Iowa Republican Caucuses - Monday, February 3rd at 7:00 pm
Doors Open by 6:30
The Democratic and Republican parties have a policy development process that involves input from members. On even years the parties from the local to national level develop platforms. A platform consists of the party’s principles, beliefs and positions that govern the organization. The platform is made up of resolutions or planks. A resolution is a policy statement, belief or value that voters believe should be adopted by the political party. At both party caucuses, resolutions/planks are submitted to the party leaders to be considered at the county, district, state and, eventually, the national level. You may bring platform plank resolutions to your caucus.
Scott County, Iowa has 63 precincts or voting districts. After the precinct caucuses both major parties convene their county conventions. At this convention the party discusses the party platform from planks submitted from members at the caucus. Delegates to the district and state conventions are elected. Iowa has 99 counties and four congressional districts, so there are four district conventions. At the state convention the party platform is debated and delegates are elected to the national convention.
The caucuses for the two parties are run very differently and the agenda, rules and procedural matters are determined at the state level by each party.
Because this year the President will be the GOP nominee, the focus of their caucuses will be on party business and the platform.
The information below is from the Iowa GOP website.
Republican Caucus Information
Q: How do the political parties plan for the caucuses?
A: Planning begins during the spring of every odd numbered year for the next year’s precinct Caucus. The Democratic and Republican parties work closely to discuss a date for the Caucus. Once a date is established, each state party notifies its county parties of the date, locations in each precinct are reserved, caucus materials are printed, and trainings are planned.
Q: What happens at the caucuses?
A: In addition to casting a vote for president, the caucuses serve as a launch pad for grassroots activism. After casting your vote for president, members will be elected to serve on your local county central committee, delegates and alternate delegates will be selected for your county party convention and platform planks can be submitted to shape your county party platform.
Q: Where are the caucuses located?
A: Iowans gather according to party preference in designated schools, public buildings, churches, or even in private homes. Every effort is made to use public buildings for caucus locations, however, when public buildings are not available, churches or private residences are used. The caucus location is determined by the County Chairs of each political party for all 1,680 precincts. Individual locations are determined by accessibility and the expected turnout of each precinct. The polling locations for your primary and general elections are normally not the same location for your precinct’s caucus.
Q: What time do the caucuses start?
A: The caucuses begin promptly at 7:00 pm but any participants should plan to arrive at their precinct location by 6:30pm to get checked in and seated. Arriving early allows for the caucus to begin on time.
Q: Who votes in a caucus?
A: Anyone who will be 18 by Election Day 2020 may attend and participate in a caucus. Participants must be registered with the party of the caucus they are attending. Voter registration forms are available at each caucus location and participants can register the same day that they caucus. Younger Iowans who are not eligible to participate as a registered voter are encouraged to attend to learn about the caucus experience. Young people may also wish to be elected as a junior delegate. Each phase of the Caucus-to-Convention process has special sessions for junior delegates to learn about the process.
Q: Do voters need to be registered to attend and participate in the caucus? If so, can an individual register at the caucus? Can party affiliation be changed when the voter arrives?
A: Again, anyone who wishes to participate in a caucus must be a registered voter with the party of the caucus they wish to attend. An eligible individual can register at the caucus and/or change their party affiliation at the caucus by filling out an official voter registration form.
Q: Can someone go to the caucus to observe without participating?
A: Yes, individuals who would like to attend a caucus as an observer but not as a participant may do so, however, they should contact the county party of the caucus they wish to attend to ensure space is available at the location.
Q: Can I volunteer to help at my local caucus? If so, how?
A: Yes! Volunteers are essential to successfully holding a caucus. It takes roughly 10,000 volunteers to run a caucus statewide and help is always welcomed. You can contact the Republican Party of Iowa and ask to volunteer in your precinct, or sign up by clicking here: https://www.iowagop.org/caucus_volunteer
Saturday, March 14th – County Conventions
Saturday, April 11th – District Conventions
Saturday, May 16th – State Convention
Monday, August 24th – Thursday, August 27th – 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina
Scott County Republican Party Information
Scott County (Iowa) Republican Party: We are a committed group of volunteers who are working to elect Republicans in Scott County, Iowa and throughout the United States. Currently our executive committee consists of a Chair, three Vice Chairs, Secretary, two Finance Co-Chairs, Treasurer, and Immediate Past Chair. Our Central committee is composed of two precinct leaders from each of our 63 precincts in Scott County, who are elected at each biennial caucus and who serve a 2-year term.
More information is available here: https://scottcountyrepublicans.org/about-us/
For an interesting explanation of the recent caucus training that PACG co-sponsored, read this terrific article from the Quad City Times.
For information about resolutions to submit at caucus, choose the following links:
Civil Rights Forum Platform Resolutions
Drug Policy Forum Platform Resolutions
Environmental Forum Platform Resolutions
Health Care Reform Forum Platform Resolutions