THESE PROPOSALS ARE TO DISCUSS CONCEPTS ONLY. ACTUAL LANGUAGE WILL BE DRAFTED AT A LATER TIME.
Six District Proposal:
- NOW would have six electoral districts for the national board
- Primarily for diverse geographic distribution on board
- More or less the same by population, NOW membership, electoral votes & major media markets
- Re-drawn every 10 years to reflect population shifts
- Each district would have a minimum of 2 delegates to board
- Entitled to a third board member if the delegation is racially/ ethnically diverse
- No more than 2 delegates from one state
- Terms of 2 years, maximum 2 consecutive terms
- Election of Board members
- Candidates must meet bylaw qualifications
- Elections would be held in district caucuses at National Conferences
- This structure:
- Establishes districts on a more effective basis to move NOW’s agenda forward
- Retains national board’s geographical and racial/ethnic balance
- Results in a smaller, more efficient board (maximum members, including officers is 21)
- Eliminates the need for an additional conference to elect board every two years
- Allows flexibility for change as population shifts
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