Applicable State Party By-Laws

Constitution and By-Laws at Missouri State Democratic Party website

CHAPTER V

LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COMMITTEES

SECTION 5.01 – MEMBERSHIP

A Legislative District Committee shall consist of  the precinct, ward, or township Committeeman and Committeewoman from such precincts, wards or townships included in whole or in part of the Legislative District.

SECTION 5.02 – WEIGHTED VOTING

Each member of the Legislative District Committee shall be entitled to one (1) vote for each 100 votes or major fraction thereof that was cast for the Democratic candidate for Governor in the last gubernatorial election, within the precinct, Ward or Township or part of the precinct, ward or township that lies within the Legislative District. Every member shall be entitled to at least one (1) vote.

SECTION 5.03 – MEMBER VACANCIES

Whenever a member of any Legislative District Committee resigns, or is unable to serve because of death or disability or ceases to be a registered voter of the Legislative District, a replacement shall be named in the same manner as the original appointment.

SECTION 5.04 – MEETING

  • The members of each Legislative District Committee shall meet at some place and time within the legislative district or within one of the counties in which the legislative district exists, to be designated by the current Chair of the committee not earlier than three weeks after each primary election but in no event later than the fourth Saturday after each primary election. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Legislative District Committee that is wholly contained within a county or a city not within a county may choose to meet on the same day as the respective County or City Committee.
  • All Legislative District Committees shall also meet at the call of the Chair or at the call of twenty-five (25) percent of the members of the committee. Notice of such meeting shall be in writing stating the time and place of the meeting, the name or names of the calling authority, and shall be addressed to each member by email or regular mail with the postage prepaid and deposited in the United States mail at least seven (7) days prior to at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Legislative District Committee; provided, however, that all members were notified in some manner of the meeting prior to thereto.

SECTION 5.05-OFFICER ELECTIONS

At the required organizational meeting, the Legislative District Committee shall organize by electing two of its members, a man and a woman, as chair and vice chair, and a man and a woman who may or may not be members of the committee as secretary and treasurer. All Legislative District Committee officers must reside within the legislative district in which they serve.

SECTION 5.06 – OFFICER DUTIES

  • The officers of the Legislative District Committee shall have the powers, duties and limitations normally recognized as a function of their office. They shall assist in the election of the party nominee for State Representative of their district, and in the campaign of party statewide nominees within their district, as may be requested by the respective candidates. Within forty-eight (48) hours after the required meetings, the Legislative District Committee Chair shall notify the State Chair, in writing, of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the new Legislative District Committee officers.

SECTION 5.07-OFFICER TERMS

The Officers of the Legislative District Committee specified in SECTION 5.01 (1) shall be elected every two (2) years at the organizational meeting and serve for a term of two (2) years or until their successors have been duly elected and qualified.

SECTION 5.08-OFFICER VACANCIES

  • If any of the following events occurs to any Legislative District Committee officer, a vacancy in that office shall exist:
  • death;
  • resignation;
  • ceases to reside in the legislative district which he or she represents;
  • remains convicted of a criminal offense other than a misdemeanor after his or her rights to appeal are exhausted
  • fails to attend at least at least one-half of the regularly scheduled Legislative District Committee meetings during any calendar year;
  • the State Committee, after finding by the appeals committee that member has used the party name or resources in an unauthorized manner, votes to remove such a member.
  • If a Chair vacancy occurs, then the Vice Chair office shall be declared vacant. An election shall be held to elect the Chair and Vice Chair, and that election shall be held within sixty (60) days. If a single vacancy occurs in the Vice Chair, Secretary, or Treasurer no other offices will be vacated and that election shall be held within sixty (60) days to elect a new officer for that position only. In case of the absence of the Chair, or in the event of a vacancy for any reason in that office, the duties of the district Chair shall devolve upon the Vice Chair.

SECTION 5.09-PROXIES

Any member of the Legislative District Committee may give his or her signed proxy to any other member; provided, however, that no person shall be allowed to vote more than two (2) proxies and whenever the Legislative District Committee acts as a nominating committee to select a candidate for the state legislature, a member must be present in person to vote. Each proxy must specify the name of the person entitled to vote the proxy.  A person may only serve as a proxy voter if such person is legally permitted to vote in the district in which the proxy resides.

SECTION 5.10-QUORUM

A quorum for Legislative District Committee meetings shall be a majority of the members selected thereto, including proxies; provided, however, that whenever the Legislative District Committee acts as a nominating committee to select a candidate for state legislature, a majority of the members of the Legislative District Committee must be present.

SECTION 5.11-POWERS AND DUTIES

The members-elect of the Legislature District Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies in the Party ticket for state representative in their respective districts pursuant to statutory provisions.

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