Branch Election Stage V½: Let’s Have a Runoff!

Michael Thomas and Tommi Whitehurst tied for the final at-large seat on the Executive Committee, so we are having a runoff.

Voting will take place from 4-6pm on November 19th, 2020.

All our voting will be done via the online voting service ElectionBuddy, as recommended by the National Association.

Three Ways to Get Your Ballot

We will be sending out ballots at 4pm on November 19th, 2020. You can get your ballot three different ways:

By Email

If you have an email on file with us, we will email you a link to your ballot.

By Text

If you have a mobile phone on file with us, we will text you a link to your ballot.

By Phone

If you don’t receive your ballot by email or text, join the following Zoom call for help voting, in any of these ways:

https://zoom.us/j/5359697960

Meeting ID: 535 969 7960

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Manual Dial: 669-900-9128
Meeting ID: 535 969 7960

How to Vote

Once you get your ballot and get logged into ElectionBuddy, voting is easy. Simply click the circle or box next to the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. If you don’t wish to vote for any candidate for a particular office, click “Abstain”.

When you are done voting, click “Verify your selection”

ElectionBuddy will remind you who you voted for, and you can either go back and make changes (“Edit Ballot”) or make your vote final (“Submit ballot”).

You will only be allowed to vote once, so be sure before you hit “Submit ballot”!

You will be given a verification code; make sure you copy that down!

2020 NAACP San Diego Branch Election Results

The NAACP San Diego Branch held its election last night via ElectionBuddy.  It went reasonably smoothly; 277 members voted, and approximately 30 of those called in to the Election Supervisory Committee for assistance.  Three errors were discovered in the membership roster, but those folks were enabled to vote through the quick thinking of the Election Supervisory Committee.

For comparison, fewer than 30 people voted in the 2018 Branch Election.

You may view the results of 275 voters by following the same link you were sent to do your voting.  However, because accommodations had to be made for two of the membership errors, the online vote differs just slightly from the numbers below.  These additional votes did not affect the outcome.

We congratulate the winners and thank all the candidates for their service and their efforts.  We look forward to working with everyone to move the needle for Civil Rights in San Diego and beyond.

Privacy and Presidential Candidates

November 12, 2020

Dear Members,

As you know, the Branch is had an election today, from 4-9pm.  (You may read full details on the election at sandiegonaacp.org/election.)  Part of the NAACP election process is that the Presidential candidates are allowed to view the membership roster with a team of five members in good standing:

The Election Supervisory Committee via the (interim) unit secretary shall, upon request from any nominee for President, make the membership roster or list available to the nominee. They may not copy the membership roster or list, but within reasonable limits, address communications from the list or roster of members at the candidate’s expense, provided that the same privilege is extended to all candidates for President at the same time.

The membership voted at our November 6th General Membership Meeting to include email addresses in the roster that was viewed.  Now that the election is finished, you should not receive additional emails from the Presidential candidates, except on official NAACP business.

We want you to know that you may explicitly opt-out of release of any contact information to NAACP Presidential candidates.  If you do not wish to provide your contact information to future Presidential campaigns, please send an email with the subject “Privacy” to [email protected].

You will still be able to receive our newsletters; you just will not be contacted directly by future Presidential candidates and their teams.

Thank you,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Candidate Photos and Statements

On November 12th, we will conduct the Branch Election, using online election software called “ElectionBuddy”. This software was our choice as well as the suggestion of the National Association. It is very secure and easy to use.

Important election note: for someone to vote most conveniently, we need their email address! If you know someone who isn’t receiving our newsletter, or if you are sharing an email address with someone else, please contact [email protected] and let’s help turn out the vote in the Branch election.

Please Note: All candidates were given an opportunity to share their personal photo and 150-word candidate statement. Participation was optional.

