2022 Bylaws Proposals

Summary of Bylaws Proposals

Eleven possible bylaws changes are proposed. Numbers 1 through 9 are submitted by consensus of the MGP Bylaws Review and Rules Committee. Numbers 10 and 11 are submitted by a member. The full text of the proposals appears below this summary. A video discussing these proposals should be available on or before May 22, 2022.

#1. Consensus and Policy Handbook

Article 5.1 - This proposal updates the outdated references to the Ohio Greens model that no longer exists and sets a one-week time limit for reaching consensus before moving to a vote.

#2. Code of Conduct

Article 5.3 - Requires the MGP to create a “code of conduct.”

#3. Delegate Apportionment

Article 7.2 - Creates a simple, fair, and standardized method of allocating delegates to the Coordinating Council.

#4. Standing Committees

Article 9.1 - Reduces the number of standing committees to meet current needs.

#5. Seasonal Committees

Article 9.3 - Changes certain committees from standing, year-round status to seasonal, as-needed status.

#6. Primary Dates Revision

Article 10.6 - Makes the dates of the primaries process more flexible.

#7. Local and Regional Candidates

Article 10.8 - Establishes criteria for handling local candidates.

#8. Bylaw Amendments 

Article 14.6 - Updates voting to reflect that it happens online, not just at the assembly, and requires the website to explain the bylaw amendment process.

#9. Remove Interim Designation

Multiple Articles - Establishes the bylaws as “permanent” and no longer as “interim”.

#10. Nominations of Local Candidates

Article 10.3 - Establishes criteria for handling local candidates, including establishing locals’ authority for local candidates (city/county, not state and federal races).

#11. Primaries in Non-Competitive Races

Article 10.6 - Rescind the requirement for primaries in non-competitive races (when no surplus candidates are running).


Full Text of Bylaws Proposals Listed Above


#1 - Consensus and Policy Handbook-Consensus Proposal

This proposal updates the outdated references to the Ohio Greens model that no longer exists and sets a one-week time limit for reaching consensus before moving to a vote.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

5.1 Consensus-Seeking; Green Meeting Process Manual. In all proceedings, assemblies, committees, and other meetings, except where mandated otherwise by these Interim Bylaws or by valid election law, the MGP shall seek to arrive at decisions by consensus. An example of consensus process is outlined in the printed text of the Maryland Green Meeting Process Manual (a modified version of the Meeting and Process Manual Draft 10/11/96 published by the Ohio Greens, based on an earlier version published by the Green Party of Alaska). If consensus cannot be reached after a period of discussion considered reasonable by two-thirds (2/3) of those members present at a meeting, a vote shall be called for. Except where specifically provided otherwise in these Interim Bylaws, the decision of a two-thirds (2/3) majority on substantive issues and a 50%+1 majority on process issues shall prevail.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

5.1 a) Maryland Green Party Process Manual. The Maryland Green Party shall maintain an updated MGP-CC process manual, available on the Party Website, that details rules and processes for MGP-CC business. New additions to this process manual must be approved by ⅔ of the MGP-CC.

  1. b) Consensus-Seeking; In all proceedings, assemblies, committees, and other meetings, except where mandated otherwise by these Bylaws or by valid election law, the MGP-CC  shall seek to arrive at decisions by consensus. If consensus cannot be reached after 7 days of discussion, a vote shall be called for. Except where specifically provided otherwise in these Bylaws, the decision of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of yes and no votes on substantive issues and a 50%+1 majority of yes and no votes on process issues shall prevail.

#2 – Code of Conduct-Consensus Proposal 

This proposal requires the MGP to create a “code of conduct.” The CC created such a code in 2017, but it was never submitted to the membership/an assembly for a vote; as such, its status is incomplete. The Bylaws Review and Rules Committee agreed on several important concerns with the 2017 code and found it imperative that the CC start fresh. 

Some code to establish group norms is a standard best practice in most organizations. Also, consensus models depend on some agreed-upon guidelines for engagement; consensus cannot function properly without such guidelines. The MGP, like most groups, has had serious problems from a lack of shared behavioral norms.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

5.3 Accountability and Dissent: MGP officers, committee members, and representatives are accountable to the principles and policies established by the membership. However, the MGP affirms the right of its members to public and private dissent. Any member may disagree with and work against MGP policy as long as the member is not acting as a representative or delegate of the MGP or portraying the member’s position as MGP policy.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE - Add at end:

MGP officers, committee members, representatives and Green Party members interacting on MGP matters shall have a “code of conduct” to ensure the spirit of collegiality, comradeship, and cooperation as well as ensure that people conduct themselves in an honest and ethical way. The code shall present a gradation of remedies.


