Presidential caucuses scheduled this Saturday

Published on Thu, Feb 7, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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Presidential caucuses scheduled this Saturday

By Jack Kintner

Whatcom County recently sent out ballots for the Washington State Presidential Primary election.

In two weeks, on February 20, they’ll send out ballots again for the Blaine school district’s vote on a construction bond issue and a maintenance and operations levy.

The presidential primary ballots are to be returned in light green envelopes and require the voter to sign an affidavit attesting to their party affiliation. They’re due by February 19.

The school district ballots will be returned in purple envelopes and are signed only to verify that the voter has cast a ballot. They’re due by March 11.

Ballots for the primary election for all other offices in local, county and state-wide elections will be mailed out in early August and are due by August 19.

Both major parties will also be holding caucuses throughout the state on Saturday, February 9, at 1 p.m.

Any registered voter, including 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by November 4 (election day) may participate. People may register as voters at the caucus itself and participate fully in the process.

Democrats have gone on record as saying that they will apportion convention delegates based on the caucus results only, while Republicans plan to use both the ballot and caucus results in designating their convention delegates.

All caucuses begin at the same time to prevent voters from attending more than one. Voters normally register and declare their preferred candidate when signing in, and meet with others from their voting precinct.

To find out your precinct call the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office at 676-6742 or visit www.co.whatcom.wa.us/auditor/ election_division.

Time is given to allow discussion in order for people to convince others to support their candidate, and eventually delegates are elected from among those meeting to the April legislative district caucus.

That group elects delegates to the next level and so on until eventually a group of delegates to the national convention is elected.

Republican caucuses in our coverage area, which includes precincts in Birch Bay, Custer, Haynie and Blaine, will be held at the Custer School in Custer. Democrats will meet at the Blaine American Legion Hall, 4580 Legion Drive.

The hall is located one block north of the intersection of Blaine Road and Birch Bay-Lynden Road in Birch Bay.

For more information contact Bob Hendricks, 332-2428, and Alexis Staley, 319-7758 for information on Democratic Party caucuses or the Whatcom County Republican Party at 734-5215.

Websites for the two parties, with more information, are www.whatcomdemocrats.com and www.whatcomgop.com.