Candidates for President

President Francine Maxwell

As a community advocate for the past 30 years, my focus is empowering, uniting and encouraging our community. For the past six months I have had the pleasure of serving as the NAACP San Diego Branch President. During this time, we have accomplished record numbers in new membership, built stronger community partnerships and have become the NAACP that represents the voices of the people.
Today, I am running for a full term as President. My goals as we move into 2021 are to continue to build a strong youth and young adult presence, strengthen our financial resources to fund current initiatives and services and to solidify the legacy of our ancestors by mentoring the future generation of civil rights leaders.
FAITH • FAMILY • COMMUNITY

Statement received 2020-10-21

Kenya Taylor

I am running for President to rebuild San Diego in the midst of COVID-19 and beyond. Together we’ll create a Blueprint for policy changes and interventions: business ownership, expanding generational wealth, housing, stopping the pipeline to prison, supporting refugees, asylees, seniors, veterans, youth and hire attorneys.  I’m an elected NAACP-SD At-Large Member, Environmental and Climate Justice Committee Member, 2020 Interfaith Prayer Vigil Host, Past Health Chair for inaugural “Housing is a Health Issue Summit”, Housing and Education Committee Member.   Currently, I’m a Commissioner – Leon L. Williams SD County Human Relations Commission, Marriage and Family Therapist, Consultant, BWILD – Membership Chair and Paving Great Futures – Board of Directors. Past BAPAC SD – Chair, Central SD Black Chamber of Commerce – Director of Community Outreach, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., National Leadership Academy and Membership – Regional Membership Chair – SD Alumnae Chapter President.  Vote Kenya Taylor for President. [email protected]

Statement received 2020-11-10

Candidates for First Vice President

First Vice President Brian Bonner

I currently serve as First Vice President of NAACP San Diego Branch, Ninth District PTA Communications Director, and San Diego Unified Council of PTAs Leadership VP.I bring 21 years as a legislative analyst for the County of San Diego and 11 years as a probation officer before I retired 15 years ago. During this time I also served on the City of San Diego Equal Opportunity Commission.I also bring over 20 years’ experience of PTA advocacy at local, state and national levels. I have served as a unit, council and district president. I served on the state PTA board of directors for 3½ terms and on the legislative team for two terms. I was instrumental in the creation of the California State PTA Diversity and Inclusion Committee At National PTA, I served on the Diversity, Resolutions (the second term as chairman) and Legislative Committees

Statement received 2020-10-21

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Donald Moore

No statement submitted.

Photo received 2020-11-10

Candidates for Second Vice President

Philip Liburd

No statement submitted.

Candidates for Secretary

Delfina Gonzalez

A Native Born San Diegan with over 35 years of Public Service. Responding  and activating Businesses in Support of Covid19.  Supporting Organizations and Entrepreneurs in Excelling Globally as well Locally. Advocacy Leadership for the Disinfranchised in our communities. Assisting People to Live there Dreams.
And Living my Life to the fullest. 
Blessings to You
Delfina Gonzalez 

Statement submitted 2020-11-10

Candidates for Assistant Secretary

Diane Langworthy

I joined the branch five years ago in July 2015 following the murder of nine African Americans, who were shot by a white supremacist, while at a church bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. The branch president at the time spoke on the radio inviting white people to come to a general membership meeting to “listen and learn.” As I met people, I became involved as a member of The Freedom Fund Dinner Committee and the Interfaith Prayer Vigil Committee, serving on both for five years. I have also served as assistant secretary in 2018 -2019. I value the relationships that I have made. I hope that I am listening and I am learning, and am also taking what I have learned to my white counter parts, to help them understand and help dismantle the systemic racism that exists everywhere. I look forward to serving the branch again as the assistant secretary.

Statement received 2020-11-07

Candidates for Treasurer

Hakim Alaji

My name is Hakim Alaji. I was nominated to be Treasurer because of my accounting background.  I am a lifetime resident of San Diego. I have been a student activist, tax preparer, Operations Manager, Teacher, and Assistant Administrator.  I tend to keep a low profile in San Diego, but many people are aware of projects I have worked with. Currently, I am a lead member of Feeding Our Community for Masjidul Taqwa of San Diego.  I was Assistant Director of Fanno Academy and cofounder of Community Preparatory School, schools for African American children.  For twenty years I was Operations Manager and Assistant Administrator of the Summer Food Service Program in San Diego.  I managed food deliveries, payroll, and audit preparation.   While attending San Diego City College, I assisted with the development, implementation, and recruiting for the Black Studies Program. 

We can make things better.

Statement received 2020-11-09

Candidates for Assistant Treasurer

Jennifer Porter

No statement submitted.

