Constitutional Amendments & Platform & Resolutions
Two of the main facets of the 2022 State Convention will be 1) the consideration of constitutional amendments submitted by counties, and 2) consideration of resolutions and platform amendments. For reference, the current copy of the WisDems constitution, platform, & resolutions can be found here.
As a whole, the WisDems platform & resolutions outline the principles that guide our work as a State Party, as well as the policies we believe in, and the beliefs we hold. The WisDems Constitution, on the other hand, is the governing document for the State Party, dictating the policies & procedures we must follow as an organization.
The Platform & Resolutions committee facilitates the consideration of resolutions & platform amendments. In order to pass a resolution, a draft resolution must be passed by county party membership, and no more than 10 passed resolutions may be sent by the county to the Congressional District chair, no less than ten days before the Congressional District Convention. CD Convention delegates will then consider the drafts, and may forward no more than 10 resolutions to the WisDems Platform & Resolutions Committee via state headquarters. If passed & forwarded by the CD, the P&R Committee will review the submitted resolutions & send them to the State Convention floor for delegates to accept or reject.
The Constitution & Bylaws committee facilitates the consideration of any pre-submitted constitutional amendments. Any member can submit a constitutional amendment through their county party, who then must submit it to the C&B Committee via WisDems staff no later than March 27th. The C&B committee will circulate their recommendations to every county party chair no later than May 26th, and the convention delegation will vote to accept or reject the amendments on the convention floor.
Approval of a platform amendment follows essentially the same process as a resolution, as outlined above: a draft must be considered at a CD Convention, and then must be passed on to the P&R Committee via state headquarters no less than 2 days after the final CD Convention. The P&R committee will then prepare a final draft of the platform to be included in each convention packet for consideration on the floor of the State Convention.