Recursos de la Junta Central Estatal

2018 IDAHO DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

– Preamble to the United States Constitution

We, the Idaho Democratic Party, are unified to serve the needs of all Idahoans. Idaho Democrats uphold the protections and responsibilities guaranteed to us by our state and national Constitutions. We fight for everyone to attain those rights and liberties when not fully realized. We stand for excellence in government, respect, compassion, unity, and liberty.

1. WE REQUIRE EQUALITY AND RESPECT FOR ALL IDAHOANS.

 We treat all people equally regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, immigration and/or refugee status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or age.

 We respect personal decisions that are private, including medical and reproductive decisions, religious practices, and political views.

 We respect and honor Idaho’s tribal sovereign nations.

2. WE REQUIRE AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR ALL IDAHOANS. 

 We support job creation through sustainable agriculture, mining, timber, and manufacturing, while expanding industries such as technology, clean energy, and tourism.

 We support effective public transportation, modern telecommunications, public infrastructure, including the safe and timely maintenance and repair of roads, bridges, and public buildings.

 We demand fair and affordable housing, childcare, and will fight to end homelessness.

 We demand fair banking, lending, and investment practices that enhance healthy communities and support Idaho businesses and individuals.

 We demand the protection of the Social Security Trust Fund.

 We demand equal pay for equal work.

3. WE REQUIRE FREE, SAFE, AND EQUAL PUBLIC EDUCATION 

 We demand the Idaho legislature fully and completely fund all Idaho public schools. We demand public funding for public schools.

 We support Pre-K education.

 We support vocational and technical schools, apprenticeship programs, and tuition free post-secondary education, including two- and four-year colleges.

 We support our teachers and staff, including competitive compensation and their right to collective bargaining.

4. WE REQUIRE ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, AND COMPREHENSIVE HEALTHCARE IN EVERY COMMUNITY. WE BELIEVE HEALTHCARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT AND NOT A PRIVILEGE.

 We demand Medicaid expansion.

 We demand access to mental health care and other necessary social services.

 We believe that no one in Idaho should die from a preventable illness or go bankrupt due to medical expenses and prescription drug costs.

 We demand fair and comprehensive access to healthcare for every Idahoan.

 We demand affordable healthcare to include the prevention of drug addiction and provide care and rehabilitation services for those suffering from addiction.

 We uphold an individual’s right to choose and their access to reproductive medical care.

 We support the legalization of CBD oil for medical use.

5. WE ADVOCATE FOR WIDESPREAD VOTER AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION.

 We endorse modern methods of voter registration, increased opportunities to cast ballots, and accurate verification of counted votes.

 We elect candidates that represent all people and are accountable and responsive to all their constituents.

 We demand that the Idaho independent redistricting commission remain unchanged.

 We demand voting in Idaho shall be free of foreign influence.

 We support legislation that empowers local communities.

6. WE REQUIRE HONEST AND TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT. 

 We demand open and transparent government.

 We demand all Idahoans have access to their government.

 We support the adoption of the recommendation of the 2017 panel for financial disclosure by legislators.

 We embrace the role of the free press as the guardians of democracy.

 We support campaign finance reform; corporations are not people.

7. WE BELIEVE IN THE STRENGTHS OF WORKING PEOPLE AND LABOR UNIONS, AS THEY ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND HEALTHY COMMUNITIES.

 We demand fair and equal treatment in the workplace that supports a livable wage.

 We believe in and work for a healthy economy that supports thriving families.

 We demand the repeal of Right to Work.

 We support labor unions and the worker’s right to organize and engage in collective bargaining free from government or business interference.

 We support businesses that act responsibly toward the working people, the State, and the environment.

8. WE REQUIRE A FAIR AND EQUITABLE TAX POLICY.

 We demand the elimination of all sales tax exemptions.

 We support a graduated corporate income tax rate.

 We require businesses to be responsible and pay their fair share of the budgetary needs of the state.

 We oppose using General Fund tax dollars for transportation infrastructure.

 We support local option taxing authority for cities and counties.

9. WE HONOR MILITARY SERVICE.

 We demand diplomacy before sending the people of our Armed Forces into harm’s way.

 We demand the defense of human rights around the world.

 We encourage, appreciate, and support all Idahoans and their families, serving in the military.

 We honor our veterans and support their successful return to their communities, including the guaranteed funding and protection of their post-service benefits.

10. WE BELIEVE IN BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT.

 We maintain a clean and healthful environment, including clean water and watersheds, clean air, and wild places.

 We commit to fact- and science-based measures to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate change.

 We require close regulation and monitoring of hydrocarbon development in Idaho to protect our water resources, property rights, and rural communities.

 We support the humane treatment of domestic, industrial, and wild animals.

 We recognize Idaho’s outdoor enthusiasts, including our heritage of fair chase hunting and fishing open to all Idahoans.

 We will keep Federal public lands inviolate and protect their ecological integrity; keeping public lands in public hands.

 We honor the place of sustainable family-owned agriculture in Idaho’s history.

 We stand with the farmers, ranchers, and workers who build the land’s natural abundance, biodiversity, and resilience.

 We support clean energy and sustainability of natural resources.

11. WE DEMAND A FAIR AND EFFECTIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.

 We demand all laws to be created fairly and uniformly enforced.

 We demand community law enforcement work in partnership with the citizens they serve.

 We believe victims, plaintiffs, and defendants have the right to speedy and fair trials.

 We believe bail must be fair and responsible.

 We believe in the importance of the public defender and the right of all people to have counsel. Sentencing must be proportionate to the crime committed with particular deference to rehabilitation and humanity.

 We reject private prisons.

 We demand a justice system that provides rehabilitation, enhanced education, access to mental healthcare, and employment opportunities.

 We demand a restorative criminal justice system free of bias regarding race, economic status, and other marginalized communities.

12. WE UPHOLD AMERICA’S TRADITION OF WELCOMING IMMIGRANTS

 We recognize immigrants as our neighbors, our co-workers, and our schoolmates. Our children will lead Idaho together and make Idaho strong.

 We demand the ethical treatment of those seeking opportunity and safety in the country.

 We demand comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform.

13. WE SUPPORT THE LEGALIZATION OF CANNABIS

 We believe medical cannabis should be a legal and available treatment option.

 We believe recreational cannabis should be allowed for those 21 years of age and older.

 We believe all cannabis tax revenue should be directed to additional educational funding and infrastructure improvement in our state.

 We believe the cultivation of agricultural hemp should be an option for Idaho farmers. 

14. WE SUPPORT THE FULL TEXT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT: “A WELL REGULATED MILITIA, BEING NECESSARY TO THE SECURITY OF A FREE STATE, THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” 

 We demand universal criminal background checks.

 We demand laws that keep guns out of the hands of convicted domestic abusers.

 We support the rights of hunters and sportspersons in Idaho.

 We support scientific research on gun violence.

Estos estatutos fueron presentados por el Comité de Reglas y Estatutos del Partido Demócrata de Idaho y aprobados por el Comité Central Estatal del Partido Demócrata de Idaho el 2 de mayo de 2020. 

Versión Imprimible

ARTÍCULO I - NOMBRE

Sección 1.1 Nombre. 

El nombre de la organización es Partido Demócrata de Idaho (el "IDP").

ARTÍCULO II - OBJETO

Sección 2.1 Propósitos del IDP.

2.1.1 Promover los intereses de IDP en el estado de Idaho;

2.1.2 Elegir candidatos a cargos públicos en todos los niveles de gobierno;

2.1.3 Adoptar una plataforma que declare las posiciones políticas de IDP;

2.1.4 Representar a IDP ante otros estados y a nivel nacional;

2.1.5 Para ayudar y apoyar a las organizaciones demócratas del condado y del distrito legislativo de Idaho;

2.1.6 Crear organizaciones del condado y del distrito legislativo y nominar candidatos para cubrir las vacantes de los funcionarios demócratas como se establece en este documento.

2.1.7 Participar en otras actividades necesarias para administrar y realizar transacciones comerciales de IDP con la ley y la carta nacional del Comité Nacional Demócrata ("DNC") (la "Carta Nacional").

ARTÍCULO III - MIEMBROS

Sección 3.1 Organización Abierta e Inclusiva. 

El IDP es abierto e inclusivo y se anima a todas las personas que deseen apoyar los valores y objetivos del IDP a participar plenamente en las actividades del partido. El IDP designa a ciertas personas como miembros del IDP en estos Estatutos únicamente con el fin de definir las operaciones formales del partido.

Sección 3.2 Designación de organizaciones de IDP 

El IDP consta de varias organizaciones que operan a nivel estatal y en cada condado y distrito legislativo de Idaho. Estas organizaciones son las siguientes, cada una con los poderes y deberes establecidos en estos Estatutos:

3.2.1 Un comité central estatal (el “Comité Estatal”);

3.2.2 Un comité de distrito legislativo (el "Comité de Distrito Legislativo") para cada distrito legislativo de Idaho (actualmente Idaho tiene 35 distritos legislativos); y

3.2.3 Un comité central del condado (el “Comité del Condado”) para cada condado de Idaho (actualmente Idaho tiene 44 condados).

Sección 3.3 El Comité Estatal.

3.3.1 Membresía del Comité Estatal. Los miembros del Comité Estatal (los "Miembros del Comité Estatal") son:

3.3.1.1 Membresía del condado. El presidente de cada comité del condado (el "presidente del condado"), y el miembro del comité estatal y la mujer del comité estatal de cada condado. Basado en el número de condados al 6 de junio de 2009, el Comité Estatal tiene un total de 132 posiciones para representantes de los Comités del Condado;

3.3.1.2 Membresía del Distrito Legislativo. El presidente de cada Comité Legislativo (el “Presidente del Distrito Legislativo”). Según el número de distritos legislativos al 6 de junio de 2009, el Comité Estatal tiene un total de 35 puestos para representantes de los Comités Legislativos;

3.3.1.3 Funcionarios Estatales. El presidente del Comité de Estado (el "Presidente del Estado"), los vicepresidentes del Comité de Estado (los "Vicepresidentes de Estado"), el tesorero del Comité de Estado (el "Tesorero del Estado").

3.3.1.4 El Miembro del Comité Nacional, la mujer del comité nacional, los miembros generales del DNC y los presidentes del grupo especial de IDP.

3.3.1.5 El líder Demócrata de la Cámara de Representantes de Idaho y el líder Demócrata del Senado de Idaho.

3.3.1.6 Ninguna persona puede ocupar más de un puesto en el Comité Estatal al mismo tiempo.

3.3.1.7 Los miembros del Comité Central del Estado deben haber declarado su afiliación partidaria como "Demócrata" con el Secretario de Estado de Idaho.

3.3.1.8 Certificación. Dentro de los treinta (30) días siguientes a las reuniones de organización requeridas en las Secciones 5.3.2 y 5.4.2, cada Comité del Condado y cada Comité de Distrito Legislativo certificará al Comité Estatal los nombres y la información de contacto completa de sus miembros en el Comité Estatal. Cada Comité del Condado y cada Comité de Distrito Legislativo actualizará su certificación dentro de los treinta (30) días siguientes a cualquier cambio en los miembros designados.

3.3.1.9 Renuncia. Un miembro del comité estatal puede renunciar solo mediante notificación por escrito al presidente del estado y al presidente del condado o al presidente del distrito legislativo. Dicha renuncia se hará efectiva de inmediato.

Sección 3.4 El Comité de Distrito Legislativo.

Los miembros de cada Comité de Distrito Legislativo (los "Miembros del Distrito Legislativo") son:

3.4.1 Los Capitanes de Distrito dentro del distrito legislativo; y

3.4.2 Los Oficiales Legislativos de Distrito.

Sección 3.5 El Comité del Condado. 

