Where campus residences can caucus

CLINTON OLSASKY, News Editor

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The eyes of the nation will be glued on the state of Iowa tonight as registered voters across the state meet in their respective precincts to participate in their local caucuses.

The Iowa Caucus has served as the first major event in the U.S. Presidential election process since 1972 and has traditionally garnered extensive media coverage as a result.

There are a total of 1,681 precincts in the state of Iowa, four of which serve as the precincts for UNI students living on campus. Two of these four precincts are for registered Democrats, while the other two are for Republican voters.

Democrats who live on or in the immediate area surrounding UNI’s campus will report to either the West Gym or the Maucker Union Ballroom, depending on their respective precinct number.

Republican students who live on campus or in the immediate area will be able to caucus at either Peet Jr. High or Holmes Jr. High, both of which are in Cedar Falls.

Registered Democrats who live off campus can find their caucus location by visiting the Iowa Democrats’ website: http://iowademocrats.org/2016-democratic-caucus-locations/.

Those who plan on attending a Republican caucus can find their caucus location by visiting the Iowa GOP website: https://www.iowagop.org/caucus-locations/.

One possible deterrent for voters tonight could be extreme winter weather.

According to the National Weather Service, “heavy snow and wintry mix will overspread all of eastern Iowa” starting tonight and will continue into Tuesday morning.

In addition to snow accumulation, high winds could prove troublesome for potential voters, with wind speeds projected to exceed 40 mph at times.  As a result, a blizzard watch is in effect until Wednesday at 6 a.m. in central Iowa, including Black Hawk county.

Despite the projected snowstorm, thousands of Iowans are expected to participate in their caucus precincts tonight. For those who intend on caucusing, it is strongly recommended to plan accordingly. Per caucus rules, those who arrive late to the 7 p.m. start time will not be allowed to participate.

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