2019 King County Young Democrats Membership/Potential Members Endorsement Frequently Asked Questions.
When and where are the King County Young Democrats having the endorsements meeting?
The King County Young Democrats will be hosting their endorsement meeting on Sunday May 19th, from 5:00PM – 9:00PM at the Washington State Labor Council. You can check out the event details on our Facebook Event Page
Who can vote to endorse a candidate?
Only members of King County Young Democrats can nominate and vote on a candidate for endorsements. Everyone who is not a member will have to leave and the members only portion of the endorsements meeting will then take place around 7:00PM.
What are the qualifications for being a member?
In order to become a member, one must be under the age of 36, reside in King County and pay the membership dues of 20 dollars. If you would like to become member you can pay your dues online here
Can I become a member at the endorsements meeting?
Yes, you can become a member at the endorsement meeting, but it must be before 7pm, once the members only portion of the event starts then it is too late to become a member to vote in the endorsements meeting. However, you can still become a member afterwards.
How can I nominate a candidate for endorsement and how does the voting work?
The Chair will ask for nominations for a particular race according to the agenda, you can raise your hand and when acknowledged by the Chair say “I would like to nominate “Candidate X” for “Position X” then someone else who is a member says “second” at this point that candidate will be considered for our organizations endorsement.
After Candidate “X” has been nominated the Chair will ask for any other nominations, then another member can nominate a different candidate for the same race. They raise their hand and when acknowledged by the chair say, “I would like to nominate “Candidate Y” for “Position X” for endorsement.” Then another member must 2nd that also. This continues until there are no more nominations.
At this point candidate X and candidate Y are considered individually, so since candidate X was nominated first there can be two speeches for and two speeches against 30 seconds each. After those speeches we will then hold the vote, if candidate X receives 2/3rds of the votes to endorse they are endorsed. Then we would move to Candidate “Y” where the same process of speeches for and against play out and then we vote on Candidate “Y”, if candidate Y receives 2/3rds of the vote they are also endorsed. We must consider each candidate individually first and it is possible for multiple candidates to win an endorsement from us in one individual race.
Can I vote for more than one candidate in the same race?
Multiple candidates can receive 2/3rds of the vote to endorse because you can vote for multiple candidates in the same race. In a race where there are 3 people you really like for mayor or a city council position, you can vote for each one of those people when they are up for nomination.
How does a dual endorsement work?
If no candidate in a race wins an endorsement with 2/3rds of the vote individually, then a motion for a dual endorsement is in order. In a case where there are 3 or more people nominated, a dual endorsement will start with the two candidates that received the most votes when being considered individually, if that dual endorsement fails then it opens up any permutation of candidates who were nominated until two people are endorsed or until we just give up on that race.
What races can we endorse in?
We can endorse in any race that is partially or fully in King County and anything that is fully in Washington State, this includes initiatives, referendums, levies, anything that appears on a ballot in King County.
Where can I go to do a little more research on candidates?
King County Elections keeps track of who has filed at this website and you can click on a name and it should have a link to their website, if they have a campaign website.