Mohave County Democratic Central Committee is currently revising our bylaws. Here are the current bylaws.
The MCDCC represents the Arizona Democratic Party in Mohave County. We, as representatives of the Mohave County Democratic Central Committee, State of Arizona, recognize this document as the official amended Bylaws which are to be binding upon the Mohave County Democratic Central Committee, the subdivisions of the county known as Districts, and all Democratic Precinct Committee Persons in Mohave County.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE I – MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE II – PRECINCT COMMITTEES
ARTICLE II, PRECINCT COMMITTEES
Article II, Section I. Membership
MCDCC Precinct Committees shall be composed of Precinct Committee Persons, elected or appointed from their election precincts of Mohave County. Each election precinct is eligible for at least one (1) Precinct Committee Person. The number of Precinct Committee Person allotments is determined by the County Elections Department proportionate to the voter registration of that precinct.
Article II, Section II. Precinct Captain
The Precinct Captain shall be elected from the Precinct Committee Persons of each precinct. Election shall be held within fourteen (14) days following the MCDCC Organizational meeting or when a vacancy occurs. Election ties or disputes shall be resolved by the respective District Chairs. If a precinct has only one elected or appointed Precinct Committee Person, that Precinct Committee Person shall be designated by the MCDCC Chair as the Precinct Captain.
Article II, Section III. Duties of the Precinct Captains
1. Shall assign Precinct Committee Persons and Recognized Volunteers within their precincts to effective work during election campaigns and on election days.
2. Shall recommend qualified Democratic voters from their precincts to be appointed as election workers for Election Day. These recommendations shall be presented to the MCDCC Chair at least ninety (90) days prior to Election Day.
3. Shall organize registration drives within their precincts.
4. Shall, when a resignation of a Precinct Committee Person occurs within their districts, recommend a replacement immediately.
5. Shall cooperate with the District Chair at all times.
ARTICLE II, Section IV. Appointment in Lieu of Election
If the precinct committee of any precinct fails to meet within fourteen (14) days following the Organizational Meeting to elect a captain, a Precinct Captain may be temporarily appointed by the District Chair to serve until such time as a precinct shall meet and elect a Captain. If the District Chair neglects to make such appointment within twenty-one (21) days following the Organizational Meeting, the MCDCC Chair shall make the appointment.
ARTICLE II, Section V. Removal of Precinct Captains
A majority of the Precinct Committee Persons within a precinct must petition the District Chair to call a special meeting of that precinct for the removal of the Captain of that precinct. At such meeting, a majority of Precinct Committee Persons in attendance may remove the Precinct Captain of that precinct. At the same meeting they may elect a new Precinct Captain.
ARTICLE II, Section VI. Duties of Precinct Committee Persons
1. Shall attend at least one (1) MCDCC meeting every (three 3) months. When a Precinct Committee Person lives thirty (30) miles or more from the nearest District meeting place this rule does not apply.
2. Shall not support an opposition candidate in a partisan election.
3. Shall canvass and campaign in their precincts on behalf of only Democratic candidates.
4. Shall assist in turning out a maximum Democratic vote on Election Day.
5. Shall assist absentee and physically disabled voters to obtain absentee ballots.
6. Shall assist in registering voters and seeing that new residents of the precinct are registered.
7. Shall encourage financial support of the MCDCC and the Arizona Democratic Party.
ARTICLE II, Section VII. Recognized Volunteers
When the number of allotted Precinct Committee Persons positions in a precinct has been filled, Recognized Volunteers may be appointed by the District Chair and ratified by the majority of members present at a regular District meeting. Recognized Volunteers shall be encouraged to attend and participate in their respective District meetings and MCDCC meetings but shall have no vote in District elections or official MCDCC business.
ARTICLE II, Section VIII. Removal of a Precinct Committee Person
*Article II, Section VIII-A
If a Precinct Committee Person fails without reasonable explanation to fulfill the duties of a Precinct Committee Person as stated in Article II, Section VI for a period of ninety consecutive days; the Executive Committee may request that the Board of Supervisors declare that Precinct Committee Person's position vacant. The MCDCC Chair shall notify the Precinct Committee Person of the Executive Committee's action. *(Reference: Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 38, Section 291, Paragraph 7)
Article II, Section VIII-B.
