Constitution Party of Tennessee

Constitution Party of Tennessee 

State Party Constitution

May 14, 2013

 

Preamble

The Constitution Party of Tennessee acknowledges God for HIS blessings, guidance, protection and sustainment. We further declare that this organization’s bedrock foundation is the Holy Bible and the fundamental truths contained therein.

Article I - Name

The name of the organization shall be the Constitution Party of Tennessee. It is currently affiliated with the national Constitution Party.

Article II - Objectives

The objectives of this party shall be:

    1. Promote and prove through practical application the superiority of our founding principles
    2. Increase the electorates effectiveness in self governance
    3. Work to elect Constitutionalist to office at all levels; local, state, and national
    4. Apply the principles of the national Constitution Party platform at the local and state levels
    5. Engage members across the state of Tennessee to provide infrastructure necessary to guard against tyranny through the activation of party members, their participation in legislative agendas, and direct involvement with elected leaders educating them on the proper role of government

 

Article III - Membership

Section 1. - Legal Age and Citizenship

Any legal and qualified voter under the law of the State of Tennessee, who is in accord with the principles of the Constitution Party of Tennessee.

Section 2. - Individual Dues

Members are not required to pay ‘membership’ dues. The focus of the Constitution Party of Tennessee is proactive engagement at the individual and county levels. Therefore, if the Constitution Party of Tennessee is able to make the case locally and statewide, funds will be available to conduct statewide party business because of local involvement, shared purpose and focus on future activities laid out by the State Party.

Section 3. - Good Standing - Member

A member is considered to be in Good Standing when the following are achieved.

    1. Regular meeting attendance
      • Defined by attending two of the last three meetings.
      • Meeting attendance requirement applies to existing and new members.
      • Participates in State Party activities
    2. Providing material support by one or more of the methods listed below.
      • Physically through volunteer work
      • Monetarily through donations and/or participating in fund raising events

The State Party and County Party Secretaries will maintain an up-to-date record of all respective members and officers.

Section 4. - Good Standing State Party or County Party Executive Committee Member

An executive committee member is considered to be in Good Standing if the following are true:

    1. At the time of the vote, the executive committee member that has not been disqualified, as outlined in this organizations ByLaws

Section 5. - County Membership

County membership is required for the county to become officially recognized.

Section 6. - County Dues

Once the county party has been established according to provisions enumerated within the Constitution Party of Tennessee’s ByLaws, the county must executive annual payment before being allowed to vote on the State Executive Committee.

The amount of the annual payment is set to $525.

Upon adoption of these changes, monies paid based on previously adopted State Party Constitution membership dues will be applied to this county due requirement.

Example: County X

Total Membership: 15
Total Members who have paid General Membership Dues: 5 Total Members who have paid Voting Membership Dues: 10

Dues collected for County X: (5*10) + (10*30) = $350 Outstanding Balance Due upon Adoption: 525 - 350 = $175

In the event the annual payment lapses, the County Chairman may participate in the State Executive Committee. However, the County Chairman whose County Party Membership dues are not current will not be allowed to vote. The County Party Chairman whose dues are 60 days delinquent will be removed from the State Executive Committee.

Section 7. - Fiscal Year Schedule

The fiscal year of this organization shall be from August 1 - July 31.

 

Article IV - Executive Committee

Section 1. - Executive Committee Makeup

The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected State Party Officers, the previous State Party Chairman, the Congressional District Directors, County Chairmen and upto two AT Large Members.

Section 2. - Officers of the State Party

The officers of the organization shall be Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice Treasurer. One person may hold up to two positions if necessary for the party to have a full slate of officers.

Section 3. - Term of Office

The election term of office for Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, County Chairman, and, Congressional District Director shall be two years. The elective term for the Treasurer and Vice Treasurer shall be four years.

Section 4. - Standing Committees

The standing committees and Ad Hoc committees shall be enumerated in the ByLaws.

Section 5. - Duties of Officers

Duties of the officers shall be enumerated in the ByLaws.

Section 6. - Grounds for Removal from Office

Grounds for removal shall be enumerated in the ByLaws

Section 7. - Past Chairman Participation

The previous Chairman is welcome to continue providing their experience to assist the Constitution Party in achieving its goals and objectives. The previous Chairman is also held to the requirement outline in Section 6.

Section 8. - Local Support

Local support will be provided through the implementation of Congressional District Directors and County Chairman

Section 9. - Congressional District Director Duties

The duties of the Congressional District Directors shall be enumerated in the ByLaws !

    1. The number of Congressional District Directors will be dictated by the number of Congressional Districts outlined for TN which is based on the 10-year census.
    2. The initial term of the Congressional District Directors shall be one year.

Section 10. - County Chairmen Duties

The duties of the County Chairmen shall be enumerated in the ByLaws.

