Bylaws of the Libertarian Party of Weber County
Adopted April 8, 2017
ARTICLE 1: NAME
These articles shall govern the association known as the “Libertarian Party of Weber County,” hereinafter referred to as the “Party.”
ARTICLE 2: PURPOSES
The Party is organized to implement and give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles by: functioning as a libertarian political entity separate and distinct from all other political parties or movements; moving public policy in a libertarian direction by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office; nominating candidates for elected office within Weber County, and supporting Party and affiliate party candidates for political office; and, entering into public information activities.
ARTICLE 3: STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND PLATFORM
- The Statement of Principles affirms that philosophy upon which the Libertarian Party is founded, by 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 vote of 7/8 of all registered delegates at a Regular Convention.
- The Party Platform shall include, but not be limited to, the Statement of Principles and the implementation of those principles in the form of planks.
- The current Platform shall serve as the basis of all future platforms. The existing Platform may be amended only at a Regular Conventions. Additional planks, or additions to planks, must be approved by 2/3 vote. A platform plank may be deleted by majority vote.
Article 4: MEMBERSHIP
- Members of the Party shall be those persons who have certified in writing that they oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.
- There are no county level annual dues required to be a member of the Weber County affiliate of the Libertarian Party.
- Annual dues considered to be a member of the Libertarian Party of Weber County are from annual dues paid as a member of Libertarian Party of Utah.
- Dues for State membership in the party are $20.00 payable to a State Officer or through the State Party website as established in the Bylaws for the State Party.
- Annual dues for dues-paying members are payable upon joining must be renewed no later than the last day of the month of the anniversary of the member’s first dues payment to remain in good standing.
- All members of the Libertarian Party of Utah who have permanent residence in Weber County are considered members of the Libertarian Party of Weber County.
ARTICLE 5: OFFICERS
- The officers of the Party shall be:
- Secretary, and
- These officers shall be elected by a Regular Convention of the Party, shall take office immediately upon the close of the Convention and shall serve thereafter until the final adjournment of the next Regular Convention. No person shall serve as an officer who is not a sustaining member of the Party.
- No offices shall be combined.
- The Chair shall preside at all Conventions and all meetings of the County Executive Committee. The Chair is the chief executive officer of the Party with full authority to direct its business and affairs, including hiring and discharging of County Committee volunteers and paid personnel, subject to express County Committee policies and directives issued in the exercise of the County Committee’s entire control and management of Party affairs, properties and funds.
- . The Vice-Chair shall be the chief assistant to the Chair, performing such duties as the Chair shall prescribe, and holding such executive powers as the Chair shall delegate and shall perform the duties of the Chair if the Chair is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.
- The Secretary shall be the recording officer of the Party and shall perform such duties as are assigned by the Chair or the County Committee. The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the County Committee and all Party Conventions and shall act as Secretary thereof, keeping such minutes and records as necessary.
- The Treasurer shall receive, expend and account for the funds of the Party under the supervision and direction of the Chair and the County Committee. The Treasurer shall make an annual financial report to the County Committee and shall perform all duties required of the office by applicable federal and state law. The Treasurer is responsible for oversight of all financial functions, including, but not limited to receipts, disbursements, internal and external reporting. The Treasurer shall report to the County Committee and the Convention both the financial situation of the Party and the results of its activities.
ARTICLE 6: COUNTY COMMITTEE
- The County Committee shall have control and management of all the affairs, properties and funds of the Party consistent with these Bylaws. The County Committee shall establish and oversee an organizational structure to implement the purposes of the Party as stated in Article 2. The County Committee shall adopt rules of procedure for the conduct of its meetings and the carrying out of its duties and responsibilities. The County Committee may delegate its authority in any manner it deems necessary.
- The County Committee shall be composed of the following members:
- the officers of the Party;
- five members elected at large by the delegates at a Regular Convention; and
- The County Committee shall take office immediately upon the close of the Regular Convention at which they are selected, and serve until the final adjournment of the next Regular Convention.
- A County Committee member shall be a member of the Party in good standing, and shall not be the candidate of any party except the Party.
- The County Committee may, for cause, suspend any member-at-large by a vote of 2/3 of the entire County Committee.
- A County Committee member who fails to attend two consecutive regular sessions of the County Committee shall be deemed to have vacated his or her seat. The appointing body shall be free to reappoint the member who vacated the seat.
- The County Committee shall appoint new officers and members-at-large if vacancies occur, such officers and members-at-large to complete the term of the office vacated.
- The County Committee shall meet at such times and places as may be determined by: action of the Committee, call of the Chair, or written request of 1/3 or more of its members.
- A majority of the membership of the County Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings.
- The County Committee may adopt public policy resolutions by a ¾ vote with previous notice of at least 24 hours or by unanimous consent without previous notice.
- The County Committee shall use roll call voting on all substantive motions. Additionally, the County committee must have a roll call vote upon request of any single Committee member present on any motion. On all roll call votes, the vote of each individual Committee member shall be recorded in the minutes.
