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Important Dates for the 2020 Presidential Election!

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To get information about each Democratic presidential candidate, visit this page of the JCD website.

Here is a brief presentation by Bruce Cowan that covers the 2020 election as well: Powerpoint

Here are key dates in 2020:

Tuesday, March 10 - Presidential Primary Election Day

Washington State Presidential Primary Election. Since we do not register by party in Washington, you will attest on your ballot that you are a Democrat. To register to vote or to change your address, visit

You should receive your ballot by February 21 and return it by March 10. No postage is required. The ballot will include candidates for Democrats and Republicans. Vote in ONLY ONE party, and don't forget to sign your ballot and check your party preference.

Questions? Call the Elections Department at the Jefferson County Auditor's office at 360-385-9117. Or, email us at Additional information provided by the Washington State Democratic party is here:  

Election Center
Jefferson County Elections


  • County Courthouse – 1820 Jefferson St.
    • Back parking lot of County Courthouse: Opens 20 days prior to Election Day, accessible 24/7. The box is closed and locked at 8:00 p.m. Election Day.
  • Auditor’s Office – 1820 Jefferson St.
    • First floor County Courthouse: Ballot box located in the hallway just outside the Auditor’s Office. The office is open M – F, with the exception of holidays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with Election Day hours 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Brinnon Community Center – 306144 Hwy 101, Brinnon
    • Opens 20 days prior to Election Day, accessible 24/7. The box is closed and locked at 8:00 p.m. Election Day.
  • Quilcene Community Center – 294952 Hwy 101, Quilcene
    • Opens 20 days prior to Election Day, accessible 24/7. The box is closed and locked at 8:00 p.m. Election Day.
  • Jefferson County Library – 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock (Next to the book drop box in parking lot)
    • Opens 20 days prior to Election Day, accessible 24/7. The box is closed and locked at 8:00 p.m. Election Day.


POSTPONED due to the COVID 19 virus outbreak (new date TBD): Saturday, March 14 - Training for 'Get Out the Vote' in Jefferson County

"Winning elections is all about turnout - GOTV. If we turn out our voters - especially the ones that don't vote often or are new voters - we win"--Tina Podlodowski, chair, Washington State Democrats.

The state Democrats’ Rise & Organize will be hosting “organizing academies and bootcamps” all over the state to prepare you for 2020 GOTV!

For Jefferson County, see the date and location below!
POSTPONED due to the COVID 19 virus outbreak (new date TBD): Saturday, March 14
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Port Townsend Public Library
1220 Lawrence St., Port Townsend

Follow this link to register:

Election Details:
Event Details:


Sunday, April 26: 

Some locations around the state will have legislative district caucuses on this date. The 24th LD will NOT have a caucus on this date … see the next entry.

WILL NOT BE IN-PERSON: Sunday, May 3 - 24th Legislative District Sub-Caucus and Jeffco Dems Convention

The 24th Legislative District (LD) sub-caucus in-person meeting for Jefferson County delegate selection scheduled for May 3 is cancelled by decision of the State Democratic Party. Instead, the May 3 LD-24 Caucus will vote for and select delegates on-line, not in person. Voters for delegate selection will be the elected and appointed PCOs who were in office on March 16. The PCOS will elect delegates for the entire 24th LD, not county by county. The final allocation of delegates between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has not yet been finalized. No other candidates will receive delegates since they did not meet the viability threshold of 15% of the votes cast.

Final rules for delegate selection are being developed as everyone adapts to the pandemic and the state of emergency. We will publicize them as we learn them.       If you want to be a delegate for either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders, you can self-nominate at the State Party website   Election Center  Registration is due by April 26. The registration site will be down from March 22 - March 26.

Saturday, May 30 - 6th Congressional District Caucus

State delegates elected April 26 and May 3 will elect delegates to the National Convention. Location: Suquamish.

Sunday, June 11-14 - State Convention

State delegates elect more national delegates and adopt the Washington State Democratic Platform. Location: Tacoma Convention Center.

July 13-16 - National Democratic Convention

National Democratic Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. National delegates nominate our presidential candidate and adopt the national platform.

Nov. 3, 2020 - Election Day

On this day, our fond hopes are to elect a Democrat as president of the United States, elect majorities in both houses of Congress, and to elect Democrats to state executive and legislative offices.


GOTV: Help ‘Get Out The Vote’ for presidential primary in Jefferson County

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The presidential primary is coming up, and it is crucial to encourage voters to vote. While many people vote reliably in every election, many people don’t.

