Membership Information

Dues: $10.00 per year renewed on or after August 1st of each year. Dues may be waived for extra service (see Member Points).

7th Ward Neighborhoods: The Neighborhoods within or near the 7th Ward including Benton Park, Bohemian Hill, Compton Heights, Downtown/Downtown West, Fox Park, Kosciusko, Lafayette Square, LaSalle Park, McKinley Heights, Near North Riverfront, Peabody-Near Southside, Soulard, and Tower Grove East.

Endorsement Voting Rights: Upon earning at least three Member Points during the August to August period, a Member may vote on endorsements. Member Points must include at least 1 Point from working polls on Election Day or 2 Points from canvass shifts. Any Democratic Party Committeeman or Committeewoman of the 7th Ward and becoming a member of 7th Ward Independent Democrats agrees to endorse the same candidates and ballot issues as the organization.

Members may choose to vote No Endorsement on any candidate race or ballot issue.

All candidate race and ballot issue endorsements, except School Board, shall require 60% for endorsement. If no candidate obtains 60% on first ballot, a second ballot shall take place with the two top candidates from the first ballot. If 60% is not reached on the second ballot because of significant votes for No Endorsement, the top two candidates shall be asked to respond to an essay question, and then a third ballot shall be taken. If no candidate receives 60% on the third ballot, the organization shall make No Endorsement.

Member Points:
1 Point: Attendance at an organization sponsored or sanctioned event
1 Point: Assisting in planning/set-up/clean-up of an organization sponsored or sanctioned event or activity (in addition to Attendance point)
1 Point: A two-hour Voter Registration shift
1 Point: A two-hour Canvass shift
1 Point: Per each hour working polls on Election Day

Attendance at meetings and events shall be defined as being present in the meeting place for a majority of the meeting or event.

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

7th Ward Member:  Open to 7th Ward Democrats registered to vote in the 7th Ward and who are not members of any other 7th Ward Democratic organization. A 7th Ward Member may vote on all endorsement matters upon earning at least three Member Points as described above.

7th Ward Neighbor Member: Open to Democrats registered to vote outside the 7th Ward but within a 7th Ward Neighborhood and who are not members of any other 7th Ward Democratic organization.  Membership in the ward organization of the ward you vote in is not only allowed, it is encouraged. A 7th Ward Neighbor Member may vote on all endorsement matters except 7th Ward specific races or ballot issues upon earning at least three Member Points as described above.

 

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