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D E LE G A TE S EL E C TI ON RU L ES
D E LE G A TE
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For the 2 016 D emocr atic N ation al Con ventio n

For the 2 016 D emocr atic N ation al Con venti o n Con g

Con gresswo man De bbie W asserm an Schu ltz

Chair

Prop osed Draf t A ugust 23, 2 0 14. Reflects changes prev iously review
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Reflects changes prev iously review ed and approv ed by the Rul es and Bylaw s Committee a t its meetings on Ma y 2, 2014, Au gust 1, 2014 and August 2 2, 2014 and i s recommend ed for adoptio n by the full

Democr atic National Committee at its meeting o n Saturday, A

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1. Pub lication and Submission of State Pa rty Rules

2. Part icipation

3. Sche duling of D elegate Sele ction Meeti ngs

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5. Non -Discrimina tion

6. Affi rmative Act ion

7. Incl usion Progr ams

8. Nat ional Conve ntion Deleg ate Apporti onment

9. Unp ledged and Pledged Pa rty Leaders and Elected Official De legates

10. Sele ction of At- Large Deleg ates

11. Tim ing of the D elegate Sele ction Proces s

12. Pres idential Pre ference

13. Fair Reflection o f Presidenti al Preferenc es

14. Peti tion Require ments and

Filing Deadl ines

15. Quo rum Requir ements

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17. Uni t Rule and S late-Making

18. Alte rnates and

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DE LEGA TE S ELEC TION RULE S For the 201 6 Democ ratic Nat
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For the 201 6 Democ ratic Nat tional Co nventio n
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Ma y 2, 2014, Au gust 1, 2014 a nd August 2 2, 2014 and is recommende d for adoption by the full
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Publicat ion and Submis sion of

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S tate Par ty Rules

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State par ties shall ado pt Delegate Selection

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Plan, Aff irmative Act ion Plan and Inclusion

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Program which conta in explicit ru les and

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procedur es governin g all aspects of the

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delegate selection pro cess. These rules shall

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include,

but are not li mited to:

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1. Proce dures for ele cting and ce rtifying

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deleg ates and alte rnates at all levels;

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2. Timi ng of primar y/caucuses/

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conv entions;

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3. Proce dures provi ding for equ al division

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in ea ch state’s con vention dele gation;

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4. Proce dures provi ding for the selection

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of the

chair of the delegation;

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5. Parti culars concer ning the sch eduling of

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deleg ate selection meetings in cluding

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meth ods by whic h each meeti ng or

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event will be pub licized;

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6. Affir mative Actio n Plans and Inclusion

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Progr ams in detai l including a ffirmative

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actio n and inclusi on obligatio ns of

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presi dential cand idates;

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All fili ng and petit ion requirem ents,

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includ ing filing fe es, if applica ble, and

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corres ponding dea dlines presc ribed by

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state la aw for deleg ate and alter nate

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candid ates and for presidential

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candid

ates;

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All fili ng and peti tion require ments,

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includ ing filing fe es, if applic able, and

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corres ponding dea dlines presc ribed by

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state p arty rules fo r delegate a nd

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alterna te candidat es and for

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presid ential candi dates;

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8.9. Proced ures for asce rtaining

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delega te/alternate preference a t all

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stages;

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9.10. Proce dures for pr esidential ca ndidate

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right o f approval;

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Met hod of awar ding delegat es and

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alterna tes to presid ential candi dates;

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Met hods and tim etable for th e

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selecti on of perma nent standin g

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commi ttee member s;

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Proc edures for c hallenges of the

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delega te selection, and affirmat ive

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action and inclusio n processes;

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1314. Meth ods and tim etable for th e

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selecti on of conven tion pages; a nd

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14.15. Other appropriate provisions from

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these Rules, the Call, and the

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Regulations.

