2021 Convention

 2021 Convention Welcome and Information Center

 

The purpose of the Maine Green Independent Party is to transform public policy
through the implementation of our 10 Key Values and be publicly visible as the

party that stands for the common good.

 

 

Welcome to the Maine Green Independent Party 2021 Annual Convention Welcome Center!

 

Table of Contents

 

Registration

Entry Fee

Preparation

Convention Program

Community Agreements / Convention Rules

Party Budget

Bylaws Amendments

Set Party Goals

State Committee/Officer Elections

Primary Eligibility

 

This will serve as the convention packet of materials registrants would normally receive at the registration table at an in-person convention.

 

REGISTRATION

This year's convention will be held over a two-day period. Our business will be done entirely on Sunday, May 23 from 9 AM to 4 PM. The day before, on Saturday, May 22 from 6 PM to 8 PM (possibly later) we have set aside time to allow Green Independents to socialize and interact in an informal setting, to compensate for the in-person face-to-face interactions that are lost when meeting by video conference.

Both events must be registered for separately. Only enrolled Maine Green Independents and our invited speakers may register for any convention events. All others will be able to observe the events live as they are streamed on our Facebook page.

To reduce confusion, our two events are titled differently. Register for both events if you wish to attend both. If you only wish to attend one day, please make sure you register for the correct event.

Direct Democracy Forum: Saturday, May 22 6 PM to 8 PM (possibly later).

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvd-qvrD0vGtJ20pKY_qxRtuSWCrNHcvdL

Facebook Event: 2021 Maine Green Independent Party Convention: Direct Democracy Forum | Faceboo

We are accepting video submissions from enrolled Maine Green Independents, for presentation during the Direct Democracy Forum. Videos of five minutes or less may be forwarded to mainegreenindependent [at] gmail [dot] com by May 20.

Business Day: Sunday, May 23 9 AM to 4 PM.

To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqfuyvrTIsEtP6kwS4ZxYJYRMEEojjyNTo

Facebook Event: 2021 Maine Green Independent Party Convention: Business Day | Facebook 

Because our convention is only open to participation by enrolled Maine Green Independents, there may be a delay in processing registrations while we confirm each registrant's enrollment status. Last minute registrations may be denied if we are unable to confirm enrollment status with the voter lists available to us (updated as of April 2021). We encourage members to register immediately, even if they are still uncertain whether they can attend.

 

ENTRY FEE

This is important. Please donate a convention registration fee if you can afford to, at https://www.mainegreens.org/donate . Checks may also be mailed to Maine Green Independent Party, PO Box 10345, Portland, ME 04104.

The recommended donation is $20, but any amounts are accepted. Nobody will be denied registration for inability to pay.

Our annual convention accounts for the largest portion of our budget and your genorosity to help fund the party is appreciated.

 

PREPARING FOR CONVENTION BUSINESS

The first thing you will want to do to prepare for the May 23 business convention is to locate two emails that were sent to you at some point after you registered for the convention.

One email has your unique registration information for the Zoom conference, which was sent in a subject line titled "Maine Green Independent Party 2021 Annual Convention Confirmation."
The second email contains your unique registration information for Direct Vote Live, with a subject line titled "MGIP Convention Ballots - Do Not Forward."

Both emails will be sent again on the morning of May 23 at about 8 a.m. so that the information will be newer in your inbox.

We recommend that you first login to DirectVote Live and have your browser save the password, so that if you are logged out do to inactivity, it will be easy to log back in with a saved password.

Keep the DirectVote tab open and readily available in your browser. When necessary to vote in an election or on certain proposals, we will all be taking a few moments to go into DirectVote Live and cast our votes.

If you keep the tab available and open, so that you do not have to search for the link in your email again, the voting will be seemless and easy.

Once you have DirectVote Live set up in a browser tab, proceed to login to the Zoom conference using the unique registration information sent to you. When entering the convention, the name you entered on your registration form will be the name that is displayed during the convention.
Registrants will find themselves in a waiting room and will be allowed into the convention starting at 9 a.m.

During the registration period from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., microphones will be muted and registrants will be greeted by music, including music from local Maine Greens.

The chat board, which can be found by clicking a button titled "chat" on the Zoom screen, is where members will be communicting, socializing and providing guidance to each other on the peculiarities of using Zoom. Feel free to introduce yourself or ask any questions you may have about today's convention.

 

2021 CONVENTION PROGRAM 

9:00 Registration
9:55 Blessing by Dawn Neptune Adams

10:00 Community GuidelinesConvention Rules and Guidelines / Zoom Tutorial

10:10 Welcome and introduction of officers by senior co-chair Linnea Maravell
10:15 Nominate/Elect convention secretary (1st), convention chair (2nd)
10:20 State of the Party by senior co-chair Linnea Maravell

10:25 Amend Bylaws

11:25 Set Party Goals
11:35 Approve Party Budget presented by Treasurer Allen Cooke (live stream will be discontinued for this section)

11:45 Featured Speaker: Dawn Neptune Adams

NOON: Lunch/Break

12:25 John Rensenbrink introduction of Pat LaMarche

12:30 Keynote Speaker: Pat LaMarche

1:10 Moment of Honor for Freddie Dolgon

1:20 Electoral Committee Report by Justin Beth

1:25 Green of the Year

1:30 Elect Party Co-Chair

1:50 Elect Party Secretary

2:00 Elect At-Large State Committee Members

2:20 Featured Speaker: Cheri Honkala

2:40 Maine Lavender Greens Caucus Report by Amanda Robbins Rowe

2:45 Determine Eligibility to Vote in 2022 Primary Election, presented by Justin Beth

3:15 Featured Speaker: Jill Stein

3:35 International Committee Report by Bahram Zandi

3:45 Elect Representatives to Mational and International Party Committees.

3:55 Closing Remarks by junior co-chair Jake Kulaw (soon to be senior co-chair at conclusion of convention!)

This schedule will be subject to change, including in real time during the convention proceedings.

 

 COMMUNITY AGREEMENTS

MGIP Community Agreements
● Speak with honesty, listen with humility
● We acknowledge that oppressions exist and that
not all voices carry equal weight. We strive within
our space to correct that.
● We acknowledge that inherent bias exists in each of
us and may give and receive acknowledgement of
that without offense.
● We value relationship building over being “right.”
● Assume good intentions but recognize that impact
is greater than intent.
● One Person at a time. Progressive Stack.
● Be fully present and listen.
● Build up, do not break down.
● We invest in each other’s growth.
● If you speak a lot, listen more! And if you are shy,
speak up!
● Use correct pronouns.

 

CONVENTION RULES

1. CONVENTION OFFICERS

    Convention proceedings begin by electing first a convention secretary, then a convention chairperson.

    The convention secretary will record all official decisions of the convention.
    The convention chairperson and two party co-chairs are convention facilitators.

    The convention committee may establish other convention officer positions as it deems fit. These other officers may be appointed by the committee in advance of the convention or appointed by the facilitators at the convention.

    A time keeper will keep facilitators informed of time apportionment limits.

2. FACILITATION

    Facilitators oversee a process aiming for consensus on all decisions of the convention. If consensus cannot be realized within reasonable time, facilitators may call for the decision to be made by majority vote.

    All motions for a decision require a second, except for motions made by the facilitator 'without objection.'

    A facilitator will not facilitate an election of officers when that person is a candidate for the office being elected.

    Facilitators will recognize speakers as equitably as possible to allow all people who want to speak an opportunity to do so.

    Facilitators may institute time limits for speaking when necessary.

3. ELECTIONS

    Elections that are uncontested may be decided by consensus or majority vote indicated by vocal expression or show of hands.

    Contested elections are determined by paper write-in ballot or online voting.

    Elections for one position shall be determined by majority vote using ranked choice voting when necessary, or, when online voting is unable to hande RCV, rounds of runoff voting with one candidate being removed in each round until a candidate attains majority.

    Elections with multiple candidates running for multiple seats shall be determined by ranked approval voting. Each vote for a candidate regardless of rank is an equal vote; candidates with the most total votes are elected to the number of positions open. When a tie exists for a remaining position, rank determines the winner. When online voting is unable to handle ranked voting, ties may be resolved with subsequent voting instead of rank.

    A ballot-counting committee may be appointed by the convention committee or the facilitators. Any participant of the convention may observe the counting of ballots.
 
PARTY BUDGET
Approval of the party budget will be done in non-public session. The budget will be displayed and presented to attendees during the convention.
 
BYLAWS AMENDMENTS
The current bylaws may be viewed at https://mainegreens.org/organization/bylaws .
 There are eight bylaws amendments being proposed for approval:
 
AMENDMENT #1:
Amend Article IV, Section B. At-Large Seats, one sentence as follows:

There are five three at-large members of the state committee, elected at annual conventions for a term of … 

Amend Article IV, Section E. Meetings, one sentence as follows:

Quorum for a state committee meeting shall be either a majority of all active state committee members or a majority of the nine state committee members that comprise the executive and at-large seats.

Sponsored by Benjamin Meiklejohn

 

AMENDMENT #2:

Amend Article IV, Section E. Meetings, one sentence as follows:

Quorum for a state committee meeting shall be either a majority of all active state committee members or a majority of the nine state committee members (excluding vacant seats) that comprise the executive and at-large seats.

Sponsored by Benjamin Meiklejohn


AMENDMENT #3:
Amend Article IV, Section B. At-Large Seats, one sentence amended and one paragraph removed as follows:

There are five at-large members of the state committee, elected at annual conventions for a term of one to two years. A year term is defined as the time between two consecutive annual conventions.

