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Charters of the Democratic National Committee

 

 
SECTION 1 - Democratic National Committee

1. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) shall be comprised of members, and membership shall be provided:

a. to the President of the United States of America, if he is a Democrat;
b. to the Vice President of the United States of America, if he is a Democrat;
c. to each and every cabinet-level official in the United States federal government, if said official is a Democrat;
d. to each and every United States Senator that is a member of the Democratic Caucus of the United States Senate;
e. to each and every United States Representative that is a member of the Democratic Caucus of the United States House of Representatives; and
f. to any other person that the Democratic National Committee grants membership by plurality vote.

2. The Democratic National Committee shall be authorized and required to:

a. establish, and superintend, a Presidential Primary Election to determine the Democratic Nominee for each United States Presidential election;
b. establish, and superintend, a Vice Presidential Primary Election to determine the Democratic Nominee for each United States Vice Presidential election;
c. support the electoral efforts of each Democratic Nominee for federal office and, to this end, to coordinate the federal electoral efforts of local and state Democratic Committees;
d. organize the Democratic National Convention in every year when there is a United States Presidential Election;
e. publish the Democratic Party Platform in every year when there is a United States Presidential Election;
f. coordinate the operations of Democrats in federal office to advance the policies featured in the Democratic Party Platform; and
g. raise funds, and to obligate these funds, in such a manner as to effectively accomplish the aims laid out in this section.

 

SECTION 2 - DNC Leadership

1. Democratic National Committee shall be led by a Chairman, who shall coordinate the operations of the DNC, represent the Committee to the public and to the media, as well as manage finances, and preside over the meetings for the Democratic National Committee.

2. Following are statutory members of the Democratic National Committee Leadership, in addition to the Chairperson of DNC;

a. Speaker of the House, if he/she is a Democrat

b. President Pro Tempore of the Senate, if he/she is a Democrat

c. Senate Majority Leader or Senate Minority Leader,

d. House Majority Leader or House Minority Leader

e. Senate Majority Whip or Senate Minority Whip

f. House Majority Whip, or House Minority Whip

3. Chairperson of the DNC may appoint one Deputy Chair of DNC, and a number of Deputy Chairs of specific portfolios, such as but not limited to Deputy Chair for the Elections, Deputy Chair for the Media, who are de facto members of the Leadership,

4. All non-statutory members shall be removed from the Leadership after the Chairperson elections,

5. Party leadership ranks as follows, in order;

a. Chairperson of the DNC,

b. Deputy Chairperson of the DNC,

c. Speaker of the House, 

d. Senate Majority Leader,

e. PPT

f. House Minority Leader,

g. Senate Minority Whip,

h. House Minority Whip,

i. Longest to shortest tenured Deputy Chair with portfolio,

6. President of the United States, if a Democrat, as the Leader of the Democratic Party; may ask the resignation of the Chairperson of the DNC, which must be duly followed.

 
SECTION 3 - Leadership Elections

1. Unless otherwise stated, Elections will take place in the Democratic War Room, under a thread, with no polls, and members either voting for a candidate by giving their name, or voting present,

2. Elections are initiated by the Chairperson of the DNC, and if the position of Chairperson is vacant, highest in the Party Leadership ranking should initiate it,

3. Should the person initiating the elections are also running in the said elections, he or she than must assign a member of the DNC who is not running for the election, to oversee it,

4. Nominations for elected Leadership position in Section 2 of this charter should take twenty-four (24) hours, 

5. Each nominee before the nomination phase ends, must confirm that he is accepting the nomination and running for the election, unless they nominated themselves,

6. Members may nominate themselves, however may not second their nominations,

7. Voting phase for the elected Leadership positions in Section 2 of this charter should take twenty-four (24) hours,

8. If there are only one member running for the elected Leadership position in Section 2, he shall immediately be elected to the position, without any due,

9. If there are only two candidates running for a position, then the position shall be elected on a simple majority basis.

10. If there are three or more candidates running for a position, then the position shall be elected as follows:

         a. Each member of the DNC shall rank each candidate in order of preference. 

         b. In round one, every member's first place preference shall be counted. If a member achieves an absolute majority of votes they shall be elected.

         c. In the event a candidate does not receive an absolute majority, the candidate receiving the least amount of first place votes shall be eliminated, and every member who elected the eliminated candidate as their first choice shall have their second choice counted instead.

         d. This procedure will continue until one candidate has attained an absolute majority of votes.


 

SECTION 4- Votes of No Confidence 

          1. If the DNC Chair, SML/SmL, SMW/SmW, PPT, Speaker, HML/HmL, HMW/HmW loses confidence from DNC members, a senator may motion for a vote of no confidence.

          2. For the motion to be recognized, at least three other congressmen/women must second the VONC

          3. Once the motion is recognized, a 48 hour discussion must be held and an equal chance for the person in the position(s) to adequately defend themselves.

          4. The voting phase shall last for 24 (twenty-four) hours

          5. For a VONC to pass, two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members not voting Present, must vote Aye

          6. This procedure shall not be used in the event that a member of leadership shall become inactive. Such motions fall under the rules laid out in Section 5.

