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GPUS Rules, Policies and Procedures, Section VIII

Section 8-5 Delegate Apportionment Categories

8-5.1 Definitions

8-5.1(a) Throughout the Delegate Apportionment Categories, when a reference is made to “a state party’s proportion”, the intention is to take the state party’s count in a given category and divide by the sum total of all such counts for all accredited and active state parties.

8-5.2 Membership Strength

8-5.2(a) Membership Strength shall be defined as the normalized percent of the state party maximum of:
(i) Green Party registration in partisan registration states; or
(ii) One-thousandth (0.1 percent) of the United States Census Bureau’s most recent state population estimate.

8-5.2(b) If legal action results in a state Green party having its members legally invalidated, they may continue to use the last membership count in place at the time of invalidation until the next apportionment cycle.

8-5.3 Candidate and Officeholder Strength

8-5.3(a) Candidate and Officeholder Strength is defined as the normalized percent of the maximum of the state party’s proportion of:
(i) Current Green Party elected officeholders; or
(ii) The total number of Green Party candidates for public office during the previous four calendar years.

8-5.3(b) For the purposes of this category, Green Party office holders and candidates are defined as any Green Party member who runs for public office, who is not also a member of the Republican or Democratic Party; and who has not run solely on the ballot line of another statewide or national political party. Green Party office holders and candidates who ran in an election where fewer than 300 ballots were cast shall count as half. Office holders and candidates at the precinct level shall not be counted in any of the calculations.

8-5.4 State Voting Strength

8-5.4(a) State Voting Strength is defined as the normalized percent of the maximum of the state party proportion of:
(i) The total number of votes for all Green Party state and local candidates during the previous four calendar years; or
(ii) The total number of votes for the Green Party candidates in each state who received the highest number of votes in a partisan election for state or local office during the previous four calendar years, subject to adjustment.

8-5.4(b) For the purposes of this category, Green Party candidates may not also be members of the Republican or Democratic Party; and may not have run solely on the ballot lines of another statewide or national political party.

8-5.4(c) For the purposes of 8-5.3(a)(ii), the candidate with the highest number of votes must have run in a race also contested by candidates of both the Democratic and Republican Parties; or, if the candidate with the higher number of votes did not run in a race so contested, one-fourth (25%) of that candidate’s vote total can be used.

8-5.5 Presidential Voting Strength

8-5.5(a) Presidential voting strength is defined as the normalized percent of the maximum adjusted Green Party proportion of vote for President in each of the preceding two presidential election cycles, where adjusted Green Party vote for President is defined as the maximum of the state party proportion of the sum of the greater for each state of:
(i) Votes for Green Party presidential nominee in that state; or
(ii) One thousandth (0.1 percent) of the number of ballots cast for President in that state.

Section 8-6 Delegate Apportionment Formula

The Delegate Apportionment Formula shall be based upon the Delegate Apportionment Categories described in 8-5 and calculated as follows:

8-6.1 Calculate the score in each of the four Delegate Apportionment Categories. Normalize each category so that the total percentage is 100%.

8-6.2 Add up these scores and divide by 4 to get an average score. This is the percentage of the delegation designated to the state.

8-6.3 If the percentage is less than the minimum percentage threshold of delegates allocated to each state, then two delegates will be allocated to that state party. The minimum percentage threshold is {2 / [150 – (number of accredited caucuses)]} x 100%.

8-6.4 If the percentage is greater than the minimum threshold, that is the initial percentage of delegates allocated to the state party.

8-6.5 Once the initial percentages are calculated for all accredited, active parties, these values must be normalized to assure that the total percent of delegates equals 100%. The formula for normalizing the initial percentages is as follows:

8-6.5(a) Set all states with initial percentage scores below the minimum threshold value equal to the minimum threshold.

8-6.5(b) Add up the initial percentage scores of all states and divide each state’s initial percentage by this total.

8-6.5(c) Repeat the steps in 8-6.5(a) and 8-6.5(b) until the total percentage of delegates allotted to all states (150 – number of accredited caucuses) equals approximately 100% (will usually take 3 to 4 iterations). The number of delegates allocated to each state is calculated by multiplying the normalized percentage of each state by [150 – (number of accredited caucuses)] and rounding off to the nearest integer.

8-6.5(d) Cap the total number of delegates allowed for a single state at 21% of the target National Committee size in 8-1.1.

8-6.5(e) Adjust the rounding threshold if necessary to bring the total number of delegates within the range of +/- 2 of the target number.


Past ASC/ATC apportionments:

#809: 2016 PNC Apportionment

#704: 2013 Apportionment of Green National Committee

#629: 2011 Apportionment of Green National Committee

#443: Delegate Allocation for GPUS National Committee for 2010

#295: Delegate Allocation for GPUS National Committee (2007)