Saturday, February 15, 2014

Proposal #8: Assign Alternate Credentialing to the Correct Entity

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

Proposed by Alicia Mattson.

  • Problem: The bylaws allow alternate convention delegates to substitute for other delegates who have not yet registered in attendance provided that the Secretary has been provided with affiliate lists of delegates and alternates, and provided that the Secretary certifies the alternate. In reality, convention floor duties consume all of the Secretary's time, and the Secretary cannot be called away to the credentialing desk every time an alternate needs to be certified. The reality of past practice is that the Credentials Committee does this job, not the Secretary. The Credentials Committee maintains all of the necessary information to certify that the conditions have been met, so this duty should be reassigned in a more realistic way.
  • Solution: Bring the Bylaws into conformity with reality and past practice by assigning these duties to the Credentials Committee rather than to the Secretary.
  • Benefits:

Bylaws of the Libertarian Party


  1. Voting Eligibility:
    1. Duly selected alternates may be freely substituted for any members of their delegation who are temporarily or permanently absent from the floor, provided the procedure has been clearly specified by the affiliate party in advance of the Convention, and the Secretary Credentials Committee has been provided with lists of the affiliate party's delegates and alternates as well as a copy of the affiliate party's rules governing substitutions.
    2. An alternate, upon certification by the Secretary Credentials Committee, may function as a delegate whenever a delegate of the same state has not been registered in attendance. This status shall continue until the absent delegate registers in attendance. If the affiliate party has made no provision for filling delegate vacancies, the alternate substitute shall be decided by drawing lots.


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