PARTY OF MISSISSIPPI
Article I. Name, Purpose, Membership
Article II. Party Structure
Article III. Executive Committees - General
Article IV. State Executive Committee
Article V. Standing Committees of the State Executive Committee
Article VI. Appeals Council
Article VII. Officers
Article VIII. Finances
Article IX. County Executive Committees
Article X. Municipal Executive Committees
Article XI. Congressional District Executive Committees
Article XII. Severability
Article XIII. Effect and Amendment
The name of this organization shall be Green Party of
purpose of the Green Party of Mississippi shall be to work for
peace, grassroots democracy, social and economic justice, and an
ecologically sustainable society.
As part of our mission, we will nominate and endorse
candidates for public office and engage in other political and
educational activities in the State of Mississippi.
in the Green Party of Mississippi is open to any person who supports
the Party and who is in general agreement with the following Ten Key
Values: Ecological Wisdom, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy,
Nonviolence, Decentralization, Community-Based Economics, Feminist
Values, Respect for Diversity, Personal and Global Responsibility,
and Future Focus.
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structure of the Green Party of Mississippi shall be a State
Executive Committee and an executive committee from each county and
Congressional district and from any municipality as herein provided.
2. On a common day set by the State
Executive Committee in February 2004 and every four years
thereafter, precinct caucuses shall be held for the purpose
of electing delegates and alternates to represent the Green Party
voters of the precinct at a county convention and to elect a
precinct chair and a precinct secretary to serve for four years or
until their successors are chosen.
3. On a
common day set by the State Executive Committee in February or March
2004 and every four years thereafter, a county convention
shall be held in each county for the purpose of electing delegates
and alternates to the appropriate Congressional district
convention(s) and the state convention in numbers reflecting their
proportion of the membership of the Green Party of MS as determined
by the State Executive Committee, to elect a county executive
committee to serve for four years, to adopt or amend county party
rules, to adopt resolutions, to nominate candidates, and to conduct
such other business as may come before the convention.
On a common day set by the State Executive Committee in March
2004 and every four years thereafter, a Congressional district
convention shall be held in each district to elect a
Congressional district executive committee to serve for four years,
to select delegates and alternates to the national convention of the
Green Party of the United States as hereinafter provided, to adopt
resolutions, to nominate candidates, and to conduct such other
business as may come before it.
5. A state
convention shall be held in March or April 2004 and every four
years thereafter at a time and place to be designated by the State
Executive Committee to select delegates and alternates to the
national convention of the Green Party of the United States as
hereinafter provided, to select national committeepersons as
designated by the Green Party of the United States, to select a
State Executive Committee to serve for the next four years, to
select one or more slates of presidential electors, to adopt a
platform, to adopt or amend state party principles and rules, to
nominate candidates, and to take such further action as is deemed
proper by the delegates. The
convention may adjourn from day to day or to such time and place or
times and places as the delegates deem proper and desirable.
If deemed appropriate by the State Executive Committee, the
state convention may be reconvened within the same calendar year
with 10 days’ public notice as provided by law, the same delegates
having the authority of the previous convention.
6. At least
90 days before the second Tuesday in March in years in which a
presidential election is held, the State Executive Committee shall
announce the schedule of precinct, county, Congressional district,
state and national meetings and the method of selecting delegates
and alternates and conducting the meetings.
A copy of any rule or regulation shall be sent to the
Secretary of State within 7 days after its adoption to become a
participant in any precinct, county, district or state convention,
before being allowed to vote or otherwise participate, shall sign
the following statement: “I am a member of the Green Party of
Mississippi and am not affiliated with any other Mississippi
8. The time
and place for all public meetings of the Green Party of Mississippi
and all units thereof shall be publicized fully and in such manner
as to assure timely notice to all interested persons.
