Bylaws of the CDP Computer and Internet Caucus
The Computer and Internet Caucus was formed to harness the power of the Internet and communication technology in the furtherance of Democratic ideals, issues, and legislation, to assist Democratic Clubs, Assembly Districts, and grassroots Democratic organizations, and to help elect Democratic candidates.
Article I - Policy and Goals
Section 1 - It shall be the policy of this caucus, in the execution of all endeavors, to contribute to the growth and influence of the Democratic Party, to establish and maintain a Democratic online community, and to promote the party and all party candidates for Democratic leadership throughout the state and nation.
Subsection 1, Any issues not specifically covered by these by-laws shall be governed by the By-laws of the California Democratic Party. In case of conflict in the Caucus By-laws and the CDP Bylaws, the CDP By-laws will be the governing document. The Computer and Internet Caucus specifically recognizes its’ obligations to adhere to the General Provisions of the CDP By-laws.
Section 2 - We further resolve to assist and encourage California Democrats, including clubs, assembly districts, county, and grassroots organizations to get online and establish a communication network. We shall also work to encourage the formation of affiliate Tech Dem clubs chartered by their local central committees.
Section 3 - We shall hold workshops and programs to educate and train California Democrats to access online services, utilize online and internet resources, and gather political information.
Section 4 - We have established and will maintain a Web presence to disseminate information, support candidates, announce events, and establish links to other Democratic sites on the Internet.
Section 5 - We shall assist Democratic legislative organizations and legislators in establishing an online presence, e-mail addresses, or other computer or internet-related activity.
Section 6 - We shall facilitate the organization of the Democratic online community and provide support, especially prior to elections.
Section 7 - We shall schedule online conferencing and debate for our membership and all other interested Democrats.
Section 8 - We shall maintain a relationship with the State Party and assist in disseminating party information to our members and the Democratic online community.
Article II - Membership
Section 1 - Membership shall include those persons who are registered Democrats with an interest in communication technology and the Internet and who supports the mission of this caucus.
Section 2 - Only those persons who are registered Democrats shall be eligible for full membership. They will be entitled to all membership privileges, including full voting rights, upon payment of annual dues.
Section 3 - Members and non-members shall be eligible to participate in online discussions and meetings but voting and holding office shall be restricted to members only.
Section 4 - This caucus supports non-discrimination in membership, including gender, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, persons with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or income leveleconomic status. We are inclusive.
Article III - Membership Dues
Section 1 - The amount of dues payable for membership shall be established by the Executive Board by simple majority at an officially- designated and noticed executive board meeting. Notice of intent to raise dues shall be established in writing to the membership prior to the actual increase in annual dues.
Section 2 - Membership dues are renewed at the State Convention for the period of a full year.
Section 3 - This caucus waives any dues for economic hardship.
Membership, including voting rights and the right to seek and hold office, in the Computer and Internet Caucus is available on an equal basis to those who pay dues and those who seek and obtain a waiver based on self-
identified economic hardship and/or an objective impediment to
payment of dues. The effective date of each Caucus member’s
membership shall be noted in writing next to the name of the Caucus
member in the Caucus’ roster of members and any other official Caucus membership records.
Membership is effective upon receipt of dues payment or approval of dues waiver. Voting rights vest immediately; a cut-off, for voting purposes, is set as prior to the meeting being called to order.
Waiver of membership dues for those who seek a dues waiver and self- identify as being unable to pay dues due to economic hardship or an
objective impediment to payment of dues is effective upon receipt of a
written request/dues waiver form. Waivers may only be requested in
writing at the registration desk immediately prior to the calling to order
of a regular meeting of the Caucus, by email directed to Brigette.email@example.com or by US Mail addressed as follows. 2813 Iris Court, Fairfield CA 94533. The Caucus shall post a dues waiver form at https://www.facebook.com/groups/cdpcic/ and shall have copies available at the registration desk prior to each regular meeting of the Caucus.
Article IV - Executive Board
Section 1 - The officers, chairpersons, immediate past chairpersons, and committee officers shall constitute the Executive Board. Any member of the executive board may be removed following three consecutive absences from noticed meetings or three unexcused absences during the calendar year. Absences may only be excused by the Chairpersons.
Section 2 - The Executive Board shall meet no less than six times during the calendar year, including online meetings, for the purpose of planning and directing the activities and policies for the calendar year.
Section 3 - A plurality of members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum. No proxies shall be allowed.
Section 4 - Special meetings of the Board may be called by any of the members of the board but special meetings will not be subject to the absence or excused policy.
Section 5 - Expenditures above the amount of $50.00 must be authorized by the Executive Board.
Article V - Officers
Section 1 - The officers of the CDP Computer and Internet Caucus will be elected at the first state convention of the state party officer election calendar year and shall hold office until the next state party officer election convention year. 1. Such officers shall be elected by active members of the Caucus in conjunction with the California Democratic Party elections of state party officers held during the annual convention. The term of office shall be four years.
Section 2 - The offices and officers shall be: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer, Recording and Corresponding Secretary, and four Executive Board officers.
Section 3 - Duties of officers. A. Chairs (Vice-Chairs)
a. Accurately maintain all membership records, e-mail addresses, and
documents relating to the caucus.
1. ExecutiveBoardofficerswillserveascommitteechairsforpolicy, organization, and action committees such as Social Media Coordinator, Technical Officer, Task Force Chair, and other official positions.
Section 4 - Should a member elected as an officer of the caucus cease to be a member for any reason, such a vacancy must be filled within 60 days of the vacancy. The executive board shall be empowered to fill any vacancies that occur until the next election.
