Iowa will be in the national spotlight when the 2012 Iowa Caucuses take place Tuesday, Jan. 3. Precinct caucuses will be held in each of Iowa's 99 counties.
Palo Alto County Democrats and Republicans will meet in Emmetsburg. The Democrats will hold their caucus in the court room of the Palo Alto County Courthouse. The Republicans will hold their caucuses in the auditorium at Iowa Lakes Community College. Both parties will elect delegates to their respective County Conventions.
The eyes of the nation will be looking to see which candidate Iowans prefer as Republican presidential nominee. The Iowa caucuses are the first in the nation in the presidential nomination process.
Palo Alto County
Palo Alto County Democrats will caucus Jan. 3, in the court room of the Palo Alto County Courthouse, starting at 6:30 p.m. with registration, according to county chairperson Lori Hebel.
Registered Democrats will sign in next to their name on the registration list. New Democrats must fill out voter registration forms. If the registrant will be 18 years old by Nov. 6, 2012, he/she may register as an adult. Those not meeting that requirement may sign as youth attendees.
The caucus will be called to order at 7 p.m., and a video presentation from President Obama is first on the agenda. A presentation will be given by the location manager, and includes a letter from the State central chair.
The group breaks into precincts at 7:45 p.m., and will elect a temporary chair, followed by a permanent chair, secretary, county convention delegates and alternates.
Election of a Platform Committee, and Committee on Committees, and precinct committee persons will follow.
Resolution discussion and adoption will be held, and results will be called in to the state Democratic party.
Palo Alto County
Palo Alto County Republicans will meet in the auditorium at Iowa Lakes Community College, Emmetsburg, on Tuesday, Jan. 3. The caucus will begin at 7 p.m.
Republicans will sign in and welcome new voters to register that evening. Non-party voters can register as Republicans to participate in the caucus process.
A caucus chairman and a caucus secretary will be elected. Candidates and representatives of candidates for the 2012 election will address the group.
Voters will then break into precincts to elect a precinct committee person to the county central committee. Republicans in each precinct will vote for a presidential candidate.
Republicans will also elect delegates and alternates to the county convention. The Republican County Convention is Saturday, March 10, where delegates will be elected to attend the district caucus and a county platform will be adopted.