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The following items are to be routinely

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included at an appropriate place in each

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state plan:

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Eligibility requirements for participation

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in the delegate selection process in

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conformance with Rule 2 [Rule 2];

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Prohibition of cost and fees [Rule 2.D.];

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Prohibition of participation by those

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participating in another party’s process

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[Rule 2.E.];

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One-meeting limitation for first-stage

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participants [Rule 3.E.];

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“Six basic elements” of an open party

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[Rule 4];

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Non-discrimination principles [Rule 5];

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Requirement that all steps take place

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within calendar year of convention

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[Rule 11.B.];

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Required identification of preference of

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candidates for delegate and alternate

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[Rule 12.A.];

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Protection against coerced vote [Rule

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12.I.];

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10. Quorum requirements [Rule 15];

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11. Proxy voting rules, if any [Rule 16];

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12. Unit rule prohibition [Rule 17.A.];

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13. Slate making limitations [Rule 17.B.];

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and

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14. Succession of alternates to delegate

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status and filling of vacancies in

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delegate positions [Rule 18].

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C.

D.

E.

F.

G.

Each state party shall provide for a thirty

(30) day

opinion on the State’s Delegate Selection

Plan, Affirmative Action Plan and Inclusion

Program prior to adoption. All written

public comments submitted to the state

Democratic Committee shall be submitted

along with the plans to the Rules and

Bylaws Committee of the Democratic

National Committee (“DNC Rules and

Bylaws Committee”).

1 period of public comment to solicit

State Delegate Selection Plans, Affirmative

Action Plans and Inclusion Programs shall

be submitted to the DNC Rules and Bylaws

Committee for approval on or before May 2,

2011 May 4, 2015.

The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee

shall act on the proposed plans as soon as

practicable, but in no case later than

September 16, 2011 September 15, 2015, or

four months before the respective State’s

first determining step, whichever is earlier.

Its decision shall be final and binding.

Implementation of state Affirmative Action

Plans and Inclusion Programs shall begin no

later than September 16, 2011 September 15,

2015, or four months before the respective

state’s first determining step, whichever is

earlier.

State Delegate Selection Plans shall specify

the methods and timetable to be followed in

selecting members of standing committees

of the national convention. These

procedures shall be in conformity with the

rules to be contained in the Call for the 2012

2016 Convention.

H. The Democratic National Committee

(“DNC”) and the state parties shall publish

and make available at no cost their rules, the

2012 2016 National Delegate Selection Rules,

and a clear and concise explanation of how

1 Unless otherwise explicitly specified, reference in these Rules to “day” or “days” means “calendar days.” If the last day of a period falls on a Saturday, Sunday or a federally recognized holiday, the time shall be extended to the next business day.

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Democra tic voters ca n participate in the

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delegate selection pro cess. The D NC shall

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prepare a nd provide at no cost to state

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parties a clear and co ncise explan ation of

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the 2012 2016 Delegat e Selection R ules. This

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shall be d one no later than Octobe r 1 of the

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calendar year immed iately preced ing the

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calendar year of the n ational conv ention.

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Rule

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Particip ation

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Participa tion in the d elegate selec tion

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process s hall be open to all voters who wish

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to partici pate as Dem ocrats.

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1. Dem ocratic voter s shall be tho se persons

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who publicly dec are their Par ty

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prefe rence and ha ve that pref erence

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publi cly recorded .

 

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2. Impl ementation o f this admin istrative

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matte r shall be de legated to th e DNC

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Rules

and Bylaws Committee.

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B. Nothing in these rule s shall be int erpreted

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to encour age or perm it states with

party

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registrati on and enrol lment, or sta tes that

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limit part icipation to Democrats o nly, to

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amend th eir systems to open part icipation

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to memb ers of other p arties.

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C. State par ties shall tak e all feasible steps to

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encourag e non-affilia ted and new voters to

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register o r enroll, to p rovide simp le

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procedur es through

hich they m ay do so

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and to eli minate exce ssively long waiting

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periods f or voters wis hing to regi ster or to

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change th eir party en rollment stat us. In all

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caucuses or conventio ns conducte d

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pursuant to these rule s, all Democ rats who

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comply w ith Rule 2.A ., 2.A.(1), an d 2.A.(2).

