Get Out And Vote At Your Local Caucus This Saturday At 1pm!
It’s an election year, which means that maybe this time, we’ll all actually get out and vote (and just maybe make a difference…).
Or at least get out to the Post Office to buy two stamps to send in your big ol’ ballot.
One way to really make sure you’re involved in the 2008 Presidential Election happens this Saturday at 1pm – CAUCUSES!
They’re kind of like parties for your party, where you mix and mingle, choose your candidate, wait for a tally, mingle some more, maybe argue with a neighbor, then either change your vote or stick to it…
Below is a guide to your local B-Town Area caucus locations:
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Attendees will be asked to sign in, affirm their support for the party and list their presidential preference. Only registered voters can vote at the caucus, although others may participate in the discussion.
The caucus chair will call the meeting to order and begin by explaining the caucus process. Each precinct caucus will elect one or more delegates, depending on the size of the precinct.
Attendees may gather in groups according to their presidential preference. Participants will discuss the presidential candidates.Short speeches to the group may be allowed.
Democrats vote for presidential candidates they support. To be viable, each candidate must have a certain number of votes relative to the total number of attendees. People aligned with a non-viable candidate must realign with another campaign.
Candidates are awarded delegates proportionally, based on the number of supporters for each candidate. Delegates are then elected by the members present at the caucus.
Republicans nominate delegates first. There is no limit to the number of nominees. Participants then vote to elect delegates based on their candidate preference.
The delegate who wins the majority vote is elected. Several votes may be held to fill additional delegate positions.
Whichever candidate has the most elected delegates is considered the winner of the caucus.
AFTER THE CAUCUS:
Precinct caucuses will be followed by additional rounds of caucuses or conventions, with each round electing a smaller number of delegates to go on to the next round until the final selection for the national convention is completed. But the caucus system won’t account for all the delegates in either party.
Republicans will look to the Feb. 19 primary to choose nearly half their 40-member delegation to the Republican National Convention.
Democratic Party leaders and public officeholders automatically are awarded 17 of the 97 slots in their party’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention.
WHERE TO GO:
1pm Sat. Feb. 9th
Southwest Community Center
2801 SW Thistle St. â€¢ Seattle, 98126
More info here