 

SECTION 5 - Inactivity Sanctions

         1. Inactivity shall be defined as 120 hours (5 days) where a member has done any of the following without declaring an LOA:

                  a. Not logged into the VGS boards

                  b. Logged in and not posted

                  c. Logged in and posted, but has shown gross negligence towards the duties of their office

         2. In the event the DNC Chair, SML/SmL, SMW/SmW, PPT, Speaker, HML/HmL, HMW/HmW are inactive as defined in Section 5-1, a member of the DNC may motion for a Vote of No Confidence via Inactivity Clause

         3. Such a clause will require three (3) seconds by other DNC members that are not the Chair.

         4. Upon achieving three seconds, such a motion will immediately proceed to a vote which will last 24 hrs (1 day). Should a simple majority vote aye, the member shall be revoked of leadership standing, and new elections shall immediatly begin, but the member shall receive no further sanctions upon the status of their DNC membership.

 

SECTION 6 - Disciplinary Actions

1. Any member of the Democratic National Committee, including the Party and Congressional Leadership, may be temporarily or permanently removed from the Democratic National Committee,

2. Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee may suspend an individuals membership to the Party for a period no greater than forty-eight (48) hours only after informing the DNC and that member,

3. Members of the Democratic National Committee may move to suspend or/and remove a member from the Party, who caused undue harm to the Senate / House Caucus or overall to the Party,

4. Such motion listed in Section 4, Subsection 3, must have clear evidence presented by the member initiating the motion, length of the suspension if the expulsion is temporary, and documentation that all other avenues such as contacting the leadership or the person in question ended unfruitful,

5. Such motion listed in the Section 3, Subsection 3, must take twenty-four (24) hours of discussion, and twenty-four (24) hours of voting, followed immediately after the end of discussion phase,

6. For a member to be temporarily or permanently expelled from the Party as defined in Section 3, Subsection 3, 4, and 5, two-thirds of the members voting for the motion must vote Yes,

7. No member shall be restricted from defending himself, as well as knowing his accuser and seeing the evidence provided; when he is facing any and all disciplinary actions within the Democratic National Committee.

 

SECTION 7 - Procedures

1. Democratic National Committee may take any actions authorized under Section 1 of this Charter, following a twenty-four (24) hour vote,

2. Section 1 of this Charter notwithstanding, the Democratic National Committee may take any action authorized under Section 1, if a member moves for unanimous consent on such actions, and if no members objects to such motion within the twenty-four (24) hours of its recognition by the Chairperson,

3. Member may vote in aye, nay and present on any matter provided under this Charter,

4. Whenever a rule or question cannot be answered by this Charter, the Chair shall make a decision,

5. Decision of the Chair may be appealed, requires twenty-hours debate and twenty-hours voting, with %50+1 vote required for that decision to be reversed,

 

SECTION 8 - Presidential Primaries

1. Chairperson, Deputy Chair of the DNC, Deputy Chairs with portfolios, Senate Leader, Senate Whip and President Pro Tempore are restricted from either seeking the nomination for the President, or endorsing a candidate for the Presidential Primaries, unless they first resign from their Leadership position.

 

SECTION 9 - Ratification and Amendments

1. Prior to ratification of a new Charter, there shall at least be twenty-four (24) hour debate concerning adopting the new Charter, followed by an another twenty-four (24) hours of voting conducted in the DNC War Room, members voting aye or nay,

2. For ratification of a new Charter, two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting, must vote Aye,

3. Members of the Democratic National Committee may amend this Charter after a twenty-four (24) hour of discussion, followed by twenty-four (24) hours of voting,

4. For an amendment to pass, two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting, must vote Aye.

 

 

I move to amend so Section 5 of the charter reads as follows: 

 

 

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SECTION 5 - Inactivity Sanctions

         1. Inactivity shall be defined as 7 days where a member has done any of the following without declaring an official LOA:

                  a. Not logged into the VGS boards

                  b. Logged in and not posted in-character

                  c. Logged in and posted, but has shown gross negligence towards the duties of their office

         2. In the event the DNC Chair, SML/SmL, SMW/SmW, PPT, Speaker, HML/HmL, HMW/HmW are inactive as defined in Section 5-1, the leader in question will be immediately removed and the DNC Chair shall immediately start an election for the vacant leadership position.

 

 

I move to amend section for, subsection 2 to read as follows: 

 

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          1. If the DNC Chair, SML/SmL, SMW/SmW, PPT, Speaker, HML/HmL, HMW/HmW loses confidence from DNC members, a senator may motion for a vote of no confidence.

          2. For the motion to be recognized, it must receive at least two seconds by members of the DNC. 

          3. Once the motion is recognized, the member must be informed a 48 hour discussion must be held and an equal chance for the person in the position(s) to adequately defend themselves.

          4. The voting phase shall last for 24 (twenty-four) hours

          5. For a VONC to pass, two-thirds (2/3) of the voting members not voting Present, must vote Aye

 

 

I believe these are necessary steps to ensure our leadership remains accountable while also taking into account how many members are actually in the party. 

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