Milwaukee DSA

Democratic Socialists of America

Proposed By-Law Amendments – March 2019

By on March 9, 2019

Proposed Changes to the Bylaws – March 2019

 

Bylaw 4.8 – Electoral Endorsements

Current

The Members in Annual, General, or Emergency Meeting is the only body authorized to make electoral endorsements on behalf of the Chapter. In exceptional situations, the Executive Committee may endorse candidates by three-quarters (3/4) vote where time constraints do not allow holding a Special Meeting. Unless otherwise authorized, members or committees of the Chapter are prohibited from campaigning as representatives of DSA for candidates or ballot measures that the Chapter has not officially endorsed.

Proposed

The Members in Annual, General, or Emergency Meeting are authorized to make electoral endorsements on behalf of the Chapter. Alternatively, a written ballot sent to all Members can also authorize an electoral endorsement. An electoral endorsement requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of participating Chapter voters, provided a quorum is met. In exceptional situations, the Executive Committee may endorse candidates by three-quarters (3/4) vote where time constraints do not allow holding a Special Meeting. Unless otherwise authorized, members or committees of the Chapter are prohibited from campaigning as representatives of DSA for candidates or ballot measures that the Chapter has not officially endorsed.

 

Bylaw 5.3 – Election of Officers

Current

Officers are elected in March, either at the Annual Membership Meeting or by written ballot.

Proposed

Officers are elected either at the Annual Membership Meeting or by written ballot within four (4) weeks of the Annual Membership Meeting.

 

Article XI – Amendments

Current

The Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation can only be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of Members present at a Membership Meeting.

Any group of at least ten (10) Chapter Members may propose Amendments to be considered at a General Meeting by petition submitted to a Co-Chair.

The Executive Committee may propose Amendments to be considered at a General Meeting by majority vote.

Proposed

The Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation can only be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of Members present at a Membership Meeting, or by written ballot sent to the whole Chapter.

Any group of at least ten (10) Chapter Members may propose Amendments to be considered at a General Meeting by petition submitted to a Co-Chair.

The Executive Committee may propose Amendments to be considered at a General Meeting by majority vote.