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Continuing to Navigate the Washington Presidential Primary Process

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Casting a ballot

Some eligible voters may be wondering about receiving their ballots in the mail for the presidential primary in Washington State.

The ballots have both the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates on them, even though the Democrats already held their caucus a couple of weeks ago.

You may be asking why since the results have no impact on the fact Bernie Sanders already won most of the delegates.

The chair of the Spokane County Democrats, Jim Castro-Lang, says even though his party will not be utilizing the primary voting results to determine the number of delegates that will support each candidate, there is a  good reason for voters to fill out their ballots.

Castro-Lang explains, “If a lot of people say it doesn’t matter in the primary and all of a sudden it switches and Hillary wins really big and a lot of people vote in the primary... And you know how it works in politics: people will say, 'See, Hillary really does own this state' or whatever.  And so I would encourage those who care about either of the candidates to cast that ballot because it’s kind of like a major poll.”

Castro-Lang says its possible superdelegates could be influenced by the results of the Democratic primary vote.

Republicans will be utilizing the results of the ballot to determine the number of delegates for each candidate. But with Donald Trump the last man standing, it may be a moot point.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.