Bylaws

Preamble

We, the elected Democratic Precinct Committeemen of Yuma County, Arizona, do hereby confirm our allegiance to the philosophy and principles of the Democratic Party; pledge ourselves to the wholehearted support of its candidates because of the principles to which, as Democrats, they stand committed; accept the responsibilities imposed upon us by statute to take charge of all County campaigns of the Party and to perform such other duties and services as seem to be for the benefit of the Party; and in furtherance of such programs, do adopt the following by-laws for the Yuma County Democratic Central Committee.

ARTICLE I – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - Members - The members of the Committee shall consist of the Yuma County Precinct Committeemen of the Democratic Party elected in conformance with statute or appointed in conformance with these by-laws.

Section 2 - Precinct Captain - Each Precinct may from its elective Precinct Committeemen select a Captain.

Section 3 - Vacancies - Whenever, by reason of death, resignation, disqualification, change of residence, or for any other reason, there shall be a vacancy in any Precinct if the full number of Precinct Committeemen to which the Precinct is entitled by virtue of statute, such vacancy shall be filled as follows:

(a) If a majority of the remaining Committeemen of the Precinct in which a vacancy occurs nominate in writing a person to fill the vacancy, such nominee shall be proposed by the County Chairman. If no nominee is proposed by the remaining Precinct Committeemen, the County Chairman shall fill the vacancy.

(b) If the vacancy consists of the sole Committeeman to which a Precinct is entitled the vacancy shall be filled by such nominee of the County Chairman.

(c) If any such nominee is not seated, another nomination may be similarly made, considered and acted upon.



ARTICLE iI-vii – Officers

Section 1 - Elective Offices - The elective Officers of the County Committee shall consist of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Vice-Chairwoman, Secretary and Treasurer, and shall be elected from and by the elected members of the County Committee at the regular organizational meeting.

Each Officer shall hold office from the date of his election until his successor is elected or until the Officer ceases to hold membership on the County Committee, whichever first occurs.

Section 2 - Appointive Offices - The County Chairman may, with the concurrence of the Executive Board, appoint as additional Officers, such Officers as may be deemed necessary for the proper conduct of the duties of the County Committee, which Officers shall hold office at the pleasure of the County Chairman.

Section 3 - No Compensation - All Officers of the County Committee shall contribute their time without compensation, but shall be allowed necessary expense in the performance of their official duties when authorized, approved or ratified by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE III

CHAIRMAN

The County Chairman shall be the principal Administrative and Executive Officer of the County Committee; he shall preside at all meetings; he shall exercise general supervision of the affairs of the County Committee; he shall see that the applicable laws of the State of Arizona and these by-laws are satisfactorily executed, and shall perform such other acts and things as may be required of him by the County Committee or the Executive Board, and which may be necessary to secure the objects and best interests of the County Committee not herein otherwise provided for.

ARTICLE IV

VICE-CHAIRMAN

The Vice-Chairman shall assist the Chairman in the performance of his duties and in the absence of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman shall act in his stead.

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ARTICLE V

VICE-CHAIRWOMAN

The Vice-Chairwoman shall assist the Chairman in the performance of his duties and in the absence of the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman, shall act in their stead. She shall be responsible for the coordination of the activities of the Democratic Women's organizations.

ARTICLE VI

SECRETARY

The duties of the Secretary shall be as follows:

(a) To keep a record of all proceedings of the County Committee and the Executive Board.

(b) To keep a list of the names and Post Office addresses of the Precinct Committeemen and to give all notices required.

(c) To perform such other acts and duties as may be delegated by the Chairman, the County Committee or the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VII

TREASURER

The duties of the Treasurer shall be as follows:

(a) Receive all monies collected by the County Committee, give receipts therefore, and keep an accurate account of same.

(b) Disburse all funds and monies of the County Committee on order of the Chairman, provided, however, that the Treasurer shall not pay any sum in excess of $25.00 except on written order of the Finance Committee signed by the Chairman of the Finance Committee.

(c) He shall keep a record of all receipts and disbursements and shall make a monthly report thereof. Give a good and sufficient bond to the County Committee whenever required by the County Committee, provided, however, the premium on said bond shall be an expense of the County Committee.

(d) Submit all books and records to an auditing committee at the end of the Treasurer's term of office.



