Constitution Party of Tennessee

Article XIV - Accountability

Accountability is critical to ensuring the party remains loyal to the Constitution of the United States of America. The CPOT acknowledges the fact that if individuals are left unchecked they will secure their own power, thereby losing focus on securing the rights of the people. Therefore, provisions have been laid out within these ByLaws to ensure appropriate measures are taken against these encroachments and dealt with in a timely fashion.

Upon adoption of these ByLaws, these accountability measures will apply to all existing County Executive Committees and State Executive Committee.

These measures are instituted to ensure the state and party officers, the candidates, and the elected officials are held accountable for their actions, their votes, and for who or what they support.

Section 1. - No Confidence Vote Petition

A No Confidence vote petition will be the mechanism used to initiate the accountability process.

    1. A petition can be completed by the Executive Committee members.
    2. Minimum standard: 10% of the Executive Committee members must sign the No Confidence vote petition

Section 2. - Processing the No Confidence Vote Petition

Upon receipt of a No Confidence vote petition by the State Chairman or Vice Chairman the following actions are required.

    1. The State Chairman and Vice Chairman will verify the minimum requirement is met.
    2. For petitions that involve the State Chairman or Vice Chairman, the verification process of the petition will be done by the Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 3. - Initiating the No Confidence Vote

Upon verification that the petition threshold was met, the State Chairman or Vice Chairman must call a special executive meeting.

    1. The details surrounding the petition must be formally written and shared with the entire Executive Committee and the individual in question.
    2. The individual in question may submit a rebuttal within 7 days. The rebuttal must be provided to the State Chairman
    3. All material used to process the No Confidence vote shall be made available two weeks prior to the vote.

Section 4. - Executing the No Confidence Vote

Upon a super majority vote (2/3) of the Executive Committee, the individual will be notified of the vote and will be informed of the actions that will be taken.

    1. The voting must be done by roll call only
    2. The voting results will be available to party members
    3. In order for the vote to be valid, a Quorum must be present

Section 5. - Carrying Out the Results of the No Confidence Vote

The following actions will be taken upon a vote of No Confidence

    1. If the vote fails (i.e., less than 2/3 of the members vote “No Confidence”), the person in question will be notified and an official statement will be written detailing the allegations and outcome of the vote.
    2. If the vote is successful (i.e., 2/3 or more of the members vote “No Confidence”), the person in question will be notified and an official statement will be written detailing the allegations and outcome of the vote. 
      • The outcome of a successful vote will follow the process below.
        • If this is either the first or second offense, the person in question will be notified of the successful vote, will be censured, and will be reminded that upon the third offense what actions will be taken, as described in the next bullet point.
        • If this violation is the third offense, the person in question will be notified that they no longer have the permission of the Constitution Party of Tennessee to claim association to the party.
          • A request for resignation of office will be sent with formal charges and final voting results.
          • The State Election Commission will be notified that the individual no longer is an approved candidate
          • A press release shall be sent to media outlets if the individual fails to resign

Section 6. - Importance of the Constitution of the United States of America

The position of the Constitution Party of Tennessee is that even one single infraction against the Constitution of the United States of America is grounds to be expelled from the party. However, these ByLaws will follow the “three strikes and you are out” policy. We want our leaders and candidates to understand that they will be held accountable for their votes. We desire our leaders to begin upholding the Constitution of the United States of America with fervor.

Section 7. - Proper Reasons for a No Confidence Vote Petition

The proper reasons for a No Confidence vote will be restricted to violations against the Constitution of the United States of America, the Tennessee Constitution, and those commitments contained within the Signed Commitment Letter.