If we can get these low-propensity voters to vote in the primary election, they are up to 90% more likely to vote in the general election. One of the best ways to do that is by contacting voters after the ballots are sent, reminding them to mail in their ballot.

While door-knocking is the most effective method,
phone calling is the second most effective.

Are you interested in making phone-calls to low-propensity Democratic-leaning voters?
I’ll supply you with a call list and a short script. Contact me at:

Diane Jones, JCD Elections Chair
(360) 379-9193

The ballots are mailed Friday, Feb. 21. You can begin making calls starting Saturday. If you can help make calls, let me know, and I’ll email you a call list on Feb. 22.

The ballots are due March 10. I’ll create new call lists of voters who haven’t yet turned in their ballots around March 4.

If you have questions, call or send me an email. Thank you!

Diane Jones, JCD Elections Chair
(360) 379-9193

Jeffco Democrats Organizing Bootcamp! March 14!

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Join the Washington State Democrats to learn how to get active in your community in 2020! Whether you have been active with us for years or are looking to get involved for the first time, we need YOU to help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot this year! We will: Learn about the work and mission of the coordinated campaign, recap the 2018/2019 elections, discuss 2020 goals and organizing tactics, and organize ourselves into Neighborhood Teams.

Saturday, March 14, 2020
11:00 AM -  1:00 PM PT

Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence St, Port Townsend, WA 98368


Rise and Organize! Democratic Party of Washington State!

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FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATS: Last year, we resisted. Now it's time to go on the offensive. It's time to Rise & Organize for a bluer Washington State and a bluer nation.

This year, we have a rare opportunity to make a huge difference on the national level. Some of the most competitive congressional races are right here in Washington State.

We've already hired organizers across the state and built a robust organizing apparatus to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018. Organizing paid off last November when we won back the state Senate. Now, we need to expand those majorities and take the fight to Congress.

When you become a member of Rise & Organize, your sustaining monthly contribution allows us to invest in vital organizing work. Every monthly dollar raised by Rise & Organize will go directly into field and community organizing in key districts across our state.

With your support, we will continue building our statewide organizing infrastructure and getting Democrats elected!

In addition to the gifts listed below, all members of Rise and Organize will receive exclusive perks, including:

  • Invitations to member-only events with prominent Democratic leaders
  • Removal from most email solicitations

Riser Member Levels

  1. $4/Month - Grassroots Giver: You will receive a Rise & Organize sticker
  2. $8/Month - Fieldwork Funder: You will receive a Rise & Organize button and sticker
  3. $15/Month - Obsessive Organizer: You will receive a Rise & Organize mug and button
  4. $25/Month - Progressive Patriot: You will receive a Rise & Organize T-Shirt and button
  5. $50/Month - Sustaining Supporter: You will receive all gifts listed above

If you have questions about your contribution, want to cancel your membership, or require assistance, please call Joe Barden at 206-583-0664.

Rep. Derek Kilmer recognized by Planned Parenthood!

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Planned Parenthood was founded over 100 years ago on the revolutionary idea that women have the right to access the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives. Today, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) fights to protect that right — often in the face of extreme politicians trying to take it away.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is a nonprofit, non-partisan group. They are backed by more than 13 million activists, donors, and other supporters all working to advance access to sexual health care and defend reproductive rights. While PPAF works at the national level, local Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations are fighting to defend reproductive rights in states across the country.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has endorsed Derek Kilmer’s reelection in 2020!

JCD Voting Recomendations

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Jefferson County Voters Guide

Vote "YES" on I-1000

Members of Jefferson County Democrats voted unanimously June 20 to endorse a "yes" vote on this initiative.

I-1000 would allow affirmative action without quotas in Washington state when considering a person for education and employment opportunities. The initiative would remedy documented discrimination in this state.

Vote "NO" on I-976

Members of Jefferson County Democrats voted unanimously June 20 to endorse voting “No” on I-976, which would cut funding for road and transit projects.

On the November 5th ballot, Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976 would devastate our already strained transportation system by cutting funding for road and transit projects from Spokane to Seattle, Bremerton to Zillah and all points in between.

Go to these pages for more ballot details: Ballot Measures and Endorsements

Seattle Times: Legislature votes to move up Washington state’s presidential primary

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The bill would move Washington's presidential primary to March 10, 2020, just one month after New Hampshire's first in the nation primary. Previously, Washington's presidential primary has been held on the fourth Tuesday in May.

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