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Constitution of the Libertarian Party of Washington State –
As Adopted by Convention July 8th 2017
Statement of Principles
We, the members of the Libertarian Party of Washington State, hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Accordingly, all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
We further hold that where government exists, it must not violate the right of any individual: namely (1) the right to life – accordingly, we support prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action – accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and the press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property – accordingly, we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives or property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.
Toward these ends, the following articles comprise our Constitution:
Article I: Name
The name of this organization will be the Libertarian Party of Washington State Incorporated, hereinafter referred to as “the Party.”
Article II: Purpose and Duration
The purpose of the Party is to proclaim and implement its Statement of Principles by:
- Nominating and running candidates for office in the State of Washington;
- Entering into political information and educational activities;
- Promoting, chartering, and coordinating regional organizations throughout the State of Washington;
- Calling conventions of Libertarian Party Members within the State of Washington;
- Providing delegates for national Libertarian Party conventions;
- And filling vacancies on the Libertarian Party ticket.
Article III: Controlling Documents
- The controlling documents of the Party are this Constitution and the Party Bylaws. Authority for procedures not otherwise addressed in the Controlling Documents is Robert’s Rules of Order, newly revised.
Article IV: Membership
- Any person residing within the State of Washington, and who endorses in writing the following statement: “I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals,” and who meets the criteria established by the controlling documents is a member of the Party.
- The requirement and standards for membership will be set forth in the Party Bylaws.
Article V: BCRA Compliance
- The Party shall not make any purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit, or gift of money or anything of value for the purpose of influencing any election for federal office.
- Nothing in these documents is meant to directly influence federal election activity.
Article VI: Officers
- The Party shall have four (4) Party Officers, as follows: State Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.
- Party Officers will be elected individually, on separate ballots, in the order set forth above, at the annual Party Convention. No offices shall be combined. When three or more candidates run for an office, the election shall be conducted using an instant runoff vote.
- Terms of office for Party Officers will commence at the Party Annual Convention immediately following certification of the vote by appointed Teller’s Committee Chair and terminate following certification of Teller Report in the succeeding annual convention.
- Only Party members eligible to vote at the annual Party convention may serve as Party Officers.
- Party Officers have the executive powers and duties of the Party. Additional powers and duties of the Party Officers are set forth herein and in the Bylaws.
- Party Officers may delegate their powers and/or duties to other Party members upon the advice and 3/5 consent of the State Executive Committee. Removal of such delegation requires a simple majority of the State Executive Committee.
- In the event that the office of State Chair becomes vacant, the Vice-Chair shall become the State Chair for the remainder of the term.
- The State Executive Committee may, by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the current members, appoint or reinstate Party Officers other than the State Chair if vacancies or suspensions occur, such officers to serve the remainder of the vacated term.
- Any Party Officer may be suspended for cause by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the State Executive Committee. The Vice-Chair is recused from voting to suspend the State Chair.
- A Party Officer may challenge his/her suspension by written appeal to the Judicial Committee within thirty (30) days of receipt of notice of such suspension. Failure to appeal within thirty (30) days shall confirm the suspension and bar any later challenge or appeal.
- Members of the executive committee shall not be members of any party in the State of Washington other than the LPWA or its affiliates
Article VII: State Executive Committee
- There shall be eight (8) regional representatives allocated to the State Executive Committee, elected from the Party membership at the annual State Convention in the manner determined in the Party Bylaws, each representing a unique political or geographical region.
- The Party Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary are members of the State Executive Committee.
- The State Chair shall preside at State Executive Committee meetings, and may vote only if the Chair’s vote would change the outcome.
- The State Executive Committee will have all policy making, investigatory and review authority over all the affairs, properties, and funds of the Party, not prohibited by the Controlling Documents of the Party.
- The State Executive Committee will meet in the manner, and conduct itself according to rules as provided in the Party Bylaws.
- The State Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint committees as provided in the Party Bylaws.
- The State Executive Committee may never expel a member from the Party, but may petition the Judicial Committee to expel a member of the Party upon a 2/3 vote.
Article VIII: Statutory State Committee
Article VIII applies during only such times as when the Party has major party status per state statute.
The Statutory State Committee shall be composed of Party members who have been selected by Statutory County Committees to serve on the Statutory State Committee.