Los miembros de cada Comité del Condado (los "miembros del condado") son:

3.5.1 Los Capitanes de Distrito dentro del condado; y

3.5.2 Los Oficiales del Condado.

Sección 3.6 Vacantes de Capitán de Precinto. 

En cualquiera de sus reuniones, el Comité del Condado tendrá el poder de nombrar candidatos legalmente calificados para llenar cualquier vacante en los puestos de Capitán de Precinto. Si se hacen tales nombramientos, el Presidente del Condado proporcionará dicho aviso al secretario del condado o de otra manera según lo disponga la ley. No notificar al secretario del condado o no seguir cualquier otra disposición de la ley electoral de Idaho no anulará la validez del nombramiento. El Presidente del Partido Estatal tendrá la autoridad para nombrar personas legalmente calificadas para los puestos vacantes de Capitán de Precinto en caso de que el Comité del Condado no pueda hacerlo.

Sección 3.7 Acción afirmativa.

The IDP shall ensure the widest and fairest representation of its members in its organization and activities. All rules shall be adopted by procedures that assure the fair and open participation of all interested people. Discrimination in the conduct of Party affairs on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status, and physical disability shall be prohibited.  The Idaho Democratic Party supports freedom, equality, and justice & due process for all.

Sección 3.8 Autoridad del Condado y del Distrito Legislativo para adoptar estatutos. 

Los Comités del Condado y del Distrito Legislativo tienen derecho a promulgar estatutos adicionales por sí mismos siempre que dichos estatutos no entren en conflicto con los estatutos aquí establecidos.

ARTÍCULO IV - FUNCIONARIOS

Sección 4.1 Oficiales del Comité Estatal.

4.1.1 Designación de Funcionarios. Los oficiales del Comité Estatal (los "Oficiales Estatales") son:

4.1.1.1 El Presidente del Partido Estatal;

4.1.1.2 El Primer Vicepresidente del Comité Estatal (el “Primer Vicepresidente Estatal”);

4.1.1.3 El Segundo Vicepresidente del Comité Estatal (el “Segundo Vicepresidente Estatal”); y

4.1.1.4 El Tesorero del Comité Estatal (el "Tesorero Estatal").

4.1.2 Elegibilidad. Cualquier residente legal del Estado de Idaho que no sea candidato ni esté en funciones en el cargo de Senador de los Estados Unidos, Representante de los Estados Unidos o cualquier puesto elegido del Estado de Idaho en general, será elegible para ser Oficial del Estado. El Primer Vicepresidente del Estado será del sexo opuesto al Presidente del Estado. El segundo vicepresidente estatal será del sexo opuesto al primer vicepresidente.

4.1.3 Nominación y Elección. El Presidente del Partido Estatal, los Vicepresidentes del Estado y el Tesorero del Estado serán nominados en la junta y elegidos en la reunión organizativa del Comité Estatal que se llevará a cabo junto con el Banquete de Frank Church.

4.1.3.1 El Presidente del Partido Estatal y el Tesorero del Estado serán elegidos en años impares.

4.1.3.2 Los Vicepresidentes del Partido Estatal se elegirán en años pares.

4.1.3.3 La votación se realizará mediante boleta firmada y se requerirá que la mayoría de los miembros del Comité Estatal presentes para elegir.

4.1.4 Duración del Cargo. Los Oficiales del Estado serán elegidos por períodos de dos (2) años comenzando inmediatamente después de la reunión en la que fueron elegidos y terminando cuando su sucesor tome posesión. Los funcionarios estatales no están limitados en el número de mandatos que pueden desempeñar.

4.1.5 Retiro de la Oficina. Cualquier funcionario estatal puede ser destituido de su cargo de acuerdo con el siguiente procedimiento:

4.1.5.1 La acción se iniciará mediante una petición que especifique las razones de la remoción y que lleve las firmas de una cuarta parte o más de los miembros del Comité Estatal. La petición completa se entregará a la oficina estatal de IDP.

4.1.5.2 Dentro de los siete (7) días posteriores a la entrega de una petición que cumpla con los criterios de la Sección 4.1.5.1, el Presidente del Partido Estatal convocará y establecerá una fecha, hora y lugar para una reunión especial del Comité Estatal. La reunión tendrá lugar dentro de los treinta (30) días posteriores a la recepción de la petición por parte del Presidente. Si el Presidente del Partido no llama a dicha reunión, cualquier otro funcionario del estado puede hacerlo. Si todos los funcionarios estatales no convocan a una reunión, los peticionarios pueden emitir la convocatoria.

4.1.5.3 El personal de IDP enviará por correo un aviso de cualquier reunión especial en la que se deba considerar una petición de destitución de un oficial junto con una copia de la petición a todos los miembros del Comité Estatal al menos quince (15) días antes de la fecha de la reunión.

4.1.5.4 Un Oficial Estatal puede ser destituido de su cargo por mayoría de votos del Comité Estatal presente en la reunión especial. Se aplicarán los requisitos de quórum de la Sección 5.2.5.

4.1.5.5 Una reunión especial convocada para la remoción de un funcionario estatal puede incluir otros puntos en la agenda que serán adoptados al comienzo de la reunión.

4.1.6 Vacantes. Una vacante en la oficina de cualquier funcionario estatal puede cubrirse de acuerdo con el siguiente procedimiento:

4.1.6.1 En caso de renuncia, muerte o incapacidad del Presidente del Partido Estatal, el Primer Vicepresidente del Estado se convertirá en el Presidente del Estado en funciones hasta que se convoque una elección especial para cubrir cualquier parte restante del mandato por el Presidente del Estado en funciones dentro de 60 días de asumir la Presidencia.

4.1.6.1 (i) La elección especial se llevará a cabo de acuerdo con un proceso establecido por el Comité Ejecutivo del Estado.

4.1.6.1 (ii) Los votos se emitirán en persona en ubicaciones geográficamente equilibradas alrededor del estado, a ser determinadas por el Comité Ejecutivo del Estado.

4.1.6.1 (iii) La votación se realizará mediante una boleta firmada y se requerirá que la mayoría de los miembros del Comité Estatal presentes para elegir.

4.1.6.1 (iv) A los efectos de la elección de funcionarios, "presente" significa físicamente presente en uno de los lugares establecidos para la elección. Los apoderados válidamente llevados contarán como estar físicamente presentes en la persona que porta el apoderado. “Boleta electoral firmada” significa que la boleta electoral se firmará en persona en el lugar físico establecido para la elección. Los portadores apoderados firmarán la boleta con su propio nombre.

4.1.6.2 El Presidente del Partido Estatal, con la aprobación del Comité Ejecutivo del Comité Estatal (para "Comité Ejecutivo", ver el Artículo 6), hará nombramientos para cubrir las vacantes en los puestos de Vicepresidentes de Estado y Tesorero del Estado para el resto del plazo no vencido.

4.1.7 Deberes. Los Oficiales del Estado tendrán las siguientes funciones:

4.1.7.1 Presidente del Partido Estatal. El Presidente del Partido Estatal deberá:

(i) Presidir todas las reuniones del Comité Estatal y del Comité Ejecutivo.

(ii) Elaborar una propuesta de temario para cada reunión del Comité Estatal.

(iii) En consulta con el Comité Ejecutivo, nombrar al presidente de todos los comités permanentes y especiales, excepto según se disponga en otra parte de estos Estatutos.

(iv) Designar al asesor legal del IDP con la aprobación del Comité Ejecutivo.

(v) Emplear y nombrar a todo el resto del personal remunerado a tiempo completo con la aprobación del Comité Ejecutivo; y

(vi) Desempeñar los deberes que le asigne el Comité Estatal, así como los que habitualmente se delegan al Presidente del Partido.

4.1.7.2 Vicepresidentes de Estado. Los Vicepresidentes del Partido Estatal deberán:

(i) En ausencia del Presidente del Partido, o la imposibilidad de actuar, el Primer Vicepresidente del Estado puede desempeñar las funciones del Presidente del Estado con la aprobación previa del Comité Ejecutivo.

(ii) Los Vicepresidentes de Estado también desempeñarán otras funciones que el Comité de Estado pueda asignar.

4.1.7.3 Tesorero del Estado. El Tesorero del Estado deberá:

(i) Ser el custodio oficial de todos los fondos y valores del Comité Estatal del IDP.

(ii) Mantener registros adecuados relacionados con las finanzas del Comité Estatal.

(iii) Pagar todas las obligaciones legales y recibir todo el dinero del Comité Estatal.

(iv) Preparar y presentar al Comité Ejecutivo y Estatal un informe financiero para su inclusión en el paquete de avisos de cada reunión.

1.     Realizar los deberes que le asigne el Comité Estatal y los deberes que habitualmente se delegan a la Oficina del Tesorero.

2.    Servir como miembro del Comité de Finanzas y Cumplimiento.

Sección 4.2 Oficiales de los Comités de Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.1 Designación de Funcionarios. Los funcionarios de cada distrito legislativo (los "funcionarios del distrito legislativo") son:

4.2.1.1 El Presidente del Distrito Legislativo;

4.2.1.2 El vicepresidente del distrito legislativo (el “Vicepresidente del distrito legislativo”);

4.2.1.3 El secretario del distrito legislativo (el “Secretario del distrito legislativo”); y

4.2.1.4 El tesorero del distrito legislativo (el "Tesorero del distrito legislativo").

4.2.2 Elegibilidad. Cualquier residente legal del estado de Idaho que no sea candidato ni esté en funciones en el cargo de Senador de los Estados Unidos, Representante de los Estados Unidos o cualquier puesto elegido del estado en general será elegible para ser Oficial de Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.3 Nominación y Elecciones.

4.2.3.1 Los Miembros del Distrito Legislativo de un distrito legislativo elegirán a los Oficiales del Distrito Legislativo para ese distrito legislativo. Si una persona ocupa más de un cargo, tendrá un solo voto, excluyendo los apoderados válidamente ocupados.

4.2.3.2 Los Oficiales del Distrito Legislativo serán nominados del pleno y elegidos en la reunión organizativa del Comité del Distrito Legislativo. La votación será por votación nominal y se requerirá que la mayoría de los Miembros del Distrito Legislativo presentes elijan a cada Oficial del Distrito Legislativo. El Comité del Distrito Legislativo puede adoptar los procedimientos de segunda vuelta que considere apropiados.

4.2.4 Duración del cargo. Los Oficiales del Distrito Legislativo serán elegidos por períodos de dos (2) años, comenzando inmediatamente después de la reunión organizativa en la que son elegidos y terminando cuando su sucesor tome posesión. Los Oficiales del Distrito Legislativo no están limitados en el número de mandatos que pueden servir.

4.2.5 Eliminación. Los Oficiales de Distrito Legislativo pueden ser removidos siguiendo los procedimientos establecidos para remoción de Oficiales Estatales establecidos en la Sección 4.1.5 con la excepción de que al menos una cuarta parte de los Capitanes de Precinto en el distrito legislativo deben firmar la petición de remoción.

4.2.6 Vacantes.

4.2.6.1 En caso de una vacante en el cargo de Presidente de Distrito Legislativo, el Vicepresidente de Distrito Legislativo convocará una reunión del Comité de Distrito Legislativo dentro de los treinta (30) días posteriores a la vacante para elegir un nuevo Presidente de Distrito Legislativo. Si el Vicepresidente del Distrito Legislativo no completa la elección o si el distrito legislativo no tiene un Vicepresidente del Distrito Legislativo, el Presidente del Estado convocará la reunión y designará a una persona para que la lleve a cabo dentro de los treinta (30) días. de la vacante, si es posible.

4.2.6.2 Después de la vacante en el puesto de Presidente del Distrito Legislativo, el Vicepresidente del Distrito Legislativo servirá como Presidente del Distrito Legislativo hasta que el Comité del Distrito Legislativo elija un reemplazo.

