(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Change comes as primary in Washington moved up to March…
The Democratic Party in Washington announced on Sunday that it will use the state’s primary election to allocate presidential delegates instead of the caucus system.
Instead of Democrats having to turn out at their local precinct for a caucus vote, the party will now employ a hybrid system using the state’s primary which is mail-in for the presidential primary. Caucuses will still be used to select which delegates will represent the state at the national convention.
This comes after the public said 93 percent of them support the hybrid system instead of the caucus system.
Washington moved back its presidential primary from May to the second Tuesday in March. A change, however, is that people will have to declare their party affiliation in order to vote in the presidential primary.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton won the state primary but lost the party caucus.
State Republicans have used the primary to allocate delegates and will do so in 2020.