Why do Iowans caucus?

The precinct caucus is the ultimate grassroots function of Iowa politics, and it is where one is elected to a leadership position in one’s county party. It is the first step to becoming a delegate to the county, district, state, or national convention, and it is also where changes to the party’s platform are introduced. 

In presidential years, the caucus’ most popular feature is the presidential preference poll. This is where hundreds of thousands of Iowans show up to formally begin the presidential nominating process for both major national parties. 



Who can participate in the Iowa caucus?
To participate in an Iowa Republican or Democratic caucus, an individual must be a registered member of the party’s caucus that they...