How you can participate in Saturday's GOP caucuses
Here are some tips about how to participate in the state GOP caucuses on Saturday.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Here are some practical tips on how to caucus Saturday when 6,700 Republican precincts will choose delegates to help nominate a presidential candidate:
• Register to vote, as only registered voters may participate.
• Find out where your precinct will caucus; you can only caucus in the precinct where you're registered to vote. You can find your caucus location at the state Republican Party website, www.wsrp.org.
• Don't sleep late, as the caucuses start at 10 a.m. Party officials advise arriving at 9:30 to get checked in. Anyone arriving after 10:30 will not be allowed to vote.
• Bring your voter-registration card for easier check-in.
• Fill out a form that says you are a member of the Republican Party, a legal resident of your precinct, a registered voter and will not participate in the caucus or convention of another party. Mark your preference for president in the caucus straw poll.
• Move to the actual caucus, where you'll sit with fellow precinct members around a table or in a classroom. Between 10 and 10:30 a.m., you may discuss your priorities for the party platform and the merits of candidates.
• At 10:30, precincts will start voting to elect delegates. The number of delegates per precinct is derived from a formula based on Republican votes that a precinct cast in 2008 for statewide offices. All precinct-committee officers are automatic delegates, regardless of whom they may support. They are also automatically caucus chairs.
• To get selected as a delegate, you must get more than 50 percent of your precinct vote. With each vote, the candidate with the lowest total is dropped from the running until a delegate is elected.
• Make lunch plans, because the caucus must wrap up by noon. By early evening the straw-poll results should be reported to the media.