Notice to Amend By-Laws

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 4 or the By-Laws or the Hudson County Democratic Committee, notice is given that the committee shall consider an amendment to the By-Laws as follows:

ARTICLE VIII

ENDORSEMENTS

Section 1: CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT:

  1. The Hudson County Democratic Organization shall convene for the purposes of endorsing for any office with is a party designation, with the exception of Mayoral, Council and County Committee seats. Candidates seeking nomination must submit no later than 20 days prior to the Candidate Endorsement Convention a Letter of Intention indicating the office sought and a Petition signed by thirty (30) registered County Committee members who reside in the district in which the candidate is running. Any Candidate who files the Letter of Intention with the Committee and the Petition as set forth herein, who is a registered Democrat, shall be eligible for endorsement at the County Convention.

  1. Wherever and whenever there shall be no candidates found to be eligible for endorsement for a particular office as set forth herein, no endorsement shall be given by the Hudson County Democratic Organization for that office.

Section 2. PROCEDURES FOR CANDIDATES’ NIGHT: 

  1. The Hudson County Democratic Organization shall conduct a Candidates’ Night to be held between the filing deadline for the Convention and the date of the Convention. Notice of the Candidates’ Night shall be sent by the County Chairperson with the call to the Convention.

  1. Only Candidates found eligible for endorsement, Hudson County Democratic Organization Executive Officers, and duly elected or appointed statutory members of the County Committee with I.D. shall be eligible to attend Candidates’ Night.

  1. Each Candidate shall be afforded five minutes during the Candidates’ Night to address the membership of the County Committee.

Section 3: PROCEDURES FOR THE CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENT CONVENTION:

  1. The County Chairperson shall hold the Candidate Endorsement Convention for the purpose of selecting Candidates for endorsement. The Convention shall be held on a date or dates designated by the County Chairperson not less than two nor more than three weeks prior to the last day for filing petitions for the primary election. The Call for holding the Convention shall be issued four weeks prior thereto.

  1. The County Chairperson shall in the Call to the Convention set forth the time, place, and procedure, which shall consist of the following order of business:

1. Sign-in

2. Candidate Endorsement Vote

  1. Only Hudson County Democratic Organization Executive Officers and duly elected or appointed statutory members of the County Committee with I.D. shall be eligible to attend the Candidate Endorsement Convention.

  1. All duly elected or appointed statutory members of the County Committee who hold their seats at least seven days prior to the filing deadline shall be eligible to vote. No proxy voting shall be permitted. Each member of the County Committee must cast his or her own ballot and may not delegate this right to anyone else.

  1. Each voting Committeemember shall present I.D. to receive a ballot for voting.

  1. Voting of the Convention shall be by machine vote. Funds shall be allocated to pay for this service.

  1. The ballot shall include all eligible candidates and the option to vote “No Endorsement” for each office under consideration.

  1. If the option of “no endorsement” receives the plurality of votes for a given office, then no endorsement shall be given by the Hudson County Democratic Organization for that office.

  1. If the option of “No Endorsement” does not receive the plurality of votes, the Candidate(s) who receive the highest number of votes shall be given the party designation and have their names placed at the top of the ballot column in order of the votes received for the particular office. Should no one Candidate receive more than 50% of the votes cast for a single office, a runoff election between the top two vote-getters immediately following the vote, with no additional debate, commentary, or motions, shall determine the winning candidate. Should the runoff Candidates receive the same number of votes in the runoff, a coin toss shall determine the winning Candidate.

Section 4. PROCEDURES FOR THE CONGRESSIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT CAUCUS:

a. All of the procedures described with respect to the Candidate endorsement process set forth in Article VIII, Section 3 above shall be applicable to the Congressional and Legislative District Caucuses with the following additions or exceptions:

  1. The Congressional and Legislative District Caucuses shall be composed of all Committeemembers who reside within each of the respective districts.

  1. The Caucuses shall be held on a date or dates designated by the County Chairperson not less than two nor more than three weeks prior to the last day for filing petitions for the primary election.

  1. The Caucuses shall concern themselves with candidates to be selected from the districts, to wit: Congressional Candidates, State Senate Candidates, and State Assembly Candidates.