses.
the IDP has 1774 precincts and 246 caucus locations.
would like to attend a Democratic caucus, please contact IDP
Director Sam Roecker at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (515) 782-1951.
Caucus Night Agenda
(Note: Many caucus locations will
hold multiple precincts. As a result, precincts will meet in one large
the beginning of the evening, before splitting into individual
address official caucus business. Location managers are assigned to run
large group portion, before temporary caucus chairs take over in
6:30 PM: Registration
7:00 PM: Caucus Called
Location manager reads
agenda for the evening
surrogate discusses the importance of getting involved and electing
President Obama will be calling and live streaming via webcast
into sites across the state
7:30 PM*: Presentation
by the Iowa Democratic
Letters from elected officials may be read aloud, any
officials present may address the caucus
7:45 PM*: Group
splits into individual precincts
Election of Permanent
Precinct Chair and Precinct Secretary
Election of Delegates
Election of Platform
& Committee on Committees Members
Election of Precinct
8:30 PM*: Caucus
*Times may vary
depending upon caucus location
Delegate Selection Process
Democrats who wish to become a delegate to the county, district, state,
national convention must begin that process on caucus night by running
precinct. Each precinct is apportioned delegates based on the size of
county’s convention and past Democratic performance.
elected on caucus night, a delegate must attend their county convention
as a delegate to the district and state convention. From there, they
elected as a delegate to the national convention in Charlotte, NC.
be a total of 1200 delegates elected to the state convention, which
place on June 16th, 2012 in Des Moines.
goers may submit a resolution in their precinct on caucus night.
resolutions will be given to the county platform committee who will
which resolutions are presented at the county convention.
will only form preference groups if at least 15 percent of the
to do so. If the caucus agrees to form preference groups, delegates are
proportionally awarded to any group that meets the viability threshold
in most precincts).
If a group
is not viable when preference groups are initially formed, those
may realign and support a viable candidate. Delegates are then assigned.
Democratic Party will collect data from caucus locations and make it
to reporters throughout the night. Members of the Iowa Democratic Party
list will receive a link to results once most precincts have reported
data. To be added to this list contact Sam Roecker, email@example.com