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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
The delegate selection processes herein, along with any and all dates associated therewith, are unofficial and based on either (1) information obtained from either Major Party, (2) Presidential Primary dates established by currently-effective State statute, or- where the foregoing information could not be obtained- (3) the state's 2016 delegate selection process and associated dates adjusted to the corresponding dates in 2020.
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Thursday 26 March 2020 (presumably)1
Legislative District Caucuses: Sunday 19 April 2020 (presumably)
County Conventions: Sunday 3 May 2020 (presumably)
Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday 16 May 2020 (presumably)
Advisory Primary: Tuesday 26 May 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Sunday 21 June 2020 (presumably)
104 total delegate votes - 57 district / 19 at large; 11 Pledged PLEOs; 17 Unpledged PLEOs
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SB 5333, which moves the Presidential Primary from the 4th Tuesday in May to the 2nd Tuesday in March, was introduced on 20 January 2017.
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.
First Tier Precinct Caucuses.
The Precinct Caucuses meet at 10am 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 then provided a chance to reconsider; and a final tally is taken.
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 19 April 2020 (presumably): Second Tier Legislative District Caucuses.
Legislative district caucuses meet at 1 pm to elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention.
Sunday 3 May 2020 (presumably): Second Tier County Conventions.
County Conventions meet at 1 pm to elect delegates to the Congressional District caucuses and State Convention. They also adopt county platforms and resolutions.
Saturday 16 May 2020 (presumably): Third Tier Congressional District Caucuses. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Modified Caucus/Convention. 87 of 104 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in 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 either the congressional district or statewide level. How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.
Tuesday 26 May 2020 (presumably): Washington Advisory Primary. Polling hours reportedly end at 8:00p PDT (0300 UTC). Washington votes by mail. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, or dropped off in a designated ballot box by 8 p.m. local time on Election Day. Delegate Pledging: Advisory Primary. Voter Eligibility: Closed Primary. Today's primary has no affect on delegate allocation.
Sunday 21 June 2020 (presumably): State Convention / State Party Committee.
National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected at the State Convention by the State Party Committee according to the results of the Congressional District Caucuses.
The remaining 17 National Convention delegates consist of
These 17 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
|Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.|
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|• Politics1.com - Washington|
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|• Spokane Valley Online|
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|• 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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