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What do Iowa Democrats do in an off-year caucus? Find out Saturday
Democrats will hold their 2023 odd-year party caucuses across Linn County from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Caucuses are meetings conducted by political parties, with sites and rules determined by the parties. The caucuses are not elections conducted by the Linn County Auditor’s Office.
The party meetings will be held at the following locations based on the new precincts and Iowa Senate Districts established in 2021:
- Marion Public Library, 1101 Sixth Ave., Marion — Senate District 37
- Grant Wood AEA Building, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids — Senate District 39
- Hiawatha Public Library, 150 W Willman St., Hiawatha — Senate District 40
- Palo Community Center, Hollenbeck Road, Palo — Senate District 42
- Springville Public Library, 264 Broadway St., Springville — Senate District 42
People can locate their senate district by entering their house number, then finding their full address at LinnCountyElections.org/lookup.
"Iowa Democrats meet every year and will continue this party building exercise even while the (Iowa Democratic Party) determines how Iowans will be expressing their 2024 Democratic Party presidential preferences,“ said Bret Nilles, chair of the Linn County Democrats.
The national Democratic Party last week approved changes to its presidential primary calendar for 2024, stripping Iowa Democrats of their first-in-the-nation status and moving the contest out of the early window entirely in favor of more diverse battleground states.
“The odd-year caucuses are party building events that include our Democratic state legislators and county officeholders, party leaders and grassroots Democrats in each state Senate district to get to know each other better,” Nilles said in a news release.
The agenda includes an update on the presidential nomination process, both in Iowa and nationally.
Attendees also will hear updates from Democratic state lawmakers from Linn County on legislative efforts in Des Moines.
“In addition, there will be an opportunity to discuss issues important to Iowans, how we as individuals and as the Democratic Party can advance our positions on them and submit related platform resolutions,” Nilles said.
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