#3 – Delegate Apportionment-Consensus Proposal

This proposal creates a simple, fair, and standardized method of allocating delegates to the Coordinating Council.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

7.2 Composition of Coordinating Council: The Coordinating Council shall consist of the officers of the MGP and delegates from each of the Locals. Each Local shall be entitled to one delegate, plus additional delegates according to the following formula: one (1) additional delegate when the Local reaches twenty (20) members who are active in that Local, and one additional delegate for each fifty (50) members who are active in that Local thereafter. Members are as defined in Article 3 of these Bylaws. Each Local shall ensure gender parity of its delegation and shall comply with Article 11 of these Bylaws. No person on the Coordinating Council shall have more than one vote.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

7.2 Composition of Coordinating Council: The Coordinating Council shall consist of the officers of the MGP and delegates from each of the Locals. Each Local shall be entitled to one delegate, plus up to one additional delegate according to one of the following formulas:

  1. one additional delegate based on the local’s percent of total active registered using the formula: (12-month average of local’s total active registered Greens divided by 12 month average of Maryland’s total active registered Greens) multiplied by (current number of recognized locals times 2). 

  2. one additional delegate based on the results of partisan elections governed by the state board of elections in the last two cycles in which a Green candidate receives: 20% of the vote in a single-seat election, 15% in a two-seat election, 10% in a 3-seat election, or 5% in 4+ seat election.

The apportionment of delegates shall occur in July prior to the July Coordinating Council meeting. In years that the MGP is not recognized as a political party by the State Board of Elections, each local shall revert to one delegate each.  Each Local shall ensure gender parity of its delegation and shall comply with Article 11 of these Bylaws. No person on the Coordinating Council shall have more than one vote.


#4 – Standing Committees-Consensus Proposal

This proposal eliminates some standing committees and requires each delegate to serve on at least one committee.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

9.1 The Maryland Green Party shall have Standing Committees designated in this Article, and may receive reports from such other committees as, from time to time, the Coordinating Council shall create and appoint, subject to Section 9.9. Each Committee shall conduct its business according to Section 5.1. Each committee shall be convened by a person of its own choosing, unless otherwise specified in this Article.

9.2 Finance Committee: The Finance Committee shall include a representative from each Local and the Treasurer, who shall convene the committee. The Finance Committee shall be responsible for helping the Treasurer set and implement financial policies, develop a budget, comply with federal and state campaign finance and election law, and to help the Treasurer with other matters pertaining to the finances of the organization. The Finance Committee shall meet at least bi-monthly.

9.3  

(1) Membership Committee: The Membership Committee shall include one representative from each Local and the Membership Coordinator, who shall convene the committee. The Membership Committee shall be responsible for assisting the Membership Coordinator in the maintenance of the MGP member contact information, and with organizing and implementing efforts to recruit and retain members, to increase Green voter registration, and to orient new members. The Membership Committee shall meet at least quarterly.

(2) Outreach Subcommittee of the Membership Committee: The Membership Committee shall create a subcommittee to work with the Locals to determine ways to reach out to new persons not yet involved with the Greens, with special attention to recruiting person from groups that may be demographically underrepresented in the MGP. The Outreach Subcommittee shall submit monthly reports of its findings, efforts, and progress on recruitment and affirmative action, in accordance with Article 11, to the Coordinating Council.

9.4 Electoral Committee: The Electoral Committee shall include one representative from each Local, and the Co-Chairs of the MGP. The Electoral Committee shall coordinate MGP electoral activity, including the recruitment of candidates; shall gather, calendar, and process other information about upcoming election contests; shall support MGP electoral campaigns; shall keep the MGP informed of and in compliance with election laws; shall coordinate efforts to gain and maintain ballot status; and shall coordinate efforts to change election laws. The Electoral Committee shall meet at least quarterly.

9.5 Bylaws Review and Rules Committee: The Bylaws Review and Rules Committee shall include at least one representative from each Local and the CoChairs. It shall review all process disputes for the purpose of making proposals to amend the Bylaws if deemed necessary. The Committee may draft proposals for amendments to the rules of order for MGP decisionmaking forums as permitted under the Bylaws. The Committee shall also conduct annual Bylaws reviews for the purpose of considering improvements to the Bylaws and making proposals to amend the Bylaws for the purpose of complying with changes in the election laws. The Committee shall review all amendment proposals and develop alternative proposals as it deems necessary, and facilitate the communication of all proposed amendments or alternatives, along with rationales for each proposal, to members of the MGP for consideration in advance of MGP Assemblies.

