Bylaws of the
Libertarian Party of Greene County
We, the Libertarians of th
e County of Greene, State of Missouri, recognizing the need in this
county for an authentic p
olitical alternative, and believing in the principles and philosophy of
libertarianism, supporting
a return to Constitutional government in these United States, Missouri
and Greene County, hereb
y organize and institute the Greene County Libertarian Party under
these bylaws.
The name of this organ
ization shall be the “Greene County Libertarian Party”, hereinafter
referred to as the “LP
GC “.
The purpose of the LPG
C shall be the promotion of Libertarian candidates for election to
public office and the p
romotion of libertarian ideas and philosophy.
The LPGC shall be a
ffiliated with the Missouri Libertarian Party and the National Libertarian
Party and shall compl
y with all of the applicable rules and bylaws affecting affiliate parties as
promulgated by the Mi
ssouri Libertarian Party State & Executive Committees, the Missouri
Libertarian Party State
Convention, and the Libertarian Party National Committee and the
Libertarian Party Nati
onal Convention.

The rules governing t
he conduct of County Committee meetings, County Executive
Committee meetings, and
the County Convention shall be Robert’s Rules of Order.
A quorum at County Co
mmittee meetings and County Executive Committee meetings shall
exist if 51% of the membe
rship of the committee is present in person or via telecommunications.
Only members prese
nt, either in person or via telecommunications, may vote at meetings of
the County Committee and
the County Executive Committee. No absentee or proxy voting shall
be allowed except that du
ly elected alternates may vote in place of absent ward or township
The duration of the P
arty shall be perpetual. In the event of dissolution of the organization ,
any remaining funds can
be disbursed in the following manner: returned to donors; given to then
current candidates for offi
ce; donated to other non-profit organizations; or donated to charity, as
determined by the Execu
tive Committee.
A person is a recogni
zed and voting member of the LPGC and entitled to vote on LPGC
business if they are an e
lected or appointed officer, a current committeeman or
committeewoman per the
Missouri state statutes for political parties, or has run as a Libertarian
candidate in a partisan M
issouri election within the last two years, or has made a contribution to
the LPGC of at least $25
(monetary or in kind contributions) in the last year, and a resident of
Greene County Missouri.
A member may be ce
nsured and/or disavowed by the County Committee if he or she, while

purporting to represent to
the public the LPGC, states positions which are contrary to Libertarian
principles and/or is found
to have committed acts of fraud and/or violence. Upon 30 day notice
to appear or be represen
ted before the County Committee to be heard on the charge(s) levied,
censure or disavowal sha
ll be only upon approval of three-quarters of the whole membership.
A member may be ex
pelled from the organization for violation of the bylaws or for other
cause deemed prejudicial
to the best interests of the organization, as determined by the County
Committee. Only the Coun
ty Executive Committee may propose the expulsion of a member to
the County Committee. No
tice that the County Committee will consider expulsion of a member
shall be mailed to all of the
County Committee members and the member subject to expulsion in
writing and at least 30 days
prior to the County Committee meeting. At the County Committee
meeting, the Chair shall p
reside over the proceeding to consider expulsion of a member.
Expulsion shall be only up
on approval of three-quarters of the whole membership.
The County Committee
shall be constituted as nearly as feasible in accordance with RSMo
115.607, and shall constit
ute all voting members of the LPGC.
The County Committee
shall have the authority to pass and amend bylaws, raise money,
maintain bank accounts,
expend necessary funds raised, form committees, assign duties to
County Officers and appoi
nt agents to act on its behalf.
The County Committee
shall meet at least at each County Convention.
The County Executive
Committee shall consist of the elected officers of the LPGC, and

