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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 05:59 PM

Iowa Democrats propose major 2020 change: 'Virtual caucuses'

Source: Politico

The Iowa Democratic Party laid out a proposal Monday that would add a major change to its presidential caucuses, allowing for absentee voting by phone on six different days through “virtual caucuses.”

The proposed change, set out on a call by Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price on Monday, would allow Democrats to phone in absentee votes, rating their presidential preferences in a ranked choice style. Previously, only those who physically attended the Iowa caucuses could register their votes.

The proposed changes must still go before the state central committee and back to the Democratic National Committee and is part of a larger mandate to make caucuses more accessible.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/11/iowa-democrats-2020-change-virtual-caucuses-1163889

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:19 PM

1. I can testify that the last caucus here in Nevada was pretty nasty

I'll withold judgement on this change for the present. A bit unseemly when the populi lose their vox.

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Response to pecosbob (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:27 PM

2. If an "in person" caucus can get raucous, imagine "online".

All the charm of the Jack Pine Radical site, but without the decorum.

Plus, all the new Iowa voters named Boris or Ivan.

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Response to pecosbob (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:40 PM

8. Mine in south Reno was pretty mellow. Clinton/Sanders camps butted heads but were civil...

They actually *debated* points/counterpoints on some things. Wasn't like the still-on-going nastiness here on DU...

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Response to DRoseDARs (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:43 PM

9. I walked up the the community center in East Las Vegas where ours was held

and felt like I had been ambushed by a group of time-share salespeople before I even got to the door.

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Response to pecosbob (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:04 PM

10. Mercifully didn't have any of that, organizers were mostly trying to breathe under the crush...

of record numbers of attendees, where to put everyone, and how to handle the overflow. I vaguely recall politicking was forbidden outside of the actual caucus work groups, might've been a localized rule from the Washoe Dem HQ to keep the peace. A friend of mine who was in an opposite candidate camp than me reported having a similar experience at his caucus location.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:34 PM

3. They're still trying to hold on to these arcane caucuses.


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:36 PM

4. Caucuses are stupid and should end

Primaries work. Caucuses are just a clever way to waste people's time and energy.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 06:51 PM

5. How else can the Russians participate?

This is a bad idea.

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Response to sfwriter (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:32 PM

11. Good thought! Excellent, in fact. How to guard against it?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:27 PM

6. The fuck's wrong with a primary?

All this energy expended on clinging to old traditions for no reason, just vote and be done with it.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:57 PM

13. great question.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 07:30 PM

7. I guess an election is just too, I don't know, Democratic?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:47 PM

12. just trying to salvage their first place in the list. primaries not undemocratic caucuses nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:58 PM

14. Caucuses are terrible and make it tough for people to attend...if Iowa won't enact a primary than

time to move their place in the primary line...a virtual caucus where the votes don't cost is a waste of time and money.

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Response to Demsrule86 (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 02:17 PM

15. Second that

Not only that, in Iowa one has to stand up and be counted.

You have to show your preferences in front of your neighbors, your family members, perhaps your boss, customers, co-workers.

I know of someone who voted for Obama in 2008 because the son was active in the campaign. In the general elections, however, voted for McCain..

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 03:29 PM

16. Really like the ranked choice idea.

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