Professor Djupe weighs in on caucus location
Caucuses can be held in many places: town halls, schools, and even churches. Associate Professor of Political Science Paul Djupe researches the intersection of religion and political science—and a caucus that occurs in a church is a highly visible place to see how these two worlds interact.
In a Vox.com article, Djupe notes that “in 2016 about 10 percent of the state’s 1,681 precincts will hold Republican caucuses in a church, while about 4 percent will hold Democratic caucuses in a church. The Republican share is larger, though not outsize considering its demographic base.”
He goes on to develop his inquiry, recognizing that many of the reasons for choosing a church have nothing to do with religion, but more to do with population density and ease of access.