After one year, at-large members with no more than three unexcused absences are entitled to a one-year renewal of their terms, which can be done by notifying the state committee at their last meeting before the convention. Only at-large members who were elected at a convention may renew their terms. Qualifying at-large members may only renew their term once, and after completing a two-year term, must stand again for election.

Sponsored by Jacqui Deveneau and Jake Kulaw

 

AMENDMENT #4:

Amend Article IV, Section G. Resignation, Removal and Replacement, one sentence removed and one paragraph added as follows:

Any state committee member may resign at any time by giving written notice to a party co-chair.

Resignations from the state committee or its sub-committees shall be effective immediately upon submission. Resignations may be submitted by email, phone, mail, verbally or any other means and shall be accepted and effective immediately upon timestamp and date stamp of the submission method.

Sponsored by Alan Brown

 

AMENDMENT #5:

Amend Article IV, Section G. Resignation, Removal and Replacement, to header renamed and paragraph added as follows: 

Article IV, Section G. Resignation, Removal, and Replacement and Inegibility

Any state committee member who has been censured, suspended or removed is ineligible to serve on the state committee for the following one-year term, including by appointment to a county seat or renewal of term.

Sponsored by Jacqui Deveneau and Jake Kulaw

 
AMENDMENT #6:
Amend Article IV, section G. Resignation, Removal and Replacement, one sentence as follows: 

Any at-large or executive member whose term has not expired, or who has not been removed for excessive absences as outlined in these bylaws, may be removed by a vote of two-thirds of the state committee upon recommendation from the ethics committee to remove as outlined in Article IV Section H, or by a vote of three-quarters two-thirds of the members present at a party convention as outlined in Article V of these bylaws. 

Amend Article IV, Section H, Officers and Subcommittees, one paragraph added as follows:

The state committee will establish and maintain an ethics committee that amplifies and centers the voices of marginalized communities. The ethics committee will hold state committee members to standards of conduct and accountability established by the state committee. The ethics committee may recommend actions to the state committee, including moderation, censure, suspension or removal of members in accordance with established accountability standards

Sponsored by Jacqui Deveneau and Jake Kulaw

 
AMENDMENT #7:
Amend Article V. Conventions, one sentence removed as follows:

Setting the goals of the party, which shall be included as an addendum to these bylaws, titled, “Goals,”

Sponsored by Benjamin Meiklejohn

 
AMENDMENT #8:
Amend Article VI. Platform, one sentence as follows:

Near the end of each year term biennium leading to an even-numbered-year convention, the state committee shall review and compile position statements it made in the prior two years, and consider submitting to the convention platform positions proposals that reflect the positions taken by the state committee.

Sponsored by Benjamin Meiklejohn

 

SET PARTY GOALS

The current goals 2020-2021 goals of the Maine Green Independent Party can be found at Goals (mainegreens.org).

Proposals for goals will be received on the floor of the convention.

 

ELECTION OF STATE COMMITTEE AND PARTY OFFICERS

For more information on the duties of the state committee and its officers, please review Article IV, particularly Sections B-D of the state party bylaws: https://mainegreens.org/organization/bylaws

 

 PRIMARY ELIGIBILITY

Under Maine statute, qualified political parties may choose which voters are eligible to participate in that party's primary elections. If no notice is given to the secretary of state by Feb. 1 of the election year, the primary is automatically restricted to only members of that party. 

The Maine Green Independent Party is the only party in the history of Maine to willingly open participation in its primary to other voters who are not enrolled members. In 2016, 2018 and 2020, the Green Independent Party opened its primaries, allowing unenrolled voters (commonly referred to as "Independents") to participate.

Our bylaws require the convention on every odd-numbered year, to determine primary election eligibility for the following election year.

This year, both the state committee and electoral committee are recommending the convention to allow all registered voters to participate in the Green Independent Party 2022 primary election. 

 

This year's convention is dedicated to the memory and honor of Fred Dolgon.

 

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“Freddie was a force, He was a little old man with white hair who loved to argue, but he was the sweetest person in the world. He just really cared a lot about everything. Freddie was always the person who kept us in humor. He had this amazing wit about him. He came to one of our meetings and brought this suitcase full of hats. He put on a hat and did a character. He put on another had and did a character. Everyone just loved him.” --Jacqui Deveneau

 

2020 Convention

 

 

The purpose of the Maine Green Independent Party is to transform public policy
through the implementation of our 10 Key Values and be publicly visible as the

party that stands for the common good.

 

Welcome to the Maine Green Independent Party 2020 Annual Convention Welcome Center!

 

Table of Contents

Preparation

Convention Program

Convention Rules

Party Budget

Bylaws Amendment

2020 Platform Passage

Set Party Goals

State Committee/Officer Elections

Legislative Candidates

Endorsement of Lisa Savage for U.S. Senate

Presidential Nomination/Election of Delegates to National Convention

County Committees

District Committees

 

This will serve as the convention packet of materials registrants would normally receive at the registration table at an in-person convention.

 

PREPARING FOR TODAY'S CONVENTION

 

The first thing you will want to do to prepare for today's convention is to locate two emails that were sent to you at some point after you registered for the convention.

One email has your unique registration information for the Zoom conference, which was sent in a subject line titled "Maine Green Independent Party 2020 Annual Convention Confirmation."
The second email contains your unique registration information for Direct Vote Live, with a subject line titled "MGIP Convention Presidential Ballot - Do Not Forward."

Both emails will be sent again in the morning at about 8 a.m. so that the information will be newer in your inbox.

We recommend that you first login to DirectVote Live and have your browser save the password, so that if you are logged out do to inactivity, it will be easy to log back in with a saved password.

Keep the DirectVote tab open and readily available in your browser. When necessary to vote in an election, we will all be taking a few moments to go into DirectVote Live and cast our votes.

If you keep the tab available and open, so that you do not have to search for the link in your email again, the voting will be seemless and easy.

Once you have DirectVote Live set up in a browser tab, proceed to login to the Zoom conference using the unique registration information sent to you. When entering the convention, the name you entered on your registration form will be the name that is displayed during the convention.
Registrants will find themselves in a waiting room and will be allowed into the convention starting at 9 a.m.

During the registration period from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., microphones will be muted and registrants will be greeted by music, including music from local Maine Greens.

The chat board, which can be found by clicking a button titled "chat" on the Zoom screen, is where members will be communicting, socializing and providing guidance to each other on the peculiarities of using Zoom. Feel free to introduce yourself or ask any questions you may have about today's convention.

 

2020 Maine Green Independent Party Annual Convention Program

 

9:00 Registration
9:55 Blessing Dawn Neptune Adams
10:00 Nominate/Elect convention secretary (1st), convention chair (2nd)
10:10 Convention Rules and Guidelines / Zoom Tutorial
10:15 Welcome and introduction by senior co-chair Niomi Larrivee
10:30 Approve Party Budget, presented by Treasurer Allen Cooke
10:45 Amend Bylaws, Pass 2020 Platform, Set Goals
11:15 Speaker: John Rensenbrink
11:25 Elect Party Co-Chair
11:35 Elect Party Treasurer
11:45 Elect 5 At-Large State Committee Members
12:15 Speaker: Jake Kulaw of the Maine Lavender Greens
12:20 A Word from Our Legislative Candidates
12:35 Endorsement of Lisa Savage for U.S. Senate
1:00 Green of the Year Awards
1:10 Video Presentations from Presidential Candidates
1:30 Vote on Presidential Nomination
2:00 Speaker: Anna Trevorrow
2:10 Elect representatives to national and international party committees. Report on openings on various Green Party of the United States subcommittees.
2:30 Elect 12 delegates to GPUS national convention in proportion to presidential nomination votes
3:00 Elect four party electors (2 at-large, 1 from each Congressional district) [Ben]
3:10 Elect County and District Committees
3:30 Speaker: Closing remarks from co-chair Linnea Maravell
3:45 EXTRA TIME / SOCIAL TIME / ORGANIZING TIME

 

CONVENTION RULES

1. CONVENTION OFFICERS

    Convention proceedings begin by electing first a convention secretary, then a convention chairperson.

    The convention secretary will record all official decisions of the convention.
 
    The convention chairperson and two party co-chairs are convention facilitators.

    The convention committee may establish other convention officer positions as it deems fit. These other officers may be appointed by the committee in advance of the convention or appointed by the facilitators at the convention.

    A time keeper will keep facilitators informed of time apportionment limits.

2. FACILITATION

    Facilitators oversee a process aiming for consensus on all decisions of the convention. If consensus cannot be realized within reasonable time, facilitators may call for the decision to be made by majority vote.

    All motions for a decision require a second, except for motions made by the facilitator 'without objection.'

    A facilitator will not facilitate an election of officers when that person is a candidate for the office being elected.

    Facilitators will recognize speakers as equitably as possible to allow all people who want to speak an opportunity to do so.

    Facilitators may institute time limits for speaking when necessary.

3. ELECTIONS

    Elections that are uncontested may be decided by consensus or majority vote indicated by vocal expression or show of hands.

    Contested elections are determined by paper write-in ballot or online voting.

    Elections for one position shall be determined by majority vote using ranked choice voting when necessary, or, when online voting is unable to hande RCV, rounds of runoff voting with one candidate being removed in each round until a candidate attains majority.

    Elections with multiple candidates running for multiple seats shall be determined by ranked approval voting. Each vote for a candidate regardless of rank is an equal vote; candidates with the most total votes are elected to the number of positions open. When a tie exists for a remaining position, rank determines the winner. When online voting is unable to handle ranked voting, ties may be resolved with subsequent voting instead of rank.

    A ballot-counting committee may be appointed by the convention committee or the facilitators. Any participant of the convention may observe the counting of ballots.
 