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shall be a llowed to pa rticipate.

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D. At no sta ge of the del egate selecti on process

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shall any person be re quired, dire ctly or

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indirectly , to pay a co st or fee as a condition

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for partic ipating in th e delegate se lection

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process.

Voluntary c ontributions to the

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Party may be made, bu t under no

 

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circumstan ces shall a c ontribution

be

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mandatory

for particip ation.

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No person shall partici pate or vote in the

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nominatin g process for a Democrat ic

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presidenti al candidate who also pa rticipates

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in the nom inating proc esses of any other

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party for t he correspon ding electio ns.

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In accorda nce with Art icle Nine, Se ction 12

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of the Cha rter of the D emocratic Pa rty of the

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United Sta tes, votes sh all not be tak en by

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secret ball ot at any stag e of the dele gate

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selection p rocess, inclu ding process es

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leading up to the select ion of DNC

 

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Members

or State Chai rs and Vice

Chairs,

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who serve as DNC me mbers by vir tue of

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their office , except that use of such voting

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by secret b allot may be used in a st ate run or

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state party run primary y which cons titutes

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the first de termining st age of the de legate

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election pr ocess and in which all in dividual

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voters are eligible to pa rticipate in

 

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accordanc e with the pr ovisions of t his

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Rule 2.

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The castin g of ballots o ver the Inter net may

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be used as a method of voting in a

vote only

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for preside ntial prefere nce in a stat e party-

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run prima ry constituti ng the first

 

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determinin g stage in th e presidenti al

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nominatin g process, an d only if suc h casting

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of ballots o ver the Inte rnet:

 

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1. Is used

in a system in which vo ters may

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cast th eir ballots in person on t he day of

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such p rimary and b by mail, and in which

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casting

of ballots o ver the Inter net is an

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alterna te means of voting;

 

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2. Is acco mpanied by a comprehe nsive,

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proacti ive educatio n and outrea ch

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progra m on the us e of Internet voting

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that is set forth in t he state’s de legate

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selecti on plan and approved by the

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DNC R ules and By laws Comm ittee;

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3. Is cond ucted in acc ordance wit h a plan

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approv ed by the D NC Rules an d Bylaws

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Committee that is included in the state’s

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delegate selection plan, and that

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provides adequate measures to achieve

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security, reliability, access to eligible

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voters and transparency, including

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contractual and other safeguards to

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secure exclusive ownership and control

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by the state party of voting data;

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4.

Is accomplished through a system

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which provides the voter with an

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opportunity to verify the voter’s ballot

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and correct any error before the voter’s

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vote is cast; which can be permanently

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maintained by the voter at the voter’s

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option in paper, electronic or other

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form; and which produces a paper

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record of the voter’s vote that is

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preserved and maintained by the state

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party in the event of a manual audit,

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until the expiration of the time for filing

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an implementation challenge under

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these Rules.

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H. In states using government-run voting

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systems in the delegate selection process,

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State Delegate Selection Plans shall include

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provable positive steps (as defined in Rule

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21) taken or to be taken by the state party to:

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Promote the acquisition, maintenance

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and regular replacement of accessible

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precinct based optical scan systems

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wherever possible;

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2.

Seek enactment of legislation, rules and

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policies at the state and local level to

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ensure that direct recording electronic

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systems include a voter verified paper

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record;

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3.

Seek enactment of legislation, rules and

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policies at the state and local level to

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ensure that both optical scan and direct

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recording electronic systems include

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recognized security measures such as:

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a.

Automatic routine manual audits

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comparing paper records to

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electronic records following every

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election and prior to certification of

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results where possible;

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b.

Parallel testing on Election Day;

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c.

Physical and electronic security for

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equipment;

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d.

Banning use of wireless components

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and connections except where

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required to provide a voter with a

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disability a secure and approved

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means to access voting materials

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and exercise the right to vote;

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e.