The Statutory State Committee has the following powers:
- To call conventions of Libertarian Party members within the State of Washington;
- To provide delegates for National Libertarian Party conventions;
- To nominate Presidential electors; and
- To fill vacancies on the Libertarian Party ticket.
- The Statutory State Committee will meet in the manner, and conduct itself according to rules as provided in the Party Bylaws.
- The Statutory State Committee may delegate its powers to the State Executive Committee, or to an appropriate standing committee created by the controlling documents, or to the Party Convention.
Article IX: Judicial Committee
- The Judicial Committee will consist of not more than nine (9) Party members.
- A candidate for election to the Judicial Committee must be a Party member for three (3) years.
- Party Officers and members of the State Executive Committee and the Statutory State Committee are not eligible to serve on the Judicial Committee.
- Members of the Judicial Committee shall be elected at each annual convention and serve for a period specified in the Bylaws, unless they are recalled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at a Party convention.
- Within sixty (60) days of each annual convention the Judicial Committee shall elect from its members a Chief Justice.
- Vacancies on the Judicial Committee will be filled at the next annual Party convention.
- The Judicial Committee shall hear appeals or petitions from Party members concerning:
- Interpretation of the controlling documents;
- Disputes involving access to Party records;
- Suspension of Party Officers; and
- Disputes involving representation on the State Executive Committee, or the Statutory State Committee or its committees
- The Judicial Committee shall review any petition by the State Executive Committee to expel a member from the Party. The Judicial Committee must either dismiss such petition or refer such petition to the Convention, or to any properly called Special Convention, for a final determination.
- Decisions of the Judicial Committee shall be limited to summary affirmation or reversal of any official act of a Party Officer, or the State Executive Committee or the Statutory State Committee. The State Executive Committee, or the Statutory State Committee or the appellant/petitioner may request a written opinion from the Judicial Committee.
- Judicial Committee decisions are subject to repeal by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of delegates at the next Party convention.
- The Judicial Committee will meet in the manner and conduct themselves according to the Party Bylaws.
Article X: Regional Organizations
- The State Executive Committee may charter as regional organizations those organizations requesting such status, to represent counties or other political or geographical entities, if requested by affected members and approved by the State Executive Committee. Regional Organizations may be, in the sole and exclusive discretion of the State Executive Committee, Statutory County Committees. Regional organizations will be chartered for the following purposes:
- Nominating candidates for public office.
- Working to elect Libertarian candidates.
- Promoting Libertarian principles through political information and educational activities.
- Selecting representatives to appropriate Party activities.
- Every organization so chartered will ratify the Statement of Principles of the LPWA and provide the names and titles of its regional officers to the State Executive Committee annually.
Article XI: Statutory County Committees
Article XI applies during only such times as when the Party has major party status per state statute.
- Statutory County Committees are composed of current Party members in the County who are appointed by the committee chair and confirmed by the County Executive Committee. The committee chair shall be elected by ballot at a convention of Party members residing in the County. Persons elected as Libertarian Precinct Committee Officers in the county shall have the right to address each meeting of the Statutory County Committee for up to one minute, but shall not have any voting rights.
- Statutory County Committees shall select from their numbers up to two (2) representatives to the Statutory State Committee. Any representative to the Statutory State Committee must have been a member of the Party for at least one (1) year.
- Statutory County Committees shall have such other powers as may be delegated by these controlling documents or by the State Executive Committee.
- The Statutory County Committee will meet in the manner, and conduct itself according to rules as provided in the Party Bylaws.
Article XII: Annual Party Conventions
- The Party will meet in convention as provided in the convention rules and the Party Bylaws.
- Any Party member is eligible to be a Delegate and when in attendance may vote at convention; provided that he or she has:
- Paid current dues at least fifteen (15) calendar days prior to that convention as determined by the State Executive Committee or Credentials Chair and been a member of either the Party of the national Libertarian Party on or before the date thirty (30) days before the convention; or
- Been selected as a Delegate by a regional organization recognized under Article X of this Constitution at least thirty (30) days prior to the convention; or
- Upon application for appointment, been appointed as a Delegate by the State Executive Committee or a designated subcommittee thereof; Provided further, that the eligible Delegates under this section who are at any particular convention may, upon a 2/3 vote, waive the requirements of subsections a., b., and c. for other Party members who are present but not otherwise eligible to vote at that convention.
- A quorum shall consist of no less than ten percent of the total current Party membership qualified to be voting convention delegates, and shall be reported by a Teller Committee Chair prior to commencement of any voting segment of the annual convention.
