RULES of the Democratic Party of Denver, Adopted January 28, 2012

Author: 
Julie Kronenberger, County Secretary
Publisher: 
Democratic Party of Denver

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RULES OF THE
Democratic Party of Denver
As amended by unanimous approval at the January 28, 2012
Post Reapportionment Reorganizational Meeting of the Denver Democratic Central Committee
 
NOTE:  As used in these rules CRS refers to Colorado Revised Statutes; CDP refers to Colorado Democratic Party; and DPoD refers to Democratic Party of Denver.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
PREAMBLE
ARTICLE I, CENTRAL COMMITTEE
A. Membership
B. Responsibilities
C. Biennial Organizational Meeting
D. Proxies
E.  Quorum
F.  State Central Committee Apportionment
G. Vacancies
ARTICLE II, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A. Membership
B. Quorum
C. Duties and Powers
D. Officers
1. Duties of the Chair
2. Duties of the Vice Chair
3. Duties of the Secretary
4. Duties of the Treasurer
E.  Subdistrict Officers
1. . Captains and Co-Captains
2. . Finance Chairs
3. . Captains-at-Large
F.   Absence from Executive Committee Meetings
G. Vacancies in the Office of Captain and Co-Captain
H. Removal of Captains, Co-Captains, and Finance Chairs
I.    Standing Committees of the Party
J.    Procedure to divide a district into subdistricts
K. Procedure to redistribute subdistrict's assets when newly aligned subdistricts are formed
ARTICLE III - BUDGET AND FINANCE
ARTICLE IV - PRECINCT CAUCUSES
ARTICLE V - DUTIES OF PRECINCT COMMITTEE PEOPLE
ARTICLE VI - DELEGATE SELECTION AT  PRECINCT CAUCUSES, ASSEMBLIES AND CONVENTIONS
ARTICLE VII - ITEMS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE
A. Affirmative Action
B. Accessibility
C. Open Meetings
D. Division of Districts
E. Additional Duties and Responsibilities of Party Officers
F. The distribution of money donated at the precinct caucus
G. Robert's Rules to Govern
H. Severability
I.  Amending the Rules
J.  Format and Layout of the Rules
K. A Vacancy Committee for a District Entirely Within Denver
ARTICLE VIII - STANDING RULES
A. Period of Validity
B. Biennial Approval
C. Amending
D. Precedence of Rules
E.   Current Rules
APPENDICES TO RULES
Rules for Precinct Caucus (Presidential Election Years, updated 2012)
STEP-by-STEP Caucus Agenda (2012)
Rules for Precinct Caucus (Non-Presidential Election Years, updated 2010)
STEP-by-STEP Caucus Agenda (2010)
 
PREAMBLE
The name of this organization shall be the Democratic Party of the City and County of Denver, hereafter called the “Party.” The purpose of the Party shall be to elect Democrats to public office, facilitate elections, support the Democratic Party of the United States and the Democratic Party of the State of Colorado, take positions for the good and welfare of the citizens of Denver, and provide a forum for issues affecting Denver. Members of the Party shall be all voters properly registered with the Denver Election Commission as Democrats.
 
ARTICLE I
CENTRAL
COMMITTEE
The Denver County Democratic Central Committee shall be the governing body of the Party, and shall be vested with all of the power and authority of the Party, except that vested in the Denver County Democratic Assembly. These powers shall include the power to elect officers, adopt and amend Party rules, and pass resolutions endorsing positions on specific issues.
 