Public disclosure of software design;

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f.

Use of transparent and random

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selection for all auditing procedures;

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g.

Effective procedures for addressing

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evidence of fraud or error.

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Each State Party shall include in its

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Delegate Selection Plan a description of

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steps taken to assess and improve

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participation with respect to presidential

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preference and delegate selection contests

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and procedures.

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Rule 3

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Scheduling of Delegate

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Selection Meetings

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A.

All official Party meetings and events

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related to the national convention delegate

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selection process, including caucuses,

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conventions, committee meetings, filing

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dates, and Party enrollment periods, shall

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be scheduled for dates, times and public

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places which would be most likely to

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encourage the participation of all

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Democrats, and must begin and end at

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reasonable hours. It shall be the

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responsibility of the state party to select

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the dates, times and to provide facilities

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for all official party meetings and events

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related to the national convention delegate

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selection process.

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B.

All such meetings or events which are the

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first meeting or event in the delegate

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selection process shall be scheduled at times

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and dates which are uniform throughout

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the state, except where it is established by

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the state party and approved by the DNC

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Rules and Bylaws Committee that such

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uniform times and dates would significantly

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reduce participation in the delegate

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selection process.

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C.

The times, dates, places, and rules for the

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conduct of all caucuses, conventions,

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meetings and other events involved in the

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delegate selection process shall be

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effectively publicized by the Party

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organization, official, candidate or member

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calling the same.

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D.

Concise statements in advance of all

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meetings and events concerning the

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relationship between the business to be

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conducted and the delegate selection

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process shall be effectively publicized by the

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Party organization, official, candidate or

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member calling the same.

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E.

No person shall participate in more than

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one meeting which is the first meeting in the

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delegate selection process.

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Rule 4

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An Open Party

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A.

The Democratic National Committee

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reaffirms its commitment to the 1964

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resolution, and requires the national and

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state parties to incorporate the Six Basic

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Elements, as updated, into their Party rules

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and to take appropriate steps to secure their

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implementation.

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B.

The 1964 Democratic National Convention

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adopted a resolution which conditioned the

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seating of delegates at future conventions

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on the assurances that discrimination in any

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state party affairs on the ground of race,

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color, creed or national origin did not occur.

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The 1968 Convention adopted the 1964

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Convention resolution for inclusion in the

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Call for the 1972 Convention. In 1966, the

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Special Equal Rights Committee, which had

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been created in 1964, adopted six anti-

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discrimination standards — designated as

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the Six Basic Elements, which, as updated,

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are as follows:

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All public meetings at all levels of the

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Democratic Party in each state should be

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open to all members of the Democratic

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Party regardless of race, sex, age, color,

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creed, national origin, religion, ethnic

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identity, sexual orientation, gender

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identity, economic status or physical

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disability (hereinafter collectively

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referred to as “status”).

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2.

No test for membership in, nor any

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oaths of loyalty to, the Democratic Party

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in any state should be required or used

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which has the effect of requiring

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prospective or current members of the

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Democratic Party to acquiesce in,

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condone or support discrimination

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based on “status.”

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3.

The time and place for all public

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meetings of the Democratic Party on all

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levels should be publicized fully and in

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such manner as to assure timely notice

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to all interested persons. Such meetings

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must be held in places accessible to all

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Party members and large enough to

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accommodate all interested persons.

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4.

The Democratic Party, on all levels,

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should support the broadest possible

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registration without discrimination

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based on “status.”

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5.

The Democratic Party in each state

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should publicize fully and in such a

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manner as to assure notice to all

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interested parties a full description of

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the legal and practical procedures for

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selection of Democratic Party officers

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and representatives on all levels.

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Publication of these procedures should

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be done in such fashion that all

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prospective and current members of

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each state Democratic Party will be fully

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and adequately informed of the

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pertinent procedures in time to

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participate in each selection procedure

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at all levels of the Democratic Party

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organization.

