Move Local Officer Elections to December

Lead Contact: Tal Levy

ARTICLE VII. LOCAL OFFICER ELECTIONS

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Section 2. Elections

Election for Local Officers shall be held with voting closing at least two weeks prior to the end of the previous Officers’ terms, in order to allow a two­-week transition period. Elections shall be run by secret ballot. If a position is uncontested, the nominee will be declared elected by acclamation.

The term of office for any Local Officer shall be one year commencing the first week of January each year, with elections closing at the beginning of the third week of December.

Explanation

A significant challenge to the 2018 Local Officer Election was it coinciding with the 2018 US Midterm elections, which required a significant amount of DSA­LA resources, primarily in support of our chapter­-wide resolution supporting Proposition 10, but also for Public Bank LA, our Electoral Politics voter guide, and our Election Night fundraiser. Many members who were considering running for Local Officer positions were deeply involved these efforts, and members were more focused on this work than on internal democracy.

As it’s likely that DSA­LA will continue to work on issue campaigns and relevant deadlines dictated by US Elections, it would be prudent to ensure the chapter’s focus during those times is on those campaigns, and that Local Elections occur at a less demanding time. It would also be somewhat aesthetically pleasing to have the first Local Meeting of a new Steering Committee be the first of a new calendar year.

Note that this section only applied to the chapter-­wide Local Officer Elections, not Local Subgroup elections. The author welcomes amendments to this proposal that would achieve the same effect while explicitly establishing the dates of the election.

Notes on Implementation:

For the Local Officer term that began December 4, 2018, the term of office shall be extended by one month to accommodate the new calendar.

In the case that this amendment passes alongside another amendment to formalize the election of Local Officers with November elections, this amendment should take precedent.

ORGANIZATIONAL PRIORITIES THAT SUPPORT THIS AMENDMENT PROPOSAL

  • Maintain transparent decision­making processes which allows all members to democratically shape and engage in chapter decisions, avoiding top­heavy hierarchies and “gatekeeping”.

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