Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minneapolis
Constitution & Bylaws
As Amended by the City Convention on April 10, 2016, and the Central
Committee July 14, 2016
Article I. General Principles
Section 1. Name
The name of this organization shall be the Democratic–Farmer–Labor
(DFL) Party of Minneapolis.
Section 2. Subordination
This constitution and any bylaws adopted pursuant to it are
subordinate to the Minnesota DFL Constitution & Bylaws and the Official
Call. Matters not specifically governed by this constitution or its bylaws, but
provided for in superior documents, shall be given effect, notwithstanding
inconsistent language. General rules and policies stated in these superior
documents shall govern the Minneapolis DFL if clearly applicable. These policies
shall include, but are not limited to, affirmative action, outreach and
inclusion, qualifications for voting, election of and voting by delegates,
convention and meeting registration fees, endorsements, and preparation,
issuance and distribution of DFL sample ballots.
Minneapolis DFL ward, school board district and park district conventions and
organizations and operation of sub-municipal central committees, commissions,
and clubs, if any, shall be subject to this constitution and its bylaws.
Section 3. Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion
The Minneapolis DFL Chair and all officers shall act in
accordance with the Outreach and Inclusion Principles set forth in this
section. These principles shall apply to both appointed and elected positions.
Subsection A. The
DFL Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion Statement found in the Official
Call shall be read at each party convention and at all meetings before
elections or appointment ratifications take place.
Subsection B. Non-Discrimination.
Discrimination on the basis of gender or gender identity, age, religion, creed,
economic status, ethnic identity, national origin, race, color, sexual and
affectional orientation, disability, marital status, status with regard to
public assistance or veteran status in the conduct of Minneapolis DFL affairs
Subsection C. Meeting
Locations. All meetings will be held in public buildings accessible to
persons with disabilities and senior citizens. Buildings, which by their
character prevent open discussion of any issue, are not suitable locations. If
commercial establishments are utilized, unionized establishments shall be given
priority in site consideration. Wherever possible, meetings will be held at
locations accessible to public transportation.
Subsection D: Contributions.
Voluntary contributions to the party may be made, but under no circumstance
shall a contribution be mandatory for participation.
Section 4. Amendments; Bylaws
Subsection A. Amendments.
This constitution may be amended by a majority vote of any convention of the
Minneapolis DFL organization where consideration of the constitution is
indicated as part of the call.
Subsection B. Bylaws.
Bylaws to this constitution may be adopted and amended by majority vote of the
Minneapolis DFL Central Committee. Bylaws concerning matters not expressly
governed nor in conflict with this Constitution or Minnesota election laws may
be adopted by a majority vote of the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee members
voting on the question, provided that a quorum is present, and further provided
that such bylaws were considered at a prior meeting of the Minneapolis DFL Central
Committee and notice of intent to consider the bylaws was included in the
Subsection C. Any
amendment to this Constitution and/or its Bylaws will not take effect until the
adjournment of the convention or central committee meeting at which it was
Article II. Party Organization
Section 1. Officers
The Minneapolis DFL Party officers shall consist of a Chair
and Vice Chair (not of the same gender), an Outreach Officer, a Secretary, a
Treasurer, a Deputy Treasurer, a Fund Raising Director, and two at-large
Directors (the at-large directors being gender balanced). These officers shall serve
a term beginning at the conclusion of the meeting at which they are elected,
and ending at the adjournment of the next City Convention held in an even-numbered
that Convention did not complete its election of officers, a subsequent
Minneapolis DFL Central Committee meeting shall elect such vacancies. Outgoing officers shall remain non-voting members of the
Executive Committee until December first of the year their successors were
elected. Elections for these officers shall occur at city conventions held in
Bylaw A. The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of the
Minneapolis DFL Party. The Chair shall be empowered to convene and conduct the
meetings of the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee and shall also convene the City
Bylaw B. The Vice Chair shall aid the Chair and shall fulfill the
duties of the Chair in the absence or inability of the Chair to act.
Bylaw C. The Outreach Officer shall prepare and enforce the
Minneapolis DFL Affirmative Action, Outreach, and Inclusion Plan, and shall
develop, coordinate, and ensure implementation of specific activities designed
to promote ongoing and increased access to and participation of traditionally
underrepresented constituencies in party affairs.
Bylaw D. The Secretary shall (1) keep the minutes of all Central
and Executive Committee meetings, (2) keep records of all official Minneapolis DFL actions, (3)
prepare all necessary documents, (4) prepare and send all official Minneapolis
DFL correspondence, (5) notify all members of Central and Executive Committee
meetings, and (6) send copies of revised constitution and minutes of
conventions to the state DFL office for permanent recording.
Bylaw E. The Treasurer
shall manage all party funds and submit a full written report of receipts and
disbursements to each Central and Executive Committee meeting and all of the
Minneapolis DFL Conventions. The Treasurer shall also complete and submit any
report on party finances or campaign contributions required by the agencies of
the state or federal government. The Treasurer shall also arrange for an
independent audit of party finances once a year. The Deputy Treasurer will assist the
Treasurer in his or her duties.
