DTC Rules

Rules of the Democratic Party of the Town of Darien

Table of Contents

Preamble

Article I: Darien Democratic Town Committee

Article II: Officers

Article III: Town Committee Meetings

Article IV: Committees and Subcommittees

A. Standing Committees
B. Special Committees and Subcommittees

Article V: District Committees

Article VI: Endorsement of Candidates; Nomination of Municipal Officers; Election of Committee Members and Delegates

Article VII: Caucuses

Article VIII: Procedure

Article IX: Amendments

Article X: Definitions

Article XI: Filing of Local Rules

Article XII: Participation

Article XIII: Resolution of Conflict in Rules

Article I – Darien Democratic Town Committee

Section 1 – Scope of Democratic Town Committee

The policies and principles of the Democratic Party of the Town of Darien shall be formed, directed, and executed by the Democratic Town Committee.

Section 2 – Committee Membership

The Town Committee shall consist of 25 members elected at large, preferably with a minimum of four and a maximum of six from each of Darien’s six voting districts. The Town Committee, at a meeting called for the purpose, may, by majority vote of those present and voting, increase its membership, provided that all new members shall be duly elected and begin their terms in accordance with Article 1, Section 4 herein. No person shall be elected to or hold the position of the Town Committee member unless his or her name appears on the last completed enrollment list of the Democratic Party.

Section 3 – Election of DTC members

In each even-numbered year, the Town Committee shall fix the first Tuesday in March for holding of a primary for the election of Town Committee members and shall publish the same in a newspaper having a general circulation in the Town at least fifty-six days before such primary shall be held. (NOTE: Connecticut law and Democratic State Central Committee caucus rules currently override this section of these Rules. DSCC Rules specify public notice five days in advance of a required caucus to select a new DTC early in January in each even-numbered year. CT statute specifies the dates between which the caucus must be held. A Primary election will only be held if there is a challenge to the slate endorsed by the caucus. CT Secretary of the State will notify the Darien Town Clerk and the DTC Chair of the dates between which the caucus must be held. M. Thorne, 3/2004)

Section 4 – Terms of DTC members

The terms of members of the Town Committee elected shall commence after the first Monday following the primary date and end on the day established for holding a primary for election of the succeeding Town Committee. The provisions of this section shall apply notwithstanding the lack of cause for a primary to elect said members. Town Committee members shall serve for two years or until their successors are elected or deemed elected, but in no event shall terms be in excess of 26 months. The term of all members shall end on the same day.

Section 5 – Filling of vacancies on the Town Committee

Any vacancy on the Town Committee, arising from any cause including failure to elect, may be filled by the Town Committee by a majority vote of the membership of the entire Town Committee.

Article II – Officers

Section 1 – Organizational Meeting

Within one week after the commencement of the regularly scheduled terms of the Town Committee, its members shall meet for organization and shall elect a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and such other Officers as may be deemed advisable. Said organizational meeting shall be called by the Chairperson of the Town Committee in office immediately prior to the day established for a primary to elect the Town Committee. If the Town Chairperson fails, for any reason, to call such meeting within the period prescribed, it shall be the duty of the Vice-Chairperson serving concurrently with the said Town Chairperson to do so, and if the Vice-Chairperson fails to do so, it shall be the duty of the State Central Committee members in the district to do so. The said Chairperson shall give notice of the organizational meeting to all members of the Town Committee at least three days prior to said meeting. The notice of any organizational meeting call by the said Vice-Chairperson or said Members of the State Central Committee shall be issued to each of the newly elected Committee Members within 48 hours of the necessity of either to do so.

Section 2 – Election of Officers

The Chairperson and other Officers of the Town Committee shall be elected from within the membership of the Town Committee by a majority vote of the membership of the entire Town Committee. When the number of candidates for any given office exceeds the number to be elected, a secret ballot shall be taken by two or more counters appointed by the acting Chairperson.

Section 3 – Term of Officers

Officers so elected shall hold office for the term of the Town Committee electing them.

Section 4 – Term limitation of Officers and Committee Chairpersons

Any officer or committee Chairperson of the Town Committee shall serve no more than four consecutive full terms in the same office.

