NFLP proxy vote instructions 30 Jan 2014
Any Libertarian qualified to vote in an NFLP election may give the power of their vote to another libertarian qualified to run in an NFLP election.
To do so, the person giving the proxy to another must:
Provide a record or receipt that says “NFLP proxy”
- Their signature
- The proxy giver’s name
- The proxy giver’s address
- Date the proxy was signed
- Any time or use restrictions on the proxy (the proxy will automatically expire after 180 days)
The person seeking a proxy must provide to the proxy giver:
- Their name
- Their address
- Their phone or email
A person using a proxy must have it in their possession at the time of voting or the proxy votes will be declared invalid. Copies of proxy votes are not allowed. All proxy votes are subject to verification, if necessary.
A proxy vote will be valid for a maximum of 180 days after date of signature.
A proxy vote may be revoked for any reason. It is the responsibility of the proxy giver to notify the proxy user before any election if it is being revoked.
Proxy votes may not be used in conjunction with absentee votes.
Absentee vote instructions
It has always been the tradition of the Northwest Florida Libertarian Party to allow any qualified Libertarian to present himself at the election meeting, announce his candidacy, and have it voted on at that meeting.
Since absentee voting requires a foreknowledge of who are the candidates, absentee votes will be prepared and advertised to Libertarian voters two weeks in advance only for any NFLP position for which there are more than one announced candidate. Any candidates that do not announce their candidacy at least two weeks prior to the scheduled election will not be able to use absentee voting. However, such a candidate may use proxy voting.
It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the NFLP executive committee, in a timely fashion, by either phone, email or letter that he intends to run in an NFLP election.
The NFLP EC will use every reasonable means to notify the libertarian public two weeks ahead of the election date of the election date, the candidates, and the means of contacting the candidates.
Libertarian Party Information
- Frederic Bastiat
Harmonies of Political Economy
- What Is Free Trade?
- Sophisms Of The Protective Policy
- Thomas Jefferson
Notes On The State Of Virginia
- The Writings Of Thomas Jefferson
- James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers
- Thomas Paine
The Life and Writings of Thomas Paine (Common Sense, Miscellaneous Essays, and a Biography)
- Rights of Man
- John Locke
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
- Two Treatises of Government
- Murray Rothbard
For A New Liberty, The Libertarian Manifesto, second edition
- Tibor Machan
Liberty and Justice
- Dr. Mary J. Ruwart
Healing Our World (1993 Edition)
Statement of Principles, Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules of the Northwest Florida Libertarian Party, 15 Sep 2010****
Statement of Principles
We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.
We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, as long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of the individuals and the fruits of their labors. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruit of their labor without their consent.
We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely 1) the right to life – accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; 2) the right to liberty of speech and action – accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and the press, as well as government censorship in any form; and 3) the right to property – accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of the individual rights, is the free market.
Article 1. Name and Object
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Northwest Florida Libertarian Party hereinafter referred to as the NFLP
Section 2. The object and purpose of the NFLP is to engage in political action in and around Okaloosa County of the State of Florida with the intent to foster the growth of the NFLP (5), to serve as an affiliate organization of the Libertarian Party of Florida in State Politics, and to serve the Libertarian Party in national politics.
Section 3. The purpose of the NFLP is to implement and give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles currently adopted by the NFLP by:
- Supporting candidates for national office, supporting candidates for state and congressional district offices, and nominating as well as supporting candidates for local office.
- Promoting student Libertarian Clubs at appropriate educational institutions
- Entering into political informational activities, including the promoting and securing of party memberships
Article 2. Membership
Section 1.*** NFLP membership is open to whomever signs the pledge: “ I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means to achieve political or social goals.” , and resides in one of the following Florida counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, and Washington. The use of force in defense of one’s person, one’s property or one’s rights is consistent with this pledge.
Section 2. Matters pertaining to membership classification shall be prescribed in the Standing Rules
Article 3. Officers and Executive Committee
Section 1. The officers of the NFLP shall be a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The duties and election of the Officers shall be specified in the By-Laws. By amendment to these articles by the 1994 Party Convention, provisions may be made for additional officer positions. Officers shall comprise the Executive Committee.
Section 2. The powers of the Executive Committee shall be prescribed in the By-Laws and Standing Rules, to provide the control and management of all the affairs, properties and funds of the NFLP consistent with this Constitution.
Article 4. Meetings
*Section 1. The NFLP shall hold a General Meeting at least two times a year to be scheduled by vote of the Executive Committee. Every reasonable means will be used to notify the general membership 15 days in advance of the General Meeting date.
