Young Democrats of America
1. Candidates are required to submit both a form declaring their candidacy (available here) and a notarized financial disclosure form (available here) to the Secretary before 12:00 PM CST on Friday, March 27th.
2. Forms may be submitted to the Secretary by email ([email protected]) or onsite at the Hilton Garden Inn Kansas City on Friday, March 27th between 11:00 AM CST and 12:00 PM CST
3. There will be a candidate meeting for all qualified candidates and/or their representatives Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 AM CST in a room to be announced. At this meeting speaking order for candidate nomination speeches will be determined by a roll of dice. The Secretary, Rules Chair, and Parliamentarian will be available to answer any procedural or logistical questions at this meeting.
4. Each qualified candidate will be allotted a two (2) minute speech by their nominator and a five (5) minute candidate speech.
5. The election of the Democratic National Committeeman and Democratic National Committeewoman will occur during the National Committee General Session Saturday, March 27th beginning at 7:00 PM CST in a location to be announced.
6. As per the Charter and Bylaws, the election of the Democratic National Committeeman shall be first, followed by the election of the Democratic National Committeewoman.
7. The President or their authorized designee shall conduct the election.
8. Candidates shall be elected by a majority (50%+1) of votes cast by present (or proxied) National Committee Members.
9. As per the Standing Rules, candidates shall be dropped (no longer considered for election) if they get less than:
- fifteen percent (15%) of the votes on the first ballot, or
- less than twenty-five percent (25%) of the votes on the second ballot, or
- than thirty-five percent (35%) of the votes on the third ballot, or
- less than one-third (1/3) of the votes on the fourth or any later ballot
But the two candidates with the most votes or, in the case of a tie for the second most votes, the candidates with the most and second-most votes shall be not dropped.
10. In the event subsequent rounds of voting are needed for a candidate to achieve a majority vote, there will be an automatic ten (10) minute recess between voting rounds.
11. All election votes will be conducted by a recorded roll call vote.
12. The newly elected Democratic National Committeeman and Democratic National Committeewoman will take office immediately upon being declared the winner by the President or their authorized designee
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, a Democratic National Committeeman, a Democratic National Committeewoman, 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 Committeeman and Democratic National Committeewoman 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 Committeeman and Democratic National Committeewoman shall be elected by a vote of the National Committee in even numbered years at a National Committee Meeting held before July to be seated immediately.
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 Committeewoman and Committeeman 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 Committeeman and Committeewoman. 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.
SECTION 615 Election of National Committeewoman and National Committeeman. Officers shall be elected in the same order in which the offices are listed in the Charter and Bylaws.