Section 5 – Duties of Officers

Each of such Officers shall have the duties usually incident to his/her office and such other duties as the Town Committee may from time to time prescribe.

Section 6 – Filing of list of Officers and DTC members

Within one week after organization of the Town Committee, the Secretary shall file with the Secretary of the Democratic State Central Committee and the Democratic Registrar of Voters in Darien a list of the names and addresses of the Officers and members of the Town Committee. The Secretary will also make similar filings as a result of any subsequent changes to the membership of the Town Committee.

Section 7 – Removal of Officers, Committee Chairpersons, and Vice-chairpersons

Officers of the Town Committee and Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons of any Committee or Subcommittee of the Town Committee may be removed from their position by a two-thirds vote of the membership of the entire Town Committee upon proof of neglect of office or for other good cause. The Town Committee may fill the vacancies so created by a majority vote of the membership of the entire Town Committee, either at the next regular meeting following the session at which the removal action was taken or at a special Town Committee meeting called for this purpose.

Article III – Town Commitee Meetings

Section 1 – Schedule of regular meetings

Regular meeting of the Town Committee shall be held on the second Thursday of the months of January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November of each year, or as may be set forth in a schedule prepared in March of the year. The regular meetings are to be called by the Chairperson or presiding office of the Town Committee.

Section 2 – Special meetings

Special meetings of the Town Committee may be called by the Chairperson of by written request, signed by one-third of the members of the Committee, presented to the Chairperson. Upon receipt of such request, the Chairperson shall instruct the Secretary to give reasonable notice of the time, place and purpose of such meeting to all members of the Committee as the circumstances require. In the event of an emergency or in the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson may take the place of the Chairperson for the purposes of this section.

Section 3 – Quorum requirements

Two-fifths of the members of the Town Committee shall constitute a Quorum at any meeting.

Section 4 – Chairing of DTC meetings

All meetings of the Town Committee shall be opened by the Chairperson of the Town Committee, and if the Chairperson is not present, shall be opened by the Officer next in rank on the Town Committee in the following order: Vice-Chairperson, followed by Secretary, followed by Treasurer.

Section 5 – Agenda; order of business

The order of business of the Town Committee shall be as follows:

  1. Consideration of the minutes of the previous meeting (and their approval).
  2. Report of the Treasurer
  3. Reports (on) of standing committees or subcommittees
  4. Reports of special committees or subcommittees
  5. Unfinished business
  6. New business

The Agenda may be modified as needed to address the business before the Town Committee.

Section 6 – Financial schedule

The Town Committee will adhere to the following financial schedule:

  • The Treasurer will provide a report at each monthly meeting.
  • An annual financial report will be presented at the January DTC meeting and at each Darien Democratic Caucus.
  • A line item budget will be developed by the Treasurer and presented for approval at the August DTC meeting. Each Town Committee Officer and Standing Committee Chairperson should provide input for consideration to the DTC Treasurer no later than July 31st.
  • The Darien Democratic Town Committee will be compliant with all disclosure and reporting requirements mandated by the statutes of the State of Connecticut found in section 9-150: &rlquo;Election: Campaign Financing”, revised to January 1, 1991, and as amended from time to time and enforced by the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

Section 7 – Meetings open to public; Party participation

All meetings of the Darien Democratic Town Committee shall be open to all members of the Democratic Party. The time and place for all public meetings of the Democratic Party shall be publicized fully and in such a manner as to assure timely notice to all interested persons. Such meetings shall be held in places accessible to all Party members and large enough to accommodate all interested persons. The Democratic Town Committee will encourage full participation by all Democrats in all Party affairs, with particular concern for minority groups, native Americans, women and youth.

Article IV – Committees and Subcommittees

A. Standing Committees

Section 1 – Executive Committee

There shall be an Executive Committee of the Town Committee which shall be composed of the following Officers of the Town Committee (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer); and the Chairpersons of the other Standing Committees (Nominating, District Organization Steering, Public Information, Fund Raising, and Issues).

The Executive Committee shall meet as necessary before each regular Town Committee meeting, or as required from time during the year. The Chairperson of the Town Committee shall be the Chairperson of the Executive Committee except, if the Chairperson is absent, the Vice-Chairperson shall so act. A majority shall be a quorum.

