The November Central Committee Meeting is ONLINE

November 17, 2021

WashCo Dems logo with decor and zoom mic and speaker

We will hold a Central Committee meeting on Zoom on the evening of Wednesday, November 17, 2021! (yes, early because of Thanksgiving) Please join the Zoom call to get credentialed by 6:30 PM at the latest! We will begin business in earnest at 7:00 p.m. Here is the link to join the call:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/98328282197

Dial by your location:

  • +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
  • Meeting ID: 983 2828 2197

The agenda for our meeting, as well as resolutions for review in the Central Committee Resource Center.

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Zoom can be used on a computer and by phone, but it is easier to use by computer. We advise to do your best to attend via a laptop or desktop. You can also join using the link with your cellphone, but the screen will be more condensed.  Those without a computer can also attend by calling the number listed above, and typing in the Meeting ID.

NOTE: Zoom via the phone has more limitations. You will be limited to:

  • Mute/Unmute = *6
  • Raising and lowering your hand = *9

Please reach out to Patrick Maguire, our chair if you have any questions:
chair@washcodems.org

Please take a moment to review this helpful guide to having a good Zoom experience.

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Agenda, Draft Minutes, Resolution proposals, and Rules proposals can be found in the CC Resource Center

Meeting Details

Text of Proposed Resolution from PCP Member Keith Haxton & 15 Other PCP’s:

Supporting Ranked Choice Voting for Washington County

A. Whereas ranked choice voting is an increasingly common voting system that more accurately expresses the will of the voters by allowing us to rank multiple candidates in order of preference, rather than being limited to only choosing a single candidate; and

B. Whereas, to use ranked choice voting for the election of our county officials the Washington County Charter must be amended, and all amendments to the Charter must be approved by a vote of the People; and

C. Whereas Article 5 plank 7 of our state party’s Platform reads, “We support the right of political parties to nominate candidates by means of instant-runoff voting, thereby ensuring nominees are supported by a majority of electors”, and Article 5 plank 29 of our Platform states, “We support the enactment of voting improvements that eliminate vote splitting and more accurately reflect the preferences and will of the voters”; and

D. Whereas ranked choice voting is currently used for elections in: California, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Maryland and Oregon, statewide in Maine and Alaska, nationwide in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, as well as many other places; and

E. Whereas the Washington County Democratic Central Committee uses ranked choice voting for the election of party officers, as do many other state and local Democratic Party organizations; and

F. Whereas ranked choice voting is more efficient and convenient than traditional runoff elections and because of this it saves voters, candidates and governments the time and money of having those runoff elections; and

G. Whereas ranked choice voting helps ensure that all candidates elected to office win the support of a majority of voters, instead of being able to win by plurality, and in doing so it eliminates the spoiler effect; and

H. Whereas candidates for public office have less incentive to run negative campaigns that attack their opponents in a ranked choice voting system, which encourages positive campaigning; and

I. Whereas Ranked Choice Voting reduces the barriers to entry for women and people of color, creating more diversity among elected officials, and studies have shown that it significantly increases the number of people of color and women running for and winning public office; now

Therefore we, the Washington County Democratic Central Committee, resolve as follows:

1. We endorse the Ranked Choice Voting for Washington County ballot initiative (02032020RCV), for which the ballot title is, “Amends County Charter to Elect Officials Using Ranked Choice Voting”.

2. We support all legal and ethical efforts to enact a ranked choice voting system for single seat elections at all levels of our government including the local, state and federal.

This resolution has not been reviewed by any committee of the party, but is instead submitted by individual members for consideration under new business.

What to expect for online credentialing for virtual meetings

When you log in to the Zoom meeting, you will be held in a Zoom “waiting room” until a credentialing volunteer admits you to the meeting. Once in the room, if we are able to tell that you are a PCP by name or by visually recognizing you on video, we will consider you credentialed and no further action will be required. If we cannot easily recognize you by face or name and match you with our PCP list, we will interact with you to verify your identity before you are considered credentialed to vote in the meeting. Guests will also be verified in this way but will be labeled with “ZZZ-” in front of their names to help us easily tell which attendees may speak and vote.

ZOOM TIPS

***PLEASE MUTE WHEN NOT SPEAKING***

SPEAKING & BEING ON MUTE

Always check your mute status before speaking; the host may have muted you if you forget to.

On a computer:

  • At the bottom left corner, MUTED = RED mic with a line through it…click on it to unmute

On a phone:

  • If you dialed in with the phone number: Use *6
  • on a smartphone: click on PARTICIPANTS & look to the bottom toolbar

ASKING A QUESTION OR… TO SPEAK DURING A DEBATE:

On a computer:

  • Use the RAISE HAND feature. Click on the PARTICIPANTS tab (bottom middle of the screen); a box will pop up to the right…on the lower tab, click on RAISE HAND & click on it again to lower.

On a phone:

  • If you dialed in with the phone number: Use *9
  • on a smartphone: look to the bottom right & click on RAISE HAND

DO NOT VOTE UNLESS YOU ARE A RECENTLY (MAY 2020) ELECTED PCP or appointed at a CC meeting. If you wish to become an appointed PCP, please follow the guidelines on www.washcodems.org.