Green Party US – Steering Committee Meeting Agenda
Date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Time: 8:00 pm ET
NOTE on Minutes: “Checking the bylaws to get clear on the timeline, I discovered something interesting. For those who need to be aware, This refers to publication of SC call minutes. “…Minutes. SC members will have 72 hours from the time the minutes are posted
to send corrections.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, minutes will be posted to the
National Committee Votes list no later than ten days after the adjournment of the meeting and to the GPUS web site no later than twenty days.””
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I. Setup and Background
A. Facilitator: Gloria Mattera
B. Steering Committee Roll Call:
1. Craig Cayetano (co-chair) – present
2. Margaret Elisabeth (co-chair) – reported absence
3. Darryl! Moch (co-chair)
4. Alfred Molison (co-chair) – present
5. Joseph Naham (co-chair) – reported absence
6. Tony Ndege (co-chair) – present
7. Tamar Yager (co-chair) – present
8. Holly Hart (secretary) – present
9. Bob Stuller (treasurer) – present
Observers (remain muted and refrain from using the chat feature):
Establish Quorum (9 current members, quorum is 5)
Approve Agenda (changes require majority, new items require ⅔)
Observers: John Krause (LA; International Committee); Starlene Rankin (WA); Lisa Canar (WA)
II. Treasurer’s Report – Bob 10 min
A. Bob has sent a request to receive the remaining funds from the Robertson bequest.
Bob is working on getting updated with NY’s family, disability and workers’ compensation laws; then, will negotiate reduction in fines. He reports that “we are depleted.” If necessary, Bob will use funds from the reserve account. Accounts are currently at: $119,837 – primary; $1,970 – paypal; $4,993 – misc
Tamar recommended getting a broker that could work with both New York and Florida.
Tamar confirmed that GPUS is essentially broke, no large Paypal balance to tap into
B. Income Report through August 2023 – Tamar, Bob https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1y2b7X-aHRiOi6QT-L0nB9MVATuwrqcus0FIFBg_3BiQ/edit#gid=1895727212
Tamar reported that Fundraising is way down. It would help if we had people making major donor calls. Adding in Merch and other sales, we are balanced, but that is all due to the Annual National Meeting income. Sustainer income is down. Other categories are also not close to the total budget.. Income is balanced, but only through the ANM.
III. New Business
A. 1. CCC- $300 for graphic design for Run 2024! Web page to link to all state party websites SEE ADDENDUM A 1
Approved by Consensus, Tamar standing aside
2. CCC – $1800 for candidate slate in Connecticut SEE ADDENDUM A 2
Approved by Consensus, Tamar standing aside; BOb abstaining because he lives in CT
IV. Standing Business – 5 min
A. Recap of Listserv Decisions –
1. 9/12/2023 – Proposal to approve David Gerry, MA, for the ATC
Yes: Holly, Darryl!, Joseph, Tamar, Craig APPROVED, 9/14/2023
V. Reports — 30 min
a. Treasurer (Bob) – done, see above
Financial Report (Tamar and Bob)
b. Secretary (Holly)
Floor Manager Overview (will follow up); Request for Letter of Affiliation for CA SoS; Progress report on B-R-P-Ps proposals updates, Google Drive Folders, more
c. Staff Report
Athena and David are waiting for statements from Daryl! For responses to inquiries about the Cornel West campaign.
d. Laison assignments
Craig: Media; Merchandise, Presidential Campaign Support Committee
Alfred: Fundraising, Green Peace Action Committee
Joseph: EcoAction, Green Pages, International
Tamar: Apportionment Tabulation, Credentials, Election Tabulation, Staff Supervisor,
Apportionment Review Committee
Banking and Monetary Reform may need a new liaison.
VI. Voting Queue
A. RECEIVED for the QUEUE
1. GPWA – Amended Proposal – Floor Managers Settings for Ranked Choice Proposals SEE ADDENDUM B
3 weeks discussion, 1 week vote
Approval threshold: simple majority
2. Accreditation Committee: Accreditation of the South Dakota Green Party
SEE ADDENDUM C
Sponsor: GPUS Accreditation Committee
2 weeks discussion, 1 week vote
Approval threshold: ⅔
B. IN the QUEUE
Discussion – none
1. #1155 Proposal For Peace In Ukraine
Sponsor: Green Party of Hawai’i
Floor Manager: Holly Hart
Voting from 9/18 – 9/24/23
Sponsor: GPUS Steering Committee
Floor Manager: Holly Hart
Voting from 9/18 – 9/24/23
Sponsor: GPUS Steering Committee
Floor Manager: Holly Hart
` Voting from 9/18 – 9/24/23
Sponsor: GPUS Steering Committee
Voting from 9/18 – 9/24/23
COMPLETED – proposal in voting phase will complete tonight/early Monday
VII. Old Business —
A. Request from Green Party in Dublin for video message – 5 min
International Committee Co-chair Austin Bashore has created a 50-second video. Two-three SC co-chairs are interested in adding short videos to include in a compilation. Craig will follow up with Darryl! and see if both can plan to create videos.
