TUSCARAWAS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CENTRAL AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES
ARTICLE I – NAME AND ORGANIZATION ORC 3517.01
The name of this organization shall be the Tuscarawas County Democratic Party Central and Executive Committees, commonly known as Tuscarawas County Democratic Party. It shall be composed of the Central Committee whose members are elected to represent the Democrats of their precinct, and an Executive Committee to include all Central Committee members, plus elected county Democrat officials and members selected to represent different party constituencies.
ARTICLE II – CENTRAL COMMITTEE ORC 3417.02 and .03
SECTION 1. SELECTION OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
All members of the Central Committee shall be elected by direct vote of the members of the Democratic party in each precinct. Candidates’ names shall be placed on the official ballot under rules established by the Ohio Secretary of State. Persons receiving the highest number of votes in each precinct shall collectively comprise the membership of the Tuscarawas County Democratic Central Committee.
SECTION 2. MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS AND TERMS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Each candidate and member must be a member of the Democratic Party and a resident and qualified elector of the precinct that the member is elected to represent.
Central Committee members are not considered public officials or employees. ORC 3517.01 and 102.01 (B)
SECTION 3. VACANCIES ORC 3517.05 IN THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Vacancies in any precinct shall be filled with a nomination by the Chair of the Executive Committee and a majority vote of the Executive Committee at the next Executive Committee meeting. These members must meet the same requirements as in Section II and fill the remainder of the term until the next election.
SECTION 4. DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Each Central Committee member has a responsibility to vote in every Democratic Primary, attend Central and Executive Committee meetings, recommend poll workers as needed and assist people in their precinct to become regular, informed voters; support Democratic Party activities; support Democratic candidates and their campaigns; and be an active and enthusiastic Democrat.
SECTION 5. CENTRAL COMMITTEE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
As provided by statute, (ORC 3517.04) the membership-elect of the Central Committee shall meet not earlier than six (6) nor later than fifteen (15) days following the date of certification of the results of the party primary election by the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections, at a suitable time and place to be designated by the immediate, past Chair of the Central Committee.
Notice of such meeting, giving the time and place, shall be sent to each member-elect by the immediate, past Secretary of the Central Committee, by mail or electronic transmission at least five (5) days prior to any such meeting. A copy of the notice shall be posted in the office of the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections for the same period of time.
Forty percent (40%) of the Central Committee Membership present at any regularly called or special meeting of the Central Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, provided notice requirements detailed herein are met.
SECTION 6. ORDER OF BUSINESS / ELECTION OF OFFICERS ORC 3517.04 OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Pursuant to statute, the meeting shall be called to order by the immediate, past Chair of the Central Committee. If that person is absent and no other immediate past officers of the Central Committee are present, then the meeting shall be called to order by the Central Committee Member designated by the Democrat Members of the Board of Elections.
The Central Committee shall proceed to organize by the election of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and such other officers, as may be deemed necessary. Officers must be members of the Central Committee.
SECTION 7. DUTIES OF CENTRAL COMMITTEE OFFICERS
CHAIR: Shall call and preside over any meetings of the Central Committee, as provided for by state law and this constitution; shall perform all the other duties prescribed by statute, or duties usually exercised by the Chair, not conflicting with this constitution.
VICE-CHAIR: Shall perform all the duties of the Chair in his/her absence. In the case of the death, resignation, or any other reason creating a vacancy in the Chair’s position, the Vice-Chair of the Central Committee may serve until a new chair is selected.
SECRETARY: Shall keep the official minutes of all meetings of the Central Committee and shall send notices of any special and the next organizational meeting to all members.
TREASURER: Shall receive and deposit all funds; pay for all bills authorized by the Central Committee; file all financial reports required by law, and shall perform all other duties accorded a Treasurer that are not inconsistent with this constitution.
ARTICLE III – AUTHORITY FOR DELEGATION TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ORC 3517.03
As allowed by statute, the Central Committee shall create an Executive Committee that shall have the powers granted to it by the party central committee, and provided to it by law. The Executive Committee shall manage the affairs of the Tuscarawas County Democratic Party; direct and conduct campaign activities; promulgate and carry out the general policies of the party organization; promote the best interests and ideals of the Democratic Party and perform all party duties required by statute.
ARTICLE IV – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ORC 3517.03
SECTION 1. MEMBERSHIP OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Membership on the Executive Committee shall consist of:
All Democratic precinct Central Committeepersons, including those elected and those selected by the Executive Committee to fill vacancies.
All Democrats elected county officials.
Executive Committee may appoint additional persons as it deems fit to represent organized labor, education, minorities, and other interests. They shall be appointed based upon having demonstrated an interest in and a commitment to the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party.
