Party Bylaws

Bylaws

of the
Veterans Party of America
(Established September 4, 2014; Revised October 21, 2017.) 

SECTION 1. NAME
Pursuant to Article I of the Constitution of the Veterans Party of America (herein "VPA Constitution"):
National Name. The official name of this national political party is “Veterans Party of America” (herein “VPA”). The VPA is also recognized by other names as set forth in the VPA Constitution.

SECTION 2. OBJECT
Pursuant to Article II of the Constitution of the VPA:
National Object. The object of the VPA and the purpose of these bylaws are those set forth in the VPA Constitution.

SECTION 3. MEMBERSHIP
Pursuant to Article III of the Constitution of the VPA:
A. State Members

1. Standards. The standards for initial and continued official State Party recognition, where applicable, are as follows:

a. Organization. The State Party shall be organized to the extent that it has elected officers; holds periodic meetings and conventions; has a constitution, bylaws, charter and/or rules, as applicable; conducts itself in a manner befitting a principled and organized political party.
b. Activity. The State Party shall be deemed politically active in that it fields candidates for federal and/or state and/or local office; carries out a public relations or voter education campaign.
c. Standing. The State Party shall be in good standing in that it desires membership in the VPA; provides timely documents and reports to the VPA; meets financial obligations to the VPA; sends representatives to national meetings; supports the VPA nominees for President and Vice President of the United States.
d. Commitment.
The State Party shall be committed to the mission, principles, platform, constitution and bylaws of the VPA.

2. Official States. An associate State Party or unaffiliated State Party that reasonably meets the standards for official State Party recognition may be granted official State Party recognition by majority vote of the National Committee. The State Party shall be entitled to full representation on the National Committee and full proportionate representation on the National Convention.

3. Associate States. An unaffiliated State Party that meets a reasonable minimum of the standards for official State Party recognition as determined by the National Committee may be granted associate State Party recognition by majority vote of the National Committee. The State Party shall be entitled to partial representation on the National Committee and National Convention. Such recognition and representation shall be determined by the National Committee.

4. Rescinding Recognition. Official recognition of a State Party may be rescinded, or changed to associate recognition, by two-thirds vote of the National Committee. Associate recognition of a State Party may be rescinded by two-thirds vote of the National Committee or rescinded automatically in accordance with the provisional terms of the associate State Party recognition.

B. Individual Members, Dues. The standards for individual membership in the VPA are as follows:

1. General Members. General membership in the VPA is open to all individuals who support the U.S. Constitution and the VPA mission, principles, and platform. General members shall have no official VPA status or voting representation in their capacity as individual members, nor shall there be any required dues or fees associated with general membership.

2. Active Members. General members may become active members by submission and VPA acceptance of an application and requisite dues. The application shall be administered by the Membership Committee and shall require, at a minimum, certification that the applicant is a registered voter with a political affiliation of VPA (if available in their State) or a non-partisan selection if the state does not yet offer VPA as a selection. Membership may be rescinded, at any time, for just cause, by majority vote of the Executive Committee. Active members shall have no official VPA voting representation in their capacity as individual members.

3. Dues.

a. The amount required for active member annual dues shall be $25 each year, unless changed by a majority vote of the National Committee.

b. The annual dues period shall begin on January 15th of each year. Initial dues for new active members shall be pro-rated. Members may pay dues in advance, in full year increments, for as many years as the member chooses.

c. Continued membership is contingent upon being up-to-date on membership dues. There shall be a three month grace period until April 15th for a delinquent member to renew their membership. If dues are not received by that date, the member shall be stricken from the roles of active membership and must re-apply for VPA membership.

d. Lifetime membership may be purchased for the amount of $400.00, after the conclusion of the first full year of membership. The lifetime membership dues must be paid in full by the conclusion of the membership period in which it was submitted.

e. Lifetime membership may also be awarded to an individual by a majority vote of the National Committee.

f. No other dues or fees shall be mandated or assessed by any other agency of the VPA.

4. All persons holding elected or appointed positions in the VPA are required to be active members in good standing, as verified by the Membership Committee.

C. Voting Restrictions. State Party representatives on the National Committee shall have no vote on questions pertaining to the membership status of their own State Party.