PARTY BUDGET
 
Approval of the party budget will be done in executive session. The budget will be displayed and presented during the convention.
 
BYLAWS AMENDMENT
 
The current bylaws may be viewed at https://mainegreens.org/organization/bylaws .
 
 There is only one amendment proposed this year, changing Article III to explicitly include caucus groups alongside local groups as part of the state party's operating structure:
 

Article III. Local and Caucus Groups

 

Members of the party meeting a minimum of four times annually shall be considered a local group or caucus of the party. The local group officers may communicate local concerns, questions, proposals, etc. of the group to the state committee, as well as relay information from the state committee to the group.  ....

 

Article III, Section C. Access and Notice

 

Any municipal or county committee or otherwise qualifying local group may propose items to the state committee for consideration of action.

 

The state committee shall provide notice, agenda and minutes of its meetings to any municipal or county committee or other qualifying local group. The state committee will keep the committees and groups informed of its actions and pose questions to them, via each local group's officers or designated contacts who have email addresses.

 
PASSAGE OF 2020 PLATFORM
 
The current platform may be viewed at https://mainegreens.org/about/platform .
 
The 2020 platform of the Maine Green Independent Party is proposed with some edits to reduce duplication, remove outdated policy proposals and to add opposition to the Central Maine Power corridor and support for Ranked Choice Voting into the platform.
 
The 2020 platform of the Maine Green Independent in its entirety, as proposed:
 

The Platform of the Maine Green Independent Party envisions a future based on the Ten Key Values of the Green movement.

Our vision focuses on a peaceful and prosperous community life characterized by values-based grassroots democracy, equal treatment and access for all people, environmental and economic sustainability, fulfilling and gainful work and leisure, and interdependence of individuals and their environment.

This platform is an evolving document, originally envisioned by the Maine Green Party of 1996. The party shall use this document to develop strategies and policies for moving our values forward.

This 2020 platform of the Maine Green Independent Party sets forth our vision of a new democracy, one which recognizes ecological balance as a priority for the betterment of humanity.

As an affiliated member of the Green Party of the United States, we endorse the national platform as our own, offering this state platform as a specific green vision for the State of Maine. This platform focuses on state issues, deferring to the national platform on issues of national scope. The Maine Green Independent Party reserves the right to differ on particulars of the national platform, and will note such differences if they should occur.

Ten Key Values


Community-based Economics
Decentralization
Ecological Wisdom
Feminism and Gender Equality
Future Focus and Sustainability
Grassroots Democracy
Non-Violence
Personal and Global Responsibility
Respect for Diversity
Social Justice and Opportunity

The Maine Green Independent Party seeks to achieve:

A basic income
Jobs with living wages
Equitable pay for men and women
Health care and housing as human rights
Universal Childcare
Accessible regional/statewide energy-efficient public transportation systems
Nurturing care and stewardship of the environment and natural resource

 

Plank on Economic Development

 

The Maine Green Independent Party realizes that international trade agreements place corporate greed above human needs. We oppose agreements that do not enshrine environmental, labor, and human rights above profits or the rights of corporations. Economic measurements must include pollution and the depletion of resources into the full accounting of production costs.

If elected, Maine Green Independents will pursue:

Regional economic self-sufficiency
A state bank to hold all deposit dollars of Maine agencies.
Prevention of monopolistic practices and price gouging in essential markets such as heating oil, electricity, and gasoline.
Tax and incentive policies that reward businesses that provide living wages and employ sustainable resource practices.
Creation and retrofitting of industries that create jobs, spare the environment or save energy.
Tax penalties for businesses that create unsafe work places, low wages or increased automation that reduces jobs.
Safe, healthy living and working conditions for migrant laborers.
Employee buy-out and ownership of businesses.
Economic development and tax codes that favor Maine-owned and based businesses and self-employed persons.
Tax penalties for pollution and resource depletion.
Use of renewable and non-polluting heating systems and fuels.
Supporting community based cooperatives including agricultural ventures and daycare centers.
Rural economic development through production and consumption of locally produced organic food and products.
Hemp-based and other alternative-fiber industries; incentivizing the retrofitting and opening of closed paper mills to manufacture alternative-fiber products for an emerging eco-market.
Incentives to convert abandoned farms to produce fibers to supply a transitioning paper industry.
Development of rail and other transportation alternatives to car and truck use.
Purchase of equipment and materials whenever possible from within state of Maine.

 

Plank on Political Democracy

 

The Maine Green Independent Party believes that grassroots democracy is the best way to organize a civil and just society. We want:

The US Constitution amended to declare that money is not free speech and corporations are not people.
An end to corporate dominance and influence in politics.
A multiplicity of political parties in Maine.
Greater civic participation, especially among women and minorities.
A diverse legislature including women proportionate to their percentage in the population.

If elected, Maine Green Independents will pursue:

Appointing or electing women in leadership roles
Ranked choice voting for all statewide elections
Banning PAC, corporate and "soft" party contributions to all political campaigns in Maine.
Campaign spending limits.
Protecting the Maine Clean Elections law.
Easier ballot access
Protecting the referendum process.
Election Day in November as a state holiday.
Ratifying a U.S. constitutional amendment to allow national citizen initiatives and referendums.
Prohibiting contributions to initiative and referendum campaigns from entities that are not natural persons.
Amending the Maine Constitution to lower the voting age to seventeen.

 

Plank on Education

 

We expect public education to provide the following to all:

A learning environment free of corporate and military advertising.
Awareness of the individual's inherent rights as residents of the state, country and world.
Skills to use the tools and resources required to function in modern society.
Knowledge about the laws that govern communities.
Freedom to explore areas of interest.
A connection to the larger community.
A sense of personal, social and global responsibility.

The Maine Green Independent Party is committed to:

Alternative healthy eating options in public schools, including vegetarian/vegan, organic and locally grown foods.
Curricula and instruction equal to today's complex challenges.
Putting language on mandatory emergency cards to allow students and parents to opt-out from their contact information being provided to U.S. military forces.
Universal access and equity of education opportunity in a lifelong context.
Detracking school systems; ending the sorting of students based on perceived ability, which results in learners segregated by class and race.
Organizing schools as democratic educational institutions where students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community, share responsibility.
Ending high stakes testing; funding schools based on need.
Community-based decision-making with neighborhood involvement.
Safe and healthy learning environments.
Universal access to state public post-secondary institutions for Maine residents.
Awareness in schools about gender-based societal pressures and their effects upon individuals.
Equitable distribution of public funds among public schools.
55% or more of the cost of elementary and secondary public education to be funded by the state.
Elementary school foreign language education.
Institute diversity, civil rights, and conflict resolution programs at all levels in grades K-12.

 

Plank on Health

 

The Maine Green Independent Party believes that the health of all people is both a personal and community responsibility. Human health is affected by our physical environment and personal behavior. It is the community's responsibility to support health maintenance for all and promote healthy behavioral patterns and preventative health practices. If elected, Maine Green Independents will pursue:

A state-funded single payer health care system with comprehensive healthcare for all, including vision, hearing, mental and dental health, regardless of ability to pay.
Financial support for public health, with an emphasis on community-based and preventive health care.
Eliminating toxins emissions and pollution.
Nutrition education.
Elimination of herbicide use.
Access to medical marijuana.
Dental services in rural areas.
A woman's right to choose whether or not to have an abortion; the availability of free abortion services.
Access to a broad range of services and complimentary therapies.
Supporting the training and services of alternative health care practitioners.
Individual access to regular monitoring of health, especially for individuals in high risk groups.
Mandatory labeling of all foods that have been genetically-engineered, irradiated, or to which chemical pesticides have been applied.
Access to prescription drugs, regardless of ability to pay.
Funding research into cause, prevention and treatment of disease, including the ways by which toxic chemicals cause disease.
The right to death with dignity.
Making Narcan and Narcan administration training freely available to save lives
Legalization of all drugs; making addiction treatment freely available without cost at point of service.
Free and comprehensive elder care services, including nursing care, death and dying counseling, physical and occupational therapies, orthotic care, and medical equipment and assistive devices

 

Plank on Energy

 

The Maine Green Independent Party believes in energy use that does not waste resources or cause environmental harm. In a world of finite natural resources, we cannot consume them without regard for conservation and sustainability. Individuals, communities, government and industry share the responsibility for making these changes. We believe in a no-waste policy of energy production and use. If elected, Maine Green Independents will pursue:

Preventing the construction of the Central Maine Power transmission line through the state from Canada to Massachusetts.
Standards for energy efficient buildings and appliance technology in new construction and retrofitting.
Primary reliance on renewable energy use in all public buildings.
Replacing the state fleet and public transport with hybrid, electric or fuel-efficient vehicles.
Incentives for homeowners and businesses who follow energy conservation practices and invest in new and retrofitted use of renewable energy sources.
Incentives for the purchase and use of fuel-efficient and fossil-fuel alternative vehicles.
Use of non-toxic materials, natural lighting in commercial and public buildings, and siting for optimum solar gain.
Alternative energy technologies, including active and passive solar, hydrogen, wind, low-head hydropower, alcohol, tidal, geothermal, bio-energy, methane and fuel cells.
Municipal access to Gulf of Maine wind energy turbines,
Ending subsidies for fossil fuel use and production.
Research efforts for increased efficiencies in wood and fossil fuel burning technologies.
Public transportation development and accessible and strategically arranged bike and walking paths.
Zero pollution, a healing ecosystem and clean and efficient renewable energy.

