VIDEO: Don't Understand the Iowa Caucuses? Ivanka Trump Is Here to Explain
The Iowa caucuses begin on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET
Ivanka Trump is stumping for her father with a new video that explains the caucus process and how Iowans can participate.
“On Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. show up at your caucus location, it will start at 7 sharp and it should only take around a half an hour, so very, very quick,” Trump advised in the YouTube video. “It’s a secret ballot, you just write down the name Trump and you are done.”
In addition, Trump – who is in Iowa with her father for the proceedings – explained how to track down your caucus location and register Republican.
The Republican caucus procedures are fairly simple. In each of Iowa’s 1,681 precincts, voters will speak on behalf of candidates – or the presidential wannabes will sometimes even lend their own voices.
After the speeches, each caucus attendee will cast a secret ballot vote for the candidate they’re backing. The ballots are tallied and a statewide winner is declared.
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The Democratic caucuses, however, have a few more steps. Another big name also helped explain the political procedure in a 101 video: Legos!
Created by Vermont Public Radio, the classic children’s toys (including Yoda and Santa Clause figurines) are used to show how Democrats caucus.
“A bunch of Iowa democrats from around the same place get together based on their caucus precinct,” a voiceover on the video explains. “Campaigns send these people called precinct captains out to the caucuses. They serve as sort of leaders for their candidate’s supporters. Once everybody is in the room together they form preference groups by physically joining other supporters of that candidate.”
Once all voters are in groups, the supporters for each candidate are counted. If a candidate has less than 15 percent of the vote, they are eliminated from the proceedings. Undecided participants and those whose candidate was eliminated then can be swayed to join another preference group.
“The more support a candidate has at caucuses across the state, the better their chance at winning Iowa,” the video concludes.
The Iowa caucuses are only the beginning of the race to the White House – the results indicate how well a candidate is doing and hint at who has a better chance at their party nomination.