Bylaws

ARTICLE I: PURPOSE AND SCOPE

These bylaws govern the Libertarian Party of Alabama hereinafter referred to as the “Party”, whose purpose is to pursue liberty and promote libertarian political ideals consistent with the Libertarian Statement of Principles by:

A.   Disseminating information about libertarian ideals and principles;

B.   Nominating and promoting candidates for local, state, and national public office

C.   Promoting and coordinating regional and local organizations throughout the state;

D.   Selecting and sending delegates to Libertarian Party national conventions.

 

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.   Members of the party are those residents of Alabama whose LPA party dues are current and who have certified in writing that they oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.

Section 2.   The entire Executive Committee, by two-thirds vote, may revoke an individual’s membership for cause.  

 

ARTICLE III: THE OFFICERS

Section 1.   The officers of the Party shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The officers are elected at the Annual Party Convention and take office immediately following the close of the Convention.  No offices shall be combined. 

Section 2.   The Chair shall preside at all Party Conventions and at all meetings of the Executive Committee, and shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Party.

Section 3.   The Vice-Chair shall act as assistant to the Chair and shall perform the duties of the Chair during periods in which the Chair is unable to perform those duties.

Section 4.   The Secretary shall be responsible for maintaining the Party membership list, taking minutes of Executive Committee meetings, and keeping other records as required by the Chair or Executive Committee. 

Section 5.   The Treasurer shall receive, disburse, and account for the funds of the Party under the supervision of the Chair and the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall prepare an annual report and make available any financial information required by the Executive Committee.  

ARTICLE IV: The Executive Committee

Section 1. The Executive Committee is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, up to two At-Large Members, and a Regional Representative from each of the following four regions, each running east-to-west across the state, the first to include Huntsville and Florence, the second Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Gadsden, the third Montgomery, Selma, and Auburn, and the fourth Mobile and Dothan. The exact geographic composition of each region shall be determined by the Executive Committee. No person shall hold more than one title. At-Large Members of the Executive Committee are elected at the Annual Party Convention. Up to two At-Large positions may be filled, but are not required.

Section 2. No Member of the Executive Committee shall be a member of, or hold office in, another political party, or support a candidate of another political party in opposition to a candidate of the Libertarian Party of Alabama.

Section 3. Each Regional Representative is chosen at the Annual Convention by caucus of the Party members present who reside in that region. A Regional Representative should be a Party member residing within the region he or she represents and is charged with the responsibility of promoting the activities described in Article I within the region. A Regional Representative is also responsible for organizing county-level subunits within the region as well as college campus groups or other local organizations promoting libertarian goals.

Section 4. The Executive Committee shall appoint new officers if vacancies occur, such officers to complete the term of the office vacated. The Executive Committee may also appoint Regional Representatives to fill vacancies, so long as an appointee is a Party member and is willing to serve. The Executive Committee may appoint an acting Regional Representative from outside the region if necessary.

Section 5. The Executive Committee shall meet at such time and place as determined by action of the Committee or call of the Chair, except however the Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly. If a meeting is to be held at a time and/or place not arranged at a previous meeting it is the responsibility of the Secretary to give reasonable notice to all Executive Committee 

 

ARTICLE V: CONVENTION

Section 1. It shall be the responsibility of the Executive Committee to set the time, place, and schedule of events for the Annual Convention. At least thirty days notice must be provided to the members concerning these arrangements. In order to vote at the Convention a Party member must have been a member at least 30 days prior to the date of the Convention.

Section 2. All votes for one or more candidates, officers, or delegates must include as the last selection the option, “None of the Above”(NOTA). If NOTA receives a majority of votes, an entirely new slate of candidates may be offered and a new vote taken, or that position shall go unfilled.

Section 3. At-Large Members of the Executive committee are elected at the Annual convention. Up to two At-Large positions may be filled, but are not required.  A single election for both possible seats is conducted in the following manner:  Each voting member my cast up to two votes, but no more than one vote for any one candidate or for NOTA.  Of the two candidates receiving the highest vote totals, those receiving more votes than NOTA shall be declared elected.

Section 4. Candidates for public office shall be chosen by majority vote at the Convention from among those put into nomination there. A Party candidate for public office must be a member of the Party, legally eligible to serve in the office, and willing to accept the nomination. In cases such as the death, resignation, disqualification, or suspension of a Party nominee, offices for which no candidate is chosen at the Convention, and circumstances such as special elections, redistricting, etc. requiring new candidates to be put forward, the Executive Committee shall be responsible for the selection of Party candidates. A candidate’s nomination may be suspended for cause by 2/3 vote of the entire Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VII: NOMINATION AND ENDORSEMENT OF CANDIDATES


Section 1. Candidates for federal, state, or local office may be nominated or endorsed under the methods and conditions described herein.
Section 2. Nominations: A candidate nominated by the Libertarian Party of Alabama for public office shall be a member of the Libertarian Party of Alabama, shall support its platform, shall not hold a leadership position in another party’s name, and shall be its official candidate for that office in that election. A candidate who is nominated shall have expressed a willingness to accept the nomination and shall be eligible to serve in that office. Nominated candidates may also use the term “endorsed”.