SECTION 4. STATE PARTIES
Pursuant to Article IV of the Constitution of the VPA:

A. State Documents. Each State Party, in good standing, shall provide: current copies of its applicable charter, constitution, bylaws, and/or rules; copies of all timely lists of current state officers, National Committee representatives and alternates, National Convention delegates and alternates; facsimiles of all documents filed with governmental agencies; notices of changes in its legal status in its home state. All documents, lists and notices shall be sent to the National Secretary within fifteen days of their effectiveness.

B. State Fees. Each State Party, in good standing, shall pay any dues, fees and assessments properly authorized by the National Committee. All payments shall be sent to the National Treasurer in a timely manner as determined by the National Committee.

SECTION 5. NATIONAL CONVENTION
Pursuant to Article V of the Constitution of the VPA:

A. Membership. Each official State Party shall have one (1) National Convention delegate and one (1) National Convention alternate. Each associate State Party shall likewise have one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate. The National Officers shall be delegates-at-large. Honorary alternates-at-large may be appointed by majority vote of the National Convention.

B. Selection. Each State Party delegate or alternate must have been elected or appointed according to the rules of his or her State Party, must be an active member of the State Party, and must be a legal resident of the same state as the State Party. Each State Party shall fill delegate and alternate vacancies when they occur. A State Party alternate may serve temporarily as a voting delegate in the absence of a regular delegate from the same state. A delegate or alternate may be removed by two-thirds vote of the National Convention, or under the provisions of their State Party rules.

C. Meetings. The National Convention shall, during every year of a United States Presidential election; convene in regular meeting for the primary purpose of nominating candidates for President and Vice President of the United States; for the secondary purpose of reviewing and/or revising the VPA principles and platform; for other business as deemed appropriate by the National Committee. The meeting shall be scheduled by the Executive Committee such that it convenes on the Friday following the second Monday in April in each year of a presidential election. The National Convention shall convene at other times in special meeting, either in person or by suitable electronic means, if called by two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee or majority vote of the National Committee for the purposes of; determining if the Party shall rescind the endorsement of a candidate for President or Vice President of the United States; nominating a replacement candidate for President or Vice President of the United States should a candidate vacancy occur; or any other purpose deemed necessary by the Executive Committee. The regular meeting of the National Convention shall stand as one of the regular meetings of the National Committee for that year.

D. Notices. The National Secretary shall cause notices to be sent via postal or electronic means to the Chair of each recognized State Party, and to each delegate and alternate of record, no less than thirty (30) days prior to any scheduled meeting. A quorum for National Convention meetings shall consist of all delegates present at the scheduled meeting.

E. Duties. The National Officers shall preside over the meetings. Both delegates and alternates may make motions, participate in debates and discussions, and vote in straw votes during sessions of the National Convention. Only delegates may vote in binding votes. Questions of rescinding a candidate endorsement, or of adopting, amending or revising the VPA principles and platform shall require two-thirds vote of the National Convention. However, changes to the VPA principles and platform can be made and implemented at any time by an eighty percent (80%) vote of a combined two (2) Committees; that of the Rules Committee and Executive Committee, with each person having a single vote. In such a case, changes are in effect and will revert only if the National Convention disapproves by a vote of at least one third of its delegates at any time.

SECTION 6. NATIONAL COMMITTEE
Pursuant to Article VI of the Constitution of the VPA:

A. Membership. Each official State Party shall have one (1) National Committee representative and one (1) National Committee alternate. Each associate State Party shall likewise have one (1) representative and one (1) alternate. The National Officers shall be representatives-at-large. Honorary alternates-at-large may be appointed by majority vote of the National Committee.

B. Selection. Each State Party representative or alternate must have been elected or appointed according to the rules of his or her State Party, must be an active member of the VPA, and must be a legal resident of the same state as the State Party. Each State Party shall fill representative and alternate vacancies when they occur. A State Party alternate may serve temporarily as a voting representative in the absence of a regular representative from the same state. A representative or alternate may be removed by two-thirds vote of the National Committee, or under the provisions of his or her State Party rules.

