“It’s time we had a Secretary of State who is not only prepared for the current threats to our elections, both foreign and domestic, but also supports and leads efforts to expand voter participation and engagement. I’m committed to protecting every voter and every vote.”
Have you Voted?
Here’s How to Check the Status of Your Ballot
Go to this link just like you were registering to vote: https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx
Type in your first and last name. Then type in your birthday. And then click Submit. This will bring you to your voter registration data.
Click on the Ballot Status link on the left side of the screen. Then you will see whether your ballot has been received and if so, whether it has been accepted or rejected.
If it has been rejected, the Benton County Elections Department will be contacting you by mail. Democrats for whom we have telephone numbers may be getting a call from our ballot chasers.
The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsored a forum for the race for Benton County Commissioner Position 1. You can view it here.
Recent candidate forums recorded by a number of other organizations have been compiled on our 2020 Candidate Forums page.
Online Washington Voter Guide
Explore what will be on your ballot so you’re prepared when it comes in the mail.
On the subject of Voter Guides, here’s a link to a local voter guide brought to us by the fine folks who produce the Tri-Cities Daily newsletter.
Tri-Cities: Join our virtual event with Martin Valadez, the Hon. Phyllis Gutierrez-Kenney, and Rep. Ortiz-Self
When: Thursday, October 15 at 5 PM PDT
Hosted by Friends of Gael Tarleton
Where: Online Event
Please Join Martin Valadez, Rep. Valdez, Rep. Ortiz-Self, and the Hon. Phyllis Gutierrez-Kenney in a Virtual Event for Rep. Gael Tarleton, candidate for Secretary of State!
Date: Thursday, October 15th
Time: 5:00-6:00 pm PST
Zoom Link provided upon RSVP
Guest $50 | Friend $100 | Sponsor $250 | Co-Host $500 | Benefactor $1000 | Champion $2,000
RSVP link: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/9161930503458065408
or RSVP to Braden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support of Gael!
From the chair of the Washington State Democrats:
“We lost a legend tonight. Justice Ginsburg will go down in American history as one of the fiercest advocates for civil rights and equality under the law that we’ve ever been blessed to serve us in public life. Tonight, we send our love and our sympathy to Justice Ginsburg’s family, and we grieve with them as we mourn her loss.””But tomorrow, the work of fighting to protect the rights Justice Ginsburg enshrined in decisions issued from the highest court in the land must continue. The security of so many Americans’ reproductive rights, right to marry whomever they love, and the fundamental right to be treated as equals in our society should never have rested on the shoulders of a five foot tall, 87 year old giant of American jurisprudence. We must recommit ourselves to ensuring America lives up to the vision of a just society Justice Ginsburg brought to life in both the decisions she authored and the example she set for women everywhere. May she rest in peace.”
Phone Banking Works
Phone Banking Works!! We need your help getting out the vote for all our candidates statewide. If you want to sign up for a phone shift to help reach voters in Eastern Washington, text Washington to 55444 and sign up for a shift! LETS DO THIS!!
League of Women Voters of Benton-Franklin Counties
Virtual Candidate Forums/Debates for the general election are beginning in late September and through October. As was the case for the primaries, all of these debates will be aired by our wonderful media partner NWPB (KTNW). Go to NWPB2020. As in the primaries, they will also be available for viewing on all NWPB affiliates, the cities of Richland and Pasco, our League’s Facebook page, our website, YouTube, etc.
The State Treasurer’s race will be live webcast and simulcast on Northwest Public Broadcasting. It will also be recorded and available on the LWVWA FB page. The races will be available for viewing for the next several weeks as we approach Eection Day, Tuesday, November 3rd.
Below are the local races to be broadcast by NWPB in conjunction with the LWV of Benton and Franklin Counties. Although pre-recorded, as they were in the primaries, they will be interactive using a rebuttal style format. All debate programs run from 7PM to 8 PM:
Benton County Commissioner- District 1 (Delvin & Raffa)
Benton County Commissioner- District 3 (McKay & Beaver)
Franklin County Commissioner-District 1 (Lehrman & Peck)
Franklin County Commissioner – District 2 (Mullen & Peralta)
Superior Court Judge – Position 1 (Petersen & Brown)
Legislative District 8 Representative – Position 1 (Klippert & Regev)
Legislative District 16 Representative – Position 1 (Chvatal & Klicker)
Legislative District 16 Representative – Position 2 (Rude & Coburn)
Legislative District 16 Representative – Senate (Dozier & Reser)
Legislative District 8 Representative – Position 2 (Stanley & Boehnke) Legislative District 9 Representative – Position 1 (Borden & Dye)
FYI- National Televised Debates are:
President: September 29th, October 15th, and October 22th:
Vice President: October 7th
The Central Committee of the Benton County Democrats has endorsed a number of candidates in the upcoming elections.
- Doug McKinley for the 4th Congressional District.
- Justin Raffa for Benton County Commissioner District 1
- Danielle Garbe-Reser for 16th LD Senator
- Frances Chvatal for 16th LD Representative, Position 1
- Carly Coburn for 16th LD Representative, Position 2
- Shir Regev for 8th LD Representative, Position 1