Credentials, 2/17 Meeting Notes

The credentials committee met again today and notes from that meeting are available if you care to track our work. In addition to what is in these minutes, the committee proofread all 30 precincts’ delegate and alternate sheets against the data entry that has been done. A big thank you to everyone who showed up and helped with this eye-watering task and to all the volunteers who helped with data entry after the caucuses.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 3/3, 10:30am, in the Community Room on the 2nd floor of the Highland Park Library.

Credentials, Initial Meeting Notes

These are notes from our initial meeting on Saturday 2/10 at 10am.

Attending: Eric Celeste (convenor and notes), Lyn Burton (convenor), Ann Garvey, John Grafstrom, James Hamilton, Mark Holmquist, Suzanne Sobotka, Delisia Venus

Introduction to the Task

Eric described the tasks of credentials and others shared some advice based on past experience.

Election of Chair and Co-Chair

Eric Celeste and Lyn Burton put themselves in nomination to be co-chairs of the committee.

Vote: AYE

Notes: Lyn is not currently a member of the committee and will abstain from voting until the committee agrees to seat her. Eric will defer his voting privilege to the alternate from 4-7 (Ann Garvey) when she is present.

No Signatures

Motion: Subject to future challenge, if a delegate has filled in the contact information on a delegate or alternate sheet we will consider them as validly registered for the caucus even if they did not sign their registration card.

Vote: AYE

Caucusing in Wrong Precinct

Motion: We will take any delegate or alternate who caucused in the wrong precinct and count them as last alternates in their correct precincts. If there is no room in their correct precinct we will consider their cases again in committee.

Vote: AYE

Collapsing Alternate Ranks

Motion: In precincts where lines were skipped on the alternate sheets we will collapse the ranks to eliminate the skipped ranks.

Overlooked Proxies

Motion: In cases where it appears to one of the credentials committee co-chairs that a caucus has overlooked a clear request by a non-attendee to be selected as a delegate or alternate, we will, as long as there is room in the delegation, make such proxies last alternates in their caucus delegation.

Vote: AYE

Case: Commers

We received an email from Jon Commers (4-1) stating that his wife (Beth) forgot to leave his proxy at the caucus. Jon does appear in the 4-1 delegate list.

Decision: We accept Jon’s claim and make him a last alternate in 4-1.

For future discussion

Methods of ranking last alternates.

Need to gender balance some precinct alternate rankings (special note on 4-7 which apparently expected us to do this).

Need for follow-up on folks who signed up to be delegates or alternates but did not register at the caucus as attendees.

Future Meetings

  • NEXT MEETING: Saturday, 2/17, 10:30am, Highland Park Library, Community Room (2nd Floor)
  • Saturday, 3/3, 10:30am, Highland Park Library, Community Room (2nd Floor)
  • Saturday, 3/17, 10:30am, Highland Park Library, Community Room (2nd Floor)
  • Sunday, 3/25, 12:30pm, Central High School to help set up registration

Adjourned at 11:37am

Please visit http://sd64dfl.org/convention/credentials for more information.

Pre-convention Committees meet Saturday, 2/10

Initial meetings of pre-convention committees will be Saturday 2/10, 10am. No RSVP necessary, just come if you are a member or alternate to one of the committees.

They will meet at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, 345 Randolph Ave. Suite 100.

Directions: Go to the intersection of Shepard Road and Randolph Ave. Follow Randolph off Shepard down towards the river. After passing the old power plant, turn left onto James Ave and then immediately turn right into the parking lot behind the sign that includes SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. Drive to the end of the parking lot for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

Data Entry Party, Thursday, 2/8

The Data Party will be Thursday 2/8, 6-10pm. Please RSVP to credentials@sd64dfl.org. Bring a computer if you have one.

It will be at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, 345 Randolph Ave. Suite 100.

Directions: Go to the intersection of Shepard Road and Randolph Ave. Follow Randolph off Shepard down towards the river. After passing the old power plant, turn left onto James Ave and then immediately turn right into the parking lot behind the sign that includes SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. Drive to the end of the parking lot for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

Credentials Committee Update, 3/16

The Credentials Committee of the 2016 Convention had its second meeting on Wednesday, 3/16. We clarified the situation of a number of people thought to have attended caucuses in the wrong precinct, randomly ranked a number of unranked alternates, approved a request to add Chelsea Magadance to the alternate list for 3-6 after her proxy had been overlooked, reviewed a new design for our convention badges, and closely compared all our delegate and alternate data entry to the actual sign-up sheets returned from the precincts. Our goal is to complete cleaning of the delegate list by Monday 3/21.

More details are available in our notes from the 3/16 Credentials meeting.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday 3/19, 2:30pm at the Highland Park Library in their upstairs meeting room.