Duties: It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to plan an agenda for each Town Committee meeting, to develop an annual plan of scheduled events and activities for the Town Committee, to provide input as needed to the Editor of the Darien Democrat newsletter, to recruit “at large” members to serve as specialists on the Fund Raising, Issues, Public Information, and District Organization Steering Committees, to serve as the DTC Rules Committee, to assist the Town Committee Chairperson, and to perform such other duties as directed or authorized by the Town Committee.

Section 2 – Nominating Committee

There shall be a Nominating Committee composed of nine members, as least five of whom shall be members of the Town Committee. The “non-Town Committee” members of the Nominating Committee, if any, will be referred to as “at large” members of the Nominating Committee. The Chairperson of the Committee may come from the Town Committee or from any “at large” members of the Nominating Committee. No member of the Board of Selectmen, Board of Education, Planning and Zoning Commission, or Board of Finance may serve on the Nominating Committee.

Duties: It shall be the duty of the Nominating Committee to identify and encourage potential candidates for elective and appointive offices and for delegates to conventions; to interview all such potential candidates except potential candidates for regular terms for Town Committee; and to recommend to the Town Committee selected potential candidates for endorsement.

If twenty-five percent of the membership of the Town Committee so request, potential candidates other than those recommended by the Nominating Committee shall be interviewed by the Town Committee at the next regularly scheduled Town Committee meeting.

The Nominating Committee shall submit regular reports to the Town Committee, but the responsibility for nomination shall rest with the Town Committee.

Section 3 – Fund Raising Committee

There shall be a Fund Raising Committee, three members of which shall be members of the Town Committee. The Committee may include additional members who need not be members of the Town Committee. The Fund Raising Committee will call on and require the support of the entire Town Committee when planning and implementing any major fund raising event.

Duties: It shall be the duty of the Fund Raising Committee to conduct all fund raising activities to be undertaken by the Town Committee in order to meet the goals established for campaign contributions and ongoing expenses of the Town Committee, as well as to support any State Central Committee sponsored programs and events.

Section 4 – District Organizing Steering Committee

There shall be a District Organization Steering Committee, three members of which shall be members of the Town Committee. In addition, the district chairpersons selected pursuant to Article V shall also serve on the DTC District Organization Steering Committee. The Committee may include additional members who need not be members of the Town Committee.

Duties: It shall be the duty of the District Organization Steering Committee to build and maintain a strong and responsive district organization within the town; to coordinate activities and communications with the six District Committees (see Section V); assist in fund raising; and establish and carry out voter information and registration and similar programs in order to encourage maximum participation by Democratic voters in the electoral process.

Section 5 – Public Information Committee

There shall be a Public Information Committee, composed of at least three members of the Town Committee. The Committee may include additional members who need not be members of the Town Committee. The Chairperson of the Public Information Committee shall serve as the editor of the Darien Democrat Newsletter. The members of the Executive Committee of their designee shall serve as the Newsletter’s Advisory Board, and are responsible for providing input for publication to the Editor as needs arise.

Duties: The Public Information Committee shall establish and maintain good working relations with the media, handle the preparation and release of official Town Committee publicity, assist in fund raising, publish the Darien Democrat Newsletter three to four times per year, or at another frequency as needed. The Committee will assist in and coordinate the dissemination of publicity materials beneficial to the Democratic Party and its candidates and the Town Committee and to perform other functions to keep Darien Democrats abreast of local, state, and national affairs.

Section 6 – Issues Committee

There shall be an Issues Committee composed of at least three members of the Town Committee. The Committee may include additional members who need not be members of the Town Committee.

Duties: It shall be the duty of the Issues Committee to establish and regularly review a platform of guiding principles of the Town Committee and of the Democratic Party of Darien, to make recommendations to the Town Committee for revision to the Platform from time to time and to work with the Public Information Committee to insure that issues of particular importance to the Democratic Town Committee are brought to the attention of the general public.

The Issues Committee will also be responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating any surveys or questionnaires to voters on issues and concerns.

