Bylaws

ByLaws of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee

Article I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Libertarian Party of Tennessee, hereinafter abbreviated as
LPTN.
Article II: PURPOSE
The Primary Purpose of the Libertarian Party is to help restore the Libertarian Principles of Free
Enterprise, Property Rights, Individual Freedom coupled with Individual Responsibility and Small Limited
Government in whatever Entrepreneurial Fashion we can. It is the purpose of these bylaws to limit the
party officers and not the party members.
Article III: MEMBERSHIP
A. In addition to being a resident of the state of Tennessee, membership in the LPTN shall consist of any
of the following:
1. National, and therefore State, Libertarian Party membership as defined by the National Libertarian
Party by-laws; or
2. Certification as an eligible voting delegate at any previous LPTN convention; or
3. Membership in good standing of an LPTN affiliated county or LPTN affiliated regional party, as certified
by the respective county or regional chair. County parties and the LPTN Secretary shall maintain a list of
non-national members who are certified as LPTN members. This list shall be perpetual and updated as
necessary; or
4. Membership in good standing of the state party as certified by an LPTN Regional Coordinator or
elected officer of the LPTN.
B. No state dues will be charged. Voluntary contributions are welcome.
Article IV: OFFICERS
A. Elected officers shall consist of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. Officers shall take office at
the close of the convention in which they are elected, and they shall serve until their successors are
elected or confirmed. All officers of the LPTN shall have signed the National pledge rejecting the initiation
of force.
B. Any officer of the LPTN can be recalled by any of:
1. A request for such a recall by a simple majority of the County and Regional Chairs, which is confirmed
by a 2/3 majority of the members qualified to vote in convention; or
2. A request for such recall from a simple majority of the members which is then confirmed by 2/3 of the
County and Regional chairs; or
3. A request for such recall by two (2) LPTN elected Officers or Regional Coordinators, which is then
confirmed by a 3/4 vote of the LPTN elected Officers and LPTN Regional Coordinators.
C. Duties of Officers:
1. Chair: It is the responsibility of the state Chair to assist coordinators, Regional Chairs and County
Chairs. The Chair shall also chair meetings and request special meetings. The Chair shall also efficiently
represent the LPTN as a spokesperson to the National Libertarian Party, the media, the State and all
others. Additionally, the Chair may recognize and assist Coordinators from time to time for temporary and
or ongoing projects, who once so recognized shall serve at the discretion of the Chair.2. Vice Chair: It is the responsibility of the Vice Chair to replace the Chair in the event the Chair is unable
to serve. The Vice Chair shall also be responsible for maintaining a communications program with and
among the county and regional chairs and the state officers.
3. Treasurer: It is the responsibility of the Treasurer to account for funds and disburse those funds for
their intended use. The Treasurer shall also present a detailed accounting of the expenditures for the
previous year. The Treasurer shall also propose new budgets to the membership in convention.
4. Secretary:
a. Take meeting minutes at all LPTN meetings and State Party sanctioned events. When the Secretary is
not available to take the minutes, the presiding meeting chair shall appoint a person as a stand in. The
stand in secretary will provide the notes to the Secretary after the meeting for recording purposes.
b. Work with LPTN Elected Officers in the creation and release of State Party press releases and official
LPTN correspondence.
c. Maintain LPTN membership rolls. Provide semi-annual reports of the LPTN current membership to the
elected party officers, as well as provide an up-to-date listing upon requested by an elected officer. The
Secretary is to ensure the privacy of the membership roles by only disseminating the list to elected
officers.
d. The Secretary is responsible for the filing of the following reports, collaborating with the Treasurer
and/or other LPTN Party officers as needed.
i. Secretary of State, Articles of Incorporation
ii. FEC Filings
iii. Ensure the LPTN has liability insurance to protect the party members from liability at LPTN events
iv. IRS Filings
D. In the event that an elected Officer is unable to complete a term of office, that Officer shall have the
right to appoint a successor. This choice must be confirmed by the consent of two-thirds of the LPTN
County and Regional Chairs. If that confirmation fails or if the Officer is unable or unwilling to appoint a
successor, the chair shall appoint the successor, with same two-thirds approval from the LPTN County
and Regional Chairs. Recalled Officer replacements shall be appointed by the LPTN Chair with the same
2/3 approval of County and Regional Chairs. The appointment shall be termed as “Interim” until the next
regularly scheduled state convention, at which point the convention shall either confirm the appointment
or vote a new person into office.
E. Elected Regional Officers shall consist of Chair and may consist of a Vice Chair, Treasurer, and
Secretary. Officers shall take office at the close of the convention in which they are elected, and they shall
serve until their successors are elected or confirmed. All regional officers of the LPTN shall have signed
the National pledge rejecting the initiation of force and be members of the National Libertarian Party.
Officers can be recalled by the same procedures listed in Section B. of Article IV of the LPTN Bylaws.
Officer Duties will be the same as listed in Section C. of Article IV of the LPTN Bylaws except to their
designated region. All officers shall reside in their respective region and no Tennessee Regional Officer
may be a currently elected State officer. Elected Regional Officers shall be elected by a 51% majority of
the respective regions county chairs.