Candidates for At-Large Members
of the Executive Committee

Dr Robert Lee Brown

I’m an older Black man born & raised in the south, WHO experienced THE WORST hatred, because of my family’s poverty and the color of my 0.07-inch thick skin. When I was younger, because of their fear, the local police mistreated my family, but I have also helped devise the wellness program that helped SDPD drastically reduce their suicide rate. I am dedicated to advocating in the UBUNTU way, recognizing the humanity of all!

The NAACP San Diego Branch is thriving during one of the most challenging periods in our country’s history. The success it is currently experiencing is a direct result of the leadership activities, devotion, and commitment of Ms. Francine Maxwell! I have never enjoyed my association with an advocate organization as much as I am now. ALL I want to do is continue to support Ms. Maxwell’s, love, and service to our community, and promote our common positives.

Statement received 2020-10-21

Althea Dougherty

No statement submitted.

Letitia Flynn

My name is Letitia Flynn.  I am running for a position as an at-large NAACP board member.  I am a native San Diegan.  I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare from SDSU.  I am a retiree of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office where I served for twenty years.  I served as board secretary for the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils from 2000—2009.  I served as chairman of the criminal justice committee for the United African American Ministerial Action Committee from 2007—2011

Statement received 2020-11-09

Tariq Harris

My name is Tariq Harris owner of Message From The Youth LLC and Black Youth San Diego Nonprofit Organization. I am a 19 year old community leader, a youth activist, a media luminary, a business owner, and a photographer. I was born and raised in San Diego, California and I am the voice of the youth. I can benefit the NAACP organization by helping more youth get involved in this program and keeping them out of trouble and into something productive.

Statement received 2020-10-21

Wiley Lane III

My name is Wiley Lane III and I’m running for for an at-large membership on the Executive Committee. for. Since coming into the organization earlier this year I quickly joined and became active in the Economic Development Committee. We set some goals that would have made 2020 a great year. I hope we can continue to get those done before years end. Being hit with the pandemic may have slowed us down but we are not out of being involved in our community.
We are involved in the Disparity Study with the City of San Diego. As we can provide insight in areas where our community is lacking in representation with the City of San Diego.
I’m asking that you elect me to continue the work we are doing and grow to making our branch a place where we ensure our community voices are heard.

Statement received 2020-10-21

Derrick Luckett

I have been a Community Advocate for years. I have a proven record of supporting the NAACP on a National and local level. I bring to the table skills to help Build Black Generational Wealth. to help achieve Democracy and Equality for Black families:

  • Housing Urban Development Branch Manager (NID)
  • CEO of Destiny Six Financial Mortgage and Real Estate Services
  • Chairman of the Board for California Assoc. Of Real Estate Brokers
  • National Association of Real Estate Brokers – Mortgage Committee Chair

I have been the recipient of numerous Leadership awards from Senators, Assembly members, Congressional Leaders as well as Community Leadership awards.

I also have the problem solving skills to help make the San Diego Branch a more stable and prosperous branch by helping to Identify its Strengths, Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats.

Thank you.

Statement received 2020-10-21

Brittany McKnight

I’ve served as the Education Committee Chair since 2017, and it has been an honor to be of service to the community.  My top priority is to ensure that every student receives a quality education, particularly students of color. Under my leadership, the Education Committee has had a number of accomplishments, which includes, but is not limited to the following: hosting the branch’s first Back to School Stay in School Rally, providing Education related articles for publishing on the branch’s website or local newspapers, building relationships and collaborating with the San Diego County Office of Education and other organizations to provide services to the community, and advocating for students, parents, and staff in various capacities and spaces, including local school districts, and federal government offices. I look forward to continuing my service to the community, and to ensuring that every student receives a quality education.

Statement submitted 2020-11-09.

Sonja Robinson

As current and first chair of the Environmental and Climate Justice for the San Diego NAACP Branch, it’s an honor to help advance our justice. I grew up in the area as a military dependent and for years work to advocate environmental justice. As Chair, I plan to continue to advance the committee and increase the brand for a more sustainable, and equitable community. Serving this Branch and developing ECJ as a new standing committee to our County, we have successful “wins” during this current term, as we continue forward. From legislation, successful opposing bill increase from SDG&E at CPUC, support solar customer’s net-metering on the federal level at FERC, keynote speaker for the County’s Environmental Leadership Summit. As Chair, we are at the table on these issues. Additionally, we are the recipients of the “Unsung Hero” Award by Climate Action Campaign, 2020.  