ARTICLE viiiExecutive Board

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Section 1 - Membership of the Board - There shall be an Executive Board consisting of the elective officers of the County Committee and the Chairmen of all standing committees.

Section 2 - Meetings - The Executive Board shall meet on call of the Chairman.

Section 3 - Officers - The elective officers of the County Committee shall be the officers of the Executive Board.

Section 4 - Powers - The Executive Board shall have all powers as provided in these by laws, and in addition thereto, such other powers which may be necessary to secure the objects and best interests of this Committee not herein otherwise provided for. The County Chairman shall submit all major issues and matters of policy to the Executive Board when the County Committee is not in session. Actions and recommendations of the Executive Board shall be deemed the actions and recommendations of the County Committee, unless the County Committee shall specifically over-rule the same at a subsequent meeting.

Section 5- Purpose - It is the purpose in the creation of the Executive Board to facilitate the action of the County Committee when it is not feasible nor practicable to call the entire membership of the County Committee to meeting. There is no purpose to withdraw from the County Committee or any member thereof any powers otherwise vested.

Section 6 - Quorum - A quorum of the Executive Board shall consist of those members attending a meeting for which notice has been given.

ARTICLE ix & xState Committee

ARTICLE IX

REPRESENTATIVES OF COUNTY COMMITTEE ON STATE COMMITTEE

Yuma County members of the Democratic State Committee shall be elected at the organizational meeting of the County Committee in the manner prescribed by Arizona Election Laws and these by-laws. It shall be the policy of the County Committee to elect persons to membership on said State Committee from different sections within the County in so far as is practicable in order to present and reflect varied party problems, viewpoints and interests. Representatives of the State Committee shall attend all meetings, in person or by proxy, and act for the interests of the Democratic Party of Yuma County, but may and should be guided by any express instructions for the County Committee on specific issues.

ARTICLE X

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEMEN OF THE STATE COMMITTEE

The delegates will elect from their delegation the required number of Executive Committeemen in accordance with State Statute to serve on the State Executive Committee.

ARTICLE xi & XiiCommittees & Clubs

ARTICLE XI

STANDING AND SPECIAL COMMITTEES

Section 1 - There shall be the following standing committees:

9. By-Laws 10. Screen Committee

1. Finance 2. Registration 3. Resolutions 4. Public Relations & Publicity.

5. Program 6. Organization 7. Legislation 8. Rules

(a) Special Committees may be created by the Chairman or by the County Committee.

(b) The Chairman shall appoint the Chairman of all standing and special committees and the members thereof.

(c) Any Chairman or member of a standing or special committee appointed by the Chairman of the County Committee may be removed by the Chairman when, in his opinion, the work of said committee could be made more effective by such removal.

ARTICLE XII

CLUB CHARTERS

Section 1 - Club Charters may be issued by the County Committee upon the following terms and considerations:

(a) Written application shall be made upon forms designated by the organization committee.

(b) Except as otherwise directed by the County Committee or its Executive Board, all applications for Democratic Clubs must have the written approval of the Precinct Committeemen of the district in which the group is formed and shall be signed by ten prospective members.

(c) No Charter shall be granted to any group which does not limit membership to persons whose allegiance is to the philosophy and principles of the Democratic party.

(d) Applications shall be filed with the Chairmen of the Organization Committee, who, upon approval of the members of his committee, shall present them to the next meeting of the County Committee for their consideration.

(e) Charters may be cancelled by the County Committee upon satisfactory showing having been made that the group is not acting in the best interest of the Democratic Party or that it is not functioning or has given support or encouragement to a non-Democratic candidate in a partisan campaign when a Democratic candidate was in the field.

ARTICLE xiii – Meetings

MEETINGS

Section 1 - Organizational Meeting - The organizational meeting of this committee shall be held on the Friday next preceding the last Monday of the month in which the Primary Election for the State and County Officers is held. The Chairman of the County Committee holding office on the date of said Primary Election shall cause the Secretary then holding office to give written notice to each member of the County Committee eligible to vote at said meeting specifying the date, time and place thereof, which said notice shall be mailed not less than seven days prior to said meeting.

Section 2 - Regular Meeting - The County Committee shall meet on the First Thursday each month, time and place to be designated by the County Chairman.

Section 3 - Special Meetings - Special meetings of the County Committee may be held whenever called by the Chairman of the County Committee on his own initiative or upon request of any five (5) members of the County Committee.

