Resolution on County Central Committee Elections – California Elections Code

Resolution on County Central Committee Elections – California Elections Code

WHEREAS state law mandates that members of County Central Committees be elected on the ballot every other year in partisan primary elections (Elections Code Section 7200-7216) which are administered and conducted by the county Registrars of Voters; and

WHEREAS Proposition 14 has eliminated partisan elections except in Presidential years, and as a result, Registrars of Voters are seeking legislation to cause county central committees to be in charge of administering and conducting these biennial elections, which would put an immense and unmanageable burden on political committees in counties with up to 2.3 million Democratic voters; and

WHEREAS some Registrars seem open to compromise legislation, which would change County Central Committee term limits to be every four years to coincide with the partisan Presidential election, which would ensure that elections are administered and conducted by professionals and best maintain the integrity of the electoral system,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Los Angeles County Democratic Party convey its support to hold County Central Committee elections in Presidential years, which would make the term of office four years for the elected members, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Los Angeles County Democratic Party inform Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez, Senate President pro Tem Darrel Steinberg, the Senate Elections Committee, the Chair of Statewide Registrars, the County Clerks Association, Assembly Elections Committee and the California Democratic Party of our position in this matter.

Authors: Craig Athon, 49th AD and Agi Kessler 41st AD

Passed by LACDP 11/1/11

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