Section 2. The conduct of the business and meetings of the Executive Committee shall be prescribed by the By-Laws and Standing Rules.
Article 5. Statement of Principles
Section 1. The Statement of Principles of the Libertarian Party is hereby ratified
Article 6. Adoption and Amendments
Section 1. This Constitution shall be adopted when approved by a simple majority of the members of the April 1994 meeting.
Section 2. Amendments to the Constitution may be made by the General membership as proscribed in the By-Laws.
The By Laws
Article 1. Membership**
Section 1. Suspension of Officers and members shall be reserved to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall have the power to suspend Officers or members by two-thirds vote.
Article 2. Officers and Executive Committee Members
Section 1. Election *
Non-Officer members of the Executive Committee will be elected at the annual election meeting for a term of one year. The term begins at the close of the election meeting and ends at the adjournment of the next election meeting. Officers will be elected for two year terms. The office of Chairperson and Treasurer will run staggered to the offices of Secretary and Vice-Chairperson. To implement this structure, the 1994 annual election meeting will elect the officeholders of Chairperson and Treasurer for one year. A simple plurality is required for the election. A tie will be broken by a toss of the coin.
- Proxy and absentee voting shall be permitted for the annual officer election, for non-scheduled elections, and for general meetings.
- Procedures to account for proxy and absentee votes will be determined by those executing the election and shall be a good faith effort.
Section 2. Vacancies
- No offices shall be combined
- The Chairperson of the Executive Committee shall fill vacancies by appointment. Said appointments are subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
Section 3. Duties*
- The Chairperson shall preside over all meetings, and is responsible for managing the discussion of agenda items as proposed by the Executive Committee. The official spokesperson for the NFLP shall be designated by a vote of the Executive Committee on a case-by-case or other basis as the Executive Committee sees fit.
- The Vice-Chairperson shall serve as presiding officer in the absence of the Chairperson.
- The Secretary shall serve as recorder for all meetings of the Party and Executive Committee. The Secretary shall be custodians of all records of Party membership and the minutes of all meetings, correspondence, committee reports and the Constitution, By-Laws and Standing Rules, and shall make provision for legal service to the NFLP.
- The Treasurer shall be custodian of all funds, receiving and disposing of the funds at the discretion of the Executive Committee, and subject to the Standing rules.
Section 4. Meetings of the Executive Committee
- The powers and duties of the Executive Committee are prescribed by the Constitution, By-Laws and Standing Rules, and by the direction of the General membership.
- The membership shall meet as prescribed in the Standing rules.
- A quorum of the Executive Committee shall be more than one-half the members of the Committee.
Section 5. Unable to form a quorum/non scheduled elections*
In the event the Executive Committee is permanently unable to form a quorum, remaining members of the Executive Committee, or volunteers from the general membership, will advertise and stage new elections within 60 days of the date the quorum became ineffective.
A) All Executive Committee members shall undergo elections, including those who are still active
B) If the date the quorum became ineffective is within six months of the date of scheduled elections, the term of the elected officers will extend to a maximum of two years and six months.
C) If the date the quorum became ineffective is greater than six months from the date of scheduled elections, the officers shall campaign for reelection at the scheduled time.
D) In order to maintain staggered election times, in the event a non scheduled election must be held, the Chairman and Treasurer will have a term of one year (maximum of one year and six months in office) to be followed by a normal two year term if they are reelected and the quorum remains effective.
E) Every reasonable means will be used to notify the General membership 15 days in advance of the non scheduled election, and rules regarding proxy and absentee voting.
Article 3. Meetings : Objects of Action
Section 1. Agenda
- The Executive Committee shall set the agenda and business of the NFLP meetings.
- The order of business must include the adoption of the agenda. The meeting may amend the agenda by majority vote.
Section 2. General – Robert’s rules of Order shall be the Parliamentary authority for all matters not covered by the Constitution, By-Laws and Standing Rules.
Section 3. Finance and Accounting
- The fiscal year of the NFLP is the calendar year.
- The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer.
- The Executive Committee shall cause an efficient system of accounting and budgeting to be installed and maintained, including audit and legal necessities. All expenditures exceeding $25 shall be made by check.
- The Executive Committee shall have the power to delegate power in the handling of funds.
- *Cash donations to the NFLP will be accepted only if two officers of the Executive Committee, either Executive Committee Officers or specific fundraising appointees, are present to make a record of the transaction and provide receipt.
