In 1998, the citizens of Washington state passed an initiative providing for a presidential primary every four years. The unelected czars of...
In 1998, the citizens of Washington state passed an initiative providing for a presidential primary every four years. The unelected czars of our political parties have decided to disregard or diminish that vote, with the Democrats vowing to ignore it completely and the GOP allowing Republican primary voters to determine only about half the delegates to their national convention. The parties obviously prefer the age-old precinct caucuses, which have more limited attendance and are more subject to the control of the party bosses.
We suggest that the precinct attendees at both parties’ caucuses on Saturday revolt and direct their delegates to cast their ballots consistent with the election results in the respective party primaries on Feb. 19.
Here is a suggested resolution for introduction at your caucus:
“Resolved that: Unpledged delegates are being selected in this [Republican or Democratic] caucus of the ___ precinct in the ___ Legislative District to enable these delegates to cast their future votes so as to fairly reflect the [Democratic or Republican] presidential preferences for this precinct as demonstrated in the Feb. 19, 2008, presidential primary. These delegates shall present similar resolutions at the party’s district, county and state convention levels.”
This approach will properly restore control of presidential candidate selection to the voters, where it truly belongs under a democratic system.
A.J. Culver of Bellevue is the former mayor of Issaquah, a past president of the King County Suburban Cities Association and a current member of the King County Elections Oversight Committee. Bruce D. Carter of Seattle is a retired federal prosecutor and the past chairman of the Municipal League of King County.