1 Preamble

We, the College and Young Democrats of Iowa (CYDI), united in common endeavor, here dedicate ourselves to realizing the fundamental principles of the American people. As it is our conviction that America was, is, and always will be a progressive country in spirit, we will strive for progressive change at every level of government. To best achieve this end, we will work to elect, and support the platform of, Democrats, as the youth and college wing of the Iowa Democratic Party. It is our firm conviction that our efforts will build a more free, fair, and tolerant community.

Article I A. Name.

Name and Purpose

1. The name of this organization shall be the College and Young Democrats of Iowa (CYDI).

B. Purpose 1. CYDI pledges itself to support the the philosophy and candidates of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, CYDI declares its intention to support all efforts to increase the participation of college students and young people in Democratic affairs. To these ends, the CYDI shall educate and train its members so that they may be better able to: i. Educate young people about the philosophy of the Democratic Party; ii. Assist in the election of local, state, and national Democratic candidates; iii. Effect political change on the local, state, and national level; iv. Represent the Democratic party on their campuses and in their communities.

Article II

Membership

A. Members

2 1. Membership in CYDI shall be open to all those eligible to join the Young Democrats of America and all those eligible to join the College Democrats of America. 2. Members shall be organized into local chapters by institution for college democrats and by county or by school for young democrats. B. Discrimination 1. In no case shall the CYDI deny membership to an individual based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, or sexual orientation.

Article III

Organization

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Executive Board

1. CYDI shall be governed by an executive board made up of the following positions: President, Vice President, Political Director, Membership Director, Communications Director, Finance Director, and Information Technology (hereafter IT) Director. 2. The President, Vice President, Political Director, Membership Director, Communications Director and Finance Director shall be elected at the Convention to one year terms. 3. The IT Director shall be appointed by the President following his or her election and serve at his or her discretion. 4. terms. The position of President shall be held by any individual for not more than two

B. Young Democrats Committeeman and Committeewoman. 1. The President shall appoint the Young Democrats Committeeman and Committeewoman, with preference given to the members of the Executive board. In the event that no member on the Executive Board is willing or able to serve, the President shall appoint someone at his or her discretion.

3 Article IV Duties and Responsibilities

A. President 1. The President shall oversee, advise, and assist all other members of the Executive Board. 2. The President shall be the public representative of CYDI. 3. The President shall coordinate efforts with the Iowa Democratic Party. 4. The President shall be the official representative of the organization to the College Democrats of America, the Young Democrats of America, the Iowa Democratic Party, and any other Democratic organizations. 5. The President shall be responsible for ensuring the duties of all Executive Board members are fulfilled. 6. The President shall have the power to create new positions and fill them by appointment. 7. In no case shall the President endorse or have endorsed a candidate in a contested Democratic Primary that remains unresolved. B. Vice President 1. The Vice President shall assist the President in his or her efforts. 2. The Vice President shall be ready in the event that the President is no longer able to fulfill his or her duties. 3. The Vice President shall be responsible for planning the Convention.

C. Political Director 1. The Political Director shall develop the legislative agenda for CYDI in consultation with the Executive Board. 2. The Political Director shall implement the legislative agenda.

4 3. The Political Director shall represent CYDI at the state Capitol in the absence of the President. 4. The Political Director shall work with Democratic and allied organizations to determine opportunities for cooperation.

D. Membership Director 1. The Membership Director shall develop the chapter growth plan for CYDI in consultation with the Executive Board. 2. The Membership Director shall implement the chapter growth plan. 3. The Membership Director shall maintain accurate records of the membership and leadership of individual chapters. 4. The Membership Director shall be responsible for certifying delegations for the Convention.

E. Communications Director 1. The Communications Director shall develop the communication plan for CYDI in consultation with the Executive Board. 2. The Communications Director shall implement the communication plan. 3. The Communications Director shall work with local chapters to help in their communication efforts. 4. The Communications Director shall manage the CYDI web presence including developing content for CYDI web presence. F. Finance Director 1. The Finance Director shall develop the organizational budget for CYDI in consultation with the Executive Board. 2. The Finance Director shall develop the fundraising plan for CYDI in consultation with the Executive Board. 3. The Finance Director shall implement the fundraising plan.

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4. The Finance Director shall manage all finances and accounts for CYDI. G. IT Director 1. The IT Director shall develop an information technology plan for CYDI in consultation with the Executive Board. 2. The IT Director shall be responsible for implementing the information technology plan. 3. The IT Director shall assist the Communications Director in implementing the CYDI web presence plan. 4. The IT Director shall assist local chapters with information technology issues.

Article V

Convention

A. Purpose 1. The purpose of the convention shall be as follows: i. To plan and coordinate future efforts of CYDI and local chapters;

ii. To share best practices of and generate new ideas for CYDI and local chapters; iii. To hold elections for the next year of CYDI leadership; iv. To enjoy the company of fellow Democrats from across the state.

