Just like their Republican counterparts, Democrats will caucus Tuesday night even though President Barack Obama is unopposed for their party’s nomination.
Scott County Democrats will gather at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, which is one of nearly 250 locations throughout the state holding Democratic Caucuses on January 3rd, 2012.
Registration opens at 6:30 p.m. with the caucus starting at 7 p.m.
Democratic caucus-goers will elect delegates and precinct committee members. Each precinct is granted a certain number of delegates based on the size of their county’s convention and past Democratic performance.
The group is also hoping to rev up enthusiasm… not just for the national election, but for local and state elections as well. The President plans to address Iowa Democrats who caucus tonight through a live satellite feed and is expected to ask Iowans for a “personal commitment.”
Leaders say even though they’re not casting ballots for a presidential nominee, the caucus is one way to re-organize the party, train volunteers, and keep up interest in the President’s agenda.
“We still need to come together as a Democratic Party and understand what we need to do, so it’s very important that we participate in this caucus,” says State Representative Phyllis Thede. “It’s not time for us to sit back and be quiet. I think we’ve done that before and we’ve seen the result of that. We can’t do that anymore.”