- The Secretary or a designee shall promptly post notice for each session of the County Committee; any County Committee proposed agendas; and approved minutes of each Convention and open County Committee session to a permanent archive section on the Party’s website. Any person may record the National Committee’s proceedings while in open session, or subscribe to a read-only email list on which CC votes are recorded
ARTICLE 7: CONVENTION PROCEDURES
Section 1: Organizing Conventions
- On or before May 15 in each odd-numbered year, the Weber County Organization will be held.
- The County Party will mail a notice regarding the county organizing convention to every member in good standing within Weber County. Notification via the Party newsletter will be considered acceptable notice.
- At the time and place selected by the County Executive Committee, the County organizing convention will elect county officers.
- The convention may also pass on whatever business comes before it.
Section 2: Voting in Convention
- Everyone who
- Is a member of the Libertarian Party of Utah in good standing 30 days prior to the convention, and who attends the convention, and
- Is a resident of Weber County.
May vote for officers in the Convention.
- Proxy voting is prohibited.
- The Chair, or the designee of the Chair, is responsible for credentialing members as eligible to vote in Convention.
- Each member present may cast one vote in each ballot for each office to be filled.
- Eligible members will vote immediately following the nominating and seconding speeches made on behalf of candidates for office.
- If there are three or more nominees for an Executive Committee office, the Convention will use multiple ballots. The first ballot will be used to reduce the number of candidates to four if more than four candidates participate or by one if four or fewer than four participate. Each preceding ballot will drop the lowest vote-getter until two candidates remain. The two top candidates will continue the balloting until one achieves a majority of 50+1.
Section 3: Who May Be Nominated an Officer
- A person to be considered to be an officer must be a resident of Weber County.
- Each person to be considered must be a member of the Libertarian Party of Utah in good standing.
- Each person to be considered must certify in writing with signature that they will not use the initiation of force or threat of force to obtain political or societal goals.
Section 4: Nominating Conventions
- The County Party certifies candidates for partisan office only by nominating convention. This does not exclude candidates from running in Primaries, but certification of the nomination can only be confirmed by Convention.
- Everyone who
- Is a member of the Libertarian Party of Utah in good standing 30 days prior to the convention, and who attends the convention, and who is a resident of Weber County is eligible to vote.
- At the time and place set for the nominating conventions, the name of each person who has filed a declaration of candidacy with the appropriate State, County, or City political entity may be placed in nomination for the office for which his/her declaration was filed.
- In order to be certified by the Party, all candidates must be members in good standing, sign the Candidate’s Pledge, and stand for the election at the appropriate nominating election convention.
- A candidate who files for state or local office as a Libertarian with the appropriate political entity but whose candidacy is not affirmed in Convention is not a candidate of the Party.
- Candidate’s Pledge: “I promise that if elected I will vote in favor of all matters that lead to reduction in taxes and government, and expansion of personal freedoms against all matters causing higher taxes, bigger government, and restrictions on personal freedoms. If I ever act contrary to this pledge, I will publicly apologize and offer to resign.”
- Eligible members will vote immediately following the nominating and seconding speeches made on behalf of all candidates for office.
- The Chair, or the Chair’s designee, is responsible for credentialing members as convention delegates. Each member present may cast one vote in each ballot for each office to be filled.
- Proxy voting is prohibited.
- If three or more candidates are nominated for the same office, the convention will use multiple ballots. In the case of multiple ballots, the first ballot will be used to reduce the number of candidates to four if more than four candidates participate, or by one if four or fewer participate. Each following ballot will drop the lowest vote-getter until two candidates remain. The two top candidates will continue the balloting until one achieves a majority of 2/3. If no candidate prevails after the third such ballot, the Party has no candidate for that office unless at least one candidate chooses to participate in the Primary Election.
- No later than 12:00 noon of the fifth calendar day following the Convention, the Secretary and Chair will certify in writing to the State Central Committee, the names of the Party’s nominee(s) to be reported to the appropriate political entity as required by law.
- Nominating Conventions will be held on or before May 15 of each even number year.
Section 5: Candidate Vacancies
- If a candidate dies or becomes incapacitated, or for any other reason becomes unable to run, before the election, the candidate may only be replaced by the following method:
- Candidates for office totally contained within Weber County will be replaced by the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Weber County.
- In the event that the County Party becomes inactive after the nomination, the candidate shall be placed by a special caucus of the members in good standing currently residing in the County.
Section 6: Resolutions
All resolutions brought before the Convention must be submitted in writing complete with mover and seconder signatures and provided in sufficient quantities to distribute to all convention delegates in attendance.
ARTICLE 8: 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 these bylaws and any special rules of order adopted by the Party.
ARTICLE 9: AMENDMENT
- These Bylaws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the delegates at any Regular Convention.
- Article 3, Section 1, shall not be amended by a vote of less than 7/8 of all registered delegates at a Regular Convention.
ARTICLE 10: LIABILITY
The County Party is solely responsible for its reporting and legal requirements under state and federal law. Under no circumstances will a failure to meet obligations be the responsibility of the State Party or National Party.
ARTICLE 11: EXPENDITURES
- All monetary transactions must be approved and voted on by the Executive Committee. Simple majority shall indicate passage of the motion for expenditures necessary for party business, events, and operations.
- In order to withdraw cash from banking depositories, two officers must be present to sign for the withdrawal, and only upon approval of withdrawal by the Executive Committee.