Irrigation District Elections Work Group

The Irrigation District Elections Work Group was established in 2019 by the passage of ESB 5453, which reads: The Washington association of county officials must conduct a study of irrigation district election related practices and procedures and recommend best practices to standardize those procedures across all districts. Best practices are those that are equitable and ensure thorough governance of irrigation districts. In conducting this study, the Washington association of county officials may collaborate with the secretary of state, county assessors, county auditors, and other relevant stakeholders as necessary. (2) The Washington association of county officials must report its findings and recommendations to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2019. At minimum, recommendations for the standardization of election procedures must include procedures to: (a) Identify qualified voters and directors; (b) Notify qualified voters and directors; (c) Deliver and return ballots; (d) Identify and count official returns; and (e) Declare the winning candidate.

Irrigation District Elections Work Group Members

  • Jerry Pettit, Kittitas County Auditor, WACO Vice President and Work Group Chair
  • Vicky Dalton, Spokane County Auditor
  • Deanna Walter, Chelan County Assessor
  • Heidi Hunt, Adams County Auditor
  • Bill Spencer, Benton County Assessor
  • David Elliot, Policy Director, Office of Washington Secretary of State
  • Tom Myrum, Executive Director, Washington State Water Resources Association
  • Mike Schwisow, Government Relations Consultant, Washington State Water Resources Association
  • Justin Harter, Manager, Naches-Selah Irrigation District

Irrigation District Elections Work Group Meeting Materials

DATE
AGENDA
MEETING SUMMARY
May 23, 2019
Agenda
Summary
June 18, 2019


July 8, 2019