Filing to be an elected Precinct Committee Officer
In January, 2017, party officer elections will be held for offices at both the Legislative District and County levels. In order to vote for for local party officers one must be an elected Precinct Committee Officer. In order to be an elected PCO, one must file this week (May 16-20) to be on the ballot for the August 2 statewide primary. Elected PCO’s serve 2-year terms. Our PCO’s are the heart of the local Democratic Party. They are the ones who have voice and vote at official local party meetings and are the ones who direct our local party activities. If you are a registered voter and expect to maintain your current place of residence for the next year, you are invited to file to be an elected PCO. There is no filing fee for the PCO office.
To file online, go to the Benton County Candidates website. Click the button that says [FILE ONLINE]. The website will guide you through a few forms to complete your filing process starting. The site uses your voter registration address to determine the precinct for which you are filing. (Be sure to check the box for the Democratic Party.) Because you have filed, your name will appear on the August 2 ballots for your precinct. Democratic voters in your precinct will have an opportunity to cast their ballot for you.
You may also file in person at any County Auditor’s Office during May 16-20.
CD Caucus and State Convention News
Delegates to the Washington State Convention and the 4th CD Caucus have been elected at the county convention. The 4th CD Caucus will elect the “real” delegates to the National Convention who cast votes for the presidential nomination. It will also elect one elector for the Electoral College. The 4th CD Caucus is on May 21, The State Convention is Jun 17-19.
A part of the election year process is for the Benton County Democrats to adopt a number of resolutions and send them up the food chain for potential adoption at the State Convention. The Resolutions Committee reviews proposed resolutions and combines similar resolutions into one which holds the best features of each. The resolutions are presented to the Benton County Democratic Central Committee for adoption at the county level and forwarded to the State Resolutions Committee for possible adoption at the state level. The cutoff for new resolutions has passed
Benton County Precinct Caucuses
It has been truly gratifying to see the favorable comments about our caucus on Facebook. From the officers of the Benton County Democratic Party, the credit goes to our amazingly dedicated and hard working volunteers. You guys simply knocked it out of the park under some truly challenging conditions. We also appreciate the cooperative and patient attitudes of our caucus attendees. When the going got tough, you hung in there and pulled together with genuine teamwork. Skill, dedication, and understanding like what we witnessed on Saturday are the foundation for a strong future for the progressive movement in our beloved community. Congratulations to you all.
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs) are responsible for organizing the precinct. However, in many precincts in Benton County the office of Democratic Party PCO is vacant. Volunteers are needed to canvass and get out the vote in those precincts. The primary purpose of this organizing project is to support candidates and measures on the ballot this fall, but a second important purpose is to build our party organization by identifying and recruiting interested, able Democrats to serve as PCO in precincts with vacancies, people who could become Appointed PCOs and get to work now, then run for election to the seat in 2016. To be an elected PCO, you must file your candidacy with the County Auditor May 16-20. There is no filing fee for PCO. PCO’s will be elected in the August 2 Primary election. A precinct campaign has two phases: canvassing and Get Out The Vote (GOTV). We would like you to begin canvassing as soon as possible. When you are assigned a precinct, you will be given a list of everyone currently registered to vote in the precinct. (PCOs are often set up to print their own lists.) Contact each household and ask whether everyone who is eligible to vote has registered. (Registrants must be U.S. citizens and 18 years old by the next election.) Identify people who are planning to vote Democratic and try to win the votes of additional, currently undecided, voters. Keep a list that shows which voters are likely to vote Democratic.The second phase of your precinct campaign, Get Out The Vote, will begin in mid-October, shortly before the ballots are mailed by the Benton County Election Dept. in October. The goal of GOTV is to maximize turnout of the Democratic voters who have been identified in the precinct.
Precinct Caucuses Saturday, March 26, 2016 beginning at 10:00 am Legislative District Caucuses Sunday, April 17, 2016 beginning at 1:00 pm. County Conventions Sunday, May 1, 2016 beginning at 1:00 pm
- Congressional District Caucuses Saturday, May 21, 2016 time to be determined. State Convention Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, 2016
- National Convention Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, 2016
You do not need to be elected as a delegate or alternate at a prior level to run as a delegate or alternate at the next level of the process. However, only delegates and alternates seated to replace absent delegates are allowed to cast votes at each level of the delegate selection process.