9.6 Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee shall include at least one representative from each Local. The Nominating Committee shall recruit and nominate officers of the MGP, and shall receive nominations from the membership and the Locals.

9.7 Meetings and Assemblies Committee: The Meetings and Assemblies Committee shall include at least one representative of each Local. The Meetings and Assemblies Committee shall plan and schedule the meetings, gatherings, assemblies, and conventions of the MGP.

9.8 Press and Publicity Committee: The Press and Publicity Committee shall include at least one representative from each Local that chooses to elect such a representative. The Press and Publicity Committee shall monitor press coverage of the MGP and its Locals; shall arrange for publicity and press coverage of MGP events and candidates, when appropriate; and shall assist the Locals in arranging for publicity and press coverage of Local events and candidates. The Press and Publicity Committee may also be called upon to help the Co-Chairs select appropriate persons to speak publicly on behalf of the MGP.

9.9 Platform Committee: The Platform Committee shall include one representative from each Local. The Platform Committee shall develop and propose to the Coordinating Council processes for fulfilling Article 12 of these Bylaws in a fair, democratic, and deliberative manner in close consultation with the Locals.

9.10 Conflict Resolution Committee: The Conflict Resolution Committee shall include the Co-Chairs, one representative from each Local, and a representative from the Bylaws Review and Rules Committee. The Conflict Resolution Committee shall: 1) develop processes for resolving conflicts within the MGP; 2) assist MGP Locals in developing processes for resolving conflicts within the Locals; 3) review upon request any disciplinary action taken by the MGP or its Locals; and 4) assist the Locals in the training of members in conflict resolution.

9.11 Local Representation on Ad Hoc Committees: Other committees may be organized on an ad hoc basis by creation and appointment by the Coordinating Council, but each Local shall have the right to appoint a representative to each committee, and any MGP officer having duties directly concerning the work of the committee shall also serve on any such committee.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

9.1  The Maryland Green Party shall have Standing Committees designated in this Article. Each committee shall be convened by an MGP officer named in the committee description. Committees shall have one representative from each Local that chooses to elect such a representative. Each delegate shall serve on at least one committee.

9.2  Standing Committees

a. Finance Committee: The Finance committee shall be convened by the Treasurer. The Finance Committee shall be responsible for helping the Treasurer set and implement financial policies, develop a budget, comply with federal and state campaign finance and election law, and to help the Treasurer with other matters pertaining to the finances of the organization.

b. Membership Committee: The Membership committee shall be convened by the Membership Coordinator. The Membership Committee shall be responsible for assisting the Membership Coordinator in the maintenance of the MGP member contact information and with organizing and implementing efforts to recruit and retain members, to increase Green voter registration, and to orient new members.

c. Bylaws Review and Rules Committee: The Bylaws Review and Rules Committee shall include both co-chairs and shall be convened by the recording secretary. It shall review all process disputes for the purpose of making proposals to amend the Bylaws if deemed necessary. The Committee may draft proposals for amendments to the rules of order for MGP decisionmaking forums as permitted under the Bylaws. The Committee shall also conduct annual Bylaws reviews for the purpose of considering improvements to the Bylaws and making proposals to amend the Bylaws for the purpose of complying with changes in the election laws. The Committee shall review all amendment proposals and develop alternative proposals as it deems necessary, and facilitate the communication of all proposed amendments or alternatives, along with rationales for each proposal, to members of the MGP for consideration in advance of MGP Assemblies.


#5 – Seasonal Committees-Consensus Proposal

New section to change certain committees from standing, year-round status to seasonal, as needed status.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

Electoral Committee: The Electoral Committee shall include one representative from each Local, and the Co-Chairs of the MGP. The Electoral Committee shall coordinate MGP electoral activity, including the recruitment of candidates; shall gather, calendar, and process other information about upcoming election contests; shall support MGP electoral campaigns; shall keep the MGP informed of and in compliance with election laws; shall coordinate efforts to gain and maintain ballot status; and shall coordinate efforts to change election laws. The Electoral Committee shall meet at least quarterly.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

9.3. Seasonal Committees

  1. Electoral Committee (Seasonal): The Electoral Committee shall coordinate MGP electoral activity, including the recruitment of candidates; assisting candidates with the MGP nomination process; shall gather, calendar, and process other information about upcoming election contests; shall support MGP electoral campaigns; and shall keep the MGP informed of and in compliance with election laws.

