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INGP Officers, Requirements, and Nominations

The following positions are up for election at the annual Indiana Green Party Congress.

Officer Positions and Terms

All information below is copied directly from the Indiana Green Party Bylaws:

SECTION 1. EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND GENERAL PRINCIPLES

  1. The leadership of the Indiana Green Party shall have five executive officers: a chairperson, assistant chairperson, treasurer, documentarian and communications coordinator.
  2. None of the executive officers of the INGP may hold office in another political party committee or political campaign committee within the Green Party of the United States or any other political party in the United States.
  3. Terms for executive officers shall last from the day of the INGP annual Congress at which they are elected to the next annual INGP Congress. No person may serve in one officer position for more than five consecutive years.
  4. The chairperson and the assistant chairperson of the INGP must be an active member in good standing of the INGP for a minimum of six consecutive months prior to their taking office.
  5. All other executive officers of the INGP must be an active member in good standing of the INGP for a minimum of three consecutive months prior to their taking office.

Chair and Assistant Chair (Total of 1 chair, and 1 assistant chair)

  1. It shall be required to have at least one female in one or the other of these positions. If a female chairperson or assistant chairperson is not available or elected, a member of a minority (i.e.; racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, age, disability) group may serve as chairperson or assistant chairperson. If a minority member is not available, then any male may serve as an interim
    chairperson or interim assistant chairperson until either a female member or minority group member is available.
  2. The chairperson, or assistant chairperson when the chairperson is unavailable or at the chairperson’s request, shall be the official spokesperson for the INGP, accountable to the membership and required to obey any imperative mandates or other decisions of the membership.
  3. The chairperson, or assistant chairperson when the chairperson is unavailable or at the chairperson’s request, shall chair the annual INGP Congress and meetings of the INGP Coordinating Committee, be responsible for the organization of these meetings, solicit proposals and propose an agenda.
  4. The chairperson, or assistant chairperson when the chairperson is unavailable or at the chairperson’s request, shall also cosign, with the Treasurer, all required documents.
  5. The chairperson, or assistant chairperson, when approved by the CC, may appoint a proxy to attend and vote in their stead at INGP meetings.

State Party Committee Chairperson (From: SECTION 2. ELECTORAL POLITICAL PRACTICES)

  1. Indiana Code (Title 3, Chap. 5) requires each state political party committee name a State Party Committee Chairperson. The CC shall elect the INGP State Party Committee Chair from among the membership of the CC.
  2. The State Party Committee Chairperson, as an elected representative of the INGP, shall be accountable to the Congress or, on an interim basis, the CC and shall abide by the bylaws of the INGP.
  3. The State Party Committee Chairperson shall have been an active member in good standing of the INGP for at least six (6) months prior to his or her election by the CC to that position.

Documentarian (1 position)

  1. The Documentarian shall oversee membership application procedures, maintain membership lists, take minutes of regular business meetings and Congresses, keep and make available to members all non-financial records, and perform general secretarial duties.

Treasurer

  1. The Treasurer shall have charge of and be responsible for all funds, prepare financial reports for meetings, cosign with the chairperson and assistant chairperson all required documents, develop and submit budgets, and perform general treasurer duties under oversight of the coordinating committee.
  2. The Treasurer shall research and understand legal responsibilities of the position and keep accurate and up-to-date records that may be inspected by government entities or members of the INGP.
  3. The Treasurer shall prepare, co-sign and file all required forms with the State of Indiana Election Division.
  4. The Treasurer must understand and complete all reporting requirements within legally specified deadlines as delineated in the Indiana Campaign Finance Manual published by the Indiana Election Division.
  5. The Treasurer shall submit monthly financial reports to the executive officers, coordinating committee and the membership.
  6. The Treasurer may not be the treasurer of any Political Action Committee and may not, under Indiana Code 3-9-1-13, be the chairman of a political committee except as a chairperson of his or her own campaign committee.

Communications Director

  1. The Communications Director shall have control of the INGP social media accounts and shall contribute to the INGP website as necessary.
  2. The Communications Director shall compose and send out the INGP electronic newsletter.
  3. The Communications Director shall compose and send out press releases andpress statements as necessary or as requested by the executive and coordinating committees.

Delegates (3) to the Green Party of the United States National Committee

These two delegates represent the INGP on the GPUS National Committee, vote on national issues on behalf of the INGP, and report to the CC what issues national is discussing and voting on.

2 delegate spots and one alternate delegate. The alternate delegate will have access to the national committee, and be fully able to participate except when voting. Voting is made by the two delegates, the alternate can only vote in instance that one of the two are unable to fulfill that role.

Nominees

Nominees

Nominees will have an opportunity to submit a short bios before Congress and/or present themselves during Congress. We’ll link to bios here when they’re available. Nominations close June 19th

Chair

Assistant Chair

Documentarian

  • Ken Saylor (accepted) 

Treasurer

  • Jacob Peterson (accepted)

Communications Director

National Committee Delegates (3 positions)

Submit nominations to cc@greenpartyin.com

 

Bylaws Proposals Up For Vote

1.

Removal of Vice-Chair and change to two chairpersons to share duties clearly, see link for in depth breakdown of bylaws changes proposed.