Section 7 – Election to Standing Committees

The Town Committee shall elect all members to standing committees no later than the regular monthly meeting of the Town Committee in April in even-numbered years, and at such other times as may be necessary to fill vacancies. Town Committee members of standing committees shall elect their own officers at its annual planning meeting in even-numbered years, which must include a Chairperson and a Vice-chairperson, and may include a Secretary. Except for the Nominating Committee, Chairpersons of the standing committees must be members of the Town Committee.

One-third of the members of each standing committee shall change with every two-year term.

The Chairpersons and Vice-chairpersons of the Issues, Public Information, Fund Raising, and District Organization Steering Committees are encouraged to seek ‘at large’ members to serve as specialists on these standing committees.

The Chairperson of the Town Committee shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees of which she/he is not otherwise a member.

Section 8 – Meetings of Standing Committees

Each of the six standing committees (Executive, Nominating, Fund Raising, District Organization Steering, Public Information, and Issues) shall meet once per year (in April in even-numbered years, and in January in odd-numbered years) in order to develop a plan of programs and key events for the coming year. The meeting will be called by the Town Committee Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. Each Committee Chair will report at the next regular meeting of the Town Committee of the plans for their committee, and keep the full Town Committee apprised of activities throughout the year.

B. Special Committees and Subcommittees

Section 1 – Town Committee Search Committee

There shall be a Town Committee Search Committee composed of a minimum of seven and up to nine Democratic electors of the town, of whom not more than two may be current members of the Town Committee. No more than two members shall be elected office holders in the town government. No members of the Town Committee Search Committee shall be included in the slate of eligible candidates recommended to the party caucus for endorsement to the successor Town Committee. Said Town Committee Search Committee shall be elected by the Town Committee at its regularly scheduled meeting in October of odd-numbered years.

The Town Committee Search Committee shall meet with such frequency as its duties may require. It shall elect its own Chairperson, Vice-chairperson, and Secretary. A majority shall constitute a quorum.

Duties: It shall be the duty of the Town Committee Search Committee to identify and encourage potential candidates to participate in and join the Darien Democratic Town Committee; to interview all potential candidates; and to recommend to the Democratic Party caucus a full slate of eligible candidates for endorsement to the successor Town Committee. The Town Committee Search Committee must inform the Town Committee of its slate to be recommended to the caucus at the regularly scheduled Town Committee meeting prior to the caucus in January. The Town Committee Search Committee shall submit its recommendations to the Democratic Party caucus on the date that the caucus meets to determine the matter of endorsements. It shall make every effort to insure that those recommended are eligible for membership under these rules and are broadly representative of the Democratic electorate of the town. Upon endorsement of candidates for the successor Town Committee, the Town Committee Search Committee shall cease to serve.

Section 2 – Interim Nominating Committee

The Town Committee shall elect, at its organizational March meeting in even numbered years, an Interim Nominating Committee, the duties of which shall be identical to those of the Nominating Committee. The Interim Nominating Committee shall consist of five members of the Town Committee. Upon election of the Nominating Committee, the Interim Nominating Committee shall cease to serve. The Town Committee Chairperson shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Interim Nominating Committee.

Section 3 – Additional Committees and Subcommittees

The Town Committee may, from time to time and for such duration as it desires, appoint other special committees and subcommittees to function in accordance with the resolution of the Town Committee creating the same. The membership of such committees and subcommittees may come from within or without, or from each in part, of the membership of the Town Committee as it deems best considering the nature of the duties to be performed by the special committee or subcommittee.

Article V – District Committees

Section 1 – District Committee Chairpersons and Vice-Chairs

There shall be a District Chairperson and Vice-chairperson for each voting district in the town. Chairpersons and Vice-chairpersons shall be elected by the Town Committee no later than the regular May Town Committee meeting in even-numbered years. District Chairpersons and Vice-chairpersons need not be members of the Town Committee but shall be enrolled Democrats in the district which they represent.

Section 2 – Membership

Membership of each District Committee will include the following registered Democrats who reside in that specific district: the members of the Democratic Town Committee, and ‘at large’ members serving on a DTC committee. Elected Democratic officials, appointed Democratic officials, and other interested registered Democrats residing in that particular district will be encouraged to serve on this committee.