A. Membership: The Central Committee shall consist of the following:
1.   Two committee people duly authorized from each precinct in Denver (precinct committee persons);
2.   The elected officers of the Denver County Central Committee: County Chair (hereafter referred to as Chair), County Vice-Chair, County Secretary and County Treasurer; Captains, Co-Captains, and Finance Chairs from each subdistrict in Denver, Captains-at-Large, the Assistant Secretary and the Assistant Treasurer;
3.   The State Senate and State House Central Committee District officers (Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary);
4.   The following elected officials of the City and County of Denver who are members of the Party: the Mayor, the Auditor, the members of City Council, the members of School Board District No. 1 and the County Clerk and Recorder;
5.   The following elected officials of Special Districts or Commissions who are members of the Party and who live in the City and County of Denver: The District Attorney for the Second Judicial District, members of the Regional Transportation District, Congressional District 1 member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, Congressional District 1 member of the State Board of Education and members of the Colorado General Assembly;
6.   The following state-wide elected officials who are members of the Party and who live in the City and County of Denver: The Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, and the State Treasurer, At-Large members of the Board of Regents and At-Large members of the State Board of Education;
7.   The following elected officials who are members of the Party and who also live in the City and County of Denver: the U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators;
8.   The President and Vice-President of the United States when they are members of the Party and live in the City and County of Denver;
9.   The officers of the Colorado Democratic Party when they reside in the City and County of Denver;
10. The officers of the Democratic National Committee when they reside in the City and County of Denver.
B. Responsibilities: Members of the Central Committee shall attend all meetings of the Central Committee and support all nominees of the Democratic Party.
C. Biennial Organizational Meeting:
1.   The meeting. The Denver County Central Committee shall meet at the call of the Chair between the 1st day of February and the 15th day of February in odd-numbered years (CRS 1-3-103). The incumbent Chair shall call the meeting to order and preside until a new chair shall have been elected. At the meeting, there shall be elected a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. (CRS 1-3-103-3 (1) (c) and CDP II. IV. D). Other business appropriate and proper to the Central Committee may be conducted. In addition, there will be held a number of ancillary elections.
2.   Notice. The Chair shall give at least 10 calendar days’ notice, either by regular mail or by email, of the time and place of this meeting to all persons entitled to be present. The notice shall contain the names of all candidates who have submitted written notice of candidacy 21 days prior to the meeting. Those candidates may provide at their expense a statement of their candidacy to accompany the Notice.
3.   Ballots. The Party shall provide printed ballots for the election of each Central Committee officer. The ballot shall include a blank space for “Other.” The printed ballot shall contain the names of all candidates who submit written notice to the County Chair, at least seven (7) days prior to the Central Committee meeting. The order of the names on the ballot shall be determined by lot, except that “other" shall be placed last.
4.   Nominations. Party members may be nominated to any Central Committee office from the floor by any Central Committee member.
5.   Candidate Presentations. Each candidate for a Central Committee office shall be granted equal time to address the Central Committee.
6.   Election.
(a)  To be elected, a candidate for Central Committee office must receive a majority of the total votes cast by the Central Committee for that office.
(b)  If more than three (3) candidates are nominated and no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast on the first ballot, the three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall remain on the next ballot.
(c)  Thereafter, the candidate with the fewest number of votes shall be eliminated on each successive ballot until one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.
7.   Counting of Votes. In balloting, each subdistrict shall be a reporting unit. If there is no Executive Committee member in a subdistrict, the Chair shall designate a person to count and report. Each subdistrict shall turn in its ballots and tally sheets to a tabulator, appointed by the Chair, who shall count the ballots and verify the number of votes cast as shown on the tally sheet. If the numbers do not agree, the ballots shall be recounted immediately. If the numbers agree, the ballots shall be placed in a box by subdistrict and the subdistrict shall be given a receipt for the ballots.  Failure to produce a subdistrict's ballots upon demand shall invalidate a subdistrict's votes for any recount
8.   Recounting of Votes. In the event that the final vote differential for any Central Committee office is less than three per cent (3%), there shall be an immediate recount of the ballots cast for that office.
(a) The Chair shall appoint the tabulators for the recount. Each candidate subject to a recount shall be allowed one observer during the recount of votes.
(b) If the vote on the recount is the same as the original vote for that office, the election shall be declared valid.
(c) If the vote on the recount is not the same as the original vote for that office, the votes cast shall be recounted until such time as any two tallies agree.
(d) After the votes have been recounted, the Chair shall announce the results to the Central Committee.
9.   Challenge to Election. Any Central Committee member may challenge the results of an election by sending written notice, including a statement of the grounds for the challenge, to the Chair within ten (10) calendar days of the election.
(a) The Rules Committee serving at the time of the election shall serve as a grievance committee for the purpose of hearing any challenge.
(b) The following shall be grounds for a challenge:
(1) illegal votes have been received or legal votes rejected;
(2) an error in the original count; or
(3) any other cause determined to be valid by the Rules Committee.
(c) Decision of the Rules committee
(1) The decision of the Rules committee on the validity of a challenge shall be binding upon the election.
(2) If the Rules Committee determines there is cause for challenge, it may call a new election for the office that was challenged, disqualify a candidate for cause, or take other appropriate action.
 10. Ancillary Elections.
(a) Each subdistrict shall elect a Captain and a Co-Captain.
(b) The Captain and the Co-Captain shall appoint a Finance Chair.
(c) Each subdistrict shall elect a member to the County Rules committee, the County Permanent Organization committee, and the County Credentials committee.
(d) Each subdistrict shall elect members and alternates to the State Central committee.
(e) Each State Representative and State Senatorial Central District, located entirely within Denver County, shall elect a Chair, a Vice-Chair and a Secretary. (CRS 1-3-103(5)(b) and CRS 1-3-103(6)(b))
(1) The Central Committees of both districts shall be composed of its officers, the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary of Denver County Central Committee, the Precinct Committee People and the members of the Colorado General Assembly, all of whom live in the district. (CRS 1-3-103(5)(b) and CRS 1-3-103(6)(a))
(f) Each State Representative and State Senatorial Central District, composed partially of part of Denver County and partially of another county, will elect a Chair, a Vice-Chair and a Secretary, in conjunction with the membership of the other county. (CRS 1-3-103(5)(a) and CRS 1-3-103(6)(a))
(1) The Central Committees of both districts shall be composed of its officers, the Chairs, Vice Chairs and Secretaries of each county’s Central Committee within the district and the Democratic members of the Colorado General Assembly, all of whom reside in the district (CRS 1-3-105 (5) (a) and CRS 1-3-103(6)(a)).
(2) If any of the county officers do not reside in the district, replacements shall be provided who do reside in the district (CRS 1-3-105 (5) (a) and CRS 1-3-103(6)(a)). The affected officer shall be responsible for choosing his/her substitute.
(3)  The Central Committees of both districts shall elect additional members who live in the district at their organizational meeting.
i. In the State Senate Central Committee, one additional member shall be elected for each 4,000 votes or major fraction thereof cast for the Democratic candidate in the last general election where an election was held for the district. (CDP PART TWO. VI. B. 1).
ii. In the State Representative Central Committee, one additional member shall be elected for each 2,000 votes or major fraction thereof cast for the Democratic candidate in the last general election where an election was held for the district. . (CDP PART TWO. VI. C. 1).
(g) Each State Representative and State Senatorial Central District shall designate a vacancy committee whose responsibility it is to fill vacancies for candidates for State Representative or State Senator.
(h) The 2nd Judicial District Central Committee will be composed of the elected District Attorney of the district, the Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary of Denver Democratic Central Committee, and the Precinct Committee Persons, all of whom reside in the district (CRS 1-3-104 (4) (d)).
(1) The District shall designate a vacancy committee whose responsibility it is to fill vacancies for candidates for District Attorney.
11. Procedures. Officers of the Central Committee shall assure and provide for access to the floor to allow for discussion.
D. Proxies: Members of the Central Committee, as defined in DPoD Rule I. A. 1, 2 & 3 only, may deputize, by signed authorization (proxy), an agent, who is a Party member residing in the same subdistrict, if the Central Committee member is unable to attend all or any part of a meeting.
1.   The agent shall register the proxy during registration.
2.   The proxy may include full or partial instructions to the agent. To the extent instructions do not pertain to a given vote, the proxy shall be considered uninstructed.
3.   No person shall exercise more than one proxy.
4.   The signed proxy must be assigned by the absent member to the agent by name and may not be reassigned. If the agent leaves, the proxy will not be counted.
5.  A proxy identifying an agent, transmitted by email to the County Secretary or the chair of the credentials committee and received at least two hours before the start of the Central Committee meeting, shall be considered a signed proxy if it is transmitted from an email address on record with the Secretary as belonging to the member. The proxy shall take effect when the agent registers the proxy.
6.   Any proxy which does not comply with these Rules shall not be valid.
E.   Quorum: A quorum shall consist of forty percent (40%) of the membership as defined in DPoD Rule I. A. 1, 2, & 3 for all meetings of the County Central Committee. For the purpose of a quorum, proxies shall be counted.
1.   Should a quorum cease to exist at any time during a meeting, the remaining members of the Central Committee shall act as a committee of the whole and present their recommendations for ratification to the next Central Committee meeting.
2.   In the case of a call for a quorum, the Chair shall rule on the presence of a quorum. If there is a challenge to the ruling of the Chair, the roll of the Central Committee shall be called with the subdistricts acting as reporting units.
F. State Central Committee Apportionment:
1.   If the number of bonus delegates is greater than the number of subdistricts
(a) One bonus delegate and alternate shall be elected by each subdistrict.
(b) Additional delegates and alternates shall be apportioned among the subdistricts by lot.
(c) The term of office shall begin on the date of election and continue until the next reorganizational meeting
(d) A vacancy on the State Central Committee shall be filled by an alternate from the same subdistrict.  If there are multiple alternates, then the alternate shall be chosen by lot.  If there is no alternate from the same subdistrict, the delegate shall be elected at a regularly scheduled house subdistrict meeting of the district where the vacancy occurs. The new bonus delegate must reside within the Denver County boundaries of the house subdistrict.
2.   If the number of bonus delegates is equal to the number of subdistricts, the delegates and alternates shall be elected according to the following procedure:
(a) One bonus delegate and alternate shall be elected by each subdistrict.
(b) The term of office shall begin on the date of election and continue until the next reorganizational meeting
(c) A vacancy on the State Central Committee shall be filled by an alternate from the same subdistrict. If there is no alternate from the same subdistrict, the delegate shall be elected at a regularly scheduled house subdistrict meeting of the district where the vacancy occurs. The new delegate must reside within the Denver County boundaries of the house subdistrict.
3.   If the number of bonus delegates is greater than the number of districts but less than the number of subdistricts
(a) One bonus delegate and alternate shall be elected by each district.
(b) Additional delegates and alternates shall be apportioned among the districts by lot.
(c) The additional delegate/alternate shall not reside in the same subdistrict as the other delegate/alternate.
(d) The term of office shall begin on the date of election and continue until the next reorganizational meeting
(e) A vacancy on the State Central Committee shall be filled by an alternate from the same district.  If there are multiple alternates, then the alternate will be chosen by lot.  If there is no alternate from the same district, the delegate shall be elected at a regularly scheduled house district meeting of the district where the vacancy occurs. The new delegate must reside within the Denver County boundaries of the house district.
4.   If the number of bonus delegates in equal to the number of districts
(a) One bonus delegate and alternate shall be elected by each district.
(b) The term of office shall begin on the date of election and continue until the next reorganizational meeting
(c) A vacancy on the State Central Committee shall be filled by an alternate from the same district. If there is no alternate from the same district, the delegate shall be elected at a regularly scheduled house district meeting of the district where the vacancy occurs. The new bonus delegate must reside within the Denver County boundaries of the house district.
5.   If the number of bonus delegates is less than the number of districts
(a) Delegates and alternates shall be apportioned among the districts by lot.
(b) The term of office shall begin on the date of election and continue until the next reorganizational meeting
(c) A vacancy on the State Central Committee shall be filled by an alternate from the same district. If there is no alternate from the same district, the delegate shall be elected at a regularly scheduled house district meeting of the district where the vacancy occurs. The new delegate must reside within the Denver County boundaries of the house district.
G. Vacancies:
1.   A vacancy of a Central Committee office shall occur upon any of the following:
(a)  death,
(b)  resignation,
(c)  removal,
(d) change of registration to outside the political jurisdiction represented, or
(e)  change of party affiliation.
2.  For the purposes of CRS § 1-3-103(1)(a), the Denver County Central Committee Vacancy Committee for filling vacancies in the position of Precinct Committee Person shall be the Chair, with the advice of the Captain and Co-Captain of the appropriate subdistrict.
3.   No person appointed to fill a vacancy in the office of Precinct Committee Person shall be entitled to vote at a Central Committee or vacancy committee meeting called within twenty-one (21) days of the date of the appointment.
4.   In the event of a vacancy in the office of Chair, the Vice-Chair shall succeed to the office of Chair. If, for any reason, the Vice-Chair is unable to succeed to the office of Chair, the Secretary shall succeed to the office of Chair and, if, for any reason, the Secretary is unable to succeed to the office of Chair, then the Treasurer shall succeed to such office. The succession shall be effective upon the date the vacancy in the Chair occurs.
5.   In the event of a vacancy in the office of Vice-Chair, Secretary, or Treasurer the Executive Committee shall elect a successor to serve until the next meeting of the Central Committee.
6.   Vacancies in the offices of the State Representative and State Senate Central Committee District wholly within Denver shall be filled by the Chair until the next meeting of the respective Central Committees.
 
