If you are in the mood to be totally confused, try figuring out how our U.S. Presidential Election system really works. Try tonight at 7 p.m. for the Iowa Caucuses for starters.
Our 2016 candidates have already been actively hitting the campaign trail, tackling several debates, and are now ready for the Iowa caucuses to take place. The top Republican contenders are Trump, Cruz, and Rubio. Hillary and Bernie Sanders lead the Democrats.
What exactly is a caucus you might ask? It’s a neighborhood event that requires several hours of active communal participation and debate, neighbors talking politics so to speak. They take place in the evening in homes or schools or churches or any public place, depending on the size of the caucus location.
How exactly does The Iowa Caucus work you might ask? A question I asked myself. Thus the writing of this blog. 🙂
It’s an electoral event where Iowa residents meet in precinct caucuses in Iowa’s 1,681 precincts and elect delegates to the corresponding county conventions. They gather in public places like schools and community centers not to elect delegates to the national convention like most other states, but to elect lower-level precinct delegates. These precinct delegates then go to one of 99 county-level conventions to advocate on behalf of the candidate they supported during one of the 1,681 precinct-level elections. From there, delegates are chosen for a congressional district-level caucus and finally a statewide convention, where delegates to the national convention are finally selected in late May. Confused yet? I certainly am!
To add more confusion, Iowa Republicans and Democrats have different methods for electing their delegates. The Republicans use a ballot system to elect their delegates, and the Democratic caucus-goers separate into small groups according to the candidate they support. If a candidate receives less than 15 percent support in the room, the candidate is eliminated and his or her supporters are then courted by the other groups.
Then 8 days later we move on to the New Hampshire primary.
A primary is the more common way to elect our candidates. Voters are given all day to head to their designated voting polls and cast their ballots directly for the candidate of their choosing.
Thirteen states and territories will then hold caucuses or primaries on Super Tuesday, the first Tuesday in March.
We usually know who the party nominees will be by late spring, but they are not officially chosen until the national party convention in the summer.
If you are still confused, there’s hope yet. You just have to hang in there until the general election on November 8th.
How does that work? Again, complicated. 😦 Our Founding Fathers established the Electoral College. Each state gets the same number of electors as it has Congressmen and Senators. In all but two states (Maine and Nebraska), it’s a winner-take-all system. Bottom line: whoever receives 270 Electoral College votes or more wins.
I encourage each of you to exercise your right to vote. You can make a difference. I urge you to seek God and prayerfully ask for a God fearing leader to come forward for our country.
In all the confusion over who the best candidate is and how it all works, we must always remember to respect whoever the winning candidate may be. It’s God’s will for us. His word tells us we all must be subject to higher powers. They are all God ordained. And never forget there is no true power but God Himself. Cast your vote for Him. It will always be the winner!
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Love and laughter,