Barack ‘n Roll Obama
Hillary Ice Queen Clinton
John Pretty Boy Edwards
Bill Who? Richardson
So, a few people have asked me why in the world Iowa, of all places, is so important. Well, it seems that the Corn State, has its moments every four years. I would have to say that mostly, Iowa is important because it is the 1st state where both the Democrats and the Republicans actually try to get people to vote for their candidate. It’s not that it’s necessarily Iowa that is important, but because it is a Middle America agricultural state, where Farmers (si se puede!) apparently are political, it gets a lot of media hype. It really could be any other state, but either way, the 1st state to vote is still a pretty big deal. In this case, Iowa is important because it can make or break a candidate. Do you all remember when everyone was inspired by Howard Dean? He used to walk around with his sleeves rolled up talking big game and getting all the young people all excited? Well, he lost Iowa and we never heard from him again. He was lost in the void of red, white and blue confetti.
Anyways, there are two things that happen, a primary election and a caucus:
A primary election is determined at the national convention of each political party.
A caucus is a meeting of a political group where nominations take place for various offices.
So you see; they are both pretty much the same damn thing.
Each state either has one or the other. So, all these major candidates go to each state and they talk to people and make big speeches. If you belong to the Democratic Party, you can vote for one of the major players that you want to represent you in the final race, which is the main one in November. If you belong to the Republican Party, you also get a chance to choose your favorite candidate to square of against the opposing party.
So in essence, you vote twice. First, for the one you want and then in the major election. So, lets say you want Bill Richardson to represent the Democratic Party against the Republicans in November, even though you vote for him, he may not win the “Primary” election. Obama may win that. So, Obama would represent the Democratic Party against whoever the Republicans choose. Make sense?
Pretty easy right?
However, if you are registered to vote “Undecided” because you are one of those people that goes for personality rather than party affiliations, (not that I blame you, I can totally relate to that) you WONT be able to vote in the primary elections.
Pretty crazy right? The parties want people that are actually registered party members to vote for the players. However, you can always sign up for a party if you find this to be some sort of cruel and unusual punishment not worthy of your United States History class. Stick it to the man!
But, if you decide to stay undecided, do not fear, you can always just vote in the general election.
The California primary is just around the corner! Super Duper Tuesday, Feb 5th, where twenty other states will also be casting their votes. So, if you have moved, changed your name, want to register, or want to re-register under a party, you don’t have a lot of time! GO HERE and handle it!