Plank on Natura Resources

 

The Maine Green Independent Party believes we must reassert our authority over what is allowed into our air and water. No individuals or companies should be allowed to destroy and poison our natural resources for any form or gain. We encourage stewardship of the Earth. The Maine Green Independent Party believes the following actions must be taken:

Eliminate toxic chemical emissions and solid waste pollution.
Develop ZERO TOXIC EMISSIONS for all businesses and forms of transportation.
Eliminate the production and use of pesticides.
Recycle all recyclable materials including batteries, compost all compostables, and forbid the importation of radioactive waste.
Manage wildlife and plant species based on biodiversity and the overall health of Maine's woods and waters, not on the pressures of special interests.
Phase out dragging, drift-netting and gill-netting.
Conserve and protect common fish-breeding and fishing grounds from coastal development.
Encourage training and hiring of out-of-work fisherman to patrol our shores and inland waterways for sources of pollution and illegal fishing.
Require accountable waste disposal from contained salmon farms.
Encourage sustainable, labor-intensive and chemical-free forestry practices.
Recognize Maine's offshore marine environment as a precious and threatened natural resource, and consider the risks imposed upon it by human development.
Publicly purchase available lands for the purpose of conserving it in perpetuity as an undeveloped natural resource.
Create a Maine Woods National Park and expand eco-tourism opportunities throughout the state.
Protect and conserve Maine's groundwater resources; regulate for-profit water extraction to prevent unsustainable depletion of groundwater.
Support access to clean water as a human right; support democratic control over decision-making on water control by local officials.
End all non-sustainable forest practices.

Plank on Sustainable Agriculture

 

The Maine Green Independent Party believes in supporting the use of locally grown food and supporting those small family farmers who provide us with this basic necessity of life. To that end we propose:

Supporting small family farms and eliminating bureaucratic paper work whenever possible.
Developing financial incentives to support the transition of farms from traditional farming to organic agriculture.
Legislating high end Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Markedly reducing the use of pesticides with mandated sales reports from the State Board of Pesticide Control.
Regulation and notification regarding the use of pesticides inside buildings, especially in rental properties and public buildings.
Outlawing the labeling of toxic industrial waste as "fertilizer"; authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection to craft regulations on this subject.
Right-to-know labeling for all GMO containing food.
Banning persistent herbicides in fertilizer and compost.
Legislating a better system for chain of custody of those components of commercial compost.
Promoting agricultural diversification.

Plank on Social Justice

 

The Maine Green Independent Party believes in the equitable, respectful, and humane treatment of all people. The following actions must be taken:


Ensure meaningful access to the courts for low-income individuals; increase the availability of free and affordable legal representation, advice, and information materials.
Improve the response to child abuse and overhaul the foster care system.
Continue to oppose the death penalty in Maine.
Eliminate racial profiling.
Strengthen and enforce laws against hate crimes of all types, domestic violence and child abuse.
Create support systems that provide basic needs to the people of Maine.
Oppose prejudice and discrimination in all its forms and increase the awareness of, and sensitivity to, differences among people.
End discrimination against LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities.
Support the sovereignty of the indigenous people of Maine, including the Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Nations and work with them to provide viable, cooperative economic ventures.
Advocate for the demilitarization of police and the implementation of citizen review or democratic oversight of police forces.
Support community policing and rapid response social work programs to replace traditional police use wherever possible.
Oppose the use of state National Guard forces being used in illegal foreign military operations according to international law, so that they can be available for emergencies.
Oppose the use of state National Guard forces being used against citizens exercising peaceful protests and freedom of assembly.

 

SET PARTY GOALS

 

The goals of the Maine Green Independent Party for 2020-2021 shall be to:

1. Support the development of municipal and county groups that will be equipped to recruit and support candidates, advocate for issues and be visible in their communities.

2. Recruit and support candidates for U.S. Senate and/or U.S. Congress, State Legislature and local offices, and inform membership on all the party's candidates.

 

ELECTION OF STATE COMMITTEE AND PARTY OFFICERS

 

For more information on the duties of the state committee and its officers, please review Article IV, particularly Sections B-D of the state party bylaws: https://mainegreens.org/organization/bylaws

 

LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES

 

Further information and links about our candidates may be found at https://mainegreens.org/elect/candidates .

 

ENDORSEMENT OF LISA SAVAGE FOR U.S. SENATE

 

Further information about the Lisa for Maine campaign may be found at https://www.lisaformaine.org/ .

 

PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

 

The votes entered at our municipal caucuses earlier in the year and the votes made at this convention will be combined into a total that will be used to determine how many of Maine's 12 nationalo convention delegates will be awarded to certain candidates, no nominee or unpledged.

Every 8.33% of the total vote is equal to one delegate.

Our page on the presidential nomination will provide you with all the necessary links to learn more about the candidates: https://mainegreens.org/organization/caucuses/203-2020-presidential-nomination .

 

The tally from caucuses is as follows:

 

Howie Hawkins, 12

Dario Hunter, 25

Kent Mesplay, 1

No nominee, 10

 

The overall percentages to each candidate will be adjusted when convention votes are added to the tally.

 

COUNTY COMMITTEES

 

County committees for each of Maine's 16 counties are elected at this year's convention from nominations made at caucuses and nominations made on the convention floor.

 

Committees may be formed for counties with at least two nominations. Nominations from the convention floor will help us to fill vacancies. When there are less than two nominations in a county, forming a county committee will be deferred to the state committee for future action. Once county committees are formed, that committee may appoint additional members as it wishes.

 

The current standing nominations made from this caucuses earlier in the year are as follows:

 

Androscoggin

Andrea Winn, Mechanic Falls

(one more nomination needed)

 

Aroostook

Henry Bear, Houlton

Gwydion Griffith, Houlton

 

Cumberland

(at least two nominations needed)

 

Franklin

James Mitchell, Kingfield

(one more nomination needed)

 

Hancock

Cathy Kozaryn, Ellsworth

Benjamin Meiklejohn, Mount Desert

 

Kennebec

Lori Beaulieu, Fayette

David Dowdy, Fayette

Joseph Young, Fayette

 

Knox

(two nominations needed)

 

Lincoln

(two nominations needed)

 

Oxford

Peter Zack, Porter

(one more nomination needed)

 

Penobscot

(two nominations needed)

 

Piscataquis

Jaco Deertrack, Abbot

Samuel Swenson, Sangerville

 

Sagadahoc

(two nominations needed)

 

Somerset

(two nominations needed)

 

Waldo

David Gibson, Morrill

(one more nomination needed)

 

Washington

(two nominations needed)

 

York

Michael Barden, Limington

Alan Brown, Biddeford

Allen Cooke, Saco

Gil Harris, Limerick

Linnea Maravell, Saco

 
DISTRICT COMMITTEES

 

District committees for each of Maine's two congressional districts are elected at the convention. The sole statutory privilege given to district committees is to nominate a candidate for the ballot for U.S. Congress should a vacancy be created and a special election called for.

Subcommittees

Convention Committee

Communications Committee

Electoral Committee

Finance Committee

Fundraising Committee

Press Committee

Tabling Committee

 

The state committee is authorized by the bylaws to "establish subcommittees to help the state committee fulfill all duties and oversee the fulfillment of duties by the executive officers" (Article IV, Section D. Duties).

"The state committee shall oversee the establishment and dissolution of state party subcommittees to help execute the goals of the party and duties of the state committee. The state committee shall define the purpose of each subcommittee. The state committee may also designate authority to its subcommittees to act on behalf of the party. All subcommittees, including their purpose, membership and the authority granted to them, shall be recorded as an addendum to these by-laws titled, “Subcommittees.” The state committee holds ultimate decision-making authority over all subcommittees." (Article IV, Section H. Officers and Subcommittees)

 

According to state committee rules, the two co-chairs are ex-officio members of all subcommittees of the state committee.

Addendum 5 of the bylaws are as follows:

5.A. Convention Committee (approved 8/2/15)

Purpose: To organize party conventions that fulfill the requirements of party bylaws and state law.

Membership: As appointed by the state committee.

 

Justin Beth (appointed 1/3/21), Benjamin Meiklejohn (appointed 1/3/21, appointed chair 2/13/21), Jacqui Deveneau (appointed 4/11/21), Reggie Dunton (appointed 4/11/21); (party co-chairs ex-officio)

 

Quorum: 3


Process: The Convention Committee meets through email, face-to-face and phone meetings, as the majority of members want and commit to the meeting.

Consensus is sought, but decisions may be made by majority vote when a majority of members deem it reasonable to cease striving for consensus.

Authority: To determine the details of party conventions, including location, date, time, program and rules of conduct.

 
5.B. Communications Committee (approved 11/8/15)

Purpose:
The purpose of the Communications Committee (ComCom) is to facilitate internal communication of the Maine Green Independent Party (MGIP) and to support the party secretary in fulfilling their duties. This includes relaying information from the state committee to the state contact persons of local groups, and managing the website, mailing lists, database and social media sites.

Membership:
The secretary of the party shall be the chair of the communications committee. The state committee appoints members to or removes members from the communications committee as it sees fit. The secretary may also appoint members to the communication committee as long as the person has not been previously removed by the state committee.

 

Ben Meiklejohn (Chair), Justin Beth (appointed 5/29/18), Alan Brown, Allen Cooke (11/4/18), Gil Harris, Brian Leonard (6/3/18) and David Gibson (appointed 6/17/19); (party co-chairs, ex-officio)

 

Quorum: 4


The secretary may appoint administrators and moderators of the party's various forums. All administrators and moderators of the party's communication forums must be members of the communications committee unless the state committee approves otherwise.