Committee men and wom
en from the various Wards and Townships with in Greene County
Missouri, not to exceed two
per Ward or Township. Each committee man and woman shall be
an individual who has bee
n nominated by the voting members of the LPGC and shall be elected
at each primary election an
d shall hold office until their successors are elected and qualified.
The County Executive
Committee, as defined herein, shall be authorized to act on behalf of
the County Committee in
between County Committee meetings. The County Executive
Committee shall be autho
rized to take any action which could be taken by the County
Committee on a simple ma
jority vote.
Challenges to the sel
ection of County Executive Committee members from a given Wards
and Townships, may be ma
de by County Committee members from the same districts. Any
such challenge shall be p
resented to the County Committee for resolution. In the event of such
a challenge, no challenge
d member shall vote on the resolution of said challenge.
The County Executive
Committee shall serve for a period of two years , or until their
successors are selected,
beginning at the County Committee meeting following the annual
County Convention. Vaca
ncies occurring during a term shall be filled by County Committee
members residing in that
district, or, failing that, by appointment of the Chair with the approval of
the County Executive Commi
ttee, and become permanent after six weeks provided no County
Committee member regis
ters a written objection to the Chair.
The County Executive
Committee shall hold at least one meeting every month. All members
of the County Executive Co
mmittee shall be given reasonable notice of when and where each
meeting is to be held.
Any committee man o
r woman of the County Executive Committee who does not attend
three consecutive regularl
y-scheduled meetings shall be demoted to an alternate member from
their ward or township, unl
ess prior notice was given to the Chair, or an alternate member from
the same ward or townshi
p attended in that member’s place.

The Officers of the LPG
C shall consist of a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
County Officers shall
be elected at the County Convention by the County Committee and
shall take office immediat
ely after Convention. They shall serve for a term of two years.
The Chair shall be resp
onsible for calling meetings of the County Committee and the County
Executive Committee, cha
iring all County Committee and County Executive Committee
meetings, chairing the Co
unty Convention, serving as official spokesperson of the LPGC, and
appointing persons and/o
r performing other functions as authorized by the County Committee.
The Vice Chair shall
act as Chair in the event of the Chair’s inability to perform such action
required by these bylaws
and/or Missouri election law. The Vice Chair shall also be responsible
for coordinating outreach
efforts and shall act as public relations officer of the LPGC, as directed
by the County Committee
and the Chair. The Vice Chair must call an County Executive
Committee meeting if the
Chair has not done so within the three month period stated in Article
The Secretary shall re
cord the minutes of all County Committee and County Executive
Committee meetings and
correspond with government officials of the State of Missouri, and
Greene County with the exce
ption of duties assigned to other officers elsewhere in these bylaws
and by any governmenta
l entity. The Secretary shall also ensure that the Annual Report for a
Missouri Corporation is ti
mely filed, and that any needed updates to the Registered Office
and/or Corporate Officers
are timely filed with the Secretary of State.
The Treasurer shall m
aintain the records of receipts and expenditures of party funds and
shall be responsible for re
porting such records to any federal or state agency or official as
required by law.

The Treasurer shall pre
pare a financial report to be distributed at County Committee
meetings to all members o
f the County Committee. The Treasurer shall prepare this report at
least quarterly and distrib
ute it to the Chair.
In the event a vacanc
y occur in any County officer’s position, that office shall be filled by
appointment of the Count
y Committee. However, in the event a vacancy shall occur in the office
of Chair, a vacancy shall a
lso be declared in the office of Vice Chair and a new election shall be
held for filling the vacanc
ies of both Chair and Vice Chair.
In the event of a vaca
ncy of treasurer, the responsibilities of the treasurer shall immediately
fall upon the deputy treas
urer if the position is held until such a time as the voting members of
the LPGC assign those re
sponsibilities to another officer or elect a new treasurer. If no deputy
treasurer position is curren
tly held, the duties of the treasurer shall fall upon another executive
officer within the LPGC at
the discretion of the Executive Committee At such a time as the
duties of treasurer are as
signed to a member or officer, a report shall be filed with the Missouri
Ethics Commission namin
g the new treasurer and deputy treasurer, if the deputy treasurer
position has been filled.
The Chair, Vice Cha
ir, Secretary and Treasurer may delegate portions of their
responsibilities with the a
pproval of the County Executive Committee
Impeachment charg
es may be brought against any officer of the County Executive
Committee by any memb
er at any regular or special meeting of the County Executive
Committee. The charges
must show cause for removal from office. The officer so charged shall
be given the opportunity t
o reply to the charges and if not present at the meeting at which
charges are made, voting
on the question shall be deferred until the next regularly scheduled
meeting. In the case the o
fficer so charged is the Chair, then the next highest ranking officer will
preside over the proceedi
ngs. Impeachment shall be only upon approval of two-thirds of the
entire County Executive C