Section 3 – Meetings

Each District Committee shall meet with such frequency as its duties may require, except that the Chairperson of the Town Committee may call a meeting thereof at any time.

Section 4 – Duties

The duties of the District Committees shall be to keep an accurate record of the voters in their district; to encourage voter registration and participation in primaries, caucuses, and elections; to assist in fund raising; to contact and solicit new members for the Democratic Party; and to perform such functions as shall from time to time be useful in the conduct of political campaigns and Democratic Party activities.

Democratic Party and to perform such functions as shall from time to time be useful in the conduct of political campaigns and Democratic Party activities.

Article VI – Endorsement of Candidates; Nomination of Municipal Officers; and Election of Committee Members and Delegates

Section 1 – Endorsement at Party Caucuses

The enrolled members of the party at a caucus called for the purpose shall by a plurality of votes cast select party-endorsed candidates for each municipal officethe Town Committee and of delegates to conventions, except as provided in Article V, Section 10 and 12. At all caucuses, nominations for consideration by the caucus may be by submission of a list of candidates by the Town Committee, supplemented by nominations from the floor. In no event shall a member of the caucus vote for a greater number of candidates than those to be elected. The time of any such caucus shall be fixed so as to permit compliance with the provisions of the State Primary Law as the same may be amended from time to time, and shall be conducted in conformity with the provisions of said law concerning Nominations and Political Parties as it may be amended. Sections 2, 4, and 5 of Article VII of these rules shall apply to any such caucus.

Section 2 – Delegate Endorsement for conventions

The party endorsement of candidates for delegates to any convention shall be made by (1) full slate composed of a number of persons equal to the number of delegates to which the Town is entitled under the state rules of the Democratic Party, and or (2) by nomination of individual candidates. In the endorsement of such candidates, the vote of each member of the caucus present and voting shall be for a number of candidates not to exceed the number of a full slate as defined above. The voting for endorsement of delegates to each convention shall be done by individual convention.

Section 3 – Primaries for endorsed candidates for municipal office

Candidates for municipal office chosen as provided in Article VI Section 1 above and properly endorsed shall run in the primary as the nominee of the Democratic Party for the office for which she/he is the candidate if no valid opposing candidacy has been filed for nomination to such office by four o’clock p.m. on the thirty-fourth day preceding the day of the Democratic primary for such office, or the next succeeding business day if the thirty-fourth day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

Section 4 – Primaries for endorsed candidates for Town Committee

Properly endorsed candidates for Town Committee members chosen as provided in Section 1 above shall run in the primary for Town Committee members as party-endorsed candidates; provided such candidates shall be deemed elected as members of the Town Committee if no valid opposing candidacy has been filed for the Town Committee member by four o’clock p.m. on the thirty-fourth day preceding the day of the Democratic primary for Town Committee members, or the next succeeding business day if the thirty-fourth day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

Section 5 – Primaries for endorsed candidates for delegates

The properly endorsed slate of candidates for delegates to a convention chosen as provided in Sections 1 and 2 above shall run in the primary for delegates to such convention as the party-endorsed slate; provided such slate of candidates be deemed elected as the delegates to such convention if no valid opposing candidacy by a complete slate including persons other than party endorsed candidates has been filed by four o’clock p.m. on the thirty-fourth day preceding the day of the Democratic primary for delegates to conventions, or the next succeeding business day if the thirty-fourth day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday.

Section 6 – Failure to endorse at Caucus

If for any reason the caucus fails to make sufficient endorsements of or chooses not to endorse candidates for municipal office, Town Committee members or delegates to conventions, the provisions of Sections 9-418, 9-419, 9-420, and 9-421 of the Connecticut General Statutes revised to January 1, 1991 as the same may be amended from time to time, shall govern. If the caucus does not properly endorse a number of candidates for the Town Committee equal to the number of Town Committee positions to be filled, and if a candidacy or candidacies for election as Town Committee members are timely and properly filed by a number of persons equal to at least twenty-five percent of the number of Town Committee members to be elected, such number being not more than the number of positions for which the Town Committee has failed to certify names, no primary shall be held and each of the party-endorsed candidates and each of the persons filing such candidacies shall be deemed to have been lawfully elected as Town Committee members. A primary shall be held for Town Committee elections only if candidacies for such election numbering at least twenty-five percent of the number of Town Committee members to be elected are properly filed by persons other than party-endorsed candidates. If for any other position the caucus does not properly certify the name of any person as a party-endorsed candidate, and a candidacy for nomination to such position is properly filed for the position by not more than one person, no primary shall be held, and the person filing such candidacy shall be deemed to have been lawfully chosen as the nominee of the party for such position.

