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An Iowa Caucus Via the Internet?

•, By David Catanese
 Iowa Democrats are mulling a slate of ways to boost participation in their next presidential caucuses, including permitting Internet voting, a controversial method that would mark the first time in history the web is utilized to cast an official ballot preference for president.
Hawkeye State Democrats are in the midst of surveying how to most effectively expand access to those who would like to participate in the unique caucus process, but cannot due to residency or military service overseas or age or physical restrictions that keep them in hospitals and nursing homes. It could also enfranchise participation among blue-collar workers who have shifts during the evening hours when caucuses are held.
Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Scott Brennan floated the loose proposal during Friday’s Democratic National Committee rules meeting at a hotel near Capitol Hill in Washington. He said the state party has conducted hundreds of informal conversations and 50 formal interviews on the topic and will next attempt to measure wider appetite for such a significant change and study how to put it to work in practice. One option: Creating an additional at-large precinct for all of those who can’t show up in person.

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