In Article III, Section A, the makeup of the 82-seat committee is laid out:
1. Twelve (12) members at-large (six men and six women) elected citywide by the Democratic electors of the District of Columbia.
2. Thirty-two (32) ward members, four to be elected from each ward (two men and two women) by the Democratic electors of their respective wards.
3. The National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, the Alternate National Committeeman and the Alternate National Committeewoman elected citywide by the Democratic electors of the District of Columbia;
“Democratic electors” means registered Democratic voters. One might make an argument that those Democratic electors would be equally free to elect members in a party convention, but behold the following section:
State Committee members in Article III, Sections A. 1-4, shall be elected in the Democratic Primary to be held in November of each presidential election year under the District of Columbia Election Laws.
Now there never has been a “Democratic Primary to be held in November of each presidential election year” — every local primary election since home rule has been on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in September. But that aside, the party constitution is clear that 48 of 82 members are to be elected in the Democratic primary.
If party leaders want to change that, they would have to amend the party constitution. Per Article VIII, that requires a two-thirds vote of State Committee members present and voting at a properly noticed meeting.
That hasn’t happened.
DCDSC chairwoman Anita Bonds said today that the committee’s general counsel informed the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics in August that Democrats were opting out of direct elections pursuant to a vote of the party’s executive committee. The issue has yet to be put to the full membership.