5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DFL CONVENTION – 2016

5TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DFL CONVENTION

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016

CONVENE AT 10:30 AM (REGISTRATION AT 9:30 AM)

SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL

3131 19TH AVE S., MINNEAPOLIS, MN

 

Proposed Agenda

FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT DFL CONVENTION

Saturday, May 7, 2016

South High School

 

 

  1. Call to Order – 10:30 AM (Registration Opens 9:30 AM).

 

  1. Welcome – Alexis Pennie, Chair, 5th Congressional District DFL.

 

  1. Opening Ceremony (Flag Ceremony; Pledge of Allegiance).

 

  1. Reading of DFL Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion Statement: “The DFL seeks to end discrimination and bigotry in all its forms and to inspire broad participation in our party. As part of our commitment to outreach and inclusion, we will take affirmative steps to increase the participation of members of all underrepresented communities. When you vote today, remember this commitment includes electing members of underrepresented communities to positions both within the DFL party and in public office.”
  2. Report of Rules Committee: a) Adoption of Proposed Convention Agenda; b) Adoption

of Proposed Convention Rules.

 

  1. Election of Convention Chairs (3); Appointment of Convention officials (Secretary, Head Teller, Parliamentarian, Sergeants at Arms, etc.).

 

  1. Report of Credentials Committee: a) Credentials Report (I), Preliminary Report on Registered Delegates and Alternates; b) Convention chairs call for Senate District delegates to confirm or elect Senate District delegation chairs for upgrading alternates and balloting).

 

  1. CD5 Officer’s Reports (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Outreach & Inclusion Officer).

 

  1. Report of Nominations Committee:

 

  1. Election of 5th Congressional District DFL Officers

(Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion Reminder)

 

  1. Chair
  2.  Vice Chair

iii.     Outreach & Inclusion Officer

  1. Secretary
  2.  Treasurer
  3. b) Election of CD5 DFL Directors (12).

 

  1. Report of Constitution and Bylaws Committee: Adoption of proposed changes to CD5 Constitution.

 

  1. Credentials Report (II): Resolution of Credentials Challenges, if any.

 

  1. Consideration of Endorsement MN Fifth District U.S. House of Representatives:

(AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, OUTREACH, AND INCLUSION REMINDER: “As you vote today, remember that the DFL is committed to electing members of underrepresented communities to positions both within the DFL Party and in public office.”)

 

  1. a) Nominations

 

  1. b) Endorsement Election Process.

 

  1. Scheduled Lunch Break Recess: Time Certain _______
  2. Credentials Report (III)

 

  1. Election of National Delegates

(Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion Reminder)

 

  1. See 2016-2017 DFL Official Call, National Delegate Selection Plan Summary

 

  1. Election of Presidential Elector and Alternate

(Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion Reminder)

 

  1. Election of State Party Standing Committee Members

(Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion Reminder)

  1. Outreach and Inclusion (2 delegates)
  2. Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules (2 delegates)
  3. Platform, Issues, and Legislative Affairs (2 delegates)
  4. Party Affairs and Coordinated Campaign (2 delegates)
  5. Budget Committee (1 delegate)

 

  1. Election of State Convention Committee Members

(Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion Reminder)

 

  1. Credentials Committee (2 delegates, 2 alternates)
  2. Nominations Committee (2 delegates, 2 alternates)
  3. Rules Committee (2 delegates, 2 alternates)
  4. Adjournment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th Congressional District DFL Convention

PROPOSED CONVENTION RULES

MAY 7, 2016

 

I.                   Seating of Delegates and Alternates

A.    All delegates to the Fifth Congressional District Convention shall be seated by senate district.  At-large delegates shall be seated with the senate district in which they reside.

B.     Registration shall remain open until adjournment.

C.     Delegation Chair: Each senate district delegation shall have a delegation chair, who

shall be senate district chair, provided that she/he is an accredited delegate or upgraded alternate and present. If the senate district chair is not an accredited delegate or upgraded alternate and present or chooses not to serve as delegation chair, a delegation chair shall be elected by the senate district delegation. The delegation chair shall be responsible for advocating for alternates that need to be upgraded with Credentials, and for collecting ballots per Voting Rules.

D.    Alternates will be upgraded by each Senate District delegation chair as follows:

1.      The highest-ranking alternate will fill a delegate vacancy.

2.      If possible, a delegate must be replaced by an alternate of the same candidate and/or issue preference.  Alternates will succeed to delegate status according to votes received within their subcaucus.  If there are not alternates available within a subcaucus, alternates will be raised by lot from among the highest-ranking alternates within the other subcaucuses.  Each subcaucus will be represented in the lot system in proportion to its delegation allocation strength, as determined by the number of alternates elected from that subcaucus who reside within the Fifth Congressional District.