Section 7 – Certifying of endorsed candidates

The Secretary and the Chairperson or presiding officer of the Town Committee caucus or convention, as the case may be, shall certify to the Town Clerk the names and street addresses of the party-endorsed candidates selected as provided in Sections 1 and 2above, the title of an office or position as Committee member or delegate and the name or number of the political subdivision or district, if any, for which each such person is endorsed. In the case of endorsement of candidates for delegate to a convention, such certification may also include the last name of a candidate, if any, selected by the endorsing authority for placement on the ballot label. In the endorsement of a candidate for an office or position as delegate or committee member, for whom only the electors of a political subdivision of the town or a senatorial district or assembly district located in town may vote, only the enrolled party members, delegates or Town Committee members, as the case may be, from such political subdivision or district, may participate.

Section 8 – Deadlines for endorsement by Caucus

Each Party endorsement of a candidate to run in a primary for the nomination of candidates for municipal office or for the election of Town Committee members or delegates to conventions shall be made not earlier than the fifty-sixth day nor later than the forty-ninth day preceding the day of such primary, and shall be certified to the Town Clerk by the Chairperson or presiding officer and Secretary of the Town Committee caucus or convention as the case may be not later than four o’clock p.m. on the forty-eighth day preceding the day of such primary, except that when the said day, as the case may be, is a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, such delivery shall be made not later than the next succeeding business day. In the case of an endorsement for the municipal office of State Senator or State Representative, the Chairperson or presiding officer, or the Secretary of the Town Committee, caucus or convention which made the endorsement shall attest a certificate signed by the candidate stating his name an residence address, the fact that he was endorsed, and the title and district of the office for which he was endorsed. The attested certificate shall be filed by the candidate with the Town Clerk not late than four o’clock p.m. on the fourteenth day after the close of such Town Committee meeting caucus or convention.

Section 9 – Tie breaking rule at Caucus

In the event that a vote taken at a caucus on the selection of a party-endorsed candidate for a municipal office or for the election of Town Committee members or delegates to conventions results in a tie, the tie shall than be dissolved by the vote of the Permanent Chairperson of the caucus, but this provision shall not affect his or her right to cast any vote to which she/he is otherwise entitled.

Section 10 – Withdrawal or death of endorsed candidate prior to Primary

Except as provided in Sections 9-427 and 9-429 of the Connecticut General Statutes as they may be amended from time to time, if a party-endorsed candidate for nomination to a municipal office or for election as Town Committee member or delegate to a convention, prior to twenty-four hours before the opening of the polls at the primary, dies, or, prior to ten days before the day of the primary, withdraws his name from nomination or for any reason becomes disqualified to hold the office or position for which he is a candidate, an endorsement may be made to fill such vacancy by the Town Committee, by a majority vote of the Town Committee members present and voting at a meeting called for that purpose. The Chairperson of the Town Committee may cast a vote on such endorsement to break a tie but this provision shall not affect his or her right to cast any vote as a member of the Town Committee to which she/he is otherwise entitled. The Secretary and the Chairperson or presiding officer of the Town Committee shall immediately certify the endorsement to fill such vacancy to the Democratic Registrar of Voters and to the Town Clerk or to the Secretary of State, as the case may be. No candidate shall be deemed to have withdrawn until a letter of withdrawal signed by such candidate is filed with the Town Clerk and the Chairperson of the Town Committee. Party endorsement shall not be effective unless filed prior to twenty-four hours before the opening of the polls in the case of a candidate who has died, or prior to seven days before the date of the primary in the event a candidate has withdrawn or becomes disqualified.