C. Meetings. The National Committee shall meet twice annually in person or by suitable electronic means at regular meetings held no less than four and no more than eight months apart for the primary purpose of conducting the normal business of the VPA. The National Committee shall meet at other times in special meetings, either in person or by suitable electronic means, if called by two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee, or by majority vote or petition of the National Committee. The National Committee may hold portions of meetings in camera when appropriate to protect an individual's right to privacy and protect personal information, or when required by law.

D. Notices. The National Secretary shall cause notices to be sent via postal or electronic means to each recognized State Party, and to each representative and alternate of record, no less than thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled regular meeting and no less than seven (7) days prior to a special meeting except in the case of an emergency.

E. Duties. The National Officers shall preside over the meetings. Both representatives and alternates may make motions, participate in debates and discussions, and vote in straw votes during sessions of the National Committee. Only representatives may vote in binding votes, except in the case of a tie vote, the National Chair shall cast the determining vote.

F. Quorum. A quorum for all National Committee meetings shall consist of at least one-half of all representatives of record, or else at least one-half of the National Officers plus a minimum of one representative from at least one-half of the State Parties. If short of a quorum, members in attendance may still conduct business, however, any business not relevant to the time frame of the meeting must be ratified by a majority of the National Committee representatives of record via postal or electronic communication before the business can take effect.

G. Convention Powers. The National Committee shall assume the powers of the National Convention if the convention does not exist, or in the case of an emergency when there is insufficient time to convene the National Convention.

SECTION 7. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Pursuant to Article VII of the Constitution of the VPA:

A. Membership, Regions. The National Officers shall be members-at-large on the Executive Committee. State Parties shall be organized into geographical regions, and shall each caucus and elect an additional member to the Executive Committee. Each member of the Executive Committee must abide by the VPA Constitution, Bylaws and Executive Committee rules.

B. Regions. There shall be eight geographical regions as follows:

1. Mid-Atlantic. The Mid-Atlantic States Region shall consist of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

2. Midwestern. The Midwestern States Region shall consist of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio.

3. Northeastern. The Northeastern States Region shall consist of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

4. Northern. The Northern States Region shall consist of Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

5. Northwestern. The Northwestern States Region shall consist of Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the territories of American Samoa and Guam.

6. Southeastern. The Southeastern States Region shall consist of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and the territories of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and, the Virgin Islands of the United States.

7. Southern. The Southern States Region shall consist of Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

8. Southwestern. The Southwestern States Region shall consist of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Utah, and the territory of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

C. Meetings. The Executive Committee shall meet quarterly, with no less than thirty (30) days and no more than ninety (90) days intervening between meetings, in person or by suitable electronic means, at regular meetings for the purpose of conducting VPA business and affairs. It shall meet at other times in special meetings, either in person or by suitable electronic means, when called by at least two of the National Officers, or by majority vote or petition of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may hold portions of meetings in camera when appropriate to protect an individual's right to privacy and protect personal information, or when required by law. All actions of the Executive Committee are subject to the approval of the National Committee.

D. Notices. The National Secretary shall cause notices to be sent via postal or electronic means to each recognized State Party, no less than fifteen (15) days prior to a scheduled regular meeting and no less than seven (7) days prior to a special meeting except in the case of an emergency.

E. Duties. In addition to the individual National Officer and Regional Director duties described herein, the Executive Committee as a whole shall:

1. At its last meeting before the end of the current party fiscal year, develop an operational budget for the subsequent fiscal year.

SECTION 8. OTHER COMMITTEES
Pursuant to Article VIII of the Constitution of the VPA:

A. General. The standing committees are continuous and shall consist of the Ballot Access Committee, Candidate Committee, Events Committee, Finance Committee, Issues Committee, Membership Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Rules Committee. In accordance with Section 9.F. of these ByLaws, ex officio positions may be created by the National Committee, or the Executive Committee, to act as Chairs of standing committees. Special committees may be created at the pleasure of the National Committee or Executive Committee. All actions of these committees are subject to the approval of their creating authority.

B. Ballot Access. The Ballot Access Committee shall be chaired by the National Ballot Access Officer and shall be responsible for developing for National Committee approval and implementing strategies to assist the state parties in the acquisition and maintenance of statewide ballot access.

C. Candidates Committee. The Candidates Committee shall be responsible for developing for National Committee approval and implementing strategies to assist the state parties in the recruitment and election of candidates for local, state, and federal office.

