03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Independents May Decide A Lot In Tonight's Caucus

DES MOINES - So you're an independent-minded voter who has decided to participate in tonight's partisan Iowa precinct caucuses. Now what?

As of Dec. 3, there were at least 809,236 Iowans who shared your dilemma, having marked "no party" affiliation when they registered to vote, according to Iowa Secretary of State Michael Mauro.

To participate in either a Democratic or Republican caucus, a person who will be at least age 18 by Nov. 4 must complete a voter registration form at the appropriate precinct site -- if he or she had not been registered already -- and declare a party preference to participate in that party's presidential nomination process.

A caucus participant must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Iowa and of the precinct where he or she wishes to participate.

Registration for the Democratic Party caucuses begins at 6 p.m., the caucuses start at 6:30 p.m. and participants must be the registration line or signed up by 7 p.m. Republicans begin registration at 6:30 p.m., and the caucuses start at 7 p.m.

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