Update on DA Ireland Election February 19, 2022

In this post:

  1. Reminder: The Call for Nominations is Open
  2. Information about Proxies
  3. Elections and AGM Meeting RSVP

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Reminder: The Call for Nominations is Open until February 1, 2022

The 2022 Nominating and Elections Committee (NEC) is seeking qualified candidates (see below) for the following positions on the Executive Committee:

  • Chair
  • Vice-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Counsel
  • Up to four Members-at-Large positions, one of whom should be a Young Democrat (age between 18 and 35)

A description of these offices’ responsibilities can be found in the DA Ireland’s Bylaws about the Executive Committee here.

Qualified candidates are members of DA Ireland. Members may not run for a position for which they just completed two terms.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions or would like to nominate someone:

  • Please send your name or that of the nominee and a short bio/candidate statement to the NEC at [email protected]by February 1, 2022.

  • All nominations must be seconded via email to the NEC at [email protected]by the February 1 deadline.
  • Information about candidates and their bios/statements will be published on the DA-Ireland website and to members by Email no later than February 5, 2022.

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Information about Proxies

If you are unable to attend the election meeting either in-person or virtually, but you still want to vote, you can use a proxy. Here is what you need to know and do:

  1. Voters can only carry 3 votes total, the voter's own vote and up to two proxy votes.

  2. Proxy holders must be DA Ireland members. Proxies are issued on a first-come-first-served basis. If a voter assigns a proxy to someone who has already received their maximum number of proxies to vote (2), any other proxies submitted will be invalid. Please check with your identified proxy holder to be sure they can hold your proxy before you use the link to the proxy form below.

  3. The deadline for sending in proxies with the form is February 18, 2022 2:00 pm Dublin Time. DA Ireland members attending in-person can bring physical copies of proxies to the meeting. Those proxies will be checked to be sure they are valid (i.e., the proxy holder is a member of DA Ireland, and doesn’t already have all votes committed.) Contact the NEC ([email protected]) if you would like a PDF copy of the form for an in-person proxy, or in case of emergencies.

  4. Proxies can be either Instructed (proxy holder must follow voter's instructions how to vote), or Uninstructed (proxy holder votes as they choose). Candidates and candidate statements will be sent out and posted to the DA Ireland site on February 5, 2022. NOTE: If you instruct your proxy holder about a specific Officer or At-Large position, and the candidate slate for that Officer or At-Large position later changes (for example, due to nominations from the floor at the elections meeting, or if your candidate choice drops out), then that part of the proxy automatically will become Uninstructed.

  5. Send your form in early so that we can check that your proxy is problem free, and if it isn't, help you find a solution.

  6. It is always possible for a voter to cast their own vote, even if they have identified a proxy holder for all votes. The proxy vote is then overridden. In this situation, please also notify your proxy holder that you will be voting.

The Proxy Form is available here https://bit.ly/DAIE_Proxy. On the form, be sure to enter the email address linked to your Democrats Abroad login. That email is shown at the bottom of every email you receive from Democrats Abroad. You will receive a copy of the form you submit so you can share it with your proxy holder.

Please contact the NEC if you have any questions or need help with the form ([email protected]).

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Elections and AGM Meeting RSVP

If you plan to attend the Elections and AGM Meeting on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm either in person or online, and if you haven't already done so, please use the RSVP link on the Event page (https://www.democratsabroad.org/patallene/da_ireland_elections_and_agm_virtual_and_in_person) to let us know. Thank you!

From the NEC: Barbara Jacobi (Chair), Edwin Koenck and Randolph Cecil (Sub-chairs)