However, these caucuses are different than primaries that we have in Pennsylvania. A primary is like any other election - you just go into the voting booth and vote - caucuses, however, are very different animals. Here is how they work:
- Voters show up at designated locations and the formal meetings begin.
- Representatives speak on behalf of their selected candidates.
- Voters vote by secret ballot.
- Results are sent in to the state party, who then sends the results to the media.
Voters are actually voting on delegates to district conventions - at the district conventions, a vote is taken to send delegates to the state convention, where National Delegates are ultimately selected.
Yipes. Confusing. Anyway, for caucuses, you must be in attendance - no absentee voting - and you must be able to dedicate a couple of hours to the process for your vote to count. This tends to skew voters in caucuses to more dedicated and passionate voters - and voters who actually have the time to participate.