- The rules for each convention will be adopted by the convention as its first order of business. A simple majority of those delegates present and voting will be sufficient for adoption.
- At annual conventions Party Officers, State Executive Committee members, and Judicial Committee members shall be elected as provided in the Bylaws, a Party Platform may be adopted or revised, the Constitution and Bylaws may be Amended, resolutions may be adopted and candidates for public office may be endorsed.
- The convention date(s) and location city shall be announced in the Party’s member newsletter, at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to the annual convention.
- In years when a National Libertarian Party Convention is to be held, the annual convention will elect delegates and alternates to the national convention in accordance with procedures set forth in the Party Bylaws. In the event of conflict, selections made by the annual Party convention shall have priority over the selections of the Statutory State Committee.
- In years when a United States Presidential Election is to be held, the annual convention will elect representatives to the United States Electoral College. In the event of conflict, the selections made by the annual Party convention shall have priority over the selections of the Statutory State Committee.
A. Special Conventions
- The State Executive Committee may call a special convention by a four-fifths (4/5) majority vote of those present at a regular State Executive Committee meeting. In the event of conflict, the convention date selected by the State Executive Committee shall have priority.
- Members of the Party may call a special convention by submitting a petition to the State Chair, signed by at least twenty-five (25) percent of the Party members eligible to be voting delegates at convention. Those petitioning will bear all costs including required notification.
Article XIII: Platform
- The Party may adopt a Platform or plank at the annual Party convention by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of delegates in attendance.
- Any Platform plank, or the entire Platform, may be repealed by a simple majority vote of delegates at the convention.
- All platform planks shall be consistent with the Statement of Principles of the Party.
Article XIV: Nomination of Candidates
- All Libertarian candidates for partisan office shall be members of the Party, and shall be nominated by members of the Party.
- In the event of conflict, the person(s) selected to fill vacancies on the Libertarian Party ticket by the Campaigns Committee or other committee delegated with such power by the annual Party convention shall have priority over the selections of the Statutory State Committee.
- Nomination of candidates for public office will be according to this Constitution and the Party Bylaws.
Article XV: President and Vice President
- The officers of the Party shall notify the Secretary of State of Washington that the candidates for President and Vice- President of the United States selected by the national Libertarian Party are the nominees of the Party.
Article XVI: Election Code Superseded
- In accordance with the rights of political parties recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States in Eu v. San Francisco County Democratic Central Comm, 489 U.S. 214 (1989), any provision of the Washington State Election Code regarding internal party governance that conflicts with the provisions of this Consitution or with the bylaws of the Party is hereby superseded.
Article XVII: Amendments
- The Statement of Principles, preamble to this Constitution, affirms the philosophy upon which the Libertarian Party is founded, upon which it shall be sustained, and through which liberty shall prevail. The enduring importance of the Statement of Principles requires that it may be amended only by a seven-eighths (7/8) majority vote of all delegates at an annual convention.
- This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of delegates in attendance at any party convention.
- The Party Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of delegates in attendance at any Party convention.
Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Washington State
As Adopted by Convention July 8th 2017
Article I: Membership
- Anyone meeting the following shall be understood to hold active Membership of the Libertarian Party of Washington State:
- Any individual residing within the bounds of Washington State, or who otherwise qualifies as a Washington State resident, and;
- Any individual who has signed the statement of principles in accordance with the LPWA Constitution, and;
- Any individual who has, in the previous twelve (12) months, donated a minimum amount or conducted a minimum amount of volunteer work on behalf of the LPWA, as determined by the State Executive Committee, or any individual who has, in the previous twelve (12) months, donated a minimum amount or conducted a minimum amount of volunteer work on behalf of any regional or county chartered affiliate of the Libertarian Party, as determined by the State Executive Committee.
- Any member may require that his or her membership information may not be distributed to any organization not affiliated with the Libertarian Party of Washington State (LPWA). An affiliate of the LPWA is defined as the Libertarian National Committee and chartered regional chapters of the LPWA.
- Any member has a right to contact the general membership of the Party concerning Party business; the State Executive Committee shall establish procedures for so contacting the membership.
- Honorary members of the Party can be elected by delegates at the state convention by a simple majority vote or named by the State Executive Committee with a two-thirds (2/3) Honorary members shall have no voting status or membership privileges.
