Friday, June 23, 2006

A great way to help Mitt Romney in Washington

The following is a comment from RP98007 on June 22nd and seems like very sound advice. All politics are local, so please make your voice heard.

Here is something VERY IMPORTANT. And the deadline for acting is July 24 to 28, 2006. Become a Republican PCO so you can support Mitt Romney in the March 2008 precinct caucuses in Washington.

In 2008, either 100% or 2/3 of the GOP delegates from Washington will be selected by the caucus system. GOP party rules provide for 1/3 to be chosen by a primary, provided that we have a primary.

In 2004, the Democrats got the legislature to eliminate the presidential primary for that year. Democrats don't choose any of their delegates from primary results. This may likely happen again in 2008, since the GOP leadership doesn't like the primary that much either (if the Democrat primary is meaningless, lots of folks can cross over).

But at the minimum, 2/3 of delegates come from the precinct caucuses.

GOP rules automatically make the PCO -- precinct committee officer -- a delegate. Additional delegates are allowed based on GOP voting strength in the precinct. In practice, PCO's tend to be at least 25% of the delegates chosen at the precinct level.

However, only about 1/3 of the 6,600+ precincts in Washington have Republican PCO's. Generally, if a vacancy exists, the county GOP chair can appoint to fill it, and will normally appoint the first person who expresses interest.

But the PCO's are elected for two year terms in the September primary. The next primary election for this is September 19, 2006, and qualifying is set for the week of July 24 to 28, 2006.

If you file for PCO, odds are that you will be elected from your precinct without any opposition. If not, then you have a 50/50 chance of winning in September (and no public humiliation if the other person wins). You will be serving in that position in March 2008 when the presidential precinct caucuses are held in Washington.

So please go down to your county courthouse, visit the Auditor's Office (in King County, the Elections Office) during business hours in the week of July 24 to 28, 2006, fill out a PCO declaration of candidacy, and pay your $1.00 filing fee.


Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Wow! What a great opportunity to become politically active/aware and help out Romney in the process. I hope Romney supporters in Washington take advantage of this opportunity!

9:39 AM, June 24, 2006  

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