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.
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.