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Minneapolis DFL Constitution and Bylaws 

(as last amended July 8, 2017) 

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Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minneapolis

Constitution & Bylaws

As Amended by the City Convention on July 8, 2017

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

Subsection A . 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.

Subsection B . 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, criminal history, or veteran status in the

conduct of Minneapolis DFL affairs is prohibited.

Subsection C . Meeting Locations. All meetings will

be held in public buildings accessible to persons with

disabilities and to senior citizens. Buildings which by

their character prevent open discussion of any issue,

are not suitable locations. If commercial

establishments are used, 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 and Bylaws

Subsection A . Amendments. This constitution may be

amended by a majority vote of any Minneapolis DFL

City Convention, provided that a quorum is present,

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 meeting notice.

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 adopted.

Article II. Party Organization

Section 1 . Officers

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

Fundraising Director, and two at-large Directors (the atlarge

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 evennumbered

year. Elections for these officers shall occur at

city conventions held in even-numbered years. If that

Convention did not complete its election of officers, a

subsequent Minneapolis DFL Central Committee meeting

shall fill such vacancies. Outgoing officers shall remain

non-voting members of the Executive Committee until

December first of the year their successors were elected.

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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 Convention.

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 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 annual independent audit of party finances. The

Deputy Treasurer will aid the Treasurer in his or her

duties and shall fulfill the duties of the Treasurer in

the absence or inability of the Treasurer to act.

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 coordinating the sample ballot.

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.

Bylaw H. No officer or member of the Minneapolis

DFL Central or Executive Committees shall

participate in debate or vote on matters in which

she/he shall have a direct financial interest. In such

matters, members of the Central or Executive

Committee shall disclose the direct financial interest

and shall recuse themselves from said debate and vote

on the matters before the Central or Executive

committee. Direct financial interest shall include

benefit to self, immediate family, or interest in a

business, campaign, or nonprofit.

Section 2 . Minneapolis DFL Central Committee

Subsection A . 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.

Subsection B. 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. All

members of the Central Committee except DFL State

Central Committee members shall be counted toward

quorum.

Subsection C. 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.

Section 3 . Minneapolis DFL Executive Committee

Subsection A. 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.

Subsection B. 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.

Bylaw A. The Treasurer, under the direction of the

Chair, may make disbursements and reimbursements

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up to $500.00 per Minneapolis DFL activity. All

disbursements and reimbursements over $500.00 per

Minneapolis DFL activity require the approval of the

Central Committee or Executive Committee. Solely for

the purpose of approving disbursements and

reimbursements, the Executive Committee may vote by

phone or email.

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 subcommittees

(from their membership) at their own

discretion. Ward Committees will cease to exist upon the

adjournment of their respective ward conventions. 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.

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, and the call for precinct caucuses when a

municipal election occurs in a year when statewide

precinct caucuses are not being held.

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 provides.

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.

Subsection D . 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. 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

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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:

i. Endorsements of ballot questions can only be

approved by a 60% majority of the delegates at a City

Convention.

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 such a

speech.

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 that subdivision.

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.


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San Lucas del Sol,
Nov 30, 2017, 5:46 AM