Iowa Democrats hope changes will help save the primary

DESMOINES, Iowa – In a last-ditch effort to salvage their lead in the presidential election, Iowa Democrats are proposing two key changes they hope will increase turnout and avoid doing so Chaos affecting their 2020 gatherings.

A change would allow Iowa Democrats to submit the president’s preference cards by mail or in person before caucus night. Critics have long argued that the caucuses, held in the middle of winter at the start of a presidential election year, prevented older adults, the disabled and shift workers from attending.

The second amendment would eliminate the often confusing and time-consuming realignment process, whereby supporters of a candidate who does not meet a minimum threshold of support in a district are allowed to vote for another candidate. The new plan eliminates a second choice.

“This proposal allows us to grow the Iowa Democratic Party and maintain our position on the nomination calendar,” Republican Party Chairman Ross Wilburn said Friday. “By adding a window of absentee participation to our caucus process, we are able to connect with more Iowans than ever before.”


The changes were included in the state party officials’ application to the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee to count as a kickoff nominating state in 2024.

In 2020, a new smartphone app to calculate and report results failed, causing a phone backlog that prevented the party from reporting final results for almost a week after the February 3 contest.

This was announced by the Associated Press unable to declare a winner after irregularities and inconsistencies clouded the results. Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders essentially ended with a tie at the top, though Joe Biden won the nomination and later the White House.


State party officials hope to be among the finalists invited to appeal in person in June.

The DNC has stated that it prioritizes diversity, competitiveness and viability in its early state selection. That could make it harder for Iowa to keep its spot. National Democrats have long complained that Iowa, which is more than 90% white, does not reflect the country’s diversity and the state has not been competitive for Democrats in recent years.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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