Section 11 – State Primary Law

The nominations of the Democratic Party to all offices and the election of members of the Town Committee and delegates to conventions shall be made in all respects as provided in the State Primary Law, as the same may be amended from time to time. Whenever a primary for nomination to a municipal office or for election of Town Committee members or delegates to conventions is to be held under the provisions of said Law, the nominee of the Democratic Party for such office, and the members of the Town Committee and the delegates to conventions shall be determined by a plurality of votes cast.

Section 12 – Withdrawal or death of endorsed candidate prior to General Election

If a nomination has been made for a municipal office and the nominee thereafter but prior to ten days before the opening of the polls on the day of the election for which such nomination has been made, dies, withdraws his or her name or for any reason becomes disqualified to hold the office for which he/she has been nominated, a nomination to fill such vacancy may be made by a majority of the Town Committee members present and voting, at a meeting called for that purpose. The Chairperson of the Town Committee may cast a vote on such nomination to break a tie, but this provision shall not affect his or her right to cast any vote as a member of the Town Committee to which he/she is otherwise entitled. In the case of a withdrawal, said new nomination shall not be valid until the candidate who has withdrawn has filed a letter of withdrawal signed by the candidate with the Secretary of the State together with a copy of the candidate’s withdrawal letter to the Town Clerk, and also filed a copy with the Town Clerk and the Chairperson of the Town Committee. The Chairperson or presiding officer and the Secretary of the Town Committee, at least seven days prior to the opening of the polls, shall certify the nomination to fill such vacancy and set forth the reason for said vacancy to the Secretary of the State and shall file a copy with the Town Clerk in the case of a state or district office, or to the Town Clerk with a copy to be filed with the Secretary of the State, in the case of a municipal office other than State Senator or State Representative. If a nominee dies within ten days, but prior to twenty-four hours before the opening of the polls on the day of the election, the vacancy may be filled in the manner prescribed in this section by two o’clock p.m. of the day before the election with the Town Clerk or the Secretary of State, as the case may be. If a nominee dies within twenty-four hours before the opening of the polls and prior to the close of the polls, he/she shall not be replaced. If the deceased nominee receives a plurality of votes cast, a vacancy shall exist to be filled as prescribed by law.

Section 13 – Designation of alternate delegates

Each delegate to a convention elected in conformity with law and with these rules may in writing designate an alternate delegate to act in his or her absence. In the absence of such alternate delegate, the Town Committee Chairperson shall fill any vacancy arising for any cause in delegations to conventions. Such alternate delegate shall be a registered Democratic voter in the Town of Darien.

Section 14 – Limit on number of Party endorsements

The Town Committee shall endorse and certify to the Town Clerk, and the primary shall choose, no more candidates for nomination to a municipal office or more persons as members of the Town Committee or as delegates to a convention than an elector may vote for in each case.

Article VII – Caucuses

Section 1 – Special Caucuses

Special caucuses may be called for the purpose of amending these rules or for any other lawful purpose by a majority vote of the Town Committee, or, as hereinafter provided, by a petition signed by not less than five percent or five hundred, whichever is less, of the registered Democratic voters in the town; such petition to be filed with the Democratic Registrar of Voters. The Registrar of Voters shall check the petition and certify to the Town Chairperson that five percent or five hundred, whichever is less, of the petitioners are registered Democratic voters of the town. The Town Chairperson shall within thirty days of the receipt of such certification, issue a call for a caucus in the manner prescribed in Section 2 of this Article.

Section 2 – Notice of Caucus

The Chairperson of the Town Committee or his designee shall give notice of the date, time, place and purpose of any caucus to all registered Democratic voters of the Town at least five days in advance of any such caucus by publishing such notice at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the town and by posting such notice on the public sign post board at the Town Hall. Notice may be in the form of a legal notice or a news release.

Section 3 – Caucus Chairperson and Secretary

The Town Chairperson shall be the temporary Chairperson of all caucuses and shall preside until the meeting has selected its permanent Chairperson. In like manner the Secretary of the Town Committee shall act as Secretary at such caucuses until permanent organization has been effected. If there are not officers present to fill the posts of temporary caucus Chairperson and Secretary, these posts shall be filled by vote of the Town Committee members present.

