Relevant DPNM rules

Order of elections

DPNM rule under Article IV, Section 9, 9.1, Order of Elections:

Election of Precinct, Ward, and County Central Committee members will be held in the following order:

  1. Ward Officers
  2. Precinct Officers
  3. Precinct County Central Committee members, up to the precinct’s allotted number of members

Scheduling of State Central Committee meeting

The latest version of the DPNM rules dated December 12, 2020, in Article II, Rule 2.1 (Page 26 of 94) states:

ARTICLE II

Section 2 – State Officers

2.1 – Election of State Officers

The State Chair shall call a meeting, following the requirements of Article I, Rule 3.4.5, of the State Central Committee for the election, according to Article I, Rule 5.5.2.1, of state officers who in order of election and rank are:

  • (a) Chair,
  • (b) Vice-Chair At-Large, who shall be of a different gender than that of the Chair,
  • (c) two (2) Vice-Chairs of different gender from each Congressional District, elected by the respective members of the State Central Committee from each Congressional District,
  • (d) Secretary, and
  • (e) Treasurer.

Each District Vice-Chair shall be elected separately by majority vote. The State Chair shall set the date of the meeting by January 1 of the year in which the election is to be held (usually in odd numbered years) and notify the County Chairs of the date that they may hold their County Central Committee Meetings, which must be not more than forty-five (45) nor less than twenty-one (21) days before the State Central Committee Meeting. State officers need not be members of the State Central Committee.

The election of all party officers shall be called for and conducted so as to be completed in the last ten (10) days of April in odd-numbered years. Officers shall serve for two years or until their successors are elected.

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE STATED RULE WITH REGARD TO THE COMPLETION OF THE DPRAC ELECTIONS.

Other rules

Please also note the following DPNM Rules:

DPNM Rules, Article 1, Rule 5.5 – Elections: Section 5.5.1-Secret Elections (Ward and Precinct Meetings only) and Section 5.5.1.2 – More than one person to be elected to office:

According to DPNM Rules, Article 1, Rule 5.5, Section 5.5.1.2, Voting shall be conducted according to Appendix A to these rules. Each elector votes by secret ballot for as many candidates as they wish, in ranked order of their preference.

(NOTE: Precinct ballots will have ranked order of preference and are secret ballots within the provision of the DPNM Rules).

DPNM Rules, Article 1, Rule 5.5 – Elections: Section 5.6 – Optional Absentee balloting for Non-Secret Votes, Section 5.6.1 – Ballot Security, bullet #4, applies to Non-Secret votes, applicable to the election of County Officers and State Central Committee Members.

How Preferential Balloting Works

DPNM Rules, Appendix A.2 governs precinct elections to elect additional county central committee members (in addition to the precinct chair).

APPENDIX A.2
Precinct Elections to Elect Additional County Central Committee Members

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS ALOUD TO THE ELECTORS IN YOUR PRECINCT!

“Fill in your ballots with the names of as many candidates as you wish, in the order of your preference.

Only one candidate will actually receive your vote. In most cases it will be the candidate that you list on the first line, but in some cases it may be your second, third or lower choice.

Do not vote for any SCC members or other automatic delegates.”

1. Collect the ballots in some sort of container and mix them to achieve a totally random draw.

2. Draw the first ballot, mark it with a “1” and read the name of the candidate on the first line.

That candidate receives one vote.

3. Draw a second ballot, mark it with a “2” and read the name of the candidate on the first line. That candidate receives one vote.

4. Continue the process, numbering each ballot sequentially (so that the entire election tabulation can be re-created, if necessary) until one of the candidates reaches the calculated quota on Line 6.

5. Candidates who reach the quota are declared elected and no additional votes will be recorded for them. Ballots with their name on the first line will be awarded to the next preferred candidate on that ballot.

6. Continue the process until all of the ballots have been drawn.

If there are still positions available after all the ballots have been drawn, those candidates who are one short of the quota will be declared elected, unless there are more candidates one vote short of the quota than there are positions to be filled, in which case ties are broken by lot (e.g. drawing cards).

If there are still positions available, those candidates who are two votes short of the quota will be declared elected, unless there are more candidates two votes short of the quota than there are positions to be filled, in which case ties are broken by lot.

Continue until all the positions are filled.

Candidates who receive at least one vote but are not elected will be declared to be alternate delegates.

They should be listed in order of the number of votes received, with ties broken by lot, to obtain a preferential order.