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Maryland Green Party Bylaws Changes: Vote for #1, Against #2
November 15, 2021
The Maryland Green Party is proposing two changes to its bylaws at an upcoming assembly on November 20, 2021. You can see the proposed changes here.
I will be voting for Proposal #1 and against Proposal #2.
Proposal #1: The Maryland Green Party has operating without a standing election procedure for many years. In the past — most recently 2020 — I have written the party's election procedures and/or designed the party's ballots and tabulated its elections. I have advocated for some version of past procedures to become recognized as standing procedures. Proposal #1 writes standing election procedures into the party's bylaws. I disagree with adding to the party's bylaws, and think it makes much more sense to write a standalone procedure that can be more easily adjusted for future elections without having to go use the bylaws amendment process. But my disagreement does not negate my belief that a set of standing procedures is badly needed, and I will vote for Proposal #1.
Proposal #2 expands the Coordinating Council of the Maryland Green Party to include a second Membership Coordinator. I believe that the Coordinating Council is already too large and see no benefit to adding an additional member as a second Membership Coordinator. I believe the the majority of the work assigned to the Membership Coordinator should be done by party staff, but even in the absence of a staff administrator I do not support adding an additional member to the Coordination Council. I see no need for this change and will be voting against Proposal #2.
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