2020 Delegate Selection Process

What is a delegate

Our March 10th Presidential Primary saw Washington State garnering the highest Democratic turnout out of all the primary states so far!

It is now time to choose the actual delegates that will attend future conventions (even if that attendance is “virtual”). Under normal circumstances, these delegate choices would be made at a local gathering called a sub-caucus, open to all voters. Because of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, this process will now take place online and Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) will have the responsibility of selecting these delegates.

If you are an elected or appointed Precinct Committee Officer, you should already have received a “Call to Meeting” with information about the upcoming delegate selection process.

You can run to be a delegate! Delegate positions are open to all Democrats.

  • There are 18 delegate spots in the 14th LD, 9 for Biden and 9 for Sanders (plus 5 alternates each).
  • There are 14 delegate spots in the 15th LD, 8 for Sanders and 6 for Biden (plus 4 Sanders alternates and 3 Biden alternates).

These are the delegates that were allocated by the March 10th Presidential Primary. Even though Sen. Sanders has suspended his campaign, he is still entitled to the delegates allotted to him through our state’s presidential primary. (No other candidates reached 15% of the vote in a Congressional District, so were not allotted any delegates.)

Delegates elected at this first level will have two responsibilities:

  • Vote for delegates who go on to the Democratic National Convention (another virtual vote, on May 30th)
  • Attend the State Convention, where they will vote on the platform as well as other business of the convention, such as resolutions, and charter/bylaws amendments

How Do I Run

We need people to fill these slots so we have full representation at the State Convention, and so we have the maximum number of people from our area helping to select DNC Delegates. Please consider running! You don’t need to have any experience, just a willingness to participate in the process. You are not obligated to go on to National Convention.

You can see who has already registered to run at www.waelectioncenter.com. Click on the big red “register here” button, and then select the LD you want to view from the drop down menu. You can view this information without registering.

If you do register to run as a delegate, please note that you CAN change your presidential preference or edit your statement up until April 24th. You CANNOT change your photo after you have registered. You can also remove yourself from consideration at any time up until April 24th by deleting your profile.

Also note, if you do want to run for national delegate, you must submit a letter of intent by May 4th, which can be found here: https://www.wa-democrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Fillable-Letter-of-Intent-to-Run-for-National-Delegate.pdf

Our state’s DNC delegation of 109 people will be made up of 58 delegates from the 10 Congressional Districts (split between CDs based on Democratic density with the CD), 12 Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates, 19 At-Large delegates, and 20 automatic delegates (“superdelegates”). There will also be 7 alternates elected. PLEOs, At-Large, and alternates will be elected at the state convention, by State Committee Members representing Legislative Districts.

At this time we don’t know if the State or National conventions will happen in person, or virtually. We hope to have more information before the self-nomination period closes on May 4th, as we realize this will impact many people’s decision about whether or not to run for national delegate.

For much more information about running for Delegate at any level, and how this all works, please visit the Delegate FAQ provided by the state party: https://www.wa-democrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Delegate-FAQ_Revised.pdf

We thank you for supporting this revised process in such “novel” times. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing our Chair, Naomi Whitmore, at yccc@yakimademocrats.com.