    Composition: The Electoral Committee shall be chaired by one of the MGP Co-chairs and shall consist of at least 3 members, but no more than 7 members. No more than ⅔ of the committee shall be a member of the same MGP local. Any individual who has filed a Declaration of Intent with the Maryland State Board of Elections shall not be eligible to serve on the Electoral Committee in the same year for which they have filed.

    Meetings: The electoral committee shall commence no later than October 31st of the year prior to either a statewide or presidential election year and should meet at least monthly. The committee will conclude its work with a report to the Coordinating Council no later than January 31st of the year following a presidential or statewide election.

  2. Ballot Access Committee (Seasonal): The Ballot Access Committee shall coordinate all MGP ballot access activity, including developing a budget for its activities, communicating with the Maryland Board of Elections regarding petition design, coordinating petition gathering by MGP members, communicating ballot access activity and petitioning updates to the MGP CC, and coordinating with any contractors that might be hired to assist with petition gathering. 

    Composition: The Ballot Access Committee shall be chaired by the MGP Co-chair who is not the Electoral Committee chair and shall consist of at least 3 members, but no more than 7 members.

    Meetings: The Ballot Access Committee shall commence in January of the year prior to the expiration of the Maryland Green Party ballot access. During the first 12 months, the committee must meet at least quarterly; after that, the committee should meet at least monthly. The committee shall conclude its activities a month after the Maryland State Board of Elections renders its decision regarding the status of the submitted petitions by submitting a report to the MGP Coordinating Council.

#6 – Primaries Revision-Consensus Proposal

The membership of the MGP voted last year to adopt a primary process for all federal and state wide offices, this proposal preserves the spirit of that amendment, while simplifying the process. It also aligns the Maryland Green Party nominating process with the legal filing deadline the state board of elections uses for Green Party Candidates.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

10.6 Primary Process: Candidates for Statewide office, or the United States Congress (House of Representatives and Senate) shall be nominated via a primary in which all registered Greens in the jurisdiction are eligible to vote by preference vote. The primary should occur during the month of April in the year that the General Election will occur. The primary can be conducted by in-person, mail or electronic balloting.

If the Primary occurs at a time when the party does not have ballot access then all persons recognized as members of the Maryland Green Party in that area are eligible to participate.

The Electoral Committee is responsible for preparing specific timetables and procedures for the primary and must have that document complete no later than March 1st of the year prior to the Primary.

10.7 Filling a Vacancy- If a position that is nominated via the primary process outlined in section 10.6 is vacant and a candidate seeks to fill that vacancy prior to the deadline for providing the state of Maryland with a certificate of Nomination, the Coordinating Council may by a two-thirds vote convene a special primary for the eligible voters in that region that will occur during July of the year in which the general election will occur. Procedures for a special primary should be published no later than July of the prior year.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

10.6 Primary Process: Candidates for Statewide office, or the United States Congress (House of Representatives and Senate) shall be nominated via a primary in which all registered Greens in the jurisdiction are eligible to vote by preference vote. The primary should occur during the three weeks following the deadline for filing a Declaration of Intent in the year in which a General Election will occur. The primary will follow the voting rules laid out in section 5.2.

If the Primary occurs at a time when the party does not have ballot access then all persons recognized as members of the Maryland Green Party in that area are eligible to participate.

The Electoral Committee is responsible for preparing specific timetables and procedures for the primary. Those processes must be approved by the MGP-CC no later than January of the year of the Primary.


#7 – Local and Regional Candidates-Consensus Proposal

IMPLEMENTATION NOTE: This bylaw does not go into effect until after the 2022 election cycle.

Rationale for this Amendment
Background
The MGP does not have state-run, taxpayer-funded primary elections in order to decide who will be nominated to appear on the general election ballot; only the Democrats and Republicans can do that in Maryland.

So the MGP has to figure its own process for how to nominate the candidates that locals endorse. The bylaws broadly give that power to the the state party. Section 10.3 of the bylaws provides the following:

The MGP reserves the power, in consultation with the Locals, to withhold the designation Green from, and to reject, any candidate the MGP deems inappropriate, wishing to run as, or claiming to be, a Green Party candidate in Maryland. 

