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Making the Iowa Caucuses “Less Scary” Takes Practice

December 6, 2007

Des Moines – The people of Iowa choose their election candidates in a very public caucus system which differs greatly from the privacy of a voting booth. People reach their decisions in open discussions with their friends and neighbors, and that can be intimidating to some.

So that Iowans nervous about speaking out in public won't be scared away from the caucuses in January, the Governor's Developmental Disabilities Council and ID Action, a nonpartisan political and civic participation initiative, are holding a series of statewide caucus workshops to try to make the process more friendly.

Council spokesman Rik Shannon explains they're trying to boost voter turnout with a series of free caucus workshops, with special information for Iowans with disabilities.

"When people have the opportunity to learn, and more importantly have the opportunity to practice what they are learning, then it does increase the likelihood that they'll actually show up and participate."

Shannon adds the workshops are designed to improve the comfort and confidence level of potential caucus-goers.

"We'll walk people through what they can expect. All the way from, 'Why do we have a caucus?' to how to find out where your caucus site is if you don't know, and 'How can you request any reasonable accommodations that might be needed?'"

The first workshop will be held in Oskaloosa on Friday, with three more scheduled around the state over the next week.

For more information on the workshops, go to

Dick Layman/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - IA