 

2. Gives CC role of regularly checking caucus’s/local’s affiliation on yearly basis.

Addition of New sub-section under

SECTION 6. INGP COORDINATING COMMITTEE
(CC)
H: Given the intent of the INGP to be a federation of active and viable locals and
caucus and the importance to the integrity the decision-making process within the
INGP’s CC, the INGP believes that all affiliated organizations shall regularly
demonstrate positive outcomes within our Green movement in Indiana. Recognizing
that when an affiliated organization has dwindled in numbers while still maintaining
an equal voting position on the CC can cause a skewed and unbalanced process for
consensus, the INGP establish the following conditions on voting in the CC:
1) Locals and Caucus shall demonstrate that they are active and viable for their
appointed representative to the CC to have a vote
a) active shall be defined within the context of any of the following:
i) regularly meeting
ii) current or recent presence within their respective community to engage and
outreach
b) Viable sell be defined within the context of the any of the following
i) larger than one or few people place-holding positions
ii) working within the values and framework provided in the groups application
for affiliation
iii) demonstrating recent positive outcomes
2) The CC shall review all affiliated locals and caucus on a yearly basis or when
requested by an approved motion.
3) If the CC determines that a local or caucus no longer meets the active and viable
standard:
a) the appointed representative from the local or caucus shall be moved to “voice
no vote” status in the CC
b) the CC shall provide a framework for the local or caucus outlining a process for
their return to voting privileges within the CC.

3. Outlining role/duty of executive committee

Inserting Section 6 would appropriately revise each section following:

This section is completely new.

 

ARTICLE IV—LEADERSHIP SECTION

SECTION 6. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

  1. The Executive Committee is made up of each Executive officer of the INGP (Chair, Assistant Chair, Treasurer, Documentarian, and Communications Director).
  2. The Executive Committee is only formed when an emergency comes along and a decision needs to be made before a CC meeting can be held. 
  3. Decisions are made via simple majority vote.
  4. Appeals processes are heard in accordance with these bylaws.

 

4. Describing role of National Committee Delegates

Inserting Section 7 would appropriately revise each section following:

This section is completely new. Description pulled from GPUS bylaws. 

 

ARTICLE IV—LEADERSHIP SECTION 

SECTION 7. NATIONAL COMMITTEE DELEGATE(S)

  1. These delegates help to form The National Committee of the Green Party of the United States.
  2. The National Committee shall be the final decision-making body of the Green Party of the United States.
  3. The National Committee shall approve a democratic deliberative Platform process that encourages and facilitates discussion and debate among Greens at all levels, leading to voting in each even numbered year to consider amendments to revise the Platform.
  4. The presidential nominating convention of the Green Party is the delegated decision-making body responsible for nominating the national Green Party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates and approving the Green Party’s national platform in those years in which it convenes”
  5. Meeting of the National Committee and the nominating convention may be attended by Greens who are not voting representatives or delegates.
  6. A delegate to the National Committee may cast an additional vote at a National Conference in place of an absent delegate, as long as the total number of votes cast for that state does not exceed its total allowed votes on the National Committee, or twice the number of voting delegates in attendance.
  7. The apportionment to the various state parties and caucuses of delegates to the National Committee shall be determined by rules established by the National Committee and incorporated into a Rules document separate from these Bylaws.

5. Describing role of Alternate National Committee Delegates

Inserting Section 7 would appropriately revise each section following:

This section is completely new.

SECTION 7. ALTERNATE DELEGATE(S)

  1. These delegates are only chosen when there are more nominees for the National Delegate position than there are delegate positions available.
  2. This position is only awarded to the candidate(s) not elected if they received 50% or more of the vote.

 

6. Adding CC approval of ballots, highlighted in bold is the section being added.

ARTICLE VII– STRUCTURE 

SECTION 6. CONGRESS

  1. Notice requirements

1) At least one week prior to the annual INGP or special INGP Congress, documentarians from all caucuses and affiliated chapters shall notify the INGP Documentarian of the names of their delegate choice(s) and the names of their members in good standing. 

2) At least one week prior to the annual INGP or special Congress, any qualified individual INGP member under ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6.. F, who chooses to carry his or her own vote to Congress instead voting through a local delegate or in the absence of a local delegate shall notify the INGP Documentarian of their intention to represent themselves at the Congress.

3) At least one week prior to INGP Congress, ballots used for state officer elections must be approved by the CC. Details must include all positions being elected, including potential alternate delegates if applicable.

 

7.Adding the ability to change the bylaws outside of Congress, highlighted in bold is the section being added.

ARTICLE IX—AMENDING BYLAWS

 SECTION 1. NOTICE REQUIREMENTS 

  1. These bylaws may only be amended at an INGP Congress or a special meeting to which appropriate notice of proposed amendments to be considered has been given, except as provided in ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6., M., 3, e, and ARTICLE IX, SECTION 2.
  2. Appropriate notice of amendments to these bylaws shall consist of notice in writing, issued through email or regular mail, to the Documentarian, who shall distribute the proposed amendment or amendments to all members. 
  3. Proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing to the INGP Chairperson and Assistant Chairperson at least 45 days prior to Congress or special meeting. 
  4. Proposed amendments shall be published on the INGP web site and general electronic mailing lists 30 days prior to meeting at which the vote is to be taken.

 SECTION 2. OTHER BYLAW REVISIONS

  1. Bylaws may be amended by a meeting of the CC with an 80%+ quorum. 
  2. Bylaw revisions by the CC require unanimous consent. 

 

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