June 11, 2016 by David Dehlendorf
Well-known local personality speaks out about what is wrong with Washington State’s presidential primary system.
Submitted by Lori Stokes, San Juan Island, June 4, 2016
Hi, David — I’m writing you as chair of the local Democrats. I wanted to officially complain about the Democrats’ decision to waste A LOT of time and money participating in the primary election when the results weren’t used for anything. I was one of the vote processors for the county a few days ago, and was horrified to see how many people spent their time (and getting paid for it!) checking all the ballots, counting them, dealing with any that weren’t clearly completed, etc., etc. It was a total waste of everyone’s time. And I guess it also cost the county a lot of money to run the election. The whole process made me shudder. Can’t there be JUST a caucus or JUST a primary vote? And by the way, if we use only one of these, I think the primary is a more “democratic” way to determine opinions, since there are so many people who just can’t go to the caucus because of other commitments, child care issues, etc.