with the discussion about whether we are a republic or a democracy. Other states directly elect the delegates or have winner take all allotment based on a popular vote, and that doesn't mean that we live in a pure democracy. The caucus system is a remnant of an archaic way of voting that was practical back in the mid 1800s but which disenfranchises many, many voters today. It doesn't stand as a symbol to prove we are a "republic" and really has nothing at all to do with whether we are a republic or not. It's how voting is designed to work in certain parts of a club called the Republican Party, and isn't the basis of our government. Most elections within our "republic" really are based entirely on a popular vote.