Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO) Chairman Mike Kasparian has selected Dec. 21st to hold a convention to fill the 36th District vacancy caused by the retirement of Assemblyman Fred Scalera (D-Nutley). But given the fractures in the 36th right now, there are questions about whether the convention will actually come off. Below are listed the specific requirements for a quorom.
N.J.S.A. 19:13-20 covers elegiblity for voting on vacancy replacement. “At any meeting held for the selection of a candidate under this subsection, a majority of the persons eligible to vote thereat shall be required to be present for the conduct of any business, and no person shall be entitled to vote at that meeting who is appointed to the State or county committee after the seventh day preceding the date of the meeting.”
As it stands, documents produced by the three County Clerk Offices of Bergen, Passaic and Essex concerning the full number of county committee seats and the number of eligible county committee members show that 106 members plus one would produce a quorum for that convention to go forward:
Bergen 150 seats 142 eligible voting members
Passaic 60 seats 37 eligible voting members
Essex 40 seats 38 eligible voting members