When the Executive Committee initiates the removal of a Precinct Committee Person under Article II, Section VIII-A; the District Chair for that precinct shall request the Precinct Committee Person's explanation or rebuttal of the reasons that brought about the committee's action. If the District Chair is satisfied with the Precinct Committee Person's response, the action shall be terminated and the MCDCC Chair shall be notified. A Precinct Committee Person wishing to appeal removal may petition the MCDCC Chair who shall call for a hearing before the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall act as a board of arbiters. The decision of the Executive Committee shall be final.
ARTICLE II, Section IX. Precinct Committee Person Vacancies
Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of Precinct Committee Person, any Precinct Committee Person may submit a written nomination to the MCDCC Chair for that office. After ratification by the majority of the membership present at a regular MCDCC meeting subject to the presence of a quorum, the name will be submitted by the MCDCC Chair to the Board of Supervisors for their approval. No vacancy shall be filled during the period between the Primary Election and the MCDCC Organizational Meeting.
End of Article II, Precinct Committees
ARTICLE III – DISTRICT COMMITTEES
ARTICLE III, DISTRICT COMMITTEES
Article III, Section I. Membership
The list of precincts which constitute each district and the number of districts, shall be determined by the incumbent MCDCC Chair. The Precinct Committee Persons, both elected and appointed within each district, shall constitute the District Committee.
Article III, Section II. Officers
In the Kingman district, Lake Havasu City district, and the River Area district, each shall elect a District Chair and a Vice-Chair. The terms of office for District officers shall be concurrent with the MCDCC officers.
Article III, Section III. Election of District Officers
Article III, Section III-A.
After certification of the primary election by the Board of Supervisors the newly elected Precinct Committee Persons of each district shall hold a District Organizational meeting no later than twenty-one (21) days prior to the MCDCC Organizational Meeting for the purpose of electing a District Chair and a Vice-Chair. Nominees shall be selected from newly elected Precinct Committee Persons.
Article III, Section III-B.
The incumbent District Chair of each district shall designate a time and place for the meeting provided for in the foregoing paragraph and shall notify the incumbent MCDCC Chair and the newly elected Precinct Committee Persons of said time and place.
Article III, Section III-C.
In the event that a District Chair fails to comply with the preceding paragraph the MCDCC Chair shall designate a time and place for the meeting of the district and shall notify the Precinct Committee Persons as provided for above.
ARTICLE III, Section IV. Duties of the District Chair
1. Shall call district meetings when necessary and notify all current Precinct Committee Persons of the time and place of each district meeting provided for in this section.
2. Shall organize the district in compliance with the Arizona Democratic Party and canvas and campaign for Democratic candidates.
3. Shall attend all Executive Committee meetings or send the Vice-Chair from the district.
4. Shall keep a record of the district organization including the names of Precinct Captains, Precinct Committee Persons and Recognized Volunteers.
5. Shall assist in the organization, maintenance and support of Democratic Clubs.
6. Shall organize and promote registration drives within the district.
7. Shall encourage financial support of the MCDCC and the Arizona Democratic Party.
ARTICLE III, Section V. Removal of a District Chair
Article III, Section V-A.
If the District Chair fails to attend at least one Executive Committee meeting every three (3) months, the office of District Chair shall be deemed to be vacant.
Article III, Section V-B.
When a vacancy occurs in the office of the District Chair the MCDCC Chair shall call a meeting of all Precinct Committee Persons of the vacated district for the purpose of electing a new District Chair. The MCDCC Chair shall notify each Precinct Committee Person of the vacated district at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the meeting. The MCDCC Chair shall conduct this election for District Chair.
ARTICLE III, Section VI. District Vice-Chair Vacancy
A District Vice-Chair who resigns or has been removed from the office of Precinct Committee Person, may be replaced at a regular District Meeting by a majority vote of those present. The MCDCC Chair shall be notified at least twenty-one (21) days before such election and shall be notified of the results within fourteen (14) days following the election.
ARTICLE III, Section VII. District Proposals
Any district, by a majority vote of the Precinct Committee Persons of the District, may present to the Executive Committee for its consideration any matter within the scope of these bylaws to consider and determine the matter thus presented from the district.
End of Article III - District Committees
ARTICLE IV – MCDCC MEETINGS -
Organizational and Other
Organizational and Other
ARTICLE IV, MCDCC MEETINGS - ORGANIZATIONAL AND OTHER
ARTICLE IV, Section I. Organizational Meeting
The MCDCC Organizational Meeting shall convene as provided for in State Law, and shall conduct such business, as may properly come before it including election of officers. This meeting shall be held at a time and place to be designated by the incumbent MCDCC Chair. The MCDCC Secretary shall notify all Precinct Committee Persons elected in the Primary Election of the time and place of such meeting not less than twenty-one (21) days prior to the meeting.
