I’ll be heading to caucus tomorrow, it’ll be my first time and I’m equal parts excited to do something new and terrified of being trapped somewhere with a bunch of very serious people for hours.
Last week I was sort of interested in caucusing, but since Super Tuesday has left Obama and Clinton still duking it out, I find myself thinking that caucusing here has quickly become very important.
If you are living in WA and are a Democrat here are the basics for getting involved in nominating the candidate you want:
- Your vote in the Primary Ballot you were sent won’t matter, the Democratic delegates are being apportioned based on the results of the caucuses tomorrow and the results of the vote are being ignored. However, NPR reports “Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed is a big proponent of the primary because more people participate. He says that even though it’s nonbinding, the national media will pay attention.” So be sure to vote as well, it just might sway someone else.
- Caucuses are tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 9th at 1 p.m., you can find the location of your caucus here at Washington State Democrats Caucus Finder. At this point the caucus areas are divided up so small that your caucus location will be nearby, mine is only a few blocks from my house.
- If you are new to caucusing read Caucusing Is Easy, by The Stranger. Not so scary.
- If you want to know just what is going on around here see Back to Basics by The Stranger’s Eli Sanders who points us towards information on caucuses, superdelegates, rallies and the political lay of the land.
- One last thing, The Stranger wants to hear your caucus story, so if you have something to tell after you get home, or want to read about others experiences, you know where to look.
- added: More details from The Stranger — you can register to vote or update your address at your caucus site (though it’s a good idea to bring a print out of the voter registration PDF), you can leave early if you need and have your vote counted (though you should inform the person on the way in).
I’m going to support Obama. I have many reasons but one important one is that I’m excited about the effect he’s having on lots of other people.
Here is something I found discouraging, I heard this last night on NPR during an interview with a volunteer during an Obama caucus training session:
“Obama’s supporters skew so young that the trainer worries some of the teens and 20-somethings might wander into the caucus meetings too late and get shut out because they overslept.”
This is an insulting assumption, and one that makes me far less likely to support a process that thinks so little of me. So, the only real thing to do here is to show up early and prove them wrong.