Changes Considered For Iowa Caucuses

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Iowa Democrats are offering proposals for how to expand access to the state's presidential caucuses, addressing concerns raised by Hillary Clinton following her disappointing finish in 2008.

Party adviser Norm Sterzenbach says Iowa Democrat Party Chairman Scott Brennan will unveil the recommendations Friday before the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee in Washington.

The proposals include pushing for legislation requiring employers to give non-essential workers time off to attend their precinct caucus, as well as hiring a staff member to focus on caucus accessibility for shift workers and elderly who can't easily participate.

The party also wants to provide satellite caucus sites for those who can't easily participate and are proposing that Iowans serving in the military could participate through a video-conferencing system.

Clinton complained after her third place finish in the 2008 caucuses that the rules kept people who work nights from attending. She is the leading Democratic presidential contender in 2016 if she decides to run again.

The committee will not take action on the proposals Friday. The state party must still develop a complete plan to present for approval next spring.


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