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Venango County, Pennsylvania

GREEN PARTY

RULES OF THE

GREEN PARTY OF PENNSYLVANIA


EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2002

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

The principles of the Green Party of Pennsylvania are articulated in the ten key values of the Green movement in the United States of America: grassroots democracy, social justice and equal opportunity, ecological wisdom, non-violence, decentralization, community-based economics and economic justice, feminism and gender equity, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, and future focus and sustainability. The Green Party shall govern itself in a manner consistent with and in actualization of these values.

RULE I: ORGANIZATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

Section 1. The representative and authoritative bodies of the Green Party in Pennsylvania shall consist of:
1. The State Committee
2. The Steering Committee, and
3. The County Committees

Section 2. Only duly registered and enrolled Green electors shall be eligible to serve as members or officers of any of the committees provided in Section 1 of this rule.

Section 3. The State Committee, the Steering Committee and County Committees are authorized and empowered to create and establish advisory and auxiliary committees.

RULE II: STATE COMMITTEE

Section 1. The general supervision, regulation and direction of the statewide affairs of the Green Party in Pennsylvania shall be vested in the State Committee.

Section 2. Election to the Pennsylvania Green State Committee shall be governed by the rules of the County Committees from which such Members shall be elected. The number of State Committee members that each county is entitled to elect shall be based on the Green Party registration or enrollment in such county as of the last Primary or General Election immediately preceding each meeting as follows:
a) Each County Committee shall be allotted one member for each one (1) percent or a major fraction thereof of the registered Greens in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; provided that there shall be allotted at least two (2) members to each County Committee.
b) All State Committee members shall be elected as determined by the rules of the County Committee of the county of their residence.
c) Each member of the State Committee shall be entitled to one (1) full vote on all matters before the State Committee.

Section 3. The State Committee shall meet at least quarterly at such hour and place as shall be designated by the present Steering Committee as mandated by the previous meeting of the State Committee.

a) At the first meeting of each calendar year, the members of the State Committee shall elect a Chair and Secretary, one of whom shall be a female and the other a male. The Chair shall be elected prior to the Secretary. Their terms of office shall begin from the date of their election and continue until their successors have been duly elected. Any person enrolled in the Green Party of Pennsylvania shall be eligible for any of said offices.
b) At the first meeting of each calendar year, the members of the State Committee shall elect delegates from Pennsylvania to the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States. The number of delegates to be elected will be determined by the Rules of the National Committee. For any meeting of the National Committee, so long as it is permitted by the Rules of that body, a delegate may voluntarily give her or his proxy to any other delegate, provided that no delegate shall carry more than one proxy. The terms of office of the delegates shall begin from the date of their election and continue until their successors have been duly elected. Any person enrolled in the Green Party of Pennsylvania shall be eligible for said offices.
c) Vacancies happening at any time in the office of Chair or Secretary or in the office of a member of any national body of the Green Party shall be filled by the State Committee for the unexpired term.

Section 4. The Chair of the State Committee shall preside at all meetings of the State Committee and of the Steering Committee and shall be entitled to vote therein on all questions. He or she shall execute the business of the Party by and with the advice of the Steering Committee and subject to the approval of the State Committee.

Section 5. The Secretary, in the absence of the Chair at any meeting of the State Committee or Steering Committee, shall preside over the election by such Committee of an interim Chair who shall serve for the duration of the meeting, and, in the event of a vacancy in the office of Chair, shall serve as Chair until a Chair is elected. The Secretary shall also maintain records of all meetings of the State Committee and Steering Committee and shall be entitled to vote at meetings of the State Committee and Steering Committee on all questions.

Section 6. The State Committee holds the exclusive authority to nominate Green Party candidates for federal and state office within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
a) The State Committee may nominate candidates for such offices as are to be voted for by the electors of the Commonwealth at-large. The calendar month during which a meeting of the State Committee shall be convened for the purpose of making such nomination shall be determined by the State Committee at least four (4) months in advance.
b) The State Committee may nominate candidates for the offices of Representative in Congress, Senator in the General Assembly, or Representative in the General Assembly as well as candidates for county and municipal offices in districts wholly within counties in which there is no authorized County Committee. The State Committee may also nominate candidates for the offices of Judge of a Court of Common Pleas or School Director if such districts include all or part of multiple counties. If the district in which such candidate seeks nomination includes all or part of a county in which there exists an authorized County Committee of the Green Party, the State Committee shall not nominate any candidate who has not been endorsed by at least one County Committee that includes all or part of such district.
c) As soon as possible after the nomination of candidates for public office by the State Committee, the Chair and Secretary shall deliver to the Secretary of the Commonwealth and any affected county Boards of Elections Authorizations of Candidacy listing the offices for which candidates have been nominated and the names and addresses of such candidates. The Secretary of the Commonwealth and the county Boards of Elections shall not certify the nomination of any Green Party candidate for whom such Authorization has not been received. Such Authorization may be supplemented at any time prior to the last date on which nomination papers may be filed.

Section 7. The State Committee may, if it deems proper, promulgate and adopt a platform or statement of principles and policies of the Green Party of Pennsylvania.

Section 8. The Chair shall call special meetings of the State Committee upon the request of at least one-eighth of the members of such committee. Such a meeting shall be called within ten (10) days, and such meeting shall be held within thirty (30) days of the date of the meeting notice. If the Chair shall fail to call such a properly requested meeting, the members making the request may themselves call the meeting.

