Green Party National Committee vote update

As reported earlier here and here and here at GPW, The GNC has had several issues in the voting queue. The results are now in.

Resolution 382, which restates the GPUS opposition to the death penalty in light of recent support for the death penalty by the Mexican Green Party was passed with a vote of 80 in favor, 35 opposed and 17 abstentions

Resolution 383, which would allow annual meeting delegates not at the meeting in person to vote on party leadership via the Internet failed with a vote of 56 in favor, 48 opposed and 14 abstentions. While a majority of GNC members voting yes or no supported the proposal, the rules required a 2/3 super majority to pass.

Proposal 385 was a re-vote on the election of members of the Green Senatorial Campaign Committee. With seven seats and seven candidates, all were elected. The re-vote was required because an earlier vote didn’t meet the quorum requirement.

Similarly, Proposal 384 was a re-vote on the election of the Green House Campaign Committee. One difference however is that there were but three candidates on the ballot while the committee is a nine member group. The final outcome saw those three elected,, along with four write-in candidates. Lou Novak, as noted here earlier, won many write-in votes while Brian Good, Ron Hardy and Gregg Jocoy won far fewer write-in votes. Even so, the rules would place each of these Greens on the House Campaign Committee if they should accept the position.

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  1. On a personal note, thanks to Ron Hardy and David Whiteman for their votes for me, and to Bryan Smith for his support in the comments. I am grateful to you all and will do my best to serve the Green Party and our candidates on the GHCC.

  2. Despite an earlier email message to me explaining that votes cast for write-in candidates would elect the recipient, Steering Committee member Phil Huckleberry, the proposal’s floor manager responsible for the previous two votes failing for lack of a quorum, has ruled that three of the four write-in vote getters will not be seated.

    The by-laws of the Green House Campaign Committee say:

    Nine additional members, nominated by members of the Green National Committee (GNC) of GPUS, and elected by the GNC, using the standard rules for proportional elections set by the GNC.

    Thus far I can find nothing that says what “standard rules” are, but I have written Huckleberry to ask for clarification.

    I feel compelled to point out that this decision by Huckleberry, if not changed, would leave 4 members serving on a nine person committee. The bylaws would seem to say that this makes a quorum of that committee impossible until at least one more member is elected by the GNC.

  3. Thank you for this outstanding coverage.

    It greatly helps the average Green Party fan/member to stay informed. By your reporting it also helps the process toward fairness.

    Great work.

    When no-one from the GNC is interested in serving, regular – non delegate greens should be permitted to serve on these committees, provide assistance, and support.

  4. Thanks Jayne. I do want to clear up a something though. As I understand it, any Green could have been nominated to serve on either of these committees, and don’t even have to be vetted by their state party. Other national committees, like the Media Committee or Finance Committee, do require your state approve your choice. Anyone can serve on one of these campaign committees, providing they secure enough votes.

    I have exchanged a few terse emails with Phil Huckleberry. He points to rules to elect members of the Steering Committee, and without any written justification in party rules or procedures that I can find, has established the same rules for the GPHCC. I cannot find even one other instance where this policy has been applied. One man rule you could say.

    To be frank, I was offering to help. Our steering committee members should have done a much better job of finding Greens to serve on this committee. To nominate three people for a nine member committee is stupid at the least. I have no interest in serving any longer. Once the Steering Committee decides to follow their own policies my opinion may change. I am not holding my breath.

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