Applicable State Party By-Laws

Constitution and By-Laws at Missouri State Democratic Party website

CHAPTER V – LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COMMITTEES

SECTION 5.01 – MEMBERSHIP

The members of the Legislative District Committee shall be all County Committee members elected at polling places within the Legislative District, except as provided in subsection (2).

The Legislative District Committee of a district coextensive with a county shall be the County Committee .

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 Ward or Township or part of the 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

Except in the case of Legislative Districts coextensive with a County, the members of each Legislative District Committee specified in Section 5.01 shall meet at some point to be designated by the current Chair of the committee, if there is one, and if not, by the Chair of the County Committee in which the Legislative District is wholly located, on the Wednesday after the third Tuesday in August after each primary election to perfect their organization.

All Legislative District Committees shall also meet at the call of the District 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 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 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, except in the case of legislative districts coextensive with a county, whose officers shall be the officers of such committee shall organize by the election of one (1) of its members as a chair and one (1) as vice-chair, one (1) a man and one (1) a woman, and a secretary and a treasurer, one (1) a man and one (1) a woman, who may or may not be members of the committee. 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 Chair shall notify the State Chair, in writing, of the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the new Legislative District 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 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 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.

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 district committee acts as a nominating committee to select a candidate for state legislature, a majority of the members of the 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.