Section 5 - Officers or Board members may be removed from office and/or E- Board by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Section 6 - Officer candidates must have been registered caucus members for one full term (four years). Chair candidates must have signed attendance to all meetings for one full term (four years).
All Chair and Treasurer candidates must also be DSCC members by election or appointment.
Article VI - Meetings
Section 1 - Regular meetings of the membership will be held at the State Party Convention and at the California State Party Executive Board meetings each calendar year.
Section 2 - Special online meetings and discussions will be noticed at least a week in advance by e-mail and/or other mutually agreed upon methods and be open to members and all interested parties.
Section 3 - No secret ballots shall be allowed on any matter in the CDP Computer and Internet Caucus.
Section 4 – Notice of Meetings
Section 3 - All Chair and Treasurer candidates for office must be duly credentialed members of the Democratic State Central Committee of the California Democratic Party.
Section 4 - A candidate for any office shall file a notice of intent-to-run for that office. The notice must be received by the Secretary of the Caucus by 11:55 PM of the day which is 7 calendar days prior to the meeting of the Caucus at which elections are to be held. If no Secretary exists, the notice may be filed with the Chairperson. Following the close of nominations for officers, no additional nominations shall be permitted, except for an office for which no person has been nominated prior to the close of nominations or for which all persons nominated have withdrawn. All candidates for Caucus Chair must have been members of this Caucus for the last four years, Chair candidates must have signed attendance to all meetings for one full term (four years) prior to the election meeting and all officer candidates must be members in good standing of the organization at the time of election.
Section 5 -Treasurer shall be responsible for providing the Election Committee Chair a roster of the members of the Caucus who paid
or had waived their dues as of the applicable cutoff time, which list shall be the source of membership eligibility data for purposes of the election.
The Election Committee shall provide for sufficient
provisional ballots to be available at the meeting to allow any person whose ballot is contested to cast a provisional ballot. Provisional ballot shall be of a different color than nonprovisional ballots and shall be placed in an envelope on which the voter’s name and circumstances surrounding the casting of
a provisional ballot shall be legibly printed. Provisional ballots once cast and placed in an envelope shall be cast by placing them in the ballot box. Provisional ballots shall be segregated and shall be opened and counted only when the issue forming the basis for requiring the ballot to be cast provisionally is resolved and only if potentially outcome determinative.
The sole basis for a ballot to be cast provisionally shall be because: (1) the voter or another member of the Caucus contends that the voter should have been eligible to cast a ballot but that voter’s name is not on the roster of members of the Caucus whose dues had been paid or waived as of the applicable cutoff date/time; (2) a member of the Caucus contends that the voter is (A) not a registered Democrat or (B) is not a person ineligible to register as a Democrat, but who has expressed an intent to register as a Democrat upon becoming eligible; or (3) a member of the Caucus contends that the voter should not have been eligible to cast a ballot because even though that voter’s name is on the roster of members of the Caucus whose dues had been paid or waived as of the applicable cutoff date/time, the voter should not have been so
The Election Committee shall have sole authority to resolve the issues posed by provisional ballots. The Election Committee shall resolve any issues involving provisional ballots at the meeting at which balloting occurred unless they, by majority vote, determine that it is impossible to do so. In that event, the
Election Committee shall resolve any issues involving provisional ballots within 10 days of the date of the meeting at which balloting occurred.
Any disputes over voter or candidate eligibility, election procedures and ballot counting shall be resolved by the Election Committee. The Election Committee shall resolve any such
issues at the meeting at which balloting occurred unless they, by majority vote, determine that it is impossible to do so. In that event, the Election
Committee shall resolve any such issues within 10 days of
the date of the meeting at which balloting occurred.
Once the Election Committee has/have ruled, that decision is a final determination within the Caucus and any appeal must be had outside the Caucus.
The Election Committee shall be responsible for securing
the roster of eligible voters, nomination documents (if any), ballots and any tallies until 10 days after the next California Democratic Party Executive Board meeting next succeeding the meeting at which balloting took place or the resolution of any challenge or appeal, whichever is later.
Article VIII - Caucus Records and Reports
Section 1 - The caucus shall maintain adequate and correct accounts, books, and records of all caucus activities. All such books and records shall be maintained by the appropriate constitutional officer.
Section 2 - Such books and records shall be open to inspection by officers and members in good standing at all times for purposes approved by the Executive Board upon giving adequate and reasonable notice before said inspection.
Section 3 - There shall be a bi-annual report of membership and accounting given to the Executive Board and an annual report to membership at the state convention at the beginning of the calendar year.
Article IX - Endorsements
Section 1 - The caucus may not endorse, and is prohibited from endorsing, candidates for partisan public office unless the candidate has received "official endorsement", is supported by, and pursuant to, the By-laws of the California Democratic Party, the State Democratic Central Committee, and all official units of the California Democratic Party.
Section 2 - The caucus may not endorse candidates for public office that are not members of the California Democratic Party pursuant to the By-laws of the California Democratic Party, the State Democratic Central Committee and all official units of the California Democratic Party.
Section 3 - Unless a candidate had received an "official endorsement", all motions of support, recommendations or other expressions of approval, no matter how denominated, shall be out of order at any caucus meeting.
Article X - Amendments
Section 1 - Amendments to the bylaws may be initiated by the Executive Board
or by a written petition signed by Five Percent (5%) of eligible members.
Section 2 - The Executive Board shall consider such recommendations and petitions and make additions or changes supported by a majority of board members.
1. ForthepurposesofamendingtheBy-Laws,aquorumisdeterminedasa majority of the membership present and voting.
Section 1 - All proceedings not covered in this Constitution of Bylaws shall be
governed by the latest edition of Robert's Rules of Order.
Certified Amended Bylaws 07/13/2018