How concerned are Iowans about caucus voting? Like we’ve been talking about over this past week, there has been stupid controversy about college students participating in the Iowa caucuses. The answer is: YES, as a student in Iowa you can caucus. Now, the other part of the controversy has been about out-of-state campaign volunteers and staffers who come into Iowa and whether or not they should participate.
Let’s get things clear first. Iowa law says that if you’ve been a resident for at least 10 days, you can register to vote in Iowa. That’s the law. To me, the spirit of the law then, as it would impact the caucuses, is that those who are truly committed to this state and their livelihood here–not simply because of a campaign, but because of school, work, and family–should be one’s caucusing.
Yet somehow, among all of this, the campaigns and the media seem to think that there is going to be a massive influx of volunteers and staffers who are going to do irreparable harm to the caucuses and basically cheat so that one candidate can win. That’s like thinking that Dennis Kucinich really did see a UFO, and is, in fact, an extraterrestrial himself.
And KCCI here in Des Moines isn’t helping the matter. Their story, headlined “Iowans Concerned About Caucus Voting: Out-Of State Operatives Flooding Iowa,” is mind-boggling simply because they don’t note a single ordinary Iowan who is concerned about out-of-staters voting. It is merely an argument between campaigns that has blown up into a political worthless and quite petty tiff that just makes the campaigns look downright juvenile.
There really isn’t any concern among Iowa voters, or the campaigns. Some candidates just wanted to gain traction and media attention by having other candidates sign their pledge.
Memo to the campaigns: Skip the hysterics, focus on the mobilization of Iowa voters, and play it fair. It is just that simple.