More Democratic SC

PETITION

We, the undersigned delegates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention,

hereby propose the following amendment to the Party Charter:

Toward a More Democratic State Committee

In Article Three, Section II, amend

a. the two men and the two women three men and the three women elected from each state senatorial district, who each shall serve for a four year term

And In Article Three, Section III, amend:

Election of State Committee Members

There shall be one hundred and sixty (160) two hundred and forty (240) members of the Democratic State Committee apportioned to the state senatorial districts. Eighty (80) members of the State Committee (hereafter referred to as Class 1 members), one man and one woman from each state senatorial district, shall be elected at the Presidential primary election. Their terms shall begin on the thirtieth (30 th) day following their election and end four years later on the (30 th) day following the presidential primary to be held that year. Eighty (80) members (hereafter referred to as Class 2 members), one man and one woman from each state senatorial district, shall be elected in a process open to all registered Democrats, and Eighty (80) members (hereafter referred to as Class 3 members) shall be elected by the Democratic ward and town committees within the state senatorial district, in a manner prescribed by the Democratic State Committee. The terms of members so selected shall begin the day following their election and end four years later on the day of the conference to select their successors. Within the time period specified by state law for initial organization of the Committee, the incumbent Democratic State Committee chairperson, or someone designated by the Chairperson, shall certify the members elected by state senatorial district conference. Thereafter, the popularly elected, conference-elected, twenty-year and ex officio members of the State Committee shall organize the Committee in accordance with then-applicable state law; however, at its first organized meeting following a Presidential Primary, the Committee shall elect additional members as provided by the Committee's by-laws. All members of the State Committee shall have full and equal voting privileges. In non-presidential years, the incumbent Democratic State Committee Chairperson or someone designated by the Chairperson shall certify the members elected by state senatorial district conferences. Following the certification of these members, the next order of business shall be the election of such additional members as provided by the state committee's by-laws. Members shall serve only so long as they remain enrolled as voters in the Massachusetts Democratic Party and in the case of members who serve by virtue of holding public or party office, only so long as they hold such office. Members appointed for affirmative action purposes shall serve until their successors are selected at the initial organizational meeting of the full committee. Any vacancy in the elected membership shall be filled by state senatorial district conferences as described above. Any vacancy in the Class 1 or Class 2 membership shall be filled in a process open to all registered Democrats of that senatorial district, within 6 months after the creation of such vacancy . Any vacancy in the Class 3 membership shall be filled by state senatorial district conferences as described above. Any vacancy occurring within six (6) months before the next regularly scheduled election shall not be filled.

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