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Our Long, Confusing Process to Select Presidential Candidates

Minda Rae Amiran | Published on 3/11/2024
Perhaps the long, confusing process to choose 2024 candidates will be virtually over by the time we publish this Voter.  
However, some states will still be waiting to hold their caucuses that require voters to attend an in-person meeting run by one of the political parties. Other states will still hold a Presidential election run by their state government. Yet those following the national news have reason to believe we already have our candidates, so why the continued investment of money and energy to encourage voters’ participation in this contest?   
The League aims to encourage voter participation in the election process, but this year, given the complexities and long, drawn-out process, we have concerns about voter fatigue, frustration and mistrust. Read more in a recent blog on the LWVUS website here
Locally, our League is collaborating with students and faculty of Whatcom Community College to present a community conversation  discussing the primary process for the presidential, state and local races. The program, “Pizza, Primaries, and Politics,” will take place in the Syre Auditorium on the WCC campus starting at 5:30 on April 11.  Its goals are to 1) discuss how our primary elections work now, 2)  explore how the process might be improved, and 3) to encourage participation. 
Please see the announcement on the LWVBWC website. Registration is recommended, though not required. Also, please help us improve the program by answering this brief survey.
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— Minda Rae Amiran