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Proposal Details

Proposal ID154
ProposalDelegate Selection To The National Convention
PresenterGreen Party of New York State, Green Party of Vermont
Floor ManagerJody Grage
Discussion07/04/2005 - 07/24/2005
Voting07/25/2005 - 07/31/2005
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Consens Quorum46 A Majority of Yes and No Votes


To maintain our party's unity we must institute internal democratic reforms
that ensure that all viewpoints are respected, all members can participate
fully in the institutions of the party, and all decisions truly reflect the
will of the Green Party membership.

In order to strengthen internal democracy in the Green Party of the United
States, we ask the National Committee of GPUS to approve the following


The Green Party of New York and the Green Party of Vermont call upon the
GPUS to strengthen internal democracy in the selection of delegates to our
leadership bodies and to the presidential nominating convention, based on
the principle of one person, one vote.

To facilitate this process we call upon the GPUS to require that the
selection of delegates to our national convention respect the vote of the
membership by ensuring that:

1) The number of delegates pledged to each candidate is proportioned
according to the vote, whether a state uses primary, regional caucus, or a
state nominating convention to choose a presidential nominee.

2) A delegate may not go to the national convention representing a candidate
(or proposal) that they did not vote for in their state's primary or caucus,
unless specifically bound in writing to vote for that candidate (or

3) During the first round of voting at the national convention, delegates
must vote for their designated candidate (or proposal position) to ensure
that the will of the membership is respected. Should a second round be
necessary, the delegates from any state may cast votes in accordance with
instructions from their own state party organizations should such
instructions be issued, or be free to vote their conscience if no such
instructions are given. In all subsequent rounds, delegates are free to vote
their conscience based on what they believe is the best for the Green Party.

4) Where possible, state Green Parties should hold official primaries to
facilitate the greatest possible participation by their members. Where no
primaries exist, every effort should be made to ensure that all state party
members receive ballots. The GPUS should help facilitate these efforts in
cases where the states have limited resources to poll their membership. In
all cases, the GPUS should report the number of voters participating in a
state election and the number of votes received by each candidate on their


Contact: Steve Greenfield (845) 255-2516,


This proposal is to be presented for vote to the 2005 national Green Party
meeting, to be held July 21-24 2005.

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