Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NAACP National Board of Directors has made two important changes to the membership and elections rules.
First, the deadline for membership has been moved from April 1st to May 1st; you will now be eligible to run for Branch office if you are a member of the NAACP San Diego Branch as of May 1st (and stay that way.)
Second, they will now count your membership as valid on the day it is received by the NAACP San Diego Branch, not the day we report it to National. That means any delay in processing by the Branch Secretary (as if!) will not affect your eligibility to run for Branch office.
Please note: By “Branch office” we mean any of the elected offices (President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer) or for an at-large seat on the Executive Committee.
As a reminder, this is the Branch election process:
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:
For now, we want to make sure you know about 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, 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 before May 1st, 2020, renew now! Whatever the date may be, please make a mental note to renew before then, if you think you might run. On her part, the Secretary will do her best to remind you when your dues are due, but it is ultimately your responsibility to keep up your membership.
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.
Note 2: Every even-numbered year is a Branch election year. The work of Civil Rights and the Six Game-Changers will not be put on hold “because it’s an election year.” The NAACP San Diego Branch Office of the President and its Secretary will not take that attitude, despite the amount of work that has to be done for the election.