Public Comment Period: March 5 - April 4, 2019

The 30-day public comment period for Washington state's 2020 Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan begins on March 5, 2019. You may submit comments through this website.

This year we are publishing two potential plans, one in which delegate allocation is done through a primary, and one in which delegate allocation is done through a caucus.

The plans are accessible on this site in their entirety as PDF documents, and background information is available on this site. In addition to using this website to provide a forum in which the public may access, view, and discuss these plans, we're asking for your opinion on which plan you prefer.

While you may submit as many comments as you wish, please only vote for your choice of plan once. Upon submitting your vote, you will be asked to affirm that you have not yet voted.

Primary or Caucus?

Democrats in Washington State have traditionally held caucuses to vote for presidential nominees.

That could change this year. Changes in DNC rules are requiring the Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC) to reevaluate some of its procedures. At the same time, changes in Washington state's official primary process have given the WSDCC the opportunity to select either a primary or a caucus to allocate delegates for Democratic presidential candidates.

We want to hear from you about whether you would choose a primary or a caucus, and -- if you feel like sharing -- your reasons for prefering one option over the other. That way the committee members of the WSDCC can make a more informed decision about which process to use.

Additional Information


An overview of the process and a look at where we are now, where we could go, and when everything will be happening.

Trace the progression from the current comment period to the selection of the Democratic nominee at the national convention.


What is the difference between a primary and a caucus? What is a delegate? What is the state convention? Why is a primary possible this year but was not possible during previous years in Washington state?

Find answers to the frequently asked questions we’ve heard a lot.


We’ll be using some terms and acronyms that might not already be familiar to everyone, so don’t worry if you don’t know what DSAAP means or the difference between delegate selection and delegate allocation. We included a glossary to catch you up!

Click below for a list of definitions.

Read the two plans



(Hybrid Primary-Caucus)



(Full Caucus Cycle)