Article II: Party Officers
- Any Officer who may have a conflict of interest in discharging his or her duties as an Officer shall fully advise the State Executive Committee regarding the possible conflict.
- Each Party Officer will be responsible for maintaining documentation within his/her area of responsibility.
- Each officer will be responsible for transferring all records and accounts pertaining to his/her area of responsibility within fourteen (14) days after the election or appointment of his/her successor.
- Each Party Officer will provide a written report to be presented at the annual Party Convention and passed on to the next Officer.
- No Party Officer may incur expenses beyond budget without approval of the State Executive Committee.
B. State Chair:
- The State Chair shall be the chief executive officer and chief spokesperson of the Party, holding all powers pertaining to the ordinary business affairs of the Party.
- The State Chair may appoint, hire and discharge Party volunteers and paid personnel, such as an office manager and an events chair, consistent with any express State Executive Committee policies.
- The State Chair may contract, or delegate authority to contract on his/her behalf, for products and services, consistent with any express State Executive Committee policies.
- The State Chair shall form committees necessary to perform required functions as required in these Bylaws, and shall recommend approval of said committees to the State Executive Committee. Committee membership and rules shall be made available by the State Chair to members of the Party within fifteen (15) days of SEC approval.
- The Vice-Chair shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the State Chair in the event of his/her resignation, incapacity, death, suspension, or absence.
- The Treasurer shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining a system of accounts in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practices.
- The fiscal year of the Party shall begin on August 1st of each year.
- In the event the Treasurer is unable to perform the duties of the office the records of the Party shall revert to the State Chair.
- The Secretary will be responsible for recording the minutes of the State Executive Committee meetings and Party conventions.
- The Secretary will ensure that draft copies of convention minutes are available to Party members within Thirty (30) days following a convention.
- The Secretary shall notify State Executive Committee members of the time and location of meetings. The Party Secretary is responsible for Party membership records, Party archives, and all other records not otherwise provided for in the Controlling documents.
- The Secretary shall maintain a list of active and inactive members of the Party. Inactive members may be removed from the Party membership list by request or verification of out-of-date information.
- The Secretary shall be responsible for regular communication and publication of a party newsletter or other online or paper publication, with the purpose of party news, education, and outreach.
- The Secretary shall maintain an official website of the Party.
F. Regional Representatives
- There shall be eight (8) regional representatives upon the State Executive Committee elected at the annual convention from among qualified regional Delegates. The election will take place using a ranked ballot and using a single transferable vote.
- The State Executive Committee shall fill vacancies by majority vote or may defer to the delegates at an Annual Convention to fill the remaining term.
- Regions may also elect one Alternate to serve as the regional representative in their absence. The alternate will be elected in the same manner as the representative by qualified regional delegates.
- Regional Representatives will be elected in odd-numbered years to serve for two (2) year terms.
Article III: State Executive Committee
- The State Executive Committee shall convene only in open meeting. Within a properly announced open meeting, a closed “Executive Session” may be convened to discuss the following confidential matters: contracts worth more than $1000 per year, personnel and/or disciplinary matters requiring State Executive Committee action, and pending or active litigation. The purpose of the private session shall be announced prior to convening privately, and no votes may be taken until the open meeting is reconvened, at which time motions and discussion may or may not proceed.
- The State Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly, as may be determined by the Committee, or by a call of the State Chair, or by written request of one-third (1/3) or more of the members of the Committee.
- A quorum for State Executive Committee meetings will consist of at least half the current total Committee members. If neither the Chair nor the Vice Chair is in attendance, a simple majority of attending members may elect a Presiding Chair pro tem.
- SEC meetings may be held electronically provided that it is done in such a way that members may attend.
B. Rules and Procedures:
- All State Executive Committee members shall be notified of the time and location of meetings no less than twenty-one (21) days in advance; provided that, in the case of emergency meetings called by the State Chair seven (7) days shall be adequate. Emergency meetings may be held online or via telephone, to consider a single question, if a recorded vote includes at least 2/3 of State Executive Committee members, and with Meeting Minutes recorded and filed.
- The State Executive Committee may adopt such rules of procedure as it deems necessary.
- Any petition to the Judicial Committee to expel a member from the Party shall be preceded by a written motion to the State Executive Committee summarizing the reasons for expulsion. The motion will require two seconds to be considered. Any Party member subject to a motion for petition to expel shall receive a copy of the written motion 30 days before the matter may be considered by the State Executive Committee and given a reasonable opportunity to be heard in a regular meeting of the State Executive Committee before a dispositive vote is taken. In the event a motion for petition to expel a member passes the State Executive Committee, the State Executive Committee shall select one of its members to represent the State Executive Committee in its petition to the Judicial Committee.