Bylaw F. Additional duties of the officers shall be assigned by the
Minneapolis DFL Central Committee. These duties shall include, but shall not be
limited to, affirmative action, outreach and inclusion, fundraising, and the
Bylaw G. In the temporary absence of the Chair, the order for
succession for official activities of the Chair during that absence shall be
the Vice Chair, followed by the Outreach Officer, the Secretary, and then the Treasurer.
Section 2. Minneapolis DFL Central Committee
The Minneapolis DFL Central Committee shall include the
Minneapolis DFL Executive Committee, the ward representatives of each ward, and
those members of the State DFL Central Committee residing in the City of
Minneapolis. Between conventions, the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee may
declare and fill vacancies among Minneapolis DFL Party Officers according to
Article II, Section 5. A quorum shall consist of twenty percent of the members with
at least one-half of the senate districts represented. Pursuant to Article III,
Section 9 of the State DFL Constitution, all members except DFL State Central
Committee members shall be counted toward quorum.
Subsection A. Minneapolis
DFL Central Committee meetings may be called by the Chair, by one-eighth of the
membership of the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee, or by a majority of the
Minneapolis DFL Executive Committee. Notice of meetings shall be sent out not
less than ten days in advance of the meeting.
Subsection B. The
Minneapolis DFL Central Committee is the primary entity of the Minneapolis
Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, subject only to the City Convention and superior
DFL organizations as cited in Article I, Section 2. The Committee shall be
responsible for the management of party affairs in the City subject to the
control of the governing convention. The Minneapolis DFL Central Committee
according to need may establish standing committees.
Section 3. Minneapolis DFL Executive Committee
The Minneapolis DFL Executive Committee shall be responsible
for the administration and organization of party affairs within the City
subject to the control and direction of the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee.
The Minneapolis DFL Executive Committee shall consist of the Minneapolis DFL
officers and the chair of each senate district and each congressional district if
they reside within the City of Minneapolis. Vice chairs of senate
districts and congressional districts may serve as alternates to their chairs.
If the chair or the vice chair of a senate district or congressional district does
not reside within the City of Minneapolis, their positions on the Executive
Committee shall be filled by the next highest-ranking party officer(s) within
the district who reside within the City of Minneapolis. A quorum shall consist
of thirty percent of the members of the Executive Committee, and must also include
at least one-half of the senate district chairs or highest ranking officers.
Section 4. Ward Committees
The Minneapolis DFL Central Committee shall establish Ward
Committees for each of the city wards in the year prior to a city council
election, or for a specific ward in the event of a special city council
election. When establishing a Ward Committee, the Minneapolis DFL Central
Committee shall appoint a convener, appoint all members of the Minneapolis DFL Central
Committee and precinct chairs who reside in that ward, and appoint any
additional members (who shall be residents of the ward). Ward representatives
shall be appointed conveners. However, if they are absent or unavailable, preference
shall be given to the highest-ranking DFL officer living within each ward. When
appointing additional members, the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee shall strive
to appoint supporters of all known candidates in equal numbers. In years
preceding ward conventions, Ward Committees shall be established no later than
December 15th. Each Ward Committee shall elect a chair and a vice chair. The
Ward Committees shall be responsible for the organization of ward conventions
and city precinct caucuses, if any. Ward Committee chairs and vice chairs
shall maintain the same neutrality required of unit chairs and vice chairs as
provided in the State DFL Constitution. Ward Committees may create and populate
sub-committees (from their membership) at their own discretion. In addition to
serving on the Ward Committee for the ward in which the Minneapolis DFL Chair resides,
the Minneapolis DFL Chair is also an ex-officio member of all other Ward
Committees, entitled to notice and all other non-voting member privileges. Ward
Committees will cease to exist upon the adjournment of their respective ward
Section 5. Vacancies, Dismissals
In the case of a vacancy of the Chair, the Vice Chair shall
succeed to the office of Chair and a new Vice Chair shall be elected by the
Minneapolis DFL Central Committee. Vacancies in other Party officer positions
shall be filled by the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee. Party officers may be
dismissed by the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee for cause only on grounds of
clear malfeasance or nonfeasance in office using the same procedures as
outlined in the Minnesota DFL Constitution.
Article III. Endorsing Conventions
Section 1. Call
The Minneapolis DFL Central Committee shall issue the call
for all endorsing conventions provided for in this constitution.
Subsection A. Each
caucus may elect one delegate and one alternate for the city, park district and
school board conventions per 100 votes in the DFL party candidates average
vote, calculated in the manner for which the State Party’s Constitution
Subsection B. Each
caucus may elect one delegate and one alternate for the ward convention per 25
votes in the DFL party candidates average vote, calculated in the manner for
which the State Party’s Constitution provides.
Subsection C. When
a municipal election occurs in a year when statewide precinct caucuses are not
being held, the delegates to the conventions that may endorse candidates for
that municipal election will be elected by and from precinct caucuses held for
that purpose on a date set by the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee.