D. Events. The Events Committee shall develop plans and arrange for meetings of the National Committee and National Convention; coordinate ballot qualification efforts in various states; assist national and State Party candidates in their campaigns; plan and coordinate fundraising efforts and assist State Parties with fundraising; coordinate other related functions.

E. Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall be chaired by the National Treasurer and shall be responsible for; fundraising at the national level; assisting the Treasurer in the performance of assigned duties; and advising the various State Parties regarding fundraising and other financial issues.

F. Issues. The Issues Committee shall review and develop proposed changes to the VPA principles and platform; conduct research and writing on national issues; establish a speakers bureau; conduct voter education and assist State Parties with voter education; assist national and State Party candidates with national issues; coordinate other related functions.

G. Membership. The Membership Committee shall coordinate the recruitment efforts of State Parties; administer active member applications; maintain communication and liaison between State Parties and active members; oversee credentials at meetings of the National Committee and National Convention; assist State Parties in their recruitment of members; coordinate other related functions.

H. Public Relations. The Public Relations Committee shall be responsible for developing for National Committee approval and implementing strategies for interfacing with the media and the public; maintain positive relations with the news media; manage and maintain the VPA web site, social media outlets, and publications; design and provide VPA flyers, pamphlets, paraphernalia and other advertising; assist State Parties with public relations; coordinate other related functions.

I. Rules. The Rules Committee shall review and develop proposed changes to the VPA Constitution and Bylaws; develop and propose procedural rules for the Executive Committee, National Committee and National Convention; develop and propose other procedural rules, including amendments thereto, for the conduct of the party; assist State Parties in the development of their respective constitution, bylaws and rules; coordinate other related functions; and other such duties as the National Committee may assign.

J. Other Committees. Standing and special committee chairs and members shall be appointed or removed at the pleasure of the National Chair, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee and National Committee. Sub-committee chairs and members shall be appointed or removed at the pleasure of the chair of the parent committee, subject to the approval of the members of the parent committee.

K. Meetings, Accountability, Attendance. Meetings of the above committees may be called by the Executive Committee, National Committee, parent committee chair, committee chair, or by majority vote or petition of the committee members. Such meetings may be held in person or by suitable electronic means. The committee chair or secretary shall provide adequate notification to all committee members prior to the scheduled meeting. The committee secretary shall provide, in a timely manner, copies of the minutes of each meeting to the parent committee and to the National Secretary. All actions of a committee are subject to the approval of the parent committee, Executive Committee, and National Committee. If no Executive Committee members are also members of the above committees, the National Chair shall appoint an appropriate member of the Executive Committee to act as liaison and as an ex officio member of the committee. All Standing and Special Committees are strongly encouraged, where feasible, to adopt attendance and notification standards similar to those of the Executive Committee as delineated elsewhere in these rules.

SECTION 9. NATIONAL OFFICERS
Pursuant to Article IX of the Constitution of the VPA:

A. Titles, Eligibility, Accountability. The National Officers shall consist of a chair, a vice chair, a secretary, a treasurer, and auxiliary officers. All actions of the National Officers are subject to the approval of the Executive Committee and/or National Committee.

B. Duties of Chair. The National Chair is one voting member of both the Executive Committee and the National Committee. This person shall provide leadership, oversight and assistance to the other officers of the Executive Committee in performing their duties; preside over meetings of the Executive Committee, National Committee, and National Convention; assist in coordinating efforts between standing and special committees; perform other duties specified in these Bylaws; and perform other related functions.

C. Duties of Vice Chair. The National Vice-Chair is one voting member of both the Executive Committee and the National Committee. This person shall help organize state parties by providing leadership and oversight to the Regional Directors in the performance of their duties to their respective states; perform other appropriate duties assigned by the Chair; assume the duties of the Chair in the absence or incapacity of the Chair; perform other duties specified in these Bylaws; perform other related functions.