Article 4. Adoption and Amendments*
Section 1. Adoption of the By-Laws shall be consistent with the adoption of the Constitution.
Section 2. Amendments may be made by a proposal from the floor of any General Meeting and is approved by a majority vote of the membership in attendance, and by any proxy or absentee votes cast in accordance with established rules. The proposal must be made in writing.
The Standing Rules
Article 1. Membership**
Section 1.*** Any individual who is either registered to vote as a Libertarian in Okaloosa County, or has joined the NFLP as a registered Libertarian from the Florida Counties listed below has the privilege of voting in the annual elections, the right of appointment to committees, the right to attend committee meetings or be an observer or witness to the right of nomination to the office for which they are qualified by law. – Escambia, Santa Rosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington
Section 2***. Membership shall be reviewed annually through the voting list of the Supervisor of Elections for the appropriate county. This membership shall be credential for all meetings and elections of the NFLP.
Article 2. Fees and Donations**
Donations should be made to the NFLP in keeping with the laws governing donations to political parties and candidates. Such funds shall be expended at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Article 3. Election of Officers, Nomination of Candidates.**
Section 1. All candidates for any office or political office will be asked to confirm libertarian principles before nomination and support by the NFLP Executive Committee. Candidates must have qualifications according to the law for the office they seek. A majority vote of the Executive Committee is necessary to nominate a candidate for public office.
Section 2. All candidates nominated must be able to serve if elected.
Article 4. Executive Committee Meetings
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall meet at such time and place as directed by the Chairperson, or at the written request of one-third or more of the Executive Committee. Notice shall be given in such manner to insure a quorum.
Section 2. The Executive Committee may without meeting, conduct business by communication, voting on questions put to them by or with the approval of the Chairperson. Such vote shall be kept by the Secretary until the next meeting and then such vote shall be incorporated in the minutes. A majority vote of the Committee shall prevail. If an affirmative majority vote of more than one-half the members is not recorded within thirty days (30) the question will have failed.
Section 3. Proxy voting shall not be allowed, but members can vote on specific questions by written notice. Voting by telephone can be conducted if no objections are raised.
Section 4. The Executive Committee, after review with the member concerned, may, by a two-thirds vote, suspend a member of the party, or an officer of the Executive Committee.
Section 5. The immediate past Chairperson shall serve on the Executive Committee and be entitled to all due notices, but shall not have the right to vote.
Article 5. Spokesperson
Section 1. The Chairperson shall speak for and at the direction of the Executive Committee and the Party.
Section 2. Persons speaking for the NFLP shall have the express approval of the Chairperson, or reserve their comments to personal comments.
Article 6. Annual election Meeting Agenda
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall manage all election meetings.
Section 2. Any members may request the Executive Committee to include on the agenda any item. Such requests shall be made in writing to the Chairperson within seven days of the election meeting.
Section 3. The agenda must include all items required by the By-Laws and the Standing Rules.
Article 7. Annual Election Date*
Section 1. The annual election date shall be within the first calendar quarter of each year as determined by the Executive Committee. Under no circumstances will the annual election date be extended past the first quarter. Every reasonable means will be used to notify the General membership 15 days in advance of the annual election date.
Section 2. Special elections of the NFLP may be called by the Executive Committee whenever necessary and appropriate.
Article 8. Nomination of Political Candidates
Section 1. Nominees for political office must be members of the NFLP, the LPF and the LP.
Section 2.*** The NFLP may endorse and support political candidates who express support for individual rights, free markets and limited government if they run as candidates with No Political Affiliation (NPA). Due to the compromising nature of financial support and the adoption of political party titles other than libertarian, the endorsement of political candidates from other political parties is not permitted. A majority vote of the Executive Committee shall be required.
Article 9. Amendments to the Standing Rules
Section 1. Adoption of the Standing Rules will be consistent with the Constitution.
Section 2. The Standing Rules may be changed by a majority vote of the members at a General Meeting.
Section 3. No change in the rules of the Executive Committee may have the effect of imposing a head tax on the membership.
Section 4. No change in the rules by the Executive Committee shall have the effect of disenfranchising a member.
Section 5. No change in the rules shall deny the autonomy of the individual member, except as provided in the Constitution and By-Laws.
* indicates sections changed at the 10 Sep 09 General Meeting
** indicates sections changed at the 5 Jan 08 General Meeting
***Indicates section changes at the 15 Sep 10 General Meeting
**** Indicates change of all reference from LPOC to NFLP, 20 Feb 2013 General Meeting
(5) Indicates section changes at the 16 July 2014 General Meeting