Precinct delegates and alternates elected anywhere within Minneapolis at the
most recent precinct caucuses who have moved to another precinct within
Minneapolis shall be eligible to participate in ward and city conventions as
the last alternate in their new precincts.
Bylaw A. Ward conventions shall be held in those city election
years in which City Council members are elected, no earlier than March 1.
Bylaw B. City Conventions shall be convened in election years when
there is a citywide contest by the Chair, or other officers in order of
succession of the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee. If separate Park Board and
School Board district conventions are held, those convention conveners shall be
appointed by the Minneapolis DFL Chair with preference given to the highest-ranking
DFL officer living within that jurisdiction. These appointments shall be
subject to ratification of the Central Committee and made in accordance with
the DFL Outreach and Inclusion Principles.
Section 2. Ward Conventions
The business of the ward convention shall include
consideration of endorsement for City Council and the election of two ward
representatives to the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee. Each ward convention
shall consist of delegates and alternates elected by their precinct caucuses.
Subsection A. The
Ward Committee shall be responsible for organizing the ward conventions and the
precinct caucuses held within that ward.
Section 3. City Convention
The business of the City Convention shall be to consider
endorsement for citywide offices, election of Minneapolis DFL Central Committee
officers, and any amendments to this constitution or its bylaws. It may
transact such other business as may come before the Convention. Delegates and
alternates elected at the most recent precinct caucuses shall be delegates and
alternates to the City Convention.
Bylaw A. The Minneapolis DFL Central Committee shall appoint two
members to each convention committee from each ward, in accordance with the DFL
Outreach and Inclusion Principles. These committees may include committees on
Rules, Credentials, Endorsements, Resolutions, Arrangements, and such other
committees deemed necessary by the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee.
Bylaw B. Two co-conveners for each pre-convention committee shall
be appointed by the Minneapolis DFL Chair, subject to ratification by the Minneapolis
DFL Central Committee and in accordance with the DFL Outreach and Inclusion
Principles. The conveners shall be full voting members of the committees
regardless of whether they are elected permanent chairs of the committees.
Bylaw C. The Minneapolis City Convention shall consider any
resolution which meets all of the following criteria:
i. it must relate
to an issue of citywide importance or significance;
ii. it must not
violate the DFL Constitution and Bylaws;
iii. it must align
with the DFL Ongoing Platform and Action Agenda;
iv. it must receive
signatures from 10% or more of eligible delegates or upgraded alternates and be
submitted on a form approved by the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee; and
v. it must be
turned in to the convention secretary on the day of the convention, but in no
case later than one hour after the Minneapolis City Convention is convened.
Resolutions which pass the Convention with 60% or more
support will be entered into the official minutes of the convention, referred
to the Minneapolis DFL Central Committee, and given to candidates endorsed at
that Minneapolis City Convention.
Bylaw D. In the event the City Convention considers taking a
position on a ballot question, the following process shall be used:
of ballot questions can only be passed by a 60% majority of the delegates at a
ii. A motion to end
debate or call the question at a City Convention on the endorsement of a ballot
question shall be out of order unless at least three speakers for and three
speakers against the endorsement have addressed the convention, unless there is
no delegate who wishes to make these speeches.
Section 4. Park Board and School Board District Conventions
The Minneapolis DFL Central Committee shall call endorsing
conventions for Park Board district commissioners or School Board district
directors. These conventions may be called in conjunction or concurrently with
the City Convention. City delegates and alternates shall be delegates and
alternates to these district conventions.
Section 5. Convention Cancellation
Once called, no convention may be canceled except in
extraordinary circumstances, in which case the Chair, in consultation with the Minneapolis
DFL Executive Committee, shall declare a cancellation. Every effort shall be
made to notify the delegates, publicizing through the media and other
appropriate means. In case of a cancellation, the Minneapolis DFL Chair shall,
in consultation with the other officers and the Convener, call another
convention. The rescheduled convention shall be held within forty-five days of
the date of the cancellation and shall be called with at least ten days written
notice. Date requirements for conventions prescribed by this constitution do
not apply to a rescheduled convention.
Section 6. Special Elections
If any special election is called for an elective office for
which candidates would be endorsed by the Minneapolis DFL, the Minneapolis DFL Central
Committee, in consultation with the Minneapolis DFL Officers, may issue a call
for a special endorsing convention for that office. The Minneapolis DFL Central
Committee shall appoint members of pre-convention committees.
Subsection A. City. Delegates to the special
endorsing convention shall be the delegates elected to the last City Convention.
If the special election is for a subdivision of the city, other than a ward,
delegates shall be only those elected to the last City Convention who reside in
Subsection B. Wards. If the election of ward delegates
was held less than two years prior to the special endorsing ward convention,
delegates to a special endorsing ward convention shall be those delegates. If
the election of ward delegates was held more than two years prior to the
special endorsing ward convention, the delegates shall be the delegates elected
to the last City Convention who reside in the ward. The Minneapolis DFL Central
Committee may either undertake the organization of a special endorsing ward
convention, or may delegate this responsibility to a Ward Committee pursuant to
Section 2, above.