Mississippi Democratic Party
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Mississippi Democratic Party Constitution

Article V

State Executive Committee

1. All powers and authority to conduct any and all affairs of the Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi shall be vested in a State Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of the State of Mississippi consisting of twenty Party members from each Congressional District, seventy-five percent of whom shall be chosen from delegates, duly apportioned, of the different Congressional Districts, each District acting separately, at its respective District Convention and the remaining twenty-five percent shall be elected at the state convention in a manner and method set by the state Executive Committee to help ensure balance between men, women, youth and minorities, and announce at the time of the call to the Convention.  The membership of the State Executive Committee shall be equally divided between men and women.

2.  The Committee is empowered and authorized to conduct and certify primary elevations and canvass returns as provided by law, certify Party primary candidate, establish Federal Election Committees and do all other duties conferred upon it by State or Federal law.

3.  The State Executive Committee shall have the power to elect its officers and shall be the final authority on any questions involving the Party, its officers, nominees and/or other Executive Committees.  The State Executive Committee, except as otherwise provided, shall have sovereign, original, appellate and supervisory power and jurisdiction of all Party matters throughout the State and each county thereof between Conventions.  It is empowered and authorized to prescribe and enforce rules, regulations and penalties against the violation of Party loyalty, including the removing or debarring from the Party office or Party privilege anyone within its jurisdiction, including a member of this Committee, who violates its rules or its other lawful mandates.

4.  The State Executive Committee may review, on appeal, the decisions of the District, county, and precinct conventions or committees, in all cases concerning the nomination of officers and all matters relating to rules and policies as hereinafter provided.

5.  Members of the Democratic national Committee from Mississippi, the chairperson of the Democratic County Chairmen’s Executive Committee Association and the President of the official Mississippi Young Democrats organization are ex-officio, non-voting members of the State Executive Committee.

6.  The State Executive Committee shall meet on a regular basis at least quarterly and upon such other occasions as may be necessary.

7.  The State Executive Committee, in the event sufficient cause should arise, and a majority of the membership of the Committee deem such to be necessary for the best interest of the Party and the State, is authorized and empowered to reconvene the State Convention at any time after adjournment of said Convention but not later than the last day of the year in which the Convention was held.  The delegates chosen from the respective counties to a State Convention shall continue to be delegates from such counties to said Convention for a period of not later than the last day of the year in which the said convention was held.  Said convention may be reconvened upon the call of the Chairperson of the State Executive Committee at any time if it is deemed in the best interest of the Party to do so, and the Chairperson shall issue said call for reconvening of a State Convention only by and with the approval of a majority of the State Executive Committee.  At least fourteen (14) days notice shall be given by the Chairperson of the State Executive Committee of the reconvening of the State Convention, such notice to each Chairperson of the respective county and District Executive Committees.  In the event a State Convention is reconvened as herein provided, it may exercise all of the power and authority of a regular State Convention.

8.  Salaried officers and employees of the State Executive Committee or of the State Party shall refrain from endorsing or promoting the endorsement of primary candidates for elective or appointed office prior to their official endorsement or nomination by the Party.  Further, salaried officers and employees of the Party or of the Executive Committee shall support only candidates endorsed or nominated by the Party.

9.  There shall be established an Administrative Committee composed of the duly elected officers of the State Executive Committee and the Chairpersons of all Standing Committees.  The Executive Director of the State Party shall be an ex-officio non-voting member of the Administrative Committee.

10.  The Administrative Committee shall be empowered to act in behalf of the Executive Committee in all Party affairs, between meetings of the Executive Committee, subject to subsequent approval of the Executive Committee.

11.  The Administrative Committee shall have the authority to hire and discharge staff, set salaries, authorize the expenditures of funds for the benefit of the Party where the State Executive Committee has previously approved a budget to support such expenditures, and it is authorized also to file the necessary registrations, certifications, and reports with the state and Federal governmental agencies as are necessary and authorize Party campaign committees pursuant to Federal Election laws.

12.  The administrative Committee shall meet on a quarterly basis and such other occasions as may be necessary.  Members of the State Executive Committee shall be notified of the time, date, and place of all Administrative Committee meetings and all of such meetings, whether regular or called, shall be open to all members of the State Executive Committee.  The secretary of the Administrative Committee within ten (10) days of an Administrative Committee meeting shall distribute to all members of the State Executive Committee a summary of the minutes of such meeting.