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
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.