4.2.6.3 En caso de que no haya un Comité de Distrito Legislativo (no hay Capitanes de Precinto), el Presidente del Estado tendrá el poder de llenar una vacante inmediatamente en la oficina del Presidente del Distrito Legislativo, siempre que el Presidente del Estado obtenga primero la aprobación del Comité Ejecutivo, y convocará una elección del Comité del Distrito Legislativo dentro de los treinta (30) días posteriores al nombramiento.

4.2.6.4 El Presidente del Distrito Legislativo cubrirá las vacantes en los otros puestos de Oficial del Distrito Legislativo a medida que ocurran. El término de dichos nombramientos continuará hasta que el Comité del Distrito Legislativo elija reemplazos, lo que ocurrirá a más tardar en la próxima reunión programada regularmente del Comité del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7 Deberes. Los oficiales del comité del distrito legislativo realizarán las siguientes funciones:

4.2.7.1 Presidente del Distrito Legislativo. El Presidente del Distrito Legislativo deberá:

4.2.7.1.1 Presidir todas las reuniones del Comité de Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.1.2 Preparar una agenda propuesta para cada reunión del Comité del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.1.3 Realizar los deberes que le sean asignados por el Comité Estatal o sus designados, o por el Comité del Distrito Legislativo y los deberes que habitualmente se delegan a la oficina del Presidente del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.2 Vicepresidente del Distrito Legislativo. El Vicepresidente del Distrito Legislativo deberá:

4.2.7.2.1 Actuar como Presidente del Distrito Legislativo en cualquier reunión del Comité del Distrito Legislativo si el Presidente del Distrito Legislativo está ausente.

4.2.7.2.2 Realizar los deberes que le asigne el Comité del Distrito Legislativo, y los deberes que habitualmente se delegan a la oficina del Vicepresidente del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.3 Secretario del Distrito Legislativo. El Secretario del Distrito Legislativo deberá:

4.2.7.3.1 Registrar las actas de todas las reuniones del Comité del Distrito Legislativo o designar a un miembro de dicho comité para que las registre.

4.2.7.3.2 De acuerdo con estos Estatutos y cualquier regla adoptada por el Comité del Distrito Legislativo, preparar y distribuir a todos los miembros del Comité del Distrito Legislativo, el aviso y la agenda propuesta para las reuniones del Comité del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.3.3 Mantener todos los registros y actas del Comité de Distrito Legislativo durante al menos siete años o según lo requiera la ley.

4.2.7.3.4 Realizar los deberes que le asigne el Comité del Distrito Legislativo y los deberes que habitualmente se delegan a la oficina del Secretario del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.4 El Tesorero del Distrito Legislativo deberá:

4.2.7.4.1 Ser el custodio oficial de todos los fondos y valores del Comité del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.4 .2 Mantener registros adecuados relacionados con las finanzas del Comité del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.4.3 Pagar todas las obligaciones legales y recibir todo el dinero del Comité del Distrito Legislativo.

4.2.7.4.4 Preparar y presentar al Comité Legislativo del Distrito un informe financiero de cada año dentro de los treinta (30) días de su cierre.

4.2.7.4.5 Desempeñar las funciones que habitualmente se delegan a la Oficina del Tesorero.

Sección 4.3 Oficiales de los Comités del Condado.

4.3.1 Designación de Oficiales. Los funcionarios de cada condado (los "funcionarios del condado") son:

4.3.1.1 El presidente del condado;

4.3.1.2 El vicepresidente del condado (el "Vicepresidente del condado"); y

4.3.1.3 El secretario del condado (el "Secretario del condado")

4.3.1.4 El miembro del comité estatal del condado (el "miembro del comité estatal")

4.3.1.5 La mujer del comité estatal del condado (la “mujer del comité estatal”).

4.3.1.6 El tesorero del condado (el "Tesorero del condado").

4.3.2 Elegibilidad. Cualquier residente legal del estado de Idaho que no sea candidato ni esté en funciones en la oficina de Senador de los Estados Unidos, Representante de los Estados Unidos o cualquier puesto elegido del estado en general, será elegible para ser Oficial del Condado.

4.3.3 Nominación y Elecciones.

4.3.3.1 Los Miembros del Condado de un Condado elegirán a los oficiales del Condado para ese condado. Si una persona ocupa más de un cargo, tendrá un solo voto, excluyendo los apoderados válidamente ocupados.

4.3.3.2 Los Oficiales del Condado serán nominados en la sala y elegidos en la reunión organizativa del Comité del Condado. La votación se hará por votación nominal y se requerirá que la mayoría de los miembros del condado presentes elijan a cada funcionario del condado. El Comité del Condado puede adoptar los procedimientos de segunda vuelta que considere apropiados.

4.3.4 Duración del cargo. Los oficiales serán elegidos por períodos de dos (2) años comenzando inmediatamente después de la reunión organizativa en la que son elegidos y terminando cuando su sucesor asuma el cargo. Los Oficiales del Condado no están limitados en el número de mandatos que pueden desempeñar.

4.3.5 Remoción. Los Oficiales del Condado pueden ser removidos siguiendo los procedimientos establecidos para remoción de Oficiales Estatales establecidos en la Sección 4.1.5 con la excepción de que al menos una cuarta parte de los Capitanes de Precinto en el Condado deben firmar la petición de remoción.

4.3.6 Vacantes.

4.3.6.1 En caso de una vacante en la oficina del Presidente del Condado, el Vicepresidente del Condado convocará una reunión del Comité del Condado dentro de los treinta (30) días posteriores a la vacante para elegir un nuevo Presidente del Condado. Si el vicepresidente del condado no completa la elección o si el condado no tiene un vicepresidente del condado, el presidente del estado convocará la reunión y designará a una persona para que la lleve a cabo dentro de los treinta (30) días posteriores a la vacante. , si es factible.

4.3.6.2 Después de la vacante en el puesto de Presidente del Condado, el Vicepresidente del Condado actuará como Presidente del Condado hasta que el Comité del Condado elija un reemplazo.

4.3.6.3 En caso de que no haya un comité del condado (no hay capitanes de distrito), el presidente del partido estatal tendrá el poder de llenar una vacante inmediatamente en la oficina del presidente del condado, siempre que el presidente del estado primero obtenga la aprobación del comité ejecutivo, y convocará una elección del Comité del Condado dentro de los treinta (30) días posteriores al nombramiento.

4.3.6.4 El Presidente del Condado llenará las vacantes en los otros puestos de oficiales del condado a medida que ocurran. El término de dichos nombramientos continuará hasta que el Comité del Condado elija reemplazos, lo que ocurrirá a más tardar en la próxima reunión programada regularmente del Comité del Condado.

4.3.7 Deberes. Los oficiales del comité del Condado realizarán las siguientes funciones:

4.3.7.1 Presidente del Condado. El Presidente del Condado deberá:

4.3.7.1.1 Presidir todas las reuniones del Comité del Condado.

4.3.7.1.2 Preparar una agenda propuesta para cada reunión del Comité del Condado.

4.3.7.1.3 Realizar los deberes que puedan ser asignados por el Comité Estatal o sus designados, o por el Comité del Condado, y los deberes que habitualmente se delegan a la oficina del Presidente del Condado.

4.3.7.2 Vicepresidente del condado. El vicepresidente del condado deberá:

4.3.7.2.1 Actuar como Presidente del Condado en cualquier reunión del comité del Condado si el presidente del Condado está ausente.

4.3.7.2.2 Realizar las tareas que le asigne el Comité del Condado y las tareas que habitualmente se delegan a la oficina del Vicepresidente del Condado.

4.3.7.3 Secretario del Condado. El Secretario del Condado deberá:

4.3.7.3.1 Registre las actas de todas las reuniones del Comité del Condado o designe a un miembro de dicho comité para que las registre.

4.3.7.3.2 De acuerdo con estos Estatutos y cualquier regla adoptada por el Comité del Condado, preparar y distribuir a todos los miembros del Comité del Condado, el aviso y la agenda propuesta para las reuniones del Comité del Condado.

4.3.7.3.3 Mantener todos los registros y actas del Comité del Condado durante al menos siete años o según lo requiera la ley.

4.3.7.3.4 Realizar los deberes que le asigne el Comité del Condado y los deberes que habitualmente se delegan a la oficina del Secretario del Condado.

4.3.7.4 El Tesorero del Condado deberá:

4.3.7.4.1 Ser el custodio oficial de todos los fondos y valores del Comité del Condado.

4.3.7.4.2 Mantener registros adecuados relacionados con las finanzas del Comité del Condado.

4.3.7.4.3 Pagar todas las obligaciones legales y recibir todo el dinero del Comité del Condado.

4.3.7.4.4 Preparar y presentar al Comité del Condado un informe financiero para cada año dentro de los treinta (30) días posteriores a su cierre.

4.3.7.4.5 Realizar las tareas que habitualmente se delegan a la Oficina del Tesorero.

4.3.7.5 Miembro del Comité Estatal y Miembra del Comité Estatal. El miembro del comité estatal y la mujer del comité estatal deberán:

4.3.7.5.1 Representar al Comité del Condado en el Comité Estatal;

4.3.7.5.2 Informar al Comité del Condado sobre las actividades del Comité Estatal.

4.3.7.5.3 Realizar los deberes que puedan ser asignados por el Comité Estatal o sus designados, o por el Comité del Condado, y los deberes que habitualmente se delegan a la oficina del Comité Estatal o Mujer del Comité Estatal.

ARTÍCULO V - REUNIONES

Sección 5.1 Reuniones Abiertas. 

Todas las reuniones de IDP estarán abiertas al público. Las organizaciones del partido pueden adoptar reglas razonables para permitir que las sesiones ejecutivas discutan la estrategia electoral y otros asuntos delicados.

Sección 5.2 Reuniones del Comité Estatal.

5.2.1 Reuniones Ordinarias. El Presidente del Estado designará la hora y el lugar de las reuniones regulares del Comité Estatal.

5.2.2 Frecuencia de las Reuniones. El Comité Estatal se reunirá al menos cuatro (4) veces al año, incluidas al menos dos (2) reuniones en persona. El Comité Estatal celebrará una reunión organizativa junto con el Banquete de la Iglesia Frank cada año después de la elección general legislativa en la que se eligen los Oficiales Estatales. El Comité Estatal también se reunirá en la Convención Estatal sobre desplazados internos durante los años de elecciones legislativas.

5.2.3 Reuniones Extraordinarias. El presidente estatal puede convocar una reunión especial del comité estatal en cualquier momento. En ausencia o incapacidad del Presidente del Estado, el Vicepresidente del Estado puede convocar una reunión especial. Cualquier otro funcionario estatal puede convocar una reunión especial en ausencia o incapacidad del presidente del estado y el vicepresidente del estado. Un cuarto (1/4) de los miembros del Comité Estatal (sin incluir los puestos vacantes) puede convocar una reunión especial en cualquier momento.

5.2.4 Aviso. La persona o personas que convoquen a cualquier reunión del Comité Estatal deberán notificar a los Miembros del Comité Estatal por escrito al menos catorce (14) días antes de dicha reunión de la fecha y hora, lugar y propósito de la reunión. Las reuniones de emergencia convocadas con un aviso más breve se considerarán debidamente convocadas si dos tercios (2/3) de los miembros del Comité Estatal (sin incluir los puestos vacantes) están presentes o debidamente representados.

5.2.5 Quórum. Una cuarta parte (1/4) de los miembros del Comité Estatal sentados constituirá un quórum para cualquier reunión ordinaria o especial del Comité Estatal.

5.2.6 Agenda.

5.2.6.1 La (s) persona (s) que convoquen la reunión prepararán una agenda propuesta y, cuando sea posible, notificarán a los miembros del Comité Estatal la agenda propuesta antes de cada reunión. Las propuestas de temas adicionales para la agenda o los cambios sugeridos deberán presentarse al presidente antes de la reunión. El primer orden del día de cada reunión será la adopción del orden del día en su forma enmendada, incluidas las enmiendas que la mayoría de los miembros del Comité Estatal presentes puedan agregar desde el salón.

