Dallas County GOP to participate in Iowa Youth Caucus

ADEL, Iowa—The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, in conjunction with the Iowa Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Iowa, are organizing a statewide Iowa Youth Caucus.

The local event, organized by the Dallas County GOP in conjunction with the Dallas County Democrats, is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 at ADM High School, 801 Nile Kinnick Drive South, Adel, IA. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

The purpose of the Iowa Youth Caucus is to inform and engage students in the political process. Due to Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status, we have a unique opportunity to play a major role in deciding the next President of the United States.

We hope that by conducting a caucus with students, they will understand how it works and the experience will move them to get involved in the actual Iowa Caucus when they reach eligible voting age.

The Iowa Youth Caucus is a purely bipartisan event. Students will participate in both a Republican and Democratic Caucus and cast votes for the presidential candidate of their choice in both parties. The results will be tallied at the site. Statewide vote totals will be reported that night by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

The Iowa Youth Caucus began as the Polk County High School Mock Caucus in 2013; a bi-
partisan event put on by the Polk County Democrats and the Republican Party of Polk County.

This year, in addition to expanding the Mock Caucus outside of Polk County, the parties have partnered this event with the Caucus 101 program implemented by the Secretary of State’s Office. Caucus 101 is a non-partisan, voluntary curriculum written by Iowa teachers for Iowa teachers to educate students about the Iowa Caucus. The curriculum is available online for anyone to use, at www.caucus101.com.

For more information on the statewide event contact:

Jeff Tomkowitz
Projects Coordinator
Office of Iowa Secretary of State