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Libertarian Party of Oregon Passes Resolution Regarding Convention Actions

LP Oregon

Wes Wagner

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RESOLUTION

Libertarian Party of Oregon
Board of Directors Meeting, Beaverton, Oregon
August 5, 2014

SUBJECT: 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention

WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon, founded under Oregon law prior to the founding of the National Libertarian Party, is an independent organization neither subordinate nor bound by any contract to the National Libertarian Party,

WHEREAS at the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention, the delegation from the Libertarian Party of Oregon was modified by the convention without the consent, and over the objection, of this state affiliate,

WHEREAS the National Libertarian Party bylaws require that “[e]ach state-level affiliate party shall, in accordance with its own Bylaws and these Bylaws, determine who shall be its delegates to all Regular Conventions” (NLP bylaws §6(3)),

WHEREAS the National Libertarian Party bylaws require that “… delegates to a Regular Convention shall be selected by a method adopted by each affiliate party” (NLP bylaws §11(3)(b)),

WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon bylaws make it a duty of the board of directors to appoint delegates (LPO bylaws §5(3)),

WHEREAS the board of directors adopted the following delegate appointment rule: “to accept applicants in the order they were received, with later applicants being placed in alternate slots”, (LPO Board meeting, January 15, 2014),

WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon solicited delegates via a sign-up form in our 2014 primary election announcement letter, mailed to every person registered to vote as a Libertarian in Oregon,

WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon also solicited delegates via a sign-up form in our 2014 primary ballot materials, mailed to every person registered to vote as a Libertarian in Oregon,

WHEREAS the Libertarian Party of Oregon also solicited delegates via announcements on our website and other social media,
WHEREAS the National Libertarian Party bylaws direct that “[a] list of the names and addresses of all delegates and alternates chosen by each affiliate party shall be sent to the Credentials Committee” and that “[a]mendments to such lists may be made by the affiliate parties and submitted to the Credentials Committee” (NLP bylaws §11(5)(c), emphasis added),

WHEREAS there is no suggestion anywhere in the National Libertarian Party bylaws that any body other than the state affiliate party is ever granted the authority to determine its delegation,

WHEREAS the procedure used to modify the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s delegation – amending the Credentials Committee report – is not permitted by the National Libertarian Party bylaws,

WHEREAS the exclusive means to modify a delegation during the Convention is provided by §11(5)(e) of the National Libertarian Party bylaws,

WHEREAS the purpose of the §11(5)(e) provision is to enable the state affiliate to submit additional members of its delegation to the Credentials Committee during the convention,

WHEREAS the fact that §11(5)(e) is silent regarding who may make submissions to the Credentials Committee is not an implicit grant of authority for any other body to make submissions on the state affiliate party’s behalf, or over its objection,

WHEREAS even if others could make submissions, the application of §11(5)(e) requires a seven-eighths vote, which was not obtained,

WHEREAS “[m]otions that conflict with the corporate charter, constitution, or bylaws of a society … are out of order, and if any motion of this kind is adopted, it is null and void” (RONR (11th ed.),… Read more ...