D. Duties of Secretary. The National Secretary is one voting member of both the Executive Committee and the National Committee. The National Secretary shall maintain a calendar of events; notify members of meetings; maintain and publish as defined elsewhere herein minutes of meetings and other non-financial records; maintain a database of National Officers, National Committee representatives and alternates, National Convention delegates and alternates, other committee members, and State Party officers; perform other appropriate duties assigned by the Chair; perform other duties specified in these Bylaws; perform related functions. The National Secretary shall be the designated “Custodian of Records” for any and all requirements of federal, state, or local governmental agencies or departments. The National Secretary shall be the designated “Assistant Treasurer” required by the Federal Election Commission and any other entity requiring a similar appointment, and shall, in the absence of an elected National Treasurer, fulfill the duties of Treasurer until relieved by a duly elected National Treasurer.

E. Duties of Treasurer. The National Treasurer is one voting member of both the Executive Committee and the National Committee. The National Treasurer shall account for the receipt and expenditure of all VPA funds; meet requirements of the Federal Election Commission and any other federal, state, or local governmental agency or department, as required; maintain all financial records; prepare and submit a Treasurer's Report at each quarterly meeting of the Executive Committee; perform other appropriate duties assigned by the Chair; perform other duties specified in these Bylaws; perform other related functions.

F. Auxiliary Officers. Other individuals, as needed, shall serve as ex officio officers to the National Officers, Executive Committee, National Committee, and National Convention. They shall not have any vote nor be counted as part of a quorum in those bodies while acting solely in their capacity as auxiliary officers. They shall be appointed by, receive their warrants from, and serve at the pleasure of, the Executive Committee.

G. Term, Term Limits, Election, Removal.

1.) The National Officers (excluding auxiliary officers) shall serve for two years or until their successors are installed, except that no National Officer shall serve more than two consecutive terms without waiver granted by majority vote of the National Committee. Such waiver shall only be considered in the event of there being no other valid candidate come forth and present for the office, and may only be granted and shall only be valid in increments coinciding with the intervals between regular meetings of the National Committee.

2.) The National Officers shall be elected by majority vote of the quorum of the National Committee at its first Regular Committee meeting of each calendar year: in even-numbered years, the positions of Chair and the Treasurer shall stand for election; in odd-numbered years, the positions of Vice-Chair and Secretary shall stand for election. Any VPA member in good standing may come forth and present for any open National Officer position.

a.) In the event a single valid nominee comes forth and presents for any position and fails to obtain a majority of the votes of the quorum after a maximum of three calls for vote, the position shall remain vacant until subsequent regular meetings of the National Committee, at which times a special election shall be called until the position is filled. In such case, the newly elected National Officer shall serve only that portion of the current term still remaining. If the remaining term is less than one half of the original term, the service shall not be counted in determining the new incumbent's term limitations under this Sub-Section.

b.) In the event that two, and only two, nominees come forth and present for an open National Officer position and neither achieves a majority of the votes of the quorum, the Committee may make no more than two subsequent calls for vote in an attempt to reach majority consensus. Failure to reach majority consensus at the second subsequent ballot shall leave the position vacant until subsequent regular meetings of the National Committee, when special elections shall be called until the position is filled. In such case, the newly elected National Officer shall serve only that portion of the current term still remaining. If the remaining term is less than one half of the original term, the service shall not be counted in determining the new incumbent's term limitations under this Sub-Section.

c.) In the event that three or more nominees present for an open National Officer position, the Committee shall call for votes until one candidate receives a majority of the votes of the quorum, removing from the ballot that candidate who received the least number of votes cast in each call before the next call for vote.

3.) Newly elected and re-elected National Officers shall be installed during the last National Committee item of business prior to adjournment of that session.

4.) National Officers may be removed at any time by two-thirds vote of the National Committee convened in regular or special session.

H. Vacancies. Vacancies in the National Officer positions (excluding auxiliary officers) shall be filled by special election at a special meeting of, or the next regular meeting of the National Committee.

SECTION 10. REGIONAL DIRECTORS
Pursuant to Article X of the Constitution of the VPA:

 A. Titles, Eligibility, Accountability. The Regional Directors shall consist of a Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, a Midwestern Regional Director, a Northeastern Regional Director, a Northern Regional Director, a Northwestern Regional Director, a Southeastern Regional Director, a Southern Regional Director, and a Southwestern Regional Director. Each Regional Director elected must be an active member of one of the states within that region. Regional Directors on the Executive Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the region caucus that elected them. All actions of the Regional Directors are subject to the approval of the Executive Committee and/or National Committee.

