This is BIG news as it’ll ensure that a lot more people participate.
Sources from both the Iowa Democratic Party and Republican Party of Iowa say they are getting ready to jointly announce a date for the 2010 Iowa caucuses. For the first time, theyâ€™ll be held on a Saturday afternoon in January. (editor’s note: Jan. 23 at 1 p.m.) […]
Both parties have a good track record of working together to make decisions regarding the caucuses. This one is a good example that should help secure Iowaâ€™s first-in-the-nation status for 2012.
Still, some are worried that this will disenfranchise Jewish voters…
Paulee Lipsman, former House Democratic caucus director, who is Jewish, says she and some others called the state party to complain two years ago when she heard Saturday caucuses were being considered. â€œWe have enough trouble with schools scheduling tests and homecoming on Jewish holidays,â€ she said. She notes, though, that some Jews will attend Saturday events, just like some Christians go to football games on Sunday instead of to church. â€œNo matter when you do it, youâ€™re disenfranchising people,â€ she said.
Agreed. Any day will disenfranchise folks, but Iowa isn’t exactly a state with a massive Jewish population, and I predict the amount of Jewish voters lost by having it on Saturday will be offset by the number they gain.
Now if we can only get the national election day declared a holiday…. (ahem!)