Hopefully you read Sundays addition and understand the difference between an elected precinct committeeman and a County Board of Supervisors appointed one. It is our intention to give a general overview of the high points because we want you to actually read the Legislation. The key sections of SB 1331 for your reading pleasure are 16-821 to 16-825. If you disagree with us on an interpretation write us with your opinion and let's get specific and discuss it.
THE TERM OF OFFICE OF AN ELECTED PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN BEGINS ON THE DATE THAT THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS CANVASSES THE ELECTION OF THAT PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN AND ENDS ON COMPLETION OF THE CANVASS OF THE PRECINCT COMMITTEEMAN WHO IS ELECTED FOR THE IMMEDIATELY SUBSEQUENT TWO YEAR TERM.
So, two years from the date of the canvass of your election to the canvas of the next state primary election you hold office. Is this the same for appointed PC's? It would appear there term is up at the same time as the elected pc's but the reference seems to be pointed at elected pc's. A small hole in the dyke?
1. Only elected pc's may hold office at the Legislative District level and the County level.
2. Only elected pc's may vote for county office holders.
3. Only elected pc's may vote for state committeeman and all state committeeman must be elected pc's. This section reads as follows ; "The state committee of each party shall consist, in addition to the chairman of the several county committees, of one member of the county committee for every three members of the county committee elected pursuant to section 16-821. THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COMMITTEE SHALL ELECT ONE MEMBER TO THE STATE COMMITTEE FOR EVERY THREE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COMMITTEE ELECTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 16-822 INSTEAD OF ONE MEMBER OF THE COUNTY COMMITTEE FOR EVERY THREE MEMBERS OF THE COUNTY COMMITTEE. The state committeemen shall be chosen at the first meeting of the county committee OR LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT COMMITTEE from the COUNTY OR LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT committee's elected membership, AS APPROPRIATE. ONLY THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE ELECTED PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN OR WHO ARE DEEMED ELECTED PRECINCT COMMITTEEMEN PURSUANT TO SECTION 16-822 ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE FOR OR SERVE IN ANY ELECTED OFFICE OF THE STATE COMMITTEE."
The hole in the dyke is starting to really open up with this section.
The County Chair is automatically a state committeeman without having to be elected. The way the number of state committeeman were determined before was to divide the number of elected pc's, in a county, by three and that was the number of state committeeman you were allowed to have. It now reads that state committeeman will by elected by Legislative District, one for every three elected pc's pursuant to section 16-822, but it first explains how many pc's are allowed at county organizational meetings pursuant to section 16-821 which discusses the definition of appointed pc's as well as elected pc's. The rational interpretation of this would be only the section of 16-821 that deals with elected pc's is relevant but?????
Just to make life interesting note "The state committeeman shall be chosen at the first meeting of the county committee or legislative district committee from the county or legislative committee's elected membership, AS APPROPRIATE." confusing? you betcha Red Rider. Let's stop at this point, try and absorb some of the high points and continue this tomorrow to try and clear some of the confusing issue's.