3.      No alternate will be upgraded during the time when any voting/balloting is taking place.

E.     All visitors must be registered and have credentials. During any balloting any non-delegates must leave the floor.

II.                Challenges

A.    If a delegate or upgraded alternate is challenged, the delegate or upgraded alternate may not be seated without the preliminary approval of the Credentials Committee.

B.     The Credentials Committee shall make its report to the convention.

C.     Speakers on behalf of each challenged delegate and each challenger shall each be allowed three (3) minutes in total to present their positions, with the challenged delegate speaking last.

D.    Challenged delegates or alternates will not be allowed to vote on their own challenges.

E.     The convention shall make the final decision as to who will be seated.

III.             Rules for Debate and Speeches

A.    Seated delegates or upgraded alternates shall have speaking privileges.

B.     No one may speak until recognized by the chair.  Speakers will first state their name, senate district, and whether they are speaking for or against a motion.  No person may address the convention more than once on an item of business until all others have had an opportunity to do so.

C.     Floor and Speaking Privileges: DFL Elected Officials, delegates, and upgraded alternates shall have floor and speaking privileges. In addition, each candidate for endorsement at this Convention shall be issued two credentials tags for the convention allowing access to the convention floor.

D.    Candidates for National Delegate: Each candidate for National Delegate shall receive a floor pass and shall have speaking privileges during the election process as otherwise provided for in these Rules.

E.     Each speaker will have one minute with up to three speakers on each side of a question.

F.      Sitting U.S. Senators and State Constitutional Officers will be allowed a maximum of five (5) minutes to speak.

G.    Candidates: All candidates for endorsement by the DFL for public or statewide office who wish to address the Convention shall be permitted to do so for two (2) minutes at the time designated by the convention chairs. No speaker may speak to the endorsement of a candidate for endorsement at this Convention except at the appropriate time under these Rules.

 

IV.             Voting

A.    All voting shall be by voice vote or, upon decision of the chair, by division.  A secret ballot may be requested by a one-third (1/3) vote of the delegates and upgraded alternates or at the direction of the chair.

B.     All secret ballots shall be submitted to the tellers by senate district.  Each senate district delegation chair will report to the teller’s desk to be given ballots sufficient for their district.  The delegation chair shall distribute and collect ballots from the delegation.

C.     Each delegate and upgraded alternate may cast one vote.  Proxy voting is prohibited.  The tellers shall count ballots.  Blank and spoiled ballots shall only be counted as a test of quorum for that vote.  All ballots shall be recycled 10 days after the convention.

D.    The chair shall order the closing of the upgrading of alternates and the seating of delegates once the convention divides into subcaucuses.  During voting, no upgrading of alternates or seating of delegates shall occur.

E.     Delegation Chair: Each senate district shall have a delegation chair, who shall be senate district chair, provided that she/he is an accredited delegate or upgraded alternate and present. If the senate district chair is not an accredited delegate or upgraded alternate and present or chooses not to serve as delegation chair, a delegation chair shall be elected by the senate district delegation. The delegation chair shall be responsible for advocating for alternates that need to be upgraded with Credentials, and for collecting ballots per Voting Rules.

V.                Endorsement Procedures

A.    Endorsement for the Fifth Congressional District Representative to the U.S. Congress requires a 60% affirmative vote, excluding blanks and abstentions, of the delegates and upgraded alternates present and voting on the endorsement.  Every ballot for endorsement is a test of quorum for that vote.

B.     The chair shall call for nominations for endorsement.  Lot shall determine speaking order.

C.     Each candidate for endorsement is allowed up to ten (10) minutes to use at his/her discretion.

D.    In the event of a contested race, candidates for the U.S. Congress from the Fifth Congressional District shall state whether or not they would run against an endorsed DFL candidate.

E.     Drop Rules:

1.      After the first ballot, any nominee not receiving at least 10% of the votes cast will be dropped from endorsement contention.

2.      After the second ballot, any nominee not receiving at least 20% of the votes cast will be dropped from endorsement contention.

3.      After the third and any subsequent ballot, the lowest-ranking nominee will be dropped until only two remain.

4.      In no case will the drop rule be used if its result on that ballot would be to eliminate all but one candidate.

F.      Number of Ballots: If an endorsement being voted on has not been filled by the fifth

ballot, the convention chairs shall declare no endorsement for that position, and balloting shall be discontinued (automatic).

VI.             Election of Fifth Congressional District Party Officers, State Party Standing Committees and State Pre-Convention Committee Delegates and Alternates

A.    Any member of the Fifth Congressional District DFL, including non-delegates, may be nominated for party offices listed on the agenda.

B.     The convention chairs shall call for the report of the Nominations Committee and then call for nominations from the floor.  The nominations committee shall not recommend its members as candidates for party office or state pre-convention committees or party standing committees unless no other candidates are available.

C.     A candidate shall be nominated to an office only once.  Candidates declining the nomination shall not be permitted to address the convention concerning their candidacy.

