Today marks the beginning of the 2017 DNC Winter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Members of the Democratic National Committee will convene to elect candidates to fill the positions of DNC Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, National Finance Chair, Vice Chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation, and at-large Vice Chairs.
Interim Chair Donna Brazile and members of the Rules and Bylaws Committee spoke earlier today about the process for electing new DNC officers. Reflecting on the chair race, interim chair Brazile noted there were a “really diverse group of leaders vying for this position.” She described Atlanta as being representative of the future making it a good location for the Winter meeting. Rising from the ashes, Brazile described Atlanta as being a leading city of the 21st century.
Jim Roosevelt, the co-chair of the Rules and Bylaws Committee, stressed the importance of transparency and accessibility to the process. His co-chair Lorraine Miller thanked the committee for being thoughtful and deliberative in developing the procedure for selecting new DNC officers. She reiterated there was nothing to hide and noted that the Rules and Bylaws Committee strives to bring the rules and procedures into the 21st Century.
Elections will begin with the DNC Chair followed by candidates for Treasurer, Secretary, National Finance Chair, and Vice Chair for Civic Engagement and Voter Participation. After the officers for the above positions have been elected, the body will vote to fill the three open vice chair slots. Note any unsuccessful candidates for the Vice Chair of Civic Engagement will be considered for open vice chair positions.
The method of voting is at the discretion of the chair. There are provisions in place for electronic and paper voting. Those DNC members wishing to vote by proxy, have until Friday to submit their forms. Proxy votes will be cross-referenced to ensure they are consistent with the members’ wishes. The voting system was undertaken to ensure confidence in the process and “due diligence.” In order to be declared the “winner”, a candidate needs fifty percent plus one of the votes cast present and in person. If there is no winner after the first round, the members will vote in a second round following the same procedures. If there is no winner after the second round, the lowest candidate will be dropped and the re-vote will occur. This process of dropping the lowest candidate will continue for subsequent rounds.
Based on the five vacancies in national positions, Brazile stated there were only 442 eligible voters, not 447 as has been previously reported.