- The State Executive Committee shall conduct all financial ownership of state party fundraising and funds distribution. All unchartered regional funds raised shall be done on behalf of the Party. Funds of the Party shall be made available to chartered regional organizations to conduct regular business on behalf of the Party
C. Education, Training, and Recruitment
- The SEC shall organize an official training for volunteers and candidates
- Training material shall be openly shared with regional organizations and statutory county committees
- The purpose of training material shall be to educate on values of the Party, instruct structure and methods of volunteer activity and growth of membership of the Party, and to provide information for candidates and potential candidates on structure, regulations, and other basic necessities for successful campaigns.
Article IV: Statutory State Committee
Article IV applies during only such times as when the Party has major party status per state statute.
- The Statutory State Committee shall convene only in open meeting.
- The Statutory State Committee shall meet during January of each odd-numbered year, and as may be determined by the Committee, or by a call of the State Chair.
- A quorum for the Statutory State Committee meetings will consist of at least half the current total Committee members.
- Except for the meeting held during January of each odd-numbered year, and provided that proper notice and open access is given, the Statutory State Committee may, in its discretion, meet on-line.
C. Rules and Procedures:
- Notice of the Statutory State Committee meeting held in January of each odd-numbered year shall be made seven (7) days in advance to all Statutory County Committees lawfully organized pursuant to Chapter 29.42, R.C.W. Notice of the time, location and agenda of all other Statutory State Committee meetings shall be made no less than twenty-one (21) days in advance.
- The presiding officer at Statutory State Committee meetings shall ensure that minutes are regularly taken and that the minutes shall be available to any Party member upon request.
- The Statutory State Committee may adopt such additional rules of procedure as it deems necessary.
Article V: Judicial Committee
- Members of the Judicial Committee shall serve for a term of three years.
- No member of the Judicial Committee may sit in judgment of an appeal of a ruling or action of the State Executive Committee or the Statutory State Committee, which occurred while that member served on either Committee.
- The Judicial Committee shall, when required by its duties, have access to all written records of the Party and Party committees concerned.
B. Chief Justice:
- The Chief Justice may not serve consecutive terms as Chief Justice.
- The Chief Justice will receive all appeals and petitions, and schedule hearings so as to obtain a quorum of the Judicial Committee.
C. Timing and Notification:
- The Chief Justice must notify the Party Officers within seven (7) days that an appeal or petition has been received, and provide the substance.
- The Chief Justice shall provide at least fourteen (14) calendar days’ notice to all interested Parties to a hearing, unless otherwise agreed to by all Parties concerned.
- Hearings must be held within forty-five (45) calendar days from the time a written request is received by the Chief Justice, unless otherwise agreed to by all parties concerned.
- The Judicial Committee must provide a ruling within fifteen (15) calendar days of the conclusion of a hearing, unless otherwise agreed to by all parties concerned.
- In hearing a petition to expel a member from the Party, a quorum of the Judicial Committee will consist of 7/8 of its members. In all other matters, a quorum of the Judicial Committee will consist of a simple majority.
- All parties to a hearing will have the right to represent their interests in the manner of their own choosing, consistent with the rules, guidelines, and principles of the Judicial Committee.
- With the consent of all parties, the Chief Justice may call for written arguments and a mail ballot of the committee. Unless the parties agree otherwise, the Judicial Committee must provide a ruling within sixty (60) calendar days of the date of the original appeal or petition.
Article VI: Regional Organizations
- The State Executive Committee will promote and charter regional organizations. Regional organizations can be county or other local organizations.
- Organizations applying for regional organization status will petition the State Executive Committee. The petition will explicitly ratify the Statement of Principles of the National Party and will be signed annually by no fewer than five (5) Party members residing in that region, or 100% of party membership in that region, whichever is fewer.
- Petition shall be accompanied by ratified Regional Constitution and Bylaws. SEC shall approve or deny petition within thirty (30) days of submittal in written format. Chartered regional leadership contact information shall be posted by the SEC on the Party website and regular newsletters/publications.
- Regional Constitution and Bylaws shall instruct leadership structure, membership, goals/purpose, candidate nominations, boundaries, and meeting/communication requirements.
