It is said that we caucus in Washington state to choose our presidential nominees, but is that true? Actually, the two major political parties do host precinct caucuses to begin the primary process and then the Secretary of State also holds a statewide presidential primary election. So, which of those votes actually count?
Well each party decides independently whether to use the votes from the caucuses or the votes from the primary election to elect delegates to advance their nominee. The Democrats use votes cast at precinct caucuses, the Republicans use the votes cast in the primary election.
If you agree with me that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the best candidate for our country, you must attend your neighborhood Democratic precinct caucus on March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon and cast your vote. If you cannot attend due to illness/disability, religious observation, military service or your work schedule, a surrogate affidavit form is available. It must be returned by March 18.
Eligible Washington residents, at least 18 years old by Nov. 8, can register and vote at a caucus. For locations and forms go to waforbernie.com