Section 13. County Convention: Time, Place and
(13.1) The annual convention of the O‘ahu County Democrats shall be held on the first weekend in May, or at least three (3) weeks prior to the State Convention in even-numbered years, and the time and place of the meeting shall be fixed by the OCC. Special conventions may be called in accordance with the O‘ahu County bylaws, rules and convention rules. The officers of the OCC shall be elected in odd-numbered years. Oʻahu County State Central Committee Representatives are elected in even-numbered years in accordance with the Constitution of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i.
(13.2) All delegates and alternate delegates to the County Convention shall be notified by mail or email
of the time and place thereof at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the date of the County
(13.3) The delegate body of the Convention shall be comprised as follows.
(13.4) Elected federal, state and County officials, or officials who may have been appointed to fill a vacant position of an elected official, who currently serve in office and are not precinct presidents, precinct first vice presidents, or precinct district councilpersons, shall have all the rights and privileges of a delegate subject to the following requirements:
- Each District shall have twenty four (24) delegates.
- The President, First Vice President, and District Council Person of each precinct shall be delegates to the O‘ahu County Convention.
- Delegates shall be elected at the time of the Precinct Elections as prescribed by the Constitution and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i.
- If fewer than twenty-four delegates are elected because the State House District has fewer than eight (8) precincts, a number of At Large delegates to the O‘ahu County Convention shall be alloted equal to the number of precincts in the district, multiplied by three (3), and then subtracted from twenty four (24).
- Elections of At Large delegates shall be held at the same time, and At Large delegates shall be elected by all district members present. If a district meets in more than one (1) location, At Large delegates for the district shall be allocated to each location at a percentage equal to the percentage of district precincts at each location.
- Each District shall make every effort to elect delegates composed of equal numbers of men and women.
- In addition to elected delegates, the District Council Chairperson of each district and
members of the Executive Committee of the O‘ahu County Committee shall be
delegates to the O‘ahu County Convention.
- Other Precinct officers shall not be precluded from running as a delegate.
- If, following the Precinct Elections, there remain vacant At Large delegate positions, the
District Council shall be empowered to fill the remaining positions, provided that;
- Best attempts are made to ensure gender equity is maintained; and
- Vacancy appointments shall be made by phone or email
- If an elected delegate cannot attend, they may appoint their own alternate provided
that they notify the District Chairperson at least ten (10) days prior to the convening
of the convention and;
- The appointed alternate reside in the district; and
- A best effort is made to ensure the selected alternate is of the same gender as
the elected delegate; and
- An alternate shall act for no more than one (1) delegate at a time; and
- If the elected delegate does not appoint an alternate ten (10) days prior to the
convening of the Convention, the District Chairperson shall be empowered to
appoint the alternate, provided that a best effort is made to appoint an alternate
of the same gender as the elected delegate.
- Each delegate to the O‘ahu County Convention is entitled to one (1) vote.
- Be a member of the Democratic Party in good standing; and
- Have attained their present office in a partisan election as a Democrat or have been
appointed to fill a vacant position of an elected official, or have attained their present office in a
non-partisan County election, provided they are Democratic Party members in good standing.
(13.5) Former Democratic Governors, Lt. Governors, O‘ahu Mayors, State Party Chairs, and O‘ahu County Committee Chairs, and the current state party chair who are not precinct presidents, precinct first vice presidents, or precinct district councilpersons, shall have all the rights and privileges of delegates so long as they are members of the Democratic Party in good standing and residents of O‘ahu.
(13.6) The names of the members of the County Committees of Rules, Affirmative Action,
Platform, Credentials and Resolutions shall be available no later than the third Monday in April,
or at least seven (7) calendar days before said meeting.
Section 14. County Convention Rules.
(14.1) The O‘ahu County Committee may adopt rules for the proper conduct of O‘ahu County Convention business not inconsistent or in conflict with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i and, except for rules regarding submission format and deadlines, are subject to amendment by Convention delegates.
(14.2) The platform and resolutions adopted by delegates at conventions of the O‘ahu County
Democrats shall remain in force and effect until rescinded or amended by a two-thirds roll call
vote of the full membership of the O‘ahu County Committee or by a majority of votes cast by
delegates at an annual or special convention, or until they come into conflict with the platform or
resolutions of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i.
Section 15. Adoption and Amendment of O‘ahu County Bylaws.
(15.1) Proposals to amend or revise these bylaws may be adopted by a two-thirds vote at any annual or special O‘ahu County Convention. The OCC shall submit the proposed bylaws or bylaw changes to the State Central Committee within ninety (90) calendar days of adoption. Upon the determination by the State Central
Committee that the proposed bylaws or bylaw changes are not inconsistent or in conflict with the
Constitution and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, the bylaws of the O‘ahu County Democrats and bylaw changes shall become effective.
(15.2) In the event the State Central Committee fails to ratify the proposed bylaws or bylaw changes,
the OCC may at the next State Convention appeal for ratification of the same by the Convention.
(15.3) In the event the OCC fails to submit the proposed bylaws or bylaw changes for ratification, or
if the same are not ratified in accordance with this section, then the duly ratified Bylaws of the
O‘ahu County Democratic Party of Hawai‘i shall remain applicable to the O‘ahu County Democrats and the O‘ahu County Committee.
16. Parliamentary Procedure Guidance.
The rules of parliamentary procedure as set forth in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, shall guide the O‘ahu County Committee and govern all proceedings not provided for
in these bylaws, so long as the rules of parliamentary procedure are reasonably applicable and not
inconsistent or in conflict with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i.
Approved by the State Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i 28 July 2012