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6.

The Democratic Party in each state

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should publicize fully and in such a

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manner as to assure notice to all

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interested parties a complete description

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of the legal and practical qualifications

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of all positions as officers and

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representatives of the state Democratic

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Party. Such publication should be done

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in timely fashion so that all prospective

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candidates or applicants for any elected

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or appointed position within each state

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Democratic Party will have full and

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adequate opportunity to compete for

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office.

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C.

These provisions demonstrate the intention

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of the Democratic Party to ensure a full

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opportunity for all “status” (as defined in

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Rule 4.B.(1)) members to participate in the

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delegate selection process.

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Rule 5

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Non-Discrimination

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A.

In order that the Democratic Party at all

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levels be an open Party which includes

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rather than excludes people from

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participation, a program of effective

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affirmative action and inclusion is hereby

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adopted.

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B.

Discrimination on the basis of “status” in

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the conduct of Democratic Party affairs is

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prohibited.

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C.

In order to continue the Democratic Party’s

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ongoing efforts to include groups

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historically under-represented in the

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Democratic Party’s affairs, by virtue of race,

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ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender

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identity or disability, each state party shall

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develop and submit Party outreach

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programs, including recruitment, education

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and training, in order to achieve full

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participation by such groups and diversity

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in the delegate selection process and at all

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levels of Party affairs.

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Rule 6

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Affirmative Action

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A.

The promises of a democratically elected

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government and the right to vote have not

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always been extended equally to all

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Americans. Historically, certain groups of

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Americans have been explicitly denied the

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right to vote or have been subjected to

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discriminatory and exclusionary practices

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with the intended effect of denying them

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voting rights. In recognition of this past

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history of discriminatory denial of the

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franchise and in order to encourage full

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participation by all Democrats in the

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delegate selection process and in all Party

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affairs, the national and state Democratic

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Parties shall adopt and implement

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affirmative action programs with specific

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goals and timetables for African Americans,

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Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian

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Americans and Pacific Islanders and

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women.

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1.

The goal of such affirmative action shall

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be to achieve participation in the

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delegate selection process and in Party

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organizations at all levels by the

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aforementioned groups as indicated by

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their presence in the Democratic

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electorate.

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2.

This goal shall not be accomplished

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either directly or indirectly by the

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Party’s imposition of mandatory quotas

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at any level of the delegate selection

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process or in any other Party affairs.

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3.

In the selection of each state’s at-large

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delegation, priority of consideration

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shall be given to African Americans,

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Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian

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Americans and Pacific Islanders and

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women, if such priority of consideration

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delegate or alternate from a state shall

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is needed to fulfill the affirmative action

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be placed on the temporary roll of the

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goals outlined in the state’s Delegate

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2012 2016 Democratic National

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Selection Plan. Such remedial action is

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Convention unless the Rules and

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necessary in order to overcome the

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Bylaws Committee has certified to the

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effects of past discrimination. Use of the

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Secretary of the Democratic National

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at-large delegation to fulfill the plan’s

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Committee that such state’s delegation

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affirmative action goals does not obviate

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complies with this equal division rule.

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the need for the state party to conduct

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It shall be the duty of the DNC Rules

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outreach activities such as recruitment,

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and Bylaws Committee to determine

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education and training. Priority of

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such compliance as soon as practicable

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consideration shall also be given to

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following the certification of the state’s

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other groups as described in Rule 5.(C),

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at-large delegates and alternates.

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which are under-represented in

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Democratic Party affairs, in order to

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3.

Notwithstanding sub-paragraph A.(2)

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assist in the achievement of full

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above, equal division at any level of

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participation by these groups.

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delegate or committee positions

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between delegate men and delegate

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B.

Performance under an approved

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women or committeemen and

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Affirmative Action Plan and composition of

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committeewomen shall not constitute a

21

the convention delegation shall be

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violation of any provision thereof.

22

considered relevant evidence in the

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23

challenge to any state delegation. If a state

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D.

