Proposed Changes to "Standing Rules for Endorsement"

UPDATE:  The proposed changes passed and have been included in the "Standing Rules for Endorsement".

The following proposed changes to the "Standing Rules for Endorsement" will be voted on at the March 19th, 2012, general membership meeting:

I.  Proposed change to Rule 2 of the "Standing Rules for Endorsement".

Rule No. 2 of the SDSA Standing Rules of Endorsement currently sets out eligibility for members to vote in endorsement meetings in the highlighted sentence below:

"SDSA endorsement of candidates for public office and positions on ballot propositions and other measures may be determined at any properly called meeting of the membership of SDSA, provided that the number of members present is equal to or greater than ten percent (10%) of the SDSA members in good standing, thereby constituting a quorum, and that the notice of the meeting by mail, newsletter, e-mail, phone or fax includes notification of the races, ballot propositions or other matters which are to be considered for endorsement. The Secretary shall provide written notice of the endorsement meeting to all members in good standing no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting.   To be eligible to vote for endorsement of a candidate or support of a ballot proposition or measure, a member must be a member in good standing at the time of the endorsement meeting.  Proxy voting is not permitted. Candidates, their staff members and campaign volunteers, who are otherwise eligible to vote as SDSA members, are eligible to vote for endorsement of any and all candidates being considered."

 It is proposed that the highlighted sentence be amended to read as follows (new language highlighted and in italics):

To be eligible to vote for endorsement of a candidate or support of a ballot proposition or measure, a member must be in good standing as defined in Article IV, Section 1 of the SDSA Bylaws and have been a member for at least 30 days prior to the endorsement meeting or, in the case of a lapsed member, renewed their membership at the time of the endorsement meeting. For the purposes of these Standing Rules of Endorsement, a lapsed member is defined as one whose dues are less than a year in arrears.

II. Proposed change to Rule 8 of the "Standing Rules for Endorsement".

Current version of Rule 8:  The options of "Endorsed", "No Endorsement," "Candidate Failed to Respond," or "Recommendation to Vote Against," are permitted in each race. SDSA may rate any ballot proposition or other measure as "Support", "Oppose", or "No Position". An affirmative vote of greater than 50 percent (50%) of total SDSA members present, eligible to vote and voting shall be required to endorse a candidate or take a position on a ballot proposition or other measure. In the event no candidate receives greater than 50% of the vote in a race where there are more than two (2) candidates, a runoff election must occur. In the event of a tie, the remaining candidates will be rated as "Favorable" by SDSA."

Proposed version of Rule 8:  The options of "Endorsed", "Candidate Failed to Respond," or "Recommendation to Vote Against," are permitted FOR EACH CANDIDATE. SDSA may rate any ballot proposition or other measure as "Support", "Oppose", or "No Position". An affirmative vote of greater than 50 percent (50%) of total SDSA members present, eligible to vote and voting shall be required to endorse a candidate or take a position on a ballot proposition or other measure.  ALL "AYE," "NAY," AND "ABSTAIN" VOTES ARE COUNTED IN DETERMINING WHETHER THERE IS A 50% + 1 MAJORITY.  In the event no candidate receives greater than 50% of the vote in a race where there are more than two (2) candidates, a runoff election must occur. IN THE EVENT NO CANDIDATE RECEIVES A 50% + 1 MAJORITY OF VOTES IN THE RUN OFF, SUCH CANDIDATES MAY BE GIVEN A RATING OF "FAVORABLE."  IN THE EVENT NO CANDIDATE IN A RACE IS ENDORSED OR GIVEN A "FAVORABLE" RATING, THAT RACE WILL BE RATED AS "NO ENDORSEMENT."

III. Proposed change to Rule 9 of the "Standing Rules for Endorsement".

Current version of Rule 9:  Only one candidate may be endorsed per seat. An endorsement implies that the SDSA recommends that people vote for that candidate rather than any other candidates for that seat. It does not imply that SDSA supports all of the candidate's positions. Candidates who are rated "Favorable" are given this rating only in the event there is a tie in the vote to endorse in a particular race.

Proposed version of Rule 9:  Only one candidate may be endorsed per seat. An endorsement implies that the SDSA recommends that people vote for that candidate rather than any other candidates for that seat. It does not imply that SDSA supports all of the candidate's positions.

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