At any point, a representative of a campaign for a candidate or ballot measure may submit a request for the chapter to endorse the candidate or ballot measure they represent. This request will include a written statement explaining why they believe they deserve an endorsement from MADSA, as well as a completed endorsement questionnaire from the chapter. The endorsement request must be approved to be a potential endorsement by the Executive Committee or a body designated by the Executive Committee.
After being approved as a potential endorsement, the statement and questionnaire from the candidate or campaign representative will be made publicly available for at least two weeks. After the two week period, the next general meeting of the chapter will include an informational session about the potential endorsement. In the case of a campaign for a candidate, the candidate themselves must be present for this meeting. In the case of a campaign for a ballot measure, a representative of the campaign requesting endorsement must be present for this meeting. The candidate or representative will be required to answer any relevant questions proposed by the membership. This meeting will be recorded and the video and a transcript will be made publicly available until the endorsement comes to a final vote.
At the next general meeting after an information session, a member may move to endorse the candidate or ballot measure, according to a tier of endorsement described below. To receive the endorsement, at least 60% of all members present and in good standing must vote in support. If a candidate or ballot measure fails to receive the endorsement, a request for endorsement may be re-submitted; however, the full process must be completed again.
RESCINDING AN ENDORSEMENT
Any member in good standing may move to rescind an endorsement at a general meeting for any reason. If at least 70% of members present and in good standing vote in support of rescinding the endorsement, the endorsement shall be rescinded.
Endorsements shall be characterized by the material deliverables Metro Atlanta DSA provides to candidates. There shall be two tiers of endorsements.
Tier 1 endorsements, or “Extensive Support”, shall:
- Permit the chapter to organize DSA-themed Canvasses, Phonebanks, and other Volunteer actions to support the candidates’ campaign
- Permit the chapter to allocate funds towards supporting a candidate
- Include all deliverables of a Tier 2 endorsement
Tier 2 endorsements, or “Limited Support”, shall:
- Permit the chapter to promote the candidate on social media, in official statements, and in other literature without spending funds
- Permit the candidate to use the Metro Atlanta DSA name on their literature and website
Any requirement(s) of the endorsement policy may be waived for a specific candidate or ballot measure by a vote held at a general meeting with at least 70% of members present and in good standing voting in support of waiving.