Duties:
The communications committee shall work to--

-maintain a consolidated list of all the party's communication mediums (website, social media sites, listserves and email lists),
-maintain a visible ongoing presence on all of the party's communication mediums, and utilize all of them to the fullest extent as appropriate,
-administer the party's social media sites and communication forums in accordance with the party's Universal Terms of Agreement,
-publicize the activities of the party and other subcommittees of the state committee upon request,
-forward to the press committee any activities or events that might be noteworthy of a party press release,
-promote local groups and candidates of the party,
-update the website with relevant news and blog articles (without infringing on copyright) written about platform-related issues, and activities of the Maine Green Independent Party, its local groups and candidates,
-update the website with relevant information about party candidates and active local groups,
-manage the dashboard of mainegreens.org for volunteer signups for various activities and connect signups with appropriate contacts,
-establish fundraising links on the party website to the accounts of MGIP candidates, or to the accounts of local groups of the party, upon request,
-establish fundraising links on the party website for targeted campaigns that have been approved for within the state budget by the finance, executive or state committees, upon request,
-assist or train the state committee and its subcommittees in managing and maintaining their email lists, listserve groups and other communication tools,
-distribute voter lists for appropriate jurisdictions, or otherwise make the lists accessible, to party candidates, party officers, officers of local groups or conveners of municipal caucuses, and
-maintain and update the party's voter database list as information becomes available.

Since the duties listed above are primarily tasks to be executed, the committee may distribute amongst themselves individual responsibilities for duties, or the secretary may authorize individuals to perform them.

Group decisions:
The committee may establish and maintain best practices guidelines or procedures to guide members in executing the duties, which shall be recorded as addendum to this charter. The committee may establish new mediums of communication (new social media sites, forums, websites, listserves, etc.) as long as the committee is committed to maintaining them and keeping them visible, current and populated with content. The committee may develop large-scale strategy proposals related to the party's communication and image, including brand and logo redevelopment, website overhaul and redesign, elimination of forums, or changes to the Universal Terms of Service, among other substantive proposals, for approval by the state committee.

Secretary support:
The secretary may turn to the communications committee for support in executing the secretary's duties, and may authorize individuals to perform them as appropriate:

-maintain and archive party records, including minutes, decisions and vote tallies of the state and executive committes,
-maintain records of party officers and reporting to the secretary of state when changes in officers occur,
-keep records of the active and inactive statuses of state committee members as outlined in the budget,
-compile and archive any minutes or bylaws of local groups or committees that have been submitted to the state committee in accordance with the bylaws,
-maintain accurate and up-to-date records of party bylaws, platform, subcommittee charters and other organizational documents on the party website,
-maintain accurate and up-to-date records of the addendum of party bylaws on the party website,
-maintain accurate and up-to-date records of the statuses of local groups, and which ones qualify for the benefits afforded local groups in the bylaws (that meet four times annually and have designated a state contact person).
 
Meetings:
When necessary for the communications committee to meet as a group to decide matters, the committee may meet in person, or by phone, email or other means. A majority of members must participate in the meeting to constitute quorum. Decisions will be made by consensus if possible, but if consensus cannot be achieved, the committee may move to a majority vote.
If the committee regularly cannot achieve quorum due to absenteeism or lack of participation by certain members, then the secretary may recommend the state committee remove those members.

Amendments:
This charter may be amended by the state committee.

5.B.1. Addendum. Party Database Management Guidelines. (approved by Communications Committee 7/4/17)

All lists of contacts and contact information collected at tabling events, meetings and through online campaigns sponsored by MGIP, including copies of voter registration cards, shall be submitted to the communications committee, which will enter the data into a consolidated database.

All requests for access to the party's database, or portions of it, shall be made to the communications committee, which will distribute the appropriate lists as allowed: Party candidates, officers, officers of local groups and conveners of municipal caucuses may receive the portion of the list relevant to their appropriate jurisdiction, after signing a non-disclosure agreement form. Requests for access to the list by other entities must be approved by the state committee, and after a non-disclosure agreement form is signed by the recipient.

5.C. Finance Committee (approved 4/4/15)

Purpose: the purpose of the Finance Committee is to support the Treasurer and Financial Officer in overseeing the Party's finances and financial reporting requirements.

Membership and Officers: The Finance Committee will consist of the Treasurer, Financial Officer and members appointed directly by the State Committee. The Treasurer shall chair the Finance Committee.

 

Allen Cooke (Chair), Alan Brown, Gil Harris, Ben Meiklejohn; (party co-chairs ex-officio).

 

Quorum: 3


Process: The Finance Committee meets through email as a general thing. Face-to-face meetings or meetings by phone are possible if a majority of members want it, and if those voting for it commit to being present. The committee will operate by seeking consensus. If consensus is not reached, a decision may be made by majority vote, after two members call to move into a majority voting mode on that decision, and so long as every committee member has been contacted about a vote and had a chance to weigh in. Any decisions not made by consensus will be recorded with the number of votes noted. Committee members who intend to be unavailable for any extended period of time are asked to "check out" from the ongoing meeting so that consensus is not held up because of non-responsiveness, and then "check in" when they are ready to resume participation. Decisions of the Finance Committee shall not supersede any authority granted to the Treasurer or Financial Officer in the bylaws or by the State Committee.
All decisions made by the Finance Committee will be reported to the Party Executive Committee, to be included in a committee report presented at the next subsequent regular State Committee meeting

Authority: The Finance Committee has the authority to fulfill the financial duties of the Treasurer or Financial Officer at the request of the officer, or when an emergency requires the Party's finances and reporting requirements to be managed if or when the Treasurer or Financial Officer is unable to do so.
The Finance Committee may make minor amendments to the State Party budget, transferring up to $100 from one expenditure line to another, or creating a new expenditure line of up to $100. Any amendments resulting in an increase to the Party's overall expenditure amount can only be made if there is a corresponding increase in revenue associated with the expenditure.
The Finance Committee may propose amendments to the budget that result in a budgeted expenditure line being increased by more than $100. If a proposed expenditure increase is more than $100 and up to $500, the Party's Executive Committee must approve the budget amendment. Any proposed expenditure line increases greater than $500 must be approved by the State Committee.
Any expenditure line of a budget that has previously been increased by the Finance Committee by $100 cannot be repeatedly increased by the Finance Committee by amounts less than $100 in separate actions. In other words, the Finance Committee's authority to increase any expenditure line by $100 is for an aggregate increase total within any one budget year. After increasing an expenditure line by $100, any further increases may only be approved by the Executive Committee or State Committee as outlined above.

Charter Changes: This charter may only be amended by the State Committee.

 

5.D. Press Committee (approved 4/4/15)

Purpose: the purpose of the Press Committee is to develop and generate press releases for approval by the Party Co-Chairs and to distribute approved press releases to relevant media contacts. The Press Committee will work to regularly generate content that keeps the MGIP and its positions visible to the public.
As a secondary purpose, the Press Committee may work to support and train local groups of the party in developing media presence in their own jurisdictions upon request.

Membership and Officers: The Press Committee will consist of up to seven and no less than five members appointed directly by the State Committee. The State Committee may designate one or more among those members to serve as chair or chairs of the Press Committee, to direct meetings and guide decision-making.

 

The Press Committee will select from among themselves one person to be the party's Press Contact, who may respond to inquiries from reporters, refer members of the press to appropriate party members, and speak on behalf of the party when Party Co-Chairs are not readily available. The Press Committee will select from among themselves one person to be the committee's Copy Editor, who is preferably a person who is familiar with AP Stylebook Guidelines, who will suggest edits for press releases.

With Party Co-Chairs approval, the Press Committee may designate additional spokespersons to speak on behalf of the MGIP for certain issues or occasions as necessary.

The committee membership is limited to a set number, to provide for an ability of the committee to act and respond expeditiously on a regular and consistent basis. In the case of inquiries for participation from party members in addition to the six committee members, the Press Committee will work with those party members to support them in developing media teams for their own county or municipal party committees.

 

Members: Nancy Allen, Gil Harris, Ben Meiklejohn (Copy Editor), John Rensenbrink, Andrea Winn (appointed 2/2/20), (party co-chairs, ex-officio).

 

Quorum: 3


Process: The Press Committee meets through email as a general thing. Face-to-face meetings are possible if the members by majority vote want it, and if those voting for it commit to being physically present. Press releases are drafted, copy edited, finalized, approved by the co-chairs and then distributed. Party Co-chairs have final authority to approve press releases, but may defer that authority to the Press Committee as they wish.
The committee will operate by seeking consensus. If consensus is not reached, the decision will be made by majority vote. All decisions are advisory to the Party Co-Chairs who have the final say. Any decisions not made by consensus may be presented to the Party Co-Chairs for approval with the number of votes noted. Committee members who intend to be unavailable for any extended period of time are asked to "check out" from the ongoing meeting so that consensus is not held up because of non-responsiveness, and then "check in" when they are ready to resume participation.

Authority: To generate press releases and visual or audio media content, and to designate party spokespersons, as authorized by the Party Co-Chairs, and distribute press releases and other media content approved by the Party Co-Chairs.

Changes to Charter: Since the Press Committee serves to support and enhance the role of the Party Co-Chairs in representing the party to the public, the Party Co-Chairs may temporarily amend this charter if needed (by consensus of both chairs), to better serve their ability to execute their duties. Any charter changes made by the Party Co-Chairs will be reported to the Party Secretary and then reviewed by the State Committee at its subsequent meeting for final approval.

5.E. Tabling Committee (approved 8/15/16)

 

Purpose: To represent the MGIP at fairs, concerts, parades, conventions and other venues.