5.2.6.2 Una vez adoptado, el orden del día regirá los asuntos que se desarrollen en la reunión, y no se considerarán los asuntos no incluidos en el orden del día, ni se considerarán los asuntos en un orden diferente al del orden del día adoptado, excepto con voto por dos tercios (2/3) de los presentes y votantes.

5.2.6.3 Salvo que se indique expresamente en otra parte de los estatutos (p. Ej., reemplazo de funcionarios), no se podrá negociar ningún asunto en una reunión especial que no se haya tratado en el aviso de la reunión.

5.2.7 Votación.

5.2.7.1 Solo aquellos Miembros del Comité Estatal, o sus apoderados, que estén presentes en la Reunión del Comité Estatal, en persona o por teléfono, enlace web o dispositivo similar, serán elegibles para votar sobre los asuntos del Comité.

5.2.7.2 En ausencia o incapacidad de un presidente del condado o un presidente del distrito legislativo, el vicepresidente puede asistir a una reunión del comité estatal y votar en lugar del presidente del condado o del distrito legislativo.

5.2.7.3 Excepto por lo establecido en la Sección 5.2.7.2, cualquier Miembro del Comité Estatal puede votar por poder en cualquier reunión del Comité Estatal. Dicho poder deberá ser por escrito, identificará la reunión en cuestión por fecha y la persona a quien se le otorga el poder. Los miembros del comité estatal pueden otorgar sus poderes solo a otra persona que resida en su distrito legislativo o condado, el que tenga mayor población. Ninguna persona podrá llevar más de dos poderes a una reunión del Comité Estatal.

5.2.7.4 El Presidente del Estado no votará excepto para romper un empate.

5.2.8 Las actas de todas las reuniones serán registradas y distribuidas por una persona designada por el Presidente del Estado.

Section 5.3 Meetings of the Legislative District Committee.

5.3.1 Regular Meetings. The Legislative District Chair shall designate the time and place of regular meetings of the Legislative District Committee.

5.3.2 Frequency of Meetings. The Legislative District Committee shall meet, at a minimum, within 11 days following the primary election at which Precinct Captains are elected (currently, this election occurs every two years in even-numbered years). This paragraph shall apply both to existing committees and to newly constituted committees. If the organizational meeting does not occur, fails for want of a quorum or includes any defect, the Legislative District Chair or the State Chair may reconvene the meeting at any time, and the subsequently completed meeting will be deemed to meet the requirements of these Bylaws and applicable law.

5.3.3 Special Meetings. The Legislative District Chair may call a special meeting of the Legislative District Committee at any time. In the Legislative District Chair’s absence or incapacity, the Legislative District Vice-Chair may call a special meeting. Any other Legislative District Officer may call a special meeting in the absence or incapacity of the Legislative District Chair and the Legislative District Vice-Chair. One-fourth (1/4) of the Legislative District Committee Members may call a special meeting at any time. Special meetings of the Legislative District Committee may be called on whatever timetable is practicable for the purpose of recommending candidates to fill vacancies in the State Legislature.

5.3.4 Notice. The person or persons calling any meeting of the Legislative District Committee shall notify the Legislative District Committee Members in writing at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such meeting of the date and time, place and the purpose for the meeting. Emergency meetings called upon shorter notice shall be deemed properly called if two-thirds (2/3) of the Legislative District Committee Members (not including vacant positions) are present or duly represented.

5.3.5 Quorum. One quarter (1/4) of the seated Legislative District Committee Members shall constitute a quorum for any regular or special meeting of the Legislative District Committee.

5.3.6 Agenda.

5.3.6.1 The person(s) calling the meeting shall prepare a proposed agenda and provide notice to the Legislative District Committee Members of the proposed agenda prior to each meeting. Proposals for additional items for the agenda or suggested changes shall be submitted to the Chair prior to the meeting. The first order of business of each meeting shall be the adoption of the agenda as amended, including such amendments as may be added from the floor by a majority of Legislative District Committee Members present.

5.3.6.2 Once adopted, the agenda shall govern the business conducted at the meeting, and matters not included on the agenda will not be considered, nor shall matters be considered in a different order than the adopted agenda, except by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting.

5.3.6.3 No business may be transacted at a special meeting that is not discussed in the notice of the meeting except to fill a vacancy that occurs after the call for a meeting.

5.3.7 Voting.

5.3.7.1 Only those Legislative District Committee Members and Officers, or their proxies, who are present at the Legislative District Committee Meeting, in person or by telephone, web link, or similar device, shall be eligible to vote on Committee business. Proxy holders may be other Precinct Captains or other Democrats residing in the legislative district.

5.3.7.2 Proxies must be in a form reasonably acceptable to the Legislative District Chair. Proxies may be held by other Legislative District Committee Members but no person may hold more than one proxy. Legislative District Committees may grant automatic proxies to vice-captains or persons holding similar positions.

5.3.7.3 The Legislative District Chair shall not vote except to break a tie.

5.3.8 Meetings to Fill Legislative Vacancies.

5.3.8.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, in the event a Legislative District Committee has the right to recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in the Idaho State Legislature, the Chair of the Legislative District Committee in which such vacancy exists shall call a meeting of the Legislative District Committee within (10) days or such other period as required by law. At least forty-eight (48) hours notice shall be provided, by telephone, e-mail or facsimile wherever practicable.

5.3.8.2 Except as set forth in this paragraph, the voting procedures of Section 5.3.7 shall apply. Only Precinct Captains shall have the right to nominate candidates. The Legislative District Committee shall nominate three candidates, each of whom shall be a Democrat and shall have the legal qualifications to serve in the Idaho Legislature. Each Precinct Captain shall have the right to vote for three (3) candidates in order of preference.

5.3.8.3 The Legislative District Chair shall submit the names of the three nominees to the Governor within two (2) days of their selection. The nominees shall be listed in order of preference.

5.3.8.4 In the event the Governor does not fill the vacancy within the time required by law, and unless the Legislative District Committee specifically takes other action, the Legislative District Committee shall be deemed to have selected the candidate who had the highest vote total at the Legislative District Committee meeting and the Legislative District Chair shall notify the governor and any other necessary persons of this selection.

Section 5.4 Meetings of the County Committee.

5.4.1 Regular Meetings. The County Chair shall designate the time and place of regular meetings of the County Committee.

5.4.2 Frequency of Meetings. The County Committee shall meet, at a minimum, within 10 days following the primary election at which Precinct Captains are elected (currently, this election occurs every two years in even-numbered years). This paragraph shall apply both to existing committees and to newly constituted committees. If the organizational meeting fails for want of a quorum or includes any defect, the County Chair or the State Chair, if the County Chair is unable to act, may reconvene the meeting at any time, and the subsequently completed meeting will be deemed to meet the requirements of these Bylaws and applicable law. County Committees are strongly encouraged to meet at least four (4) times a year.

5.4.3 Special Meetings. The County Chair may call a special meeting of the County Committee at any time. In the County Chair’s absence or incapacity, the County Vice-Chair may call a special meeting. Any other County Officer may call a special meeting in the absence or incapacity of the County Chair and the County Vice-Chair. One-fourth (1/4) of the County Committee Members may call a special meeting at any time. Special meetings of the County Committee may be called on whatever timetable is practicable for the purpose of recommending candidates to fill vacancies in county offices.

5.4.4 Notice. The person or persons calling any meeting of the County Committee shall notify the County Committee Members in writing at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such meeting of the date and time, place and the purpose for the meeting. Emergency meetings called upon shorter notice shall be deemed properly called if two-thirds (2/3) of the County Committee Members (not including vacant positions) are present or duly represented. Special meetings of the County Committee may be called on whatever notice is practicable for purposes of recommending candidates to fill vacancies in county offices.

5.4.5 Quorum. One quarter (1/4) of the seated County Committee Members shall constitute a quorum for any regular or special meeting of the County Committee.

5.4.6 Agenda.

5.4.6.1 The person(s) calling the meeting shall prepare a proposed agenda and provide notice to the County Committee Members of the proposed agenda prior to each meeting. Proposals for additional items for the agenda or suggested changes shall be submitted to the Chair prior to the meeting. The first order of business of each meeting shall be the adoption of the agenda as amended, including such amendments as may be added from the floor by a majority of County Committee Members present.

5.4.6.2 Once adopted, the agenda shall govern the business conducted at the meeting, and matters not included on the agenda will not be considered, nor shall matters be considered in a different order than the adopted agenda, except by two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting.

5.4.6.3 No business may be transacted at a special meeting that is not discussed in the notice of the meeting, except to fill a vacancy that occurs after the call for the meeting.

5.4.7 Voting.

5.4.7.1 Only those County Committee Members and Officers, or their proxies, who are present at the County Committee Meeting, in person or by telephone, web link, or similar device, shall be eligible to vote on Committee business. Proxy holders may be other Precinct Captains or other Democrats residing in the county.

5.4.7.2 Proxies must be in a form reasonably acceptable to the County Chair. Proxies may be held by other County Committee Members but no person may hold more than one proxy.

5.4.7.3 The County Chair shall not vote except to break a tie.

5.4.8 Meetings for filling county commission vacancies.

5.4.8.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, in the event a County Committee has the right to recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in the county commission, the County Chair of the County Committee in which such vacancy exists shall call a meeting of the County Committee within (10) days or such other period as required by law. At least forty-eight (48) hours notice shall be provided, by telephone, e-mail or facsimile wherever practicable.

5.4.8.2 Except as set forth in this paragraph, the voting procedures of Section 5.4.7 shall apply. Only Precinct Captains shall have the right to nominate candidates. The County Committee shall nominate three candidates, each of whom shall be a Democrat and shall have the legal qualifications to serve as a county commissioner. Each Precinct Captain shall have the right to vote for three (3) candidates in order of preference.

5.4.8.3 The County Chair shall submit the names of the three nominees to the Governor within two (2) days of their selection. The nominees shall be listed in order of preference.

5.4.8.4 In the event the Governor does not fill the vacancy within the time required by law, and unless the County Committee specifically takes other action, the County Committee shall be deemed to have selected the candidate who had the highest vote total at the County Committee meeting and the County Chair shall notify the governor and any other necessary persons of this selection.

5.4.9 Meetings to Fill Other County Vacancies.

5.4.9.1 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws, in the event a County Committee has the right to recommend candidates to fill a vacancy in any county office other than commissioner, including prosecuting attorney, treasurer, sheriff, coroner, assessor, auditor, clerk or clerk of the district court, the County Chair of the County Committee in which such vacancy exists shall call a meeting of the County Committee within (10) days or such other period as required by law. At least forty-eight (48) hours notice shall be provided, by telephone, e-mail or facsimile wherever practicable.

5.4.9.2 Except as set forth in this paragraph, the voting procedures of Section 5.4.7 shall apply. Only Precinct Captains shall have the right to nominate candidates. The County Committee shall nominate three candidates, each of whom shall be a Democrat and shall have the legal qualifications to serve in the office in which the vacancy exists. Each Precinct Captain shall have the right to vote for three (3) candidates in order of preference.

5.4.9.3 The County Chair shall submit the names of the three nominees to the board of county commissioners within two (2) days of their selection. The nominees shall be listed in order of preference.

5.4.9.4 In the event the board of county commissioners does not fill the vacancy within the time required by law, and unless the County Committee specifically takes other action, the County Committee shall be deemed to have selected the candidate who had the highest vote total at the County Committee meeting and the County Chair shall notify the board of county commissioners and any other necessary persons of this selection.

ARTICLE VI – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 6.1 Creation of Executive Committee. 

It being necessary for the business of the State Committee to be carried on from month to month and the size and geographical distribution of the State Committee being such that frequent, regular meetings of the State Committee are impractical, an Executive Committee of the State Committee is hereby created.

Section 6.2 Powers.

