Constitution Party of Tennessee

Article XI - Nominations and Election of State Party Officers

Section 1. - Nominations

All nominations for State Party offices or for the Executive Committee must have completed the candidate vetting process as defined by the Candidate Vetting and Accountability Committee and approved by party members or by the delegates (if the delegation process has been initiated).

Section 2. - Elections of State Party Officers

The election of the State Party Officers will be held at the annual meeting of the organization. Where there is only one candidate for office, the election may be by voice vote unless a member calls for a ballot vote. If there is more than one candidate for an office, then a vote by ballot must be held. In such a case, a majority vote cast by secret ballot shall be necessary to elect. In the event that no candidate received a majority of the votes from the first ballot, a second ballot shall be taken between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes from the first ballot. In all elections for party office, the State Party Chairman has a vote.

Section 3. - Election of the Congressional District Director

The election of the Congressional District Director shall follow one of the processes below:

  • The Congressional District Director shall be nominated by the State Executive Committee. The nominated individual must receive a majority vote of the State Executive Committee.
  • Once the district has achieved a membership of a 100 members or greater, the members within the district shall hold a meeting to elect the Congressional District Director at the end of the current term. The nominated individual must receive a majority vote of the members within the district participating in such meeting.

Section 4. - Initial Formation and Election of the County Party Chairman

The election of the County Party Chairman shall follow one of the processes below:

  • A group of a minimum of 10 individuals committed to the Constitution Party deciding to form a County Party may nominate and elect an interim County Chairman to establish the County organization. The Congressional District Director shall participate in the nomination and election process. The interim Chairman should preside over a meeting to elect the other interim officers as needed. The interim Chairman must be vetted by using the Candidate Vetting and Accountability measures, as outlined in this document.
  • The Congressional District Director or a member of the State Executive Committee will nominate a Chairman for the County Party. The nominated individual must receive a majority vote of the State Party Executive Committee. However, once the County Party has been officially recognized as a County Party, the County Party membership shall elect all County Party Executive Committee members moving forward.

The election of the permanent officers must take place no later than the first quarter of the next odd numbered year.

Section 5. - Candidate Vetting and Accountability

The Candidate Vetting and Accountability Committee shall provide all election material, act as tellers of the election, and confirm candidates have completed the vetting process.

Section 6. - Taking Office

The incoming officers will assume their duties immediately following the annual meeting.

Section 7. - Transitioning Power

Immediately following the annual meeting, there shall be an Executive Committee meeting comprised of the members of the outgoing Executive Committee and the members of the incoming Executive Committee. During this meeting, the transition of work activities will be accomplished with outlined action items to be provided to the newly-elected State Party Chairman.