Membership: Open to all MGIP members and confirmed by the state committee.
Niomi Larravee (co-chair of subcommittee), Lyn Marravell (co-chair of subcommittee) Jacqui Deveneau, Patricia Jackon, KC Salter, Allen Cooke (party co-chairs, ex-officio).

 

Quorum: 4

 

Process: The Tabling Committee meets through email, face-to-face and phone meetings.  Consensus is sought, but decisions may be made by majority vote when a majority of members deem it reasonable to cease striving for consensus.

Authority: To oversee registration and staffing at SC approved activities, and design and procure informational items and other products for distribution or sale at such events. Donations, payments and contact information collected through the activities of the Tabling Committee will be forwarded to the State Committee Treasurer and Secretary. 

 

5.F. Fundraising Committee (approved 2/4/17)

 

Purpose: to establish protocol and procedures for raising funds.

 

Membership: as determined by state committee.

Niomi Larrivee (appointed 4/11/21); (party co-chairs, ex-officio).

 

Quorum: 2

 

Process: The committee meets through email, face-to-face and phone meetings, as the majority of members want and commit to meeting. Consensus is sought, but decisions may be made by majority vote when a majority of members deem it reasonable to cease striving for consensus.

 

Authority: none granted.

 

5.G. Electoral Committee (approved 3/3/19)

 

Purpose: The purpose of the electoral committee is to develop and implement strategies to recruit and elect candidates to public office, identify electoral opportunities, support party candidates for office and assist county and municipal committees in recruiting and supporting local candidates.

 

Membership: Membership to the electoral committee shall be by appointment of the state committee or by majority vote of the entire current membership of the electoral committee. Members who have missed three consecutive meetings, or members who request, will be considered inactive members and no longer count as the total for which quorum is required. Inactive members may return to being a full voting active member upon attending a meeting.

 

Officers: The electoral committee may elect its own chair or co-chairs and other officers as it sees fit.

 

Members: Justin Beth (appointed 3/3/19, elected chair 5/19), Jacqui Deveneau (appointed 8/11/19), Ben Meiklejohn (appointed 3/3/19), Kim Pfusch (appointed 3/3/19), John Rensenbrink (appointed 3/3/19), Sam Swenson (appointed 3/3/19), James Grinnell (appointed 2/10/21), Carolyn Silvius (appointed 2/10/21), Reggie Dunton (appointed 3/3/21); party co-chairs (ex-officio).

 

Quorum: 5 (when all members are active)

 

Process: The committee meets through email, face-to-face and phone meetings, as the majority of members want and commit to meeting. Consensus is sought, but decisions may be made by majority vote when a majority of attending members deem it reasonable to cease striving for consensus.

 

Authority: The electoral committee may develop and implement long-term electoral strategies at the direction of the state committee. The committee may oversee recruitment efforts for candidates for statewide or congressional offices, coordinate with local groups to support their recruitment and support of local candidates, and assist Greens in the development of local groups in areas where there are no active groups. The electoral committee is authorized to assist any Green candidate for office that seeks party support by connecting them with available party resources and offering campaign guidance, and helping to develop local groups if there are none in the candidate's jurisdiction. In the case of multiple candidates for the same office, the electoral committee shall offer equal support to each candidate unless otherwise directed by the state committee.

State Committee

The state committee is composed of executive members, at-large members and one member from each qualifying county committee that chooses to seat a member on the state committee.

 

State Committee Members


Executive Commitee

   

Linnea Maravell [Saco] (term ends '21)

Jake Kulaw [South Portland] (term ends '22)

Ben Meiklejohn [Sangerville] Secretary (term ends '21)

Allen Cooke [Saco] Treasurer (term ends '22) 

 

At-Large Members (all terms end within two years, exact term ends depending on renewals in accordance with bylaws)

 

Justin Beth [Portland] (term ends '21 of '22)

Alan Brown [Biddeford] (term ends '21 or '22)

Niomi Larravee [Lewiston] (term ends '21 or '22)

Kelly Merrill [Portland] (term ends '21 or '22)

Kimberly Pfusch [Lewiston] (term ends '21 or '22)

 

County Seats (terms ending three months from date of last meeting for which county committee minutes are submitted to state committee)

 

No county members currently seated.

 

 

Bylaws

By-Laws of the Maine Green Independent Party

 

Adopted on June 6, 1999 at the  Green Independent Party convention in Unity, Maine, and amended at conventions on May 20, 2000 in Bangor; on May 19, 2001 in Portland; on June 23, 2002 in Brunswick; on June 7,2003 in South China;  on April 18th,2004 in Lewiston; on June 25th, 2005 in Augusta; on May 19th,2006 in Portland; on May 19th, 2007 in Bangor; on May 18th,2008 in Yarmouth; on May 3, 2009 in Augusta; on May 1, 2010 in Greene; on May 1, 2011 in Brunswick; on May 6, 2012 in Portland; on May 5, 2013 in Belfast; Jan. 10, 2015 in Augusta Aug. 22, 2015 in Augusta, May 7, 2016 in Belfast, March 12, 2017 in Augusta, May 20, 2018 in Augusta, May 19, 2019 in Augusta and June 14, 2020 by Zoom conference.

 

10 Key Values

 

ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, social and economic justice, nonviolence, decentralization, community based economics, gender equity, respect for diversity, personal and social responsibility, sustainability and future focus

 

Article I. Purpose

 

The purpose of the Maine Green Independent Party is to transform public policy through the implementation of our 10 Key Values and be publicly visible as the party that stands for the common good.

The Maine Green Independent Party aims to enact laws consistent with our values, by legislating through citizen-initiated referendums, running candidates to elect lawmakers, influencing elected officials, producing activism that elevates awareness leading to policy changes, and other non-violent and legal means.

 

Article II. Members

 

Any Maine resident who is unable to register to vote and wishes to join, or voter who is enrolled in the Maine Green Independent Party (herein called “MGIP” or “the party”) is a member entitled to fully participate in all aspects of the party in accordance with these bylaws, except where prohibited by statute.

Lack of citizenship or an inability to register as a voter, whether due to age or other reasons, cannot preclude any interested person from joining the party.


The state committee secretary shall maintain an active list of voters who wish to join the party and are unable to formally enroll with the party.

 

Article III. Local and Caucus Groups

 

Members of the party meeting a minimum of four times annually shall be considered a local group of the party. The group officers may communicate local concerns, questions, proposals, etc. of the group to the state committee, as well as relay information from the state committee to the group.

 

Article III, Section A. County Committees

 

By statute, county committees shall be formed at conventions on even-numbered years from nominations made at municipal caucuses and the convention floor. The size of each county committee shall be determined by the convention unless a county committee has standing bylaws which have been submitted to the state committee, in which case the size of the county committee will be defined by its own bylaws so long as those bylaws provide for any municipal committee within the county to appoint at least one member to the county committee.

If at a convention, there are no nominees, or only one nominee to a county committee, then the state committee is authorized to appoint one or two members to that county committee at a later date, after which the members will constitute a duly formed county committee.

 

Once formed, the county committees may expand their size, fill vacancies and establish rules and bylaws as they see fit, providing that any municipal committee within the county may appoint at least one member to the county committee.

 

If it is deemed that a county committee's bylaws are constructed in such a way so that quorum may not be achieved or the county committee cannot meet or function, then any convention may intervene to reconstruct the county committee.

 

If a statute governing party county committees changes, and these bylaws are in contradiction to the statute, then the state committee shall schedule a convention to amend these bylaws to comply with the statute.

 

Article III, Section B. Municipal Committees

 

Municipal committees are formed from caucuses convened in accordance with statute, and shall be entitled to appoint at least one member to their respective county committee in accordance with state and county party rules and bylaws.

 

If a statute governing party municipal committees changes, and these bylaws are in contradiction to the statute, then the state committee shall schedule a convention to amend these bylaws to comply with the statute.

 

Article III, Section C. Access and Notice

 

Any municipal or county committee or otherwise qualifying local group may propose items to the state committee for consideration of action.

 

The state committee shall provide notice, agenda and minutes of its meetings to any municipal or county committee or other qualifying group. The state committee will keep the committees and groups informed of its actions and pose questions to them, via each group's officers or designated contacts who have email addresses.

 

Article IV. State Committee

 

The state committee is comprised of executive members, at-large members and one member from each qualifying county committee that chooses to seat a member on the state committee. An individual may hold only one of any of the county, at-large and executive seats on the state committee at any given time. The party shall aim for gender, racial, socioeconomic and geographic diversity among its leadership

 

Article IV, Section A. County Seats

 

By their own processes, county committees may choose one party member to be on the state committee, herein referred to as holding a “county seat” on the state committee. The county committee must provide to the state committee documentation verifying the election or appointment of a person to the county seat, either in minutes of a county committee meeting at which the state committee member was elected, or by written notice from an officer of the county committee that includes a citation of county committee minutes, bylaws or rules that authorize the state committee member to be appointed by other means.

 

Article IV, Section A, Part 1. Active Membership

 

State committee members holding a county seat on the state committee shall be considered active except as follows:

 

If three months have elapsed since a county committee met and that county committee has not submitted minutes of a subsequent meeting to the state committee, then that county's seat on the state committee shall be inactive until minutes of any subsequent meeting are submitted.

 

If a state committee member in a county seat is absent from a state committee meeting for three consecutive meetings, that county's seat shall be considered inactive until the member attends a meeting, or the county committee notifies the state party that another person occupies the seat and that person attends a meeting. The inactive status shall be applied at the commencement of the third consecutive meeting at which the member is not present for roll call. Inactive members will not be counted as part of the total from which quorum is determined.

