GH Dems Gear Up For ‘Vacancy Encore’

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Oh happy day! The Grays Harbor Democrats are calling a “special caucus” to select three candidates to fill the County Treasurer vacancy created by Ron Strabbing’s retirement.  His last day in office is set for October 31. The three-person slate will be forwarded to the County Commissioners for a final selection.

This worked so well the last time these dear folks ran a “three-candidate slate” up the flag pole, didn’t it?

An October 19 communiqué from Robin Moore, GHD Chair, notes that:

“At the November 3, 2016, meeting of the Grays Harbor Democrats, there will be a special caucus of Precinct Committee Officers to pick three candidates to fill the vacancy for County Treasurer for the County Commissioners to choose from. We will be using method two…”

Okay, so concluding a sentence with a preposition is a violation of fourth grade grammar (the correct format is: “… from which to choose.”). But, hey. Clinton Cash. Benghazi. Obamacare. Private email server. Wikileaks. Bad grammar. Who’s counting?

Anyway, here’s a copy of Moore’s “official call.” Forwarded by an alert reader.

OFFICIAL CALL

October  19, 2016

Pursuant to the Charter and By-Laws of the Washington State Democratic Party, and to Amendment 52 of the Washington State Constitution, I am hereby calling a special caucus of the democratic precinct committee officers (PCO’s) in Grays Harbor County for the purpose of selecting nominees for the appointment to fill the vacancy in the office of Grays Harbor County Treasurer.

The special caucus will be held at:

11/03/2016

7:00pm

Polish Club

823 West First Street

Aberdeen WA.

 

Only duly elected or appointed Grays Harbor County PCO’s may vote in these proceedings.  Per Grays Harbor County Democratic Party By-Laws, only persons who have been PCO’s for 30 days before the October 31, 2016 vacancy shall be eligible to vote for candidates for the “short list” of three nominees to fill the vacancy.

The good news: Grays Harbor Dems have finally discovered the Washington State Constitution! The bad news: “PCO’s” is possessive, not plural. Not that anyone’s still counting or anything. (Besides, What difference does it make?)

Moore’s “call” is accompanied by a document entitled Procedures for the Nomination of Candidates for Filling a Vacancy in the Office of Grays Harbor County Treasurer. It outlines 10 procedural points and two methods. Just for the heck of it:

METHOD ONE:

Nominees shall be selected in three independent elections for the first, second, and third ranked positions.  The list of candidates shall stand for all three elections.

The first election shall be for the first ranked position with each PCO casting one recorded vote on the ballot provided.  After the balloting, the votes shall be tabulated and the totals shall be announced.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, there shall be a recorded vote between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.  The candidate receiving the majority of votes cast in this balloting shall be the number one ranked nominee in the caucus election and shall be stricken from the list of candidates.

The second election shall be for the second ranked position with each PCO casting one recorded vote on the ballot provided.  After the balloting, the votes shall be tabulated and the totals shall be announced.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, there shall be a recorded vote between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.  The candidate receiving the majority of votes cast in this balloting shall be the number two ranked nominee in the caucus election and shall be stricken from the list of candidates.

If there is only one candidate remaining after the second election, that candidate shall be the number three ranked nominee in the caucus election.  If however, there are two or more remaining candidates, a third election shall be held for the third ranked position with each PCO casting one recorded vote on the ballot provided.  After balloting, the votes shall be tabulated and the totals announced.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, there shall be a recorded vote between the candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.  The candidate receiving the majority of votes cast in this balloting shall be the number three ranked nominee in the caucus election.

If that isn’t enough of a mouthful, check out Method Two. Per Moore’s communiqué, above. Why two methods are outlined when one has already been pre-selected remains unclear. Kind of like, “If you like your doctor, you can…” Oh, never mind:

METHOD TWO:

Nominees for the first, second, and third ranked positions shall be selected in a single election.  After the first ballot, the votes shall be tabulated and the ranking of the candidates by vote totals shall be announced.  If there are more than three candidates the top three shall be retained and the others stricken from the ballot and another vote taken.  Again, each voter shall cast one vote for the one of the remaining three candidates.  Again votes shall be tabulated, totals announced and a ranking established by the number of votes each candidate receives.  If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, there shall be a recorded vote between the candidates ranked one and two.  The candidate receiving the majority of votes cast in this balloting shall be ranked one….

 The list of nominees shall consist of three names in rank order.

Remember how this panned out the last time Grays Harbor Dems forwarded up a three-person slate to the Commission a la the County Prosecutor vacancy? (Hi, Vini.)

You may want to pop some popcorn. In the meantime, maybe we can sell tickets?

Finally, ballots dropped today. They should be hitting mail boxes by the end of the week. Stay tuned for Yours Truly’s version of Thumbs Up and Thumbs Down on everything from county, state and federal races to ballot initiatives.

Is this fun, or what?

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