Newsletter – our first newsletter was released June 12th. There is a great description of the very successful Norm Miller Democratic Leadership Dinner that was held May 17th. We plan on monthly releases – all suggestions are encouraged, please use this google form.
Pride Festival – we will have a booth at the Pride Festival which is happening July 16th at John Dam Plaza.
As part of the new business Richard Badalamente spoke about the division in our party. He has written an article on the 8th LD Democrats blog “Are we living up to our principles as we work to strengthen our party, win back our political power, and strive to protect and preserve “a more perfect union?” . You are encouraged to read the full article Are We Living Up To Our Principles?
The newly revised governance documents (Rules, Policy Guide, and Bylaws) are available on the Documents and Resources page.
Election Day is August 1st
Candidate filing closed May 19th. Ballots will be mailed July 24th.
Sandra Vantine and Jennifer Keller are co-chairs of the election committee.
There was a Tech Day on April 2 from 1:30-4:15 PM at the Richland Public Library. But if you missed it, never fear. We still have our corps of volunteers on retainer. If you would like to have some help with your internet stuff, please send us an email by clicking the link below.
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.
Precinct Committee Officers (PCOs)
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.