so the WA Democratic Party process
for selecting delegates is completely Byzantine
, just in case anyone was wondering.
So that's 5 different meetings to choose 49 delegates. I'll give them points for using proportional representation, but given that there are 3 different levels of voting and 15% cutoff at each level, I really have to wonder how this works in practice....
I mean, hello? Could you make this more opaque? Please?
But that's not all! Washington actually gets to send 95 delegates, the remainder being
- 10 party leader folks and 17 other At-Large delegates who are selected by the Election Committee (meeting on its own in some unspecified place on 6/6/2004) and committed according to the outcome of the presidential primary
which is all well and good except for this weird-ass rule that if the primary allows non-Democrats to vote then the results are ignored (not clear whether this applies since I thought the process distinguishes so that one can tell which votes came from (declared) Democrats and which votes came from Other People); bleah.
Then we get to
- 17 officeholders (Gary Locke, et al) and party folks who just automatically get to go and vote for whoever they want.
- 2 other randoms who are likewise selected by the committee to do whatever they want.
So that's fully one fifth of the delegates who are included without any voter input and remain uncommitted no matter what. WTFF?