I recently attended the local Democratic Party caucuses at Garfield Elementary School. I left disappointed in my party. Caucuses are, by nature, undemocratic but I was stunned by how much control the Sanders people had over the process.
I now understand why Sanders is winning caucuses but not primaries.
A lot of people attended. We were literally shoulder-to-shoulder and moving around was difficult. Laws related to building occupancy were ignored as were the requirements of the American with Disabilities Act. Had there been a fire or an earthquake a lot of people would have died.
Olympia is 84 percent white so I didn't expect to see many people of color. I, in fact, saw none. There was no accommodation available for the needs of the elderly or disabled. I was told directly by an official that no accommodation for my disability would be given but that I could give him my ballot and leave. I did so.
I wanted to participate in the process but I couldn't because my party's leadership cares more about controlling the process than it does about safety and inclusion.
The caucus system has nothing to do with democratic ideals. It's about controlling the process.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman has suggested that we replace it with a primary system. An initiative must be passed to put that into law.