2022 MGP Elections: Voting & Tabulating Information
A. Voting Period
1A. The voting period runs from July 13, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. until July 20, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
B. Eligibility & Verification (Bylaws 5.3-5.3.3)
1B. In order for votes to be counted, voters must be registered voters in the state of Maryland affiliated with the Green Party.
2B. Individuals who are unable to register to vote due to legal status may sign an internal MGP document that expresses their intention to be counted as MGP decision-making members. This includes persons who are not U.S. citizens, persons who are incarcerated, and persons under 18 years of age. Members must be at least 16 years old.
3B. The name, date of birth, and zip code provided by voters will be used to verify registration status. Voter information must be provided to match what they have on file with the State Board of Elections. Votes electronically submitted using the form are time stamped, with a receipt of vote selections sent to the voter. Results will be announced at the Assembly.
1C. Ballots may come in the form of electronic or paper submissions. Paper ballots shall be made available to those requesting them. Secure electronic systems are being used.
Electronic: Ballots will be available for request between July 13-July 20 (8:00 a.m.). Ballots must be requested by submitting our Ballot Request form, available on our website as of July 10 or by emailing us at <[email protected]>. When making your request, please provide your full name, your zipcode, and your date of birth. Ballots submitted without a request will be rejected.
Paper: Paper ballots are available by request from <[email protected]>. Requests are due by 07/20/2022 and ballots must be received by the time ballots are counted on 07/20/2022 at 8:00 p.m.
D. Officer Elections - Voting Methods (Bylaws 5.2)
1D. The selection of MGP officers, GPUS delegates, and GPUS Alternates shall be as specified below. Guiding Green principles and values are for voting methods that promote the fullest possible representation and inclusivity, such as multi-member seats, proportionality, and single transferable vote (STV), and for voting methods that avoid factionalism and domination.
Single-Member Seats. Ranked choice elections will be calculated using instant runoff voting (IRV) for single-seat elections with a Droop quota (ballots/(seats+1))+1. A candidate must pass the Droop quota in order to be elected.
Multi-Member Seats. Ranked choice elections will be calculated using Scottish Method single transferable vote (STV) using the Droop quota as a static threshold for multiple-seat elections. All candidates must pass the static threshold in order to be elected.
2D. The Gubernatorial campaign will use the same rules.
E. Tabulation, Results, and Disputes
1F. Tabulation will be done by Opavote.
2F. We will make our best effort to have a preliminary announcement of election results by 9:00 p.m. 07/20/2022.
3F. Any dispute of the results must be filed by 7:00 PM Eastern Time on Saturday, 07/23/2022 and will be addressed at the regular MGP-CC July 26 meeting.