Attention Democrats in Spokane County!
The sixteen remaining voting members of the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee (SCDCC) Executive Board have issued a “Call to Meeting” package by mail and email to the elected and appointed Democratic Precinct Committee Officers in Spokane County for a special meeting of the SCDCC on Saturday, July 11 and, if necessary, continuing on Sunday, July 12 for the purpose of electing four new officers and the consideration of candidate endorsements by the body.
The Call to Meeting package sent to the Precinct Committee Officers is available for online review and includes:
- Call to Meeting letter
- Proposed Agenda
- Proposed Rules
The special meeting will be held virtually using Zoom technology.
Democrats residing in Spokane County who are, or will be, registered voters as of the General Election date of November 3, 2020, who are interested in self-nominating for the offices of Chair, Vice Chair, and/or State Committee Members should:
- Review the “Roles & Responsibilities of Officers – Spokane County Democrats” document, and
- Complete the online self-nomination Candidate Profile form in order to declare their candidacy for office by the deadline in the proposed Rules of Friday, July 3, 2020 by 5:00 pm.
Important Deadlines and Dates
June 26 – Call to Meeting issued.
July 3 at 5:00 pm – Deadline for candidates to serve as Temporary Chair to self-nominate. July 3 at 5:00 pm – Deadline for officer candidates to self-nominate. July 3 at 5:00 pm – Deadline for proposed changes to the Rules. July 3 at 5:00 pm – Deadline for proposed changes to the Agenda. July 3 at 5:00 pm – Deadline for voting members without internet or email to request accommodations.
July 5 at 5:00 pm – Officer candidate profiles to be made available for online review.
July 6 – Officer candidate profiles mailed to voting members without access to internet or email.
July 7 at 12:00 noon – Proposed candidate endorsements made available online (and mailed same day to voting members without access to internet or email.)
July 9 at 12:00 noon – Deadline to request an endorsement candidate be pulled from the group endorsement list for a separate vote.
July 11 at 9:00 am – Special meeting starts via Zoom.
Note: Procedures with respect to taking action on or before a deadline may be found online in the proposed Rules
Procedural Differences between an In-Person and Virtual Meeting
- Expect longer time periods to vote, as technology assistance may be provided to voting members in real time. Every vote should count — and the time period to vote may be extended during the meeting if we become aware of technology issues with voting.
- For this virtual meeting, there will be no recognition of voting members from the floor. The meeting rules are designed to have proposed changes to Rules and/or the Agenda raised before the meeting and not during the meeting. Please read the proposed Rules and Agenda carefully before the time deadline to propose changes has passed.
- There will be no nominations from the floor for the election of officers. Nominations must occur before the meeting by having the officer candidate complete the online form by the deadline. Officer candidates may self-nominate (no second is required,) and they do not need to be a voting member of the body (a PCO) to run for office.
- The “chat” function in Zoom will be turned off for the meeting.
- All participants will be muted during the Zoom meeting, except for pre-designated speakers.
- Voting members should review the candidate statements before the meeting starts. Officer candidates will not have an opportunity to speak or answer questions during the special meeting.
- Candidates running for elected office who have received favorable recommendations for endorsement from both the Endorsement Committee and the Executive Board will be voted on as a group by the body. If a candidate is pulled from the group upon the request of a voting member, that candidate endorsement will be voted on separately (and not as part of the group.) There will be one pre-designated speaker in favor of endorsement and one pre-designated speaker in opposition to endorsement. Then the body will vote on the candidate’s endorsement. The process will continue until all candidates have been voted on for endorsement.
- It is not possible to move for the endorsement of a candidate for elected office during the special meeting. All endorsements must first be considered by the Endorsement Committee.