ARTICLE II
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
A.  Membership: The Executive Committee shall consist of the following:
1.   Officers of the Central Committee elected at the biennial organization meeting,
2.   Subdistrict officers,
3.   Captains-at-Large, and
4.   The Assistant Secretary and the Assistant Treasurer of the Central Committee
5.   Rules committee chair, if not otherwise a member of the Executive Committee (DPoD Rule II.I.1(a)(2)),
6.   Diversity committee chair (DPoD Rule II.I.3).
B. Quorum:  A quorum shall consist of 40% of the membership as defined in these rules (DPoD.II.A) for all meetings of the Executive Committee.
1.  For the business of the Executive Committee, only those physically present are counted for the purposes of a quorum.
2.  Should a quorum cease to exist at any time during a meeting, the remaining members of the Executive Committee shall act as a committee of the whole and present their recommendations for ratification to the next Executive Committee meeting.
3.  In the case of a call for a quorum, the Chair shall rule on the presence of a quorum.  If there is a challenge to the ruling of the Chair, the roll of the Executive Committee shall be called.
C. Duties and Powers:
1.  The Executive Committee shall assist the Chair in the control and management of political campaigns of the Party. The Executive Committee members shall organize the Party in their respective districts. They shall act as advisors in all Party matters.
2.  The Executive Committee may adopt a resolution by a vote of two thirds (2/3) of the members present at a meeting when notice of the consideration of the Resolution has been mailed or emailed to all members of the Executive Committee at least ten days prior to the meeting at which it will be considered. If notice of any resolution has not been mailed or emailed to the Executive Committee at least ten days prior to a meeting, the Resolution may only be adopted by a vote of one half (1/2) of the entire membership of the Executive Committee.
3.  The Executive Committee may suspend these Rules for a specific purpose by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members in attendance.
D. Officers:
1.   Duties of the Chair:
(a) serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Party,
(b) preside at all meetings of the Central and Executive Committees,
(c) serve as an ex-officio member of all committees,
(d) speak for the Party,
(3) direct the Party’s organization and activities,
(f)  carry out the mandates of the Central and Executive Committees,
(g) with the approval of the Executive Committee, appoint an Director of Operations and such additional staff as deemed appropriate and for which there is budget approval,
(h) name persons to Party committees and subcommittees as provided for in these by-laws,
(i)  with the approval of the Executive Committee, appoint taskforces needed to execute the Party’s charge,
(j)  be the only person empowered to incur liabilities binding on the Party, except as otherwise provided for in these by-laws,
(k) suspend Officers, Captains, Co-Captains, Finance Chairs and Precinct Committee People from their duties for cause specified for one 30 day period, and one additional 30 day period if necessary, pending their removal as provided elsewhere in these Rules, 
(l)   be entitled to vote only to break a tie vote, and
(m) otherwise discharge the duties incumbent upon the office and provided in the Rules and Regulations of the Colorado Democratic Party.
2.   Duties of the Vice Chair:
(a) assist the Chair in all duties,
(b) preside at any meeting of the Central  and Executive Committees in the absence of the Chair, and
(c) perform other duties as requested by the Chair.
3.   Duties of the Secretary:
(a) be responsible for collecting the minutes of all Central Committee and Executive Committee meetings, and
(b) collect minutes for each sub-committee meeting, and
(c) be responsible for coordinating all volunteer work and distribution of all party communications, and
(d) have the authority, with the approval of the Chair, to appoint the Assistant Secretary, and to remove the same. The Assistant Secretary shall assist the Secretary in all designated duties.
4.   Duties of the Treasurer:
(a) be responsible for the custody of all monies belonging to the Party,
(b) be responsible for all the financial records of the Party,
(c) cause a financial statement to be published for every regular Executive Committee meeting,
(d) balance all bank books and maintain an up-to-date reconciliation against monthly bank statements,
(e) pursuant to state and federal laws and reporting requirements, file all Party financial reports of contribution and expenditures of money,
(f) preside over the Party Finance Committee and have a vote thereon,
(g) cause to be prepared and submit an annual financial statement to be distributed to all Central Committee members with notice of the next Central Committee meeting,
(h) distribute to all Central Committee members a proposed budget for the Party which shall include notice of the Executive Committee meeting at which the budget is to be adopted,
(i)   have the authority, with the approval of the Chair, to appoint an Assistant Treasurer,  and to remove same. The Assistant Treasurer shall assist the Treasurer in all designated duties,
(j)   oversee all fiscally related services performed by an individual or firm, paid or volunteer.
(1) Only duties and activities approved by the Executive Committee may be performed by an individual or firm, either paid or volunteer.
(2) Paid or contractual services may be utilized only if provided for in the budget, and
(k)  otherwise discharge the duties incumbent upon the office and provided in the Rules and Regulation of the Colorado Democratic Party.
E.   Subdistrict Officers:
1.   Captains and Co-Captains:
(a) Each subdistrict shall elect a Captain and Co-Captain at the biennial organizational meeting.
(b) The Captain and Co-Captain shall reside in the subdistrict from which they are elected.
(c) Only Precinct Committee People of the subdistrict will be allow to vote for Captain and Co-Captain. (CDP II.IV.G.1(a)).
(d) Duties of Captains:
(1) support the nominees of the Party,
(2) attend all meetings of the Executive and Central Committees and subdistrict meetings,
(3) recruit Party workers in their subdistrict and work with them to find and fill vacancies,
(4) supervise Precinct Committee People within the subdistrict and work with them to find and fill vacancies,
(5) supervise all drives and canvasses required by the Central and Executive Committees,
(6) work with subdistrict Finance Chairs on all fund-raising activities in the subdistrict, and
(7) notify and conduct at least two meetings per year of the subdistrict committee people.
(e) Duties of the Co-Captain:
(1) support the nominees of the Party,
(2) attend all meetings of the Executive, Central Committee and subdistrict,
(3) assist the Captain in the performance of duties, and
(4) in the absence or failure of, or refusal of the Captain to act, perform the duties of the Captain.
2.   Finance Chair
(a) A Finance Chair shall be appointed by the Captain and Co-Captain of each subdistrict. If the position of Finance Chair is vacant for ninety (90) days, the Chair may fill the vacancy.
(b) the Finance Chair shall have a vote on the Executive Committee.
(c) Duties of the Finance Chair:
(1) attend all meetings of the Central, Executive, Finance and subdistrict committees,
(2) keep accurate subdistrict financial records,
(3) file financial reports with the Treasurer and others as may be required by national, state or local law or regulation, and
(4) be responsible for Party fund-raising activities within the subdistrict.
3.   Captains-at-Large
(a) the Chair may appoint up to twelve Captains-at-Large who shall serve at the pleasure of the Chair, and
(b) the Captains-at-Large shall be voting members of the Executive Committee.
F.   Absence from Executive Committee Meetings:
1.   Any Executive Committee member, having been given notice of time, date and place of the Executive Committee meeting, is allowed to miss no more than six (6) meetings during a term of office.  After such a time this limit is reached, no later than 10 calendar days following the sixth missed meeting, the Secretary shall give written notice by mail or email that the member has resigned from the Executive Committee by default.
2.  A consideration for reinstatement may be requested as follows:
(a)  The person having been removed from the Executive Committee by a default resignation may submit a written request to the Chair of the County Party no later than 10 calendar days following the date of the Secretary's written notice.
(b)  At the meeting immediately following the request received by the Chair, the person making the request shall be present and shall be allowed to speak on his or her behalf or appoint a representative to speak on his or her behalf.  If extenuating circumstances prevent the person from attending the meeting that immediately follows issuance of the request, the vote may be rescheduled for Executive Committee consideration no later than the second meeting following issuance of the request, or the resignation and removal shall stand.
(c)  The Chair or any other County Party Officer shall be allowed to ask questions, if any, after which the Executive Committee shall vote to either reinstate the individual or let the default resignation stand.  A majority vote is required for actions under this section. The person in question shall not vote.
(d) If the individual is reinstated, it shall be for continuation of the term of office.
(e)  If the individual is reinstated, the number of absences shall start over at zero from the date of reinstatement.
(f)  If the individual is not reinstated the default resignation shall be converted to a removal from office and removal from the Executive Committee.
      3.   Executive Committee members may request, in advance, that their absence             at an Executive Committee meeting be exempt from this Absence Rule if they   cannot attend due to observance of a religious holiday, event, or occasion.



