DRAFT This is a draft proposal which has not yet been voted on by the committee.
Proposed by Rich Tomasso and Alicia Mattson.
Problem: Our bylaws establish an affiliate relationship between the national party and state parties. For this reason, the national party cannot (and should not) compel state affiliates to accept as voting members at their conventions, national party members based solely on their national party membership. That same courtesy in the bylaws is not extended the other way – a state affiliate can compel the national party to accept as a national delegate someone who is only a member of that state party.
All a person has to do to become a national member is to certify in writing that they oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals. In spite of how easy it is to become a member, our current rules allow delegates to attend Libertarian Party conventions and vote on our leadership, platform, and bylaws even if they are not members of the Libertarian Party.
- Solution: To create a relationship where both the national and state parties are on equal footing, we propose requiring that national delegates be members.
- Benefits: This change further commits us to the model that both the states and the national party are truly affiliates, with neither being subservient to the other.
Bylaws of the Libertarian Party
ARTICLE 11: CONVENTIONS
Delegates shall be required to be members of
eitherthe Party or an affiliate party. At all Regular Conventions delegates shall be those so accredited who have registered at the Convention. At all Non-Regular Conventions, any person who wishes to attend may do so.
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