D.    The candidates for contested party officer elections and all other contested positions shall be allowed up to two (2) minutes to speak.

E.     Delegates to State Party Standing Committees and Delegates or Alternates to State Pre-Convention Committees shall be considered as multiple offices for the purposes of election.

F.      For single offices, except for Fifth Congressional District Directors, election shall be by majority vote of those present and voting.  Unless proportional voting is called, election of Directors to the Fifth Congressional District Executive Committee shall be by plurality vote.

G.    If more than two candidates are running for one position, the drop rule used for endorsement shall apply.

H.    A plurality vote shall be sufficient to elect in a contest where more than one position is involved.

I.       If proportional voting is called, the Walking Subcaucus System, as described in the current State DFL Call, will be used.  Ten (10) minutes will be allowed to determine subcaucus viability and an additional ten (10) minutes will be allotted to allow subcaucuses to organize, merge, or dissolve, after which time the subcaucus shall be frozen.

J.       Elections for Chair and Vice Chair, if contested, shall be by secret ballot.

K.    If a quorum is lost, all unfilled offices shall be referred for election to the Fifth Congressional District Central Committee.

VII.          Election of National Delegates (National Delegate Selection Plan Summary from 2016-2017 DFL Official Call)

  1. Introduction. Minnesota’s National Delegate Selection Plan provides the procedures for the selection of a total of 93 delegates and 6 alternates from Minnesota to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. It provides for the election of pledged delegates and alternates through a proportional representation system based on a binding ballot taken at the precinct caucuses, in the following three categories: Congressional District, pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (“PLEO”), and At-Large. It also includes procedures for selection of the unpledged Delegates. It includes guidelines, procedural safeguards, and Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion which have been incorporated into the selection process. In addition, it provides the procedures for challenging this plan, the implementation of this plan or delegates selected under this plan. The following is intended only as a summary of Minnesota’s National Delegate Selection Plan as approved by the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. Where the summary may conflict with the detailed National Delegate Selection Plan, the detailed plan will control. A copy of the detailed plan is available by contacting the State DFL Office.

 

