Let the games begin.
The Iowa Standard wrote in September that the Republican Party of Iowa should change the caucus rules to eliminate same-day registration for caucusgoers. You can read about that here.
However, the Republican Party of Iowa did not make the change and will allow same-day registration. You can read about that here.
The Iowa legislature addressed these concerns earlier this year when it passed a law allowing political parties to set deadlines for when Iowans must be registered party members to partake in the caucus.
However, the Republican Party of Iowa refused to make changes, leaving the option available to Democrats to register as Republicans the night of the caucus if they wish to wreak havoc on the Republican Caucus, which is far more significant in 2024 than the Democrat Caucus will be.
Now, Facebook users on the Iowa Democrat Party Facebook page are openly discussing the strategy. User 1 wrote:
“I have a question about the upcoming primaries. How easy is it to change party affiliation to be eligible to vote in Iowa primaries? It seems that if it is easy, why shouldn’t there be a campaign for registered Democrats to change their affiliation to kill Trump’s chances in 2024? It seems fairly obvious what the upside of this strategy is, what is the downside? It seems if only around 20 percent of Democrats and Independents did this, Trump would have no chance of winning in Iowa. Any thoughts?”
User 2 wrote that in small towns, “diehards” will notice Democrats.
“It is not hard but you will face grief from Trump guys if he loses,” the user wrote. “Also the Republican platform is suggested at caucus, can you really support any that (sic)?”
User 1 responded that the Republican process is “more private” than the Democrat process as participants cast ballot in secret, unlike the Democrats.
“Does the secret ballot nature of the Republican method address the concerns you raised,” User 1 asked. “It seems that if just 20 percent of registered Dems and Independents did this, Trump would not win, and that would be a big victory, and a model that other states could follow.”
A third user chimed in, saying that being fearful of attending the Republican caucus is “fear-mongering” and that Democrats shouldn’t worry about going to a Republican Caucus.
User 1 said that he would consider utilizing “all legal mechanisms possible” to prevent “the nightmarish four years that would follow Donald Trump being re-elected.”
That same person wrote that what Trump would do, and has done, is “break the law and try his best to destroy all the mechanisms that safeguard democracy.”
“I agree that although Joe Biden has done a good job, he’s probably not the best candidate, but from a pragmatic standpoint we are faced with an existential dilemma,” User 1 wrote. “I could live with a Republican president that respects rule of law (as most do). I could live with Joe Biden. The country will not be the same if Donald Trump can spend four years dismantling the institutions that make democracy possible.”