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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Non-binding primary (cancelled by the state Legislature): Tuesday 21 February 2012 (cancelled)
Precinct Caucuses: Sunday 15 April 20121
Legislative District Caucuses: Saturday 28 April 2012
County Conventions: Sunday 29 April 2012
Congressional District Caucuses: Sunday 20 May 2012
State Convention: Friday 1 June - Sunday 3 June 2012
Delegate Selection: Caucus/Convention
Voter Eligibility: Modified Caucus
120 total delegate votes - 69 district / 23 at large; 13 Pledged PLEOs; 15 Unpledged PLEOs
The delegate selection processes herein was updated 14 April 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as approved by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee on 10 December 2011.
Starting on Tuesday 20 March 2012, a 15% pledged delegate bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states begin on the same date. Alaska and Hawaii are considered neighboring states of Washington and Oregon. [Reg 5.1.B Article I.C.2.b]
Participation in Washington State's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Those who wish to participate in the caucus and convention process who are not currently registered to vote may register to vote at the caucus or convention and then participate on the same day.
Sunday 15 April 2012: First Tier Precinct Caucuses.
The Precinct Caucuses meet at 1:00 pm to elect delegates to the legislative district caucuses and county conventions based on presidential preference. After a preliminary tally of presidential support is completed, attendees are given an opportunity to discuss the results. Attendees are then provided a chance to reconsider; and a final tally is taken.
A fine point: The At-Large and Pledged PLEO delegates are pledged to presidential contenders based on the presidential preferences of the 69 district level delegates elected at the Congressional District Caucuses. Hence, the National Convention District delegates are pledged from the preferences expressed at the Precinct Caucuses while the National Convention statewide delegates are pledged using the preferences of the National Convention District delegates.
Saturday 28 April 2012: Second Tier Legislative District Caucuses.
Legislative district caucuses meet at 10:00 a.m to elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention.
Sunday 29 April 2012: Second Tier County Conventions.
County Conventions meet at 10:00 a.m. to elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention and adopt county platforms and resolutions.
A county that is wholly within a legislative district may choose its delegates to the state convention and the congressional district caucuses at the county convention.
A county that is in more than one legislative district may choose its delegates to the state convention and the congressional district caucuses at legislative district caucuses during the county convention.
Sunday 20 May 2012: Third Tier Congressional District Caucuses.
National Convention District delegates are elected at the State Convention according to the results of the Precinct Caucuses.
36 statewide delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the presidential preferences of district level delegates elected at today's Congressional District Caucuses. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at the statewide level.
Friday 1 June - Sunday 3 June 2012: State Convention.
National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected at the State Convention according to the results of the Congressional District Caucuses.
The remaining 15 National Convention delegates consist of
These 15 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
SB 5119, which cancels the 2012 presidential primary by amending RCW 29A.56.020, was signed by Governor Christine "Chris" Gregoire on 13 May 2011. The bill's sponsors were Senators Craig A. Pridemore (Democratic) and Adam Kline. Since the bill expires in 2013, there may be a Presidential Primary in 2016. Note: In the last 2 cycles, the Washington Democrats (2004, 2008) nominated by caucus while the Washington Republican nominated by caucus in 2004 and by both caucus and primary in 2008.
|Delegation to the National Convention|
Washington Delegation (as posted at http://www.democrats.org/2012-convention-delegate-list, 20 August 2012)
|Devon Alisa Abdallah||Seattle|
|Majid S Albahadli||Seattle|
|Dean S Ando||Tacoma|
|David Z Bean||Tacoma|
|Mario C Brown||Edmonds|
|Elizabeth "Liz" Campbell||Vancouver|
|Sandra C Castell||Bellevue|
|Kenneth E Caylor||Othello|
|Kristen E Cejka||Spokane|
|Erin Cheuvront||Maple Valley|
|Grifynn M Clay||Snohomish|
|Seamus S Davis||Spokane|
|Karl de Jong||Seattle|
|Loretta S DeKay||White Salmon|
|Norman D Dicks||Belfair|
|Jeremie J Dufault||Yakima|
|Brittany M Duff||Bremerton|
|Roger A Erskine||Olympia|
|George B Fearing||Kennewick|
|Rufus E Finley||Woodland|
|Thomas S Foley||Washington|
|Leonard Forsman||Suquamish Tribe|
|Barbara Geller||Mercer Island|
|M. Lorena Gonzalez||Seattle|
|Emily R Gonzalez||Seattle|
|Christine "Chris" Gregoire||Olympia|
|Monisha R Harrell||Lynnwood|
|Tanisha L Harris||Vancouver|
|Marian L Harrison||Arlington|
|Robert "Bob" Hasegawa||Seattle|
|Tommy L Hilyard||Tacoma|
|Winona Hollins Hauge||Shoreline|
|Di Irons||Fall City|
|Linda T Jenkins||Woodinville|
|Karen Keiser||Des Moines|
|Karen L Keleman||East Wenatchee|
|Ruthann Kurose||Mercer Island|
|Rebecca "Becky" Lewis||Bellevue|
|Ghassan "Gus" Mansour||Lynnwood|
|David T McDonald||Seattle|
|Joseph H McGimpsey||Neah Bay|
|Elizabeth Mendoza||Union Gap|
|Nancy E Monacelli||Walla Walla|
|Luis Moscoso||Mountlake Terrace|
|Emilia Navazio||Port Townsend|
|Marc Oommen||Mount Vernon|
|Cynthia R Pratt||Lacey|
|Karen K Russell||Seattle|
|Robert K Satiacum||Roy|
|Adam Smith||Federal Way|
|Jeffrey A Smith||Seattle|
|Michael T Snodgrass||Olympia|
|Theresa "Teri" Staudinger||Pasco|
|Mary M Stephenson||Yakima|
|Robyn Stevenson||University Place|
|Brad L Taylor||Prosser|
|Mathew K.M. Tomaskin||Wapato|
|Azziem H Underwood||Renton|
|Eli Waite||Port Townsend|
|Louis H Watanabe||Seattle|
|Tandy J Williams||Seattle|
|Sharon V Winesberry||Steilacoom|
|Mary M Wissink||Spokane|
|Stephen Michael Wolfe Jr.||Seattle|
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Washington State Constitution|
|• Public Disclosure Commission|
|• Secretary of State's Office|
|• Washington Secretary of State - Elections & Voting|
|• Washington Secretary of State - Elections & Voting|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Washington State Legislature|
|• Washington State Legislature - House of Representatives|
|• Washington State Senate|
|• Washington State Democrats|
|Media & others|
|• KING TV - Seattle|
|• KREM TV - Spokane|
|• More Voter Choice|
|• Northwest Daily Marker - Redmond|
|• PNWLocalNews - Western Washington News, Sports, Entertainment|
|• Politics1.com - Washington|
|• Seattle Post-Intelligencer|
|• Sound Politics - Seattle - Puget Sound|
|• Spokane Valley Online|
|• The Bellingham Herald|
|• The Chronicle - Centralia|
|• The Daily Herald - Everett|
|• The Daily News - Longview|
|• The News Tribune - Tacoma|
|• The Olympian - Olympia|
|• The Seattle Times|
|• The Spokesman-Review - Spokane|
|• Tri-City Herald - Kennewick - Pasco - Richland|
|• Washington Voter - League of Women Voters of Washington|
|• Yakima Herald-Republic|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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