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2016 Democratic Presidential Precinct Caucuses
March 26th, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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, particularly the presidential precinct caucuses, which happen on March 26th.
Plan to attend your precinct caucus!
If you would like to participate in the selection of the Democratic nominee, you need to come prepared to caucus on Saturday, March 26th. The best way to prepare is to preregister. If you do not participate in the caucuses, your vote will not count. Two candidates are actively seeking the Democratic nomination as of February 2016: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
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?
If you will turn eighteen by Election Day, November 8th, 2016, then yes, you may vote and participate in the precinct caucuses.
I am not a United States citizen. Can I participate in the caucuses?
You may attend as an observer/guest, but you may not participate unless you are a U.S. citizen and resident of Washington who is of age (or will be by November 8th).
What if I can’t make it on March 26th?
If you cannot attend the precinct caucuses due to illness, religious observance, work schedule, or disability, you may still participate by submitting a surrogate affidavit form (PDF) to the state party by March 18th at 5 PM.
Where will I caucus?
Washington Democrats will be gathering at hundreds of locations around the state for the March 26th precinct caucuses. The Washington State Democratic Party has online caucus finder tool that you can use to find the location where your precinct will be gathering. Follow this link now to preregister for the caucus and find where your precinct will meet.