Mohave County Democratic Central Committee is currently revising our bylaws. Here are the current bylaws.
Mohave County Democratic Central Committee Bylaws as Amended 10/20/2021
*Currently being updated as of 5/21/2022
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The Mohave County Democratic Central Committee is established under the auspices of applicable Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 16, Chapter 5, Article 2, Sections 821 - 828.
The organization, procedures, powers and conduct of the Committee shall be regulated and governed in order of authority and procedure by: (1) these Bylaws insofar as said Bylaws are not in conflict with the Bylaws of the Arizona State Democratic Committee or the laws of the State of Arizona; and (2) the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE I – MEMBERSHIP
ARTICLE II – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
ARTICLE III – PRECINCT COMMITTEES
Article III, 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. The term of office of a Precinct Committee Person is two years and begins on October 1 after the primary election at which a Precinct Committee Person is elected.
(Reference: Arizona Revised Statute, Title 16, Section 822-F "The term of office of a precinct committeeman is two years and begins on October 1 after the primary election at which the precinct committeeman was an candidate and continues until October 1 after which a precinct committeeman is elected)
Article III, 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 resolve 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 Person.
Article III, Section III. Duties of the Precinct Captain
1. The Precinct Captain shall assign Precinct Committee Persons and Recognized Volunteers within their precincts to effective work during election campaigns and on elections days.
2. They shall recommend qualified Democratic voters from their precincts to be appointed as election workers for Elections Day. These recommendations shall be presented to the MCDCC Chair at least ninety (90) days prior to Election Day.
3. They shall organize registration drives within their precincts.
4. They shall, when resignation of a Precinct Committee Person occurs with their districts, recommend a replacement immediately.
5. That shall cooperate with District Chair at all times.
ARTICLE III, Section IV. Appointment in Lieu of Election
If the precinct committee of any precinct fails to meet within (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 a time as a precinct shall meet and elect a Captain. If the District Chair neglects to make such an appointment within twenty-one (21) days following the Organizational Meeting, the MCDCC Chairs shall make the appointment.
Article III, 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 the Precinct Committee Persons in a attendance may remove the Precinct Captain of that precinct. At the same meeting they may elect a new Precinct Captain.
ARTICLE III, Section VI. Duties of Precinct Committee Person
Precinct Committee Persons shall attend at least (1) MCDCC meeting every three (3) months, either in person or online. If a PC lives thirty (30) miles or more from the meeting locations and cannot connect to the virtual meeting, this rule does not apply.
They shall not support and opposition candidate in the partisan election.
They shall cavass and campaign in their precincts on behold of only Democratic candidates.
They shall assist in turning out a maximum Democratic vote on Election Day.
They shall assist absentee and physically disabled voters to obtain absentee ballots.
They shall assist in registering voters and seeing that new residents of the precincts are registered.
They shall encourage financial support of the MCDCC and the Arizona Democratic Party.
ARTICLE III, Section VII. Recognized Volunteers
When the number of allotted Precinct Committee Person positions in a precinct has been filled, Recognized Volunteers may be appointed by the District Chair and ratified by the majority of the members present at a regular District meeting. Recognized Volunteers shall be encouraged to attend and participate int he respective District meetings and MCDCC meetings but shall have no vote in District elections or official MCDCC business.
ARTICLE III. Section VIII. Removal of Precinct Committee Persons
If a Precinct Committee Person fails without reasonable explanation to fulfill the duties of a Precinct Committee Person as state in Article III, Section 6 for a period of ninety (90) 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. When the Executive Committee initiates the removal of a Precinct Committee Person under the article and section, the District Chair for that precinct shall request the Precinct Committee Person's explanation or rebuttal of the reason 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 appeals removal may petition the MCDCC Chair who shall call for a hearing before the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall as a board of arbiters. The decision of the Executive Committee shall be final.
Article III. Section IX. Precinct Committee Person Vacancies
Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of Precinct Committee Person, and Precinct Committee Person may submit a written nomination to the MCDCC Chair for that office. After ratification by the majority of the membership presents 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.
ARTICLE IV. DISTRICT COMMITTEES
ARTICLE IV. Section 1. 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 IV. Section 2. Officers
In the Kingman district, Lake Havasu City district, the Bullhead City district and the Arizona Strip 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 IV. Section 3. Election of District Officers
Article IV. Section 3-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 IV. Section 3-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 at least twenty-one (21) days before such election.
Article IV. Section 3-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 IV. Section 4. Duties of the District Chair
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.
Shall organize the district in compliance with the Arizona Democratic Party and canvas and campaign for Democratic candidates.
Shall attend all Executive Committee meetings or send the Vice-Chair from the district.
Shall keep a record of the district organization including the names of Precinct Captains, Precinct Committee Persons and Recognized Volunteers.
Shall organize financial support of the MCDCC and the Arizona Democratic Party.
Article IV. Section 5. Removal of a District Chair
Article IV. Section 5-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 IV. Section 5-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 IV. Section 6. 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 IV. Section 7. 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.
~ARTICLE V – STANDING COMMITTEES
ARTICLE V. Standing Committees
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