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CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS

OF THE

NEW HAMPSHIRE

YOUNG DEMOCRATS

PREAMBLE
The New Hampshire Young Democrats shall govern themselves in an open, accountable and democratic manner consistent with the state and federal law, this constitution and the highest ideals of the Democratic Party. Recognizing that a respect for human dignity and diversity is the foundation of equal justice, individual liberty and democratic governance, we categorically reject any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

ARTICLE I - THE NEW HAMPSHIRE YOUNG DEMOCRATS

Section I - CHARTERS AND AFFILIATIONS

The New Hampshire Young Democrats shall be chartered with the Young Democrats of America and affiliated with the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

Section II - MISSION

The New Hampshire Young Democrats is an inclusive, statewide organization of members no older than 40 years old that exists to: excite, engage and involve young people in New Hampshire's political community; mentor, recruit and empower a new generation of New Hampshire leaders; advance progressive ideals and values; and elect young Democrats.

ARTICLE II - STRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATION

Section I - MEMBERSHIP

The New Hampshire Young Democrats shall be the same as for Membership in the Young Democrats of America, provided that all members must reside or be registered to vote in the State of New Hampshire.

Section II - STATE COMMITTEE

The State Committee shall be comprised of all Members of the New Hampshire Young Democrats, and shall meet no less than one (1) time each year. All State Committee meetings shall be noticed to all known members no less than seven (7) days before the date they are to be held. The State Committee shall, by majority vote, have the power to elect officers, adopt rules to govern its proceedings, and approve amendments to these bylaws.

Section III - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the Officers and shall meet no less than twelve (12) times each year. The Executive Committee shall, by majority vote, exercise all powers necessary to provide for the lawful and proper operation of the New Hampshire Young Democrats including, without limitation, developing political strategy, approving expenditures and supporting Democratic Party nominees. The Executive Committee shall also plan events, recruit new members and maintain a database of volunteer and employment opportunities for young Democrats.

Section IV - STANDING COMMITTEES

In addition to the Executive Committee, the New Hampshire Young Democrats shall have two (2) standing committees, as follows:

  1. FINANCE COMMITTEE - The Finance Committee shall develop and implement strategies for soliciting donations and raising the monies necessary to support both the New Hampshire Young Democrats and Young Democratic candidates. The Treasurer shall chair the Finance Committee and nominate members of the Finance Committee with approval of the Executive Committee.

  2. THE POLICY COMMITTEE - The Policy Committee shall develop and adopt resolutions or language regarding pertinent political issues affecting New Hampshire youth and shall be responsible for disseminating such information as the official public policy of the New Hampshire Young Democrats for that year. The Vice President of Political Affairs shall chair the Policy Committee and nominate members of the Policy Committee with approval of the Executive Committee.

Section V - COLLABORATION WITH THE NEW HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE DEMOCRATS

The New Hampshire Young Democrats recognizes the independent existence of the New Hampshire College Democrats. The New Hampshire Young Democrats shall support the New Hampshire College Democrats in their efforts and shall support all College/University chapters representing young Democrats that attend secondary or post-secondary educational institutions in the state of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire College Democrats shall (a) regularly provide the Executive Committee with a full accounting of their activities active membership (b) and shall work with the New Hampshire College Democrats Representative and (c) who’s president or other member of the New Hampshire College Democrats Executive Board appointed by the New Hampshire College Democrats President shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Section VI  - COLLABORATION WITH THE NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOL DEMOCRATS

The New Hampshire Young Democrats recognizes the independent existence of the New Hampshire High School Democrats. The New Hampshire Young Democrats shall support the New Hampshire High School Democrats in their efforts and shall support all public/private chapters representing young Democrats that attend educational institutions in the state of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire High School Democrats shall (a) regularly provide the Executive Committee with a full accounting of their activities active membership (b) and shall work with the New Hampshire College Democrats Representative and (c) who’s president or other member of the New Hampshire High School Democrats Executive Board appointed by the New Hampshire High School Democrats President shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

Section VII - LOCAL YOUNG DEMOCRAT ORGANIZATIONS

The Executive Committee may, from time to time, from Town, Municipality, County, or Regional Chapters that represent the young Democrats in the same geographic area. Each local chapter shall have a chair that shall organize and lead the activities of the local chapter. Each local chapter chair shall: (1) serve as a member of the Executive Committee; (2) act as a conduit of information between their caucus and the New Hampshire Young Democrats; and (3) take on and complete tasks as such are, from time to time, assigned by the Executive Committee. The President shall nominate the chair of any such local chapter. Approval of any chair nomination and the dismissal of any chair of any such local chapter shall be by majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Section VIII - CAUCUSES

