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March Executive Board Call-to-Meeting
In our reorganization meeting on January 8, 2023, the Benton County Democratic Central Committee elected its new slate of officers for the 2023-2022 Term. These are as follows:
- Chair – Jason Rose
- First Vice Chair – Misty Muchlinski
- Second Vice Chair – Allison Dabler
- State Committee Member – Justin Raffa
- State Committee Member – Sabastian Marichalar
- Secretary – Amy Goatley
- Treasurer – Liz McLaughlin
Our congratulations to these worthy folks.
And our grateful thanks go to all those who did the good work in the 2020-2022 Term.
The Benton County Canvassing Board will be meeting at various times during the February 14, 2023 Special Election cycle. This is to advise you of the current ballot processing schedule and canvassing board meetings for this election.
Commencing Monday, January 30, 2023 the following processes may occur daily, depending on the level of ballots returned on a day-to-day basis.
- Drop boxes emptied
- Signature verification
- Prepping ballots for scanning
- Scanning of ballots
- Ballot adjudication/resolution
- February 23– Pre-Certification processes begin for the February Special Election @ 9 am
- February 24 – Certification of the February Special Election @ 9am
The processing schedule may be modified from time to time depending on the number of ballots received on a daily basis.
All election processes will take place at our new location. The Benton County Voting Center is now located at 2618 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland.
During the course of processing, no persons except those employed and authorized by the county auditor may touch any ballot, ballot container, or vote tallying system. We also ask that no photos be taken without the approval of the Election Manager.
To determine which processes are being conducted on a given day, we advise that observers contact our office directly.
Please let me know if you should have any questions.
If you wish to volunteer to be an observer for the February Special Election, please contact our Communications Chair, Durga Victorine
Amanda Hatfield Elections Manager Benton County Auditor | Elections Division 2618 N. Columbia Center Blvd. | Richland, WA 99352 (509) 736-3085 ext. 5639 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.bentonauditor.com
How you can support these Washington state organizations that help Ukraine
REFUGEE RESPONSE, LUTHERAN COMMUNITY SERVICES NORTHWEST
Lutheran Community Services Northwest started in 1921 in Tacoma, and now “partners with individuals, families and communities for health, justice and hope” across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
The organization’s Refugee Response program Refugee Response program asks for donations to assist families coming into the country, but also provides a list of items refugees and asylum seekers are often in need of and can be donated, such as bedding, clothing for cold weather, and diapers.
Lutheran Community Services Northwest has six Washington locations, with their main Tacoma office located at 3848 S. Junett Street, and can be contacted by calling 253-272-8433.
THE UKRAINE ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON STATE
The Ukraine Association of Washington State was founded in 1971 and “works to preserve Ukrainian heritage and is the link that unites our Ukrainian-American people. The Association is active in organizing the various cultural and artistic activities as well as patriotic gatherings,” according to the association’s website. The association asks for support in multiple ways, such as donations and volunteering, as well as partnerships and sponsorships. This Saturday, the association is also organizing a peaceful rally against the war in Ukraine, which will start at the Space Needle at 3:00 p.m., and include speakers from different national organizations and provide attendees with information about humanitarian aid. The Ukraine Association of Washington State can be contacted by phone at 206-412-8485 or by email at email@example.com.
WORLD RELIEF SEATTLE
World Relief Seattle was started in 1979 and works to welcome refugees into Western Washington communities. They offer services such as refugee and asylum seeker resettlement, education, children and youth support, immigration legal services, employment and economic services and more, with a mission to “be a sustainable and holistic center of compassion and practical support by offering a suite of services to meet community needs and build welcoming communities,” their website states.
World Relief Seattle has many ways you can help them and support their mission, such as donating online, engaging your church to work alongside the organization, volunteering, and donating goods such as household items, bicycles, your used car, or finding more items on their Amazon Wishlist Amazon Wishlist to meet the needs of those seeking help.
World Relief Seattle has two offices in King County and Whatcom County. The King County office is located at 23835 Pacific Hwy S, Suite 100 in Kent, WA, which can be contacted by calling 253-277-1121. The Whatcom County office is located at 1530 E. Bakerview Rd. Bellingham, WA 98225, which can be reached by calling 360-592-3136.
UKRAINIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF WASHINGTON
The Ukrainian Community Center of Washington The Ukrainian Community Center of Washington was started in 1992 with the mission to “promote community empowerment, leadership essay editor development, self-reliance and health promotion for the greater refugee/immigrant community in the State of Washington,” according to the center’s website.
You can support the Ukrainian Community Center of Washington by donating online here.
The Ukrainian Community Center of Washington is located at 13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S in Seattle and can be contacted by calling 425-430-8229.
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On November 18, 2020, some minor changes were adopted to add the office of Second Vice-President to our list of officers.
The Benton County Democratic Central Committee encourages EVERYONE to protect their family and neighbors by wearing their masks in public.
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.
Benton County Elected Democratic Precinct Committee Officers
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. .
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