Such meetings shall be held in places accessible to all Green
Party members and large enough to accommodate all interested
Green Party of Mississippi and all units thereof shall publicize
fully, and in such manner as to assure timely notice to all
interested persons, a complete description of the legal and
practical qualifications of all officers and representatives of the
Green Party of Mississippi so that prospective candidates or
applicants for any elected or appointed position within the Green
Party of MS will have full and adequate opportunity to compete for
The chair or secretary of the State Executive Committee shall
register with the Secretary of State the name of the party and the
names of all organizations officially sanctioned by the political
party within 30 days after their founding.
The application for registration shall also include the
affidavit of the chair or secretary listing the names of the members
of the executive committee and its officers and the national
committeeman and committeewoman, and assuring that they were elected
according to state law.
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COMMITTEES - GENERAL
provisions of this Article shall apply to executive committees of
each Green Party unit, including county, Congressional district, and
committees shall have power and authority to conduct the affairs of
their respective Green Party units until the close of the regular
unit convention next following the election of their members.
They may choose to operate by Robert’s Rules of Order or by
consensus or by an informal democratic process of their choice.
Each executive committee shall elect its own officers.
members of each executive committee shall hold office for four years
or until their successors are chosen.
on an executive committee may be filled by majority vote of the
members present and voting at a duly called or regularly scheduled
meeting not less than 10 days after notice of the filling of
vacancies is given to the executive committee members.
6. The seat
of any executive committee member may be declared vacant by a
two-thirds vote of members present and voting at any regularly
scheduled or properly called meeting of the executive committee in
the event of one of the following:
The minutes document that a member has missed three or more
consecutive regular meetings of the executive committee;
Documentation shows that a member is publicly, actively or
financially supporting the candidacy of any person running against a
Green Party candidate or against a candidate endorsed by the local
or state Green Party executive committee, except in non-partisan
Malfeasance, misfeasance or nonfeasance in office or
significant violation of the Ten Key Values of the Green Party of
the United States;
Resignation of the member in writing to the committee
Death of the member;
Documentation of the changing of the member’s legal
residence out of the area from which the member was elected.
Upon the declaration of a vacancy on the executive committee
for reasons stated under
6a, b, c, or f above, the member whose seat was declared vacant
shall be notified in writing by the Secretary within five days of
the reasons, witnesses, and evidence presented before the vacancy
was declared. The member
shall have 20 days after the vacancy was declared to present to the
Secretary in writing any request for reconsideration.
The member shall be notified of the date, time and place of
the next regular or called meeting of the executive committee, and
at such meeting the member or the member’s representative may be
present in support of such request and the executive committee shall
give a fair hearing to the member before voting to reconsider or to
affirm the declaration of vacancy.
8. Any such
hearing portion of an executive committee meeting may be open to
non-members of the committee or not, at the option of the member
whose seat was declared vacant.
The committee and the member may be represented by legal
counsel at their own expense and may examine and cross-examine
witnesses and present arguments.
The committee and the member have the right to videotape or
audiotape the hearing for their own use.
The committee shall weigh the evidence and make its decision
during the hearing, and the decision of the committee and a summary
of the reasons therefore shall be written in the minutes.
9. A vacant
position on an executive committee shall be filled with a person
meeting the appropriate criteria at the next meeting of the
committee or as soon thereafter as possible.
After a hearing in which a protested vacancy is affirmed, the
position may be filled at the same meeting.
chair or secretary of each Congressional district and county
executive committee shall register the name of the party with the
State Executive Committee and list the names of the executive
committee members and officers and assuring that they have been
elected according to law.
meetings of executive committees shall be open to the public except
by majority vote of the committee members present and voting to go
into executive session for reasons specified in the minutes.
Any decisions made in the executive session shall be written
in the minutes.
of executive committees may be called by the executive committee
chair or by 25% of its members.
