Witnessing Logic and Accuracy Tests

On Tuesday, I spent the morning at the Okanogan County Auditor’s office as they performed the required logic and accuracy test on the disabled voter’s polling station. It was a truly fascinating process. Next up: Friday, Sept 22 from 9:00AM to noon, we will witness the l&a test on the rest of the voting apparatus, along with an external auditor from the State of Washington Elections Bureau.

The process was amazingly labor intensive as the clerks used a ‘test deck’ pre-marked to represent every possible vote combination from every race in every district and precinct of the county. When it had all been entered into the disabled voter station, the result was taken by hand on the recording chip and entered into the tabulating machine which was used to generate a paper spreadsheet of the votes cast on a spreadsheet. That sheet was then hand checked against the copies of the original test deck to make sure that the sheet tallied exactly and in order. The ‘air gap’ between machines was created by hand carrying the tabulation from the polling station to the machine in the vault which distributed the results. Neither of these machines are in any way connected to each other, or the larger internet, so there is no chance of outside input. As long as the process is followed precisely by the clerks, the result is certain to be accurate. That is why witnesses are important. We are there to testify to the accuracy both internally (I signed the results) and externally to all of you. At the end, all the results, machine scores, disks, and papers are locked in an evidence box and placed in the vault. It is a long, tedious process. The skill, knowledge, care and integrity of the auditors is truly impressive. I learned a lot!

This process is at the very heart of our democracy and, in my opinion, is of the utmost importance. In this era of Russian hacking, voter suppression, tampering, etc. it is our duty and privilege to stand witness to the fairness of our local election processes. Check our page if you wish to participate.

STATE PARTY ADOPTS CODE OF CONDUCT

STATE PARTY ADOPTS CODE OF CONDUCT
September 14, 2017

At its meeting in South Seattle on September 10, 2017, the Washington State Democratic Central Committee adopted a Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct is for every Democrat, in every legislative district and county, and affiliated organizations, in Washington. It’s in force now. It applies to ALL members of the Washington State Democratic Party and local organizations and affiliates.

The Rules Committee will focus on considering various operational aspects of the Code of Conduct and will work with State Party staff on training opportunities for local party organizations.

Please note that under the Code of Conduct, it not appropriate to have alcohol at business meetings of the State Central Committee, the State Party’s Executive Board, any county or legislative district organizations, or affiliated organizations. Alcohol at appropriate venues where ID is properly checked (such as dinner banquets or fundraisers) continues to be appropriate.

Sept 2017 New Blue Newsletter from OKDems

Our September New Blue Newsletter went out last night to active PCOs and members. Please check your email or view it from the link in our closed Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OKDems/

September 2017 NOTICE

NOTICE

Active PCO’s and dues-paying members, please save the dates listed below for the upcoming General Public Meetings.

Active PCO’s are also welcome to attend E-Board Meetings.

If you aren’t a PCO and interested in becoming one or learning more, please email okdemocrats.chair@gmail.com and cc okdemocrats.sec@gmail.com

Dues are $20.00 per year and can be paid when attending any of our public meetings.

Donations are also appreciated toward fundraising efforts to grow The New Blue Wave for our party, as well as to support candidates and legislation in Okanogan County. You can make donations when attending any of our public meetings or mail them to:

Okanogan County Democratic Central Committee
PO Box 3883
Omak, WA 98841

MEETINGS AND DATES
(each date subject to possible venue change)

Sept. 6-10, 2017 Wed.-Sun.
Okanogan County Fair
Okanogan County Fairgrounds
175 Rodeo Trail, Okanogan (509) 422-1621

Sept. 9-10, 2017 Sat.-Sun.
8 am – 3:30 pm
Washington State Democratic CC Meeting
South Seattle Community College

Sept. 20, 2017 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Oct. 7, 2017 Sat.
11 am – 3 pm
Harvest Picnic & General Meeting
with OKDems & 7th LD Dems
Okanogan Legion Park, Okanogan

Oct. 18, 2017 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Nov 4, 2017 Sat.
General Meeting
12:00 pm
Tonasket Community Culture Center
411 Western Ave, Tonasket

Nov. 15, 2017 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Dec. 2, 2017 12:00 pm Sat.
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino, 28968 US-97, Omak

