Four years ago, Democrats flocked in record numbers to party caucuses to take sides in the pitched battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nominee.
An estimated 250,000 people showed up at sites around Washington, with a majority casting their votes for Obama.
When this year’s caucuses begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, party leaders don’t expect anywhere near those numbers at community centers and school gymnasiums around the state.
“Sure, there’s no drama. We know who our nominee is,” Snohomish County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Phillips said.
“Showing up Sunday is a great way for getting involved” to help re-elect Obama, he said.
Washington is allotted 121 delegates for this year’s Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. Of those, 105 will be chosen through caucuses and the other 16 going to elected office-holders, such as the governor and members of Congress, and party officials.
Delegates are chosen in a three-step process culminating in May.
Sunday is the first step, with those selected moving on to compete at caucuses in each of the 49 legislative districts April 28. On that date, another round of balloting will pick delegates to attend congressional district caucuses May 20 where those going to the Sept. 3 national convention will be chosen.
Caucuses, which are open to anyone, begin at 1 p.m. with voting on the presidential candidate delegates starting after 1:30 p.m.
To be eligible to vote, you must be a registered voter in the precinct and sign a form declaring you are a Democrat. People can register to vote at the caucus and then participate.
For information on caucus locations, go to www.wa-democrats.org/caucuses
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Democratic Party caucuses begin at 1 p.m.
Caucus locations can be found at www.wa-democrats.org/caucuses
Information on the selection process can be found online at www.wa-democrats.org/caucuses-FAQ