2020 presidential primary ballot (King County)
The 2020 presidential primary ballot created by King County Elections

Today is Pres­i­den­tial Pri­ma­ry Day in Wash­ing­ton State and Ida­ho. Vot­ers have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in the nom­i­nat­ing process­es of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic and Repub­li­can par­ties and influ­ence — at least on the Demo­c­ra­t­ic side — how Wash­ing­ton and Ida­ho’s nation­al con­ven­tion del­e­gates should be allocated.

Have you vot­ed yet? If you have, con­grat­u­la­tions on participating!

Now, go check up on your friends and fam­i­ly and make sure they’ve vot­ed, too.

Haven’t vot­ed yet? It’s time to get that bal­lot in!

You’ve only got a few hours left before time runs out to participate.

You should have received your bal­lot in the mail a few weeks ago from the coun­ty you reside in. If you did not receive a bal­lot, or if you have mis­placed your bal­lot, you should call your coun­ty elec­tions office to obtain a new ballot.

If you’re in Wash­ing­ton, you must check the box on the bal­lot return enve­lope stat­ing that you acknowl­edge that by par­tic­i­pat­ing, you are affil­i­at­ing with a polit­i­cal par­ty. Remem­ber, your choice is not precedent-setting.

You are not reg­is­ter­ing with a par­ty by affil­i­at­ing; you’re only com­mit­ting to par­tic­i­pat­ing in one par­ty’s nom­i­nat­ing process for the 2020 cycle.

Remem­ber, today’s pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry is NOT an elec­tion. It is a nom­i­nat­ing event — an event asso­ci­at­ed with the process of select­ing the peo­ple who will car­ry the stan­dard for the coun­try’s major polit­i­cal par­ties for the incred­i­bly impor­tant posi­tion of Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States. The major par­ties use nation­al con­ven­tions to for­mal­ly select their nom­i­nees, but in prac­tice, del­e­gates are typ­i­cal­ly allo­cat­ed in advance using nom­i­nat­ing events like today’s primaries.

You can learn more about the polit­i­cal par­ty dec­la­ra­tions and why they’re manda­to­ry for Wash­ing­ton vot­ers by read­ing this post.

In addi­tion to check­ing the box to affil­i­ate with a par­ty if you desire to par­tic­i­pate, on’t for­get to sign your bal­lot before putting it in a drop box or the mail. Wash­ing­to­ni­ans, locate the near­est drop box to you by going here.

The first results are expect­ed to become avail­able after 8 PM Pacif­ic in Wash­ing­ton and after 8 PM Moun­tain in Idaho.

Oth­er states hold­ing nom­i­nat­ing events today include:

  • Democ­rats Abroad (con­sid­ered a “state par­ty” by the DNC)
  • North Dako­ta (Demo­c­ra­t­ic caucuses)
  • Michi­gan (pres­i­den­tial primary)
  • Mis­souri (pres­i­den­tial primary)
  • Mis­sis­sip­pi (pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry and pri­ma­ry for state lev­el offices)

That’s not as many states as Super Tues­day last week, but still a big enough clus­ter that today’s results will be pret­ty darn mean­ing­ful to the Demo­c­ra­t­ic field and to Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers. We invite you to join us tonight here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate for spe­cial live cov­er­age of Mini Super Tues­day 2020.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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