For purposes of providing adequate notice

24

party has adopted and implemented an

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of the delegate selection process under Rule

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approved affirmative action program, the

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3, the times, dates, places and rules for the

26

state party shall not be subject to challenge

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conduct of all caucuses, conventions,

27

based solely on delegation composition or

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meetings and other events involved in the

28

primary results.

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delegate selection process shall be

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effectively publicized, multilingually where

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C.

State Delegate Selection Plans shall provide

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necessary, to encourage the participation of

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for equal division between delegate men

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minority groups.

 

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and delegate women and alternate men and

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alternate women within the state’s entire

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E.

State Democratic Parties shall ensure that

34

convention delegation. For purposes of this

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district lines used in the delegate selection

35

rule, the entire delegation includes all

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process are not gerrymandered to

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pledged delegates and alternates and

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discriminate against African Americans,

37

unpledged delegates (including unpledged

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Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian

38

party leaders and elected official delegates).

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Americans and Pacific Islanders or women.

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1.

State Delegate Selection Plans shall, as

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F.

Each state Affirmative Action Plan shall

41

far as mathematically practicable, also

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provide for the appointment of a

42

provide for equal division between

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representative state Affirmative Action

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district-level delegate men and delegate

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Committee by March 1, 2011 March 2, 2015.

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women and district-level alternate men

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Before the state party submits its Plan to the

45

and alternate women.

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DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, the

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Affirmative Action Committee shall review

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2.

The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee

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the proposed outreach program required in

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shall have continuing jurisdiction to

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Rule 5.C.

 

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ensure compliance with this equal

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division requirement. No at-large

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G.

Each State Affirmative Action Plan shall

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include outreach provisions to encourage

3

the participation and representation of

4

persons of low and moderate income, and a

5

specific plan to help defray expenses of

6

those delegates otherwise unable to

7

participate in the national convention.

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9

H.

State parties in their Delegate Selection

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Plans shall impose reasonable specific

11

Affirmative Action and Inclusion

12

obligations upon presidential candidates

13

consistent with the delegate selection

14

system employed by the state.

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1.

State parties shall require presidential

17

candidates to submit statements that

18

specify what steps such candidates will

19

take to encourage full participation in

20

their delegate selection process,

21

including, but not limited to, procedures

22

by which persons may file as candidates

23

for delegate or alternate. Provided

24

further that presidential candidates

25

submit such full participation

26

statements to the DNC Rules and

27

Bylaws Committee at the same time

28

they are submitted to state parties.

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2.

State parties shall require presidential

31

candidates to submit demographic

32

information with respect to candidates

33

for delegate and alternate pledged to

34

them.

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I.

Each state party shall certify to the Rules

37

and Bylaws Committee whether each

38

presidential candidate (including

39

uncommitted status) has used best efforts to

40

ensure that their respective delegations at

41

each level within a state’s delegation shall

42

fulfill the requirements of Rule 6 and Rule 7

43

established by the state’s Delegate Selection

44

Plan and that the respective delegations of

45

each presidential candidate within the

46

state’s delegation shall be equally divided

47

between men and women.

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Rule 7

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Inclusion Programs

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The Democratic National Committee recognizes

53

that other groups of Americans in addition to

54

those described in Rule 6 may be under-

55

represented in Party affairs. These groups

56

include members of the LGBT community,

57

people with disabilities, and youth. The

58

National and State Parties shall adopt and

59

implement Inclusion Programs in order to

60

achieve the full participation of members of

61

these and other groups in the delegate selection

62

process and in all party affairs, as indicated by

63

their presence in the Democratic electorate.

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As is already the practice in some states, State

65

Parties may should use goals to achieve these

66

ends; however, in no event may such

67

participation be accomplished by the use of

68

quotas.

 

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Rule 8 National Convention Delegate Apportionment

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A.

Apportionment of district-level delegates

75

within states shall be based on one of the

76

following:

 

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1.

