2008 Busy Signals, Full Voice Mail, and the Unregistered Catch-22
posted by February 7 at 13:30 PMon
The state Republican party is barely even trying to make it easy for Republicans to find their caucus locations online. The only online caucus locater they have is for liberal King County—where there are what, six Republicans?
On the Democratic side, the state party is a bit ahead of Republicans in the online game, offering a state-wide caucus locater for its members. But here’s the thing: It only works if you’re already registered to vote, as this person who just emailed me recently found out:
I went to this site: http://www.wa-democrats.org/caucusfinder but it does me little good as I have yet to register as a voter (I recently moved here) ….
Good point. If you’re currently unregistered, it’s perfectly fine to plan on registering to vote at your caucus site on Saturday. But how do you know where your caucus site is if you can’t find out online because you’re not registered yet? See the Catch-22?
The 41st District Democrats have tried to get around this problem with their own online locater, made using GoogleMaps. If you’re caught in the unregistered Catch-22, try that.
Or, you could try what my emailer did and call the State Dems. But…
So I called the number for Dems listed at the end of the “How to caucus article” to find out where to to go on Saturday and received a recording informing me that the mailbox was full.
I’m feeling a bit shut out of my democratic process at the moment and I’m betting a bunch of other people are as well.
Care to use your journalistic powers to rectify the situation?
Well, I tried to use my powers to have my intern call the State Dems about this. But he reports that the party’s phone line has been busy and the caucus hotline… is going straight to voice mail.
So I’m left with the power of the Slog… Attention “record turnout”-predicting State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz: You might want to get some more people answering your phones, and offer some online help for people caught in the unregistered Catch-22.