    1. The number of County Chairmen will not exceed the number of counties within TN (95) unless a waiver is granted by the State Executive Committee. Possible reason for additional counties may be to accommodate larger populated areas and/or larger geographical areas
    2. The newly elected County Chairman is officially seated as a member of the State Executive Committee. However, the County Chairman must execute county membership payment before the County Chairman is allowed to vote on the State Executive Committee.

Section 11. - Common Duties

The following items represent those duties which are common to all State Executive Committee members (State Party Officers, Congressional District Directors, and County Chairs).

    1. State Party Office vacancies occurring during the year shall be filled through nomination by a member on the State Executive Committee and approved by majority vote of the State Executive Committee.
    2. County Party Office vacancies occurring during the year shall be filled through nomination by the County Executive Committee and approval by majority vote of the County Executive Committee.
    3. Vacancy nominees must also complete the candidate vetting documentation and be verified by the Executive Committee.
    4. The duly elected shall assume their duties immediately following the election.
    5. The election of these officers shall be at the annual meeting in a manner prescribed by the ByLaws of the organization with the exception of the Congressional District Director and County Chairmen.

 

Article V - Meetings

Section 1. - Regular Annual Meeting Requirement

The regular annual meeting of this organization shall be held between June 1 and July 31, unless otherwise ordered by the State Executive Committee by super majority (2/3). The time and place of each meeting shall be selected by the Executive Committee.

Section 2. - Purpose of Annual Meeting

The regular annual meeting shall be for the purpose of electing officers, receiving reports of the officers and committees, for amending the Constitution, for amending the ByLaws, and for such other business as may arise.

Section 3. - Calling a Special Meeting

A special meeting shall be held at the call of the Chairman or upon request of 10 percent of the membership. In the case that the delegation method is being used, 10 percent of the delegation will be required.

Section 4. - Regular Executive Committee Meetings

Regular meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at least two weeks following the regular meeting and not less than one week preceding the next regular meeting of the membership or delegation at such time and at such place as may be determined by the Chairman.

Section 5. - Calling a Special Executive Committee Meeting!

Special meetings of the Executive Committee may be called by the Chairman or upon written request by 10 percent of the members of the Executive Committee. The purpose of the meeting is to be stated in the call and no other business is to be transacted.

Section 6. - Calling a No Confidence Vote Meeting

A vote of NO Confidence with a candidate, elected official, or a member of the Executive Committee shall be held at the petition of 10% of the Executive Committee.

The voting shall be conducted during a special meeting called by State Chairman or Vice Chairman and will be done in the manner prescribed in the ByLaws of this organization.

 

Article VI - Standing Rules

    1. Any standing rule which does not conflict with the Constitution and ByLaws of this organization may be adopted by a majority vote at any meeting.
    2. After having been adopted, such standing rule cannot be modified at the same session except by reconsideration.
    3. At any future session, any standing rule can be suspended, modified, or rescinded.
    4. Previous notice shall not be required for the adoption, suspension, modification, or recession of any standing rule.
    5. These standing rules shall be binding on this organization and shall be stated in an addendum to be attached to the ByLaws.

 

Article VII - Quorum

Section 1. - Quorum for Regular Meeting

A quorum shall consist of one-third of the members who are in good standing or one-third of the delegates.

Proxy voting will be allowed during regular meetings. In the event a member is unable to attend the regular annual meeting, he or she may assign their voting privileges to another member but must follow the process outlined below.

    1. Provide a written statement (email acceptable) to the County Chairman and the State Secretary
    2. Provide all vetting requirements as enumerated within the ByLaws
    3. Within the written statement provide the following:
      • First and Last Name
      • Address, City, ZIP
      • County
      • Name of the member who will be voting on their behalf

Section 2. - Quorum for Executive Committee Meetings

A quorum for a meeting of the Executive Committee shall be a one-third of the number of members sitting on the Executive Committee.

Executive Committee members must be present to vote or provide a written statement (email acceptable) to the Chairman stating the Executive Committee member to whom he has assigned his permission to vote on his behalf.

 

Article VIII - Amendments

Section 1. - Vote Requirement for State Party Constitution

The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the voting members present at the annual meeting provided that the proposed amendments shall have been submitted in writing to the membership at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting.

Section 2. - Vote Requirement for State Party ByLaws

The ByLaws of this organization may be amended. The voting requirement will be enumerated within the State Party ByLaws.

Section 3.- Recording Amendments Requirement

Each printing of this Constitution and/or ByLaws incorporated amendments shall be dated.

 

Article IX - Parliamentary Authority

Robert’s Rule of Order (newly revised or the latest edition) shall govern all meetings of this organization, its Executive Committee, and its subcommittees, except where inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution, ByLaws, and Standing Rules of this organization.