Our Friends from the 7th Legislative District published this about the Washington Presidential Primary. They did such a great job, we are borrowing!
As you may have heard, this year we will not select the Democratic Presidential Candidate through Precinct Caucuses, but through a Primary Election/Caucus Hybrid process. Here is some very basic information on the Primary Election:
The actual primary election will be on March 10, 2020. Ballots will be mailed out on 21 February. One side of the ballot will include the Democratic Candidates (13 names in alphabetical order), while the other side has Donald Trump. You will have to make a declaration on the envelope that you are voting as a Democrat, or a Republican, and vote for only one candidate! Besides the names, you will also be able to support a write-in candidate, or vote for "Uncommitted Delegates".
The ballots have already been printed, and absentee ballots have already been mailed, so there WILL be names on the ballot of candidates that have suspended or ended their campaigns. Case in point, Cory Booker's name is on the ballot, but he has suspended his campaign.
Your ballots are due the week AFTER Super Tuesday which happens on March 03, 2020, so please pay attention to the progress your preferred candidate makes. There is a chance that your candidate may drop out between Super Tuesday and March 10th, so plan accordingly.
Only those candidates who receive at least 15% in a congressional district (CD) will receive a delegate (or more) from this CD to go to the National Convention in Milwaukee, WI in July.
For more information on the primary process, please visit the Secretary of State's FAQ page, or the State Democratic Party website and Facebook pages.
Legislative District Caucuses:
The next step is the Legislative District Caucuses.
Because the Primary only determines how many delegates a candidate receives, but not who those delegates will be, there are two more steps we will take after the primary.
On May 3, 2020, we will hold Legislative District (Sub-) Caucuses at multiple locations throughout the 7th LD. While we are still working out many of the details, here are the basics on that:
The location for the individual county sub-caucuses is:
East Omak Elementary School
715 Omak Avenue
Omak, WA 98841
Every candidate who received at least 15% of the total votes at the Congressional District level will be eligible for a delegate slot from the 4th CD. The CD level delegates will be selected from the delegates elected at the Legislative District Level and will go on to the National Convention in Milwaukee, WI.
The Sub-Caucuses will be held at the same locations as the County Conventions. The 7th LD will be eligible to allocate a total of 18 LD level delegates to the respective presidential candidates. These numbers will be further broken down by county, but we don't have that information yet.
At the county sub-caucuses, anyone who voted in the democratic primary is allowed to vote for the delegates of their preferred candidate (but if their candidate didn't make the threshold, they can pick a different candidate!). The state party is working on a site where you can pre-register to attend the caucus, but it isn't fully functional yet. We will send out a notification once that info is confirmed.
Each sub-caucus will have a credentialing station to verify attendees' eligibility to vote at the LD caucus. Only those who voted in the Democratic Primary will be allowed to vote at the democratic LD caucus. While pre-registration as an attendee is not required, it will help with the credentialing process, so please consider pre-registering for the LD Caucus once the website for that is up and running.
After an introduction, election of caucus officials, and an explanation of the process, voters will divide into groups according to which eligible candidate they want to support.
Potential delegates will then introduce themselves to their respective group, and attendees will vote (potentially in several rounds) for the potential delegates who want to represent their candidate.
After all delegates are elected voters can then attend their local county convention to help their respective county select their platform.
The next step will be a Congressional District Caucus on May 30th, 2020 for the 4th CD. This will be organized by the state party and only the delegates elected at the LD caucuses will be able to vote, but if you are considering becoming a delegate for one of the presidential candidates, continue reading below.
We understand that this is a lot of information to digest, and there are still a lot of unknowns. We will keep you informed on progress that is made as we receive it!