  1. Election of Delegates and Alternates. A. Introduction. The delegate election process is governed by the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States, the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (“Rules”), the Call for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the Regulations of the Rules and Bylaws Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (“Regs.”), the Constitution and Bylaws of the Minnesota DFL Party, the Minnesota National Delegate Selection Plan, and this Call. B. Presidential Candidates. 1. A presidential candidate gains access to the ballot taken at the precinct caucuses by submitting a letter to the State DFL Chair by 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on January 4, 2016. Letters can be submitted by e-mail to chair@dfl.org, by fax to 651-251- 6325, or by mail to 255 E. Plato Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107. 2. Each presidential candidate shall certify in writing to the State DFL Chair the name(s) of his or her authorized representative(s) by January 4, 2016 for delegate election qualification at the congressional district level conventions and for PLEO and At-Large delegate/alternate election qualification at the state convention. 3. Each presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) shall use his or her best efforts to ensure that his or her respective delegation within the state delegation achieves the affirmative action goals established by this Plan and is equally divided between men and women. C. District-Level Delegates. Minnesota is allocated 50 district-level delegates. Minnesota’s district-level delegates are apportioned among the congressional districts based on a formula giving equal weight to the average of the vote for DFL candidates in the 2012 presidential and the most recent gubernatorial elections. Gender balance of delegates was determined by lot on March 6, 2015. District Delegates Males Females Total #1 3 2 5 #2 3 3 6 #3 4 3 7 #4 4 3 7 #5 4 5 9 #6 2 3 5 #7 2 3 5 #8 3 3 6 Total 25 25 50 1. District-Level Delegate Filing Requirements. a. All delegate candidates must be identified as to a single presidential preference or uncommitted status at all levels which determine presidential preference. b. A district-level delegate candidate may run for election only within the district in which he or she is eligible to vote. Individuals need not be a delegate or alternate to the congressional district convention to be eligible to be elected as a district-level delegate c. An individual can qualify as a candidate for district-level delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention by filing a statement of candidacy designating a single presidential (or uncommitted) preference and a signed pledge of support with the congressional district convention chair no later than two hours before the election of delegates at the congressional district convention at which he or she seeks election. Any candidate is able to modify his or her singular presidential preference by submitting an updated pledge of support no later than the filing deadline. d. An individual may obtain the form necessary to make a filing of candidacy and pledge of support from the convention secretary the day of the convention at which the congressional district level national convention delegate is to be elected, or from the DFL State Office, 651-293-1200 or 1-800-999-7457 (toll free) or www.dfl.org, from January 4, 2016 to the start of the congressional district convention. 2. Presidential Candidate Right of Approval for District Level Delegates. a. The State DFL Chair shall ask presidential candidates to file a waiver of candidate right of approval with the State DFL Chair by February 1, 2016. If any candidate has not filed a waiver, the congressional district chair shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), not later than 90 minutes prior to the election of national delegates, a list of all persons who have filed for delegate pledged to that presidential candidate. b. Such a presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must then file with the congressional district chair, not later than 30 minutes prior to the election of national delegates, a list of all such candidates he or she has approved, provided that approval must be given to candidates equal to at least three (3) times the number of male delegates and three (3) times the number of female delegates to be elected. c. Failure to respond will be deemed approval of all delegate candidates submitted to the presidential candidate unless the presidential candidate, or the authorized representative(s), signifies otherwise in writing to the congressional district chair no later than 30 minutes prior to the election of delegates. d. National convention delegate candidates removed from the list of bona fide supporters by a presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), may not be elected as a delegate pledged to that presidential candidate (including uncommitted status). 3. Fair Reflection of Presidential Preference. a. Minnesota utilizes a binding ballot taken at the precinct caucuses. Results of the preference ballot will be announced March 12, 2016. Accordingly, delegate positions shall be allocated so as to fairly reflect the expressed presidential preference or uncommitted status of the precinct caucus attendees in each district. The national convention delegates elected at the district level shall be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the precinct caucus vote won in that district by each preference, except that preferences falling below a 15% threshold shall not be awarded any delegates. b. Within a district, if no presidential preference reaches a 15% threshold, the threshold shall be the percentage of the vote received in that district by the front-runner minus 10%. c. District-level delegates pledged to a single presidential candidate (including uncommitted status) are elected by a meeting of persons from the unit electing the delegate who sign statements of support for that preference. Delegate allocations are set by a binding vote at the precinct caucuses. Each presidential preference subcaucus will determine by majority vote its own procedure for electing national convention delegates. The group may vote to use a system of proportional representation permitted in the Subcaucus Procedures section of this Call, but is not required to do so. 4. Equal Division of District-Level Delegates. The Minnesota delegation shall be equally divided between delegate men and delegate women. Such goals apply to the Minnesota delegation as a whole. Provisions for achieving equal division of delegates at the congressional district level will be as follows: The convention chair shall allocate delegate positions to each presidential preference (including uncommitted status) based on the votes on the ballot at the precinct caucuses in the district. Each even numbered subcaucus allocation shall be equally divided by gender. Each odd numbered subcaucus allocation shall be as equally divided by gender as possible. The rules of each Congressional District Convention shall provide a mechanism to assure equal division of the congressional district delegation as a whole, as specified in the table above. D. Unpledged Delegates. 1. Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials. The following categories (if applicable) shall constitute the unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Official delegate positions: (1) Members of the Democratic National Committee who legally reside in Minnesota; (2) All of Minnesota’s Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate; (3) The DFL Governor (if applicable); and (4) Vice President Walter Mondale and any other national “Distinguished Party Leader” delegates (as defined in the DNC rules) who legally reside in Minnesota (if applicable). E. Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates. Minnesota is allotted 10 pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates. 1. Pledged PLEO Delegate Filing Requirements. a. The following individuals shall be eligible for the pledged Party Leader and Elected Official delegate positions: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders. b. Pledged PLEO delegate candidates must be identified as to a single presidential preference or uncommitted status. c. An individual can qualify as a candidate for a position as a pledged PLEO delegate by filing a statement of candidacy and pledge of support with the State DFL Chair no later than two hours before the election of delegates at the State Convention. Any candidate is able to modify his or her singular presidential preference by submitting an updated pledge of support no later than the filing deadline. An individual may obtain the form necessary to make a filing of candidacy and pledge of support from the convention secretary the day of the State Convention on which the national convention delegates are to be elected, or from the DFL State Office, 651-293- 1200 or 1-800-999-7457 (toll free), or from www. dfl.org, before the start of the State Convention. 2. Presidential Candidate Right of Approval. a. The State DFL Chair shall ask presidential candidates to file a waiver of candidate right of approval with the State Chair by February 1, 2016. If any candidate has not filed a waiver, the State DFL Chair shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), not later than 90 minutes prior to the election of pledged PLEO delegates, a list of all persons who have filed for a party and elected official delegate pledged to that presidential candidate. b. Such a presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must file with the State DFL Chair, not later than 30 minutes prior to the election of pledged PLEO delegates, a list of all such candidates he or she has approved, as long as approval is given to at least two names for every position to which the presidential candidate is entitled. c. Failure to respond will be deemed approval of all delegate candidates submitted to the presidential candidate unless the presidential candidate or the authorized representative(s) signifies otherwise in writing to the State DFL Chair not later than 30 minutes prior to the election of pledged PLEO delegates. 3. Election of Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates. a. The pledged PLEO slots shall be allocated among presidential preferences (including uncommitted status) on the same basis as the at-large delegates. b. Election of the pledged PLEO delegates will occur at the