Written notice of regular and called executive committee
meetings shall be given by the Secretary or another designated
person to all members at their last known e-mail, fax or mailing
addresses not less than 8 or more than 20 days before such meetings
except in emergencies when the notice may be as little as 24
hours and given by telephone. The
notice shall specify the date, time and place of the meeting and
include an agenda.
quorum for any executive committee meeting shall be 35% of the
members of the committee.
leaving office, each officer or employee of the party shall turn
over all records, books, finances, and other properties of the
executive committee to his or her successor or to the executive
in these Bylaws shall prevent executive committees from choosing to
operate by consensus, instead of voting, at any time.
Majority votes are sufficient for election of officers.
On issues of any kind, 2/3 agreement of members voting is
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power and authority to conduct any and all affairs of the Green
Party of Mississippi shall be vested in a State Executive Committee
consisting of 8 members from each Congressional district chosen by
the delegates to the Congressional district convention.
The State Executive Committee members need not be delegates
to the convention. As a
goal, half shall be male and half shall be female.
Delegates shall strive to make provision for fair
representation of ethnic groups, youth and elders as in the
population of the Congressional district.
State Executive Committee is empowered and authorized, if and when
permitted or required by law, to conduct and certify primary
elections and canvass returns as provided by law, certify party
primary candidates, establish federal election committees, and do
all other duties conferred upon it by state or federal law.
As provided by state law, all duties in regard to legislative
or other districts of more than one county shall be performed by the
State Executive Committee, and candidates for any office from such
district shall qualify with the State Executive Committee.
State Executive Committee shall elect its officers and shall be the
final authority on any question involving the Green Party of
Mississippi, its officers, nominees and/or other executive
committees. The State
Executive Committee, except as otherwise provided, shall have
sovereign, original, appellate and supervisory power and
jurisdiction of all party matters throughout the state and each
county thereof between conventions.
It is empowered and authorized to prescribe and enforce
rules, regulations and penalties against the violation of party
loyalty, including the removing or debarring from party office or
party privilege of anyone within its jurisdiction, including a
member of the State Executive Committee, who violates the rules or
its other lawful mandates.
State Executive Committee may review, on appeal, the decision of the
district, county and precinct conventions or committees, in all
cases concerning the nomination of officers and all matters relating
to rules and policies as hereinafter provided.
5. Members of the National Committee of the
Green Party of the United States from Mississippi and the chairs of
each county and district executive committee are ex-officio,
non-voting members of the State Executive Committee.
State Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly and at other
times as necessary.
State Executive Committee is empowered to reconvene the state party
convention if deemed necessary, with the same delegates as
previously elected. Any
such reconvened convention shall exercise all the power and
authority of a regular state convention.
and employees of the State Executive Committee or of the Green Party
of Mississippi shall not endorse or promote the candidacy of primary
candidates for elective or appointive office prior to their official
endorsement or nomination by the party.
Said officers and employees shall support only candidates
endorsed or nominated by the party.
Administrative Committee of the State Executive Committee shall
consist of the officers of the State Executive Committee and the
chairs of all of its standing committees.
At such time as an Executive Director of the Green Party of
Mississippi may be chosen by the State Executive Committee, the
Executive Director shall be an ex-officio, non-voting member of the
Administrative Committee is empowered to act on behalf of the State
Executive Committee in all party affairs between meetings of the
State Executive Committee, subject to subsequent approval of the
State Executive Committee.
Administrative Committee makes recommendations to the State
Executive Committee about the hiring and discharge of staff and the
setting of salaries. The
Administrative Committee shall authorize expenditures of funds for
the party after approval by the State Executive Committee of a
budget to support such expenditures, and it is authorized to file
necessary registrations, certifications, and reports with state and
federal agencies for party campaign committees pursuant to federal
of the Administrative Committee shall be announced to all members of
the State Executive Committee and open to all members of the State
Executive Committee. The
Secretary shall distribute minutes of each Administrative Committee
meeting and each State Executive Committee meeting to all members of
the State Executive Committee within 10 days after the meeting.
