Break Out the Apple Pie: How the Iowa Caucus Really Works
It's dead cold winter, and people have to spend hours showing up, speaking, and voting in arcane patterns that well, are more confusing than the chicken displays at the county fair.
Believe it or not, the Republicans and the Democrats do it differently; the electors have to stand up and declare who they're for and why, and--well, it's basically a community meeting with speeches by citizens, politicing, and confusion.
In New Hampshire, the primary is a state-run function. In Iowa, the caucus system is run by the two major political parties. Citizens who want to get involved have to do more than show up and vote--these gatherings can take hours.
We hope they're serving some hot apple cider. Maybe a little hot apple pie, too.