State Convention on June 4, 2016, after the election of district level delegates and prior to the election of at-large delegates and alternates. The procedures and rules for election of delegates at the State Convention are found in this Call. c. Alternates are not elected at the pledged Party Leader and Elected Official level. These alternates are combined with the at large alternates and elected as one unit. F. At-Large Delegates and Alternates. Minnesota is allotted 17 at-large delegates and 6 at-large alternates. 1. At-Large Delegate and Alternate Filing Requirements. a. Persons desiring to seek at-large delegate or alternate positions may file a statement of candidacy designating their presidential or uncommitted preference and a signed pledge of support for the presidential candidates (including uncommitted status) with the State DFL Chair no later than two hours before the election of the at-large delegates and alternates at the State Convention or immediately after the election of Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials. Any candidate is able to modify his or her singular presidential preference by submitting an updated pledge of support no later than the filing deadline. Statements of candidacy can be submitted in person at the convention site. Statements can also be submitted before June 1, 2016 by e-mail to chair@dfl.org, by fax to 651-251-6325, or by mail to 255 E. Plato Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55107. b. The statement of candidacy for at-large delegates and for at-large alternates will be the same. After the at-large delegates are elected by the State Convention, those persons not chosen will then be considered candidates for at-large alternate positions unless they specify otherwise when filing. 2. Presidential Candidate Right of Approval. a. The State DFL Chair shall ask presidential candidates to file a waiver of candidate right of approval with the State Chair by February 1, 2016. If any candidate has not filed a waiver, the State DFL Chair shall convey to the presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), not later than 90 minutes prior to the election of at-large delegates and alternates (and after the election of PLEO delegates), a list of all persons who have filed for delegate or alternate pledged to that presidential candidate. b. Such a presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must then file with the State DFL Chair, after the election of pledged PLEO delegates and not later than 30 minutes prior to the election of at-large delegates and alternates, a list of all such candidates he or she has approved, provided that, at a minimum, two names remain for every national convention delegate or alternate position to which the presidential candidate is entitled. c. Failure to respond will be deemed approval of all delegate candidates submitted to the presidential candidate unless the presidential candidate or the authorized representative(s) signifies otherwise in writing to the State DFL Chair not later than 30 minutes prior to the election of at-large delegates and alternates. 3. Election of At-Large Delegates and Alternates. a. At-large delegate and alternate positions shall be allocated among presidential preferences (including uncommitted status) according to the votes on the ballot taken at the precinct caucuses. b. Preferences which have not attained a 15% threshold on a statewide basis shall not be awarded any at-large delegates. c. If no presidential preference at the state level reaches a 15% threshold, the threshold shall be the percentage of the statewide vote received at the state level by the front-runner, minus 10%. d. If a presidential candidate is no longer a candidate at the time of election of the at-large delegates, then those at-large delegate or alternate slots that would have been allocated to that candidate will be proportionately divided among the remaining preferences entitled to an allocation. e. If a given presidential preference is entitled to one or more delegate positions but would not otherwise be entitled to an alternate position, that preference shall be allotted one at-large alternate position. f. The election of the at-large delegates and alternates will occur at the State Convention on June 4, 2016, after all pledged Party Leader and Elected Official delegates have been elected. The procedures and rules for election of delegates and alternates at the State Convention are found in the Temporary and Proposed Permanent Rules for the State Convention. g. In the election of the at-large delegation, priority of consideration shall be given to African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islands, LGBT Americans, women, youth and Americans with Disabilities. The election of at-large delegates and alternates shall be used, if necessary, to achieve the equal division of positions between men and women, and may be used to achieve the representation goals established in the Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion section of the Minnesota National Delegate Selection Plan. Delegates and alternates are to be considered separate groups for this purpose. G. Replacement of Delegates and Alternates. Detailed rules for replacement of delegates and alternates and upgrading of alternates are contained in the Minnesota National Delegate Selection Plan.

