Will you be 18 years old by November 3, 2020? If so, you may be eligible to take part in Iowa’s presidential precinct caucuses on Monday, February 3. More than 3,000 DMPS students meet this age requirement. Superintendent Tom Ahart emailed the note below about how students can participate in our state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. Also, at the bottom of his email are links to the Democratic and Republican party web sites for more information on their caucus processes.
As Iowans, we play a unique and important role in selecting the President of the United States, thanks to our first-in-the nation caucuses.
It is both an exciting and important responsibility. Here at Des Moines Public Schools, we have had a dozen candidates visits our schools over the past several months, from speaking to classes to touring our programs to attending a student forum.
For young voters, the caucuses can also be the first time participating in our democratic process. I am sending this email to students who may be eligible to take part in the caucuses on Monday, February 3.
To be an eligible voter, you need to (a) be 18 years old by November 3, 2020, (b) be a citizen of the United States, and (c) be a resident of Iowa. If you meet those requirements, you can take part in either the Democratic or Republican caucuses.
If you are not yet registered to vote, you may do so at your caucus on the night of February 3.
At the bottom of this email are links to both the Iowa Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Iowa that provide information on their caucus process, locations and more.
At Des Moines Public Schools, we hope all students become informed and engaged citizens. Taking part in the Iowa caucuses can be an important first step.
All the best,
Dr. Thomas Ahart
Want to participate in the Democratic precinct caucuses? Click here to visit the Iowa Democratic Party web site for information on their process, caucus locations, and more.
Want to participate in the Republican precinct caucuses? Click here to visit the Republican Party of Iowa web site for information on their process, caucus locations, and more.