- The State Executive Committee will have the power to suspend regional organizations by a two-thirds (2/3) vote. Suspension is subject to written appeal to the Judicial Committee within thirty (30) calendar days of notification of suspension. Upon failure to appeal, the charter of the regional organization will be revoked. The State Executive Committee will not suspend any regional organization within a period of four (4) months prior to the annual convention. A regional organization may be suspended from the Party for the following reasons:
a) Violating the Statement of Principles.
b)Endorsing or supporting a candidate in opposition to one nominated by a recognized branch of the Libertarian Party.
c) Failing to hold a local meeting within the region at least once every calendar quarter.
- Upon appeal by the regional organization, the Judicial Committee will conduct a hearing. Following the hearing, the Judicial Committee will have thirty (30) calendar days to decide either to revoke the charter of the regional organization, or to continue the charter. Until the Judicial Committee decides, the regional organization charter will continue to be in force.
- Members of the Party residing in unchartered regions may petition the State Executive Committee for recognition as chartered regions; such petitions must identify boundaries such as county lines, and must meet requirements set forth in the controlling documents.
Article VII: Statutory County Committees
Article VII applies during only such times as when the Party has major party status per state statute.
- A Statutory County Committee may petition for Regional Organization status under Article X of the Party Constitution and Article VII of these Bylaws. The petition will explicitly ratify the Statement of Principles of the Party and will be signed by no fewer than five (5) Party members who are also Statutory County Committee members residing in that county.
- A Statutory County Committee shall conduct business related to statutory powers only in open meeting.
- The presiding officer at Statutory County Committee meetings shall ensure that minutes are regularly taken and that the minutes shall be available to any Party member upon request.
- The Statutory County Committee may adopt such additional rules of procedure as it deems necessary.
Article VIII: Party Conventions
- The annual Party convention shall be held in the first quarter of the calendar year, or a date selected by the State Executive Committee.
- Credentials for any convention will be determined by the Credentials Chair, consistent with the controlling documents of the Party.
- The Party Chairman shall become the Chairman of the Convention. Chairman of the Convention shall serve from convention call to order to adjournment, unless removed by a 4/5 vote of the delegation present.
- Chairman of the Convention shall appoint Parliamentarian and Sergeant at Arms. The Parliamentarian shall hold highest authority to answer information per the prescribed rules of the convention. The Sergeant at Arms shall be used to keep order of the convention upon request of the Convention Chairman and Parliamentarian.
- The Credentials Chair shall act as Chairman of the Teller Committee. If Credentials Chair declines or is not available, Party Secretary shall appoint a Teller Committee Chair. The Teller committee shall report a quorum prior to commencement of any voting segment of the annual convention, and must amend their report to the convention if the voting delegation has changed. (Change in voting delegation consists of late-arrival credentialed delegates or delegates who permanently exit the convention. Proxy voting is not allowed)
- The Teller Committee Report shall state: ‘There are (###) delegates certified and eligible to conduct business. Quorum requires (###) delegates. Quorum has/has-not been met.’ Teller Chair shall submit written original and amended reports to the Secretary to be entered into convention minutes
- Written submittal of Platform/Plank changes, Constitution Changes, or Bylaw changes shall be delivered to Party Chair and/or Secretary and received no later than thirty (30) days prior to convention.
- Party Officers shall not refuse written submittals timely delivered from the agenda.
- Any submittals not timely delivered may be addressed from the floor in accordance with the rules of the convention.
- US Mail, hand-delivery, or e-mail are considered acceptable forms of written submittal
- Convention agenda (Order of the Day), Convention Rules, and written Platform/Plank, Constitution, or Bylaw changes shall be made available to Party Members twenty (20) days prior to the annual convention.
- US Mail, e-mail notification, Party Newsletter, or general posting for review on the Party website are considered acceptable forms of notification to Party Members
B. Convention Committees:
- The convention committees are the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Platform Committee, Nominating Committee, Credentials Committee, and Rules and Resolutions Committee.
- Convention Committee Chairs will be appointed or terminated by the State Chair, with the approval of the State Executive Committee. The State Chair will announce at the State Party convention that the State Chair will appoint the Convention Organizing Committee Chair and the chairs of the convention committees at the first scheduled State Executive Committee meeting to occur fifteen (15) days or more after the State Party convention. In addition to a Committee Chair, each committee may consist of up to twelve (12) Party members, selected by appointed committee chair. After that State Executive Committee meeting any unfilled positions may be filled by either the State Executive Committee or by the respective convention committee chairs. Committees and Committee membership contact information shall be made publicly available for members of the Party via the Party website and/or regular communication.