B. Duties. Each Regional Director is one voting member of the Executive Committee. The Regional Directors shall:

1. actively search for and recruit leadership to activate non-active states in their region;

2. be the direct line of communication between the state officers in their region and the Executive Committee;

3. advise and assist the state officers with:

a. creating and/or altering state chapter foundational documents such as constitutions and/or rules or charters, and bylaws, as applicable;

b. completing and submitting necessary documentation to appropriate State and national agencies, implementing records maintenance and reporting policies as mandated by the relevant federal and state agencies and the National Party, and periodically verify current compliance with those policies;

c. resolving issues the state officers may have regarding federal, state, or National Party regulations, rules, or procedures, and monitor the states to preclude and/or resolve violations of those rules, regulations, and procedures;

d. with the assistance of the relevant state leaders, vet potential volunteers for state officer positions and potential candidates for public office in the manner determined by the National Party;

e. in cooperation with the other Regional Directors, ensure that any region without an active Regional Director receives, to the best of their abilities, the above described support and services, and notify the Executive Committee and the state officers within that region who shall be the interim responsible Regional Directors for the region;

5. perform other appropriate duties assigned by the Chair; perform other duties specified in these Bylaws; perform other related functions.

C. Term, Term Limits, Election, Removal.

1.) The Regional Directors shall serve for two years or until their successors are installed, except that no Regional Director shall serve more than two consecutive terms without waiver granted by majority vote of the National Committee. Such waiver shall only be considered in the event of there being no other valid candidate come forth and present for the office, and may only be granted and shall only be valid in increments coinciding with the intervals between regular meetings of the National Committee.

2.) The Regional Directors shall be elected by plurality vote of a caucus of each respective region described herein at the first regular National Committee meeting of the year: in even-numbered years, the Regional Directors for the Midwestern, Northeastern, Southern, and Southwestern Regions shall stand for election; in odd-numbered years, the Regional Directors for the Mid-Atlantic, Northern, Northwestern, and Southeastern Regions shall stand for election, except that the Regional Directors for the Midwestern, Northeastern, Southern, and Southwestern Regions elected during the VPA Annual Convention of 2017 shall not, barring vacancies, stand for election again until the proceedings of the first regular National Committee meeting of the year 2020.

3.) Newly elected and re-elected Regional Directors shall be installed during the last National Committee item of business prior to adjournment of that session.

4.) Regional Directors may be removed, for cause, at any time by two-thirds vote of the caucus that elected them, or by two-thirds vote of the National Committee convened in regular or special session.

D. Vacancies. The Executive Committee may fill vacancies of Regional Directors by appointment, in which case the Regional Director shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive Committee until the National Committee convenes in regular or special session to call and conduct a regular or special election to fill the vacancy or vacancies.

SECTION 11. GENERAL PROVISIONS
Pursuant to Article XI of the Constitution of the VPA:

A. Subordination, Severability, Constitution. These Bylaws shall be in harmony with, and subservient to, the VPA Constitution. They are severable in that if any portion hereof be declared void, all other portions shall remain binding and effective. All provisions of these Bylaws shall be considered a part of the VPA Constitution.

B. Meeting Attendance, Notices. It is the general philosophy of the VPA that, just as the Party insists on transparency and accountability in our nation's elected and appointed officials, so too, shall the VPA provide transparency and accountability in its own governance and operations. Therefore:

1.) Attendance.

a.) A provision shall be made for any VPA member in good standing to attend all National Convention meetings and National Committee regular and special meetings. Any VPA member in good standing may, with no less than 48-hour notice before the meeting is scheduled to convene, via communication with the National Secretary, request and be granted an opportunity to address any meeting of the National Convention or National Committee. Any attendee at a Convention or Committee meeting may request and, with permission of the Chair, be granted an opportunity to address the meeting concerning the then-current item of business.

b.) All Executive Committee regular and special meetings shall make provisions for any VPA National auxiliary officer or staff, or any VPA State Officer, or any VPA member in good standing who makes individual request to the National Secretary, to attend the meeting. Any VPA member in good standing may, with no less than 48-hour notice before the meeting is scheduled to convene, via communication with the Secretary of the Committee, request and be granted an opportunity to address any meeting of the Executive Committee. Any attendee at an Executive Committee meeting may request and, with permission of the Chair, be granted an opportunity to address the meeting concerning the then-current item of business.