III. Election of Standing Committee Members. Minnesota has been allocated three member(s) on each of the three standing committees for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (Credentials, Platform and Rules), for a total of nine members. Members of the Convention Standing Committees need not be delegates or alternates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. These members will be elected in accordance with the procedures indicated below. A. Permanent Standing Committee Members. 1. Election Meeting. The members of the standing committees shall be elected by a quorum of Minnesota’s National Convention delegates, at a meeting to be held on June 4, 2016, following the State Convention. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the state’s delegates to the National Convention. All members of the delegation shall receive adequate notice of the time, date and place of the meeting. 2. Allocation of Members. a. The members of the standing committees allocated to Minnesota shall proportionately represent the presidential preference of all candidates (including uncommitted status) receiving the threshold percentage used in the state’s delegation to calculate the at-large apportionment. b. The presidential preference of each candidate receiving the applicable percentage or more within the delegation shall be multiplied by the total number of standing committee positions allocated to Minnesota. If the result of such multiplication does not equal 0.455 or above, the presidential preference in question is not entitled to representation on the standing committees. If the result of such multiplication is 0.455 but less then 1.455, the presidential preference is entitled to one position. Those preferences securing more than 1.455 but less then 2.455 are entitled to two positions, etc. c. Where the application of this formula results in the total allocation exceeding the total number of committee positions, the presidential candidate whose original figure of representation is farthest from its eventual rounded-off total shall be denied that one additional position. Where the application of this formula results in the total allocation falling short of the total number of committee positions, the presidential candidate whose original figure of representation is closest to the next rounding level shall be allotted an additional committee position. d. Standing committee positions allocated to a presidential candidate shall be proportionately allocated, to the extent practicable, to each of the three standing committees. When such allocation results in an unequal distribution of standing committee positions by candidate preference, a drawing shall be conducted to distribute the additional positions. 3. Presidential Candidate Right of Approval. a. The State DFL Chair shall ask presidential candidates to file a waiver of candidate right of approval with the State Chair by February 1, 2016. If any candidate has not filed a waiver, that presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), shall be given adequate notice of the date, time and location of the meeting of the state’s delegation authorized to elect standing committee members. b. If any candidate has not filed a waiver, that presidential candidate, or that candidate’s authorized representative(s), must submit to the State DFL Chair, at least 30 minutes prior to the election, a minimum of one name for each slot awarded to that candidate for members of each committee. The delegation shall elect the standing committee members submitted by the presidential candidate. Presidential candidates shall not be required to submit the name of more than one person for each slot awarded to such candidate for members of standing committees. c. For all candidates who have filed waivers, individuals may be nominated for standing committees by any member of the delegation at the time of the election by the National Delegates. 4. Election Procedure to Achieve Equal Division. a. Presidential candidates (including uncommitted status) shall use their best efforts to ensure that their respective delegation of standing committee members shall achieve Minnesota’s affirmative action goals and that their respective members are equally divided between men and women. b. The delegation will determine the process that it will use to achieve equal division of the standing committee members, provided that the resulting membership shall consist of five members of one gender and four members of the other, and that each committee’s membership shall consist of two members of one gender and one member of the other. 5. Substitution. No substitutions will be permitted in the case of standing committee members, except in the case of resignation or death. Substitutions must be made in accordance with the rules and the election procedures specified in this section, and must be certified in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic National Committee within three days after the substitute member is elected.

