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2016  WASHINGTON   CAUCUSES
Caucus meetings are arranged by either the state or a political party to take place at a certain place and time.

Caucuses are unique in that they allow participants to openly show support for candidates.

Voting is often done by raising hands or breaking into groups according to the candidate a participant supports.

The results of the caucus may be used to determine the delegates present at county, state and national nominating conventions of each political party. 


Primaries are a direct, statewide process of selecting candidates and delegates.

Similar to the general election process, primary voters cast secret ballots for the candidates of their choosing.

The results may be used to determine the configuration of delegates at the national convention of each party. 
Any registered voter who considers themselves to be a Democrat can participate.

Caucus goers support their candidate of choice, with each candidate being awarded the proportion of delegates that correspond with their percentage of support, as long as the candidate reaches a minimum of 15%.
DEMOCRATIC   CAUCUSES

REPUBLICAN    CAUCUSES
Neighborhood (Precinct) Caucus Meetings


Delegates elected at the precinct caucuses attend and elect delegates to the Congressional District Caucus and the State Convention.  May also adopt platforms.

Legislative District Caucus 
March 26, 2016  10 a.m.
April 17, 2016 
County
Convention
May 1, 2016
Delegates elected at the precinct caucuses attend and address resolutions and might adopt a platform.
Congressional
​District Caucus
May 21, 2016
​Delegates elected at the Legislative District caucus attend and elect 67 delegates to the National Convention, apportioned throughout the state, and one presidential elector in each Congressional District.
State Convention

Neighborhood (Precinct) Caucus Meetings


June 17 - 19, 2016
Delegates elected at the Legislative District caucuses attend and elect 2 presidential electors, adopt a state party platform, and address resolutions. Members of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee elect 22 delegates to the National Convention.
Democratic National Convention
July 25 - 28, 2016 (Philadelphia)
Delegates elected at the Congressional District caucuses and the State Conveention attend and nominate the Democratic candidates for President and Vice-President and adopt a platform.
February 20, 2016   10 a.m.
Any registered voter who considers themselves to be a Republican can vote. 

Delegates are chosen to attend the county convention or legislative district caucus. Who they will support will be determined after the Washington Presidential Preference Primary.
County
Convention
County conventions shall be held not earlier than March 12, 2016 and not later than April 16, 2016. 

Participants will select delegates to the State Convention.
Legislative District Caucus 
If a County has 7 or more Legislative Districts the caucus shall be held not earlier than March 12, 2016 and not later than April 21, 2016.

Participants will select delegates to the State Convention.
State Convention
and
Congressional
Caucuses
May 19-21, 2016
Delegates to the National Convention will be elected by  Congressional Districts.
Republican
National Convention
July 18-21, 2016 (Cleveland)
Republican candidates for President and Vice-President are nominated and a platform is adopted.
Republican Caucuses Were Held on Feb. 20.
Articles
"Washington voters have complex route to choosing presidential candidates" -The Spokesman-Review
Feb. 4, 2016


Guest Article - League of Women Voters of Washington

Letter to the Editor - League of Women Voters of Washington

Washington
Presidential
Preference
Primary
May 24, 2016
The state Democratic party has ruled that the results of this Primary Election are only ADVISORY for the Democratic party's nomination process.
Washington
Presidential
Preference
Primary
May 24, 2016
​The state Republican party has ruled that results of this Primary Election are BINDING. The number of delegates a candidate gets will be based on the percentage of votes they got in this Primary Election.
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