Statement received 2020-10-26

Michael Thomas

My name is Michael Thomas. I’m running for NAACP San Diego Branch as an  At-Large Member.  I have a history in leadership, community activism, and  I am a military veteran who proudly served our country. I would like to take some of these leadership skills that I acquired and apply it to the NAACP San Diego Branch. My aim is to strengthen our African American community. 
My focus is the betterment of African Americans being politically engaged, having sustainable housing and occupations.  I’m instrumental in the passing of AB 131. A big goal is to have engagement and active participation with the younger community so they will be more involved in politics. We will make it more appealing to the younger crowds. This is a deep passion for me. I hope with this being said, I can earn your vote.
Vote Michael Thomas for NAACP – San Diego At-Large Member.

Statement received 2020-11-10

Dr Leonard Thompson III

I am currently the Communications Chair for the San Diego NAACP Branch. I have served the San Diego Community for over 37 years as an Student Advocate, Minister, Consultant, Businessman and Media Resource and Outlet. My desire to serve on the Executive Committee for a full term is to continue the outstanding work of the current Leadership and to develop and train a new generation of leaders to catapult our 101 year organization into the future as the Largest and the Oldest, the Baddest and the Boldest, the Most Loved and Most Hated the Most Feared and Revered the Most Cussed and Discussed Civil Rights Organization in America.

Statement received 2020-10-21

Tommi Whitehurst

My name is Tommi Whitehurst. I am seeking to be an at-large member. I have lived and worked in SD Co. for about 50 years. Education: B.S. (Psych), Duke, MSW, SDSU, Teaching Credential, USIU.

Experience: career in social work for SD Co., Teaching for SDUSD.

Past/current affiliations:. SD Co. Black Employees, SDEA BE Assn of AA Educ., auxiliaries @ St Stephens. Member and peace chair of SESD Rotary Club where I strive to put “service above self” and “be fair to all concerned.”

I have served on ELAC (English Learners Advisory Comm.), PTA, , school tech/ safety comm.

Statement submitted 2020-11-10

Donte Wyatt, Esq

I am running for Member-at-Large of the Executive Board to use my skills and experience to serve the community. My desire is to ensure that the NAACP continues to lead in the areas of social justice. I am an experienced leader who knows how to put the community first. I am a life member of the NAACP, and a practicing criminal defense attorney.

I have served on the Board of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association since 2018, currently treasurer. I am vice-chair of the Criminal Law Juvenile Justice Committee for the National Bar Association. From 2017-2020 I was President of the local Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. I am on the Board of the African-American Alumni Chapter (SDSU) and the African American Advisory Board for SDPD. I am a humble result oriented leader. I will bring consistent, stable “Community First” leadership to the Executive Board.

Statement received 2020-10-21

Branch Election Stage IV ½: Speeches!

November 5th General Membership Meeting

ElectionBuddy

One of the things we did at our October 1st meeting was decide to use ElectionBuddy to run our election. The next day, we found out that National will be providing ElectionBuddy to Branches, so we won’t incur any expense for its use.

The Election Supervisory Committee

The function of the Election Supervisory Committee is to run the actual election. The following members were elected to this year’s Election Supervisory Committee:

  • Patrice Baker
  • Wanda Rogers
  • Khalada Salaam-Alaji
  • Carol Spong
  • Korral Taylor

Additionally, each of the Presidential Candidates is allowed to appoint a member to the Election Supervisory Committee. Those appointments were:

  • Shelly Fromholtz (appointed by President Maxwell)
  • Petrina Branch (appointed by Kenya Taylor)

These folks will not only set up the software, but they will be available to help folks who have difficulty using ElectionBuddy during the election.

Also involved in the election will be the Secretary and a set of Watchers & Observers appointed by the Presidential candidates.

If you have questions about the election process, you may reach them with an email to: [email protected].

