U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Vacancy Election Procedures

Special State Central Committee Meeting
July 19, 1-3pm CT

The NDP’s State Executive Committee approved the process our state party will follow for filling any vacancies that may occur for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives (CD3). 

1. All nominations for vacant position(s) must be made by the Nominating Committee to the State Central Committee (SCC).

     a. Any candidate wishing to be considered for the vacancy on the ballot for the position of United States Senator or the position of Representative in Congressional District 3 (CD3) may submit their name to the Nominating Committee by contacting Roger Morgan, Nominating Committee chair, [email protected]. The candidate must submit their name up to 10 days prior to the Special State Central Committee meeting. Nominations will close 10 days prior to the Special State Central Committee meeting.

     b. In addition to a candidate submitting their name to the Nominating Committee, any member of the SCC may recommend an individual to the Nominating Committee up to 10 days prior to the Special State Central Committee meeting. Nominations will close 10 days prior to the Special State Central Committee meeting.

2. All candidates for the position must meet with the NDP officers (State Chair, First Associate Chair, Second Associate Chair, DNC Committeeman and Committeewoman, Congressional District Caucus Chairs) prior to their name being forwarded to the SCC by the Nominating Committee.

     a. All candidates for the position must also meet the constitutional and statutory requirements under state and federal law.

     b. All candidates for the position must also agree to a full background check and full vetting by the Nebraska Democratic Party.

3. At the SCC meeting, candidates shall be limited to one nominating speech of two minutes. Two seconding speeches of one minute each for each nominee are permitted. Candidate speeches shall be limited to no more than five minutes each.

4. The election shall be by roll-call vote, unless there is only one nominee, in which case voice vote shall suffice. If there are multiple candidates for the position, and if no candidate receives a majority of the vote, then the candidate with the lowest vote total shall be dropped and another roll call vote will be held. This process will be repeated until a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast.

5. All members of the SCC are entitled to vote to fill the vacancy for the United States Senate. Only those members of the SCC residing in CD3 are entitled to vote to fill the vacancy for the House of Representatives in CD3.

6. These Rules may be suspended or amended by a two-thirds vote of the SCC voting members present.

Relevant Statutory Provisions 

32-627. Partisan office; vacancy on ballot; how filled.

(1) If a vacancy on the ballot arises for any partisan office except President and Vice President of the United States before a general election, the vacancy shall be filled by the majority vote of the proper committee of the same political party. If the vacancy exists for an office serving only a particular district of the state, only those members of the political party committee who reside within that district shall participate in selecting the candidate to fill the vacancy.

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