G. Vacancies in the Office of Captain and Co-Captain:
1.   The Chair shall fill a vacancy in the office of Captain or Co-Captain within 45 days of that vacancy.
2.   In the event of a vacancy in the office of Captain or Co-Captain of the subdistrict, an election shall occur at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the subdistrict, provided such meeting is not less than 10 days nor more than 45 days following such resignation, and that notice of at least 10 days be given to each member of the House District Central Committee of the meeting.
(a)  The election of the new Captain or Co-Captain shall be an agenda item following procedures outlined in Article I.C.10 (Biennial Organization) and I.D. (Proxies) of the rules.
(b) Only Precinct Committee Persons of the subdistrict shall cast ballots. (CDP Rules, Part Two, VI.G.1.(b).)
(c) If an election is not held, the Chair shall appoint the new Captain or Co-Captain.
3.   The appointee shall serve until the next biennial organizational meeting of the Central Committee.
H.              Removal of Officers, Captains, Co-Captains, and Finance Chairs:
1.   Central Committee officers may be removed from office for cause at any time by a majority vote of the entire membership of the Central Committee, at a meeting called for that purpose. Such meeting to remove any officer may be called by a simple majority of the assembled Executive Committee. The Secretary shall provide written notice by mail or email, giving the date, time, place, agenda and a bill of particulars, to each Central Committee member, at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. The action of the Central Committee shall be final. (CDP Part Two. IX. B. 4.)  An officer may appeal his/her removal at the next meeting of the Central Committee.  A majority vote of the entire membership of the Central Committee is required to reinstate the officer(s). (CDP. Part Two. IX. B. 5)
2.   Captains, Co-Captains, Finance Chairs and Precinct Committee People may be removed from office for cause at any time by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the Precinct Committee People in the subdistrict at a meeting called for that purpose.  Such meeting shall be called by the Chair within ten (10) days following receipt of written request, including a bill of particulars, signed by at least ten (10) Precinct Committee People of the subdistrict.  The Chair shall provide written notice by mail or email, giving the date, time, place, agenda and a bill of particulars, to Captains, Co-Captains and Finance Chairs and all subdistrict Precinct Committee People at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.  A quorum of a simple majority of the Precinct Committee People of the subdistrict shall be required to assemble.  The Chair or a designee of the Chair shall preside.
3.   Precinct Committee People may be removed from office for cause at any time by the Chair.  Precinct Committee People so removed may appeal the action of the Chair, in writing or in person, at the next meeting of the Executive Committee or Central Committee, whichever occurs first.  The date, time and place of such meeting shall be provided by the Chair to the Precinct Committee Person upon request.  The contact information for members of the Executive Committee and members of the Central Committee shall be provided by the Chair to the Precinct Committee Person upon request. 
4.   Causes:  Officers, Captains, Co-Captains, Finance Chairs and Precinct Committee People may be removed for the following causes:
(a) Violation of these Rules
(b) Aiding or supporting another political party
(c) Aiding or supporting candidates other than the nominees of the Party in partisan races
(d)             Conviction, while in office, of a felony or crime of moral turpitude
(e) Failure to perform the duties of office as described in these Rules
(f) Failure to meet attendance requirements
5.   Final right of appeal:  Anyone who has been removed from office for any reason may appeal the removal at the next meeting of the Central Committee.  A written notice of the appeal must be provided to the Chair or Secretary, with a bill of particulars, no more than thirty (30) days from the date of removal for the appeal to be included on the Central Committee meeting agenda.  A vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the membership of the Central Committee present may reinstate such person to their office.  The action of the Central Committee shall be final.
I.    Standing Committees of the Party:
1.   The Rules, Credentials and Permanent Organization Committee.
(a)  The Rules Committee shall be comprised of one (1) member per subdistrict elected at the biennial reorganization meeting of the County Central Committee.
(1) The Chair of the County Party shall appoint the Rules Committee Chair.
(2) The Rules Committee shall be a grievance committee (DPoD Rule I.C.9(a-c)).
(3)  The rules of the Rules Committee:
a.   Quorum is 40% of membership.
b.   The Chair is part of the quorum.
c.   The Chair votes only in cases of a tie.
d.   The Chair does not serve as a representative of his/her subdistrict.
e.   Each subdistrict shall have one voting member.
f.    If a member is not elected at the reorganizational meeting, a subdistrict may select a member at a regular meeting of the subdistrict.  That person shall be appointed by the Chair to the Rules Committee. 
g.   Upon two (2) consecutive unexcused absences, a member will be dismissed and the subdistrict Captain will be asked to appoint a new member.  Whether the absence is excused is at the discretion of the Rules Chair.
h.   Upon dismissal of a member, the committee membership, for the purposes of a quorum, is adjusted.
i.    The existing rules committee shall serve as a grievance committee when there is a challenge to the results of an election (DPoD I.C.9(a-c)).
(b) The rules of the Credentials Committee:
(1) The Chair of the County Party shall appoint the Credentials Committee Chair.
(2) Members of the Credentials Committee are elected at the biennial reorganization meeting of the Central Committee:
(3) Each subdistrict elects one member to the Credentials Committee
(4) The Credentials Committee is responsible for seating delegates to the Denver County Central Committee meetings, the Denver County Assemblies and the Denver County Convention.
(c) The rules of the Permanent Organization Committee:
(5) The Chair of the County Party shall appoint the Permanent Organization Chair.
(6) Members of the Permanent Organization Committee are elected at the biennial reorganization meeting of the Central Committee
(7) Each subdistrict elects one member to the Permanent Organization Committee
(8) The Permanent Organization Committee establishes the rules for the conduct of the Denver County Assemblies and the Denver County Convention.
2.   The Finance Committee shall be composed of the Finance Chairs from each subdistrict, and shall be chaired by the Treasurer. The Finance Committee shall assist the Treasurer in the preparation, review and revision of the budget.
3.   The Diversity and Outreach Committee, Fundraising Committee, GOTV Committee, and Technology Committee shall be each composed of at least one member from each subdistrict, appointed by the Captain and Co-Captain of the respective subdistrict. The chairs of these committees shall be appointed by the Chair of the County Central Committee.
4.   Other committees shall be formed by the Chair with the advice of the Executive Committee.
J.    Procedure to divide a district into subdistricts:
1.   The Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Denver shall be divided into subdistricts with alignment and numbering consistent with State Representative Districts.
2.   Each district shall be divided into no more than three subdistricts.
3.   The Executive Committee members who were serving prior to reapportionment will serve until the new subdistricts are formed.
4.   At any time the county is subdivided into districts (e. g., as a result of reapportionment) the Chair will form a committee to propose an alignment of the new districts into subdistricts.
5.   The committee shall have at least 5 members and will be composed of all Captains and Co-Captains who live in the new district.
6.   If there are fewer than 5 incumbent Captains and Co-Captains in the newly designated district, the Chair will appoint members of the district to the committee.
7.   The proposed subdistrict alignment shall be approved by the Chair.
8.   If the committee does not recommend an alignment of subdistricts to the Chair within 30 days of its formation, the Chair will divide the district into subdistricts.
9.   If district officers decide to realign the subdistricts other than at the time of reapportionment, the officers shall give at least 10 days written notice to the Precinct Committee People that a discussion and vote on realignment will take place at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the district or subdistricts.  Officers of the subdistricts will take a vote of the Committee People who are present at that meeting, and if the realignment proposal passes, then the new alignment shall be approved or rejected by the Chair.
K. Procedure to redistribute subdistricts’ assets when newly aligned subdistricts are formed:
1.   At any time Denver County is subdivided into districts (e.g., as the result of reapportionment) the Finance Chairs of the old subdistricts shall deliver an allocation of assets to the Finance Chairs of the new subdistricts according to the following procedure:
(a) The Finance Chairs of the old subdistricts will provide a report of the subdistrict’s assets to the Chair within 15 days of reapportionment.
(b) The Chair will form a committee of the involved new Captains and Co-Captains within 30 days of their election for the redistribution of assets.  This committee will recommend redistribution of assets to the Chair.
(c) The Chair will approve the redistribution of assets.  If the committee does not act within 30 days of its formation, the following procedure will be followed:
(1) The old Finance Chairs will divide the assets of the subdistrict equally into each of the subdistricts’ precincts.  For instance, if the old subdistrict has $100 in its account and it also has 10 precincts, then each precinct will represent $10.
(2) The Finance Chairs of the new subdistrict will meet with the Finance Chairs of the old subdistricts that have been reassigned to the new subdistricts.
(3) The old Finance Chairs will deliver to the new Finance Chairs that portion of assets represented by those precincts that are in the new subdistricts.  For instance, if three of the precincts in the above example are reassigned to one new subdistrict and seven of the precincts are assigned to a different new subdistrict, the old finance chair will deliver $30 to one new Finance Chair and $70 to the other new Finance Chair.
(4) If the old precincts are also divided during reapportionment, assets will be divided based upon the size of the precinct.  For instance, in the above example, if an old precinct comprises 24 city blocks and is divided in reapportionment such that 6 blocks are placed in one new subdistrict and 18 blocks are placed in a different subdistrict, then the old Finance Chair will deliver $2.50 to one new Finance Chair and $7.50 to the other Finance Chair.
(5) The Chair will approve the redistribution of assets between or among subdistricts.
2.   At any time a district wishes to realign the subdistricts, the involved Captains and Co-Captains will recommend reallocation of their assets according to the procedure outlined above.
(a) The Chair will approve the redistribution of the assets.
 
