Hello Union County Party Members,
The Executive Council of the North Carolina Democratic Party met again to discuss the best possible solution for 2020 County and District conventions.
In light of the recent health crisis, the Executive Council has voted to postpone the dates of County and District conventions and to move all county conventions to virtual conventions. These changes are still pending DNC approval.
All County Conventions scheduled for March 28, 2020 will now be held April 25, 2020
All District Conventions scheduled for April 25, 2020 will now be held May 16, 2020
Each convention will be hosted on an NCDP-sponsored virtual platform. The platform will be tested in advance and the NCDP will offer training for all. Please find additional guidance from the state party online here.
NCDP is also taking additional precautions to protect the health and well-being of our members. The state party has closed NCDP headquarters to the public through May 1, 2020; mandate remote working for all staff until at least April 1st; encouraged members to limit in-person meetings when possible; and, postponed all party sponsored events, including fundraisers, until further notice.
Your county party is similarly following the Governor’s commonsense recommendations and the advice from the CDC.
We understand that many of us are anxious. We also understand that these decisions may be frustrating to some and the prospect of using a new technology may be daunting but the party has committed to making this process as smooth as possible. However, these are the best measures and in accordance with guidelines from federal, state, and local leaders to protect the health and well-being of all North Carolinians. Our number one priority remains is the health and safety of our communities.
Additionally, the action taken by the State Executive Council suspends some of the typical practices at even-year conventions:
- If your county would normally elect State Senate, State House, or Judicial Executive Committee members, those elections shall be conducted at a future County Executive Committee meeting to take place by August 1, 2020, not at your Convention.
- All resolutions from precincts should be transmitted directly to your district chair(s) by April 2.
If your county chooses not to hold a Virtual County Convention in accordance with direction from the State Executive Council, your county will be ineligible to send delegates to the Congressional District and State conventions this year.
How will my delegates sign in?
Anyone wishing to join the Virtual County Convention will be asked to register before receiving information about joining the call, which will create a record of who attends. At this time, registration requires an internet connection, so if you have delegates you know cannot access a computer, we ask that you register them and share contact details with them. NCDP staff will also be able to assist with registering any delegate who cannot access the registration form.
How are we handling District and State delegates?
To ensure District and State Delegate processes remain open and accessible, we have created a Google Form where any member of your county can indicate an interest in serving as a District or State convention delegate prior to the convention. You can find that form here: forms.gle/UhweteXNGfUNXrDa6.
At your virtual convention, the State Executive Council provides for two methods to select delegates. The first is a sample resolution your county could adopt, authorizing the Board of your County Executive Committee to select delegates to represent your county. The second method is an election of delegates during the convention, keeping in mind the teleconferencing software will only support up or down votes on motions. The choice will be up to your board.
Dates for training and introduction to the tools will be available very soon.
Thank you for all the work you and your board will do in the coming weeks to make this process a success. While this, not a perfect solution, this is the most pragmatic way to handle the situation at hand.
Thank you for your continued patience,
Pam De Maria