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Democrats Prepare For April 15 Precinct Caucuses

In Klickitat, Skamania counties

The 2012 Democratic Party Precinct Caucuses will be held statewide at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

The Democratic Party uses precinct caucuses to get grass-roots participation in nominating the presidential candidate, drafting resolutions for county and state platforms, and to build the local party.

Klickitat County Democrats will gather at two locations. Goldendale area precinct voters will attend caucuses at Goldendale Middle School, while west side precincts will meet in White Salmon at Columbia High School.

A complete list of precincts assigned to these locations is available on the county auditor's website, http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/klickitat, as well as on the Klickitat Democrats website http://klickitatdemocrats.org/2012election.

Skamania County will caucus according to county commissioner districts: District 1 at Skamania Elementary School, District 2 at the Hegewald Rock Creek Center in Stevenson and District 3 at the Underwood Community Center.

The precinct caucus is the first step towards becoming a delegate to the Charlotte National Convention in September. Delegates elected at these caucuses will attend the legislative district sub caucus and the county conventions on April 29. The LD will send their delegates to the Congressional District Caucus in May, where the first national delegates will be elected.

The LD delegates will also attend the state convention in Seattle in June, where the remaining national delegates and alternates will be elected.

Anyone can attend the precinct caucuses to participate in platform and resolution discussions. To be able to vote for candidates and delegates, one must attend the caucus, be a registered voter in the precinct, and sign a form declaring him or herself to be a Democrat.

Persons seventeen years of age at the time of the precinct caucus but who will be eighteen years of age on or before Nov. 6, 2012, are eligible to vote in the caucuses.

Those who wish to participate but who are not currently registered to vote may register to vote at the caucus and then participate on the same day.

According to Klickitat Democrats County chair Lorrie DeKay, attendance is expected to be less than that in 2008 because President Obama is running for reelection uncontested. But recent monthly meetings have had record attendance, and she sees rising enthusiasm and engagement by local Democrats and Independents for the upcoming elections.

"Don't forget, Klickitat County was the only east side county to break for Obama in 2008," said DeKay. "We'd like to repeat that feat in 2012, but by more than just 21 votes!"

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