WHEREAS, It was previously discussed what resolutions are and what they do;
WHEREAS, It has not yet been addressed how they come to a vote;
WHEREAS, The previous explainer should be brought to a conclusion;
WHEREAS, a committee helps in the resolution process;
Any Democrat can draft and submit a resolution idea. Resolutions are first submitted to the Platform, Resolution, Legislation Committee (PRLC) then brought to a vote of precinct committee persons (PCP) at the monthly Multnomah Democrat Central Committee (MDCC) meeting. (Whew, that’s a lot of acronyms!)
Most resolutions are developed and refined with the help of a study group and then passed to MDCC by the PRLC. Alternatively, 5 PCPs can sign on to a resolution and bring it before the MDCC after the PRLC has been shown the draft.
Regardless of which route the authors take, resolutions must be posted on the website and distributed to all PCPs at least six days in advance of the MDCC, giving them the opportunity to read over and study the issue. Occasionally, a major political issue or event can happen too late for a resolution to make that deadline. If so, 5 PCPs can bring it to the MDCC as an emergency resolution that requires a much higher threshold for passage.
WHEREAS, Resolutions are voted on by PCPs at the Central Committee meeting;
Once the resolution is on the MDCC’s official agenda, PCPs will begin the process of debating the issue in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. The authors are given time to present the resolution and their arguments for it. Sometimes they bring in experts to support their case. If the issue is contentious, opposition may be allowed their own time to do the same.
After that, debate begins in earnest as PCPs present arguments for or against the resolution or propose amendments to change the text of the original submission. This part of the process is always very important, even if a resolution is obviously going to pass unanimously. A room full of engaged people is likely to catch small problems the authors may have missed and refine language to make the resolution more effective.
Once the room decides to end debate, the issue is called for a vote. Most of the time this is done by simple voice vote but can also be handled by head counts or, in rare cases, paper voting slips. After all is said and done, a resolution that collects half of the votes plus one—or, for an emergency resolution, 80% plus one—will pass and become an official position of the Multnomah County Democratic Party.
WHEREAS, Resolutions passed by the Central Committee are sent on to their intended recipients;
They’re usually sent by email.
THEREFORE IT IS RESOLVED THAT: Resolutions are an essential part of how the party voices our beliefs and concerns and are an essential part of our democratic process.
Note: Were this an actual resolution, it would not be split into two parts, would have to contain actionable items, and would have to be properly formatted without explanatory text between the Whereas clauses.