Over the years a series of nominating rules have been put forward by the coordinating committee. In 2018 the electoral committee drafted a nomination procedure that provided guidelines for how local nominations are handled. Versions of that document, available here https://www.mdgreens.org/candidacy have been approved by the MGP-CC for the 2018, 2020, and 2022 election cycles. 

These rules provide the local autonomy over their endorsement process and define the basis for the MGP-CC rejecting any candidate nomination. Those rules limit rejection of a candidate to three extenuating circumstances.

Extenuating Circumstances – The MGP-CC may consider rejecting or overturning a Local's nomination decision only under the following circumstances:

  1. Flaws in how the Local handled the process of nomination that rendered it grossly unfair, inconclusive, or illegitimate.
  2. New information about a candidate, of which the Local was unaware, that calls into serious question the candidate's integrity, commitment to Green values, or fitness for public office.
  3. Evidence that the candidate engaged in illicit or unethical activity, or made a serious violation of Green Party principles with regard to campaign finance.

What This Proposal Does

This proposal seeks to define basic standards of fairness and transparency for the MGP-CC to use in evaluating  how a local handled the process of the endorsement. The proposal would require locals to do three things:

  1. Have a published endorsements process that is available to the public.
  2. Allow any Green seeking the nomination for any office they qualify for to participate in the endorsement process.
  3. Align the time-line of the Green Party nominating process with the State Board of Elections candidate filing deadlines for Green Party candidates. 

Summary

The nominating rules adopted since 2018 attempt to limit the broad role the bylaws provide the MGP in rejecting local endorsements. Ambiguity around fairness in those rules is confusing and allows MGP nominating processes to be politicized, which is the opposite of the intent of the nominating standards the MGP-CC has used for the last three cycles. 

This proposal does not take away the ability for locals to determine what their endorsement process is; they retain that autonomy. It rather seeks to provide bylaw based clarification of a rule that has been in place but ambiguous for several cycles. It also seeks to provide a solid starting point for locals to think about how they endorse candidates, while allowing them the autonomy to develop their own methods. 

Ultimately, it moves the party to a fair and transparent nominating process that respects local autonomy while allowing the MGP-CC to do due diligence as a nominating body.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

10.8 Local and Regional Candidates: Candidates for municipal, county, or district offices shall seek endorsement from the Local or confederation of Locals that comprise the candidate’s district, in accordance with Article 3 and Sections 4.5 and 4.6.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

10.8 Local and Regional Candidates: Candidates for municipal, county, or district offices shall seek endorsement from the Local or confederation of Locals that comprise the candidate’s district, in accordance with Article 3 and Sections 4.5 and 4.6.

Locals should have a fair and transparent  local candidate endorsement process. Endorsements must occur after the  deadline for candidates to file a declaration of intent and be open to any registered green seeking the nomination.

All local endorsement processes should be published on the state party website, and on local party websites (if applicable) at least one year in advance of the filing deadline.


#8 – Bylaw Amendment Process-Consensus Proposal

Updates voting to reflect that it happens online, not just at the assembly, and requires the website to explain the bylaw amendment process.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

14.6 General Amendment Rule: Amendments may also be ratified by a 2/3 majority at any MGP Assembly, and take effect immediately upon adjournment at the Assembly at which they are adopted, unless the amendment specifically provides otherwise.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

14.6 General Amendment Rule: Amendments may be ratified by a 2/3 majority of voting members and take effect immediately upon ratification unless the amendment specifically provides otherwise.

14.7 Bylaws Amendment Process: The Bylaws and Rules committee shall maintain a policy and process document explaining the bylaw amendment process, available on the Maryland Green Party website. 


#9 – Permanent, Not Interim-Consensus Proposal

These edits are for housekeeping in many bylaws sections. The bylaws still refer to their original “interim” status. Declaring the original 2000 bylaws as permanent is overdue. Also, the original authors’ intention was that the bylaws be completely reviewed before being made permanent, and that has happened this year.

A. Introductory Paragraph

Add sentence at end of introductory paragraph to indicate change from “interim” to “permanent” status.

CURRENT LANGUAGE
Adopted unanimously at the Maryland Green Party Gathering and Assembly August 13, 2000, at Lake Elkhorn Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, by the individuals designated in the partyforming petition as the initial governing body (the “Committee of 25”) and ratified unanimously by the Coordinating Council and by the whole Assembly. Green Party Co-Chair Bob S. Auerbach, who is designated the State chairman of the Green Party in the party-forming petition, convened the meeting and presided as president pro tem of the meeting of the Committee of 25 until party officers were elected. Amended at the MGP State Assembly held at Towson University, May 12-13, 2001. Amended at the MGP State Assembly held at HCLS Elkridge Branch, June 30, 2018. Amended via online vote of coordinating committee January 21, 2021. 

