Young Democrats of America
Proposed Amended Election Procedure
Relevant sections of the YDA Charter and Bylaws can be found below:
SECTION 605 Officers; Named. The Officers of the Young Democrats of America shall be a President, an Executive Vice President, two (2) Democratic National Committee Members, neither of which may be of the same gender identity, a First Vice President, a Second Vice President, a Third Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The Chair of the Association of Chartered Unit Presidents and the Chair of the Council of Regional Directors shall serve as ex-officio Officers of the Young Democrats of America.
SECTION 610(a) Eligibility. Regular members who have not yet reached the age of thirty-four (34) years shall be eligible for elected National Office. Persons who are not members of a Party other than the Democratic Party shall be eligible for selection as stakeholder members of the Board of Directors.
SECTION 615 Elections. Officers other than the Democratic National Committee Members shall be elected by a majority vote of the National Convention for a term of two years or until their successors are elected. The Democratic National Committee Members shall be elected by a vote of the National Committee in even-numbered years at a National Committee Meeting held before July for a term of two years or until their successors are elected.
Section 315(c) Disclosure of Campaign Finances for Democratic National Committee Members. At or before 12:00 noon of the day before the General Session at which the Democratic National Committee Members are elected is convened, candidates shall file with the Secretary a statement of all expenditures made, and sources of all funds utilized relating to their campaign for national office. Such statements shall be attested to by the signature of the candidate and sworn before a notary public or another officer authorized by law to so attest in the jurisdiction where executed. Persons who have failed to timely file disclosures of campaign finances, or who make a materially false statement in connection thereto, shall be ineligible for election. Within one (1) hour of their having been filed, the Secretary shall forward to the General Counsel or the Chair of the Judicial Council in the absence of a/the General Counsel or his designee, copies of the documents submitted pursuant to this Section, who shall review them for compliance with this Section. The General Counsel or the Chair of the Judicial Council in the absence of a/the General Counsel shall be authorized to call a special session of the Judicial Council, at any time prior to the General Session at which elections will be conducted, which shall be authorized to adjudicate alleged violations of this Section. The Judicial Council shall be further authorized to compel candidates, alleged in violation of this Section, to appear before it, subject to its summary Judgment of Ineligibility for Election. Persons accused subject to this Section, shall have the right to be accompanied by counsel, to present and cross examine witnesses, and to present evidence in their own defense.
Section 605(c) Democratic National Committee Members. The Democratic National Committee Members shall lobby and vote on behalf of the Young Democrats of America at every meeting of the Democratic National Committee. They shall coordinate the participation of the Young Democrats of America in the Democratic National Convention and any other conferences of committees of the Democratic National Committee.