Glossary of Terms

Caucuses

Precinct Caucus
Precinct Caucuses are party meetings where Democrats from the precinct gather to discuss the candidates, and where delegates are apportioned to each presidential candidate.

Legislative District Caucus
Legislative District Caucuses are meetings by Legislative District in which individuals are selected as delegates and alternates to the Congressional District Caucuses and the State Convention.

Congressional District Caucus
Delegates and alternates elected at the Legislative District Caucuses are expected to attend a Congressional District Caucus. The Congressional District Caucuses will elect delegates to the National Convention.

Congressional District (CD)
Each Congressional District is represented by one member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Washington state has ten Congressional Districts. There are no ongoing Local Party Organizations for the Congressional Districts.

Conventions

County Conventions
If using a Caucus system, delegates and alternates elected at the Precinct Caucuses also serve as delegates and alternates to County Conventions. In those regions that do not hold Legislative District Caucuses, delegates to the Congressional District Caucuses and State Convention will be elected at County Conventions.

State Convention
Delegates and alternates elected at the Legislative District Caucuses (or County Conventions in some cases) also serve as delegates and alternates to State Convention. The State Convention will elect presidential electors, adopt a state party platform, and address resolutions.

National Convention
Event held by the Democratic National Committee during which delegates from all 50 states and from U.S. territories select the presidential and vice presidential nominees.

County Central Committee
A County Central Committee is the Local Party Organization within that county.

Delegate
Delegates are individuals elected to represent one jurisdiction at a meeting for a larger jurisdiction.

Delegate Allocation
Delegate allocation is the process of apportioning delegates to each presidential candidate. Delegate allocation is not concerned with selecting delegates, but merely with determining how many delegates will go to each candidate.

Delegate Selection
Delegate selection is the process of choosing or electing delegates.

Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan (DSAAP)
The Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan is the formal plan developed by each state and approved by the Democratic National Committee to govern the execution of the activities involved in the state process to apportion and select delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Democratic National Committee (DNC)
The Democratic National Committee is the national governing body for the Democratic Party. It is responsible for overseeing the presidential nominating process and National Convention.

Legislative District (LD)
Each Legislative District is represented by one state senator and by two state representatives in Olympia. The district boundaries are the same for the both the state Senate and the state House. Washington State has 49 Legislative Districts, and each Legislative District has a Local Party Organization (ex: the 12th Legislative District Democrats).

Local Party Organization (LPO)
Local party organization refers to: either an official local Democratic Party organization for the legislative district, or the local county central committee. When the term “local party organizations” is used, the reference is to both types of LPOs: Counties and LDs.

Presidential Primary
A Presidential Primary is a primary in which Democratic voters indicate preferences for nominees for President of the U.S. directly by voting for the Presidential candidate on the ballot.

Washington State Democratic Central Committee (WSDCC)
The Washington State Democratic Central Committee is the governing body of the Democratic Party of the State of Washington. Its membership consists of two representatives from each of the legislative district and county organizations, the elected chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer, as well as the following special members: DNC members elected from Washington state, the Governor and Members of Congress if Democrats, the leaders of the state House and state Senate Caucuses, a member representing the Young Democrats of Washington, a member of the Washington Federation of Democratic Women, and the Chair of the Chairs’ Organization.