The Executive Committee shall have the power to:

6.2.1 Act for the State Committee between regular meetings, provided the actions are submitted to the State Committee for ratification or rejection at its next meeting.

6.2.2 Carry forward the policies and programs of the Democratic National Committee and the IDP.

6.2.3 Make recommendations to the State Committee on budgetary and personnel matters and provide oversight for State Party expenditures.

Section 6.3 Membership.

6.3.1 Except as set forth in Section 6.4, the voting members of the Executive Committee (the “Executive Committee Members”) shall consist of the State Chair, State Vice-Chairs, State Treasurer, the National Committeeman and National Committeewoman, and eight State Committee Members from seven regions (the “Regional Representatives”) designated as follows:

Region I: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone (one representative).

Region II: Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, and Nez Perce (one representative).

Region III: Adams, Canyon, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, and Washington (one representative).

Regions IV: Ada, Boise, Elmore and Valley (two representatives, one from Congressional District 1 and one from Congressional District 2).

Region V: Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka and Twin Falls (one representative).

Region VI: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, and Power (one representative).

Region VII: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Teton (one representative).

6.3.2 Additionally, the State Chair may from time to time appoint non-voting, advisory members to the Executive Committee to reflect the views and interests of the various constituent groups of the IDP. Such members shall receive notice of all meetings of the Executive Committee and may participate in such meetings except as noted.

Section 6.4 Election of Members.

The Regional Representatives shall serve two year terms and shall be elected by the State Committee Members from their respective regions, with each State Committee Member receiving one vote. A State Committee Member’s region shall be determined by the location of his or her physical residence. The election shall be conducted in the same manner and at the same meeting as that of the State Chair.

6.4.1 Each State Committee Member may nominate Regional Representative candidates from his or her own region, and may nominate himself or herself. The State Chair may nominate Regional Representative candidates for any and all regions.

Section 6.5 Meetings and Telephone Conferences.

6.5.1 The Executive Committee shall meet to act for the State Central Committee when time does not permit a proper calling of a meeting of the Central Committee, provided the actions are submitted to the State Central Committee for endorsements or rejection at its next meeting.

6.5.2 The State Chair or his or her designee shall give notice in writing and by mail to all Executive Committee Members at least ten (10) days prior to the date of any Executive Committee meeting. Notice of telephone conferences shall be attempted by telephone at least twenty-four (24) hours before the conference. Any shorter notice shall need to be sanctioned by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at the meeting or during the telephone conference.

6.5.3 Five (5) Executive Committee Members may call a meeting of the Executive Committee by providing notice of such meeting, in writing, to each of the other members at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.

Section 6.6 Quorum.

A majority of the voting members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum. Except for the Regional Representatives, a vacancy in any position on the Executive Committee shall not be counted for purposes of determining a quorum.

Section 6.7 Proxies.

Proxies shall not be permitted for Executive Committee Members.

Section 6.8 Vacancies. 

Any vacancy in a Regional Representative position on the Executive Committee shall be filled, in the first instance, by the State Chair, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. Any such appointee must be a member of the State Committee from a county within the region experiencing the vacancy. The State Committee shall either confirm or reject the State Chair’s appointment at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

Section 6.9 Removal. 

Members of the Executive Committee serve at the pleasure of the State Committee and may be removed by a majority vote thereof at any properly called meeting of the State Committee.

ARTICLE VII – OTHER COMMITTEES

Section 7.1 Standing Committees. 

The standing committees of the State Committee (the “Standing Committees”) shall be:

7.1.1 Membership and Fundraising Committee

7.1.2 Finance and Compliance Committee

7.1.3 Personnel Committee

7.1.4 Rules and Bylaws Committee

7.1.4.1 The Rules and Bylaws Committee shall act as the Committee on Convention Standing Rules and shall advise the State Chair and Convention Chair during State Conventions.

7.1.5 Convention Committees: (Convention Committees shall be active during convention years and at other times as deemed appropriate by the State Chair.)

7.1.5.1 Platform Committee

7.1.5.2 Credentials Committee

7.1.5.3 Program Committee

7.1.5.4 Standing Rules Committee (The Standing Committee on Rules and Bylaws shall act as the Standing Rules Committee during Conventions)

7.1.6 Campaign Committee(s): (Campaign Committees shall be active during campaign years and at other times as deemed appropriate by the State Chair. These committees may be one committee or two committees as designated by the State Chair.)

7.1.6.1 Coordinated Campaign Committee

7.1.6.2 Statewide Candidate Recruitment Committee

7.1.7 Communications Committee

7.1.8 Technology and Voter File Committee

7.1.5.5 Resolutions Committee (All Resolutions to be heard by the IDP shall first be heard by the Committee. Any Resolution not recommended to the body by the Resolutions committee may be advanced from the Committee with a 2/3 vote of the body)

7.1.9 Affirmative Action Committee

Section 7.2 Duties of Standing Committees. 

The State Chair or his or her designee shall, in consultation with the Executive Committee, designate the objectives and duties of the Standing Committee to the committee chair in writing. No Standing Committee shall have the power to act on behalf of the State Committee unless the State Committee expressly grants such power in writing.

Section 7.3 Additional Standing Committees and Special Committees.

7.3.1 The State Committee may create additional Standing Committees as it deems appropriate by majority vote of the State Committee Members present at any meeting of the State Committee.

7.3.2 The State Chair may appoint special committees to address issues not otherwise addressed by the standing committees and may limit the duration of the committee’s operation.

Section 7.4 Committee Chairs and Membership.

7.4.1 The State Chair shall appoint all Standing Committee and Special Committee chairs, in consultation with the Executive Committee. Committee Chairs shall serve at the discretion of the State Chair.

7.4.2 The State Chair shall appoint all members of all Standing Committees and Special Committees, in consultation with the appointed Committee Chair. Membership in Standing Committees shall be as geographically representative as is reasonable. Term of membership in all Standing and Special Committees shall be at the discretion of the State Chair.

7.4.3 A committee chair shall have the same powers within the committee as the State Chair has within the State Committee, including the right to vote on all matters before the committee.

7.4.4 Reporting Procedures: All Standing Committee chairs or their designees shall report on behalf of the committee to the State Committee during the meeting of the State Committee at the Frank Church Banquet and at any other State Committee meeting when requested by the State Chair. The form of the report shall be designated by the State Chair. The State Chair may request that the Committee Chair or designee report from time to time to the Executive Committee to provide information important to decision making of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VIII – DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Section 8.1 DNC Affiliate. 

The IDP shall serve as the affiliate of the DNC for the State of Idaho.

Section 8.2 Idaho Members of DNC. 

The State Chair, next highest officer of the State Committee of a gender different than that of the State Chair (failing that, a member of the State Committee satisfying the gender requirement elected by that body specifically for this purpose), and a gender-balanced group of National Committeemen and National Committeewomen elected to fill such additional slots as allocated by the DNC, shall serve as members of the DNC as provided by the National Charter.

Section 8.3 Election of National Committeeman/Committeewoman.

The National Committeeman and National Committeewoman shall be elected at the State Democratic Convention in presidential election years by a majority vote of the delegates present and voting. Such members shall serve for a term of four (4) years; this term of office shall commence at the next quadrennial reorganization meeting of the DNC.

Section 8.4 Vacancies. 

In the event that a vacancy should occur in the office of a National Committeeman or National Committeewoman, the State Chair shall within sixty (60) days call a meeting of the State Committee at which time a new National Committeeman or National Committeewoman, as the case may be, shall be appointed by the State Committee until a successor can be duly elected at the next State Democratic Convention

Section 8.5 Duties. 

The duties of National Committeeman and National Committeewoman shall be as provided by the National Charter. In addition, they may be asked to undertake such other duties as the State Committee may designate, the acceptance of which is solely at their individual discretion.

Section 8.6 Election of National Delegates. 

The IDP shall participate in the election of delegates to the Democratic National Convention in accordance with the IDP’s delegate selection plan approved by the DNC.

ARTICLE IX – CONVENTIONS

Section 9.1 Call. 

The State Chair, acting on the recommendations of the State Committee, shall call the State Democratic Convention (“State Convention”) each legislative election year during the month of June. The purpose of the State Convention shall be:

9.1.1 Adopt a platform for the IDP.

9.1.2 In the year of Presidential elections:

9.1.2.1 Elect delegates to the Democratic National Convention in the manner prescribed by DNC rules.

9.1.2.2 Elect National Committeeman and National Committeewoman pursuant to sections 8.2 and 8.3 of these Bylaws.

9.1.2.3 Ratify the selection of Presidential electors nominated by the State Chair; in the event that one or more such electors are rejected by a majority of the State Convention delegates, the State Chair shall nominate for ratification new electors to fill any such slots until all elector positions are filled.

9.1.2.4 Perform other functions as may be assigned to it by the State Committee and consistent with the National Charter, applicable law, and these Bylaws.

Section 9.2 Delegate Selection Procedure. 

Los procedimientos para seleccionar delegados a la Convención Estatal serán determinados por el Comité Estatal, pero deben ser consistentes con la Carta Nacional, la ley aplicable, estos Estatutos y un plan de selección de delegados / convocatoria a la convención, si corresponde. Los delegados a la Convención Nacional Demócrata serán elegidos de acuerdo con el plan de selección de delegados del DNC aplicable.

9.2.1 Delegations. Delegates selected to the State Convention shall be proportionally apportioned among various geographic-region delegations by a formula chosen by the State Committee that may factor in the population of each region and the most recent vote totals for the Democratic Gubernatorial and/or Presidential candidates within each region.

9.2.2 Delegation Regions Defined. For any county contained wholly within the boundaries of a single Congressional District, that County shall constitute a Delegation Region. For any county divided among Congressional Districts, each geographic subdivision uniquely determined by the combination of County and Congressional District shall constitute a Delegation Region.

9.2.3 Eligibility to Serve as Delegate. Any person who is a registered Democrat in the state of Idaho at the time of the subsequent Legislative Election, and who resides in a Delegation Region at the time of selection, may serve as a State Convention Delegate from that region.

9.2.4 Ex-Officio Delegates. The following persons are automatically ex-officio voting delegates to the State Convention: State Committee members, members of the DNC from Idaho (whether elected under these Bylaws or otherwise so designated), any Democratic Idaho State Senator, any Democratic Idaho State Representative, any Democratic Idaho U.S. Senator, any Democratic Idaho U.S. Congressman, Democratic statewide elected officials. These members shall be added on as a part of their respective delegations, but shall not be replaced with alternates in their absence.

9.2.5 Delegation Chair. Prior to the State Convention, each Delegation shall elect from among its ranks a Delegation Chair, to perform whatever administrative duties are so assigned under the rules of that Convention.

Section 9.3 General Provisions.

9.3.1 Any contested election held during the State Convention or any delegate-selection process thereto shall be conducted by signed written ballot. Pursuant to the National Charter, secret ballots are explicitly prohibited at any step in the Convention process.

9.3.2 The State Chair, his or her successors, and their respective staff, shall ensure that ballots are preserved for a reasonable period of time not less than five years after the Convention concludes.

9.3.3 No mandatory fee may be imposed upon any delegate for the privilege of attending and voting at the State Convention or any step of the delegate-selection process.

9.3.4 The State Convention, and any caucuses or committee hearings therein, shall be an open meeting to which the media is explicitly permitted and invited to attend and report upon.

9.3.5 The use of the Unit Rule regarding the voting practices of any delegation is explicitly prohibited.

9.3.6 Minority Reports. Upon the vote of 25% of the members of any State Convention committee, a minority report shall be prepared and presented to the convention as a whole, either by way of amendment or as a substitute for a majority report.

9.3.7 Petition Requirements. A petition signed by 25% of the Delegates attending a Convention shall automatically place a specified item of business, for which there is not already a specified process, on that Convention’s agenda. Such petition must be submitted on forms prescribed by the State Chair, and each State Delegate’s signature must be accompanied by a printed name, delegation, and County identifier.