The Candidates

The following members were nominated as candidates for our November 12th election:

President:

  • Francine Maxwell
  • Kenya Taylor

First Vice President:

  • Brian Bonner
  • Donald Moore

Second Vice President:

  • Philip Liburd

Secretary:

  • Delfina Gonzalez

Assistant Secretary:

  • Diane Langworthy

Treasurer:

  • Hakim Alaji

Assistant Treasurer:

  • Jennifer Porter

At-Large Members of the Executive Committee

  • Dr Robert Lee Brown
  • Althea Dougherty
  • Letitia Flynn
  • Tariq Harris
  • Wiley Lane III
  • Derrick Luckett
  • Brittany McKnight
  • Sonja Robinson
  • Michael Thomas
  • Dr Leonard Thompson III
  • Tommi Whitehurst
  • Donte Wyatt

Email Up to Date?

It will be easiest for you to vote if we have your correct email address. If you are not receiving our newsletter, now would be a good time for you to update your email address. Just send email to [email protected]sandiegonaacp.org

October 13th: Membership Deadline!

In order to vote in this year’s election, you must be a member in good standing of the NAACP San Diego Branch (#1063) by October 13th, and live or work in the Branch’s jurisdiction (south of the 56.)

If you have any questions about your membership or eligibility, please write [email protected].

Remember 12 November!

Our election will take place from 4-9pm on November 12th.

Building on Our Gains

September 28, 2020

Dear Members,

The NAACP San Diego Branch has made great strides this year. Membership is way up, contributions are way up, your Branch is in the face of the powerful on a regular basis, and on TV and in newspapers from San Diego to Washington DC to Boston. You, our members have really stepped up and shown your interest in racial justice. Now it’s time to make your voice heard regarding the future of our Branch.

We need you and your energy. We need you involved in the election the Branch is having on November 12th. The Branch can’t move forward without innovative ideas and a lot of energy. Take the time to come to our General Membership meeting on October 1st, and again on November 5th, to learn about the candidates and their ideas.

Ask whatever questions you wish, and decide for yourselves who you think can best lead the Branch this year!

If you’ve been a member since May 1st or before, one of our new leaders could be YOU! Please visit our Elections page (sandiegonaacp.org/election) and learn how you can be nominated by petition at our October 1st meeting.

We hope to see you at 6pm on Thursday, at sandiegonaacp.org/zoom!

Sincerely,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Branch Election Stage IV: Nominations

October 1st General Membership Meeting

At our October 1st General Membership Meeting, we have three matters of election business:

  1. The Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates
  2. Nominations by petition will be taken
  3. We will choose the software we will use to conduct our election
  4. We will elect the Election Supervisory Committee

1. The Nominating Committee Slate

At the September 3rd General Membership Meeting we elected the following persons to the Nominating Committee:

Allie AkmalLetitia FlynnKhalada Salaam-Alaji
Petrina BranchDiane Langworthy
Dr Robert BrownPhilip Liburd

These folks were charged with coming up for a nominee for each of our six (or seven) Officers and ten At-Large Executive Committee Members.  They will give their report at our October meeting and present their list of candidates.  If you would like to be interviewed by the nominating committee for a position on their slate, please email [email protected].  The Nominating Committee requests responses by September 18th.

2. Nominations by Petition

Nominating Petitions

Also at the October 1st General Membership Meeting, we will accept nominations by petition.  In order for a nomination by petition to be valid, it must be signed by the nominee (granting consent for the nomination) and by at least three other members in good standing.

You may download a Petition and Consent form here.  The form should be signed by all parties and emailed to [email protected], or mailed to the Branch at:

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

Please realize that the form MUST reach the Branch by October 1st to be considered.  Postmarks are insufficient; we MUST receive it.

For email, we will accept scanned copies or copies signed via AdobeSign or DocuSign or similar.

We greatly encourage you to submit your nominating petitions sooner rather than later.  We will validate them and let you know if there is anything that needs to be fixed.  There is no margin for error at the October 1st meeting.  Your petition will be validated during the meeting, and if it is found invalid you only have until the nominations close during the meeting to resubmit it.