  1. Selection of Delegation Chair and Convention Pages. Minnesota will select one person to serve as Delegation Chair and three persons to serve as Convention Pages. A. Delegation Chair. The Delegation Chair shall be elected by a quorum of Minnesota’s National Convention Delegates, at a meeting to be held on June 4, 2016 following the State Convention. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the state’s delegates to the National Convention. All members of the delegation shall receive timely notice of the time, date and place of the meeting. B. Convention Pages. Three individuals will be selected to serve as Minnesota’s Convention Pages by the State DFL Chair in consultation with the members of the Democratic National Committee from Minnesota. This selection will take place following the State Convention. The Convention Pages shall be as evenly divided between men and women as possible under the state allocation and shall reflect, as much as possible, the Affirmative Action guidelines in the Affirmative Action Plan.
  2. General Provisions and Procedural Guarantees. A. Participation in Minnesota’s delegate election process is open to all those eligible to vote who wish to participate as DFLers. At the precinct caucuses, every participant is required to sign a statement that they consider themselves to be a DemocraticFarmer-Laborite and support the principles of the DFL Party as outlined in the DFL Party’s Constitution and Bylaws. B. At no stage of Minnesota’s delegate election process shall any person be required, directly or indirectly, to pay a cost or fee as a condition for participating. Voluntary contributions to the Party may be made, but under no circumstances shall a contribution be mandatory for participation. C. No persons shall participate or vote in the nominating process for the Democratic presidential candidate who also participates in the nominating process of any other party for the corresponding elections. D. No person shall vote in more than one meeting which is the first meeting in the delegate election process. E. The Minnesota DFL Party reaffirms its commitment to an open party by incorporating the “six basic elements” listed below. These provisions demonstrate the intention of the DFL Party to ensure a full opportunity for all minority group members to participate in the delegate election process. 1. All public meetings at all levels of the Minnesota DFL Party should be open to all members of the DFL Party regardless of race, gender, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status, or physical disability (hereinafter collectively referred to as “status”). 2. No test for membership in, nor oath of loyalty to, the Minnesota DFL Party should be required or used which has the effect of requiring prospective or current members of the DFL Party to acquiesce in, condone or support discrimination based on “status.” 3. The time and place for all public meetings of the Minnesota DFL Party on all levels should be publicized fully and in such manner as to assure timely notice to all interested persons. Such meetings must be held in places accessible to all Party members and large enough to accommodate all interested persons. 4. The Minnesota DFL Party, on all levels, should support the broadest possible registration without discrimination based on “status.” 5. The Minnesota DFL Party should publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a full description of the legal and practical procedures for election of DFL Party officers and representatives on all levels. Publication of these procedures should be done in such fashion that all prospective and current members of the Minnesota DFL Party will be fully and adequately informed of the pertinent procedures in time to participate in each election procedure at all levels of the DFL Party organization. 6. The Minnesota DFL Party should publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties, a complete description of the legal and practical qualifications of all positions as officers and representatives of the Minnesota DFL Party. Such publication should be done in timely fashion so that all prospective candidates or applicants for any elected or appointed position within the Minnesota DFL Party will have full and adequate opportunity to compete for office. F. Discrimination on the basis of “status” in the conduct of DFL Party affairs is prohibited. G. Minnesota’s delegation shall be equally divided between delegate men and delegate women, and alternate men and alternate women. Such goal applies to the entire delegation, which includes all pledged delegates and alternates and all unpledged delegates. Delegates and alternates shall be considered separate groups for purposes of achieving equal division. H. All delegate and alternate candidates must be identified as to presidential preference or uncommitted status at all levels which determine presidential preference. I. No delegate at any level of the delegate election process shall be mandated by law or Party rules to vote contrary to that person’s presidential choice as expressed at the time the delegate is elected. J. Delegates elected to the national convention pledged to a presidential candidate shall in all good conscience reflect the sentiments of those who elected them. K. All delegates, alternates and standing committee members must be bona fide Democrats who have the interests, welfare and success of the Democratic Party of the United States at heart, who subscribe to the substance, intent and principles of the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States, and who will participate in the Convention in good faith. L. Forty percent of the eligible members shall constitute a quorum when dealing with the election of National Convention delegates and alternates, committee members, or other official participants, and on any other issue involving the national delegate election process. M. Proxy voting is not allowed at any level. N. The unit rule, or any rule or practice whereby all members of a Party unit or delegation may be required to cast their votes in accordance with the will of a majority of the body, shall not be used at any stage of the delegate election process. O. Any individual or group of DFLers may sponsor or endorse a slate of candidates for convention delegates. But no slate may, by virtue of such endorsement, receive a preferential place on a delegate election ballot or be publicly identified on the ballot as the official DFL Party organization slate, and all slates must meet identical qualifying requirements for appearing on a ballot at all levels of the delegate election process. P. All steps in the delegate election process, including the filing of presidential candidates, must take place within the calendar year of the Democratic National Convention, except with respect to the implementation of the Affirmative Action Plan. Q. In electing and certifying delegates and alternates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Minnesota thereby undertakes to assure all DFL voters in the state full, timely and equal opportunity to participate in the delegate election process and in all Party affairs and to implement affirmative action programs toward that end, and that the delegates and alternates to the Convention shall be elected in accordance with the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and that the voters in the state will have the opportunity to cast their election ballots for the Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees selected by said Convention, and for electors pledged formally and in good conscience to the election of these Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees, under the label and designation of the Democratic Party of the United States, and that the delegates certified will not publicly support or campaign for any candidate for President or Vice President other than the nominees of the Democratic National Convention.
  3. Affirmative Action/Outreach/Inclusion Plan. The Affirmative Action Plan relating to the election of Minnesota’s delegation to the Democratic National Convention appears in the Minnesota National Delegate Selection Plan approved by the State Central Committee. Copies of that Plan can be obtained by calling the State DFL Office at 651-293-1200 or 1-800- 999- 7457, or from the DFL’s web site at www.dfl.org. Affirmative Action and inclusion numerical goals have been set as follows: African-Americans – 10, Latino/Hispanics – 5, Native Americans – 2, Asian/Pacific Islanders – 5, LGBT – 13, persons with disabilities – 10, and youth (18-35) – 18.

