So, even though I work late and often stay up really late too on Fridays, I forced myself outta bed early saturday morning and headed to my local
caucus. I wish I woulda taken more pictures but I got some interesting shots none the less.
When I arrived at the location I saw cars in the parking lot with Ron Paul stickers and signs. I didn't see signs for ANYONE else. When I got
inside I was immediately greeted by a table of some RP supporters who told me to go find my precinct and get inside, because I had just barely made it
in time. I asked one of them where the tables were for the other candidates were and we both just kind of laughed...they were not
represented...anywhere. After I found my precinct number I asked the same supporter what do I do when I get in...she simply said.."try to become a
Once inside I found the other five people from my neighborhood and we listened to the dude with the mic tell us how this works. In total the room had
over 200 hundred attendees I'd guess. I was elected chairman of my precinct, which isn't as fancy as it sounds I just sign off on everything and
make sure we all get counted. Someone in the crowd also noticed this:
Everyone was under the impression that Washington has open primaries(because it does), and this pic seems to say otherwise, blatant attempt to get RP
supporters(many of which are independents and dems who would rather NOT be associated with the republican party), to be discouraged from
participating? Who knows....
If that was the case it didn't work, case in point, how my precinct voted....
Unanimous, so obviously our 2 delegates are Ron Paul supporters. One of which being myself.
When I went to turn everything in, someone mentioned how he liked the look of how my precinct voted, I asked him if he had noticed anyone else here
that supported anyone else. He mentioned something about a blonde girl who was there for Romney, I personally don't remember seeing a single sign,
button, sticker, or anything else for anyone other than Paul.
And that was it...so I thought. I was downtown later that day and got an email stating the Ron Paul was going to be speaking in a couple hours right
here in Seattle. It happened to going on about 15 minutes walking from where I was so I figured I'd go check it out. I had to stand out in the cold
for a LONG time, and then they let us in and I got right to the stage...where I had to stand again...for a LONG time. But finally He came out and
gave his speech, it was pretty cool, I was VERY close to the podium, here check it out...
I talked to a few people down there and listened to a bunch too, and I was surprised to hear that some other neighborhoods were not nearly as Ron Paul
heavy as mine. But despite that, I was hearing lots of stories from people who spoke up and became delegates even in Romney or Santorum(really? people
in educated urban areas like seattle actually like this guy?? REALLY!?) heavy areas. MANY people in line all around me were in fact delegates.
Here's the video of the entire speech....see that dude with the awesome brown and white Ron Paul trucker hat on? That's ATS's own
Well let me know what you think, share your own caucus stories, or flame away if that's what floats your boat....all comments are welcome.
Everyone was under the impression that Washington has open primaries(because it does), and this pic seems to say otherwise, blatant attempt to
get RP supporters(many of which are independents and dems who would rather NOT be associated with the republican party), to be discouraged from
participating? Who knows....
You're quite right, Washington has open primaries. You attended a caucus which wasn't "open." There was no attempt to keep out
Paul supporters by stealthy means.
Ok, I've done a little more reading into this....
What we have here are modified open primaries and caucuses. This means that independents can vote for whoever they want at either event, but in doing
so sign themselves up as members of which ever party's caucus they attended. Basically I can't attend any democratic caucuses this year, having
cast my vote in a republican one already. The way I see it, I don't have to be republican to show up, but if I'm gonna vote, I'm signed on for a
Results came out to what I figured state wise, catering to Romney who won the 32 state delegates. As Paul didn't win state though, showing as third
place, near tie to second. He did well in some counties. For example, In my county, which Paul had won, there was a big percentage gap between him
and second place at 52% to 20% of the 974 votes cast as a whole, which came out better than I figured but thought even more.
Picture IDs and voter cards-Republican party- were the rules. Caucuses were done on paper ballot votes placed in a black box to then be tallied by
three people for each section of seating. Paul's win percentage meant we didn't need a second voting round. Was all tallied, with cell phone
correspondence and shown in real time computer spread sheet projected for the county. Overall was done well.
Nice turnout, good support at least where I was. Though with ID, wish more had turned out to vote for Paul. Can't say there was fowl play as I
wasn't at the other locations, we'll have to wait for info on that. There was record number "largest in the nation" for Ada county(which had a coin
count -that's different?-caucus) attendees to the caucuses, and statewide with
with over 44,000
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