Section 4 - Quorum - A majority of the County Committee present in person shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the County Committee.

Section 5 - Parliamentary Procedure – All meetings of the County Committee shall be governed by procedure as prescribed by rules to be promulgated by the Rules Committee, or in the absence thereof, by Roberts Rules of Order.

Section 6 - Order of Business, Organization Meeting: (1) Meeting called to order by outgoing County Chairman (2) Election of temporary Chairman (3) Roll call by outgoing Secretary (4) Appointment of Credentials, Rules and other Committees (5) Reports of outgoing Officers and Committees (6) Election of permanent Chairman of the County Central Committee (7) Election of other Officers provided by statute and by these by-laws (8) Other business (9) Adjournment



ARTICLE xiv – Election Boards

ELECTION BOARDS

Section 1 - Recommendations for Judges and Clerks of election boards shall be made by Precinct Committeemen to the Chairman of the County Committee, not less than sixty days before the date of an election.

Section 2 - In the event that no recommendation is made, by the Precinct Committeemen within the Precinct, the County Chairman shall proceed to submit his own recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.



ARTICLE xv – Purpose of the committee

PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE

Section 1 - Primary Elections - The purpose of the committee in Primary Elections shall be to nominate and elect qualified Democratic candidates in the Primary Elections. The Democratic Committee may select, at least thirty days prior to the Primary Election a slate of candidates. This slate shall be known as the official Democratic ticket and be signed by the County Chairman. A sample ballot shall then be printed by the Democratic Central Committee and distributed by each committee member in his Precinct. The cost of ballot shall be the County Committee's. This ballot shall be printed no later than twenty (20) days prior to the Primary Election.

SELECTION OF DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY CANDIDATES - A screening committee shall be appointed by the Democratic Chairman consisting of six (6) members of the Democratic Committee in good standing. The Chairman of the Democratic Committee shall also be a member of this committee, in addition to the other six (6) appointments.

This committee shall meet at whatever times and places necessary for the purpose of interviewing and screening all persons who desire to run for public office and who seek the endorsement of this Democratic Committee. The candidates may submit their qualifications and any other information to the screening committee for their consideration.

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The Screening Committee, after screening all candidates wishing to be screened, may select a candidate for each office to be voted upon in the Primary Election. This shall be done no later than forty-five (45) days prior to the Primary Election date.

The Screening Committee shall select the candidates to be presented as the nominations of the Screening Committee by secret ballot. The candidates receiving the most number of votes of the Screening Committee shall be the candidate of the Screening Committee. Candidates shall be voted on for each office separately by the Screening Committee.

The nominations of the Screening Committee shall be presented to the Democratic Central Committee at a meeting to be held no later than thirty (30) days prior to the Primary Election. At this meeting, nominations may be made by any committee member in good standing from the floor at the meeting after the Screening Committee's nominations are placed before the full committee. All nominations shall be seconded.

After all nominations are in and seconded, there shall be a vote taken by the Central Committee and the candidate receiving the majority votes shall be the candidate nominated for the official Democratic candidate ballot. Voting shall be by secret ballot and each office is to be vote on separately.

Section 2 - General Election - To support and elect all Democratic candidates.

Section 3 - Duties of Precinct Committeemen:

(a) Primary Election (1) Canvas and campaign in their precincts for the Official Democratic Central

Committee candidates selected by the Democratic Committee. (2) Assist in registering Democratic voters. (3) On election day, assist in turning out a maximum Democratic vote for the Official

Democratic ticket. (4) Assist absentee and physically disabled Democratic voters to obtain absentee

ballots and vote for the Official Democratic Central Committee ticket.

(b) General Election

Canvas and campaign in their precincts on behalf of all Democratic candidates.

Assist in registering Democratic voters. (3) On election days, assist in turning out a maximum Democratic vote.

Assist absentee and physically disabled voters to obtain absentee ballots and vote for the Democratic ticket.

(c)General Duties (1) Support a permanent Democratic Central Committee organization. (2) Abide by and follow the rules of the by-laws of the Democratic Central Committee.



ARTICLE xvi – Amendments

AMENDMENTS

Section 1 - These by-laws may be repealed, altered or amended at any regular organizational meeting of the County Committee by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the committeemen present at such meeting in person or by proxy, or by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the committeemen present in person or by proxy at any interim meeting after notice of the proposed amendment has been given at the last preceding meeting.