PROPOSED LANGUAGE - Add at end of paragraph:
Formally declared “permanent,” not “interim, by vote of the membership June 12, 2022.

B. Delete “Interim” Throughout

Delete the word “interim” throughout, such as in the following sections: 4.4, 5.1, 6.3, 8.7,10.2, 10.5(2), 13.2, 13.4, and 14.4.

C. Delete Interim Ratification and Temporary Amendment Provisions

Delete Sections 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, and 14.5.

CURRENT LANGUAGE

14.1 Ratification: These Interim Bylaws may be ratified by a 2/3 majority at a State Convention or other meeting called by three or more Green Locals in Maryland.

14.2 Effective Date: These Interim Bylaws shall take effect at the end of the State Convention or other meeting at which they are ratified.

14.3 Interim Nature of these Bylaws: It is the intention that these Interim Bylaws will be revisited in their entirety and superseded by more permanent bylaws.

14.5 Temporary Amendment Rule: Until November 15, 2000, or unless these Interim Bylaws are superseded by an entire revised bylaws at an MGP Assembly, the Coordinating Council shall be authorized to amend these Interim Bylaws, other than Articles 2, 5, and 14, by a three-fourths (3/4) majority of the members of the Coordinating Council present at a meeting of the Coordinating Council at which a quorum is present, provided that those amendments are not contrary to Articles 2, 5, or 14, and that the Coordinating Council affirmatively determines that the amendment is vital to carrying out the purpose of the MGP. Any such amendment shall take effect immediately, but shall be subject to review by the members and Locals at the next MGP Assembly.

D. Housekeeping Edits to Bylaws Amendments Section

Housekeeping revisions to Sections 14.4 and 14.6: Delete the word “Interim” and renumber 14.4 to 14.1; renumber 14.6 to 14.2. 

CURRENT LANGUAGE

14.4 Who May Propose Amendments: Amendments to these Interim Bylaws may be proposed by any member or any Local.

14.6 General Amendment Rule: Amendments may also be ratified by a 2/3 majority at any MGP Assembly, and take effect immediately upon adjournment at the Assembly at which they are adopted, unless the amendment specifically provides otherwise.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

14.1 Who May Propose Amendments: Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by any member or any Local.

14.2 General Amendment Rule: Amendments may also be ratified by a 2/3 majority at any MGP Assembly and take effect immediately upon adjournment at the Assembly at which they are adopted, unless the amendment specifically provides otherwise.


10. Nominations of Local Candidates-Member Proposal

CURRENT LANGUAGE

10.3 Green Party Candidates: The MGP reserves the power, in consultation with the Locals, to withhold the designation Green from, and to reject, any candidate the MGP deems inappropriate, wishing to run as, or claiming to be, a Green Party candidate in Maryland. The MGP will only endorse or nominate registered Green candidates. Alternatively, candidates barred from registering Green are eligible for an endorsement or nomination if they are designated Green by the MGP.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

10.3 Green Party Candidates: The MGP reserves the power, in consultation with the Locals, to withhold the designation Green from, and to reject, any candidate for state-wide or federal office that the MGP deems inappropriate, wishing to run as, or claiming to be, a Green Party candidate in Maryland. The MGP designated SBE-listed state chair will forward the nomination of local candidates to the State Board of Elections within 48 hours of receiving any nomination notification from the designated local co-chairs, and local candidates do not require the approval of the state Coordinating Council.

The MGP will only endorse or nominate registered Green candidates. Alternatively, candidates barred from registering Green are eligible for an endorsement or nomination if they are designated Green by the MGP.


11. Primaries in Non-Competitive Races-Member Proposal

CURRENT LANGUAGE

10.6 Primary Process: Candidates for Statewide office, or the United States Congress (House of Representatives and Senate) shall be nominated via a primary in which all registered Greens in the jurisdiction are eligible to vote by preference vote....

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

10.6 Primary Process: Candidates for Statewide office (Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Comptroller) or the United States Congress (U.S. Senate and House of Representatives) shall be nominated via a primary when the number of candidates exceeds the positions available. All registered Greens in the jurisdiction are eligible to vote by preference vote....