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COMMITTEES OF THE STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
State Executive Committee shall have the following Standing
Committees of its members:
Elections Committee - keeps abreast of election laws;
supervises conduct of primary elections, certification of candidates
and election returns according to state and federal law; assures
that county executive committees are informed of all pertinent
information on elections;
Budget and Finance Committee - recommends an annual
budget for the operation of the state party; plans and implements
fund-raising activities for the state party; the Treasurer of the
State Executive Committee shall be an ex-officio member;
Party Development and Education Committee - develops
and implements plans for strengthening the party at all levels,
including attracting membership, voter registration, and educating
the general public about the Ten Key Values and the Green Party of
Campaign Committee - assists local, district or
state-wide Green Party candidates and their campaign organizations
as requested; distributes information to local parties and
candidates and works with the Elections Committee on compliance with
campaign finance laws;
Platform Committee - provides a forum for discussing
important public and political issues, bringing the issues to the
State Executive Committee, developing a state party platform, and
taking State Executive Committee issues to meetings of the Green
Party of the United States.
Chair of the State Executive Committee shall appoint members and
chairs to the standing committees subject to ratification of the
State Executive Committee. Each
member of the State Executive Committee shall serve on at least one
standing committee, but no more than two.
Chair of the State Executive Committee may name other committees,
their chairs and members as necessary, subject to ratification of
the State Executive Committee.
The members of all standing committees shall serve until
elections of new State Executive Committee officers or until their
successors are chosen.
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Appeals Council of the State Executive Committee shall consist of
five members of the State Executive Committee appointed by the Chair
with the approval of the State Executive Committee and should be, if
possible, other than Administrative Committee members.
Appeals Council shall have appellate jurisdiction over all matters
of party rules and internal operations at all levels, including the
election of delegates or the operation of the various executive
member of the Green Party of Mississippi feeling aggrieved by the
action, inaction, or decision of any party unit or organization and
unsatisfied after written complaint to that body may appeal to the
appeals to the Appeals Council shall be in writing setting out the
names and addresses of the complaining parties and the name or
identification of the unit against which the complaint is made, a
clear and concise statement or explanation of the charge or
complaint being made and the relief being sought.
A copy of the initial complaint made before the unit
complained about shall be attached to the appeal.
The Appeals Council shall acknowledge the complaint in
writing to the complainant, and send a copy of its procedures and
Appeals Council shall promptly notify in writing the unit complained
of that the appeal has been taken and shall attach to such
notification a copy of all papers submitted and a copy of its
procedures and rules. The
unit complained of shall have the right to answer in writing the
charges made against it, and the Appeals Council shall take no
action on said complaint until 10 days after the serving of notice
of said appeal on the unit complained of.
The Appeals Council shall take no action against the unit
complained of without first having a hearing unless said unit shall
fail to answer in writing within 10 days.
6. If the
Appeals Council desires further information, it shall notify both
parties of the information sought and give a copy of information
received to the other party. Members
of the Appeals Council may also discuss the matter separately with
either or both parties in an attempt to clarify issues or find
common ground. The
Appeals Council shall discuss in person or by telephone conference
call or cumulative e-mail or fax messages all matters presented to
it. The Appeals Council
may present in writing a proposed response and resolution of the
complaint to the parties and, if such is acceptable to both parties,
adherence to the agreements contained therein shall resolve the
complaint and end the involvement of the Appeals Council.
7. If a
first or second proposed response and resolution is not acceptable
to both parties, or if either party requests a hearing, the Appeals
Council shall set a hearing during which both parties may present
witnesses and evidence. At least 10 days prior to any such hearing,
the Appeals Council shall furnish all parties with a written set of
procedural rules for the conduct of the hearing, and failure to do
so shall preclude holding of any hearing until rules are furnished
to the parties.
8. After a
hearing the Appeals Council may fashion whatever relief it deems
equitable and appropriate, including removal of any member from
office or ordering new elections at any level.
decision of the Appeals Council shall be final unless appealed in
writing to the full State Executive Committee with 10 days of
receipt of the Appeals Council decision.
