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Iowa Political Parties Gearing up for Primary and General Election Season

Posted: Updated: Jan 21, 2014 06:48 AM

Iowa Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for the 2014 primary election and the general election season as they hold caucuses across the state Tuesday night.

Scott County party leaders say this caucus is very important to them and are encouraging people to turn out despite the cold and snowy weather.  

Both Scott County Democrats and Scott County Republicans say they have three main items on Tuesday night's caucus agenda.

Scott County Democrats list discussing and adopting proposed resolutions to be added to the county platform on its agenda. Second and third is electing delegates and alternates to the county convention and electing precinct committee persons to the county central committee. State Sen. Jack Hatch, who is running for governor, is expected to speak as is Congressman Dave Loebsack.

Chairwoman of the Scott County Republican Central Committee Judy Davidson said Republicans will elect two precinct leaders for each of the county's 63 precincts. Those are the people they use to build their base and help get out the vote for 2014, she said. Second on the agenda is electing delegates and alternate delegates to the county convention in March. Third on the agenda is discussing and approving any platform resolutions that will be submitted to the county platform committee, Davidson explained.

These caucuses will be different from any in a presidential year. There will be no presidential polling or preference group breakouts.

Turnout is also expected to be lower.

But local party organizations have been making an effort to get people to come to the caucuses. The groups have been making phone calls, sending emails, making posts on social media and using advertisements in an effort to let people know their participation is important Tuesday night.

"In 2010 which would be a comparable year turnout was very low," said Susan Frembgen, Scott County Democrats Chairwoman. "This year in particular we've done a little bit of more outreach. So I can't tell you exactly, but well beyond that number is expected."

It's always iffy in January just like it was in 2012," said Davidson. "You never know if you'll have a blizzard, or snowstorm, or cold, so at least we know the roads will be clear. It'll be a little chilly, so we still hope that will not hinder people."

The Scott County Democrats will hold their caucus at Modern Woodmen Park at 7 p.m.

And the Scott County Republicans will hold theirs at seven different buildings around the county.

You can find which location is yours at ScottCountyRepublicans.org

You must register with either party to participate in that party's caucus. If you haven't registered yet, voter registration forms will be available at Tuesday's caucuses.

For more information on tonight's caucuses, click here.