2018 Caucus & Convention Cycle

Joint LD Caucus & County Conventions

Hello fellow chairs,

As you plan for your joint County Convention and Legislative District Caucuses, it is important to understand why we have these meetings. While all democrats are welcome to participate in their county organizations, many of our constituents do not have the circumstances or ability to engage with the Democratic Party as members. To best serve the voters, it is important for our party to be responsive to the changing needs and desires of the public and align our priorities and our candidates with those needs. County conventions are convened every two years to review and revise our county platforms and give an opportunity for all democrats, regardless of their participation in the party, to have a voice in the creation and adoption of our county platforms. Legislative District Caucuses are convened to elect representatives from each legislative district to participate in the State Convention held on June 16 and to nominate candidates for partisan office (as required).

A key component of our planning is prioritizing outreach to all voters and especially to groups that have been marginalized historically so that we can best represent and protect these groups interests. Your success in doing so will depend on how well you engage with these groups not only during the convention, but leading up to it. Here you will find a variety of information and tools to make your efforts successful. If you have any questions or notice anything missing, click the Email Us button below and we'll be happy to help!

Micah Rowland
Chair - WSDCO (acting)

Important Dates

  • LD Chair
    • Opt-out deadline for joint meetings
      • Section V.B pp. 2
  • County Central Committee or Exec Board
    • Select Platform Committee Chair
      • Section VI.D
  •  County Chair
    • Opt-In deadline for joint LD caucuses
      • Section V.B pp.4
  • County Central Committee
    • Elect delegates to the state convention standing committees
      • Section VII.E.5
  • Legislative District Membership
    • Elect delegates to the state convention standing committees
      • Section VII.E.5
  •  All Organizations
    • Begin Affirmative Action Publicity Campaign
      • Section VII.B.2
  • All Organizations
    • Start voter registration drives targeting voters turning 18 on or before general election Nov 2018
      • Section VII.C.7
  • County Central committee or Exec Board
    • Select Credentials Committee Members
      • Section VI.C
    • Select Platform Committee Members
      • Section VI.D
    • Select Rules Committee Members
      • Section VI.E
  • Legislative District Membership or Exec Board
    • Select Credentials Committee Members
      • Section V.D
    • Select Rules Committee Members
      • Section V.E
  • County Chair
    • Send County Convention Call
  • Legislative District Chair
    • Send Legislative District Sub-Caucus Call
  • All Organizations
    • Deadline to receive disability accommodation requests
      • Section III.D
  • County Organization
    • Hold Public Informational Meeting

Joint meeting begins at 10:00am

  • Legislative District Chair
    • Send elected delegate and alternates list to State Chair
      • Section V.F

Why Hold Joint Meetings?

In our state, many of our legislative districts span vast geographic distances and contain within them multiple counties. These large distances make it very difficult to conduct separate legislative district caucuses. To help accommodate these organizations, the majority of our counties will conduct legislative district sub-caucuses for the districts their county overlaps. Due to the need to elect delegates to the state convention from these sub-caucuses on the same day as the other legislative districts, the majority of county conventions will be held on March 24.

These joint conventions/caucuses will consist of both the adoption of a county platform and the election of delegates to the state convention for each of the legislative districts the county overlaps. This will require two alterations to the planning and execution of these meetings. First, when attendees sign in and are credentialed, the county organization will need to identify their legislative district and assign them to that sub-caucus. This can be as simple as giving them a different color name badge. Second, either before or after the adoption of the county platform is conducted, each sub-caucus will need to elect their delegates to the state convention and make any required nominations for partisan political office. This can be accomplished by either dividing the attendees in separate areas/rooms and conducting these votes simultaneously or by conducting each legislative district sequentially.

Standing Committees

To help plan and execute your county convention, these three committees must be established. If you have an Affirmative Action committee in your county already, you will need to place at least one member of that committee on the credentials and rules committee. The chair of your Platform committee should be selected by February 21st. Selection of the remaining chairs and members of these committees should be completed no later than March 23rd. All committee members and chairs are to be selected by a vote of either your central committee or your executive board. Please refer to Section VI of the Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan for the official rules.

Credentials

The Credentials Committee is responsible for planning and overseeing the credentialing process.

Members of this committee should be selected with the following recommended qualifications in mind:

  • Demonstrated commitment to accuracy, inclusivity, and transparency
  • Ability to create digital and physical systems that work for local parties with diverse needs and memberships and ability to work under pressure and tight time constraints
  • Prior credentials committee experience, at the local or state level and a working knowledge of credentialing process

Platform

The Platform Committee is responsible for considering and reviewing resolutions and drafting a proposed platform.

Members of this committee should be selected with the following recommended qualifications in mind:

  • Working knowledge of the existing party platform
  • Working knowledge of the current resolutions process
  • Experience drafting successfully passed clear and concise resolutions at the local or state level
  • Possess prior platform committee experience, at the local or state level

Rules

The Credentials Committee is responsible for planning and overseeing the credentialing process. This includes the verification of county residency of your attendees as well as the actual sign in process.

Members of this committee should be selected with the following recommended qualifications in mind:

  • Demonstrated parliamentary experience
  • Working knowledge and understanding of State Charter, By-Laws and DSAAP Rules
  • Prior rules committee experience, at local or state level
  • Working knowledge of credentialing process

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