9.3.8 Proxy Voting. Delegates may assign a signed proxy to another member of their delegation provided no alternate from that delegation remains available to take that delegate’s spot. When an alternate is not available, proxies may be assigned pursuant to the provisions of such proxy votes in the State Convention rules.

9.3.9 Location. The location of the State Convention shall be at the discretion of the State Committee.

9.3.10 Conclusion of Business. Convention Business will be concluded at a reasonable time each day, at the discretion of the Convention Chair.

Section 9.4 Convention Orders.

9.4.1 Convening and Temporary Roll. The State Chair, acting as Temporary Chair of the State Convention, shall convene and call-to-order the State Convention at the predetermined time and location specified under the Call for same. Immediately thereafter, the Credentials Committee shall submit to the Convention for ratification a preliminary report establishing a temporary roll for same.

9.4.2 Permanent Chair. Subsequent to the establishment of the temporary roll of the Convention, the Temporary Chair shall open the floor for nominations for the election of a Permanent Chair for the Convention. Subsequent to the election of a Permanent Chair, that Chair shall announce the times and location of subsequent Convention committee hearings, and then commence any Opening Ceremonies that have been scheduled. A recess may then be in order to provide for those committee hearings and any other events that may have been scheduled.

9.4.3 Committee Reports. No earlier than noon local time on the first-scheduled “full” day of the State Convention, the State Convention shall be called back into order to receive, in order, the reports of the:

9.4.3.1 Rules and Bylaws Committee, regarding the rules and any delegate-selection-plan-related issues (if appropriate).

9.4.3.2 Credentials Committee, to establish the permanent roll of the State Convention.

9.4.3.3 Platform Committee, to present a draft platform for debate and subsequent ratification.

9.4.3.4 Resolutions Committee, to review and present proposed Resolutions for debate and adoption.

9.4.4 Non-Presidential-Election Years. In a year without a Presidential election, subsequent to the ratification of the platform, the Permanent Chair shall call upon the State Convention for whatever other business has been delegated to it by the State Committee; following that, any closing ceremonies and then adjournment would be in order.

9.4.5 Delegate Selection. Following the ratification of the platform, the Permanent Chair shall recess the State Convention that the delegates may reconvene in their appropriate geographic-and-preference caucuses for the election of the delegates so-apportioned to the Democratic National Convention.

9.4.6 At-Large Delegate Selection. Once the delegate selection caucuses have adjourned, the Permanent Chair shall re-convene the Convention for the purpose of electing any National Convention delegates apportioned to the convention at-large.

9.4.7 National Committee Selection. Once the National Convention delegate selection has been completed, the State Convention shall proceed to the election of Democratic National Committeeman and Committeewoman as provided for in sections 8.2 and 8.3 of these Bylaws.

9.4.8 Presidential Electors. Following the completion of the election of National Committeeman and National Committeewoman, the State Convention shall proceed to the ratification process for Presidential electors identified in section 9.1.2.3 of these Bylaws.

9.4.9 Presidential-Election Years. In a year with a Presidential election, subsequent to the ratification of the Presidential Electors, the Permanent Chair shall call upon the State Convention for whatever other business has been delegated to it by the State Committee; following that, any closing ceremonies and then adjournment would be in order.

ARTICLE X – SPECIAL GROUPS

Section 10.1 – Special Groups

The State Central Committee may grant official recognition to a statewide group of Democrats sharing demographic or similar identifying factors.  These groups are meant to encourage people with similar interests to be active in supporting the Democratic Party’s mission.  The purpose of granting official recognition is to enable increased participation in the policy decisions and the outreach programs of the IDP.

Recognition is subject to the following provisions:

10.1.1 A group must present a proposal and a draft mission statement for approval by the Executive Committee.

10.1.2 Group bylaws must be submitted for approval to the IDP through the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the IDP.

10.1.3 After approval of the Executive Committee, the proposed group must obtain the signatures of at least 20 percent of the membership of the State Central Committee.  The signatures must be submitted to the Rules and Bylaws Committee along with the proposed bylaws of the group.

10.1.4 The Rules and Bylaws Committee reviews the bylaws of prospective special group to ensure those Bylaws meet the goals and bylaws of the IDP.  The committee may recommend approval of the group to the State Central Committee.

10.1.5 To achieve official recognition, the group must be approved by the State Central Committee within a year of the recognition process.

10.1.6 Each group is responsible for complying with any state regulations and financial requirements and is responsible for its own compliance requirements.

10.1.7 Official recognition of a group extends until the State Central Committee votes to remove recognition.

10.1.8 The group must demonstrate it has at least 10 active members.

10.1.9 Membership and full voting rights in an officially recognized group is open to all registered Democrats who meet the membership requirements.

10.1.10 Group Bylaws must include a statement declaring that the group will support only Democratic elected officials and Democratic nominees in partisan races.

10.1.11 Failure to comply may result in a vote by the State Central Committee to remove recognition of the Group.  If recognition of the Group is removed, the Group may reapply for recognition through the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE XI – PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY AND INTERPRETATION

Section 11.1 Rules and Guidelines. 

The rules contained in the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the IDP in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws, applicable law, and any special rules the IDP shall adopt.

Section 11.2 Parliamentarian. 

The State Chair shall have the authority to appoint a parliamentarian to serve at the Executive Committee, State Committee and other designated meetings.

Section 11.3 Interpretation.

11.3.1 The term “in writing” shall include e-mail, facsimile and other methods of electronic transmission, where appropriate.

11.3.2 These Bylaws shall be interpreted liberally to achieve their stated and intended purposes.

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENTS

Section 12.1 Amendments. 

These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the State Committee, provided that:

12.1.1 The proposed amendment has been reviewed and given a recommendation for its disposition by the Rules and Bylaws Committee.

12.1.2 A copy of the proposed amendment, together with the portion of the bylaws it would change, has been sent to each State Committee Member not less than (10) days prior to the meeting, and

12.1.2.1 “Sent” is defined as: mailed, received and acknowledged by phone or by e-mail, e-mailed and acknowledged, served in person at a meeting or at another place by someone designated by the State Chair or Rules and Bylaws Committee.

12.1.3 The proposed amendment shall be favored by a two-thirds vote of members present.

12.1.4 Any change under Idaho state law that changes the legislative districts or names or numbers of counties within the State of Idaho shall constitute an administrative change to the bylaws and shall be incorporated into these Bylaws immediately upon adoption by the Idaho State Legislature and shall not require an amendment of these Bylaws by the State Committee.

RESOLUCIONES 2018

RESOLUTION #1

Name: Courtney Beebe

Email: cbeebe@hotmail.com

Category: Healthcare

Resolution: Suicide prevention

WHEREAS, the suicide rate in the United States has increased 30% since 1999, 

WHEREAS, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans ages 15 through 34 and for males up to age 44, 

WHEREAS, Idaho has the eighth highest suicide rate, 57% higher than the national average in 2016, 

WHEREAS, the suicide rate in the farming, fishing, and forestry industries is five times as high as the population as a whole,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party supports efforts to increase mental health care funding for use by cities, counties, public schools, and public universities to provide access to crisis intervention and mental health care,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party supports encouraging each state institution of higher education and public-school servicing grades 8 through 12 to make available to all incoming students information about mental health topics, including depression and suicide prevention resources available to all students. This information provided to students should include available mental health services and other support services, including student-run organizations for individuals at risk of or affected by suicide,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party advocates for supporting the expansion of mental health services and financial counseling services in rural communities to assist the unique challenges and stresses faced by members of the farming, fishing, and forestry industries.

RESOLUTION #2

Name: Tom Backman

Email: twhb@usermail.com

Category: Building a future for the Democratic Party

BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party will strengthen support of county Democratic organizations by improving strategic messaging of IDP values, gathering information and feedback from county central committee members, and strengthen development of local strategies to recruit and promote potential candidates for all public appointed and/or elected positions. This process will facilitate the development of local to national strategies and identify successful Democrats that can advance into higher levels of elected positions.

RESOLUTION #3

Name: John Andrechak

Email: johnandrechak@hotmail.com

Category: Labor

Resolution: Workers’ Rights

WHEREAS, the Idaho Democratic Party recognizes that workers’ rights to organize is not only an inalienable right but is the most certain way to achieving our Party’s stated principle of a livable wage for all Idahoans,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Idaho Democratic Party opposes any government or employer activity that interferes with labor and union activity, and stands foursquare in the labor struggle.

RESOLUTION #4

Name:  Kathy Judson, Cheryl Halverson

Category: Public Lands

Resolution: OPPOSE UPPER LOCHSA LAND EXCHANGE REBRANDED AS CENTRAL IDAHO LAND EXCHANGE

WHEREAS, the people of Idaho cherish their public lands and access thereto,

WHEREAS, the Central Idaho Land Exchange is essentially the Upper Lochsa Land Exchange deliberately rebranded,

WHEREAS, the people of Idaho have previously made their opposition so clear to said land exchange that even Sen. Risch refused to bring legislation to facilitate it,

WHEREAS, publicly owned U.S. Forest Service lands are maintained for multiple use as opposed to state-owned lands, which must be maintained for the highest rate of return,

WHEREAS, despite Idaho Department of Lands’ statements that forest land cannot be sold, IDL has historically reclassified land to non-forest, and then sold or exchanged it,

WHEREAS, this three-way deal (IDL puts millions in escrow, Western Pacific Timber transfers the over-harvested “checkerboard” lands in the Upper Lochsa to the Forest Service, the Forest Service transfers existing publicly owned lands to the IDL, which then releases the funds to Western Pacific Timber) may be interpreted as setting precedent for the sale or trade of federal public lands to the states or to private ownership,

WHEREAS, the Idaho Democratic Party has supported protection of and access to our public lands,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party stands in opposition to the rebranded Upper Lochsa Land Exchange (now called Central Idaho Land Exchange) and that the delegates to this convention call upon our elected officials to refrain from any legislation facilitating this exchange.

RESOLUTION #5

Name: Kathy Dawes

Email: kdawes208@gmail.com

Category: Education Funding, Separation of Church, and State

Resolution: 

WHEREAS, the Idaho legislature has the constitutional duty to provide a “thorough system of public, free schools,”

WHEREAS, per-student spending in public schools in Idaho is second lowest in the country and Idaho’s revenue relies on fluctuating income and sales taxes, which contribute to volatility in the funding of public education,

WHEREAS, Idaho’s Blaine Amendment states, “Neither the legislature nor any county, city, town, township, school district, or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or moneys whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian or religious society, or for any sectarian or religious purpose, or to help support or sustain any school, academy, seminary, college, university or other literary or scientific institution, controlled by any church, sectarian or religious denomination whatsoever . . . .”  Idaho Const. Art. IX, § 5.

WHEREAS, if private and religious schools receive public funding, they would be subject to governmental regulations and control, potentially interfering with their curricula or other practices.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party will work to prevent Idaho taxpayer dollars from going toward paying tuition or fees, directly or by voucher, for religious or private schools.

RESOLUTION #6

Name: Kathy Dawes

Email: kdawes208@gmail.com

Category: Health Care

Resolution: Family Planning

WHEREAS, family planning reduces poverty, increases educational attainment and workforce competitiveness, improves health, and provides people the opportunity to make educated choices,

WHEREAS, family planning results in a reduction in the number of unintended pregnancies, which saves taxpayers and the state significant money that would be spent on support services,

WHEREAS, health care clinics that offer family planning services also offer cancer screenings, basic health services, and routine examinations, and rural communities in Idaho already lack adequate medical services,

WHEREAS, closing family planning institutions punishes women by limiting their economic choices and reduces access to sex education programs that prevent unintended pregnancy and disease,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party promotes increased access to preconception counseling, family planning services, and supplies, especially to low-income women who are otherwise ineligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or health insurance that covers family planning services.