ARTICLE III
BUDGET AND FINANCE
A. The fiscal year of the Party shall be the twelve-month period beginning January 1 and ending December 31.
B. No expenditures shall be allowed without an adopted budget.
C. The Treasurer shall prepare the budget and submit it to the Executive Committee at least three (3) weeks prior to the meeting date scheduled for adoption.
D. A balanced budget shall be adopted annually by the Executive Committee no later than December 31 of each year and may be amended by the Executive Committee.
1.   The budget shall be balanced.
2.   The budget may include up to three additional months of ordinary and necessary expenditures for which no revenue need be budgeted.
E.   In each given fiscal year the expending authority may move funds between budget categories in the following manner as long as the total sums moved do not exceed one percent (1%) of the total annual budget.
F.   All incurred liabilities shall be for no more than one budget year except as follows:
1.   Incurred liabilities that span more than the budget year or the term of the current officers and do not exceed ten percent (10%) of the annual budget when approved by the Executive Committee.
2.   Incurred liabilities that span more than the budget year or the term of the current officers and/or exceeds ten percent (10%) of the annual budget when approved by the Central Committee.
G. The Treasurer shall be responsible for submitting a quarterly report on the status of the approved budget. This shall include:
1.   a statement of budgeted versus actual expenses and revenues.
2.   identification of expenditures in excess of budget categories, and
3.   proposed amendments, if any to the budget.
H. Subdistrict:
1.   Each subdistrict may keep a bank account and shall keep a record of receipts and expenditures.
2.   All funds collected by the subdistrict shall be deposited prior to any expenditures being made.
3.   Each subdistrict shall file its financial reports to the appropriate government agencies. A report of receipts, expenditures and balances of the subdistrict shall be prepared for each six month period ending June 30 and December 31. A copy shall be distributed to each committee person of the subdistrict and to the Treasurer. A copy of any financial report filed with the appropriated government agency shall also satisfy this requirement when distributed to the committee people and filed with the Treasurer.
4.   The Treasurer shall have authority to inspect the financial records of the subdistrict at any time.
5.   The subdistrict shall be responsible for any fines incurred by the Party due to negligence on the part of the subdistrict in accounting or reporting.
I.    Checks written against the Party account shall be signed by either the Chair, the Treasurer, or a third person designated by the Chair and Treasurer.
J.    Examination of Financial Records:
1.   The Chair shall secure an independent examination of the financial records of the Party once during each two year term of the officers, or more often as directed and funds are allocated by the Executive Committee.
2.   The examination shall determine the adequacy and accuracy of the records and the financial status of the Party.
3.   The Chair shall designate an independent examiner who is not a member of the Executive Committee.
4.   The examination or a summary thereof, shall be distributed with the annual financial report.
5.   The Treasurer shall assist the independent examiner in the examination of the financial records.
6.   The Executive Committee may, at any time, authorize a complete audit of the financial records.
K. Unless stated otherwise when allocated, monies allocated for a specific purpose within a fiscal year that are unspent at the end of the fiscal year shall be moved to the general fund.