Local affiliates of the L
PGC may organize county, legislative, senatorial, congressional, and
judicial district committees
as provided by Missouri election law.
Such affiliates shall n
ot be recognized by the LPGC until the Secretary of the LPGC is
provided written notice of
the formation of the affiliate including a list of its members and
This coalition of Count
y affiliates within southwest Missouri shall be referred to as The
Southwest Missouri Liber
tarian Party, or Ozarks Libertarians.
The County Committee
and/or County Executive Committee must approve in advance the
expenditure of any party f
unds. The County Committee and/or County Executive Committee
may, but is not obligated
to, reimburse funds expended by a member without prior authorization.
The county committee
and/or County Executive Committee may create or approve a budget
for the year. This budget
can be made through submissions by the four executive officers and
will pertain to expected e
xpenses for the coming year. This budget must be completed by the
end of February and will co
ver through January of the next year. Must be approved at the first
County Committee or Cou
nty Executive Committee meeting in March.
Any funds received at
any meeting, event, fundraiser, or any other function of the LPGC and
any funds received outsid
e of any function of the LPGC, those funds being designated as funds
for the LPGC, shall be give
n to the treasurer or the chair. Such funds shall be immediately
deposited into the bank a
ccount of the LPGC at the earliest reasonable date available to the
treasurer to make the dep

No funds shall be spe
nt for any purpose unless they have first been deposited into the
official bank account of th
e LPGC and recorded as received by the treasurer.
A County Conventio
n shall be held annually. Except in even numbered years when the
convention will be held bef
ore the opening of candidate filing the time and place of the County
Convention shall be determi
ned by the County Committee and/or County Executive Committee
or a Convention Committ
ee as appointed by either. The County Convention shall be held at a
time and date as not to co
nflict with the State Convention. Written notice, via either postal mail
or email, of the Conventio
n date, time and place (and proposed bylaws changes – if any) shall
be given by the county S
ecretary to all County Committee members at least 30 days prior to the
Convention (with member’
s RSVP directed to the County Secretary).
The purpose of the
County Convention shall be to select the County Executive Committee,
nominate state committee
officers to the Missouri State Libertarian party, who will attend the
State Convention (if appli
cable), amend the LPGC bylaws through the County Committee, and
amend the LPGC Platform.
The County Officers
shall serve as officers of the County Convention.
All voting members
to County Conventions must be voting members in good standing of
the Greene County Libert
arian Party, as defined in section 3.1, and must have been members
of the LPGC for at least 3
0 days prior to the start of the Convention. Adoption of platform
changes shall require a tw
o-thirds vote of those members present and voting.
Only voting members pre
sent on the convention floor may vote.
County Affiliates wh
ich are members of the Southwest Missouri Libertarian Coalition are
welcome to hold their cou
nty conventions in conjunction with the LPGC.

