Iowa Caucus: Views on Voting

Kelly Stiles, Features Editor

As the presidential election approaches, America’s choice of party delegates remains an unsatisfied curiosity. The unusually early Iowa caucus provides a small glimpse into what delegates the future may hold. This year’s caucus, however, raises more questions than answers.

 

Since 1972, Iowa has held the first caucuses of each presidential election, selecting their choice of candidates for their selected political party. While it has not proven to be an accurate presidential predictor, the Iowa caucus is viewed by many as an indicator of who the president will be in each election, according to Britannica.

 

“A caucus is a super complicated process,” 22-year-old senior business and professional communication major Easton Cowart said. “It’s a lot like a fair. There are people shouting.”

Senior business and professional communication major Easton Cowart expresses the importance of voting.

On Feb. 3 the Iowa caucus was held for the presidential election of 2020. Results are typically clear, yet when a new mobile app called Shadow was used to collect voting information, a coding error occurred resulting in unclear data.

 

“It’s a really bad, muddled situation,” Cowart said. “Paper ballots are way better. It’s easy; you just count the ballots.”

 

Many details regarding the presidential election remain skewed, much like the method of voting to be used. While it is easy to assume that President Donald Trump will obtain the republican candidacy, as no single term president has not been the next presidential candidate for their party, the individual to receive democratic candidacy remains a mystery. Delegates mayor of South Bend, Ind. Pete Butigieg and senator Bernie Sanders are in the lead, yet the numbers that separate them are undetermined.

 

“We often feel powerless, but the way to get our power back is to show up and vote.” Cowart said.

 

Only about 55% of eligible Americans vote in the presidential election. The United States has one of the lowest voter turnouts compared to other voting countries. 

 

“Even though [the presidential election process] is a complicated system, if you don’t put in your input, it won’t be heard,” Cowart said.

 

Among the age groups who can vote, the typical “college age” group, which is ages 18-29, has the lowest voter turnout. Less than 40% of this age group votes in the presidential election.

 

“Even if you are voting for the person against me, I still think you should go out and vote. It is just so important.”