VOTER and CANDIDATE ELIGIBILITY for BRANCH ELECTION

At the September 3rd General Membership Meeting, some questions were raised about voting eligibility with regard to renewals and jurisdiction.  All of this information is and has been available on our website; a good place to start is sandiegonaacp.org/election  Here are what the various documents have to say:

2019 Bylaws for Units:

IV.2.b. The minimum voting age

for any member in good standing in Branch Elections shall be seventeen (17) years of age. Said member may vote in the Branch Election if he/she has paid the Regular Adult membership fee to the Branch

IV.4. Membership and Residency

IV.4.a. Any person who is a permanent resident or who works within a Branch’s jurisdiction may become a member of said Branch, providing they have paid the annual requisite Regular Adult Membership fee. 

IV.4.b. Members of the Association in good standing where Branches are being formed, or who establish permanent residence within the jurisdiction of an existing branch, or who work within the jurisdiction of an existing Branch, may affiliate with the local Branch and be entitled to vote upon presenting satisfactory evidence of their membership. They shall not be assessed annual membership fees by the Branch until the expiration of the annual membership for which they have paid. 

IV.4.c. Members of the Association shall affiliate and vote with only one Unit at a time. 

Officers

VI.2.b. Branch. Only members in good standing shall be eligible to run for office or vote in a Branch election. For the purpose of running for office, a member in good standing is one whose name appears on the roll of the Branch as a bona fide member of the Branch by April May 1 of the election year and remains a continuous member of the Branch through the election process; and who lives and/or works within the Branch jurisdiction. For the purpose of being elected to the Nominating Committee or the Election Supervisory Committee, signing a nominating petition or voting in Branch elections, a member in good standing is one who has been a bona fide member of the Branch for at least 30 calendar days prior to the date the election is held or the nominating petition is filed. For all other purposes, a member in good standing is one who has paid the requisite minimum membership fee to the Branch. 

Elections

XI.2.i. Eligible Voters. 

The number of eligible voting members of the Branch shall be established before the voting begins. Upon proof of qualification, all eligible voters shall receive and sign for one ballot each and thereupon immediately proceed to vote secretly. The right to vote is personal and shall not be exercised by proxy. No absentee ballots may be cast. 

XI.2.k. Members in Good Standing. 

Members in good standing shall be eligible to run for office or vote in a Branch election. For the purpose of running for office, a member in good standing is one whose name appears on the roll of the Branch as a bona fide member of the Branch by April May 1 of the election year and who lives and/or works within the Branch jurisdiction. For the purpose of being elected to the Nominating Committee or the Election Supervisory Committee, signing a nominating petition or voting in Branch elections, a member in good standing is one who has been a bona fide member of the Branch for at least (30) thirty days prior to the date the election is held or the nominating petition is filed. For all other purposes, a member in good standing is one who has paid the requisite minimum membership fee to the Branch at least (30) thirty days prior to the date the election is held or the nominating petition is filed. For all other purposes, a member in good standing is one who has paid the requisite minimum membership fee to the Branch. 

XI.2.I. Youth Voting in Branch Elections. 

The minimum voting age for any member in good standing in Branch elections shall be seventeen ( 17) years of age. Should a member of the Branch be seventeen (17) years of age, but under twenty-one (21) years of age, that member may vote in the Branch election if he/she has paid the minimum adult membership fee to the Branch. 

XI.2.m. Life Members, Subscribing Life Members and Members-At-Large. 

In order to run for Branch office unaffiliated Life Members and Members-At-Large must be actively affiliated with the Branch by April May 1 of the election year. The term “affiliated” means that the individual must have requested, in writing, that his membership be transferred to the Branch. The request may be made through the Branch or directly to the National Office. The National Office must notify the Branch in writing within thirty (30) days of receiving notification.

2020 Election Procedure Manual (D)

Voter Notice

All members known to be in good standing received this via regular mail, and all members in our database received it via electronic mail:

All members whose memberships are current as of 30 days prior to the meeting date may be elected to the Nominating Committee (not more than 2 being officers of the unit)

All members whose memberships are current as of May 1st of the election year, whose memberships have remained continuous throughout the election process, and who live and/or work within the unit’s jurisdiction, may be nominated for office or as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition, or be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of 30 days prior to the October meeting.

It was also published in the Voice & Viewpoint.

2020 Branch Elections FAQS

WHO CAN RUN FOR OFFICE IN BRANCH ELECTIONS in 2020?

You must be a member in good standing as of May 1st to run for office in branch elections, and you must live and/or work within the branch jurisdiction. Unaffiliated life members and members-at-large must additionally be actively affiliated with the Branch by May 1st. (Actively affiliated means that the individual must have requested in writing that their membership be transferred to the Branch.) The request may be made through the Branch or directly to the National Office. The National Office must notify the Branch in writing within thirty (30) days of receiving notification. The candidate is responsible for insuring that their membership does not lapse, at which time their name would be removed from the ballot.

WHO CAN VOTE FOR BRANCH OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS?

Anyone who has been a bona fide member of the branch thirty (30) days prior to the date of the election or the date the nominating petition is filed. Unaffiliated life members and members-at-large may vote if they have been actively affiliated with the branch at least thirty (30) days prior to date nominating petition is filed. Youth at least 17 years of age may vote in adult elections as long as they have paid the minimum adult membership fee.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR BEING ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE, ELECTION SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE, OR SIGNING A NOMINATING PETITION?

You must be a member at least thirty (30) days prior to the date you are elected to the Nominating Committee.

You must be a member at least thirty (30) days prior to the date you are elected to the Election Supervisory Committee

You must be a member at least thirty (30) days prior to the date you sign a nominating petition.

Jurisdiction

The dividing line between the San Diego Branch and the North San Diego County Branch is the 56 freeway.  Precise jurisdictional maps were requested as of January of this year, but have not been provided.  You may refer to our respective websites to see this boundary.

Not a member?  Need to renew?

Visit join.sandiegonaacp.org or mail your check by October 12th to:

NAACP San Diego Branch
PO Box 152086
San Diego CA 92195-2086

To be eligible to vote in our Branch, you must live or work in our “jurisdiction,” which is San Diego County south of the 56 freeway. Members in good standing will by now have received an email if their address of record is not in our jurisdiction. If you have moved or if you work south of the 56, please email [email protected]

Questions?  Email [email protected] or call 619-431-1633