Section 9. The presence of members of the State Committee representing County Committees that in total hold a majority of State Committee seats shall be required to constitute a quorum.

Section 10. All meetings of the State Committee shall be conducted in person.

RULE III: STEERING COMMITTEE

Section 1. The Steering Committee shall consist of the Chair and Secretary of the State Committee as well as three additional members, including at least one male and at least one female, to be elected by the State Committee at the first meeting of each calendar year for a term beginning on the date of their election and continuing until their successors have been duly elected.

Section 2. The Steering Committee shall act in an advisory capacity to all committees and shall perform such other duties as may be conferred by these rules or otherwise delegated to it by the State Committee or the Chair.

Section 3. The Chair and Secretary of the State Committee shall hold these same offices on the Steering Committee.

Section 4. Any vacancy in the membership of the Steering Committee shall be filled by a vote of the State Committee.

Section 5. A majority of the members of the Steering Committee shall be required to constitute a quorum.

Section 6. The Chair may call an in-person meeting of the Steering Committee at any time at her or his discretion with at least ten (10) days' notice. The Chair may also conduct a poll of the Steering Committee by telephone or electronic communication; provided that each member of the Steering Committee shall have at least seven (7) days to respond to such poll.

RULE IV: COUNTY COMMITTEES

Section 1. The State Committee may recognize County Committees organized for the purpose of carrying out the business of the Green Party on the county and municipal levels.
a) No county rules of the Green Party may be accepted by any county Board of Elections except such rules filed by a County Committee that has been recognized by the State Committee on the basis of its viability and commitment to the values of the Green Party.
b) The State Committee may cancel its recognition of any County Committee if such Committee become unviable or engages in activities that are in blatant violation of Green values, including but not limited to failure to adopt democratic internal procedures.

Section 2. The County Committees hold the exclusive authority to nominate Green Party candidates for county and municipal offices in districts wholly within the counties of their jurisdiction. As soon as possible after the nomination of candidates for public office by a County Committee, the officers of the Committee shall deliver to the county Board of Elections an Authorization of Candidacy listing the offices for which candidates have been nominated and the names and addresses of such candidates. The county Board of Elections shall not certify the nomination of any Green Party candidate for whom such Authorization has not been received. Such Authorization may be supplemented at any time prior to the last date on which nomination papers may be filed.

Section 3. Each County Committee shall elect its representatives to the State Committee pursuant to Rule II, Section 2 and in accordance with its own rules. County Committees may also elect observers, who may attend meetings of the State Committee, and reserve the right to mandate that their representatives confer with such observers before casting any vote. Upon the election of new State Committee members and/or observers, the officers of the County Committee shall deliver to the Secretary of the State Committee notification of such election.

Section 4. A dispute as to who has been legally elected as an officer or member of any County Committee shall be determined by the County Committee in which it shall arise, or in such other manner or by such other body as the County Committee rules may provide. A participant in such dispute has the right to appeal the final decision of such Committee, or other body, to the State Committee. The appeal shall be taken within ten days after such decision is rendered.

RULE V: VACANCIES

Section 1. Any vacancy happening or existing in the Green nomination for any federal or state office by reason of the death or withdrawal of a candidate, the calling of a special election, or other cause shall be filled by the State Committee, which shall have the authority to make and certify a nomination, or by the Steering Committee, which shall have such authority if and only if the deadline for the certification of such nomination lies prior to the next scheduled meeting of the State Committee.

Section 2. Any vacancy happening or existing in the Green nomination for any county or municipal office, by reason of the death or withdrawal of a candidate, the calling of a special election, or other cause shall be filled in accordance with the rules of the County Committee. If there is no authorized County Committee, the vacancy shall be filled by the State Committee, which shall have the authority to make and certify a nomination, or by the Steering Committee, which shall have such authority if and only if the deadline for the certification of such nomination lies prior to the next scheduled meeting of the State Committee.

RULE VI: RULES OF ORDER

Section 1. The State Committee and Steering Committee shall strive to obtain consensus on all decisions. If consensus fails, a decision on a substantive motion shall require a two-thirds majority of votes cast for or against the motion.

Section 2. With regard to the election of party officers, the nomination of candidates for public office or any other vote taken to designate a person or persons who will represent the party in any capacity, such election shall be by an instant runoff vote if one person is to be elected or by an appropriate method of proportional representation selected in advance if more than one person is to be elected.

Section 3. The State Committee and Steering Committee may adopt additional rules of order, temporarily or permanently, to govern their respective meetings. Any such rules adopted permanently must be filed with the state board of elections.

Section 4. Insofar as they are not inconsistent with these rules or any others adopted is provided in Section 2 of this rule, Robert's Rules of Order, as most recently revised, shall govern procedure at all meetings of the State Committee and Steering Committee.

RULE VI: PROCEDURES FOR AMENDING RULES

Section 1. Amendments to these rules may be made by the State Committee at any regularly scheduled meeting of such Committee, provided that the proposed amendment is submitted to the Chair of the State Committee not less than thirty-five (35) days prior to the meeting at which the amendment is to be considered. The Chair shall then send a copy of the proposed amendment to every member of the State Committee.