December 10, 2017 – Jim Brennan, OKDems
It’s certainly true that things change over time. Perhaps that’s why I’m drawn to history—especially the history of a place where my family and I live. In the greater scheme of things, what does a hundred years signify? To a geologist, it’s a blink of an eye. To a student of history, there’s a lot t keep track of.
If I’d been born in Okanogan County a century ago, or traveled here via railroad from Wenatchee to Okanogan at the time, I might have heard first hand accounts of the original Okanogan County seat of Ruby City, a wild-west town of sorts fueled by mining, gunpowder and cheap whiskey before sinking into a dilapidated ghost town after the national economic depression of 1883.
In Okanogan County, the past century has been a mixed bag politically, leaning Republican. The presidential election has been won by a Democratic candidate nine times and by a Republican candidate sixteen times. And while it’s been a long stretch since the Okanogan County Democrats could claim to be a powerhouse, the party has remained influential, with qualified Democrats filling important local positions.
As the all-important 2018 midterm elections approach, it feels like Democrats in Okanogan County are enjoying a resurgence of sorts. An energized County party board is in place and the state Democratic Party is committed to making Eastern Washington competitive. Recently, two women Democrats running in special elections for the state legislature faired better than many expected—in races that hadn’t even been contested in over a decade. A qualified Democratic candidate, Christine Brown, has declared her candidacy for Dan Newhouse’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Perhaps even more important, a record number of Precinct Committee Officers have signed up to canvas and get out the vote.
With the Trump administration and the Republican Party trying as hard as they can to dismantle the best of America, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Resist and organize. Donate time and dollars to support Democratic candidates and organizations and, over time, we can make a difference. Drop by this website and feel free to add your comments and stories.
September 22, 2017 – Michael Sarratt, Chairman, OKDems
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.
August 16, 2017
Democrats in Spokane County will gather on Saturday, March 24, 2018 for the purpose of selecting delegates and alternates to represent their legislative districts at the 2018 Washington State Democratic Party Convention to be held in Wenatchee, Washington.
The number of delegates and alternates to be selected from Spokane County are as follows:
3rd Legislative District: seven (7) delegates and three (3) alternates,
4th Legislative District: six (6) delegates and three (3) alternates,
6th Legislative District: eight (8) delegates and four (4) alternates,
7th Legislative District: one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate, and
9th Legislative District: one-half (1/2) delegate and zero (0) alternates.
The number of delegates and alternates are based on the number of votes received by Hillary Clinton & Jay Inslee during the 2016 general election.
The location of the meeting is to be determined. It will start at 10:00 am.
Also to be considered at the meeting are platform issues. The most recent platform for Spokane County Democrats was adopted in 2016 and may be viewed here.
The Washington State Democratic Party Convention will be held in Wenatchee, Washington on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The meeting will start at 10:00 am. Delegates and alternates elected statewide at local meetings are expected to attend.