B. Discussion Items –
International. Committee Co-chairs invited on call to discuss GPUS for a informational discussion in relation to FGPA/FPVA and Global Greens – Craig, Joseph
Austin Bashore, IC co-chair, will be on the call to discuss GPUS relations
with FPVA/FGPA, Sao Paolo Forum and Global Greens.
John Krause had been on the call but left planning to return. Austin is not on the call. Tamar stated that it would be fairer to involve both co-chairs, and the SC liaison and/or both SC co-chairs who had asked about the matter. Tamar also suggested that a different meeting could be set up with both IC co-chair and those on the SC who were interested. Craig noted that the point was to have everyone on the call, but since John is here, it could work to hear form him now and have Austin Bashore on a subsequent call.
Holly will follow up and arrange for both co-chairs to be on an upcoming call.
C. Coalition to March on the RNC 2024 – no action taken
VII. Executive Session – none
TOTAL TIME – 1 hr 55 min
ADDENDUM A 1
To: Steering Committee
The Coordinated Campaign Committee recently approved by consensus a proposal that included spending $300 of its budget for graphic design work for a new gp.org/run page, which will serve as the 2024 Call For Candidates.
I request that this item be placed on the next Steering Committee agenda for approval. I shall plan to observe the meeting so I can be on hand to answer any questions that the SC might have.
Scott Laugenour, Co-Chair
GPUS Coordinated Campaign Committee
Register | Vote | Run Green Party!
Here is the text of the proposal:
Proposal to the CCC
September 15, 2023 Approved by Consensus
CCC is anticipating an increase in the number of 2024 local, state, and congressional candidates considering running for office with the Green Party. Philena Farley sent some suggested social media tips to the NC. Mike Feinstein has also produced analysis on how little information there is on state party websites.
The CCC’s mission includes the creation of the annual “Call For Candidates” page on the Green Party US website.
CCC will produce a web page with the following website outline, in a visually appealing manner, for the Green Party US “Call for Candidates 2024” website page;
“Run with the party that these candidates candidates chose to make a difference in 2024, The Green Party”: Presidential candidates vying for presidential nomination [approved by PCSC/candidates achieving provisional acceptance in 2023 and full acceptance in 2024/ and provide link to PCSC website]; Congressional Candidate; State Level Candidates; Local Candidates. [include some future candidates, very recent winning candidates, and non-winning candidates who demonstrated excellence and will run again, i.e. Jesse Borosky] [photos and bios]
Join the community of Green officeholders who have made or are making a difference over the years. [long-tenured dedicated Green office holders i.e. Joyce Palmer-Fortune] [photos and bios]
How to Run for Office …. [Tips for deciding which office to run for] [Link to state party websites election pages, if they have one]
Link to Elections Database
Link to the GPUS Candidates groups.io network home page
Update the form on gp.org/run
CCC to invite state parties to have a link to this gp.org/run page from their state party website;
CCC to invite state parties to consider gp.org/run as a model they might voluntarily adopt for there own websites;
CCC to develop a plan to review state party websites and share best practices and report to the NC.
CCC requests a disbursement of $300 from its 2023 budget in order to create a fresh and visually-appealing look for the 2024 Call for Candidates
ADDENDUM A 2
The Coordinated Campaign Committee has approved a $1800 Candidate grant to a nine-candidate slate of candidates running in Windham Connecticut, under the coordination of the Windham Green Town Committee for various town council and board positions in that jurisdiction.
The CCC requests that you approve the disbursement of this grant at your Sep 24, 2023 meeting. Details for the check as follows:
SPONSOR: Green Party of Washington
CONTACT: Scott Laugenour +1 413 241 7327 email@example.com
……………… Margaret Elisabeth MargaretElisabeth@outlook.com
SUBJECT/TITLE: Floor Manager Settings for Ranked Choice Votes
TYPE OF PROPOSAL, EXPECTED APPROVAL THRESHOLD: Resolution, Majority
REQUESTED PROPOSAL DECISION-MAKING TIMELINE Three-week discussion / one week vote. Embedded in the three-week discussion period we run a mock vote which concludes one week before the vote on this proposal commences. The text for this embedded mock vote is in the References section of this proposal. The GPUS Floor manager will create the mock election vote on the GPUS votes page so that voting on the mock election concludes at least one week prior to the date that the vote on this main proposal begins.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:
This proposal asks the National Committee to give direction to Floor Managers as they create ranked choice votes for Steering Committee elections. It corrects inconsistencies in settings that are under the control of Floor Managers, that have been observed since the current voting system was adopted in 2006.
