Iowa Democratic Party Proposes
February 12, 2019
Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) proposed the most historic changes to the
caucus process since its creation in 1972. The IDP will now offer six
additional opportunities for people to participate through a series of
virtual caucuses, and will streamline realignment and recount
procedures. These changes were included in the Iowa Democratic Party’s
draft of the 2020 Iowa Delegate Selection Plan, which was released today
for 30-days of public comment from Iowans. The Delegate Selection Plans
covers the rules governing the Caucuses; the IDP will continue to
release information about implementing additional improvements in the
“The Iowa Democratic Party has always sought ways to improve our caucus
process, and today, we are setting the stage for the 2020 Iowa caucuses
to be the most accessible, transparent, and successful caucuses in our
party’s history,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price. “Starting
almost immediately after the 2016 cycle, this party took a holistic look
at how we can make the Iowa caucuses more accessible and transparent.
These proposals are the result of thousands of hours of conversation and
years of hard work.”
Over the last several months, IDP leaders have worked closely with the
Democratic National Committee, the State Central Committee and activists
to make sweeping changes to the caucus process. Starting today, Iowans
have the opportunity to weigh in on the proposed changes during a 30-day
public comment period at iowademocrats.org.
“While we will always continue to improve the caucus process, I am
confident that with these historic changes, we are giving more Iowans a
way to participate in the caucuses, we are increasing transparency and
trust, and we are streamlining our process,” Price continued. “We invite
Iowans to look at these proposals and give us their feedback so that
together we can make the 2020 Iowa Democratic Party caucuses the most
The 2020 Iowa Delegate Selection Plan lays out several historic changes
to Iowa’s caucus process, including:
•Virtual Caucusing: Over the
course of six days, registered Democrats who have signed up with the
Iowa Democratic Party will be able to participate in one of six virtual
caucuses by phone or smart device. Virtual caucus-goers will be able to
rank up to five choices for president. The total result of the six
caucuses will account for 10% of Iowa’s caucus delegates.
•Streamlined Realignment: Under
the IDP proposal, only members of non-viable groups will be allowed to
realign in their precinct caucuses. For viable preference groups, their
first alignment numbers will be locked and can only increase if members
of non-viable groups choose to join.
Presidential campaigns will be able to ask for a recount of the caucus
results either by congressional district or statewide if they can show
that the result could affect the allocation of delegates to the national
convention. To aid in this effort, presidential preference cards will be
used to record what happens in each precinct caucus, while virtual
caucus preferences will be recorded electronically and preserved.
•Caucus Night Results are Locked:
The allocation of national delegates will now be determined by the
results on caucus night, not as a result of the convention process.
•More Information Released: The
IDP plans to release the raw totals from the first alignment, final
alignment and the state delegate equivalents earned by each presidential
preference group. State delegate equivalents will be used to determine
the allocation of national delegates.