“Good Standing” — Candidate and Signer Eligibility

We have written a lengthy post listing what the various official documents (which can all be found at sandiegonaacp.org/election) say.  It boils down to this:

In order to run as a candidate you must:

  • Have been a paid member of the NAACP San Diego Branch, without any lapses in membership, between May 1st, 2020 and November 12th, 2020.
  • Live or work in the jurisdiction of the Branch; San Diego county south of the 56 freeway.

In order to sign a nominating petition you must:

  • Have been a paid member of the NAACP San Diego Branch, without any lapses in membership, for 30 days before the date you signed the nominating petition.
  • Live or work in the jurisdiction of the Branch; San Diego county south of the 56 freeway.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?

The best thing to do is email [email protected] and ask.

However, if you have your membership card, you can get some hints:

  • If your Unit Number is not 1063-B, you are probably not eligible.
  • If your Expiration Date is earlier than October 1st, 2020, you are probably not eligible to sign a nominating petition or run as a candidate.
  • If you are a new member and your Expiration Date is later than May 1st, 2021, you are probably not eligible to run as a candidate, though you may be able to sign a nominating petition for someone else.

John Doe is probably not eligible.  Jane Brown is probably eligible.

We say “probably” not eligible because there are some instances where there have been misunderstandings that can sometimes be fixed.  Please email [email protected] and we will try to help.

We say “probably” eligible because continuous membership in our Branch since May 1st, 2020 is required, and that continuity is hard to tell from a card, and you have to live or work in our jurisdiction, and that is also hard to tell from a card.

In-Meeting Validation

Please remember that the Secretary will be required to validate all the nominees and petition signers during our October 1st General Membership Meeting!  Please do all our members a favor and submit your petitions early so we can validate them early and not make everyone wait.  As an added bonus, that will mean there is no chance of a misunderstanding and an invalid nominating petition.

The moral of the story: email [email protected] and ask!

3. Choice of Election Software

We are going to use online election software.  Two choices will be presented, and we will ask the membership to choose which they prefer.

4. Election of the Election Supervisory Committee

The Election Supervisory Committee are the folks who will actually work out the nuts and bolts of the election.  They may not be candidates for office or the Executive Committee.  Please consider that the election is a lot of work they will be required to do; they should have both the skills and time to manage an operation like this.

In order to stand as a candidate for the Election Supervisory Committee, you have to have been a member of our Branch since September 1st, 2020 and live or work in our jurisdiction.

See full election details at sandiegonaacp.org/election

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

NOTICE OF SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER MEETINGS & NOVEMBER ELECTION

Please note the following General Membership meetings of the NAACP San Diego Branch, for the purpose of election of officers and at-large members of the executive committee.

1. At 6pm on September 3rd, 2020 on sandiegonaacp.org/zoom there will be an election of the Nominating Committee (between 5-15 members). 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).

2. At 6pm on October 1st, 2020 on sandiegonaacp.org/zoom, there will be a report of the Nominating Committee, receipt of Nominations by Petition, and election of the Election Supervisory Committee. 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.

3. On November 12th, 2020, the election of officers and at-large members of the Executive Committee will take place online; see sandiegonaacp.org/election for details.  Polls will open from 4pm to 9pm. In order to vote in a Branch election, one must be a member in good standing of the Branch 30 days prior to the election. A form of identification is required.

Should a run-off election be necessary that election shall occur on November 19th, 2020 from 4-9pm.

We look forward to your participation in these activities.

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

2020 is a [Branch] Election Year

2020 Branch Election Results

Officers

President Francine Maxwell
First Vice President Brian Bonner
Second Vice President Philip Liburd
Secretary Delfina González
Assistant Secretary Diane Langworthy
Treasurer Hakim Alaji
Assistant Treasurer Jennifer Porter

Executive Committee At-Large Members

Dr Robert Lee Brown
Althea Dougherty
Tariq Harris
Wiley Lane III
Derrick Luckett
Brittany McKnight
Sonja Robinson
Dr Leonard Thompson III
Thomasine Whitehurst
Donte Wyatt, Esq

November 19th Runoff Results

November 12th Election Results

The NAACP San Diego Branch held its election on November 12th via ElectionBuddy.  It went reasonably smoothly; 277 members voted, and approximately 30 of those called in to the Election Supervisory Committee for assistance.  Three errors were discovered in the membership roster, but those folks were enabled to vote through the quick thinking of the Election Supervisory Committee.