Section 3. Endorsements: A candidate who is not a member of the Libertarian Party of Alabama may be endorsed by it if it has not nominated a candidate for that office in that election. A candidate who is endorsed shall be eligible to serve in that office.

Section 4. . Candidates may be nominated or endorsed at the annual convention under the following conditions:

4.1 Nomination or endorsement of candidates for federal or state offices which appear on the ballot statewide may be made only in the year of the corresponding general election.
4.2 All candidates seeking nomination or endorsement, shall file notice of their intent by the time established by the Convention Committee.
4.3 Candidates shall provide a notice of intent and written information on their qualifications, background, campaign positions, and any other information they deem relevant. The candidate shall provide a minimum of 25 copies of this information to be made available to the convention delegates. Candidates seeking nomination may be required to provide proof that they are members and a signed and dated written statement that they will support the platform.
4.4 Candidates or their designee shall have ten minutes to address the convention before balloting takes place. No vote to nominate or endorse shall be binding unless all members of the Executive Committee have been provided with basic information on the candidate, which may include campaign literature, a campaign website, or a summary of their positions and principles, at least seven days prior to the convention.
4.5 Delegates shall have ten minutes, or such longer time as the Chairman determines, to ask questions of the candidates prior to the first ballot.
4.6 An intermission period shall occur after the candidate(s) or designee(s) address to the convention and before the first ballot.
4.7 A paper ballot shall be prepared for the offices for which candidates have provided a notice of intent.
4.8 None of the above (NOTA) shall automatically be an option on all ballots for public office. The convention may decline to nominate or endorse any candidate for public office, even if there are persons seeking nomination or endorsement for that office. Any candidate who sought endorsement at the convention and failed to achieve it, is ineligible to be nominated or endorsed by the Executive Committee, for that office in the current election cycle.
4.9 All nomination or endorsement votes shall be by secret ballot. To secure nomination or endorsement a candidate must receive the votes of two-thirds (2/3) of the delegates voting for that office.
4.10 When two or more candidates are on the ballot for an office and if after two ballots none of the candidates have achieved the required votes for nomination or endorsement, the candidate with the fewest votes shall be removed from the ballot. The candidates eliminated shall be offered one minute to address the convention prior to the next ballot. In case of a tie, candidates with the fewest votes shall draw straws to determine who is eliminated. This procedure shall continue for all subsequent ballots. The option of NOTA shall remain on all ballots.
4.11 If no candidate (or NOTA) has achieved the required votes for nomination or endorsement any time after 10 ballots, any delegate may make a motion to end the balloting. If a majority of the delegates vote to end balloting, balloting shall cease.

Section 5. The Executive Committee may nominate or endorse candidates under the following conditions:

5.1 For any office having its general election in the current year, if the annual convention did not nominate or endorse a candidate for that office.
5.2 For any special election.
5.3 When the party’s nominated or endorsed candidate dies or withdraws from the race.
5.4 When a candidate’s nomination or endorsement is removed by the Executive Committee as provided elsewhere in these bylaws.
5.5 When all members of the Executive Committee have been provided with basic information on the candidate, which may include campaign literature, a campaign website, or a summary of their positions and principles, at least seven days prior to any vote.
5.6 Executive Committee nomination or endorsement requires a two-thirds (2/3) majority of those present and voting.

Section 6. Candidates may be nominated by an affiliate under the following conditions:


6.1 For any office having its general election in the current year, if the annual convention or Executive Committee did not nominate a candidate for that office.
6.2 For any special election.
6.3 When the affiliate holds registered status as provided elsewhere in these Bylaws.
6.4 A nomination shall require at least four members present and a two-thirds (2/3) majority of those present and voting. Upon nomination by the affiliate and minutes describing the circumstances of such nomination being presented to the Party, the candidate shall automatically be considered as nominated by the Libertarian Party of Alabama.
6.5 A candidate whose district transcends an affiliate’s geographic region shall not be considered nominated until all affiliates within that district concur with the nomination.
6.6 The Executive Committee shall retain the power to withdraw an affiliate nomination, as provided elsewhere in these Bylaws’

Section 7. Candidates nominated for Alabama House, Alabama Senate, US Congress, or US Senate shall pledge that, if elected, they shall not caucus with either the Democratic Party or Republican Party or otherwise align with these parties on a permanent basis. Candidates may caucus with other Libertarians or with representatives of other parties if they so choose. Candidates may vote in concert with representatives of any party on an issue-by-issue basis.


Section 8. A candidate’s nomination or endorsement may be withdrawn by the Executive Committee. Withdrawal of nomination or endorsement requires a three-quarters (3/4) vote of those present and voting at a meeting. That candidate’s nomination or endorsement shall then be declared null and void. The resolution of withdrawal must state the specific reasons for withdrawal and must be signed by each member of the Executive Committee agreeing thereto.

ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those members present and voting at an Annual Convention. Proposed amendments to the Bylaws may be submitted by any Party member, but must be made available to the Executive Committee at least two weeks prior to the Convention so that preparations for their proper consideration at the Convention can be made.