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Census Bureau Profiles WA Voters Before Democratic Caucuses

Washington has 101 delegates up for grabs in Saturday's Democratic caucuses. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)
Washington has 101 delegates up for grabs in Saturday's Democratic caucuses. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)
March 25, 2016

SEATTLE - The U.S. Census Bureau has released a demographic profile of the state of Washington ahead of Democratic caucuses tomorrow.

According to the Census Bureau, the state has nearly 5.5 million people of voting age.

Although that doesn't necessarily mean all 5.5 million are eligible to vote, Jamal Raad, communications director for the Washington State Democrats, says people don't have to be registered in order to vote in tomorrow's caucuses.

"If your voter registration is out of date or you're a new voter, you can register right there at your caucus location," says Raad. "Also, if you're 17 but you're going to be 18 by November's election, you can also participate in the caucus."

Seventy-six percent of Washington's voting-age population is white compared to the national average of 66 percent, the Census reports.

Washingtonians also earn nearly $8,000 more than the national average in terms of median household income, and about one-third have a bachelor's degree or higher, also above the national average.

In the week before the caucus, Bernie Sanders has drawn large crowds at rallies across Washington. However, Hillary Clinton has garnered endorsements from Washington state leaders, including Gov. Jay Inslee.

The state's 101 delegates make it one of the most delegate-rich states left in primary season.

Raad says while the caucus is important for the Democratic race going forward, it also provides an opportunity for Democrats to meet face-to-face and discuss other election issues.

"You can also organize for the minimum-wage campaign that should be on the ballot this November," he says. "There's going to be folks asking you to volunteer to help reelect Gov. Jay Inslee, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot."

Caucuses begin at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Democrats can find their caucus location at DemCaucus.com.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - WA