ARTICLE IV
PRECINCT CAUCUSES
A   At the time and place set for the holding of the precinct caucuses, the Precinct Committee Person in attendance shall call the caucus to order and act as temporary chair. If a Precinct Committee Person is not present, any Party member eligible to vote at the caucus may call the caucus to order and act as temporary chair.
B. A copy of the current Rules for the Precinct Caucus is included in the Appendix of this document. Updated versions are added every other year.  A copy of the current Caucus Agenda is also included in the Appendix. The Rules for the Precinct Caucus and Caucus Agenda are only advisory and not part of these rules.
C. At the opening of the caucus, the temporary chair shall read official caucus rules and distribute at least ten copies of a clear, concise statement of the precinct caucus rules, procedures and requirements for participation in precinct caucuses and the assembly. The temporary chair also shall read and distribute at least ten copies of the following:
“The Chair and other elected Party officers shall take affirmative steps to encourage participation in Party affairs, and in the delegate and candidate selection processes of traditionally under represented groups, including, but not limited to, young people, and minority groups.”
D. The caucus shall then select a Chair and a Secretary and proceed, by ballot, to elect the allotted number of delegates to the County Assembly.
E.   The Rules Committee will propose a formula to the Executive Committee every even numbered year to be used to determine the number of delegates from each caucus to the County and District assemblies and conventions. The Executive Committee will vote on this proposal. This formula may be adopted at a Central Committee meeting, or by regular mail and email balloting. If the Central Committee fails to act, the proposal of the Executive Committee will be adopted.
1.   In the year of the Presidential election, the caucus shall use the procedures of the current Colorado Delegate Selection Plan to determine the number and distribution of delegates to the county and district assemblies and conventions.  The number of delegates to the County Assembly and Convention and the Judicial Assembly will be the same.  The number of alternates will be the same as the number of delegates.
2.   In the year when there is no Presidential election, the County Party shall determine its own procedure for the number and distribution of delegates to the County and District Assemblies  The number of alternates will be the same as the number of delegates.
F.   An Assembly designates candidates for public office and to conduct other business as determined by Colorado and Denver Democratic Parties’ rules and the call.  This means that the Assembly places the names of individuals on the primary ballot, elects delegates to the next higher assembly and proposes issues for the Democratic platform.  The Denver County Assembly elects delegates to the Congressional Assembly and to the State Assembly.
G. A Convention selects delegates to other conventions including the Democratic National Convention.  The Denver County convention elects delegates to the First Congressional District Convention, which elects delegates to the Democratic National Convention.  It also elects delegates to the State Convention, which elects delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 
H. Attendance at the precinct caucus is not a requirement to be elected as a delegate to the Denver County Assembly or Convention.
1.   If the caucus is unable to fill its delegation with those present at the caucus, the caucus may fill its delegation with individuals not in attendance at the caucus.
2.   To be qualified to become a delegate, an individual shall indicate in writing and prior to the caucus his/her interest in becoming a delegate to the District Captain, Precinct Committee Person or other responsible person in the precinct caucus. The interested person shall also indicate his/her candidate preference.
I.    Delegates to subsequent levels of the Assembly and Convention process must be in attendance at the Denver County Assembly and Convention.
J.    The caucus shall also elect two Precinct Committee People. The two people receiving the highest number of votes at the caucus shall be elected as Precinct Committee People. If candidates receive an equal number of votes, the election shall be determined by lot.
K. The caucus shall use the procedures described in Section B of this Article.  The caucus officers shall prepare and deliver a certified list of the names of the delegates to the County Assembly and Convention and elected Precinct Committee People on forms to be supplied by the Party, at a place determined and publicized by the Party, by midnight of the night of the caucus.
1.  Under no circumstance shall delegate lists be accepted after midnight nor shall the lists be changed after submission.
L.   No person shall be eligible to vote in any precinct caucus, or to be a delegate to an assembly, or to be a candidate for Precinct Committee Person, unless such person has been a registered Democrat for not less than two months prior to the date of the caucus or assembly, and a resident of the precinct for at least thirty (30) days, as shown on the registration books of the County Clerk and Recorder. Any person who has attained the age of eighteen (18) or has become a naturalized citizen within the two month period immediately preceding the caucus shall be eligible to vote at the caucus even though that person has not been a registered Democrat for the full two months. If a registered Democrat has become a resident of the County during the two months immediately preceding the caucus, the affiliation with the Party at a prior residence shall be counted in determining whether that person has been a registered Democrat for the two months. (CRS § 1-3-101(1)).
M. At all levels of the delegate selection process, “winner-take-all” procedures shall be discouraged and representation of minority and divergent views shall be encouraged.
N. Contest Certification:
1.   Any person desiring to contest or dispute the election of delegates and/or Precinct Committee People shall file a written protest with the Chair within seven (7) days following certification of the caucus elections.  The Chair shall refer the matter to the Credentials Committee of the County Assembly for resolution.  A copy of the letter of protest will be sent to the person or persons challenged within three (3) days of receipt by the Chair.
2.   Failure to carry out these rules shall be grounds for a challenge to the delegates and alternates in a caucus.
3.   The County Assembly shall ratify the list of committee people.  Following ratification all persons elected shall be notified by mail or email of such election.
4.   The presiding officer and Secretary of the County Assembly shall file a certified list, by precinct, of those persons elected as precinct committee people with the County Clerk and Recorder within four (4) days after the date of the County Assembly.  (CRS 1-3-101 § (3)(b)(I)).
 
