Each even-numbered year, the Democratic Party holds caucuses and conventions to elect delegates and hear from candidates, as well as adopt resolutions and agree on a platform at the county and state levels.
All Washingtonians who identify as Democrats are encouraged to attend these events. There will be five events in this year’s caucus and convention cycle:
the precinct caucuses on Saturday, March 26th, at 10 AM; the legislative district caucuses on Sunday, April 17th at 1 PM; the King County Democratic Convention at Hazen High on Sunday, May 1st, at 1 PM; the congressional district caucuses on Saturday, May 21st (10 AM anticipated start time);
- the Washington State Democratic Convention from June 17th – 19th (all day) in Tacoma.
- Opening ceremonies like the banquet dinner will take place on Friday, June 17th
- The Convention itself will take place on Saturday, June 18th, starting at 9 AM
- Selection of delegates to the Democratic National Convention will take place on Sunday, June 19th
These events will be followed by the Democratic National Convention from July 25th – 28th, 2016, in Philadelphia.
What were the results of the March 26th presidential precinct caucuses?
The Washington State Democratic Party has a page that shows the results of the March 26th presidential precinct caucuses.
What is a caucus? What happens at a caucus?
Very simply, a caucus is a meeting of Democratic voters and activists. It’s a chance to meet your Democratic neighbors and discuss who would be the best candidate to succeed President Obama as our country’s next leader. Participants elect delegates to the next level of caucuses for their presidential candidate of choice (e.g. Hillary or Bernie). Any Washingtonian who will be eighteen by November 8th, 2016, who considers themselves to be a Democrat, and is willing to publicly identify as a Democrat may participate in the caucuses.
I haven’t turned eighteen yet. Can I participate in the caucuses and conventions?
If you will turn eighteen by Election Day, November 8th, 2016, then yes, you may participate. Note that you can only vote at the upcoming congressional district caucuses and state convention if you were elected as a delegate or alternate to go to those events. You can run for delegate to the National Convention, but you must submit your declaration of candidacy by May 6th (to run at the congressional level) or June 10th (to run for a statewide at-large position). You may register to vote exactly as if you were already eighteen and King County Elections will simply hold your registration for activation on your birthday.
I am not a United States citizen. Can I participate in the caucuses and conventions?
You may attend as an observer/guest, but you may not vote unless you are a U.S. citizen and resident of Washington who is of age (or will be by November 8th).