Process for Recognizing/Activating a County Green Party

 
 
• How do Green County Councils get appointed when no one was elected in the primary election?
 
• What GPCA assets is a recognized county Green Party entitled to?
 
There are recognized actiuve county Green Party organizations across California, including in all of the state's larger population counties.  But in many other counties, the county party has either gone inactive, or perhaps never was officially recognized.

There are four steps to a recognized and active county Green Party

Step one: Hold a general meeting open to all registered Greens in the county. The meeting organizers must work with the GPCA state Coordinating Committee to ensure that the meeting date, time and location is publicized as widely as possible to all Greens in the county, at least 21 days before the meeting. The meeting location should also be in a public place and ADA accessible. To ensure wide notice of the meeting, in practice the Coordinating Committee sends out an email blast announcing the meeting to all party members in that county that the GPCA has email addresses. The decsion-making quorum at the general meeting can vary upon the circumstances, and is described in GPCA bylaws sub-sections 6-6.3 and 6-6.4 below. 
 
Step two: To be a recognized county organiztion, the county Green Party must have bylaws that meet certain conditions described in GPCA bylaws sub-section Section 5-1 Recognition below. If bylaws aren't already in place for that county, the general meeting needs to approve new ones. The GPCA Bylaws Committee can provide support and sample bylaws.
 
Step three: A new County Council is chosen according to the bylaws. Additionally county party officers including Co-coordinators, Secretary and Treasurer may also be elected, as well as county delegates to the GPCA General Assembly and Standing General Assembly. The number of delegates is defined by this formula in GPCA Bylaws Section 7-1 Delegates. Only Green Party members can vote.
 
Step four: The minute's from this meeting must be submitted to the GPCA state Coordinating Committee. The minutes shall include which Green Party members were present, and the votes for all elections/appointments. Therefore its critical to confirm which attendees are Green Party members. The Coordinating Committee will then review the minutes, if the process followed the county bylaws, will certify the newly formed county party under GPCA Bylaws subsection 6-6.6 below. 

What is a Recognized County Green Party Organization?

GPCA Bylaws Section 5-1 Recognition states:
5-1.1 A County Organization is considered recognized by the General Assembly if it adopts and files organizational bylaws with the Coordinating Committee and Bylaws Committee that are consistent with GPCA bylaws and California law, that:
5-1.1(a) Describe the county's organizational structure, including membership and decision-making;
5-1.1(b) Describe the process for filling County Council vacancies;
5-1.1(c) Describe the process for selecting General Assembly delegates;
5-1.1(d) Establish the position of county treasurer and describe the process for selecting it.
5-1.2 The Coordinating Committee shall certify, based on this Article, whether a County Organization has initially satisfied 5-1.1. Once a County Organization becomes recognized via this process, it shall retain that status unless it amends its bylaws to become non-compliant. Any decision by the Coordinating Committee regarding certification may be appealed to the General Assembly. 

What is an Active County Green Party Organization?

GPCA Bylaws Section 5-2 Active Status states:
5-2.1 A recognized County Organization shall be considered active for the purposes of seating General Assembly delegates and participating in County Polling, if it fulfills at least one of the following conditions:
5-2.1(a) The county has a County Council;
5-2.1(b) The County Organization has sent delegates to at least two of the last four General Assemblies and/or has chosen at least one delegate to the Standing General Assembly in that GPCA Fiscal Year
5-2.1(c) The County Organization has held a General Membership Meeting within the last six months at which at least eight registered Greens from within the county were present, delegates to the General Assembly were chosen and the County Organization has forwarded minutes of the meeting to the Coordinating Committee.

How do new County Councils get appointed?
GPCA Bylaws Section 6-6 Appointments to Vacancies in Counties In Which No County Council members were elected in the primary election states
6-6.1 The recognized or newly forming county organization must hold a General Meeting open to all registered Greens in the county. The meeting organizers shall work with the Coordinating committee to ensure that the meeting date, time and location is publicized as widely as possible to all Greens in the county, at least 21 days before the meeting.
6-6.2 To make an appointment at this General Meeting, the County Organization must already have bylaws as specified in 5-1.1, or must them adopt at the General Meeting.
6-6.3 For decisions to be valid at this General Meeting, in counties in which where there is not a recognized County Organization, the number of registered GPCA members in the county that must attend the meeting, must be at least three.
6-6.4 For decisions to be valid at this General Meeting, in counties in which where there is a recognized County Organization, either the number shall be equal to the amount that would be necessary to sign nomination signatures to appear on the County Council ballot in that county; or at a meeting with less than that number, but with at least three, only those candidates would be eligible who present a nomination petition with a number of signatures from registered Greens in the county, equal to the amount that would be necessary to sign nomination signatures to appear on the County Council ballot in that county.
6-6.5 The General Meeting must appoint at least one member to the County Council. Only registered Green Party members in the county are eligible for appointment. The county organization shall forward minutes of the meeting to the Coordinating Committee.
6-6.6 Once the Coordinating Committee has certified that the County Organization is recognized under 5-1.1, it shall review the minutes of the County Council election and certify the new County Council, unless there is clear evidence that the Council was elected in conflict with that County Organization's bylaws. Any decision by the Coordinating Committee not to certify may be appealed by that County Organization to the General Assembly and shall require a 2/3 vote to certify. If an in-person General Assembly is scheduled to occur within 60 days of the receipt of the petition, the Coordinating Committee shall place the vote on the draft agenda, and any agenda approved by the General Assembly must include the vote. If an in-person General Assembly is not scheduled to occur within 60 days of the receipt of the petition, the Coordinating Committee shall submit the petition for a discussion and vote of the Standing General Assembly at the next available starting date for on-line proposals, as defined in these bylaws.


What GPCA assets are a recognized county Green Party entitled to?

• GPCA IT Protocol Article III Contact Data Base Access and Use states that a County Council may receive a copy of the Green Party voter registration role from their county from the GPCA, by officially designating who shall receive the export of the data on their behalf - 

     3-5.1 "County Councils in active GPCA counties may appoint one or more individuals to whom an export from the county data base of the Green Party members and their data in that county may be shared. The export shall be effectuated by the GPCA Internet Technology Committee, upon receipt of the notice of appointment."

• GPCA County organizations may also request from the GPCA IT Committee that the GPCA set up an email list for the county party on Mailman, and host a website on the GPCA server for that county party. GPCA County organizations are responsible for their own filing with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Here is the FPPC description of the duties of the county party treasurer.