RESOLUTION #7

Name: Kathy Dawes

Email: kdawes208@gmail.com

Category: Salud

Resolution: Faith-Healing Exemptions

WHEREAS, Idaho has faith-healing exemptions in four areas of its state law: 

1) manslaughter laws, 2) civil liability for abuse or neglect, 3) misdemeanor criminal charges for neglect or injury of a child, and 4) felony criminal charges for neglect or injury of a child, which shelter parents from criminal or civil liability if they deny their children medical care and the children die,

WHEREAS, child advocates estimate that 183 Idaho infants, children, and teens have died because of withheld medical treatment since the exemption laws were enacted by the Idaho Legislature in the 1970s,

WHEREAS, these exemptions apply for a very small segment of the population and are, therefore, discriminatory,

WHEREAS, more children die of faith-based medical neglect in Idaho than any other state, (according to Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, a nonprofit organization that tracks medical neglect),

WHEREAS, NO child should die as a result of neglect of ANY kind,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party will promote legislation to abolish faith-healing exemptions in our state.

RESOLUTION #8

Name: Pat Tucker, Category: Elections

Resolution of the Idaho Democratic Party

to Urge Idaho to Join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact

Whereas the Electoral College is undemocratic, disenfranchises voters in U.S. general elections, and violates the one person one vote principle of fair and trusted elections,

Whereas, the U.S. Constitution allows states under Article 2 to determine how they elect electors to the Electoral College, but all states have a winner-takes-all rule except Nebraska and Maine, making it impossible for each person’s vote to count in general elections and in 2000 and 2016 for the majority of the votes not to count,

Whereas, before 2000, only in 1824, 1876, and 1888 did the candidate winning the popular not win the electoral vote, showing that with more urbanization, the outcome of general elections under the Electoral College progressively will be more likely against the popular vote,

Whereas, a rural vote should not count for more than an urban vote,

Whereas, the Electoral College is outdated and, according to legal scholars, was designed to protect the interests of southern slaveholding states,

Whereas, the Electoral College by basing votes on the number of each state’s Congressional delegation shortchanges populous states (California’s electoral college voting power is 16% smaller than allocation based on population would be while the least populous states have 143% of the voting power they would have based on population) and does not reflect contemporary demographics,

Whereas, if the Electoral College votes were counted proportionately among the states, instead of winner take all, both Al Gore in 2000 and Hillary Clinton in 2016 would have the presidential elections,

Whereas, the Electoral College discourages voter turnout,

Whereas, abolishing the Electoral College is difficult (a two-thirds majority is required in both the House and Senate and ratification by three-fourths of the states),

Whereas, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC) would not require abolition of the Electoral College but for states with a majority of the electoral votes to agree to use their power under Article II of the constitution to appoint their electors to vote in accordance with the national popular vote outcome.  To date 11 states (California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, and Washington) and the District of Columbia have joined NPVIC, amounting to 172 of the 270 electoral vote majority to win.

Whereas, Idaho could place joining the NPVIC on the ballot through a voter initiative, as is currently underway in three states—Arizona, Maine, and Missouri,

Be It Resolved that the Idaho Democratic Party supports joining NPVIC so that every vote of every citizen counts equally in U.S. presidential elections.

RESOLUTION #9

Name: Pat Tucker

Category: Health Care

Resolution of the IDP to Support Medicaid Expansion for All

WHEREAS one Idahoan dies each day because of lack of health care coverage, and countless others suffer irreversible health damage because of delayed care for medical or surgical conditions.

WHEREAS Medicaid expansion will save lives.  Medicaid results in improved health care outcomes, access to services, including behavioral health care, and financial stability for recipients, infant mortality reductions, increases in early cancer diagnoses, increases in opioid use disorder treatment, and improves ongoing care for chronic diseases, and mortality benefits that increase over time as a result of the “heroism of incremental care.”

WHEREAS Medicaid expansion will save money.  Medicaid expansion will save Idaho millions of dollars every year. Medicaid expansion will save money for the state of Idaho and its counties, essentially eliminating the need for the state catastrophic fund and county property tax funds. The original Milliman report, commissioned by the legislature in 2012, suggested Medicaid expansion would save the state $25.7M in fiscal year 2019.

WHEREAS Medicaid is an efficient, comprehensive, cost-effective way to provide care. Medicaid stands out as far more efficient and cost-effective than many other U.S. health care systems, spending only 3.3% of funds for administration.

WHEREAS In expansion states, Medicaid expansion has benefitted the state’s economy. Studies conducted on a national basis, in multiple states, and in single states, demonstrate that Medicaid expansion results in state budget savings, revenue gains, and improved economic growth.

WHEREAS Medicaid is the fair, equitable way to extend healthcare to the working poor and disabled, and will provide coverage to the 51,000 to 62,000 low-income Idahoans now in the gap who currently have no options for health insurance,

WHEREAS Medicaid expansion will likely be on the ballot as an initiative on November 6, 2018,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party supports Medicaid expansion and the election of candidates to state office who support Medicaid expansion.

RESOLUTION #10

Name: Pat Tucker, Category: Superdelegates

Resolution of the Idaho Democratic Party to Abolish Superdelegates

WHEREAS, 712 votes of the 4,763 total votes to nominate the presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention are cast by “superdelegates” —or 15% of the total and one-third of the total required to secure nomination,

WHEREAS, the votes by superdelegates are unpledged and NOT bound by the results of primaries or caucuses,

WHEREAS, the superdelegate process is fundamentally undemocratic,

WHEREAS, superdelegates are guaranteed their positions based on political patronage (they are current and past national Democratic officeholders and party officials), they are the party elite, they preserve the power and influence of the Democratic Party establishment, and they disenfranchise voters,

WHEREAS, the superdelegate system gives momentum and a near insurmountable early lead for establishment, status quo candidates over grassroots challengers,

WHEREAS, the superdelegate process goes against the Democratic party’s appeal to its base through being a party of all the people,

WHEREAS, the superdelegate process was formed in 1982 by the Hunt Commission to curtail the democracy in the primary process and, thereby, voter participation, and restore control of the nominating process to elected party officials and party elites,

WHEREAS, the Hunt Commission overruled reforms made after the 1968 convention in which Hubert Humphrey, who did not win a single primary, was nominated by the party establishment over Eugene McCarthy, who won a majority of the primaries,

WHEREAS, these reforms were made to give more nominating power to voters, more diversity among voting delegates, and resulted in the dramatic growth of primaries nationwide and nearly tripled participation in primaries and caucuses,

WHEREAS, minorities and women have been historically underrepresented as superdelegates relative to their percentage in the national population,

WHEREAS, Maine passed a resolution at its state convention in 2016 requiring superdelegates to vote in 2020 in proportion to the results of the state primary or caucus,

WHEREAS, the elected delegates, under this resolution, would be released to vote for the presidential nominee of their choice after the first ballot at the national convention,

BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party, on behalf of its members, supports the DNC abolishing the use of superdelegates and that the DNC and Idaho elect all delegates, with those delegates being pledged to particular candidates based on popular vote outcomes in state primaries or caucuses.

RESOLUTION #11

Name: Archie George

Email: archiea.george@gmail.com

Category: Law and Justice

Resolution: Repeal 2018 Trespass Law

WHEREAS, the controversial trespass bill, which goes into effect July 1, 2018, was hastily composed and passed at the very end of the 2018 Idaho legislative session (see https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article207221099.html),

WHEREAS, Gov. Otter did not sign the bill but let it become law without his signature,

WHEREAS, Governor Otter stated, regarding the bill, in a letter to House Speaker Scott Bedke “there remain significant legal and practical concerns.” In particular, he highlighted 1) “innocent behavior” that could be misinterpreted and severely punished; 2) concern that land surveyors are not specifically exempted from the law’s effects; and 3) “a need for clearer language expressly providing for treble damages for removing timber from public lands,”

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic party will work to repeal the 2018 trespass law during the next (2019) legislative session.

RESOLUTION #12

Name: Matt Killburn

Email: matt@idahodems.org

Category: Recognition

Title: Carole King Special Recognition

WHEREAS, Carole King has lived and voted in Idaho for more than 30 years,

WHEREAS, Carole King has been an active Idaho Democrat for over 30 years, dedicating time and resources to help fundraise and build the party,

WHEREAS, Carole King has actively fought to protect public lands in Idaho and been an activist in keeping Idaho lands in Idaho hands,

WHEREAS, 2018 is the “Year of the Woman,”

WHEREAS, Carole King is an absolute queen and beautiful person who has helped get Democrats elected nationally, as well as locally, and advocated for other groups such as the LGBTQ+ community, and has been a visible presence for Idaho at national events,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Carole King will be honored as an Honorary native Idaho Democrat.

RESOLUTION #13

Name:  Susan Eastlake

Email:  sseast1@gmail.com

Category:  Legislative Process

Resolution: Recognizing the Efforts of Idaho Democratic Legislators by Giving Voice to their Proposed Legislation That the Majority Republican Legislature Did Not Allow to Be Heard

WHEREAS, the following list is a sample of the human concerns that Democratic legislators have tried and failed to get addressed in the Idaho Legislature,

Mat Erpelding: IBE Idaho School Readiness Act – effective, statewide early childhood education program

Mat Erpelding:  Idaho Housing Trust Fund – advisory board and funding source earmarked for the Trust Fund created in 1992 but never funded

Mat Erpelding: Corporate Welfare and Low Wage Disclosure Act – state report on large employers who pay low wages 

Mat Erpelding:  Plan First Idaho – access to family planning services

Mat Erpelding:  Wage protection – extend the time in which a claim for unpaid wages could be made

Mat Erpelding: Apprenticeship – Including apprenticeship participation as a pre-qualification standard for public works contracts

Melissa Wintrow:  Affordable and workforce housing – interim study committee

Melissa Wintrow:  Equal rights for women – amendment to Idaho Constitution relating to equality of rights and responsibilities

Paulette Jordan: Net neutrality

Ilana Rubel:  Climate change – resolution to appoint legislative committee to undertake a study of climate change

Ilana Rubel:  Add the Words – adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s human rights act

Ilana Rubel and Maryanne Jordan: Medicaid Expansion

Ilana Rubel: Motor Voter Act

Ilana Rubel: Plastic bags – repeal law that prohibits cities enacting local regulation of plastic bags

John Gannon:  Children’s Health Care – repeal of faith healing exemption to law requiring medical care for children

John Gannon:  Gun Safety – Restrict automatic rifles from public places within 500 ft of a school

John Gannon:  Rebate unused portion of vehicle registration fees

John Gannon:  Income tax – revenue neutral adoption of the federal income tax changes instead of a $120 million tax cut

John Gannon: Decriminalization of Marijuana – reduce penalty for possession of a half-ounce of marijuana by making it an infraction subject only a civil penalty of community service and education.

Sally Toone:  Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Bill

Sally Toone:  Plan First Idaho – Family Planning Services

John McCrostie:  Marriage – repeal section of Idaho Constitution that provides that a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union recognized in the State of Idaho

John McCrostie:  Minimum wage – repeal law that prohibits cities enacting minimum wage higher than state

Janie Ward Engelking and Mark Nye:  Quality Educator Loan Assistance Act –

Janie Ward Engelking and Mark Nye:  Cannabidiol Oil – legal possession

Janie Ward Engelking:  Women’s Reproductive Health – twelve month supply of contraceptives under certain health benefit plans

Cherie Buckner Webb:  Reducing barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records

Cherie Buckner Webb:  Prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against organ donors

and,

Whereas, time limitations prevented contacting all the legislators regarding proposed legislation that was not heard, and therefore this list is incomplete,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Idaho Democratic Party expresses its gratitude to our legislators for the exemplary effort expended in representing the citizens of Idaho,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED  that the Idaho Democratic Party will continue to give voice to the critical concerns of the citizens of Idaho.

