WI Green Party 2020 Presidential Nomination Vote April 18-21

The Wisconsin Green Party 2020 Spring membership vote is open from now until Tuesday April 21 at 11:59pm.

There are 3 things on the ballot: the Green Party Presidential nomination vote, election of WIGP delegates to the Green Party US Presidential Nominating Convention, and a proposed amendment to the WIGP bylaws to lower the party's voting threshold from two-thirds to 60%.

All dues-paying WIGP members in good standing are eligible to vote. To join or renew your membership, go here

To guarantee that you receive a ballot before voting closes, your membership must be current by Tuesday April 21 at 8pm Central time.

Read on for more information about what's on the ballot and how to vote.

What's on the ballot

1. The Green Party Presidential nomination. The WIGP has placed all candidates on the ballot who have met the criteria for official recognition by Green Party US. These candidates are Howie Hawkins, Dario Hunter, and David Rolde. For more information on the GP-US process and recognized presidential candidates, go to gp.org/2020.

2. WIGP delegates and alternate delegates to the Green Party US Presidential Nominating Convention. The WIGP will have 4 delegates with the responsibility of casting our party's votes at the PNC, which will likely be held online from July 9-12 with the critical vote happening on Saturday July 11.

3. A proposed amendment to the WIGP bylaws to lower the voting threshold from two-thirds to 60%. If passed, this proposal would amend Article 2, Section 7 of the WI Green Party Bylaws from:

Section 7. Decision Making.
Decisions made at Membership meetings and Coordinating Council meetings shall be reached by a facilitated consensus process. The group will attempt in all cases to achieve consensus. In the case that consensus cannot be reached in the group, any member in good standing may request a vote. The group then decides with a simple majority of members present whether or not to go to a two-thirds majority in decision-making. In order to pass, a proposal must receive a two-thirds majority, not counting abstaining votes, or at least twice as many “yes” votes as “no” votes.
To:
Section 7. Decision Making.
Decisions made at Membership meetings and Coordinating Council meetings shall be reached by a facilitated consensus process. The group will attempt in all cases to achieve consensus. In the case that consensus cannot be reached in the group, any member in good standing may request a vote. The group then decides with a simple majority of members present whether or not to go to a 60% majority in decision-making. In order to pass, a proposal must receive a 60% majority, not counting abstaining votes.
[Section of proposed changes in bold]

How to vote:
1. Make sure you are a dues-paying member in good standing of the WIGP. If you are a WI resident and have paid dues or donated within the last year, you should be a member in good standing. Go here to join or renew your membership. 
2. All members in good standing will receive a link to their ballot in an email from Opavote Voting Link (noreply@opavote.com). This email will contain further instructions about how to vote.

3. The WIGP uses ranked choice voting for our elections, including our presidential nomination vote. For more information on ranked choice voting, see Fairvote.

4. To guarantee that you receive a ballot before voting closes, your membership must be current by Tuesday April 21 at 8pm Central time. Voting will close Tuesday April 21 at 11:59pm.

5. See the recording of the WIGP Spring Gathering for our Presidential candidate forum with Howie Hawkins and Dario Hunter, an explanation of the proposed bylaws change, and member discussion about the issues on the ballot. Because the recording is long, in the description we have noted start times of key parts of the meeting.

If you have any questions or problems with voting after reviewing this information and the resources in the links, please contact WIGP IT Committee chair Tom Rodman at TSRodm@gmail.com or 414-678-9284.

Thank you for participating in grassroots democracy and helping build a party for the people!

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