We are all of course aware that there is an election taking place in November that will determine whether civil rights protections, environmental protections, consumer protections, and nearly every other function by which government is supposed to protect its citizens from powerful monied interests will continue to be dismantled at a rapid rate. Furthermore, we are experiencing a global pandemic the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a century.
In the light of these grim struggles, the Branch’s election will be a relatively light affair. Happily you don’t really need to worry about it right away; unless you want to run for office. Here is the timeline for the Branch’s 2020 Election:
Step 1: the Membership Deadline:
In order to run for election in November of 2020, you must be a member in good standing as of May 1st(1), with your membership dues paid up. If you have even a single day of lapsed membership from May 1st to the election in November, you will be ineligible to run. We have seen this happen in our very Branch in the past, and the Secretary wishes to ensure it never happens again.
If you think you might run, check your membership card; if the Expiration Date is coming up, renew now! Whatever the date may be, please make a mental note to renew before then, if you think you might run. On their part, the Secretary will do their best to remind you when your dues are due, but it is ultimately your responsibility to keep up your membership.
Note: it is currently impossible to renew your membership in our Branch from National’s website.
You must renew your membership at join.sandiegonaacp.org, either with a credit card or by downloading a membership application and mailing it in with your check. Please write [email protected] with any questions.
Step 2: When and Where?
At our August General Membership Meeting, the Membership will decide the date, time and place of our election. The polls must be open for at least four hours, and the election must take place in November of 2020.
Election Guidance from National
Note 1: Those of you who study the bylaws on a daily basis (we assume that is all of you) may have read that the membership deadline is April 1st. That deadline has been moved, for this year only, by the National Board of Directors.