Convention FAQ

General questions

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

A. On Saturday, April 28, the 2018 Platform Convention is being held at University of Wyoming Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center in Laramie, WY.

General registration begins at 8:30am with the Convention gaveling down at 9:00am. The process is simple. You will come to a table staffed by volunteers. You’ll receive a convention packet, vote card, and begin meeting other Young WyoDems Democrats. Please have a seat before 9am.

 

Q. I can’t register as a Democrat. I’m under the age of 18 (or 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. Who are the Young WyoDems Officers?

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

 

Q. What is the day’s agenda?

A. Click here to see our Platform Convention Agenda.  

The convention will begin at  9am. You will hear from Robert West, the Chair of the Young Democrats of Wyoming, Joe Barbuto, Chair of the Wyoming Democratic Party, and selected speakers from Wyoming Democratic Politics. You will have the opportunity to set the agenda for the year to come in YDW by way of proposing amendments to our platform 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 convention.

 

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

A. YES. The convention is run using Robert’s Rules of Order.  You can review them on YouTube: here and refer to our Robert's Rules Guide. You will receive our guide when you check-in at the convention. Don’t stress about it, there’s a learning curve. But, consider our Convention an opportunity to learn a tool that will undoubtedly come in handy when you serve in public office or testify in  a committee.


platform work questions

Q. what is the young wyodems platform now?

A. Click here to read the 2018 DRAFT Platform. 

In accordance to our Constitution, the YDW officers have come up with an initial 2018 Platform so we have a document to work on. It makes it easier for everyone to be on the same page and that way we’re not doing unnecessary or duplicative work leading up to the Convention.

 

Q. What is a Proposed Amendment?

A.  As a Young WyoDem, you can make changes or “propose amendments” to the DRAFT 2018 Platform. Maybe there’s an issue you believe Young WyoDems in your corner of the state are passionate about and it needs a place in the Platform.

Please note: proposed amendments must be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday. April 18th.

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 need to be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday. April 18th.  

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 Convention Docket. 

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

 

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

A. Check the Convention 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 Convention and ask about making friendly amendments to it.