Iowa kicks off US election process with complex caucus

Instead of holding primaries, Iowa hosts local meetings known as caucuses, which are organized by the Democratic and Republican parties to determine who will be their nominees in November's general electionOn February 1, residents of the US state of Iowa will cast the first votes in the months-long 2016 race for the White House. Among Iowa’s 3.1 million inhabitants, there are currently about 584,000 active Democratic voters, 611,000 active Republican voters, and 725,000 registered under no party affiliation, according to Iowa’s secretary of state. Only Republicans can vote in Republican caucuses, and Democrats in Democratic caucuses.

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