Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Full County Designation Meeting (Voting Meeting)
Valley American Legion located at 110 Academy Street, Syracuse
Designation of Candidates for the 2020 General Election

Notice mailed January 10, 2020

Sign in will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday.

OCDC Designation Meeting

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Valley American Legion


I. Call to order – 9:30 AM 
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III . Opening Remarks
IV. Voting Process Begins – As stated in the January 10, 2020 mailing
V. Designation of Uncontested Candidates
VI. The OCDC Chair  will declare the winner of contested races.
VII. Adjournment

The rules and agenda established for this meeting are as follows:

  1. Please enter through the main door of the Valley American Legion.

  2. The sign in tables/sheets will be arranged in order by Wards and Towns.

  3. All committee members will sign in and receive a name tag.

  4. All others will also sign in and receive a different type of name tag.

  5. Only eligible committee members, elected officials, candidates, and pre-approved volunteers and guests will be allowed to be in attendance.

  6. The committee members will assemble by Town/Ward to determine if there is a quorum in each Town/Ward. If a quorum is present in the Town/Ward, the eligible non-cast votes will be distributed in the same proportion as the actual votes cast in the respective Town/Ward.  1/3 of the current committee members are required for a quorum.

  7. Absentee ballots CANNOT be used to meet quorum requirements.  If there is no quorum in the Town/Ward, then only the actual votes cast and absentee ballots will be counted.

  8. Voting will be confidential – Committee members will receive a ballot, vote, fold the ballot, and place ballot in the respective envelope for auditors. 

  9. Races with one available seat: if no candidate in a given race achieves a majority of 50% plus one of the votes, then there will be a 2nd round of voting. 

  10. In 2nd round of voting, if no candidate reaches 50% plus one vote, the top two candidates (those with the 1st highest and 2nd highest weighted votes) shall be on a 3rd and final ballot. Absentee ballots will carry forward.

  11. In races where multiple seats are open for the same office, a plurality vote will be utilized to determine the designees. 

  12. The Bonadio Group, an independent auditing firm, will be responsible for tabulating the votes, including all absentee ballots cast. 

  13. The results will be reported to the Democratic County Chair by the auditors, and delivered to the committee members in attendance. 

Absentee ballots may be requested by emailing
or by contacting your Town or Ward chair.

Absentee ballots must be signed, dated and placed in a sealed envelope with the committeeperson's name and election district written on envelope. Absentee ballots must be received at OCDC Headquarters  no later than 24 hours before the designating meeting begins. Sealed ballots will be opened and tallied by the auditors.