RESOLUTION #14

Name: Irwin Horowitz

Email: irwinh@yahoo.com

Category: Inmigración

Resolution: Statement of Support for Protests Against Separation of Children from Parents at the Mexico-U.S. Border

WHEREAS, the U.S. government is detaining people seeking asylum, migrants, and immigrants on our southern border,

WHEREAS, our government is separating children from their parents,

WHEREAS, our government is impeding the process of reuniting these separated children with their parents,

WHEREAS, there are protests today, June 30, 2018, in opposition to these policies of our government,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the delegates of the 2018 Idaho State Democratic Convention stand in support and solidarity with our brothers and sisters engaged in these protests.

RESOLUTION #15

WHEREAS, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has targeted immigrants entering the country from the southern border

WHEREAS, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has killed immigrants fleeing for their lives simply because of who they are and where they are entering, without cause.

WHEREAS, ICE and CBP are working in tandem to violently separate children and families, many of which get lost in the system or ultimately get deported back to the dangerous situation they were fleeing from in the first place.

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Idaho Democratic Party demands abolition of policies that enforce racism, bigotry, and human rights violations that are implemented by ICE and the CBP.

 

2018 PLATAFORMA DEMOCRÁTICA DE IDAHO

Nosotros, el Partido Demócrata de Idaho, estamos unificados para servir las necesidades de todos los habitantes de Idaho. Los Demócratas de Idaho mantienen las protecciones y responsabilidades que nos garantizan nuestras Constituciones estatales y nacionales. Luchamos para que todos puedan alcanzar tales derechos y libertades a fin de que se apliquen de forma igualitaria. Defendemos la excelencia en el gobierno, el respeto, la compasión, la unidad y la libertad.

1. REQUERIMOS IGUALDAD Y RESPETO PARA TODOS LOS HABITANTES DE IDAHO.
  • Tratamos a todas las personas por igual independientemente de su raza, etnia, color, religión, sexo, nacionalidad, estado migratorio y/o estado de refugiado, discapacidad, orientación sexual, identidad y expresión de género o edad.
  • Respetamos las decisiones personales que son privadas, incluidas las decisiones médicas y reproductivas, las prácticas religiosas y las opiniones políticas.
  • Respetamos y honramos a las tribus que fungen como naciones soberanas en Idaho.
2. REQUERIMOS DE UNA ECONOMÍA QUE FUNCIONE PARA TODOS LOS HABITANTES DE IDAHO.
  • Apoyamos la creación de empleos a través de la agricultura sostenible, la minería, la madera y la manufactura, al mismo tiempo que expandimos industrias tales como la tecnología, la energía limpia y el turismo.
  • Apoyamos el transporte público efectivo, las telecomunicaciones modernas, la infraestructura pública, el mantenimiento y la reparación oportuna de carreteras seguras, puentes y edificios públicos.
  • Exigimos vivienda justa y asequible, cuidado de niños y lucharemos para terminar con la carencia de viviendas.
  • Exigimos prácticas bancarias, de préstamo e inversión justas que mejoran las comunidades saludables y respaldan a las empresas y personas de Idaho.
  • Exigimos la protección del Fondo Fiduciario del Seguro Social.
  • Exigimos igualdad de salario en el campo laboral.
3. EXIGIMOS UNA EDUCACIÓN PÚBLICA GRATUITA, SEGURA E IGUALITARIA
  • Exigimos que la legislatura estatal financie completamente y por completo todas las escuelas públicas de Idaho. Exigimos financiamiento público para las escuelas públicas.
  • Apoyamos los programas de prekínder.
  • Apoyamos las escuelas vocacionales y técnicas, los programas de aprendizaje y la educación postsecundaria gratuita, entre éstas, figuran las universidades y colegios de dos y cuatro años.
  • Apoyamos a nuestros maestros y personal con una compensación competitiva y respaldamos su derecho a la negociación colectiva.
4. REQUERIMOS ATENCIÓN MÉDICA ACCESIBLE, ASEQUIBLE E INTEGRAL EN CADA COMUNIDAD. CREEMOS QUE LA ASISTENCIA SANITARIA ES UN DERECHO HUMANO Y NO UN PRIVILEGIO.
  • Exigimos la expansión de Medicaid.
  • Exigimos acceso a la atención de salud mental y/u otros servicios sociales necesarios.
  • Creemos que nadie en Idaho debe morir de una enfermedad prevenible o verse obligado hacer la bancarrota debido a gastos médicos y costos de recetas médicas.
  • Exigimos acceso justo y completo a la atención médica para cada residente de Idaho.
  • Exigimos atención médica asequible para incluir la prevención de la drogadicción y brindar servicios de atención y rehabilitación para quienes sufren de adicción.
  • Defendemos el derecho de una persona a elegir y su acceso a la atención médica reproductiva.
  • Apoyamos la legalización del aceite de CBD (cannabis) para el uso médico.
5. ABOGAMOS A FAVOR DEL VOTANTE, SUFRAGIO Y LA PARTICIPACIÓN CÍVICA.
  • Respaldamos los métodos modernos de registro de votantes que proporcionan mayores oportunidades para emitir votos y permiten la verificación precisa de los votos contados.
  • Elegimos candidatos que representan a todas las personas y somos responsables y receptivos a todos sus constituyentes.
  • Exigimos que la comisión de redistribución de distritos independiente de Idaho permanezca sin cambio alguno.
  • Exigimos que la votación en Idaho sea libre de influencia extranjera.
  • Apoyamos los proyectos legislativos que empoderan a las comunidades locales.
6. REQUERIMOS DE UN GOBIERNO HONESTO Y TRANSPARENTE.
  • Exigimos un gobierno abierto y transparente.
  • Exigimos que todos los habitantes de Idaho tengan acceso a su gobierno.
  • Apoyamos la adopción de la recomendación del panel de 2017 para exigir mayor transparencia financiera por parte de los legisladores.
  • Apoyamos el papel de la libertad de prensa como los guardianes de la democracia.
  • Apoyamos la reforma financiera para las campañas políticas; las corporaciones no son personas.
7. CREEMOS EN LAS FORTALEZAS DE LOS TRABAJADORES Y EN LOS SINDICATOS, YA QUE IMPULSAN LAS  COMUNIDADES SALUDABLES.
  • Exigimos un trato justo y equitativo en el lugar de trabajo que respalde un salario generoso.
  • Creemos en y trabajamos a favor de una economía saludable que respalde familias prósperas.
  • Exigimos la derogación de ley “Right to Work”.
  • Apoyamos a los sindicatos y al derecho del trabajador a organizarse y participar en negociaciones colectivas libres de interferencia gubernamental o empresarial.
  • Apoyamos a las empresas que actúan de forma responsable hacia cada trabajador(a), el Estado y el medio ambiente.
8. REQUERIMOS DE UNA POLÍTICA IMPOSITIVA JUSTA Y EQUITATIVA.
  • Exigimos la eliminación de todas las exenciones de impuestos a las ventas (IVA).
  • Apoyamos una tasa graduada de impuesto a las ganancias corporativas.
  • Requerimos que las empresas sean responsables y paguen su parte justa de las necesidades presupuestarias del estado.
  • Nos oponemos a usar los dólares de los impuestos del Fondo General para la infraestructura de transporte.
  • Apoyamos a la autoridad fiscal de para ciudades y condados para levantar gravámenes locales.
9. HONRAMOS EL SERVICIO MILITAR.
  • Exigimos diplomacia antes de enviar a efectivos de nuestras Fuerzas Armadas y ponerlos en peligro.
  • Exigimos la defensa de los derechos humanos en todo el mundo.
  • Animamos, apreciamos y apoyamos a todos los habitantes de Idaho y sus familias que se encuentran en el servicio militar.
  • Honramos a nuestros veteranos y deseamos su regreso exitoso a sus comunidades, y demostramos un fuerte apoyo a favor del apoyo económico garantizado y la protección de sus beneficios posteriores al servicio.
10. CREEMOS EN SER BUENOS ADMINISTRADORES DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE.
  • Mantengamos un ambiente limpio y saludable, que incluye agua limpia y cuencas hidrográficas, aire limpio y lugares silvestres.
  • Nos comprometemos con medidas basadas en hechos y en la ciencia para prevenir y mitigar los efectos del cambio climático.
  • Requerimos de una regulación y monitoreo del desarrollo de hidrocarburos en Idaho para proteger nuestros recursos hídricos, derechos de propiedad y comunidades rurales.
  • Apoyamos el tratamiento humano de animales domésticos, industriales y salvajes.
  • Reconocemos a los usuarios de actividades al aire libre en Idaho—a su vez nuestro legado de caza y pesca que ha sido abierto a todos los habitantes de Idaho.
  • Mantendremos las tierras públicas federales inviolables y protegeremos su integridad ecológica; mantendremos las tierras públicas en manos públicas.
  • Honramos el lugar de la agricultura sostenible de propiedad familiar en la historia de Idaho.
  • Apoyamos a los agricultores, rancheros y campesinos que construyen la abundancia natural, la biodiversidad y la capacidad de la tierra regenerarse.
  • Apoyamos la energía limpia y la sostenibilidad de los recursos naturales.
11. EXIGIMOS UN SISTEMA DE JUSTICIA PENAL JUSTO Y EFECTIVO.
  • Exigimos que todas las leyes se creen de manera justa y se apliquen de manera uniforme.
  • Exigimos que los oficiales de la ley que trabajen conjuntamente y pacíficamente con los ciudadanos a los que sirven.
  • Creemos que las víctimas, los demandantes y los demandados tienen derecho a juicios rápidos y justos.
  • Creemos que la libertad bajo fianza debe ser justa y responsable.
  • Creemos en la importancia del defensor público y el derecho de todas las personas de contar con un abogado. La sentencia debe ser proporcional al crimen cometido con cierta deferencia a la rehabilitación y la humanidad.
  • Rechazamos las prisiones privadas.
  • Exigimos un sistema penal que brinde rehabilitación, mejor educación, acceso a la atención de salud mental y oportunidades de empleo.
  • Exigimos un sistema de justicia penal restaurativo libre de prejuicios con respecto a la raza, el estado económico y otras comunidades marginadas.
12. DEFENDEMOS LA TRADICIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS DE DAR LA BIENVENIDA A LOS INMIGRANTES
  • Reconocemos a los inmigrantes como nuestros vecinos, nuestros compañeros de trabajo y nuestros compañeros de clase. Nuestros hijos serán los futuros líderes de y fortalecerán a Idaho.
  • Exigimos el tratamiento ético de aquellos que buscan oportunidades y seguridad en el país.
  • Exigimos una reforma migratoria integral y compasiva.
13. APOYAMOS LA LEGALIZACIÓN DEL CANNABIS
  • Creemos que el cannabis medicinal debería ser una opción de tratamiento legal y disponible.
  • Creemos que se debe permitir el cannabis recreativo (uso lúdico) para personas mayores de 21 años.
  • Creemos que todos los ingresos tributarios del cannabis deben destinarse a fondos educativos adicionales y mejoras de infraestructura en nuestro estado.
  • Creemos que el cultivo de cáñamo agrícola debería ser una opción para los agricultores de Idaho.
14. APOYAMOS EL TEXTO COMPLETO DE LA SEGUNDA ENMIENDA: “UNA MILICIA BIEN REGULADA, QUE SEA NECESARIA PARA LA SEGURIDAD DE UN ESTADO LIBRE, NO SE INFRINGIRÁ EN EL DERECHO DE LAS PERSONAS A CONSERVAR Y PORTAR ARMAS.”
  • Exigimos verificaciones universales de antecedentes penales.
  • Exigimos leyes que mantengan las armas fuera de las manos de los abusadores domésticos que hayan sido condenados penalmente.
  • Apoyamos los derechos de cazadores y deportistas en Idaho.
  • Apoyamos la investigación científica sobre la violencia con armas de fuego.