Dec. 20, 2017 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Jan. 13, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
Methow Valley Community Center
201 Division St, Twisp, WA 98856

Jan. 24, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Feb. 3, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino
28968 US-97, Omak

Feb. 21, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

March 10, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
Tonasket Community Culture Center
411 Western Ave, Tonasket

March 21, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

April 14, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino
28968 US-97, Omak

April 26, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

May 5, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
Methow Valley Community Center
201 Division St, Twisp, WA 98856

May 16, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

June 2, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino
28968 US-97, Omak

June 20, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

July 7, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
Tonasket Community Culture Center
411 Western Ave, Tonasket

July 18, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

August 4, 2018 Sat.
12:00 pm
General Meeting
12 Tribes Resort Casino
28968 US-97, Omak
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

August 15, 2018 Wed.
6:00 pm
E-Board Meeting
Active PCOs welcome – email okanogandemocrats@gmail.com for location

Have you noticed?

Our Secretary, Valerie Sarratt, and Vice Chair Technology/SMM, Keiki Stacy Weigle are working to make things as easy and automated as possible for our PCO’s, Project Leads, sub-committees, general membership and board officers.

Valerie found a fantastic event scheduling tool called SignUpGenius for volunteers, which launched today with the schedule for our booth at the Okanogan County Fair.

Keiki has now integrated our various mailing lists into one and is using MailChimp for our newsletter and various mailings. She’s updated the website here too so that you can see live feeds from our public Facebook page and Twitter profile.

We’ll be bringing in additional technoogy in the future to help our entire membership with a variety of projects, including PCO areas/assignments, project management and calendars to plan ahead.

By all means, if you have feedback or suggestions for how we can improve, please let us know! You can send a message either Keiki or Valerie through Facebook at:

Keiki Stacy Weigle on Facebook

Valerie Sarratt on Facebook

Stay tuned and keep an eye open for anything new!

Easy Peasy Volunteering for County Fair

Democrats Fair Booth

Dear OKDems Members and Supporters,

It’s County Fair Time! We also could sure could use some volunteers to help out at booth at the Okanogan County Fair.

Please help out by volunteering for a shift or two or three in the Okanogan County Democrats booth at the County Fair.

The shifts are short. We’ll be registering voters, signing up PCOs, socializing with fair attendees, finding out what’s important to our fellow voters, and having fun!

Location: Okanogan County Fairgrounds

To volunteer for various days and time slots, please click the link below:

Okanogan County Democrats Fair Booth

Dear OKDems Members and Supporters, Please help out by volunteering for a shift or two or three in the Okanogan County Democrats booth at the County Fair. The shifts are short. We’ll be registering voters, signing up PCOs, socializing with fair attendees, finding out what’s important to our fellow voters, and having fun!

Omak Stampede & Okanogan County Fair

Omak Stampede & Okanogan County Fair 2017

We’re currently gearing up for a very busy August and September with the Omak Stampede Grand Parade, Okanogan County Fair and a Harvest Picnic with the 7th Legislative District. There’s lots of fun times and excitement coming up in the next few months and we hope to you’ll participate!

Post General Meeting News and Notes

Post General Meeting News & Notes – July 2017

We had a great meeting yesterday, Saturday – July 22, in the Lucy F. Covington Government Center in Nespelam. Great facility, beautiful building, delicious potluck of finger foods and lots of information shared from the Board, Members, Candidates and WA State Party Staff.

OKDems July 22 – General Member Meeting

Membership General Meeting & Potluck
Saturday – July 22, 2017
NOON – 2:30pm
We’re Potlucking Finger Foods, so bring your favorite to share!

Lucy F. Covington Government Center
21 Colville St
Nespelem, WA 99155

Please RSVP on our PUBLIC PAGE on Facebook at: http://bit.ly/2teC7vY

General Meeting
12:30pm to 2:00pm

Please review minutes from General Meeting on June 25, 2017 AND
Agenda for General Meeting on July 22, 2017 prior to your attendance, provided below:

General Meeting- 6-25-17 MINUTES
General Meeting Agenda- 7-22-17

UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS (Save These Dates!):

OK Democrats PUBLIC-Calendar.pdf

Lots of Updates!

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