LPRI 2020 Annual Convention – Proposed Bylaws Amendments
Proposed by – Beth Richardson
Delegates to a Libertarian Party national convention shall be nominated and elected by delegates to the LPRI annual convention. National convention delegates, as well as alternate delegates, must be LPRI members.
Proposed by – Mike Rinaldi
Article VIII, Section 2
To vote at a convention, an LPRI or affiliate member must be a member in good standing and have been a member for at least 30 days before the date of the convention or a an existing member within the period between the close of the previous year’s annual convention and renewed their membership prior to the start of the current year’s annual convention.
Article VIII Section 4
To be nominated at a convention, an LPRI member must be a member in good standing and have been a member for at least 30 days before the date of the convention or a an existing member within the period between the close of the previous year’s annual convention and renewed their membership prior to the start of the current year’s annual convention.
Purpose: The purpose of both these amendments is the same, the current wording is intended to prevent a hostile takeover of the party. The way they are written can be interpreted in several ways and it may present an issue if an existing membership lapses prior to or within the 30-day window. An argument can be made that a person is disqualified from voting at the convention even if they renew prior to the start of the convention. These members are not a threat as demonstrated by their prior membership and should not be penalized or discouraged from participating.
Article VIII, Section 5
The officers whose terms expire at that year’s convention, or whose position is vacated by virtue of running for election to a different position, and the At-Large member of the Executive Committee, shall be elected at the annual convention, shall take office immediately following the close of the convention, and shall serve until the end of the convention during the year in which their term expires, or until their successors are elected.
Purpose: Currently if a sitting Executive Committee member not up for reelection wants to run for a seat that is up for election, there is no provision to fill that seat if they win except for appointment through the executive committee. This allows this issue to be resolved at the convention by the members.
Article VIII, Section 6
The voting order for each position is to be in the order they are listed in Article V, Section 1.
All elections of candidates, officers and delegates must include the option of “None of the Above” (NOTA) as the last selection on the ballot. If NOTA receives a simple majority of votes, an entirely new slate of candidates may be offered and a new vote taken, or that position shall go unfilled. A vacancy created by this provision may not be filled by the Executive Committee
Purpose: At the last convention there was some ambiguity as to the order that the elections should take place, doing some research this is traditionally done according to the order in which the positions are listed in the bylaws, so to prevent any confusion I am proposing we outline that in this section.
Proposed amendments to the Bylaws may be submitted by a committee formed for the purpose of amendment or any individual LPRI member that in good standing that has been a member for at least one year prior to the start of the convention.
These Bylaws may be amended with 21 days prior notice by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at an annual convention, or at a special convention where such an amendment is specified as a purpose, or if proposed from the convention floor, without notice, by a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote. Proposed amendments to the Bylaws may be submitted by any LPRI member eligible to vote at convention. The text of any such proposal must be made available to all LPRI members at least 21 days before the convention at which it is to be considered.
Purpose: We currently have no way of amending the bylaws at a convention other than to submit an amendment 21 days prior. This prevents amendments that may arise through debate or events that take place within the 21-day window prior to the convention. There is concern that this may provide opportunity for a hostile takeover of the party so the amendment is worded to increase the approval threshold for proposals from the floor to a three-fourths vote, as well as a more stringent membership requirement for who may make a proposal as an individual member.