The Executive Committee shall, from time to time, vote to form and dissolve caucuses relating to various interest groups, the number and name of which shall be recorded by the Secretary. Each caucus shall have a chair that shall organize and lead the activities of the caucus. Each caucus chair shall: (1) serve as a member of the Executive Committee; (2) act as a conduit of information between their caucus and the New Hampshire Young Democrats; and (3) take on and complete tasks as such are, from time to time, assigned by the Executive Committee. The President shall nominate the chair of any such caucus. Approval of any chair nomination and the dismissal of any chair of any such caucus shall be by majority vote of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE III - OFFICERS AND ELECTIONS

Section I - ELECTIONS

The State Committee will elect officers to two (2) year terms.Elections to take place at the time of the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Committee meeting or within one (1) month of having taken place, or as necessary to fill vacancies. Officers elected to fill vacancies shall serve only the period remaining in the term to which they were elected. Upon notice from the Secretary, the State Committee shall convene within thirty (30) days to conduct a special interim election to fill the vacancy of an Executive Committee Officer.

Section II - VOTING

In order to be eligible to cast a vote for an Executive Committee Officer, one must be a registered New Hampshire Democrat not older than 40, a State Committee Member and must comply with all election rules and procedures as set forth by the Secretary, including but not limited to registering as “Present” with the Secretary prior to casting his or her vote. If these requirements are fully satisfied, the Secretary shall certify the State Committee Member as eligible to vote for an Executive Committee Officer.

Section III - STATE COMMITTEE

The State Committee shall be comprised of all Members of the New Hampshire Young Democrats, and shall meet no less than one (1) time each year. All State Committee meetings shall be noticed to all known members no less than seven (7) days before the date they are to be held. The State Committee shall, by majority vote, have the power to elect officers, adopt rules to govern its proceedings and approve amendments to these bylaws.

Section IV - OFFICERS

Officers of the New Hampshire Young Democrats may not be absent for more than two (2) consecutive Executive or State Committee Meetings without an excused absence. Excused absences are at the discretion of the President of the New Hampshire Young Democrats. Failure to comply with this provision will result in the immediate forfeiture of their position and a special election in accordance with Article III, Section 1 of the Bylaws.

 

  1. PRESIDENT - The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and shall chair both the State Committee and the Executive Committee. The President shall serve as the spokesperson for the New Hampshire Young Democrats and will be a member of the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Committee. The President may sign checks with a value no greater than $100.00 with the approval of the Executive Committee. The President shall neither publicly endorse nor privately support any Democratic candidate engaged in a primary election.

  2. VICE PRESIDENT OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS - The Vice President of Political Affairs shall be the Chief Operating Officer for developing political strategy and shall chair the Policy Committee. The Vice President of Political Affairs shall serve as parliamentarian during meetings of the State Committee and, upon a vacancy of the Presidency, shall serve as Interim President until a special election is convened in accordance with Article III, Section 1 of the Bylaws. The Vice President of Political Affairs shall serve on the State Committee of the Democratic Party.

  3. VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS - The Vice President of Public Affairs shall be the Chief Information Officer and shall produce and maintain all print, broadcast, and internet media used to communicate with or disseminate information to members, the media, and public in conjunction with the New Hampshire Democratic Party. The Vice President of Public Affairs shall serve on the State Committee of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

  4. TREASURER - The Treasurer shall be the Chief Financial Officer, and shall chair the Finance Committee. The Treasurer shall monitor all revenues and expenditures, and make any financial filings or disclosures as required by state or federal law. The Treasurer may not sign checks with a value greater than $100.00 without the approval of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall serve on the State Committee of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

  5. SECRETARY - The Secretary shall serve as Registrar, shall maintain accurate minutes of all State Committee and Executive Committee meetings, shall schedule the time, place and manner of elections and certify correct records of all elections. The Secretary shall maintain an accurate membership database. The Secretary shall serve on the State Committee of the Democratic Party.