An appeal to the full State Executive Committee shall be
perfected by mailing to the chair and secretary a copy of the appeal
request, appeal request filed with the Appeals Council and the
decision of the Appeals Council.
The decision of the Appeals Council shall be held in abeyance
until the State Executive Committee renders final judgment on the
Administrative Committee shall designate the time and place for
hearing the appeal and shall prescribe the procedure for the conduct
of the review within 40 days after receiving the appeal.
of the Appeals Council or State Executive Committee members to carry
out their duties as described in this Article entitles an aggrieved
party to appeal directly to the members of the Green Party of
Mississippi for relief, including relief from their duties and
positions for nonfeasance.
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committee officers shall be elected by the executive committee at
its first meeting following the convention at which it was elected.
The officers shall serve a term of four years or until their
successors are chosen, unless removed by a majority vote of the
members of the executive committee.
officers of the executive committee of each party unit shall consist
of a chair, a vice-chair, a secretary, and a treasurer.
The offices of secretary and treasurer may be held by the
same person, but the offices of chair and secretary may not be held
by the same person.
3. Chair - The chair of each executive
committee shall be the chief executive officer and shall convene and
preside at all official party meetings and have such other powers
and duties as shall be granted from time to time by the committee.
Chair - The vice chair shall carry out the duties of the chair in
the absence of the chair and shall assist the chair as requested.
The vice chair shall be of the other gender than the chair.
- The secretary shall be in charge of all the files and records of
the party unit and shall keep records of the minutes of the
proceedings of all meetings of the unit, including conventions.
The secretary shall make such files and records available for
inspection at a convenient and appropriate time at the request of
any member of the Green Party of Mississippi.
- The treasurer shall have custody of the funds of the party unit
and report in writing on the funds in all accounts at each regular
meeting of the executive committee.
The treasurer shall deposit all monies and valuables received
in the name of and to the credit of the party unit in such insured
banks and depositories as the executive committee shall designate by
appropriate resolution. Upon
resolution by the executive committee, its treasurer shall be under
bond in an amount to be determined by the executive committee.
The treasurer shall write checks and expend money of the
party unit only as authorized by the budget or appropriate
resolution and then only upon presentation of receipted bills,
vouchers, or other appropriate written instruments and with the
counter-signature of the chair or other designated officer.
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annual operating budget shall be approved by each executive
committee at the beginning of each fiscal year, which shall be the
same as the calendar year, and no party funds shall be expended for
any purpose not provided for in said budget except with approval in
advance of the executive committee.
2. No debts
or financial obligations shall be incurred in the name of the party
by anyone except as authorized by the budget or appropriate
3. A review
of all financial records and transactions of the party unit shall be
made at least annually and at such other times as may be required by
the executive committee of the unit.
An audit may be conducted if and when deemed appropriate.
fundraising activities shall be carried out in the name of the party
at any level without the prior approval of the executive committee
of the unit. Before any
party fundraising activity is authorized, the executive committee
shall appoint a person or persons to be in charge of the receipt and
disbursement of monies in connection with such activity and to
ensure a proper, full and accurate accounting of monies received and
expended for such activity. The
person or persons shall keep complete and accurate records for
inspection by any executive committee member and shall, within a
reasonable time, make a financial report to the executive committee
on the said activity.
executive committee may, by appropriate resolution, authorize the
establishment of one or more campaign fund accounts for the purpose
of receiving and disbursing funds for conducting general election
campaigns, which accounts shall be separate and distinct from the
regular party accounts and budgets and other provisions of this
article and shall be handled by a person or persons designated by
the executive committee. Each
such account shall include the special designation of “campaign
funds” in its account name. The
party is authorized to receive and expend funds designated for such
campaign purposes and make appropriate public reports according to
all applicable state and federal laws.