F. Elected County Officers shall consist of Chair and may consist Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary.
Officers shall take office at the close of the convention in which they are elected, and they shall serve until
their successors are elected or confirmed. All county officers of the LPTN shall have signed the National
pledge rejecting the initiation of force and be members of the National Libertarian Party. Officers can be
recalled by the same procedures listed in Section B. of Article IV of the LPTN Bylaws. Officer Duties will
be the same as listed in Section C. of Article IV of the LPTN Bylaws except to their designated region. Allofficers shall reside in their respective county and no Tennessee County Officer may be a currently
elected State officer, which includes Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer or Regional Chair. The
County Chair may however serve as a regional officer of Vice-Chair, Secretary or Treasurer. Elected
County Chairs shall be elected by a 51% majority of the respective county’s Libertarian members. If there
is no county activity, an interim chair may be appointed by the State Chair until a minimum number of 4
active LP members exist, at which time an election will be held.” Proposal III – Amend Article IV: Section
B, Number 3. (Formerly Article IV: Section B, Number 3. A request for such recall by two (2) LPTN
elected Officers or Regional Coordinators which is then confirmed by a 3⁄4 vote of the LPTN elected
Officers and LPTN Regional Coordinators.) (Show Slide of these two Paragraphs) “Article IV: Section B,
Number 3. A request for such recall by three (3) LPTN elected Officers or Regional Chairs, which is then
confirmed by a 3⁄4 vote of the LPTN elected Officers and LPTN Regional Chairs.
Article V: CONVENTIONS
A. Conventions will be held annually. Business conventions for the election of officers will be held in the
years without statewide public elections. Conventions held in years with statewide elections will be for
LPTN candidates for public office. Party business (Other than the annual budget and approval, as
required in Article VII, and election of delegates to the national convention) may only be conducted if a
bylaw amendment meeting the requirements as stated in Article VI has been presented with the proper
advance notification.
B. To be eligible to vote at an LPTN convention, one must either:
1. be a member, as defined in Article III, Sections A.1 and/or A.2; or
2. be certified as a member of the LPTN as defined in Article III, Section A.3 and/or A.4, and accepted by
the convention by majority vote.
C. The Convention will, by majority vote, certify all candidates who will be eligible to have “Libertarian”
next to their names on the ballot and/or represent the Libertarian Party of Tennessee as a candidate for
elected office.
D. Delegates to National Libertarian Party conventions, and Presidential Electors in Presidential election
years, are elected at the previous state convention, by a majority vote of that convention, along with
alternates. In the event that a delegate cannot attend, that delegate shall select an alternate, or the duty
will fall upon the state chair to select the replacement from among the previously elected alternates. The
Chair shall be designated as the Head of the Delegation; in the event (s)he is unable to attend, (s)he shall
be entitled to appoint a replacement from among the delegates attending. In the event that additional
LPTN members in good standing are able to attend a National Convention, they shall be named as
Alternates at the discretion of the Head of the Delegation. Presidential elector positions unfilled at
convention may be named by the chair at a later date.
E. The LPTN convention shall have the power to secede from and to sunder all ties with the National LP
by a 9/10 (90%) vote of LPTN convention delegates and to make such alliances with other state parties
as it deems necessary. Alliances shall be approved by a 3/4 vote of the LPTN officers and regional
coordinators or a 75% vote of LPTN delegates at convention.
Article VI: AMENDMENTS
A. It shall require a 3/4 (75%) majority of members attending the Convention, who are eligible to vote as
defined by Article V, to amend these bylaws. It shall require a 1/3 vote to close debate on a bylaw
amendment.
B. Bylaws may only be changed during an LPTN business Convention, with at least 60 days written
notice to the Secretary, and distributed to all LPTN members via the email distribution list provide and
maintained by the Secretary at least 60 before the convention.C. All bylaws and amendments shall take effect at the close of the convention during which they are
adopted.
Article VII: BUDGETS
A. The Treasurer will request from the delegates that the LPTN shall spend money in the same general
manner for operations as the previous year, and shall set the following year’s budget at an amount not to
exceed the balance of LPTN funds in the bank at the time of the Convention. The budget shall be
approved by a majority vote at the convention.
B. The budget shall include a Chair’s Discretionary Fund and a Reserve Fund.
1. The Chair’s Discretionary Fund shall not exceed 10% of the total budget or $2500, whichever is less.
The Chair shall have discretionary authority to disburse these funds for LPTN purposes.
2. Reserve Fund monies may only be disbursed after approval of 10 or more of the following people:
LPTN Chair, LPTN Vice-Chair, LPTN Secretary, LPTN Treasurer and the nine LPTN Tennessee Regional
Chairs. LPTN County or Regional Chairs may submit a written request for Reserve Funds to the
Secretary for Consideration. Submitted requests shall contain a specified amount and purpose for the
funds.
C. The books of the LPTN shall be open to the membership upon request.
D. Such funds may and be raised for specific purposes, (I.E. Ballot Access, Election Initiatives, Ballot
Drives, Special Events, Special Conventions, etc ), must be spent for the specific purposes only, within
the time frame for which they were raised. These funds must be raised and spent in accordance with
State and Federal Laws.