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2024 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
The delegate selection processes herein, along with any and all dates and delegate counts associated therewith, are unofficial and based on either (1) information obtained from either Major Party, (2) Presidential Primary dates established by currently-effective State statute, or- where the foregoing information could not be obtained- (3) the state's 2020 delegate selection process and associated dates adjusted to the corresponding dates in 2024.
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: March 2024 (presumably)1
County Conventions: Saturday 16 March 2024 (presumably)
District Conventions: Saturday 27 April 2024 (presumably)
State Convention: Saturday 8 June 2024 (presumably)
Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus/Convention.
46 total delegate votes - 26 district / 9 at large; 5 Pledged PLEOs; 6 Unpledged PLEOs
States Chronologically States Alphabetically
2 December 2022: The Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws Committee moved Iowa out of the "pre-window" states. We have arbitrarily changed the caucus date to March for the time being.
March 2024 (presumably): Iowa Precinct Caucuses. Hours reportedly begin at 7:00p CST (0100 UTC). Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus/Convention.
Democratic Party Caucuses meet in each precinct at 7 PM CST. Absentee or proxy voting is not allowed. Each Precinct Caucus chooses the precinct's delegates to the County Conventions based on presidential preference.
Satellite caucuses add additional locations for those cannot attend the in-person precinct caucus. Iowa Democrats can apply to hold a satellite at places such as factories, group homes, or community gathering facilities. Satellite caucuses are tallied as one additional county in each Congressional District. There is an out-of-state "At-Large" Satellite caucus whose votes are applied to the statewide delegates only.
Example. 57 people attend a caucus electing 3 delegates. The viability is 1/6th of 57 = 9.5 rounded which is 10. Say 29 people support candidate A, 19 support candidate B, and 9 support candidate C. Candidates A and B are viable since they have support of 10 or more of the attendees. Because candidate C did not receive the support of 10 attendees, those supporting candidate C must realign to another candidate. At this point, the attendees realign themselves so 34 support candidate A and 23 support candidate B.
The caucus will next choose the precinct's delegates to who will be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the support each "viable" presidential contender received in the second round of balloting at the precinct caucus as of the time of its adjournment.
Continuing the example from above: For Candidate A: 3 (total precinct delegates) × 34 (supporters) ÷ 57 (total attendees) = 1.789 which rounds to 2 precinct delegates. Candidate B receives 3 × 23 ÷ 57 = 1.211 which rounds to 1 precinct delegate. Note: Due to rounding, the sum of precinct delegates may exceed the total number of precinct delegates allocated to the caucus. If this happens, round down the candidate with the smallest fraction. Candidates receiving 1 precinct delegate are not subject to this rule, that is, candidates cannot loose their only precinct delegate during this adjustment.
40 National Convention delegates are allocated from the state delegate equivalency results of the precinct caucuses. In addition, the first and last expression of preference are recorded.
How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.
Saturday 16 March 2024 (presumably): County Conventions convene in each county to choose Congressional District delegates of which the county is a part as well as the county's delegates the Iowa State Democratic Convention.
Saturday 27 April 2024 (presumably): Democratic Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district to elect the district's delegates to the Democratic National Convention according to the results of the precinct caucuses. Hours reportedly begin at 9:00a CDT (1400 UTC).
Saturday 8 June 2024 (presumably): The Iowa State Democratic Convention convenes. Hours reportedly begin at 9:00a CDT (1400 UTC). The State Convention elects the 9 At-Large and 5 PLEO of the Iowa's Pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention according to the results of the precinct caucuses.
The remaining 6 National Convention delegates consist of
These 6 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Constitution of the State of Iowa|
|• Iowa Secretary of State|
|• Iowa Democratic Party|
|• Iowa House Democrats|
|• Iowa Senate Democrats|
|Media & others|
|• Blog for Iowa|
|• Caucus Iowa|
|• Dubuque Telegraph Herald|
|• Fort Madison Daily Democrat|
|• Globe Gazette - Mason City|
|• Iowa City Press-Citizen|
|• Iowa Farmer Today|
|• Iowa Independent|
|• Iowa Public Television - Johnston|
|• Iowa Starting Line|
|• Kalona News|
|• KCAU TV - ABC - Sioux Land Proud - Sioux City|
|• KCRG TV - ABC - Cedar Rapids - Iowa City - Dubuque|
|• KDSM TV - FOX - Des Moines|
|• KLJB TV - Fox - Davenport|
|• Politics1.com - Iowa|
|• Quad-Cities - Dispatch/Argus/Leader - Moline - Rock Island - Davenport|
|• Quad-City Times|
|• Radio Iowa|
|• Sioux City Journal|
|• The Bloomfield Democrat|
|• The Daily Nonpareil - Council Bluffs|
|• The Des Moines Register|
|• The Gazette - Cedar Rapids|
|• The Gazette - Cedar Rapids|
|• The Iowa Republican|
|• The Iowa Republican - Brooklyn|
|• The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier|
|• WHO TV - NBC - Des Moines|
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