The nomination of co
unty executive committee members, state committee officers, other
non-executive committee
officers (elected in odd number years), and committee men and
committee women position
s( elected in even numbered years) shall be as set forth in 11.3, 11.4,
11.5, 11.7. Ballots shall be
counted by completed by the two voting members as assigned at the
discretion of the vice chai
r. A simple majority of ballots cast for any aforementioned position is
In even numbered ye
ars, a Nominating Convention will coincide with the County
Convention on such a dat
e that does not conflict with the State Convention. These provisions
will govern the proceedin
gs and will supersede all other bylaws related to candidate selection. If
Missouri statutes or Count
y Clerk practices regarding filing fees change so as to
parties to accept filing fees
from whoever wants to run on their ticket, these provisions shall
become null and void.
The purpose of the
Nominating Convention will be two-fold.
1. Encourage people to run for countywide office.
2. Allow, but not require, members to choose a single candidate to represent the LPGC in the
general election in any countywide race.
The Vice-Chair shall
be responsible for conducting the Nominating Convention according
to these by-laws. He/she
may delegate that responsibility to a member of the County Executive
All voting members,
as defined in section 3.1 of these bylaws, who are in attendance are
eligible to nominate and vo
There will be an initi
al nominating process open to all candidates for all countywide offices.

People who have made i
t known they want to be a candidate but do not personally appear shall
be eligible for nomination.
Individuals may be nominated for more than one office. Nominations
do not require a second.
Nominees have the ability to decline a nomination. Recognition by the
person leading the conven
tion is not required to make a nomination, though he/she should
acknowledge the nomina
tion from the podium.
Each person present
who places or accepts their name into nomination is to be asked two
questions. These question
s are to be asked of a nominee only one time throughout the entire
process, even if the cand
idate is nominated for several offices. Nominees who are not in
attendance may have a vi
deo presented of them answering each question and including a one
minute preface and a one
minute close.
1. Why are you running for office?
2. What are the big issues in your race?
They will have one minut
e to answer each question.
If members wish to h
ave the candidates in any race answer additional questions, whether
that race is contested or u
ncontested, the vice-chair or his/her designee will conduct the
questioning at their own di
scretion. This additional question opportunity is to take place
immediately preceding a
vote on a race. Motions from the membership to close questioning will
be accepted and require a
two-thirds majority of those voting to pass.
Balloting shall proce
ed in this order: Commissioner 1st District, Commissioner 2nd District,
Sheriff, Assessor, Treasu
rer, and Public Administrator.
After the balloting for
an office is complete, the nomination process will resume to allow
and encourage people to
place themselves, or allow themselves to be placed, into nomination
for any remaining office.
Any new candidates will be asked the questions in 10.6 with the same
time constraints. Optional
questions will again be allowed per 10.7.

Voting Members a
re to be provided with a ballot before each vote and votes are to be
kept secret. The ballots a
re to assume substantially this form:
Is there one candidat
e who you feel should have exclusive
access to the primary ballot for this
office? Write their nam
e. _____________________
Are there any cand
idates who you feel should be excluded
from the primary ballot for this office?
Write their name(s).
If there are two or
fewer nominees, the first ballot will be the only ballot for that office. To
get the exclusive right to h
ave their name on the August primary ballot, a candidate must get in
excess of 50% of the ball
ots cast.
In races where there
are three or more candidates, if more than half the voting members
who cast ballots want one
candidate to have the exclusive right to be on the August primary, but
no single candidate gets a
majority of the votes cast, the two candidates with the most votes will
face each other in a runo
ff election. If neither of those two leading candidates receives a
majority in the runoff, no
candidate shall be granted exclusive right to be on the ballot.
The same form of ballot sh
all be used in runoff elections as in a first ballot. Tie votes will be
repeated until one person
A simple majority o
f the ballots cast is enough to keep a candidate off the ballot.
11.14 General Rules G
overning the Nominating Convent
There will be no admissio
n charged to attend the Nominating Convention.
A motion to have a membe
r or non-member removed from the proceedings requires a simple
majority of the voting memb
ers present and voting in a voice vote.
Counting of ballots

