CALL TO CAUCUS TO REORGANIZE THE ALBEMARLE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
The Albemarle County Democratic Committee, herein referred to as the Committee, will hold an assembled caucus on Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 in the Lane Auditorium of the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, for the purpose of electing the new membership of the Committee for a two-year term (2024-2025) pursuant to the Democratic Party of Virginia Party Plan.
I. Candidate for Membership:
Each person seeking to become a member of the Committee for 2024-25 shall complete and return the Membership Filing Form. Filing forms can be filled out and submitted ONLINE. The Caucus Declaration Form 2024-25 can also be mailed to P.O. Box 5698, Charlottesville, VA 22905, or scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
Filing forms from candidates who also want to be considered for Officer positions on the Steering Committee must be received by 6 PM on December 1, 2023. If no one pre-files, then nominations will be taken from the floor.
All other Membership application forms must be received by 6 PM on December 5, 2023. Only those candidates who have timely and properly filed the Membership Application form can be elected to the Committee.
There shall be no filing fee for any membership candidates.
II. Qualification of Candidates:
The Membership Application Form, which all candidates for membership must sign, will include the following written declaration:
I declare myself to be a candidate for membership on the Albemarle County Democratic Committee. I also certify that: I am a Democrat; that I am a registered voter in Albemarle Count; that I believe in the principles of the Democratic Party; and that I do not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in the next ensuring election.
The Committee shall provide notice of this caucus by placement of a general notice of the filing deadline and the caucus, including noticing the caucus date, time, and location, along with the Call to Caucus, on the Democratic Party of Virginia, the Albemarle County Democratic Committee website and social media platforms; by email notification to Democrats who reside in Albemarle County; and through other reasonable means that will disseminate information about the caucus to registered voters in Albemarle County. In addition, reasonable actions shall be taken to promote participation in the caucus in accordance with the Affirmative Action provisions of the Party Plan of the DPVA.
IV. Membership Allocation
Each magisterial district may have up to 100 committee members elected.
Every Democrat who is a registered voter in Albemarle County is urged to attend and participate. Only candidates who have completed and submitted the Membership Application Form by 6 PM on December 5, 2023, may participate in the Caucus. However, filing forms from those who are also seeking an Officer position role with the Committee must be received no later than 6 PM on December 1, 2023.
VII. Conduct of the Caucus
The doors to the caucus will open at 5:30 and close at 6:00 PM. Upon the closing of the doors, only those participants who have registered or are in line to register at 6:00 PM will be permitted to participate.
VIII. Determination of Winners
If only one person files for a position, that person shall be declared the winner and the election for that specific position shall be cancelled.
If more individuals file than there are positions available, the candidates will be listed alphabetically on the ballot and will be elected by a plurality of the votes at the assembled caucus.
Vacancies may be filled by the new committee at the first meeting following the election of Officers.
VIII. Affirmative Action
It shall be the duty and goal of all members of the Albemarle Democratic Committee to seek out and encourage the broadest possible participation within the committee, and in its membership, of all duly qualified citizens without regard to race, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic identity, disability, or economic status.
IX. Officer Elections
Immediately following the adjournment of the assembled caucus, the newly formed Albemarle County Democratic Committee will meet in the same venue for the sole purpose of electing the officers of the Committee.