Proposed Bylaw Changes

Proposition 1: Revised Voting Methods

CURRENT LANGUAGE:

5.2 Voting Methods: When practical, the selection of MGP candidates, delegates, members of the Coordinating Council, and other officers shall be by proportional or preference balloting.

PROPOSED CHANGE:
Replace 5.2 in its entirety with the more detailed section below.

5.2 Voting Methods: The selection of MGP officers, GPUS delegates, and GPUS Alternates and Presidential Nominating Committee Delegates 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.

5.2.1 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.

5.2.2 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.

5.2.3 If a seat remains unfilled after the election, nominations shall immediately re-open for that position and remain open for 30 days. None of the candidates previously listed on the ballot shall be eligible to be nominated. A new election shall take place, following all the rules outlined in Article 5 of the MGP bylaws.

5.2.4  Membership Notification. The CC shall ensure that the membership is notified of nominations, candidates, and elections.

All registered greens and all green party locals must be notified of calls for nominations and elections. 

The MGP shall provide a forum for candidates to present their positions to the membership.

The internal elections committee shall determine the timing and method of the communication with members, as well as the forum for candidates. 

5.2.5  Electronic Balloting. Secure electronic systems must be used. Paper ballots shall be made available to those requesting them.

5.2.6 Elections. Elections will be open for at least three weeks, must offer online or mail-in ballots, and may offer in-person balloting. No one should be required to go to any place or space in order to vote. 

5.2.7 Ad-Hoc Elections Committee

An ad-hoc internal elections committee will be responsible for recommending to the coordinating committee a set of procedures. The coordinating council must approve these election procedures at least 60 days in advance of any assembly, and these procedures must be posted prominently at least 50 days before any election.

The procedures the committee has authority over include times, dates, software method of requesting the ballot, ballot wording, and ballot design.

Any one seeking an office should be recused from the committee.

5.3 Party Affiliation: In order to vote in MGP elections, voters must affiliate with the Green Party.

5.3.1  In the presence of a Green Party ballot line, voters must register to vote as a Green Party member.

5.3.2  In the absence of a Green Party ballot line, voters must register as “Other: Green Party” or “Unaffiliated.”

5.3.3  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.

Proposition 2: Two Membership Coordinators

CURRENT LANGUAGE:

8.1 Officers: The officers of the MGP shall include: Two Co-Chairs; a Treasurer; a Recording Secretary; and a Membership Coordinator, as provided in this Article.

8.5 Membership Coordinator: A Membership Coordinator shall be selected annually at the first MGP Assembly. The Membership Coordinator shall maintain the contact information of all members and Locals for the purposes of communicating with members and Locals. The Membership Coordinator shall, with the assistance of the Membership Committee, organize efforts to recruit and retain members. The Membership Coordinator may serve a maximum of three consecutive annual terms.

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.

PROPOSED CHANGE:

8.1 Officers: The officers of the MGP shall include: Two Co-Chairs; a Treasurer; a Recording Secretary; and  Two  Membership Coordinator, as provided in this Article.

8.5 Membership Coordinator: Two (2) Membership Coordinators shall be selected annually at the first MGP Assembly. The Membership Coordinators shall maintain the contact information of all members and Locals for the purposes of communicating with members and Locals. The Membership Coordinators shall, with the assistance of the Membership Committee, organize efforts to recruit and retain members. The Membership Coordinators may serve a maximum of three consecutive annual terms.

9.3  

(1) Membership Committee: The Membership Committee shall include one representative from each Local and the Membership Coordinators, who shall convene the committee. The Membership Committee shall be responsible for assisting the Membership Coordinators 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.