The legislative district caucuses on March 9 are the first part of the Washington State Democratic Party’s 2014 caucus and convention cycle. (A general outline of the caucus and convention cycle can be found on page 4 of the PCO Handbook. Note that precinct caucuses are held only in presidential years.) At the 8th LD caucus, we will elect six delegates (and two alternates) to the State Convention. The county convention will be on April 12 and the state convention on June 20-21. The State Convention is the highest authority of the Washington State Democratic Party. Our party is pledged “to promote a truly representative Party open to all who support its principles,” and the biennial convention cycle lies at the heart of its representative process.
What Happens at Caucuses and Conventions:
• PRECINCT CAUCUS. Precinct caucuses are held in presidential years only. Local party organizations hold precinct caucuses, where attendees select delegates. They must be held in wheelchair-accessible locations. Therefore, most precinct caucuses are held in appointed locations, rather than in private homes.
• COUNTY CONVENTION. County conventions are where Democrats discuss local issues and candidates, adopt a county platform and pass resolutions, which are submitted to the Platform Committee of the state convention. In presidential years, delegates to the County Convention are elected at the Precinct Caucuses; in non-presidential years all Democrats are invited to participate.
• LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT CAUCUS. Legislative District Caucuses elect delegates to the state convention, adopt a legislative district platform and pass resolutions, which are submitted to the platform committee of the state convention. In presidential election years, the delegates they elect are also delegates to the congressional district caucuses. In presidential years, delegates to the legislative district caucus are elected at the precinct caucuses; in non-presidential years all Democrats are invited to participate.
• CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CAUCUS. Congressional district caucuses are held in president ial
election years only. Delegates from the legislative district caucuses elect delegates to the national convention. Each congressional district will elect three to seven delegates to the national convention based on prior democratic performance in that district.
• STATE CONVENTION. Delegates from the legislative district caucuses discuss and vote on a State Party platform, vote on resolutions submitted from county conventions and legislative district caucuses, and make decisions regarding Party governance. In presidential election years, they elect additional delegates to the national convention.
• NATIONAL CONVENTION. In presidential election years, the DNC holds a convention to adopt a platform and nominate a Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidate. It also conducts other Party business, such as adopting resolutions .