Section 4 – Voting on Motions at Caucus

At any caucus, the Chairperson of the caucus shall, upon receipt of a written motion from any person lawfully participating in the caucus calling for a vote by ballot upon such matter as such motion designates, submit such motion to a rising vote; and, if fifteen electors present and legally entitled to participate in the caucus vote in favor of such motion, the vote on the matter specified in the motion shall be by ballot. The presiding officer shall appoint two tellers. If fifteen electors legally entitled to participate in the caucus make a written application, one of said fifteen electors shall be appointed as one of the tellers. Before any ballot is deposited, the name of the elector offering to vote shall be checked on the enrollment list of the Party. No person shall vote in the caucus unless he is enrolled on the last completed voting list of the Democratic Party in a voting district permitted to vote in the caucus.

Article VIII – Procedure

Section 1 – Resolving parliamentary issues

Roberts Rules of Order revised shall be considered as conclusive on parliamentary issues except as herein otherwise provided.

Article IX – Amendments

Section 1 – Rules amendments by the Town Committee

The Town Committee shall have power at any meeting duly called to amend or repeal the rules of the Town Committee by a majority vote of the existing membership of the entire Town Committee, provided the amendment was submitted in writing at the previous meeting of the Town Committee. The notice for such meeting shall state the proposed change and be mailed to each member of the Town Committee, not less than ten days prior to the date the meeting is to be held.

Section 2 – Rules amendments by Caucus

These rules may also be amended at a caucus, by majority vote of those present and voting, provided that the Democratic Town Committee gives due notice of the proposed change in the call for said caucus. If the caucus is called by not less than five percent of the registered Democratic voters, as provided in Article VII, Section 1, the call shall give due notice of the proposed change.

Article X – Definitions

Section 1 – State Primary Law; nominations and political parties

As used in these rules, the term “State Primary Law” refers to Title 9, Chapter 153 of the General Statutes, revised to January 1, 1991, Parts I through V entitled “Nominations and Political Parties”, as the same may be amended from time to time.

Section 2 – Municipal office

As used in these rules, “municipal office” means any elective office of the town and the offices of Justice of the Peace, State Representative in any Assembly District, State Senator in a Senatorial District composed of a single town or part of a single town and judge of Probate in a Probate District composed of a single town.

Section 3 – Caucus

As used in these rules, the term “Caucus” means any meeting, held at a designated hour and place, of the enrolled members of the Democratic party within a municipality or political subdivision thereof for the purpose of selecting party-endorsed candidates for a Primary to be held by the Democratic Party and/or for the purpose of transacting other business of the Democratic Party.

Section 5 – Other terms

The other terms used in these rules shall have the same meaning as in the State Primary Law as it may be amended from time to time.

Article XI – Filing of Local Rules

Section 1 – Filing requirements

Within seven days after party rules or any amendments to party rules are adopted by the Democratic Party, a copy of the same shall be filed with the Secretary of the State, with the Town Clerk, with the Democratic Registrar of Voters, and with the Secretary of the State Central Committee. Any amendments so filed shall set forth in full the Section to be amended. Matter to be omitted or repealed shall be lined out, and new matter shall be indicated by underscoring. A completely revised version, without notations, shall also be distributed to each member of the Darien Democratic Town Committee, and made available to prospective members.

Article XII – Participation

Section 1 – Eligibility to participate in Democratic Party activities

Any person eighteen (18) years of age or more who is an enrolled Democratic elector in the Town of Darien may participate in any and all party meetings, caucuses, primaries, “and conferences and may be elected to any party office except where specifically prohibited by law.

Article XIII – Resolution of Conflict in Rules

Section 1 – Governing laws over Town Committee rules

If any provision of the rules of the Democratic Town Committee of the Town of Darien, Connecticut, is found to be in conflict with any mandatory provision in the rules of the Democratic Party of the State of Connecticut or with the State Primary Law, the applicable provision of said State Party rules or State Primary Law, as the case may be, shall govern.

Attest

James A. Ramsey
Chairperson, Democratic Town Committee     Date: 7/17/1991

Anne W. Shaw
Secretary, Democratic Town Committee     Date: 7/17/1991