VII. Challenges. A. Jurisdiction and Standing. 1. Challenges related to the delegate election process are governed by the “Regulations of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention” and the “Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.” 2. The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee has jurisdiction over challenges pertaining to the submission, non-implementation and violation of Minnesota’s National Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plans. 3. The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee has jurisdiction to hear and decide any challenge provided that it is initiated before the 56th day preceding the date of the commencement of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 4. Challenges to the credentials of delegates and alternates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention initiated on or after the 56th day preceding the date of commencement of the Democratic National Convention shall be processed in accordance with the “Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.” 5. Any challenge to the credentials of a standing committee member shall be considered and resolved by the affected standing committee in accordance with Appendix A of the Call for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee shall have jurisdiction over challenges brought before the 56th day preceding the date of the commencement of the Democratic National Convention. 6. Copies of the Regulations of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee and/or the Call for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, including the Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee (Appendix A), shall be made available by the Minnesota DFL Party upon reasonable request. 7. Any group of fifteen Democrats with standing to challenge as defined in Reg. 3.2 or in the National Call (Appendix A, Sec. 2:A.), may bring a challenge to Minnesota’s Plan or to the implementation of Minnesota’s Plan, including its Affirmative Action provisions. B. Challenges to the Status of the Minnesota DFL Party and to the Plan. A challenge to the status of the State Central Committee as the body entitled to sponsor a delegation from Minnesota shall be filed with the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee not later than 30 calendar days prior to the initiation of Minnesota’s delegate election process. A challenge to Minnesota’s Delegate Selection Plan shall be filed with the State DFL Chair and the Co-Chairs of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee within 15 calendar days after the adoption of the Plan by the State Central Committee. A challenge to a Plan must be brought in conformity with the Rules and the Regs., which should be consulted for a detailed explanation of challenge procedures. C. Challenges to Implementation. 1. A challenge may be brought alleging that a specific requirement of an approved Plan has not been properly implemented. Jurisdiction over all challenges initiated in a timely fashion shall reside with either the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee or the Credentials Committee of the National Convention (See Section VII.A. above). However, the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee may provide advice, assistance or interpretations of the Delegate Selection Rules at any stage of the delegate election process. 2. An implementation challenge brought before the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee is initiated by filing a written challenge with the State Central Committee and with the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee not later then 15 days after the alleged violation occurred. The Minnesota DFL Party has 21 days to render a decision. Within ten days of the decision, any party to the challenge may appeal it to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee. If in fact, the Minnesota DFL Party renders no decision, any party to the challenge may request the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee to process it. The request must be made within ten days after expiration of the above 21 day period. 3. Performance under an approved Affirmative Action Plan and composition of the convention delegation shall be considered relevant evidence in the challenge to any state delegation. If the Minnesota DFL Party has adopted and implemented an approved affirmative action program, the Party shall not be subject to challenge based solely on delegation composition. The procedures are the same for challenges alleging failure to properly implement the Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion section of a Plan, except that such challenges must be filed not later than 30 days prior to the initiation of Minnesota’s delegate election process. 4. Depending on the appropriate jurisdiction (see Section VII.A. above), implementation challenges must be brought in conformity with the Regulations of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee or the Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee, which should be consulted for a detailed explanation of challenge procedures.

 

VIII.       Miscellaneous Rules

A.    The convention shall elect permanent convention chairs.  The convention chairs will appoint assistants as they deem necessary to conduct the business of the convention.

B.     Pursuant to the Facility Use Manual of the Minneapolis Public Schools, the following rules shall govern the use of the building:

  1. Furniture and equipment shall not be moved from one room to another unless it is specifically mentioned on the permit, and then would be done by or under the direct supervision of a building staff member. Extra or unusual services shall be identified on the permit application and custodial overtime charges will be added.
  2. The convention attendees are expected to leave the school facility in the same condition in which they found it. The convention attendees are responsible for setting up equipment before and returning rooms used to original order after activities unless they have requested staff help in advance. (Any expense incurred by the District as a result of activities will be charged to the user.)
  3. No decoration or other materials shall be applied to walls, ceilings or floors which will mar, deface, or injure these surfaces. Any signs, banners or posters shall be applied with blue painter’s tape only.

C.     Only delegates and upgraded alternates shall be allowed on the convention floor, unless as otherwise provided in these Rules.  When leaving the convention floor, delegates and upgraded alternates must surrender their delegate badges to their delegation chairs.

D.    Candidates for U.S. Congress for the Fifth Congressional District seeking DFL Party endorsement, shall have floor privileges.  In addition, each such candidate shall have up to two (2) floor passes.

E.     DFL statewide elected officials shall have floor privileges.

F.      During counting of written ballots, each candidate for the office being tallied is permitted to have one (1) observer present, and observers must identify themselves to the chief teller.

G.    For the purposes of gender balance, a delegate’s gender shall be as self-identified by the delegate, and shall not be restricted to a traditional binary.

H.    Any motion to table, refer, or postpone shall be construed as a motion to postpone indefinitely.  A motion to reconsider and enter in the minutes is not permitted.  A motion to reconsider shall require a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates and upgraded alternates seated and voting.

I.       A majority vote of the convention is required to adopt these rules as the permanent rules.  Amendment or suspension of the permanent rules after they have been adopted requires two-thirds (2/3) vote of the convention.

J.       All matters not covered in these rules shall be governed by the Minnesota DFL State Party Constitution, the current Minnesota DFL State Call, the Fifth Congressional District Constitution, and Robert’s Rules of Order (Most Recently Revised).

K.    All written ballots must be signed.

 

CD5-2016 Convention Agenda and Rules

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