Holiday Party Update
Shilo Inn, Richland
Benton County Prosecutor
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Food and Pet Drive
–and for our companion animals, too!
Come celebrate the season and connect with your fellow Democrats!
Benton County Election Results
We have added a link in our Documents and Resources page to a spreadsheet showing the 2106 election results precinct by precinct. If you are of a mind to crunch some numbers, download the file and do some sorting and sifting. You could compare the presidential vote to the gubernatorial vote. Votebuilder users could compare the actual turnout in a precinct to the number of registered voters. You can see which precincts have a strong Democratic presence and you can see where there is work to be done.
Elected Precinct Committee Officer
On January 7, 2017, party officer elections will be held for offices at both the Legislative District and County levels at the Richland Public Library. In order to vote for local party officers one must be an elected Precinct Committee Officer. In order to be an elected PCO, one must have filed for election in May 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.
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. 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-July, shortly before the primary ballots are mailed by the Benton County Election Dept. The goal of GOTV is to maximize turnout of the Democratic voters who have been identified in the precinct. There will be another GOTV effort in October for the general election.