SECTION 2. ABSENCES OF MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Members appointed under Section 1.3 may be removed by vote of the Executive Committee if they have missed three (3) or more consecutive, unexcused meetings.
SECTION 3. ORGANIZATION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
After the organization of the Central Committee, the Chair of the Central Committee shall preside over the organizational meeting of the Executive Committee announce the Officers elected by the Central Committee and ask if there is a motion to select separate officers for the Executive Committee. If there is none, or the motion fails to obtain a simple majority of the present central committee members, the Central Committee officers will be declared officers of the Executive Committee as well. If a motion to select separate officers is approved, the Central Committee Chair will ask for nominations and conduct the elections.
SECTION 4. DUTIES OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS
CHAIR; Shall call and preside over all meetings of the Executive Committee; shall direct the operations of the Tuscarawas County Democratic Party and Executive Committee; shall report to the Committee on party activities at each regular meeting; shall perform all other duties prescribed by statute (ORC 3517.0 ), or duties usually exercised by the Chair, not conflicting with this Constitution, including but not limited to the appointment of such committees as he/she deems necessary to carry on the work of the Party.
VICE-CHAIR: Shall perform all the duties of the Chair in his/her absence. In the case of the death, resignation, or any other reason creating a vacancy in the Chair’s position, the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee may serve until a new chair is selected.
SECRETARY: Shall keep the official minutes of all meetings of the Executive Committee; shall keep and be the custodian of the permanent books, records and correspondence; shall notify all members of any special and all regular meetings and, shall handle all correspondence of the Executive Committee, as required by law, and shall file with the office of the secretary of state and Ohio Democratic Party a copy of this constitution within thirty (30) days of adoption or amendment; shall file with the office of the Secretary of State and local Board of Elections a list of members Central and Executive Committees and officers within thirty days of their election or appointment. ORC 3514.02
TREASURER: Shall receive, deposit and invest all funds; pay out all monies owed by the Committee; shall submit for approval a written report of the financial condition of the Committee at each regular meeting of the Committee; file all financial reports required by law (ORC 3517.0); shall perform all other duties accorded a Treasurer that are not inconsistent with this constitution.
SECTION 5. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS’ VACANCIES
Except as otherwise provided herein, any vacancy which occurs in an officer’s position of either the Central or Executive Committee for any reason, shall be filled by a majority vote of the members present of the respective body at any duly called and convened meeting.
SECTION 6. MEETINGS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee shall meet quarterly at a time and place selected by the Chair and shall be open to the public.
Forty percent (40%) of the Executive Committee Membership present at any regularly called or special meeting of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, provided notice requirements detailed herein are met.
All special meetings, except adjourned meetings shall require at least Three (3) days written or electronic transmission notice to all members.
Special meetings may be called by the Chair or any member with a petition signed by eleven (11) members. If the Chair refuses to attend, a temporary Chair, chosen by the group may act in that post, providing that all members are notified by Certified Mail.
SECTION 7. LIMITATIONS ON OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
No officer or member may obligate the Party, Central or Executive Committees in any agreement, political, financial, or any other form without being officially granted the authority by a majority vote of the proper committee, properly recorded.
SECTION 8. VOTING AND RULES OF ORDER FOR CENTRAL AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES.
NO PROXY VOTING
No proxy voting shall be allowed on any issue.
All votes of the Central or Executive Committees shall be open and may NOT be taken by secret ballot.
RULES OF ORDER
The newest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern all proceedings not specifically otherwise provided herein.
ARTICLE V – BOARD OF ELECTIONS ORC 3501.07
The Executive Committee shall recommend appointments to the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections in accordance with ORC 3501.07 of the Ohio Revised Code and any other applicable law.
ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENTS
The Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by resolution presented to the Secretary at any regular meeting of the Executive Committee provided a proposed copy of such changes are provided 21 days in advance of said meeting. A simple majority vote of members present shall be required to approve the amendment.
The Constitution must be reviewed with possible amendments added at the end of each Central and Executive Committee term and be ready for adoption by the new Committees.
ARTICLE VII – EFFECTIVE DATE OF CONSTITUTION
Upon adoption, this Constitution shall supersede any and all previous
Constitutions and Bylaws of the Tuscarawas County Democratic Central and Executive Committees, commonly known as Tuscarawas County Democratic Party, and shall remain in effect until amended or revised according to Article VI Amendments.
Adoption of this constitution certifies that all requirements under the Ohio Revised Code, Sections 3517 have been reviewed and met.
Adopted at Tuscarawas County, Ohio, this day by the Tuscarawas County Democratic Central Committee and Democratic Executive Committee assembled in special session.
Ida Barlock December 9, 2012___________