c.) All other committees impaneled by the VPA are encouraged to adopt similar procedures to permit, where possible, attendance and participation from other VPA members.

d.) Emergency meetings of the National Convention, National Committee, Executive Committee, or any other committees are exempt from the attendance rules of this subsection.

e.) All meetings of the National Convention, the National Committee, and the Executive Committee shall be conducted using an appropriate method of remote conferencing software or combinations of software that allows access to the meeting as stipulated above.

2.) Notices.

a.) All notices for regular and special meetings of the National Convention or any Committee shall include the date, hour, location, proposed agenda, and purpose for which the meeting is called.

b.) The National Secretary shall ensure that all notices for regular and special meetings of the National Convention and the National Committee shall be posted in sufficient applicable public locations, such as but not limited to the Events calendar of the VPA National internet site, that the general membership of the VPA may be expected to be aware of the notices in a timely manner. The National Secretary shall also ensure that individual notices are transmitted to each of the Convention or Committee members and alternates or auxiliaries, as applicable, and to any and all VPA members scheduled to address or to appear before the Convention or Committee, no later than three (3) days prior to the meetings.

c.) The National Secretary shall ensure that all notices for regular and special meetings of the VPA Executive Committee shall be posted in sufficient applicable public locations, such as but not limited to the Events calendar of the National internet site, that the members of the Executive Committee, National auxiliary officers and staff, and the VPA State Party Officers may be expected to be aware of the notices in a timely manner. The National Secretary shall also ensure that individual notices are transmitted to each of the Executive Committee members, and to any and all VPA members scheduled to address or to appear before the Committee, no later than three (3) days prior to the meetings.

d.) Only the business stated in the call for a special meeting shall be conducted at such meeting.

C. Parliamentary Rule. Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised, when not in contradiction to the VPA Constitution and Bylaws, shall be followed at all National Convention and all committee meetings unless suspended for a stated portion of any such meeting by two-thirds vote of the voting members present.

D. Quorums. Except where specified otherwise herein, a quorum for all committee meetings shall consist of a minimum of a simple majority of the committee members. If there is lack of a quorum, then all votes of an enduring nature must be submitted to all vote-entitled committee members either by mail, courier or electronic means for ratification by the same voting percentage that would have been required for the original vote.

E. Voting. All questions or issues before meetings of the National Convention or any committee shall require a majority vote of those voting, except where specified otherwise in the VPA Constitution or Bylaws. No individual shall have more than one vote. There shall be no proxy voting.

SECTION 12. AMENDMENTS
Pursuant to Article XII of the Constitution of the VPA:

 A. Proposing. Revisions amendments or addenda to these Bylaws may be proposed by majority vote of the National Committee at any regular or special committee meetings. Such amendments or revisions must be in harmony with the VPA Constitution.

B. Ratification. Proposed revisions, amendments, or addenda to these Bylaws may be ratified by two-thirds vote of the National Committee at a regular committee meeting.

C. Waiver. Specified provisions of these Bylaws may be waived by three-fourths vote of the National Committee at any regular or special meeting for a period not to exceed six months or until the next National Committee meeting.

SECTION 13. ADOPTION
Pursuant to Article XIII of the Constitution of the VPA:

 Establishment. These Bylaws shall be established upon majority vote of the National Committee.

Ratified in Convention Assembled; October 21, 2017

 

 

Addenda to Bylaws
of the
Veterans Party of America

 Addenda to the Bylaws of the Veterans Party of America consist of the following as appended:

1. The Veterans Party of America Code of Conduct, and

2. The Veterans Party of America Social Media Rules and Guidelines.

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The Veterans Party of America Code of Conduct

By two-thirds vote of the National Committee on October 22, 2017, the following "Code of Conduct" is made an addendum to the Bylaws of the Veterans Party of America.

Code of Conduct

We the Veterans' Party of America exist to restore the Constitution and revitalize the voter's faith in the political system so that when someone says that America is the Greatest Country in the World, they are not saying it as a robotic patriotic mantra,but rather with reverent pride and conviction. To these ends we shall set the example for others to follow by adhering to a level of professional conduct not shown by any other party.

