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DPG Special Election 2013

DPG Special Election 2013

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Dear State Committee:This letter outlines the special election process by which we will elect our State Chair to servethe remainde
r of the previous Chair’s term, which will expire in Janu
ary of 2015.
State Committee Meeting:
On
August 17, 2013
the State Committee will convene to elect our State Chair at alocation TBA in the Metro Atlanta area. Check in will begin promptly at 12:30pm and themeeting will convene at 1:00pm.The Chair will be elected by a majority vote of the State Committee or a majority vote of those present after quorum has been reached.
Qualifications for State Chair:
Persons interested in running for the State Chair position shall file
an “intent to run”
statement with the State Party office no later than July 17, 2013. Either email the notice of intent to Nikema Williams at 
 in addition to Laverne Gaskins at
 or mail two copies of the notice of intent to Nikema Williamsand Laverne Gaskins at 763 Trabert Ave NW Suite A, Atlanta, GA, 30318.
The intent to run mustbe received at the DPG Headquarters in Atlanta no later than midnight, July 17, 2013.Documentation sent by fax will not be accepted.
A non-
State Committee Member wishing to run for State Chair must submit such “intentto run” with the endorsement of a minimum of 30 State Committee Member
s (included in thispacket as Exhibit A) and must also submit such notices by July 17, 2013. Included with this letter
is an “intent to run” form.
 
The intent to run and endorsement of 30 State Committeemembers (Exhibit A) must be received at the DPG Headquarters in Atlanta no later thanmidnight, July 17, 2013. Documentation sent by fax will not be accepted.
 
 
 
Election:
Election of the State Chair shall be by ballot unless no more than one person isnominated for State Chair. Only State Committee Members may vote for State Chair. A brief three minute nominating speech may be made for each candidate. A one minute secondingspeech may also be made. Neither are required. In an effort to keep the election meetingmoving, the amount of time that any nominating or seconding speech exceeds these limits will
be deducted from the nominee’s speaking time.
The nominees may then address the StateCommittee for no more than five minutes.Members will vote via a ballot upon which they must print their name legibly and sign it.(The DNC Charter prohibits the use of secret ballots in Democratic Party elections.)Although any Democrat may
serve
as State Chair, the Charter and By Laws contain twoprovisions that restrict who may run in this special election. First, the Charter provides that theChair and the First Vice-Chair must be of opposite gender. (C.4.1.2). Since the State Committeeelected a female First Vice-Chair at the last party general election, and that officer is stillserving, the Charter requires that the Chair be male. Second, the Charter provides that where aracial group constitutes 20% or more of the registered voters in the state then at least onemember of that group must be an officer as either Chair, First Vice-Chair, or additional Vice-Chairs. (C.4.1.3). The Party had been in compliance with this provision because the Chair waswhite. The resignation of that officer creates a non-compliance situation. The Charter,therefore, restricts candidates in this special election by race. Thus, any white male Democrat iseligible to run in this special election. The By Laws of the Democratic National Committeespecify st
ate that the DNC “
shall be composed of: (a) The Chairperson and the highest ranking
officer of the opposite sex of each recognized State Democratic Party.” (DNC By Laws, Article 2,
Section 2).Also included in this packet is a list of FAQ 
s that should answer most questions thatmay arise.
 
 All previously announced State Committee and Executive Committee meetings, with theexception of the June 26
th
Executive Committee meeting, are hereby cancelled.Forward,Nikema WilliamsActing Chair, Democratic Party of Georgia

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