2020 Green National Convention to Take Place in Cyberspace

As reported at Ballot Access News, the Green Party has decided to move its 2020 national convention from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan to the virtual world.  The originally scheduled dates of July 9 through July 12 remain in place for the event.

This comes as Wayne State University says it will not be able to accommodate the party in light of the coronavirus pandemic that has put most of the nation on lockdown since mid-March.

Other parties have also had to rethink holding traditional national conventions.  Last month, the Constitution Party chose to move next week’s national convention to cyberspace. The Libertarian Party will decide what to do about its national convention, according to paulie, at a zoom meeting May 2.

Unlike those two parties, the Green Party has held binding presidential primaries with delegates to the national convention at stake.  Currently, union leader and longtime Green activist and party co-founder Howie Hawkins leads all other Green Party presidential candidates with 71 of the 202 delegates required for the nomination. Youngstown Board of Education member Dario Hunter trails with 27 delegates.

2 thoughts on “2020 Green National Convention to Take Place in Cyberspace

  1. fulner

    I’ve been reading through the Green Party bylaws and convention rules to find out how they are allowing this.

    I can’t find anything that specifically allows electronic meetings to take place. Under Roberts you can’t have electronic meetings unless your bylaws say that you can. But I also can’t find anything that defines Roberts, or any other Parliamentary Law, as the Party’s ultimate authority.

    If anyone can help me out I would appreciate it.

    That being said my concern is whether or not this decision will lead to possible legal challenges from folks who would rather not see a (G) on the presidential ballot (like Biden supporters).

  2. Richard Winger

    There is no need to fear legal challenges. National conventions don’t have any binding authority anyway. That is because the true election in November is for presidential electors, and state parties choose presidential elector candidates at their state conventions. National conventions just have moral force, and state parties are free to ignore them. In 1948 the Democratic Parties of Alabama, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi said Strom Thurmond was their nominee. In 1968 the Democratic Party of Alabama said George Wallace was its nominee. In 1912 the Republican Parties of California and South Dakota said Theodore Roosevelt was their nominee. In 2000 the Arizona Libertarian Party said L. Neil Smith was its nominee.

    The only time a national convention choice had legal force was in 2000 for the Reform Party. The Federal Election Commission owed the party’s presidential campaign $12,000,000, so the FEC had to know which national convention was valid, the one that nominated Pat Buchanan or the one next door that nominated John Hagelin.

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