Iowa Political Party Leaders Look to Caucus as World Changing Evening
SIOUX CITY, IA —
Iowa is only hours away from becoming a political ground zero as voters get ready to head out to the first in the nation caucus Tuesday night.
Local political leaders are getting ready as well for what could potentially be a world changing evening.
It's almost time for Iowa to take front and center in the national political process with its caucus Tuesday night.
"It'll be a great year, and that's the place where everything starts," says Brian Rosener, Chairman for the Woodbury County Republican Party.
Republican caucus goers will flock to 21 precincts in Woodbury County, like West Middle School, to vote for their presidential preference.
More than 3,500 folks turned out in 2008 for a process that some see as a responsibility, sort of a national political indicator.
"It'll be the top two, the top three, that we will say these people are potentially qualified for president or we believe they're qualified for president," says Rosener. "It's up to the rest of the nation then to decipher through that we just get to do our part by putting a stamp of approval on the top few."
When local Democrats meet at three places around the county like the Sergeant Bluff high school they won't be narrowing down a field of Presidential candidates, but local Democratic Party leaders say the process is still important.
"We'll accept issues for the democratic platform and then they'll be discussed and taken," says David Somsky, Chairman of the Woodbury County Democratic Party.
Nearly 800 Democrats are expected to turn out in Woodbury County. They'll use this caucus to get out the President's message, he'll be teleconferencing to all Iowa caucus sites.
Electing delegates and speaking out on platform issues are the other items of business for the evening.
"I think it's extremely important, that if you have an issue that you be heard, from the grassroots, so to speak," says Somsky.
It's no small process as both Republicans and Democrats work to change the nation.
The caucus process is expected to take around an hour and a half.
Anyone can caucus, but keep in mind you have to be a registered Democrat or Republican.
You can do that on site, the night of the caucus, just bring a photo ID and proof of residence, like a utility bill.
Doors open at 6:00 PM and you must be signed in and in place by 7:00, or you won't be able to take part, so get there early.