Bylaws

Constitution & Bylaws of the Capital District Democratic Socialists of America

[Adopted March 26, 2017, Amended March 24, 2019 and December 6, 2020]

ARTICLE I. Name, Territory.

Section 1 – Name.

Section 2 – Territory.

Section 3 – Certificate of Incorporation.

ARTICLE II. Purpose & Mission.

ARTICLE III. Membership.

Section 1 – Definition.

Section 2 – Rights and Privileges.

Section 3 – Dues.

Section 4 – Removal of Members.

ARTICLE IV. Chapter Meetings.

Section 1 – Membership Assembly.

Section 2 – Membership Meetings.

Section 3 – Chapter Meetings: Voting Rights and Procedures.

Section 4 – Special Meetings.

Section 5 – Quorum.

Section 6 – Accessibility.

ARTICLE V. Chapter Officers: Powers and Duties.

Section 1 – Officers and Terms.

Section 2 – Vacancies.

Section 3 – Co-Chairs.

Section 4 – Secretary.

Section 5 – Treasurer.

Section 6 – Additional Duties.

Section 7 – Executing Instruments.

ARTICLE VI. Executive Committee.

Section 1 – Composition.

Section 2 – Election and Appointment of Executive Committee Officers.

Section 3 – Duties.

Section 4 – Meetings.

Section 5 – Quorum.

Section 6 – Multiple Offices.

Section 7 – Action Without a Meeting.

ARTICLE VII. Branches.

Section 1 – Definition.

Section 2 – Establishment of Branches.

Section 3. Structure, Membership, and Elections.

Section 4 – Branch Dissolution.

Section 5 – Branch Organizing Committees.

ARTICLE VIII. Committees.

Section 1. Definition.

Section 2. Membership and Election of Committee Leadership.

Section 3. Duties and Responsibilities.

ARTICLE IX. Delegates to National, Regional, and State Bodies.

Section 1 – Convention.

ARTICLE X. Prohibited Activity.

ARTICLE XI. Nominations and Recalls.

Section 1 – Nominations Committee.

Section 2 – Nominations Process.

Section 3 – Uncontested Positions.

ARTICLE XII. Amendments.

ARTICLE XIII. Rules of the Chapter.

Section 1 – Rules.

Section 2 – Action Out of Order.

Article XIV. General Provisions.

Section 1 – Fiscal Year.

Section 2 – Books and Records.

Section 3 – Whistleblower Policy.

Section 4 – Electronic Signatures.

ARTICLE XV. Interested Party Transactions.

Section 1 – Definition.

ARTICLE XVI. Execution of Instruments.

Section 1 – Contracts and Instruments.

Section 2 – Deposits.

ARTICLE XVII. Affiliated Chapters.

Section 1 – Definition.

Section 2 – Establishment.

Section 3 – Termination.

Section 4 – Transitioning a Branch into an Affiliated Chapter.

Section 5 – Officer Eligibility.