  6. NATIONAL COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES - There shall be two (2) National Committee Representatives, neither of whom shall be of the same gender. The National Committee Representatives shall serve as members of the Executive Committee and Membership Committee. They shall represent the New Hampshire Young Democrats at the annual National Young Democrats of America Convention and all other Regional National Young Democrats of America events. In the event that a National Committee Representative is unable to attend the Convention, the President shall appoint an alternative of a gender not considered the same as the gender of the other Representative. The National Committee Representatives shall serve on the State Committee of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

  7. IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT - Provided the Immediate Past President qualifies as a Young Democrat in accordance with these Bylaws and those of the Young Democrats of America, they shall have sole authority to adjudicate disputes regarding the interpretation of these bylaws. The Immediate Past President shall be a member of the New Hampshire Young Democrats Executive and State Committees. If the Immediate Past President is unable to serve or refuses the position, the position shall remain vacant and the Vice President of Political Affairs shall have sole power to resolve disputes regarding interpretation of these bylaws.

  8. MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR  - The Membership Coordinator shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee and an auxiliary to the Secretary. The Membership Coordinator shall provide assistance with outreach to communities, regions, counties, grassroots organizations, secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, the Young Democrats of America and the College Democrats of America. The Executive Committee may designate any member of the state committee to serve as membership coordinator for a term of  two years.

  9. FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR - The Fundraising Coordinator shall serve as a member of the Executive Committee and an auxiliary to the Treasurer. The Fundraising Coordinator shall provide documented assistance with all fundraising efforts to the Treasurer, including any financial filings or disclosures that may be required by state and federal law. The Fundraising Coordinator shall serve as parliamentarian during meetings of the Finance Committee. The Executive committee may designate any member of the state committee to serve as fundraising coordinator for a term of two years.

  10. NEW HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE DEMOCRATS REPRESENTATIVE - A representative of the New Hampshire College Democrats, nominated by the President, shall: (1) act as a conduit of information between the New Hampshire College Democrats and the New Hampshire Young Democrats; and (1) from time to time, complete tasks assigned by the Executive Committee. Approval of any College Democrats Representative, nomination and the dismissal of any College Democrat shall be by majority vote of the Executive Committee.

  11. NEW HAMPSHIRE HIGH SCHOOL DEMOCRATS REPRESENTATIVE - A coordinator of the New Hampshire High School Democrats, nominated by the President, shall: (1) act as a conduit of information between the New Hampshire High School Democrats and the New Hampshire Young Democrats; and (3) from time to time, complete tasks assigned by the Executive Committee. Approval of any High School Democrats Representative nomination and the dismissal of any High School Democrats Coordinator shall be by majority vote of the Executive Committee.

  12. AD-HOC OFFICES - The Executive Committee may at anytime create and fill positions to coordinate with constituency groups on behalf of the New Hampshire Young Democrats.

ARTICLE IV - SPECIAL PROVISIONS

Section 1 - ENDORSEMENTS

The New Hampshire Young Democrats will neither oppose a Democratic candidate for political office, nor support a candidate from any other political party. Moreover, the New Hampshire Young Democrats shall neither publicly endorse nor privately support any Democratic candidate engaged in a primary election campaign.. An exception shall be made if a member of the New Hampshire Young Democrats is running for office, in which case the Executive Board may vote on whether to endorse him or her.

Section 2 - EXTRAORDINARY POWERS

The Executive Committee may, upon a two-thirds vote, remove an Officer or bar a Member from State Committee and Standing Committee meetings, provided the person in question is found dishonest, fraudulent or guilty of illegal or unethical behavior while serving as an Officer or Member.  

Section 3 - HONORARY MEMBERS

The Executive Committee may, by majority vote, extend Honorary Membership to any Democrat over the age of 40 who has made substantial contributions to the nation, the state or the Democratic Party. Honorary Members shall have no vote in the State Committee and shall not serve on the Executive Committee.

Section 4 - AMENDMENTS

The Executive Committee shall have the sole power to develop and propose amendments to this Constitution. All amendments must be approved by a majority of those members present and voting at a meeting of the State Committee.

 

NEW LANGUAGE

Section 5- CONDUCT AT MEETINGS AND EVENTS

 

  1. It is the intention of the NH Young Democrats to provide a  welcoming environment to all Members at its meetings and events. It is also the intention of the NH Young Democrats to ensure the safety and security of attendees at meetings and events sponsored by the NH Young Democrats. The Executive Board, by a two thirds vote,  may take action as necessary to balance these interests.  If an action results in the disallowance of a Member to attend meetings or events, the Member may appeal the decision to the Executive Board for reconsideration and present evidence as to why the Board should reconsider.

 

II. No recording, either audio or video, is permitted at NHYD meetings, caucuses, or other private events

without the express permission of the President or Executive Director if present, or the NHYD Member

chairing the meeting, caucus, or private event.