(Reference: Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 16,Section 821-828)
ARTICLE IV, Section II. Other Meetings
Article IV, Section II-A
The MCDCC shall have regular meetings according to a schedule approved by the MCDCC at the first January meeting following the Organizational Meeting. Any changes to the schedule shall be approved at a prior meeting by the MCDCC. The MCDCC Secretary shall notify all PCs of approved changes.
Article IV, Section II-B
The MCDCC Chair may call special meetings of the MCDCC from time to time and fix the time and place of said meetings. The MCDCC Secretary shall notify all Precinct Committee Persons of special meetings seven (7) days prior to the meeting.
ARTICLE IV, Section III. Quorum and Proxies
The quorum at all MCDCC meetings is to be at least five (5) members of the Executive Committee currently serving plus a total of six (6) active Precinct Committee Persons of Mohave County. Proxies are not to be used.
End of Article IV - MCDCC Meetings - Organizational and Other
ARTICLE V – VOTING PROCEDURES
ARTICLE V, Voting Procedures
ARTICLE V, Section I. Nominations and Election of Officers
At the Organizational Meeting any newly elected Precinct Committee Person may be eligible for any elective office. At any other MCDCC or District Meeting any duly elected or duly appointed Precinct Committee Person may be eligible for any elective office. All nominations shall be made from the floor of the meeting. No person shall be submitted as a candidate without the consent of such person having first been obtained. If only one candidate runs for office the voting shall take place during the nomination meeting. Any office with two (2) or more candidates shall be determined by Vote by Mail balloting. (see Article V, Section II)
ARTICLE V, Section II. Vote by Mail
When a Vote by Mail election is required the incumbent Chair shall appoint an ad hoc committee to ensure the integrity of the election. This committee shall establish procedures for the dissemination, collection and counting of Vote by Mail ballots. Three (3) envelopes shall be used for Vote by Mail: the mailing envelope with a ballot envelope and a stamped return envelope. Ballots must be logged in when received and placed in a locked ballot box. The ballot count is to be taken at the second meeting after the ballot mailing, but not at the Organizational Meeting. Write-in candidates on vote-by-mail ballots will not be counted.
End of Article V - Voting Procedures
ARTICLE VI – FINANCES
ARTICLE VI, FINANCES
ARTICLE VI, Section I. Monies
All monies of the MCDCC shall be deposited in one or more bank accounts designated by the MCDCC Treasurer with approval of the Executive Committee. However, the MCDCC Treasurer may establish and maintain a petty cash fund of an amount not to exceed $100.00.
End of Article VI - Finances
ARTICLE VII –APPOINTMENT TO ELECTION BOARDS
ARTICLE VII, APPOINTMENTS TO ELECTION BOARDS
Recommendations of qualified Democratic voters for positions as election workers or members of election boards to which representatives of the Democratic Party are entitled shall be made by the Precinct Captains to the MCDCC Chair not less than ninety (90) days before the date of an election. No Precinct Committee Person shall be appointed as an election worker in a partisan election unless no other worker can be found.
(Reference: Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 16, Section 531)
End of Article VII - Appointmens to Election Boards
ARTICLE VIII – NULL
ARTICLE IX –STATE COMMITTEE
End of Article IX - State Committee
ARTICLE X – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
ARTICLE X Parliamentary Authority
The Parliamentary Authority is to be the most recent revision of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised.
End of Article X, Parliamentary Authority
ARTICLE XI –AMENDMENTS
ARTICLE XI, AMENDMENTS
Any proposed changes to these bylaws shall be presented to the membership at a regular meeting of the MCDCC. After discussion, the MCDCC Chair may entertain a motion to appoint an ad hoc committee to consider the proposed amendments and make recommendations to the Executive Committee. The final proposal of the ad hoc committee shall be sent by mail or hand delivery to all members of the MCDCC at least 21 days prior to the MCDCC meeting at which the amendments are to be presented for first discussion. No action shall be taken at this meeting on the proposed amendment. The second reading shall be at the next regular meeting. Additional readings, if necessary, shall be at successive regular meetings. A vote shall be made by Vote by Mail ( see Article V, Section II). The ballots must be returned by mail before the second regular meeting after the ballot mailing. The ballots returned by mail must favor the proposal to make the proposed changes effective. These bylaws may not be amended in any way to make them contrary to the Arizona Democratic Party Bylaws and/or Arizona Revised Statutes.
End of Article XI Amendments