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).