Convention FAQ

General questions

Q. What can I expect when I arrive at the Convention?

A. On Saturday, April 27, the 2019 Young WyoDem and WDP Reorganization Meeting is being held at University of Wyoming Extension Agricultural Learning Center (2011 Fairgrounds Road) in Casper, WY.

The day will be filled with other state party meetings and caucus elections in the morning. The Young WyoDem meeting with gavel in at 10:00am. The process is simple. You will come to the Mills. You’ll be asked to refer to our website or (receive a printed digital guide), ballots, and begin meeting other Young WyoDems. Please have a seat before 10am.

Q. I can’t register as a Democrat. I’m under the age of 18 (or I’m UNDOCUMENTED // I have a criminal record barring me from registering to vote.) Can I participate?

A. If you’re a Democrat at heart and between the ages 14 and 18 years old, in accordance with our Constitution, you have the right to vote in our party business. We also strongly encourage you to work with your friends at school and a teacher to start a Young WyoDems school chapter. Click here if you're ready to start a chapter.

Our friends with a past, we value your voice. As long as you’re a Democrat at heart and not registered with any other political party, you’re invited to attend, vote, make friends, and participate in every way at the Convention. We’re committed to making sure you’re heard not only within our organization, but within the state as well.  Every American should have a voice at the ballot box.

Q. What if i can’t attend in-person?

A. You can vote via-teleconferencing. Leading up the election, at least 2 emails will be sent out to Young WyoDem members with a link to a conference line where members can listen in on the meeting and vote for candidates. Candidates DO NOT have to be in-person to run and will be given 5 minutes over the phone to provide a speech.

Q. Who are the current Young WyoDems Officers and who is running?

A. The current Young Democrats of Wyoming Executive Committee or “officers” were elected in 2017. You can find for information about them here.

  • Click here to Meet the 2019 Candidates.

Q. What is the day’s agenda?

A. Click here to see our Meeting Agenda.  

The meeting will begin at 10am. You will hear from the current officers and learn about the Wyoming Democratic Party, the Young WyoDems, and the Democratic Party at large. You will have the opportunity to set the agenda for the year to come in YDW by way of proposing amendments to our constitution and proposing resolutions. And, of course, you can get as involved as you want by learning how 1.) to run for office and 2.) to start a Young WyoDems Chapter at your school or in our county. If you want to start your own chapter, you can even get chartered right at the meeting.

 

Q. Will the MEeting use Robert’s Rules of Order?

A. YES. All party meetings are run using Robert’s Rules of Order.  You can review them on YouTube: here and refer to our Robert's Rules Guide in your digital guide. Don’t stress about it, there’s a learning curve. But, consider our meeting an opportunity to learn a tool that will undoubtedly come in handy when you serve in public office or testify in a committee.


constitution + Resolution questions

Q. what is the young wyodems constitution now?

A. Click here to read the YDW Constitution. 

Q. What is a Proposed Amendment?

A.  As a Young WyoDem, you can make changes or “propose amendments” to the Constitution. Maybe there’s a policy change you believe Young WyoDems in your corner of the state are passionate about and it needs a place in the Constitution.

Please note: proposed amendments must be submitted by 10am on Friday. April 26th.

Click here to submit an amendment.

An amendment is simple to write. After picking the issue you want to write about, create language you want edited or inserted into the Platform.

Here’s an example of a Proposed Amendment.

As the author of an amendment, you’re called a sponsor.  Your proposed amendment will be added to the docket. When it’s time to consider your amendment, you’ll have 5 minutes at the podium to present it. Then the General Body will have 10 minutes to consider it and vote. 

To increase your chances of it passing, encourage your friends to register and attend the Convention and ask the other Young WyoDems in attendance to support your amendment. You’ll need a majority of voting members in attendance to vote in favor of your amendment for it to pass. Remember in all things campaign-related: You talk, you walk, you win!

Q. what is a resolution?

A. A resolution is simply a statement of YDW’s position on an issue, solidifying our stance and calling on the General Body and/or executive committee to make our voice known on that issue. These resolutions will guide our work on the platform on that day and any advocacy work moving forward.

Please note: proposed resolutions must be submitted by 10am on Friday. April 26th.

Click here to submit a Resolution.

A resolution is simple to write. Here's an example of a Resolution. 

As the author of a resolution, you’re called a sponsor.  Your proposed amendment will be added to the docket. When it’s time to consider your resolution, you’ll have 5 minutes at the podium to present it. Then the General Body will have 10 minutes to consider it and vote. 

To increase your chances of it passing, encourage your friends to register and attend the Convention and ask the other Young WyoDems in attendance to support your amendment. You’ll need a majority of voting members in attendance to vote in favor of your resolution for it to pass. Remember in all things campaign-related: You talk, you walk, you win!

Q. What Proposed Amendments and Resolutions are on the Docket?

A. Click here to find the Meeting Docket. 

Stay informed and be prepared. We’re going to be talking about these Proposed Amendments and Resolutions at the meeting.

Q. I missed the submission deadline. What can I do now?

A. Check the Meeting Docket.

Someone might have had the same idea and submitted a Proposed Amendment or Resolution. If the Proposed Amendment or Resolution isn’t exactly what you envisioned reach out to the Sponsor at the meeting and ask about making friendly amendments to it.