Friday, February 21, 2014

Proposal #29: Change Order of Business to Conduct Elections Earlier

DRAFT This is a draft proposal which has not yet been voted on by the committee.

Proposed by Nick Sarwark.

  • Problem: Elections for LNC occur late in the convention business when many delegates have already left and there are potentially quorum problems.
  • Solution: Move LNC elections earlier in the convention order of business.
  • Benefits: More participation from more delegates in the election process.

Convention Special Rules of Order of the Libertarian Party


The standing order of business for a Regular Convention shall be as follows:

  1. Call to order
  2. Credentials Committee report
  3. Adoption of agenda
  4. Treasurer's report
  5. Bylaws and Rules Committee report
    Election of Party Officers and at-large members of the National Committee
  6. Platform Committee report
    Election of Judicial Committee
  7. Nomination of Party candidates for President and Vice-President (in appropriate years)
  8. Election of Party Officers and at-large members of the National Committee
    Bylaws and Rules Committee report
  9. Election of Judicial Committee
    Platform Committee report
  10. Resolutions
  11. Other business


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  1. I'm concerned that the decrease in participation in bylaws and platform discussions would be huge, while the increase in participation intra-party elections would be small. I'm skeptical that this change would be a net benefit.

  2. As a general rule of thumb, bylaws changes should be made prior to others. In the event delegates want to change what it means to be on the board, how many poepl are on the board, the way the board is selected, etc. They shouldn't have to wait two years for such changes to take effect, all the time forgetting the chagnes where made and new changes wnat to be made so that we never actually see our current bylaws in action.

    We really need to not end the debate on these issues simply so the rich people can go to some fancy dinner. Let them go, and let those of us that care about the business of the party continue late into the night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.