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Letter from the Secretary

Subject: Change to criteria for membership certification: Last Verified Date
Dear DA Leaders,
This week, the DPCA ExCom adopted a plan to add the Last Verified Date field of membership database records to the criteria for counting members to determine the votes allocated to representatives of Country Committees regarding DPCA matters.
Section 5.4(d) of the DA Charter reads: "The Executive Committee shall establish from time to time the methods and procedures to be used by the Country Committees to verify and certify membership for all purposes under this Charter, with the maximum accuracy reasonably possible for an association such as Democrats Abroad.”
In the past, this meant counting the number of membership records assigned to a Country Committee and excluding records based on now-familiar criteria such as “On Hold” status. Beginning with the membership count to be conducted in January 2015, an additional condition for counting a membership record will be: a Last Verified Date of no more than four (4) years from the date of the relevant count/snapshot.
Specifically, for the next membership certification process, a member shall count toward the allocation of votes to a Country Committee in 2015 only if the member’s database record has a Last Verified Date later than January 31, 2011.
For the technical details of how the Last Verified Date field works, please see Shari's post of August 4 to this listserv. 
To summarize the plan adopted by the ExCom that leads to the membership certification process for 2015:
1. This announcement, sent to the DPCA-Leadership listserv and directly to DPCA Voting Members.
2. Discussion by DA leaders via a topic-specific Question-and-Answer forum at the following address: {to be added}
3. A Town Hall meeting in October (after Voter Registration deadlines) dedicated to public discussion of the final implementation.
The timing of this announcement is intended to complement rather than distract from Voter Registration and GOTV activities. The ExCom hopes to allow country committee leaders to recognize the additional benefit of updating members’ contact information during the phone-banking and member outreach of this critical pre-election period. (For example, using call sheets keyed to the IT Committee’s import process will automatically set the LVD field to a date in 2014.)
The Last Verified Date (LVD) proposal was formally proposed and presented at the April 2013 London meetings. During the certification process for 2013 membership counts, the International Secretary distributed LVD counts for each country committee. The LVD adoption plan was presented again at the March 2014 Global Meeting. Most recently, Shari posted guidelines for the LVD field on August 4
The LVD feature of our membership database places a focus on having accurate, verifiable data on reliable Democratic voters. This is the same focus that we have seen throughout the Democratic Party, from being a key to OFA’s success in 2008 through to the overwhelming adoption by the DNC, state parties, and individual candidates for this year’s campaigns.
There is an additional benefit that may increase membership counts in the long run. In the past, Country Admins and Country Committee officers have deleted suspect records of members who couldn’t be reached. There was no middle ground between certifying a valid member and removing a member permanently.
The LVD criterion lifts the assumption that Country Committee officers certify the status of all members, regardless of when they were last contacted. Thus, it allows Country Committee officers to retain any number of records for follow-up and eliminates the practice of a hasty “cull” of suspect records just before certification deadlines. The set of membership records with “old” LVD dates are now a resource that can be tapped when time is available, rather than a liability to be excised in January of each year.
While we remain focused on registering voters and helping elect Democrats on November 4th, the DPCA ExCom welcomes comments on this new policy.
Will Bakker, International Secretary
on behalf of the DPCA Executive Committee 






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