How Do the Iowa Caucuses Work?
Shannon Bream breaks it down
- Duration 2:30
- Date Jan 3, 2012
Shannon Bream breaks it down
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I -- now now less than ten hours ago -- -- nine point 99 hours and 29 minutes about.
Before they start caucusing does take a look now at point of grace church in -- key Iowa pretty.
-- is going to be held their tonight can be busy place and Shannon Bream is live there telling us a little bit about how all of this works for folks who are not a -- up.
Good morning Janet.
I'm -- that -- -- -- -- this church in the isn't it beautiful -- more than 900 people they expect actually probably about a thousand folks here tonight Martha.
To tell it about how will work -- Well if you still appear tonight and you -- -- there are two things that you've got to qualify went first might have to be eighteen on her by the presidential election November 6 and secondly.
You gotta be registered Republican but here's where it gets a little bit interesting because no matter what you are right now in your home sitting there in Iowa.
Tonight you can -- register as a Republican on -- if you've got the right precinct you got the right ID and within minutes you could be -- Here's how it all works it kicks off at 7 o'clock central time local time here.
And if there are surrogate on -- for the different candidates they can get a quick speed something like 35 minutes.
To put and that lastly for -- everybody gets a piece of Paper you either check off the name or write down -- candidates saying the one you wanna see is the GOP nominee.
The votes are tallied right here on site there announce to the caucus goers -- a -- on an official form and taken to I would GOP they aggregate all the totals in the the officials' final count.
Local party officials say there is no other experience like in Iowa caucus.
So I think the fact that you know they get the opportunity to see and talk with their -- see who they're leaning toward talk about why and then here that closing arguments.
That's totally different than a normal primary experience someone would have.
And so I think that's what makes it unique and especially this time around.
It's -- stand up for grabs going into the last day.
It truly there are so many and the audience we've heard these numbers about people not really sure but they're gonna go for at least willing to change the minds in the go to -- caucuses.
I have talked a lot of people here who actually making a commitment to outlet called the lists and T speeches for an hour cell and be a part of the caucus but still they have not decided.
Who they're gonna vote for what can make all the difference tonight when it comes down to organization.
Getting the vote out and seeing how well -- -- folks are running their ground game tonight -- -- it.
That does make it interesting.
Especially if we see.
That kind of -- last minute change in in voting preference that work here in May happen tonight chant thank you very much.