A formula giving equal weight to total

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population and to the average of the

80

vote for the Democratic candidates in

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the two most recent presidential

82

elections;

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2.

A formula giving equal weight to the

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vote for the Democratic candidates in

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the most recent presidential and

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gubernatorial elections;

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3.

A formula giving equal weight to the

90

average of the vote for the Democratic

91

candidates in the two most recent

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presidential elections and to Democratic

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Party registration or enrollment as of

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January 1, 2012 January 1, 2016; or

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A formula giving one-third (1/3) weight

2

to each of the formulas in items (1), (2),

3

and (3).

4

5

B.

Apportionment for each body selecting

6

delegates to state, district, and county

7

conventions shall be based upon population

8

and/or some measure of Democratic

9

strength.

10

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C.

The Call for the 2012 2016 Convention shall

12

state the base delegation for each

13

delegation. Seventy-five percent (75%) of

14

each state’s base delegation shall be elected

15

at the congressional district level or smaller.

16

Twenty-five percent (25%) of each state’s

17

base delegation shall be elected at large.

18

Delegates so elected shall hereafter be

19

termed “district-level” and “at-large”

20

delegates, respectively. Each State

21

Democratic Chair shall certify all delegates

22

in writing to the Secretary of the DNC.

23

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D.

In those states with more than one

25

congressional district, after the election of

26

district-level delegates and prior to the

27

selection of at-large delegates, each State

28

Democratic Chair shall certify pledged

29

party leader and elected official delegates

30

equal to 15% of the state’s base delegation

31

selected pursuant to Rule 9.

32

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E.

The election of district-level and at-large

34

delegates and alternates may take place at

35

the same meeting, provided that district-

36

level delegates are selected first. In states

37

with one congressional district the election

38

of delegates selected in accordance with

39

Rules 8.B., 8.C., and 9.A., may be conducted

40

simultaneously. In all cases, affirmative

41

action, inclusion and fair reflection

42

guidelines must be met and the Democratic

43

Chair of each such state shall make the

44

certifications required by subsection 8.D.

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Rule 9 Unpledged and Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Official Delegates

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A.

The procedure to be used for certifying

52

unpledged party leader and elected official

53

delegates is as follows:

 

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Not later than March 1, 2012 March 1, 2016,

56

the Secretary of the Democratic National

57

Committee shall officially confirm to each

58

State Democratic Chair the names of the

59

following unpledged delegates who legally

60

reside in their respective state and who shall

61

be recognized as part of their state’s

62

delegation unless any such member has

63

publicly expressed support for the election

64

of, or has endorsed, a presidential candidate

65

of another political party:

 

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1.

The individuals recognized as members

68

of the DNC (as set forth in Article Three,

69

Sections 2 and 3 of the Charter of the

70

Democratic Party of the United States);

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and,

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2.

The Democratic President and the

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Democratic Vice President of the United

75

States, if applicable; and,

 

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3.

All Democratic members of the United

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States House of Representatives and all

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Democratic members of the United

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States Senate; and,

 

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4.

The Democratic Governor, if applicable;

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and,

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5.

All former Democratic Presidents, all

86

former Democratic Vice Presidents, all

87

former Democratic Leaders of the U.S.

88

Senate, all former Democratic Speakers

89

of the U.S. House of Representatives

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and Democratic Minority Leaders, as

91

applicable, and all former Chairs of the

92

Democratic National Committee.

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B.

Following the selection of district-level

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delegates under 8.E., pledged party leader

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and elected official delegates are to be

2

selected subject to the following procedures:

3

4

1.

Persons shall be considered for pledged

5

party leader and elected official

6

delegates and alternates according to

7

the following priority: big city mayors

8

and state-wide elected officials to be

9

given equal consideration; state

10

legislative leaders, state legislators, and

11

other state, county and local elected

12

officials and party leaders.

13

14

2.

These slots shall be allocated on the

15

same basis as the state’s at-large

16

delegates.

17

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3.

If persons eligible for pledged party