 

Article IV, Section B. At-Large Seats

 

There are five at-large members of the state committee, elected at annual conventions for a term of one to two years. A year term is defined as the time between two consecutive annual conventions.


After one year, at-large members with no more than three unexcused absences are entitled to a one-year renewal of their terms, which can be done by notifying the state committee at their last meeting before the convention. Only at-large members who were elected at a convention may renew their terms. Qualifying at-large members may only renew their term once, and after completing a two-year term, must stand again for election.

 

If any at-large member is absent from three consecutive meetings or five meetings in a one-year term, then the state committee shall consider whether to ask for the member's resignation, organize a special convention for their removal, or excuse the absences because of special circumstances.

 

Article IV, Section C. Executive Seats

 

The executives of the party shall consist of two co-chairs serving alternating two-year terms and a secretary and treasurer, also serving alternating two-year terms. For purposes of reporting to state and federal entities, the co-chair who is serving the second year of a term shall be considered the chair, and the co-chair who is in the first year of a term shall be considered a vice-chair; for all purposes within the party, co-chairs shall have equal authority.

 

Each year at an annual convention, members shall elect at least two executives (a co-chair and secretary or treasurer), and if necessary, an additional executive to finish a two-year term vacated by resignation, removal or death.

 

Together, these officers constitute the executive committee. The state committee may designate authority to the executive committee to act on behalf of the party; the specific authority granted must be recorded as an addendum to these by-laws titled “Executive Committee Authority.” Any decisions made by the executive committee under this authority shall be reported to the state committee.

 

If any executive is absent from three consecutive meetings or five meetings in a one-year term, then the state committee shall consider whether to ask for the executive's resignation, organize a special convention for their removal, or excuse the absences because of special circumstances.

 

Article IV, Section C, Part 1. Co-Chairs

 

The co-chairs shall represent the party's values, platform and positions to the public and media, organize and facilitate state committee meetings, and oversee and direct the state committee's fulfillment of duties.

 

The state committee may designate authority to the co-chairs to act on behalf of the party; the specific authority granted must be recorded as an addendum to these by-laws titled “Co-Chair Authority.” Any decisions by the two co-chairs must be made by consensus, and all decisions made under co-chair authority shall be reported to the state committee.

 

Article IV, Section C, Part 2. Secretary

 

The secretary shall be responsible for keeping party records and archives and advising the party on communication matters. The secretary shall record vote tallies of decisions made by the state committee and executive committee, or designate another to do so.

 

The secretary shall be responsible for maintaining records of party officers and reporting to the secretary of state when officer changes occur.

 

The secretary will keep records of the active or inactive statuses of state committee members as outlined in these bylaws, and compile and archive any minutes or bylaws of other party committees that have been submitted to the state committee in accordance with these bylaws. The secretary will work to make sure that all state party documents such as bylaws, the platform and other records are accurate and up-to-date.

 

The secretary may nominate individuals for state party offices or subcommittees relating to communication or record-keeping, including but not limited to positions related to website development, database management, media relations, correspondence, or maintenance of party records and archives.

 

Article IV, Section C, Part 3. Treasurer

 

The treasurer shall be responsible for keeping records of party finances including expenditures and revenue sources, reporting financial disclosures to state and federal entities as necessary, and advising the party on financial matters. The treasurer shall expend party finances only as authorized by the state committee or executive committee.

 

The treasurer shall ensure that expenditures are made in accordance with an approved budget, will inform the state committee when budget lines are nearing their maximum expenditure levels, and advise the state committee when it is necessary to amend the budget.

 

The treasurer may forward nominations for any state party offices or subcommittees relating to finances, including but not limited to positions related to budget development and fundraising.

 

The treasurer may nominate a financial officer for appointment by the state committee, to help the treasurer fulfill the financial requirements of these bylaws.

 

The treasurer shall oversee the development of a budget to be proposed for approval at the annual convention. The state committee may finalize the proposed budget or authorize the treasurer or a standing subcommittee to finalize the proposed budget.

 

Article IV, Section D. Duties

 

The state committee will manage all state-level party operations and facilitate the establishment and growth of local groups to oversee party operations in their jurisdictions.

 

Duties of the state committee include:

 

Assuring the party meets its statutory obligations to hold caucuses and conventions, maintain a minimum level of party enrollment, and fulfill all other statutory requirements,

 

Filing state and federal reports,

 

Organizing conventions and working to achieve goals set at conventions,

 

Recruiting candidates for state and national offices and supporting local group recruitment of candidates in county, municipal and other jurisdictions,

 

Maintaining a visible statewide presence, acting as the official voice of the party and taking timely positions on important issues,

 

Communicating and engaging with local groups about state party meetings and activities,

 

Administering state party assets including the party's website and state voter list,

 

Managing state party finances and overseeing state party fundraising efforts, and

 

Establishing offices and subcommittees to help the state committee fulfill all duties, and oversee the fulfillment of duties by the executive officers..

 

Article IV, Section E. Meetings

 

Quorum for a state committee meeting shall be either a majority of all active state committee members or a majority of the nine state committee members that comprise the executive and at-large seats.

 

The state committee shall meet at its discretion, but at a minimum of once every two months, and shall provide notice to all municipal, county and local groups of its meetings as outlined in Article III, Section C.

 

State committee meetings shall be open to party members. For phone conference meetings, party members may notify the state committee of their interest in attending and they will be provided with the phone number and access code for the conference call.

 

If the co-chairs fail to organize a state committee meeting, a majority of active state committee members may schedule a meeting as long as all active state committee members have been notified and appropriate notice has been provided to local groups as outlined in Article III, Section C.

 

Article IV, Section F. Process

 

The state committee may adopt rules and procedures to meet its obligations to the party. The state committee shall develop and adopt a decision-making process that is consensus-seeking, and make it a formal part of its proceedings. The state committee may change its process at any time but only in accordance with the process in place at that time. All rules and procedures established by the state committee must be recorded as an addendum to these by-laws titled “State Committee Rules.”

 

Article IV, Section G. Resignation, Removal and Replacement

 

Any state committee member may resign at any time by giving written notice to a party co-chair.

 

County committees are responsible for filling vacancies in their respective county seats to the state committee and for the selection and removal of those members.

 

Any at-large or executive member whose term has not expired, or who has not been removed for excessive absences as outlined in these bylaws, may be removed by a vote of three-quarters of the members present at a party convention as outlined in Article V of these bylaws.

 

The state committee may appoint replacements for executive or at-large committee members to serve until either the term expires or a convention intervenes before the term expires, at which point the convention shall elect a replacement for the remainder of the term.

 

Article IV, Section H. Officers and Subcommittees

 

The state committee may appoint officers with specific duties to help achieve the party's goals and fulfill the state committee's duties. The state committee shall maintain job descriptions and duties of its officers in an addendum to these by-laws titled, “Officers.”

 

The state committee shall oversee the establishment and dissolution of state party subcommittees to help execute the goals of the party and duties of the state committee. The state committee shall define the purpose of each subcommittee. The state committee may also designate authority to its subcommittees to act on behalf of the party. All subcommittees, including their purpose, membership and the authority granted to them, shall be recorded as an addendum to these by-laws titled, “Subcommittees.” The state committee holds ultimate decision-making authority over all subcommittees.

 

Article IV, Section I. GPUS national committee appointments


The state committee may appoint members to the various national committees of the
Green Party of the United States, in accordance with national requirements for
appointments.

 

Each committee appointment shall be communicated in writing by the party co-chair
or secretary to the secretary of the Green Party of the United States and relevant
national committee co-chairs.

 

Article V. Conventions

 

The party shall hold an annual convention, as specified under statute, for the purpose of:

 

Fulfilling the biennial statutory requirements for conventions (in even-numbered years) including passing a party platform, determining the size and method of election of the party's two congressional district committees and county committees, electing members to county committees that don't have standing bylaws allowing for county committee members to be directly elected by municipal caucuses, and nominating presidential electors during presidential election years.

 

Electing state committee members as outlined in these bylaws, and MGIP representatives to the Green Party of the United States, with executives being elected before at-large members (to accurately determine the total number of at-large seats available),

 

Setting the goals of the party, which shall be included as an addendum to these bylaws, titled, “Goals,”

 

Amending bylaws, and

 

Adopting an annual budget.

 

The convention will only be open to voting participation by members of the party as defined in Article II. Notice of the convention must be provided to local groups in the same manner as notice is provided for state committee meetings.

 

The Maine Green Independent Party shall determine at its annual convention in odd-numbered years which voters shall be allowed to vote in the party's annual even-numbered year primary. A simple majority of votes shall determine which voters shall be eligible to vote in the Green Independent Party primary.

 

Representatives to the International Committee of the Green Party of the United States will
be elected annually at the state party convention for one-year terms, except that the state
committee may appoint members to fill a vacancy until the next convention can elect a
replacement.

 

The state committee may establish rules for conducting the convention, which must be included as an addendum to these bylaws titled, “Convention Rules,” so long as the rules don't contradict these bylaws.

 

Article V, Section A. Special Conventions

 

The state committee may call and organize special conventions as it deems necessary to accomplish specific purposes. The business of special conventions shall be restricted to agenda items of which the state committee has notified local groups as being the purpose of the convention. A special convention may be called for the purpose of holding a recall hearing to remove members of the state committee, to address statutory obligations that were overlooked at a previous convention, or to conduct any other business which requires convention action. All rules for calling a convention and the decision-making processes used at conventions also apply to special conventions.

 

Article VI. Platform

 

The party shall adopt a platform based on the 10 Key Values that clearly defines the party's position on issues facing our society and the world. The platform will be a guide for elected officials and other party members engaged in public policy making.

