What you need to know about the Iowa caucus and its changes

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The 2020 Iowa caucus is on February 3. A caucus allows people to gather at several different places and share their support for candidates for president publicly.

The video below explains how a caucus works.

There are several ways thresholds can be determined.

Some rules stay the same year to year. Anyone who is 18 by election day for the 2020 elections can participate in this year’s caucus. You must be a registered voter with the party you wish to attend. However, there are changes for the Iowa 2020 caucus according to thecaucuses.org.

WHO-TV reports Polk County is home to 177 caucus sites.  Caucus chairs have begun arriving for their boxes of information. 

“This is all the materials required to run a safe and successful caucus,” Polk County Democratic Executive Director Judy Downs said. 

They are being prepped on the changes to help make sure Iowa stays first in the nation. 

“We are going over everything with them just to make sure they are up to date on all the changes to the rules,” said Downs.

New this year are stickers for reporters and observers so they do not get counted on caucus night. Also new are presidential preference cards, which leave a paper trail in case of a possible recount.

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