The proposal changes no bylaws or rules.
Article V of GPUS Bylaws calls for a NOTA ballot choice for all proposals that provide voting options other than YES and NO. In ranked choice votes, the concept of “NOTA” manifests itself as NOC (No Other Candidate). Having such an explicit NOTA choice assures that candidates seeking a position will always be in a contested race with some ballot competition – even on ranked choice ballots when the number of ballot-qualified candidates would otherwise be less than or equal to the number of seats being filled.
Article VI Section 2.4 of GPUS Bylaws call for votes for Co-chair, Secretary and Treasurer to be made public upon the conclusion of the voting period. This is interpreted as a roll call of how each delegate voted. Delegates are representatives of their state parties and it is emphatically asserted that delegates’ votes are not private. This bylaw article embodies two values: 1) prevention of “gaming” the vote; and 2) delegate votes are public. This proposal asserts that if the two values cannot be fully reconciled then the public nature of delegate votes is primary, and the total prevention of gaming is secondary.
The Elections Tabulation Committee (ETC) in its review of the 2010 SC election discovered a problem with the voting software that prevents full compliance with Article VI Section 2.4. This section in Article VI requires that delegate votes be revealed at the close of voting, but the voting software does not support this. A “mock” election was run in 2010 to test a system fix, but the fix did not work.
The guidelines that this proposal issues is for Floor Managers to keep the ranked choice ballots “open” until such time that the voting software is fixed to correct this problem. The final record of a vote must show the roll call of how individual delegates have voted. The proposal further suggests that Floor Managers issue advisories to delegates to cast their final votes (which, with the “open” setting, can be changed during the voting period) as late in the voting period as possible if they wish to guard against gaming.
Floor Managers have been inconsistent in how they set up ranked choice votes:
Sometimes Floor Managers provide a NOTA ballot choice, and sometimes they do not, and delegates who wish to cast a NOTA vote must write that choice in. Floor Managers have sometimes not revealed a roll call of how delegates voted in elections, effectively resulting in secret ballots.
Some Floor Managers have cited Article VII of National Committee rules as a basis for not including an “NOTA” ballot choice on ranked choice ballots. While Article VII of the rules does affirm the right of a delegate to cast an implicit NOTA vote by leaving candidates unranked, said article does not remove the right of a delegate to cast an explicit NOTA vote..
A link to the audit of ranked choice votes since the passage of rules Article VII is in the References section of this proposal. The audit shows when Floor Managers offer voters a NOTA ballot choice (19 times), when Floor Managers reveal the roll call of votes (29 times), when voters choose to write in a NOTA choice when such a choice is not on the ballot (34 times), and when the Elections Tabulation Committee submits a report certifying that the voting system is counting votes consistent with Article VII of the rules (7 times).On only two occasions has the Floor Manager both 1) included an “electable” NOTA/NOC option and 2) have revealed the final roll call of votes. They are:
Holly Hart, SC Vote 235
Tamar Yager, Secretary Vote 1132
This proposal does not change the voting system that is spelled out in Article VII of National Committee rules. The Elections Tabulations Committee over the years has consistently reported that the voting software counts the votes and ranks the candidates properly in those Steering Committee elections where a “NOTA” choice is on the ballot: votes 235, 790, 810, 846, 894, 1021, 1059, and 1083. The Elections Tabulations Committee has also consistently reported that the voting software counts the votes properly when “NOTA” is written in by some delegates (when the Floor Manager did not give voters a NOTA ballot choice): Votes 326, 446, 458, 588, 589, 633, 648, 681, 721, 725, 872, 914, 926, 945, 965, and 1144.
The National Committee resolves that:
1) Floor Managers of all ranked choice votes must include an “electable” NOTA ballot choice, called NOC (No Other Candidate), that can receive rankings (or no rankings), consistent with Article V of the bylaws; if the final vote ranking results in the NOC candidate being successfully “elected” at any rank, it will void the election of any lower-ranked candidate who would otherwise have been elected. Floor managers should advise voters that the more ballot rankings that they make in excess of the number of seats being elected, the greater the potential dilution of their other preferences. Voters, taking account of the agency that is theirs, may choose not to rank some ballot choices, including not ranking the NOTA / NOC choice, for this reason.
2) Article VII of the rules of the National Committee, which was adopted in June 2006, was never meant to deny delegates an explicit NOTA / NOC choice; and,
3) Floor Managers of all ranked choice votes must present a roll call showing how delegates vote, consistent with Article VI Section 2.4 of the bylaws. The way to do this until the voting software is fixed is to make ballots “open.” Floor managers should advise voters that, if the voter is concerned with possible gaming of the ranked choice results, the voter should wait until the end of the voting period. This caution will not be needed when voting software permits the roll call of individual delegate votes to be concealed until the close of voting.
