Resolution Calling on State Committee Members to Vote in Favor of a Primary for Presidential Delegate Allocation

Whereas the Washington State Democratic Central Committee at its April meeting will choose between precinct caucuses as the determining step for national delegate allocation or adopt a state-run vote-by-mail primary for the same purpose; and

Whereas, in 2016, approximately 274,000 Democrats participated in the party’s precinct caucuses, while 802,754 Democrats voted in the state’s non-binding primary; and

Whereas the Democratic Party is dedicated to expanding participation in the Democratic process, and

Whereas Washington taxpayers already pay for administration of a statewide Democratic primary by funding state elections infrastructure; and

Whereas precinct caucuses will become both more difficult to run and more expensive due to new DNC rules governing caucuses, and

Whereas the state party projects that adopting the primary as the determining step for presidential delegate allocation will save the State Party and Local Parties millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours which can then be spent electing Democrats and fighting for Democratic values; and

Whereas the plan to use the primary as the determining step for delegate allocation will preserve legislative district and congressional district caucuses for the purpose of delegate election, community engagement, and party development;

Therefore, be it resolved that the Jefferson County Democrats support using a primary as the determining step in allocating national delegates in 2020 and call on our State Committee Representatives to vote accordingly at the April 2019 Washington State Democratic Central Committee meeting.

Submitted to the Jefferson County Democrats on February 18 2019 by Marty Gilmore.