GIFC Minutes 2019-02-19

A meeting of Guemes Island Ferry Committee (GIFC) was held at Guemes Library on February 19, 2019. Attendees included: Allen Bush, Sandy McKean, David Prewitt, Bud Ullman. Members not in attendance included: Steve Orsini. Guests in attendance included Barb Ohms, John Hopkins, Carson Parks, Edith Walden, and Phyllis Bravinder.

$420 has been raised so far to fund upcoming election expenses.

New Business
The main topic of discussion at this monthly meeting was the upcoming election to fill the term of Steve Orsini which expires in 2019. This will be a contested election between the candidates Steve Orsini and John Hopkins. Steve was nominated by Bud Ullman, and John was nominated by Phyllis Bravinder at our annual meeting held on Feburary 10, 2019.

• Allen Bush will be coordinating the tasks of conducting this election. Allen has experience doing this in previous GIFC elections.

• A name and address list of registered voters of the Guemes island Precinct has been obtained from the Skagit County Auditor's office.

• Allen has contacted AMS in Bellingham. AMS will print the ballots, place them in envelopes, apply addresses from the Auditor's list, and mail them via USPS. • Ballots will be mailed on March 1, 2019; and must be returned by March 23, 2019 either via the USPS or by dropping them off in a provided ballot box in the GI Library during library hours.

• The GIFC will use 3rd parties to count the ballots as was done in the 2010 election. Ballot counting will occur at The Hall

• Candidate statements of 300 words or less may be submitted to Allen no later than February 26, 2019.

• Phyllis Bravinder and Bud Ullman will be the candidate official observers at the counting.

• Information will be placed on the GIFC curated web page on Linetime giving a mission statement for the GIFC and the reason for the election. Announcements will be made at various online locations pointing to this web page.

• Characteristics of the ballots and mailing: ? There will be one piece of paper per envelop. The bottom third of that piece of paper will be a tear-off ballot. ? The ballots will be on white paper with a watermark.

 The return envelope will be addressed to the GI Historical Society mailbox located outside The Hall. ? There will be no marking on either the ballots or the envelopes to indicate the identity of the voter in order to provide voter anonymity. Security will be provided by the ballot watermark and the fact that only one ballot per voter will be mailed. ? A coin was flipped to determine the order of the names on the ballot. John will be first and Steve second.

Action Items
Contact Reva Dugan, Gail Nicolls, and Jodi Meekins as possible ballot counters. (Allen)
Write a GIFC mission statement. (Sandy)
Repair the ballot box loaned to the GIFC by GICCA. (Bud)

The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 pm
[Notes taken by Sandy McKean]