For comparison, fewer than 30 people voted in the 2018 Branch Election.

You may view the results of 275 voters by following the same link you were sent to do your voting.  However, because accommodations had to be made for two of the membership errors, the online vote differs just slightly from the numbers below.  These additional votes did not affect the outcome.

We congratulate the winners and thank all the candidates for their service and their efforts.  We look forward to working with everyone to move the needle for Civil Rights in San Diego and beyond.

Stage 5: The Election

Voting will take place from 4-9pm on November 12th, 2020.

All our voting will be done via the online voting service ElectionBuddy, as recommended by the National Association.

Three Ways to Get Your Ballot

We will be sending out ballots from 4-9pm on November 12th, 2020. You can get your ballot three different ways:

By Email

If you have an email on file with us, we will email you a link to your ballot.

By Text

If you have a mobile phone on file with us, we will text you a link to your ballot.

By Phone

If you don’t receive your ballot by email or text, join the following Zoom call for help voting:

https://zoom.us/j/5359697960

Meeting ID: 535 969 7960

One tap mobile
+16699009128,,5359697960#

Manual Dial: 669-900-9128
Meeting ID: 535 969 7960

How to Vote

Once you get your ballot and get logged into ElectionBuddy, voting is easy. Simply click the circle or box next to the candidate(s) you wish to vote for. If you don’t wish to vote for any candidate for a particular office, click “Abstain”.

Keep scrolling down, because there are a lot of folks you might vote for! When you are done voting, click “Verify your selection”

ElectionBuddy will remind you who you voted for, and you can either go back and make changes (“Edit Ballot”) or make your vote final (“Submit ballot”).

You will only be allowed to vote once, so be sure before you hit “Submit ballot”!

You will be given a verification code; make sure you copy that down!

Stage 4: Nominations

October 1st General Membership Meeting

At our October 1st General Membership Meeting, we have four matters of election business:

  1. The Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates
  2. Nominations by petition will be taken
  3. We will choose the software we will use to conduct our election
  4. We will elect the Election Supervisory Committee

1. The Nominating Committee Slate

At the September 3rd General Membership Meeting we elected the following persons to the Nominating Committee:

Allie AkmalLetitia FlynnKhalada Salaam-Alaji
Petrina BranchDiane Langworthy
Dr Robert BrownPhilip Liburd

These folks were charged with coming up for a nominee for each of our six (or seven) Officers and ten At-Large Executive Committee Members.  They will give their report at our October meeting and present their list of candidates.  If you would like to be interviewed by the nominating committee for a position on their slate, please email [email protected].  The Nominating Committee requests responses by September 18th.

2. Nominations by Petition

Nominating Petitions

Also at the October 1st General Membership Meeting, we will accept nominations by petition.  In order for a nomination by petition to be valid, it must be signed by the nominee (granting consent for the nomination) and by at least three other members in good standing.

You may download a Petition and Consent form here.  The form should be signed by all parties and emailed to [email protected], or mailed to the Branch at:

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

Please realize that the form MUST reach the Branch by October 1st to be considered.  Postmarks are insufficient; we MUST receive it.

For email, we will accept scanned copies or copies signed via AdobeSign or DocuSign or similar.

We greatly encourage you to submit your nominating petitions sooner rather than later.  We will validate them and let you know if there is anything that needs to be fixed.  There is no margin for error at the October 1st meeting.  Your petition will be validated during the meeting, and if it is found invalid you only have until the nominations close during the meeting to resubmit it.

“Good Standing” — Candidate and Signer Eligibility

We have written a lengthy post listing what the various official documents (which can all be found at sandiegonaacp.org/election) say.  It boils down to this:

In order to run as a candidate you must:

  • Have been a paid member of the NAACP San Diego Branch, without any lapses in membership, between May 1st, 2020 and November 12th, 2020.
  • Live or work in the jurisdiction of the Branch; San Diego county south of the 56 freeway.

In order to sign a nominating petition you must:

  • Have been a paid member of the NAACP San Diego Branch, without any lapses in membership, for 30 days before the date you signed the nominating petition.
  • Live or work in the jurisdiction of the Branch; San Diego county south of the 56 freeway.