 

Near the end of each year term, the state committee shall review and compile position statements it made in the prior year, and consider submitting to the convention platform positions that reflect the positions taken by the state committee.

 

Any member or local group may propose amendments to the platform or a new platform by presenting such proposal in writing to a platform and policy development subcommittee at least one month prior to a statewide convention. If there is no standing subcommittee, the member may refer the proposal in writing to the state committee.

 

Article VII. Finances

 

The Party will adopt an annual budget, including anticipated expenses and sources of revenue. The budget may be amended by the state committee in response to changing financial circumstances. The party may not incur debt of any kind. The financial officer and treasurer are responsible for overseeing the finances of the party and making regular reports to the state committee, and for submitting financial reports to the appropriate state or federal agencies, including but not limited to the Maine State Ethics Commission and the Federal Elections Commission.

 

If the state committee authorizes expenditures that are not budgeted for, then the treasurer may require the state committee to first amend the budget to reflect where the expenditure will come from before releasing funds for said expenditure.

 

Article VIII. Presidential Nomination

 

At each officially convened caucus in presidential nomination years, attendees shall be asked to conduct a vote which will be tabulated and returned to the state committee. Existing municipal committees may organize absentee voting for their caucuses which shall conclude at the adjournment of the caucus. The result of the caucus vote must include the names of all voters who cast a vote for the presidential nomination, the total of which shall equal the number of votes cast; otherwise, the state committee will make a determination on whether to include the votes.

 

These votes shall be tabulated and publicized at least 30 days prior to the state convention. Attendees of the state convention shall also vote and these votes shall be tabulated. The state committee may organize absentee voting for party members who did not vote in a caucus and don't plan to attend the convention. The apportionment of delegates to the presidential nominating convention of the Green Party of the United States shall be determined by the combined votes of officially convened caucuses and the presidential year convention.

 

The party shall place the official presidential nominee of the Green Party of the United States on the general election ballot of the State of Maine.

 

Four people, one from each congressional district and two at-large, all of whom are party members, shall be elected at a convention to be presidential electors. If a statute governing how Maine designates its presidential electors changes, and these bylaws are in contradiction with the statute, then the state committee shall schedule a convention to amend these bylaws to comply with the statute.

 

Article IX. Bylaws

 

These by-laws may only be adopted or amended by a majority of members present at a statewide convention of the party. Amendments must be submitted to a bylaws subcommittee at least one month prior to the statewide convention, and may be proposed by any member or local group of the party. If there is no standing subcommittee, the proposal may be referred in writing to the state committee.

 

Addenda:

 

Addendum 1. Executive Committee Authority

 

May amend the budget to increase expenditure lines by up to $500. (approved 4/4/15 as part of finance committee charter)

 

On behalf of the state committee, the executive committee may appoint one or two members as necessary to form county committees, as allowed for in Article III, Sectioni A. (approved 3/5/18)

 

Addendum 2. Co-Chair Authority

 

Co-chairs may appoint liaisons, representatives and spokespersons to represent the party at events and organizations. Co-chairs may issue party endorsements of organizations, campaigns, events, actions and legislation, so long as the endorsement is consistent with the party's values and positions. When reporting the endorsement to the state committee, the co-chairs must cite a party platform, position or value that is the basis of the endorsement. (approved 4/7/18)

 

Addendum 3. State Committee Rules

 

(approved 4/7/19)

 

Conduct of state committee meetings

 

The co-chairs shall facilitate meetings of the state committee or designate a facilitator.

All motions require a second.

The committee shall strive for consensus in its decisions. If consensus is apparent, the facilitators may close discussion and call the question by asking if there is an objection. If no objection is stated, consensus is achieved.

Members objecting must state what conditions, if any, would result in them removing their objection.

Objecting members may 'stand aside,' in which case their objection may be noted in the minutes, but the motion is still approved by consensus.

If objections cannot be resolved, or members objecting do not wish to stand aside, the committee may decide the motion by majority vote.

For each motion, report or agenda item, facilitators will keep a 'stack' of participants wishing to speak in order. Participants who have not yet spoken are given priority to speak ahead of members who are on stack for a repeat turn; members who have had fewer turns speaking are given priority ahead of members who have had more turns.

Meeting participants must be recognized by a facilitator to speak, except that they may briefly request to be put on a stack for a turn to speak, or to request making a 'point of information' out of order that must be very brief. Points of information should be factual points to clarify a subject and with the intention of reducing subsequent unnecessary discussion resulting from misinformation, not a statement of opinion, which should instead be reserved for a turn to speak on the stack.

Facilitators recognize and confirm requests to be placed on the stack. Facilitators will decide when to recognize and allow point of information statements.

Facilitators may interrupt speakers to require that a speaker remain on topic, to acknowledge a request to be on stack, or for other procedural purposes. Participants accept that interruption by facilitators is necessary to keep the meeting moving, and should pause to let the facilitator speak when interrupted.

Speakers recognized by a facilitator are considered to 'have the floor' until they return the floor to a facilitator, or until a facilitator interrupts them. After a facilitator interrupts a speaker for procedural reasons, they will return the floor to that speaker.

Participants should not interrupt other speaking members except to make stack or point of information requests through the facilitators. Participants should refrain from making continued responses to speakers' statements and should reserve their responses for their next turn on the stack. Participants should refrain from excessive uses of points of information that disrupt a speaker's turn on the floor.

Speakers must remain on topic to the motion, report or agenda item under discussion

When speakers have the floor, they may request permission from the facilitator to address a question to another person without losing their time to speak. If the facilitator determines that the question can be quickly and briefly answered, the facilitator will address the question to the other member for an answer and then return the floor to the original speaker.

Participants should indicate to the facilitator when they are done speaking their turn.

Facilitators may adjust the order of agenda items as needed.

If necessary to keep the meeting moving, facilitators may impose time limits on participants' turns to speak. When time limits are in effect, members may yield their time to another participant.

 

Online voting

 

There are three steps to conducting online votes of the state committee: Call for Quorum, Quorum Established, and Call for Vote.

With consensus of both co-chairs, an online vote may be initiated by emailing committee members with a subject title "Call for quorum to vote," requesting members to check in to the meeting, and stating the motion that will be up for a vote.

After members have replied confirming their attendance and a quorum of all committee members is established, a co-chair or secretary will send an email to members with a new subject title, "Quorum established to vote."

Co-chairs shall facilitate trying to resolve stated objections or amendments of the motion.

When a co-chair determines that enough discussion on the motion has transpired to call the vote, an email will be sent with a subject title "Call for a vote," requesting a vote and stating the final motion to be voted on.

Any decisions made by email must be reported by the co-chairs at the next regular state committee meeting for inclusion in that meeting's minutes.

 

Subcommittee rules

 

The co-chairs shall be considered ex-officio members of all subcommittees of the state committee. The co-chairs, as ex-officio members, are not part of the total membership from which quorum for meetings is calculated, but may count toward quorum when attending. When leaving the position of co-chair, the person may retain their membership on any subcommittees they choose, but as a regular member, no longer ex-officio.

 

Resignations of state committee members or officers shall be considered final upon a vote by the state committee to accept the resignation or appoint a replacement for the position, whichever comes first.  (approved 3/5/21)

 

Addendum 4. Officers (job description, duties)

 

Financial Officer, Alan Brown  (approved 6/2/19)

 

The financial officer shall assist the treasurer in his or her duties, at the direction of the treasurer. The financial officer may help prepare finance reports, process contributions and payments, and organize meetings of the finance committee, as needed and requested by the treasurer. The financial officer may be a named person on the party's banking accounts. In the case of an emergency or inability of the treasurer to fulfill his or her duties, the financial officer may be considered an interim acting treasurer to fulfill all duties of the treasurer except for voting on behalf of the treasurer at state committee meetings.

 

Addendum 5. Subcommittees (purpose, membership, authority)

 

(Please click on ORGANIZATION-->STATE COMMITTEE-->SUBCOMMITTEES to view this addendum)

 

Addenda 6. Goals

 

(Please click on ABOUT-->GOALS)

 

Addenda 7. Convention Rules

 

CONVENTION RULES

1. CONVENTION OFFICERS

    Convention proceedings begin by electing first a convention secretary, then a convention chairperson.

    The convention secretary will record all official decisions of the convention.
 
    The convention chairperson and two party co-chairs are convention facilitators.

    The convention committee may establish other convention officer positions as it deems fit. These other officers may be appointed by the committee in advance of the convention or appointed by the facilitators at the convention.

    A time keeper will keep facilitators informed of time apportionment limits.

2. FACILITATION

    Facilitators oversee a process aiming for consensus on all decisions of the convention. If consensus cannot be realized within reasonable time, facilitators may call for the decision to be made by majority vote.

    All motions for a decision require a second, except for motions made by the facilitator 'without objection.'

    A facilitator will not facilitate an election of officers when that person is a candidate for the office being elected.

    Facilitators will recognize speakers as equitably as possible to allow all people who want to speak an opportunity to do so.

    Facilitators may institute time limits for speaking when necessary.

3. ELECTIONS

    Elections that are uncontested may be decided by consensus or majority vote indicated by vocal expression or show of hands.

    Contested elections are determined by paper write-in ballot.

    Elections for one position shall be determined by majority vote using ranked choice voting when necessary.

    Elections with multiple candidates running for multiple seats shall be determined by ranked approval voting. Each vote for a candidate regardless of rank is an equal vote; candidates with the most total votes are elected to the number of positions open. When a tie exists for a remaining position, rank determines the winner.

    A ballot-counting committee may be appointed by the convention committee or the facilitators. Any participant of the convention may observe the counting of ballots.
 

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