Internal Elections Information

Internal Elections Information

Every year the chapter directly elects an 11-person Steering Committee, composed of three directly elected officers (Secretary, Treasurer, and Campaigns Coordinator), and eight at-large members. After the election, each new Steering Committee cohort elects a chair from among the eight at-large members. As noted in our chapter’s bylaws, the Steering Committee is “the highest elected body of MDC DSA and is the political leadership of the chapter when the membership is not assembled.”

To nominate someone for the Metro DC DSA Steering Committee, submit nomination here.

Important dates for the local election is as follows:

  • Monday, November 22: Official kick off of the Steering Committee election. Chapter members can begin submitting nominations for Steering candidates. Slack channel for electioneering and discussion opens.

  • Wednesday, December 1. Nominations period closes. Chapter members continue to engage in discussion with Steering candidates.

  • Saturday, December 4. Deadline for chapter members with at least five nominations to accept their candidacy for the Steering Committee.

  • Monday, December 6, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET. Internal Elections Facilitation Department hosts a candidate forum for all Steering Committee candidates.

  • Saturday, December 11. First day of the chapter’s local convention. Steering Committee candidates each have an opportunity to address convention attendees.

  • Monday, December 13. Internal Elections Facilitation Department sends out email ballots for the election via OpaVote.

  • Friday, December 17. OpaVote ballot closes at 11:59 p.m. ET. Results are announced to the chapter and publicly shortly thereafter.