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34th District Democrats 2018 Caucus
Reminder: midterm caucuses are coming in just 2 weeks! Join us to elect our delegates to the state convention; hear from elected officials and candidates for office, including 34th LD State House and Senate seats.
What is the Caucus and Convention Cycle?
In accordance with the charter of the Democratic Party of Washington State, every two years the party holds a State Convention where the party platform and rules are adopted. Those decisions are voted on democratically, by delegates elected at Local Party Organizations throughout the state. There are 49 Legislative District party organizations and 39 County Party Organizations in Washington. Each local party organization elects delegates to the State Convention, which will be held in Wenatchee this year, on June 16. There will be 400 elected delegates and 200 elected alternates to the State Convention. In addition, all state committee members, all DNC members residing in Washington State, County Chairs, Legislative District Chairs, Democratic Members of Congress from Washington State, Democratic Statewide Elected Officials, and Democratic State Senators and Representatives are automatic delegates. At the state convention these delegates will determine the state party platform. Legislative District Caucuses and County Conventions are an opportunity to build the Democratic Party across the state in preparation for our 2018 election efforts.
Save the Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
We will elect our 14 delegates and 7 alternates to the Washington State Democrats Convention at the 34th District Democrats Caucus on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The number of delegates a local party organization may send to the Convention is determined by voter turnout in the last presidential election. The 34th District Democrats have been allocated 14 delegate slots to fill, along with 7 alternates (alternates are elected to serve in the event that a delegate is unable to complete their mission). The District Caucus is your opportunity to take part in rebuilding and renewing the Democratic Party to take on the challenges we face in 2018, first and foremost taking back Congress in the midterm elections. Caucuses are a great way to dip your toe into Democratic Party activism. As an all-volunteer, grassroots organization, we love to see fresh faces, to hear diverse perspectives, and we can always use more helping hands.
Business of the Caucus
The principal business of the Legislative District Caucuses is the election of delegates and alternates to the 2018 Democratic State Convention and selection of nominees for partisan office, as required. The elections shall be conducted pursuant to Section IV of the Washington State Democrats 2018 Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan, which can be found on the Washington Democrats website here.
Eligibility to Vote or Participate
To vote at the Caucus an individual must be a resident, registered voter in the 34th Legislative District, and sign a registration sheet stating that they are a Democrat, and agree to recordation of and public display of their attendance at the Caucus. Further, 17 year-olds who will turn 18 by election day, November 6, 2018, are allowed (and encouraged!) to fully participate and vote in the caucuses and conventions.
Who can run to be an elected delegate?
Candidates must be Washington State residents, Registered Voters in the 34th Legislative District, willing to sign a registration sheet stating that the individual is a Democrat, and agrees to recordation of and public display of their attendance at the Caucus.
As with voting, 17 year-olds who will turn 18 by election day, November 6, 2018, are allowed (and encouraged!) to run to be an elected delegate.
Procedures for the Nomination and Election of Delegates and Alternates
All candidates for delegate must be Registered Voters in the 34th Legislative District. A candidate who is not present must signify in advance, individually in writing, willingness to serve if elected, willingness to be publicly identified as a Democrat, and self-identification as a Democrat. Said letter or email shall be delivered or emailed to the Caucus Chair at or prior to the caucus and shall be read at the Caucus by the Chair and shall constitute a nomination. Alternates shall be nominated and elected in the same manner. Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend in person, as those who are present are most likely to be elected.
Voting for delegates and alternates shall be by written ballot. To be counted a ballot must have all positions filled with no duplications. Ballots will be provided at the Caucus.
Organizer: 34th District Democrats
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Evergreen High School
830 SW 116th St.
Seattle, Washington, 98146
For more information please see the 2018 Washington State Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan.
Chair, 34th District Democrats
6523 California Avenue SW
West Seattle, White Center, Burien, Vashon & Maury Islands
Seattle WA 98136-1879 United States