Several dozen snowbirds and college students from Iowa will be caucusing today in Arizona, and the weather gods obviously wanted it to feel like a true Iowa caucus! (Never mind they probably were trying to get away from the cold.)
That's right - there will be FOUR caucus sites this afternoon/evening for Iowa's many registered voters wintering in our sunny(?) state. This is the first time that the Iowa caucus has set up satellite locations for temporarily-self-exiled Iowans, and - not surprisingly - Arizona and Florida are the only states with so many caucus locations.
The Harkins movie theater in Queen Creek will host an early-bird caucus, at 3:30pm. The two in Tucson and one in Green Valley will start at the traditional time of 6pm. (Another fun fact: one in Tucson will be at a private home.)
Potential caucus-goers had to register by January 17 to attend one of these sites, so do not plan to be a snowbird who just flits in. However, the four Arizona caucuses are open to the public.
Final fun fact: Through the early 1990's, Arizona had a modified version of the caucuses to choose the delegates to the national party conventions. That changed when the Legislature and Governor made them state-run affairs. Arizona's Presidential Preference Election takes place on March 17 - this year, it is only for Democrats. The deadline to register to vote as a Democrat for the PPE is February 18.
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