ARTICLE V
DUTIES OF PRECINCT COMMITTEE PEOPLE
A. As duly elected officers to the Democratic Party, Precinct Committee People are the representatives of the Party within their precincts and have the right and privilege of representing the Democrats residing in their precinct at all meetings of the Central Committee held during their term of office. Such rights and privileges carry with them equivalent responsibilities, including the obligation to perform the following:
1.   attending all meetings of the Central Committee, unless properly excused, by subdistrict officers,
2.   supporting the nominees of the Party,
3.   recruiting Party workers in the precincts and directing their Party activities within the precinct,
4.   distribution, and/or supervising the distribution of Party literature within the precinct,
5.   conducting and/or causing to be conducted all drives and canvasses required by the Central and Executive Committees, within the precinct,
6.   notifying all Democrats living in their precinct of the time, place and date of the precinct caucus, and
7.   attending all meetings of the subdistrict.
B. Failure of a committee person to fulfill such responsibilities, or to perform effectively the functions of the office, shall constitute grounds for removal from office by the Chair, based on a written bill of particulars, signed by the Chair the cause for removal, provided however, that any person so removed may appeal, in writing or in person, at the next meeting of the Executive or Central Committee, whichever occurs first. Notice of the time, date, and place of the meeting shall be supplied to any such person by the Chair at the time of removal.
 
ARTICLE VI
DELEGATE SELECTION AT PRECINCT CAUCUSES,
ASSEMBLIES AND CONVENTIONS
 
A. Candidate caucuses, including the uncommitted caucus, that elect delegates to assemblies and conventions shall be organized based upon the rules of the current delegate selection plan.  (See DPoD Article IV.E.)
B   Determination of eligibility to participate as a member of any caucus shall be made prior to deliberations at the caucus.
C. One ballot shall be taken to elect delegates from any caucus.
1.   Eligible candidates for delegate will be allowed to address the caucus.
2.   All eligible members of the caucus may vote for as many candidates as there delegate positions.
3.   Candidates will fill delegate positions based upon their vote.
(a) After ballots are counted, candidates’ names will be ranked, based upon their vote, from highest to lowest.
(b) The caucus delegation will fill its allotted number of delegates by those receiving the highest votes.
D. Alternates shall be elected in the same manner as the delegates.
E.   The Chair of the County Central Committee or a designee shall serve as President, Pro-Tem of any caucus lacking organizational leadership.  This person shall set up a structure for the caucus at the Convention or Assembly.
F.   The Rules governing the candidate caucus may be suspended by a simple majority of those eligible and voting.
G. Failure to carry out these rules shall be grounds for a challenge to the delegates and alternates in a caucus.
 