- All convention committee meetings will be open to all Party members, who may obtain the committees schedules from their respective chairs.
- Chairs of the convention committees will be responsible for completion and reproduction at party expense of their final committee reports.
- The chairs of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee and the Platform Committee will certify and cause to be published electronically at Party expense each document in its entirety as amended by the convention.
- The Nominating Committee is responsible for identifying candidates for internal Party positions (such as state officer or Judicial Committee member) and should only do so for positions which do not have announced candidacies within 30 days of the annual Party convention.
- Each committee, except the Nominating Committee, shall submit a written report to the Party Secretary not later than thirty (30) days prior to the Party convention.
- Convention committee reports shall be available, upon request, to any Party member.
- The State Chair will ensure that the committee’s reports, and the reports of committee members submitted separately, are presented at the convention.
C. Elections for National Party conventions:
- All delegates and representatives to national conventions of the Libertarian Party must be members of the State and National Parties.
- The State Chair will announce to the convention body the total number of delegates and representatives to national party convention committees, and the number to be selected by the State Party convention.
- Nominations of delegates from the floor shall not require seconds. Members may nominate themselves.
- After the election of delegates, alternate delegates may be elected.
- After the election of delegates and alternates, representatives to national committees may be elected.
- The duly elected delegates present at the convention will select a Delegation Chair and determine their own substitution procedures.
- A list of the delegates and alternates, and a description of the substitution procedures, shall be submitted by the Delegation Chair to the State Chair and the National Secretary within seven (7) calendar days of the convention.
D. Elections for Judicial Committee members:
- Three (3) new Judicial Committee members shall be elected at each annual Party convention by single transferable vote. In the event of a resignation or vacancy on the Judicial Committee, a member shall also be elected to complete the term of the original member.
- Nominations of qualified candidates will be accepted from the floor. Members may nominate themselves. All nominations require a second.
- Judicial Committee members will be elected using a single transferable vote.
E. Nominating and Endorsing candidates:
- Only the party’s regional organizations and convention delegates have power to endorse candidates for public offices.Candidates must first be nominated by party members, which may occur at any time prior to election, and must sign Libertarian Statement of Principles to be recognized as an official nominated candidate. List of nominated candidates shall be made available for review to members of the Party on party website, including full contact information.
- Delegates and regional organizations may endorse candidates for any office. Endorsed candidates will be listed on the Party website. Nominated candidates who have not been endorsed will be removed from the Party website and shall not be listed as “Not Endorsed”, or similar.
- After the convention adjourns, power to endorse will transfer from delegates to the Campaigns Committee; chartered regional organizations also retain their power to endorse after the convention adjourns.
- The endorsement of a candidate during or after the convention may be withdrawn for cause by a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of State Executive Committee members.
- “None of the Above” (NOTA) may be nominated, seconded and supported on the same basis as an actual candidate, for either partisan or non-partisan endorsements. If “NOTA” wins a majority of votes, there shall be no endorsement for that office.
- The Party, Officers of the Party, or regional chartered organizations may not endorse or publicly support candidates from other political parties where a Libertarian Party candidate has been nominated or has been endorsed, nor shall the use of the name “Libertarian Party” be used in any such manner so as to imply endorsement by the Party.
- Per applicable state laws, the use of “Prefers Libertarian Party” does not imply endorsement by the Party or regional organizations of the Party.
- The Party or Officers of the Party may not endorse or publicly support, nor shall the use of the name “Libertarian Party” be used in any such manner so as to imply endorsement of any candidate who prefers any party other than the Libertarian Party
- If two candidates of the Party are seeking endorsement for the same position, all candidates shall be afforded equal opportunity to address the Delegates before votes or NOTA may be nominated.
- Delegates and regional organizations may endorse or notably NOT endorse any proposed legislation or initiatives to the people. Endorsed legislation or initiatives will be listed on the Party website. Legislation or Initiatives that have NOT been endorsed will be listed on the Party website with justification for non-endorsement.
Article IX: Parliamentary Authority
- The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Party in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution of the Party, these bylaws, and any special rules of order the Party may adopt.