Party Constitution

Constitution
of the
Veterans Party of America

Established September 4, 2014. Revised October 21, 2017

Preamble

We, the Veterans Party of America, reaffirm that a resolute dedication to the Constitution of the United States and its founding principles is paramount for individual liberty and for our nation to possess a government that is representative of the people as the Founders designed. Our vow is to defend and preserve the Constitution from those who would willfully reject it, and seek remedies to those who have already done so.

We, the Veterans Party of America,  reaffirm that an elected body that is not a true representation of the electorate, as a result of voter disenfranchisement, is a threat to a free society and goes against the very fiber upon which this nation was built.

We, the Veterans Party of America,  reaffirm that we will do everything within our power to restore our liberties and our nation to one that endeavors to adhere to the Constitution of the United States, thereby ensuring individual liberty for all, a true representation of the electorate in the Congress of the United States and each State, and to ensure our nation's people prosperity for generations to come.

ARTICLE I. NAME

A. National Name. The official name of this national political party is “Veterans Party of America” (herein “VPA”). It may also be known as National Veterans Party of America, National Veterans Party, or Veterans Party.

B. State Names. Each affiliated State Party is strongly encouraged to include “Veterans Party” in its name, except where prohibited by state law. “State Party” herein refers to an affiliated political party or organization for a state, the District of Columbia, or any of the territories of the United States.

ARTICLE II. OBJECT

A. Mission. The mission of the Veterans Party of America is to not only place candidates in office who will uphold the Constitution of the United States but who will also hold all other elected and appointed officials to the same standards.

B. Function. The function of the VPA is to find, nominate, assist and support candidates for the Offices of President and Vice President of the United States who will uphold the Constitution of the United States. These candidates shall also adhere to the mission, principles and platform of the VPA.

C. Assistance. The VPA shall function to assist State Parties with organization, voter education, ballot qualification, fund raising, communication, and other services. The VPA may assist candidates for federal, state and local office, who meet the same standards of character and principles expected of VPA presidential candidates.

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

A. State Members. The VPA primary membership shall be limited to one State Party from each state of the United States, the District of Columbia, and each of the territories of the United States. Each State Party shall be recognized as an official or an associate State Party according to its degree of organization, political activity, good standing, and commitment to the VPA Object.

B. General Members. The VPA general membership shall consist of individuals who support the Constitution for the United States and agree to the mission and principles of the VPA. Such persons are encouraged to become active members in their affiliated State Party.

C. Active Members. Active Membership in the VPA shall consist of individuals who (a) are registered voters in their state of residence and, as their political affiliation, have elected VPA, if available in their state, or a non-partisan category if VPA is not available, and (b) are listed by the National Party Executive Secretary as being “in good standing” in the National Party.

ARTICLE IV. STATE PARTIES

A. State Rules. Each State Party shall establish and operate under a charter, constitution, bylaws, and/or rules in harmony with this Constitution and the VPA Object. They shall obey all federal, state and local laws applicable to them.

B. Representation. Each State Party shall elect or appoint representatives and alternates to the National Committee, elect or appoint delegates and alternates to the National Convention, and be represented at meetings of the National Committee and National Convention.

ARTICLE V. NATIONAL CONVENTION

A. Membership. The National Convention shall consist of the National Officers, National Convention delegates from each State Party, and non-voting National Convention alternates from each State Party. Honorary non-voting National Convention alternates may be appointed by the National Convention.

B. State Representation. Each Official State Party shall have equal representation at the National Convention. Associate State Parties shall have representation at the National Convention as determined by the National Committee.

C. Functions. The National Convention shall function to nominate candidates for President and Vice President of the United States, adopt VPA principles and platforms, and conduct other appropriate business as determined by the National Committee.

ARTICLE VI. NATIONAL COMMITTEE

A. Membership. The National Committee shall consist of the National Officers, National Committee Representatives from each State Party, and non-voting National Committee alternates from each State Party. Honorary non-voting National Committee alternates may be appointed by the National Committee.

B. State Representation. Each Official State Party shall have equal representation on the National Committee. Associate State Parties shall have representation on the National Committee as determined by the National Committee. No associate State Party shall be entitled to vote on questions of State Party membership that pertain to itself.

C. Functions. The National Committee shall function to establish VPA Bylaws, set proper policies, issue proper directives, conduct the business and affairs of the VPA, and obey all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. The National Committee shall be the sole judge of State Party membership.

ARTICLE VII. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

A. Membership. The Executive Committee shall consist of the National Officers, Regional Directors elected by the State Parties of their respective regions, and other individuals as determined by the National Committee. Executive Committee members may also hold State Party posts, however no Treasurer will hold a like position in the National, State, or County parties.

B. Regional Representation. The National Committee shall assign State Parties to geographical Regions, with an approximately equal number of states per region.

C. Functions. The Executive Committee shall function to set proper policies, issue proper directives, and conduct the business and affairs of the VPA between meetings of the National Committee.

ARTICLE VIII. OTHER COMMITTEES

A. Standing Committees. The National Committee shall establish standing committees of continuous duration with specified functions. Such committees may establish sub-committees of continuous or limited duration with specified functions that are within the scope of the standing committee.

B. Special Committees. The Executive Committee may establish special committees of limited duration with specified functions. Such committees may establish sub-committees of the same or lesser duration with specified functions that are within the scope of the special committee.

ARTICLE IX. NATIONAL OFFICERS

A. Titles. The National Officers shall consist of a National Chair, a National Vice Chair, a National Secretary, and a National Treasurer.

B. Functions. The National Officers shall function to issue proper directives, and conduct the day-to-day business and affairs of the VPA. They shall be members of, and preside over, the Executive Committee, the National Committee and the National Convention.

ARTICLE X. REGIONAL DIRECTORS

A. Functions. The Regional Directors shall function to issue proper directives, and conduct the day-to-day business and affairs of the VPA. They shall be members of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE XI. SUPREMACY

A. Supreme Document. This constitution shall be the ruling document for the VPA. It is severable in that if any portion hereof be declared void, all other portions shall remain binding and effective. All provisions of the VPA ByLaws and its addenda shall be considered a part of this Constitution.

B. Supreme Body. The National Committee shall be the supreme governing body of the VPA. It shall establish VPA bylaws which shall provide rules of conduct and organization for the VPA in accordance with, and subordinate to, this constitution.

C. Subordination. All officers, all committees, the National Convention, all State Parties, all individual members and other entities shall abide by this constitution, the VPA mission and principles, the VPA bylaws, and all proper policies and directives.

ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS

A. Proposing. Revisions or amendments to this constitution may be proposed by majority vote of the National Committee, or by majority votes of the separate state conventions of at least one-half of the State Parties.

B. Ratification. Proposed revisions or amendments to this constitution may be ratified by three-quarters vote of the National Committee.

ARTICLE XIII. ADOPTION

Establishment. This constitution shall be established upon majority vote of the National Committee.