Credentials Committee Notes from February Meetings

Notes from 7pm 2/28 SD64 DFL Credentials Committee

Attending: Kat, Ora, Russ, Eric (taking notes), Barb, Dan, and Ben on the phone.

Welcoming Barb and Ben from SD66.

Eric described some of the impact of redistricting. We have added all or part of four precincts from SD66 and lost parts of 1-1 and 1-2 to SD65. The MN DFL is supposed to get revised data to us any day now, but it is not here yet. The VAN is also frozen until this is done.

We checked the SD66 delegate lists to make sure we have signatures for each delegate. A number of problems were identified that the committee will follow up with once the VAN is at full strength.

We expect that a final list of delegates will be required by the rules committee by 3/12 so that they can meet their 3/15 mailing deadline for the official call.

As its first official act (now that redistricting is complete and we have all our members) the credentials committee elected Kat as chair, Eric as co-chair.

Credentials committee members decided to cancel the 3/4 meeting since the VAN is unlikely to allow edits much before then. Instead we will next meet on Thursday 3/8 at 7pm at Eric’s house and, if needed, on Sunday 3/11 at 2pm at Kat’s house.

Notes from 7pm 2/16 SD64 DFL Credentials Committee

Attending: Kat, Eric, Lou, Ora, Mike, Russ

This meeting consisted of cleanup and confirmation of the data entry done at our data party the previous Sunday. We split into teams to confirm that every delegate was on the delegate list for their precinct and had been signed in to the caucus or sent a proxy letter. A number of problems were noted, and Kat and Eric both took homework away from the meeting, committing to making phone calls to investigate a few issues.

No formal decisions can be made until after the redistricting announcement on 2/21, so notes were made on our lists and in the packets themselves.

Notes from 10am 2/11 SD64 DFL Credentials Committee

Attending: Kat, Eric, Ora, Stacy, Dan, Vince, Mike, Russ, John, Bruce, Al, Mary (very briefly)

Ora: 35% of Minnesota voters without computers. Concerned about issues that played out in Ward 3 last year.

Vince: Main mission is to get democrats elected in November.

Kat explains the timeline and what we can do. Before new district lines are drawn, we can investigate problems and clean lists. After lines are drawn we can vote on recommendations. At the convention our recommendations are accepted or not.

In addition, as we near the convention we will work closely with the arrangements committee to provide an efficient convention sign-in process. We will arrive early on 3/25, probably at 111am or so.

We will always take written notes, particularly due to the changes that may come because of redistricting. We will do our best to share our notes with districts who acquire some of our precincts.

The data party will be tomorrow, Sunday, 2/12, 1pm at SEIU. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is at 345 Randolph Ave. Suite 100. 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.

The New SD64

Welcome to the new residents of SD64! We are excited to have you join us.

[info_box]Note that we have a new clickable and zoomable map of SD64 available![/info_box]

The court’s redistricting plan has been distributed and SD64 looks quite a bit different than it did yesterday. We have lost some of the ward 1 precincts we used to have, and gained portions of ward 4 all the way up into Saint Anthony Park. Here’s a general map.

New SD64

Keep an eye on the legislative GIS page for details. It appears the court has split existing Saint Paul precincts, which will make it a bit harder to figure out exactly who stays and who leaves SD64. For now, it looks safe to say that Erin Murphy remains in 64A and Michael Paymar remains in 64B.

It looks like SD64 is losing parts of 1-1 and 1-2 to SD65. We keep 1-7 and 1-13. We gain parts of 4-1 and 4-2, the rest of those to go to SD66. We gain all of 4-3 and 4-8. Here is a map that overlays the new SD64 on the current Saint Paul precinct map.

NewSD64overSP

Note that the new boundary between 64A and 64B also splits precinct 3-13. All these split precincts will require some extra work on the part of credentials for the upcoming convention.

You may want to take a look at MPR’s redistricting map which allows you to enter your address and see which districts represent you.

Data Party, 2/12

All are welcome to join us for the data entry party on Sunday 12 February 2012, 1-5pm, at the SEIU Healthcare offices. We will be spending Sunday afternoon entering data from caucus participants. Please RSVP to info@sd64dfl.org so we can arrange to have credentials in VoteBuilder (the VAN) for your use. Please let us know if you will be bringing your own wifi-enabled laptop.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is at 345 Randolph Ave. Suite 100. 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.