2019 DPNM Proposed Rules Changes

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Article 4, Section 1

ARTICLE IV – WARD AND PRECINCT ORGANIZATION

Section 1 – Requirement to Organize by Wards as Well as Precincts 

All county parties are required to establish a ward structure to make these rules more manageable for them and for the state party’s administration. 

  • Where the county population is less than one half of one percent (0.5%) of the state’s total population, county parties may implement a single-ward concept, where the ward consists of the entire county. 
  • Where the county population is equal to or greater than one half of one percent (0.5%) of the state’s total population, county parties shall divide their county equitably into at least two, and preferably more, distinct wards. 

County parties may choose to divide according to a concept that works for them, but the division must be approved by the State Chairperson. Possible division concepts include, but are not limited to: 

a) State Representative Districts or a subdivision thereof 

b) State Senate Districts or a subdivision thereof 

c) School Board Districts or a subdivision thereof 

d) County Commission Districts or a subdivision thereof 

In developing their ward structure, county parties should strive for reasonable size equity based either on population or Democratic registration. Consideration should be given to natural boundaries (mountains, rivers, etc.), infrastructure limitations (roads, bridges, etc.) and communities of interest. Individual precincts shall not be split between wards. This existence of a ward structure does not preclude any county from establishing additional layers of administration that may work well for them (e.g. District Directors).

Article 4, Section 5, Rule 5.2

Section 5 – Vacancies in Ward or Precinct Offices or on the County Central Committee 

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5.2 – Filling a Vacancy in a Ward or Precinct Chair 

Ward Chair: If a vacancy exists in the office of Ward Chair, the Ward Vice Chair shall succeed to the office. If there is no Ward Vice Chair, the County Chair shall appoint a Ward Chair to fill the vacancy. 

Precinct Chair: If a vacancy exists in the office of Precinct Chair, the Precinct Vice Chair shall succeed to the office. If there is no Precinct Vice Chair, the Ward Chair shall appoint a Precinct Chair to fill the vacancy. If there is no Ward Chair, the County Chair shall appoint a Precinct Chair. 

Term and Requirements: Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term. Appointed Chairs must meet the residency requirements of paragraph 2 of the Preamble. 

Article 4, Section 5, Rule 5.3

Section 5 – Vacancies in Ward or Precinct Offices or on the County Central Committee 

5.3 – Filling Vacancies in Other Ward or Precinct Offices 

If a vacancy exists in the County Central Committee, or in any other ward or precinct office besides the Chair, the Ward Chair shall make an appointment to fill the vacancy within thirty (30) days. (See Article IV, Rule 5.2 for filling vacancies in the office of Ward or Precinct Chair.)  

If the Ward Chair does not fill the vacancy, or if there is no Ward Chair, the County Chair shall make an appointment to fill the vacancy. 

Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term. Appointed officers or County Central Committee members must meet the residency requirements of paragraph 2 of the Preamble.

Article 4, Section 5, Rule 5.4

ARTICLE IV – WARD AND PRECINCT ORGANIZATION 

Section 5 – Vacancies in Ward/Precinct Officers or County Central Committee Members 

5.4 – Appointing Officers for New Wards/Precincts 

5.4.1 – Wards 

If new wards are created, the County Chair shall appoint the officers of the new wards. Realignment or creation of a new ward structure and/or the creation of new wards, as well as the filling of any new officer positions, is subject to approval by a majority vote of the County Central Committee. 

5.4.2 – Precincts 

When new precincts are created in a county in accordance with New Mexico law, precinct officers shall be appointed by the Ward Chair within thirty (30) days; if not, by the County Chair. 

5.4.3 – County Central Committee Members and Delegates from New Precincts 

Positions on the County Central Committee and Delegates to a Convention are normally apportioned/allocated based on calculations using the average of the number of votes for the Democratic Party’s candidates for Governor and for President in the previous two General Elections (Article III, Section 2, Rule 2.3.3 and Section 5, Rule 5.1). When new precincts are created, there is no data that can be used for those calculations, with complete data unavailable for a period of up to two (2) years. 

A. When no election performance data is available, then a previously existing precinct that has been split into multiple precincts will meet as one precinct to elect the original precinct’s apportioned/allocated County Central Committee or Delegates (per Article III, Section 2, Rule 2.3.3 and Section 5, Rule 5.1) on an at-large basis, with the multiple precinct chairs serving as co-chairs at the meeting. 

B. When election performance data for only the previous General Election is available, the apportionment/allocation for the original precinct will be calculated (per Article III, Section 2, Rule 2.3.3 and Section 5, Rule 5.1) and that number will then be divided among the multiple precincts equitably, based on the results of the previous General Election.

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