Washington State Caucuses will be this Saturday, Feb. 20 & Saturday, Mar. 26

Presidential Caucuses for Washington State will be held this Saturday, Feb. 20 (for Republicans), and March 26 for Democrats.

To vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary, you must be a registered voter in Washington state (for either party) by April 25, 2016. Voters are encouraged to register as soon as possible to avoid delays.

Voters can register by mail or online. Voters not currently registered to vote in Washington state may register in person in a County Auditor’s Office until May 16, 2016.

April 25, 2016 is also the deadline to change an address or name for existing Washington state voter registrations.

According to the WA Secretary of State, Key Dates for the 2016 Presidential Primary and Party Caucuses include:

  • February 20 – Washington State Republican Party Caucuses (for more info: www.wsrp.org)
  • March 26 – Washington State Democratic Party Caucuses (for more info: www.wa-democrats.org)
  • April 9 – Military and overseas ballots mailed for the Presidential Primary
  • April 25 – Deadline to register by mail or online, or update your registration
  • May 6 – Presidential Primary 18-day voting period begins / regular ballots mailed
  • May 16 – Deadline for new Washington state voter registration (in person only)
  • May 24 – Presidential Primary

The Washington State Republican Precinct Caucuses begin this Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Click here to find your location. “The Precinct Caucus is the important first step in the process Republicans use to select our Presidential Nominee. The purpose of the Precinct Caucus is to elect delegates to the County GOP Conventions (in King County, Precinct Caucuses lead to Legislative District Caucuses followed by the County Convention) which will be held between March 12 and April 16.”

The Washington State Democratic Party caucus will be held on Saturday, March 26, starting at 10 a.m. “Anyone who will be 18 by November 8, 2016 and affirms they are a Democrat on Caucus Day is eligible to participate.” Click here to find your location.

Most are being held in schools or churches.

Candidates are awarded a proportion of delegates based on the percentage of support they receive at these events, according to state party rules.

The Republican Convention will take place in Cleveland July 18–21, and the Democratic Convention will be in Philadelphia July 25–28.

The Presidential election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

To learn more about elections in our state, visit https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/2016-Presidential-Primary.aspx#q2

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