Source: Des Moines Register
The Iowa Democratic Party is promising to rework its caucuses as party leaders begin a formal application process that will determine whether it can continue holding an early presidential nominating contest.
The state party submitted a letter of intent to members of the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday, notifying them that Iowa will be among the states making the case they should launch the presidential nominating process.
For the last 50 years, Iowa has kicked off that process with its first-in-the-nation caucuses. The DNC has long blessed the ritual, granting waivers to Iowa and three other states New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina allowing them to hold their caucuses and primaries before the rest of the country.
But the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee voted in April to open up the process, allowing any state that wants to hold an early contest to seek a new waiver. States interested in obtaining a waiver were required to send a letter of intent followed by a full written application. The committee has scheduled meetings in June to consider in-person presentations from a select group of states it chooses to move forward in the process.