Discrepancies in the Iowa election count, and an excruciatingly slow drip of information regarding results, has shifted US voters away from what was considered a crucial caucus to the New Hampshire primary for insight into their candidate’s viability.
At 1,678 precinct locations, including public libraries and school gymnasiums, politically active neighbors got together to decide which Democratic candidates would hit the Iowa launchpad toward nomination.
The state is small, overwhelmingly white, mostly rural. Voters don’t get a secret ballot. Iowa is not very accommodating to handicapped voters. Still, since 1972, in nine primary seasons without a Democratic incumbent president running, 67% of Iowa winners have gone on to become the Democratic nominee through a grassroots effort that Iowans take very seriously.
early reaction from candidates
Pete Buttigieg claimed a win in Iowa without official numbers, and the Biden camp called the integrity of the process into question.
Geek out on the simplest explanation ever of the caucus.
Despite its importance, and the extent to which the involved voters become educated on the candidates, not many Iowans actually participate. In 2016, for example, about 16% of eligible voters actually caucused.
Why don’t more voters actually vote? We take a look at some of the biggest reasons Americans do a pretty bad job at getting people to fill out the ballot.