Yep, that’s right. In an effort to save $10 million dollars, we will not have a Presidential Primary in Washington in 2012. Instead, we will use caucuses.
The Legislature approved on Tuesday a bill to suspend Washington’s 2012 presidential primary, a move that will save more than $10 million as lawmakers struggle to close the $5.1 billion budget deficit for the next two years.
Instead of a primary, Washington will revert back to a caucus system, which involves neighborhood meetings where people sign in to choose a certain candidate. Caucuses historically have a much lower voter turnout than the primary system.
How does this save $10 million? Our ballots are mailed to us. No postage, less cost.