How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?

The best thing to do is email [email protected] and ask.

However, if you have your membership card, you can get some hints:

  • If your Unit Number is not 1063-B, you are probably not eligible.
  • If your Expiration Date is earlier than October 1st, 2020, you are probably not eligible to sign a nominating petition or run as a candidate.
  • If you are a new member and your Expiration Date is later than May 1st, 2021, you are probably not eligible to run as a candidate, though you may be able to sign a nominating petition for someone else.

John Doe is probably not eligible.  Jane Brown is probably eligible.

We say “probably” not eligible because there are some instances where there have been misunderstandings that can sometimes be fixed.  Please email [email protected] and we will try to help.

We say “probably” eligible because continuous membership in our Branch since May 1st, 2020 is required, and that continuity is hard to tell from a card, and you have to live or work in our jurisdiction, and that is also hard to tell from a card.

In-Meeting Validation

Please remember that the Secretary will be required to validate all the nominees and petition signers during our October 1st General Membership Meeting!  Please do all our members a favor and submit your petitions early so we can validate them early and not make everyone wait.  As an added bonus, that will mean there is no chance of a misunderstanding and an invalid nominating petition.

The moral of the story: email [email protected] and ask!

3. Choice of Election Software

We are going to use online election software.  Two choices will be presented, and we will ask the membership to choose which they prefer. We have evaluated four packages:

Price
(per election)
Requires Trusted Admin?Voter ReceiptsHandling of too Many EC Votes?Non-email voters
SimplyVoting$340NoFully AutomaticRefusesUnknown
ElectionRunner$65YesManualRefusesYes
ElectionBuddy$89NoAutomaticError messageYes
OpaVote$50NoNoDe-selects earlier voteYes

Of these four packages, we believe OpaVote and ElectionRunner are not viable, due to security (ElectionRunner) and the de-selection of earlier votes and lack of voter receipts (OpaVote). ElectionBuddy and SimplyVoting are both acceptable and will be offered as choices at the meeting, but at around a quarter of the cost (which will add up if we have both a practice election and a runoff), we recommend ElectionBuddy be chosen.

DRAFT Election Process Proposal

If you are interested in learning more about how an ElectionBuddy Election might work, we refer you to the following presentation:

Proposed Election Procedure

Proposed Election Procedure Running the 2020 Branch Election with ElectionBuddy

Please be aware that this is very much a work in progress!

4. Election of the Election Supervisory Committee

The Election Supervisory Committee are the folks who will actually work out the nuts and bolts of the election.  They may not be candidates for office or the Executive Committee.  Please consider that the election is a lot of work they will be required to do; they should have both the skills and time to manage an operation like this.

In order to stand as a candidate for the Election Supervisory Committee, you have to have been a member of our Branch since September 1st, 2020 and live or work in our jurisdiction.

Stage 3: Nominating Committee & Number of Members-at-Large

The next steps in our election take place at the September General Membership Meeting. We need to do three things at that meeting: Elect the Nominating Committee, decide how many Members-at-Large there should be on the Executive Committee, and choose the method of the election.

The Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee consists of 5-15 members, only 2 of which may be current Officers or Executive Committee members. In order to serve on the Nominating Committee, you must have been a member in good standing of the NAACP San Diego Branch for the entire time period of August 4th, 2020 through September 3rd, 2020.

The work of the nominating committee will be to produce a “slate;” persons recommended for each Branch Office and each at-large position on the Executive Committee.

Members-at-Large

Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee are elected members who are on the Executive Committee without serving the Branch in a specific office or as a Committee Chair. The Branch chooses in September how many should be elected; a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 24.

Election Method

Due to COVID-19, the Board of the NAACP has decided that all elections should take place online. We postponed choosing the election method hoping they would give us recommendations by the promised September 8th date; they did not.

Stage 2: When and Where?

At our August General Membership Meeting, the Membership will decided to hold the election on November 12th, from 4pm – 9pm. Due to COVID-19, elections will not be done in person but will take place through an online voting system.

Stage 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.

Election Guidance from National

2020 Election Procedure Manual

2020 Election FAQs

2020 Election Dates to Remember

2020 Petition and Consent

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

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.