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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.
Recent candidate forums recorded by a number of other organizations have been compiled on our 2020 Candidate Forums page.
“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.”
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
Shir’s campaign needs people to
1. Canvass identified precincts with door hangers.
2. Text/phone bank.
3. Help get large signs out.
Note to candidates: The WSDCC Environmental and Climate Caucus has a quick questionnaire for those seeking an ECC endorsement. Check out the link below.
For reasons why including environmental and climate change issues in your messaging are important, please view this panel discussion from the recent convention.
Washington issues emergency rule change for ballots
Important information to make sure your vote counts
The campaign work for national and state-wide candidates such as Biden-Harris, Jay Inslee, or Bob Ferguson is being done through the state party Coordinated Campaign. If you wish to put some of your time and energy in at that level, click here to become a state volunteer.
The Benton County Democratic Central Committee encourages EVERYONE to protect their family and neighbors by wearing their masks in public.
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
In Washington state, the Public Disclosure Commission has strict rules on what amounts to in-kind donations to political campaigns. Facebook has determined that it isn’t in their interest to do the necessary reporting to the PDC for political advertising. Our local political campaigns have been effectively cut out of using Facebook to spread their messages. Therefore, there’s a special need for local supporters to haunt their preferred candidates’ pages and assist in spreading their messages by Loving (not just Liking), commenting, and sharing their posts.
Thank you to all the folks who ran for Precinct Committee Officer. Here is a link to our new list of PCO’s for the 2021-2022 biennium. These Elected PCO’s will constitute the voting members for the selection of officers for the 2021-2022 biennium at our Reorganization meeting after this year’s election season. If you wish to become an officer of the Benton County Democratic Central Committee, this list of people are the ones who will be making those selections.
Those PCO candidates who were not elected may certainly be appointed during or after the Reorganization meeting to be Acting PCO in a nearby precinct which does not have a PCO. .
Thanks to the FD 4 voters for passing the Levy Lift.
A new platform for 2020 has been approved. You can see it by tapping or clicking the following link.
Links to recently-approved resolutions have been added to the Documents and Resources page.
|Approved Bylaws, Policy Guide, and Rules |
Revisions to the three governance documents were approved in 2019.