On the Campaign

In this issue: 

  1.  Conservation District Election Finally Ends; A rundown:

  2. Secretary of State Wyman on the Saturday Morning Liberty Road Show 8:00AM Tune In. Are the Russians really coming?  Also in Studio Rep Vince Buys on status of Hirst from State Perspective.

  3. Remember to Vote by August 6th Whatcom County Recommendations found here.

 


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  1.  Conservation District Election Finally Ends; A rundown:

New Commissioner Alan Chapman

A decision was reached by the Washington State Conservation Board July 19th on the Whatcom County Conservation District’s election that was held March 13th of this year.  Alan Chapman replaced Larry Helm on the Board July 19th.  There had been several complaints about election numbers and procedures and the State Board staff was brought in to investigate.  A close reading of the information given to the board by State Conservation Election Officer Bill Eller, shows that some processes and communication in election policies may need some attention.

Who is Alan Chapman… His Campaign Statement Here.

Here is the summary of the Report:

“Several complaints were submitted to the State Conservation Commission (SCC) regarding the conduct of the recent Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) election. SCC staff have completed the investigation into the complaints and have concluded the issues presented before, during, and after the WCD election do not rise to the level of significant noncompliance with election procedures necessary to invalidate the election.”

Here is the 37 page Report to the commission quoted above.

Three Points in the Report Stand Out:

1. The Executive Director of The Whatcom County Conservation District George Boggs wrote an e-mail to potential absentee voters apologizing for a candidate’s legal use of documents obtained through the Public Records Request

George Boggs

Act.  The State Staff Report to the state commission states that the local Conservation District lawfully fulfilled the PR request… Mr Boggs email seems to infer that some of the records should not have been disclosed or used in campaign mailing.

A voter complained that the apology was in fact Mr Boggs campaigning.

The state staff  turned down this reasoning and their interpetation was “There is nothing in the apology that would  take a political position…”

See page 11 of the report.  You decide but it seems a bit odd that the Conservation District would feel compelled to apologize for lawfully sending records to a constituent and even further the constituent using the information lawfully.

2. A deadline does not appear to be a deadline. The Fourth Corner is concerned about what seems to be a nebulous approach to the request for absentee ballots.  A published date of February 7th was publicly used as the cutoff to request absentee ballots; it was presented to the public as the “final” day to request absentee ballots…. Sadly the report shows this was not the case:

Conservation District Voting Place

“Absentee ballots were available for request up until the request deadline of February 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Staff tried to accommodate requests made after the deadline by sending out absentee ballots after the deadline if there was still enough time for the ballots to be mailed to the requestor and returned by the requestor to WCD. However, the closer a request came to election day on March 13, the likelihood that staff were able to process such a request decreased until it ceased altogether and the only recourse for a requestor was to come to the poll site and vote in person on election day.”

It seems the staff is deciding who will receive a ballot because they are aware of how long the mail may take?!!  This would put staff in a position to decide who should and should not get absentee ballots.  Somehow this needs to be changed.  For example my wife and I had decided we would go to the Office to vote live on March 13th .  But after February 7th she was called away out of state to be with her sick relative… I did not know that the deadline was so flexible at the time or it might have been possible to send her a ballot… by the time we knew of the flexible deadline it was too late and my wife was disenfranchised in this election.

3. There is provision in state law for any entity covered by normal election procedures to have a recount.  Not so in the case of the Conservation District Elections.  From the Report.

“There is no provision in the election procedures allowing for the recount of a conservation district election.”

The Fourth Corner hopes that the State and local Conservation Organizations will consider reforming these items with the view in mind that their goal should be the enfranchisement of as many voters as possible and to create an attitude that fosters voting in the election.

Related Stories below recommendations at bottom of issue.


Secretary of State Wyman on the Saturday Morning Liberty Road Show 8:00AM Tune In. Are the Russians really coming?  Also in Studio Rep Vince Buys on status of Hirst from his Perspective

Sec of State Kim Wyman

Secretary Kim Wyman and Rep Vince Buys will make for a quick hour show Saturday Morning at 8:00AM on KGMI listen in and be informed about Liberty.

Kim Wyman and Charlie Crabtree will talk about the election and what goes on at the state level to protect our ballot and how the new legislation passed this Spring will be instituted.

Rep Vince Buys

Rep Vince Buys and Charlie Crabtree will have a conversation about how the Legislation on the Hirst Decision is being implemented and how the future of that implementation can affect local residents.

Remember to Vote by August 6th Whatcom County Recommendations found here.

  • US Senate: Susan Hutchison
  • US Congress District 1: Jeffery Beeler
  • US Congress District 2: Brian Luke
  • WA Representative District 40 Position 1: Michael Petrish
  • WA Senator District 42: Doug Ericksen
  • WA Representative District 42 Position 1: Luanne Van Werven
  • WA Representative District 42 Position 2: Vincent Kyle Buys
  • Whatcom County Council: Mike Peetoom
  • Court of Appeals Division 1 District 3 Judge Position 1: Tom Sequine
  • Whatcom County Prosecuting Atty: Eric Richey (has prosecutorial experience vs. none by his opponent)

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE,VOTE

Its easy

drop your ballots at a drop box until Tuesday at 8:00PM.

drop your ballots at your post office or post box on Monday (to make certain it is not late)

put your ballots out for the mailman on Monday (to make certain it is not late)

Have questions about Fourth Corner Selections?: e-mail me at charlie@thefourthcorner.com

 

 

 

No decision on Conservation election and 100% Renewable energy in Bellingham will be expensive

 

Complaint filed in March 13th Conservation District Election, Tim Eyman wins suit to protect the Initiative Process

There are eighteen Drop Box Locations for your Ballots located here

Acme Elementary                                                     Blaine Library
5200 Turkington Rd.                                                    610 3rd St.

Birch Bay (North Whatcom Fire & Rescue)           Custer Elementary
4581 Birch Bay-Lynden Rd.                                       7660 Custer School Rd.

Courthouse South Parking Lot                            Deming Library
201 Grand Ave.                                                     5044 Mt. Baker Hwy.

Everson WECU                                                    Ferndale City Hall
106 E Main St.                                                       2095 Main St.

Sudden Valley                                                 Sumas
Sudden Valley Security Turnaround                    534 Railroad Ave

Whatcom Community College                        WWU Bookstore
237 W Kellogg Rd.                                             501 High St

 

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