Caucusing as an absent Iowan will be easier than ever for Democrats this election cycle. The Iowa Democratic Party on Tuesday announced the first ever Tele-Caucus initiative. It will allow deployed service members and other Iowans living abroad to participate in the first-in-the-nation event. The effort piggybacks on a satellite caucus initiative the party announced this fall. Both programs aim to expand participation in the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus to those who are normally unable to attend.
“This is to try and be more inclusive as a party,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire said. “We want as many people as possible to participate in this caucus.”
Party staff said they expect the Tele-Caucus to benefit many Iowans studying abroad as well as military personnel and their families overseas. Military personnel stationed out of state may also participate.
The Tele-Caucus will be facilitated through a telephone consulting firm, Stones’ Phones.
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