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Saturday, June 18th, 2016

LIVE from Tacoma: Final Credentials report heard; Noel Frame elected Permanent Chair

The 2016 Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Con­ven­tion is rolling along in Taco­ma. In the span of a few short min­utes, the Con­ven­tion heard a Final Cre­den­tials Report from co-chairs Javier Valdez and Lin­da Isen­son, then pro­ceed­ed to elect a per­ma­nent chair for the Con­ven­tion: 36th Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Noel Frame.

As of the time that reg­is­tra­tion closed, 690 Bernie Sanders del­e­gates (and alter­nates seat­ed as del­e­gates) had signed in, while 270 Hillary Clin­ton del­e­gates (and alter­nates seat­ed as del­e­gates) had signed in, for a total of 960 delegates.

701 del­e­gates are required to adopt changes to the state par­ty’s char­ter (its most impor­tant gov­ern­ing doc­u­ment). Because more than that num­ber are present, char­ter amend­ments may be con­sid­ered. How­ev­er, any char­ter amend­ment not receiv­ing 701 affir­ma­tive votes will not be adopted.

Fol­low­ing the deliv­ery of the final cre­den­tials report, Tem­po­rary Chair Noel Frame passed the gav­el to Javier Valdez to open nom­i­na­tions for the posi­tion of Per­ma­nent Chair. Frame was the sole can­di­date nom­i­nat­ed (by Katie Nel­son, sec­ond­ed by Eliz­a­beth Siegel) and was unan­i­mous­ly elected.

Tem­po­rary Chair Noel Frame is now the Per­ma­nent Chair of the Convention.

The Con­ven­tion is now mov­ing to the busi­ness of select­ing at-large elec­tors and alter­nate elec­tors. Pre­vi­ous­ly, ten elec­tors and ten alter­nates were cho­sen at the con­gres­sion­al dis­trict cau­cus­es on May 21st (one each per con­gres­sion­al district).

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