ARTICLE VII
ITEMS OF SPECIAL IMPORTANCE
A. Affirmative Action. The Party and its officers shall take affirmative steps to assure participation at all levels of the Party by all traditionally under represented groups. The rules and guidelines of the Colorado and National Democratic Parties shall be used as a basis for affirmative action in the party.
B. Accessibility.
1.   All caucus sites must be wheel chair accessible to and usable by an individual with a disability. Accessibility and usability mean that the person can participate in the caucus and enjoy benefits equal to other caucus participants.  That includes, at minimum, free and unrestricted mobility in entering, exiting and within the caucus site, accessible restrooms and, if applicable, accessible drinking fountains.  Other accommodations will be provided if requested and to the extent that resources allow.
2.   Other accommodations include sign language interpretation, reading assistance or large or Braille print materials.
3.   All requests for other accommodations shall be received within the timelines specified in caucus announcements.
4.   The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definition of an individual with a disability is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
5.   Major life activities are activities that an average person can perform with little or no difficulty.  Examples include, but are not limited to:  walking, speaking, breathing, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, learning, caring for oneself, working, sitting, standing, lifting and reading.
C. Open Meetings.  All Party meetings shall be open to any party member.  To this end, all meetings of any party committee or district at which official party business will be discussed and acted upon shall be held in a location that is accessible to all party members.  Such meetings shall include assemblies, conventions, and meetings of the committees outlined in these Rules.  To effect this policy, notification of meetings shall include a request for special needs accommodations.  The County Party office shall maintain a list of accessible locations and services, and shall, when requested, and when resources allow, pay a reasonable fee.
D. Division of Districts.  For the purpose of representation on the Central and Executive Committees, Denver County shall be divided into organizational districts that coincide with State Representative districts. For the purpose of Party administration, the district may be divided into subdistricts based on population and geography.
E.   Additional Duties and Responsibilities of Party Officers. Officers of the Party elected at the biennial organizational meeting of the Central Committee or their designees shall serve as the officers of (1) the Executive Committee and (2) the Second Judicial District. The Chair may delegate any of these functions.
F.   The distribution of money donated at the precinct caucus.
1.   In nonpresidential years, money donated at the precinct caucuses will be distributed as follows:
(a) 25% will be returned to the treasury of the subdistricts for their business.
(b) 75% will be placed in the Denver County Democratic Party’s treasury for its business.
2.   In the presidential years, money donated at the precinct caucuses will be distributed as follows:
(a) 20% will be returned to the treasury of the subdistricts for their business.
(b) 20% will be placed in the Denver County Democratic Party’s treasury for its business.
(c) 50% will be distributed to the Denver County’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention.
(1) Only those delegates to the Democratic National Convention elected at the Congressional District and State Conventions will be eligible for this money.
(2) The Denver County Executive Committee will establish a process to distribute this money.
(d)             10% will be distributed to needy Colorado delegates to the Democratic National Convention.  The Denver County Executive Committee will establish a process to distribute this money.
G. Severability. No section of these Rules shall violate the Rules of the Colorado or National Democratic Parties. If any section is held invalid, such decision shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remaining sections of these Rules or its application to other persons or circumstances.
H. Amending the Rules.
1.   The Rules of the Party may be amended by a majority vote of the Central Committee following approval by the Rules Committee and notice of said recommendations having been mailed or emailed with the notice of the Central Committee meeting at which they are to be considered, or
2.   A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Central Committee in the absence of approval by the Rules committee and notice to the Central Committee.
3.   Any change in the state law affecting these Rules shall automatically amend these rules unless the County Central Committee shall act to retain its original rule(s) or unless the state shall act to retain its original rule(s) in which case the original party rule(s) shall prevail.
I.    Format and Layout of the Rules. The format and layout of the rules, including the whole of the table of contents, are not considered part of the rules. They may be changed by the Rules Committee without approval to the extent that the language of no rule is changed. Typographical errors may be changed by the Rules Committee without prior approval to the extent that the meaning of no rule is changed.
J.    A Vacancy in office Committee for a District Entirely Within Denver.
1.   The officers of the Central Committee of the district shall be the temporary officers of the vacancy committee.
2.   The permanent officers of the vacancy committee shall be elected at a meeting of the vacancy committee.
3.   Unless established otherwise, the Central Committee of the district shall be the members of the vacancy committee.
4.   When the vacancy committee of the district is composed of members of the county Central Committee, a member is not entitled to vote in a vacancy election unless the member was appointed to the post at least twenty-one (21) days before the vacancy election.
5.   A quorum shall consist of not less than one half of the voting membership of the vacancy committee (CRS 1-12-203(3)(a); CRS 1-12-206(1), CDP Part Four II.H.2.(d).
K. Roberts’s Rules to Govern. Any procedure which is not prescribed in or governed by these Rules shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
 
ARTICLE VIII
STANDING RULES
A. Period of Validity. Standing Rules are valid only from the time approved by the Denver County Central Committee until the next biennial organization meeting.
B. Biennial Approval. At each biennial organization meeting, existing standing rules with amendments recommended by the Rules Committee shall be voted on for (re)approval by the Meeting.
C. Amending. The Standing Rules may be amended by any Denver County Central Committee Meeting.
D. Precedence of Rules. In case of conflict, Standing Rules take precedence over other rules in this document, except that CRS and CDP take precedence over Standing Rules.
E.   Current Rules. The current Standing Rules are as follows:
1.   None.   On February 12, 2011 this rule was ratified by the Denver County Central Committee and moved to I.G.2. on page 7.
 
 Effective January 28, 2012
Julie Kronenberger, Secretary
secretary@denverdemocrats.org
www.DenverDemocrats.org


APPENDICES (in PDF version only):

 

Rules for Precinct Caucuses (Presidential Elections, updated 2012), Page 23
STEP-by-STEP Caucus Agenda (2012), Page 26
Rules for Precinct Caucuses (Non-Presidential Elections, updated 2010), Page 31
STEP-by-STEP Caucus Agenda (2010) 33
 

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