Immediately upon passage of this proposal, future Floor Managers will comply with this resolution for future ranked choice votes.
Results of MOCK vote that takes place during the discussion period, as detailed here:
Mock Election of Green Party Soup Ingredients
Mock Election Background:
This is a mock ranked choice vote election to support the discussion of proposal ###.
Mock Election Proposal:
A rank choice vote whereby the National Committee is electing up to ten ingredients to cook in a pot of water to make soup. The ingredient candidates are presented on the ballot.
The ballot will be open. Votes can be changed until the vote closes.
There are 24 eligible ingredients plus an electable “NOTA,” which in this ranked choice vote is called NO OTHER INGREDIENT.
Write-ins are allowed. During the voting period delegates can see which ingredients other delegates are writing in and can decide to include those same write-ins on their ballot. If a write-in ingredient is elected, and is eligible for the soup according to the kitchen bylaws, that ingredient will be added to the soup.
All ingredients may be either ranked or left blank according to the rules of ranked choice voting. The Floor Manager issues the following guidance to delegates:
A delegate should ABSTAIN from the vote if they don’t care what ingredients are put in the soup; this means that they will allow other delegates’ selections to decide the result. If enough other delegates also abstain and prevent any ingredient from reaching a minimum threshold for election, then instead of soup there will be a pot of hot water.
A delegate should rank NO OTHER INGREDIENT as #1 if they wish for a pot of hot water with no ingredients. If after the vote closes NO OTHER INGREDIENT achieves #1 final ranking, then instead of soup there will be a pot of hot water. Any election of a #2, #3 etc. ingredient is void. Delegates can still rank other ingredients #2, #3, #4, etc. if they have ingredient preferences that they wish to be ranked in the event that NO OTHER INGREDIENT does not achieve a #1 final ranking.
A delegate’s vote can reflect a desire to elect fewer than 10 ingredients. If, for example, a delegate believes that only 5 ingredients, not ten, should be added to the soup, then they should rank NO OTHER INGREDIENT as #6. If after the vote closes NO OTHER INGREDIENT achieves a #6 final ranking, the election of other ingredients is void and only 5 ingredients will be added to the soup. The delegate in this example can still choose to rank other ingredients at #7, #8, #9, #10, etc. if they wish for these preferences to be considered in the event that NO OTHER INGREDIENT does not achieve the final ranking hoped for.
A delegate has the right to an “implicit NOTA” choice by not ranking any ingredient. If enough other delegates also leave a given ingredient unranked it will prevent that ingredient from reaching the minimum threshold for election, in which case that ingredient will not be elected.
In ranked choice votes that are public there is a chance that some delegations will attempt to game the results. In this mock election we ask those delegations who attempt to game the results to use the rest of the discussion period for proposal ### to reveal what they did to game the system and report back on how effective it was.
Because public ranked choice votes can be “gamed” some delegates may wish to wait until the last possible moment to cast their vote. The later it is that votes are cast the less effective any attempts at gaming the vote will be. Proposal ### asks future Floor Managers to issue such advice until such time that a fix to the programming can be made to further reduce the risk of gaming. Proposal ### posits that when reconciling the two values expressed in Article VI Section 2.4 of GPUS Bylaws, the value of open ballots is primary and the value of totally blocking attempts at gaming is secondary.
Delegates are advised that the more ballot rankings they make in excess of the number of ingredients being elected, the greater the potential is for dilution of their other preferences. Voters, taking account of the agency that is theirs, may choose not to rank some ballot choices, including not ranking the NOTA / NOC choice for this reason. Proposal ### asks future Floor Managers to issue such a caution to delegates when ranked choice votes are announced.
Chicken breast meat
NOC (no other ingredients)
Green Party of Washington
Proposal Title: Accreditation of the South Dakota Green Party
Lead Sponsor: GPUS Accreditation Committee
Timeline/Type: 2 week discussion period, followed by 1 week voting period. 2/3 approval threshold.
The South Dakota Green Party (SDGP), originally submitted their application in July of 2023.
After allowing several weeks for discussion and review, the Accreditation Committee agrees that the South Dakota Green Party has met the requirement for affiliation with the Green Party of the United States and will contribute greatly to the success of the Green Party of the United States.
Shaun Little Horn
SD Green Party
P.O. Box 257
Porcupine, SD 57772
Oklahoma Accreditation Vote for Reference https://secure.gpus.org/cgi-bin/vote/propdetail?pid=131
Based on the recommendation of the GPUS Accreditation Committee, the South Dakota Green Party shall become an accredited state Green Party and join as a member state party of the Green Party of the United States.