[Regarding the editorial “Scrapping caucuses should be primary,” April 20:] I read your op/ed piece with interest. I attended the April 17 meeting at Ballard High [School] as an elected delegate and spent the afternoon in confusion for a number of reasons:
•No agenda was published to guide my participation, nor did I know what to do;
•Non-delegates were seating themselves in delegates seats, so it was not clear who was even “voting” in the general session before the actual delegate selection for the next level took place.
I only became aware of the requirement to sign up again for becoming a voting delegate at the county level after the signups were closed. I had to be written in at the candidate meetings, which took place after 4 p.m.;
•As a person of color, I was one of only two individuals (at least visible to me) in the room of more than 150 or more as county delegate selection voting took place — hardly representative; and
•For the day, there were well more than a thousand people at the site, but not many got to speak or vote for delegates in any meaningful way.
Your comment about a candidate “sweeping the floor” shows an unnecessary opinion in an op/ed piece that claims to be reporting — just report the numbers.
Caucuses are not democratic. Their timing, location, duration and organization are quite arbitrary, and much information is lacking, if one is not an active, almost year-round participant in party matters.
Using this method deprives many of input and participation. Five or 6 percent of people should not determine who is a candidate.
I think informed people, including current office holders, should definitely play a part in the ultimate selection of presidential candidates — they know the rules, they know the candidates, they have “skin in the game,” they have been elected democratically by the people and they can also be unelected.
I hope in the future we do move to a statewide primary — it will improve informed participation and move us past “passionate,” often ill-informed groups and people who do not always consider the interest of the entirety of citizens or our country.
Roger L. Harris