A Break Down of the Iowa Caucuses

We’re getting closer tonight to voters taking the first steps towards picking our 2016 Presidential nominees.

It’s the Iowa Caucuses.

Iowa is the first state to narrow down the candidates, but it’s a much different process that what Michigan voters are used to.

In Iowa, they meet tonight to caucus, or debate over who should get each party’s delegates.

Michigan voters are used to primary election, which makes what’s going on in Iowa a bit confusing.

But one Ferris State University professor says basically it’s just a longer, less private, process.

“Some of these caucuses can last for hours,” says FSU professor Gary Huey.

Huey says tonight Iowa voters meet based which party they want to vote for — Democrat or Republican.

“They’ll get together in church basements, school gyms, people’s homes and the purpose of the caucus is not just to vote state a preference for a candidate but it’s a real discussion in which you try to convince people who are undecided to choose your particular candidate,” says Huey.

Republicans debate then vote in private, while democrats divide themselves into groups for each candidate.

Professor Huey says Iowa’s results can be a bit skewed because of the voters participating.

“The people who are participating are really the activists and the average person who maybe wants to state a preference but doesn’t have time to go or just is not interested in going they don’t have a voice,” says Huey.

Mecosta County Clerk Marcee Purcell says the Michigan Primary Elections are a much simpler and quicker process than the caucuses.

“Our Primary Elections are open to all registered voters. They simply have to go into the polls and let the inspectors know which ballot they want and the they can vote I private,” says Purcell.