Buncombe County Democratic Party Convention Guide

 

Buncombe County’s Convention is coming up on April 8th!

 

The Blue Ridge Assembly
84 Blue Ridge Assembly Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711
10:00 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

 

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County Conventions are a formal, yearly meeting of the county party, and have some specific rules that must be followed. Delegates selected at precinct meetings are entitled to vote and participate in discussion on matters before the body. The proceedings will be governed by the rules of the convention, which will be presented to the group at the convention.

Each delegate will need to visit the registration tables outside the main convention hall as soon as they arrive. Volunteers will look up your name and precinct on your way in, so you know your precinct number! Upon registering, each delegate will be given a packet of information and ballots for voting, and it is very important to not lose these. Each delegate will also be asked if they wish to attend their district convention, which will be held on May 20th. More information will be provided on those meetings when they are finalized. (Districts 10 and 11 are both meeting May 20th, but the locations/times will be different.)

Some other very important things will happen at the convention. The agenda has not yet been published, but here are some things that must happen according to the state party rules.

  • Buncombe County will elect new county party officers for the 2017 – 2019 term, who will be responsible for the overall county party for the term. Candidates will be nominated from the floor, by anyone in the hall, once the Chair calls for nominations. If only one candidate is nominated for a position, the chair may call for a motion to accept the nominee “by acclamation”, which will be a voice vote of “yea” or “nay”.  If more than one candidate is nominated for a position, voting will be conducted by ballots.
  • Delegates will also elect new state executive committee members to serve for the 2017 – 2019 term.  The State Executive Committee (SEC) is the governing body for the North Carolina Democratic Party, responsible for writing/revising the party’s plan of organization and electing state officers.
    • Executive committee members must attend four meetings through their term – generally held near Raleigh. Missing two meetings (without sending a proxy) causes a member to be automatically removed from the body, so anyone interested in running for this position should be able to commit to attending meetings. There is no reimbursement for travel/lodging for these meetings, though SEC members do tend to carpool to cut down on costs.
  • Resolutions passed at precinct meetings will be discussed and voted on. Resolutions to be considered will are available via the links below and via the Buncombe County Democratic Party website. Delegates should print or otherwise have copies of the resolutions to bring with them to the convention, though the party will have some available there.
    •  Click here to see the Short Form Resolutions and print the file
    • Click here to see the Long Form Resolutions and print the file
    • This section of the agenda is likely to take a very long time – there were over 100 resolutions submitted this year.
    • In the past, resolutions are presented as a block, and delegates were asked which resolutions they would like to pull for discussion. All resolutions not pulled are then passed, as a block and without discussion – so, pulling a resolution just to discuss it when you want it to pass is not generally a good strategy!
    • Individual resolutions that are pulled for discussion will be considered one by one.
    • Resolutions passed at the county convention are sent to the district convention, where they will be discussed and voted on again.

 

Please bring snacks and come prepared for a long day, especially once the convention moves into discussing resolutions. The convention must maintain a quorum of delegates to continue considering business, so plan to stay as long as possible to help get the business of the party done. There are generally not recesses in conventions, and as delegates, it is your responsibility to be in the room (“on the floor”) when items you wish to discuss are brought up.