B. Preparation 1. The location of each Convention shall be determined at the previous Convention. The Convention may not be held on the same campus two years in a row. If in the event that the Convention location must change, a majority vote of the executive board will be required to change locations. The executive board must make all reasonable efforts to inform chapter leaders of the need for a change, solicit chapter leader opinion, and take chapter leaders’ preferences into account when making a decision.

6 2. The date of the Convention shall be determined by the Executive Board by January 1st of the year of the Convention. i. The Convention shall be held each year on a Saturday in April. ii. Chapters shall be informed of the date and location as soon as they are both determined. iii. A reasonable effort should be made to avoid major April events for chapters that are not hosting the Convention. 3. The Vice President shall submit to all chapters a call for candidates, Constitutional Amendments, and membership lists four weeks before the date of the Convention. 4. The Vice President shall submit to all chapters the names of all candidates for Executive Board and the offices they are running for one week before the date of the Convention. C. Agenda 1. The first order of business at Convention shall be the election of a Permanent Chair. 2. The rest of the Agenda shall be set by the Vice President in consultation with the Executive Board.

C. Convention Chair 1. The Vice President shall be the Temporary Convention Chair. If the Vice President is absent, the President shall be the Temporary Convention Chair. In the absence of both, the Temporary Convention Chair shall be decided in a manner determined by majority vote of Delegations attending. 2. The Permanent Chair shall be elected from all delegates not running for a position on the Executive Board. This does not exclude the Chair from running for a position for which there are no declared candidates.

D. Delegations 1. Delegations shall be assigned by College or University for College Democrats chapters, and by County for Young Democrats chapters. 2. All attending members of each chapter shall be considered delegates for the Convention.

Article VI

Elections

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A. Eligibility 1. All members of CYDI are eligible to run for positions on the Executive Board except for the following: i. Anyone having endorsed a candidate in a current Democratic Primary campaign shall be ineligible for the position of President. ii. Anyone having served two terms as President shall be ineligible for the position of President. 2. Members wishing to run for office must submit a declaration of candidacy to the Vice President at least two weeks before the date of the Convention. 3. Anyone eligible for any office not elected to it may declare their candidacy for another office at any time prior to the vote for that office. B. Voting 1. The Permanent Chair shall be responsible for overseeing all votes. 2. Each delegation shall receive votes according to the following rules: i. One vote per member in attendance. ii. One vote per fifty miles (rounding down) traveled to the convention as determined by the Vice President. iii. In no case shall a chapter in attendance receive fewer than two votes. iv. In no case shall a chapter receive more than two votes plus one vote per fifty members as determined by the Membership Director. v. In no case shall a chapter receive more than ten votes. 3. Delegations shall determine their own method of distributing their votes. 4. Positions shall be elected in the following order: President, Vice President, Political Director, Membership Director, Communication Director and Finance Director. 5. Each candidate will be given two minutes to speak before the vote for positions. 6. Up to two supporters and two opponents of any Constitutional Amendment may speak for two minutes each before a vote on a Constitutional Amendment. 7. Voting will be by roll call of chapters present. 8. Chapters will be given three minutes to caucus before each vote to determine their vote distribution. 9. In the event that no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest votes shall be declared ineligible and another vote shall be held.

Article VII

Appointment

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A. Appointment 1. Appointments shall be made by the President in a timely a manner. B. Confirmation 1. Appointments shall be confirmed by a three-fifths vote of the elected members of the Executive Board. C. Responsibilities 1. In no case shall the responsibilities of an appointed position supersede those of an elected position. Article VIII Removal

A. Reason 1. Executive Board members may be removed for nonfeasance, misfeasance, or malfeasance of duties. 2. Except in the case of malfeasance, a reasonable effort must be made to inform the member of any problem with their performance and to give them a chance to correct their behavior. B. Process 1. Removal may be called for by any member of the Executive Board. 2. A good faith effort to contact the affected member must be made. 3. The Executive Board shall vote on any call for removal not sooner than two weeks after it has been made. 4. An Executive Board member shall be removed by unanimous vote of the other elected members of the Executive Board.

Article IX

Vacancy

All vacancies shall be filled by appointment.

9 Article X Amendment

A. Submission 1. Proposed Constitutional Amendments must be submitted to the Vice President at least two weeks before the date of the Convention. 2. Proposed Constitutional Amendments may be modified by the Executive Board with permission of the author up to one week before the Convention. 3. Proposed Constitutional Amendments must be submitted to chapters for review one week before the Convention. B. Amendment 1. All Proposed Constitutional Amendments must be voted upon at the Convention. 2. Constitutional Amendments shall be accepted upon a three-fourths vote at the Convention.

Article XI

Ratification

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Process 1. This Constitution shall be ratified by a three-fourths vote at the Convention.

B. Effect 1. This Constitution shall be effective immediately upon ratification.

2. Upon ratification the current President and Vice President shall retain their positions. 3. Upon ratification the current Secretary shall be declared CYDI Membership Director. 4. Upon ratification all other current positions shall be abolished.

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