Respect: Every office of public trust must be afforded the utmost respect even when the person holding that office does not seem worthy of respect. That person represents that office; undermining their efforts and going behind their backs shows a lack of respect for that office. It is unprofessional and reflects negatively on yourself and undermines the integrity of the Office they hold.

Honesty: Honesty and Politics seem like contradictory terms but the Veterans' Party of America believe that Honesty is the best practice. In all dealings be Honest with the public. 'No comment', 'I don't know', 'I can't comment on that' or the like are acceptable answers when questions arise that can't be answered at the time.

Courage: Having courage to stand by the principles of the Veterans' Party of America, defending the Constitution, in the face of adversity shows conviction of purpose. Always stand your ground.

Dignity: All people are entitled to be treated with dignity. At no time should you be rude or indignant to others.

Service: Never forget that you serve the people and not the government.

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The Veterans Party of America
Social Media Rules
and Guidelines 

By two-thirds vote of the National Committee on October 22, 2017, the following "Social Media Rules and Guidelines" is made an addendum to the Bylaws of the Veterans Party of America.

Social Media Rules and Guidelines

 These are the official rules and guidelines for all who are involved with social media, recruitment, and the development of The Veterans Party of America's “brand.” It is vital that we portray ourselves to our fellow citizens as being citizen-statesmen. We should not project ourselves in any manner that will expose us to being portrayed as anything less than what we are; professionals. We realize that we are all volunteers, but we must take ourselves seriously before the public will.

1. Maintain a positive outlook for our party and for the nation with changed leadership and remain respectful for the offices that the new leaders hold.

2. Status updates on state pages should preferably be done multiple times per day, at a minimum of once a day. An example of this could be: First thing in the morning before followers go to work, around lunch time so followers at lunch have a new topic to see, and after 5 pm when most followers return home from work. These posts can be scheduled ahead of time using the scheduler.

3. Share posts from National and other states, and clarify them when possible with a comment to personalize it to your state.

4. Utilize the news feed to share relevant news for your state, (newsworthy news) but do not rely on it solely.

5. Speak in terms the general public will understand. Avoid the use of jargon, acronyms, slang, et cetera.

6. Do not, under any circumstances, post any type of request for donations without prior approval from a National Officer. The Federal Election Commission, which regulates our activities, has very complicated rules that we absolutely must abide by.

7. Do not use foul language, no matter how mild. We should, as professionals, be able to communicate a message or point without the use of profanity.

8. Refrain from making any remarks that could be construed as derogatory to any individual.

9. Do not post anything of a religious nature on any VPA social media.

10. Utilize the Marketing and Design Team Work Request; do not create memes or graphics. All memes and graphics created for VPA use by Marketing and Design team members must have approval by the Marketing and Design Team manager prior to publishing.

11. Do not use memes with another group's web page or Facebook page tag/logo on it.

12. Refrain from attacking other parties by name or their representatives at organizational, state, or federal levels. Generalities, such as “the other parties,” “Washington, D.C.,” “the government,” “big business,” “lobbyists,” etc., are acceptable.

13. Do not, under any circumstances, use non-attributed copyrighted material.

14. Provide relevant material. Fact check the information shared. Our party's credibility is diminished with every fake story shared. If in doubt, request input from National.

15. Do not get confrontational with commenters, even the “trolls.” Others will defend us, and if not, approach with caution and professionalism. If you need help saying something tactfully, ask National for help, or post in the Leader's group asking for suggestions.

16. At least two VPA National Officers must remain in active administrator roles on all Facebook and similar state level social media accounts.

17. Any Facebook or similar social media account managed at the state level that presents itself as a communication channel of the VPA shall have only National Officers in administrator roles with state managers of the channel no higher than editor roles.

18. All social media account log-ins and passwords, including Twitter and similar media accounts, must be recorded with the National Secretary, and any changes in such must be reported to the National Secretary in an orderly and timely manner.

19. Finally; if you represent yourself, in any way, as affiliated with the VPA on your personal social media accounts, please be mindful of what you post. You are a representative of the party and should conduct yourself as such.

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