Two voting members dee
med trustworthy and competent by the Vice Chair or his/her designee
in charge of conducting the
business of the convention will count the votes. After each ballot,
they are to announce the
total number of votes cast. If no candidate received enough votes to
get exclusive access to the
primary ballot that shall be announced. If a candidate did receive a
sufficient number of votes
to grant them exclusive access to the primary ballot, the number of
votes they received shall
also be announced. If a majority of voting members who cast a ballot
voted to deny a candidate
access to the ballot, the number of those votes shall also be
Either voting member in ch
arge of counting votes may be challenged and replaced by a motion
passing with a simple ma
jority of the voting members present and voting. This vote will be
conducted by an officer of
the County Party by voice vote. The voting member’s body will
nominate and elect repla
The ballots are to be reta
ined until two weeks after the close of the filing period by the Secretary
for inspection by the Cou
nty Executive Committee.
Credentials of voting members
Ten days in advance of th
e Nominating Convention, the County Chair or his/her designee will
submit to the members o
f the County Committee, and to the “members” e-mail subscription list,
a list of the people who a
re recognized voting members and entitled to vote in the Nominating
The day of the Nominating
Convention a credentials committee comprised of the four officers of
the County Party will determi
ne who in attendance is allowed to vote, such decision being made
immediately following a v
ote by the voting members on the aforementioned pre-submitted list
whether to allow any or al
l other people in attendance to participate in the Nominating
Convention, including the
right to nominate and vote. Attendees who make no claim to voting
membership are only to be
admitted after having made the $5 contribution and been approved

by a majority of the alrea
dy credentialed delegates.
Enforcement of results
As the final business of the
Nominating Convention, the Treasurer will announce a list of
countywide candidates w
ho as a result of the Nominating Convention paid their fee and
received their receipt, as w
ell as a list of those who are entitled but have yet to do so.
It shall be the responsibil
ity of the Treasurer, officers and agents of the Party to abide by and
enforce the decision of the
Nominating Convention. Accordingly, no receipt for filing fees is to be
issued to any candidate w
ho has been denied the right to have their name on our ballot either
because another candida
te has gained that exclusive right or because the delegates voted not
to allow the person access
to the ballot for other just cause.
Except as provided in this
paragraph, no receipts are to be issued to any candidates for
countywide office on the f
irst day of filing or at any time, except by default to candidates who
pay their fee to the Coun
ty Clerk at the time they file and without the Party’s objection within two
weeks thereof. All county
wide candidates who are entitled to file on the first day of filing should
have paid their filing fee an
d received their receipt at the Nominating Convention.
County Affiliates wh
ich are members of the Southwest Missouri Libertarian Coalition are
welcome to hold their nom
inating conventions in conjunction with the LPGC.
Amendments to the
se bylaws of the Greene County Libertarian Party should be made by
the County Committee at
the County Convention and shall require a two-thirds vote of those
County Committee membe
rs present and voting in favor. Amendments shall be given to the
party Secretary and distri
buted to the County Committee members 30 days prior to the

Between Conventio
ns, amendments may be made by the County Committee to change
those provisions which are
not in accordance with Greene County, Missouri State and Federal
laws. The amendments m
ay be made by using the following procedure. The proposed
amendment(s) and notice
of special meeting date, time and place shall be sent by the party
Secretary to all County C
ommittee members, in writing, at least 30 days prior to the scheduled
County Committee meetin
g. The amendment(s) shall require a two-thirds vote of those County
Committee members prese
nt and voting.
Selection of candida
tes for partisan elective office shall be in accordance with Missouri
Per section 115.357.2 RS
Mo, the LPGC will allow candidates to submit their filing fee to the
election officials of the of
fice of the County Clerk for forwarding to the Party. The officials of the
LPGC are not to adopt the
common practice of instructing the officials of the County Clerk’s
Office not to take candida
te filing fees.
On the first day of filing in
Springfield for the August Primary, no filing fees are to be accepted
from any candidate for C
ommissioner 1st District, Commissioner 2nd District, Sheriff, Assessor,
Treasurer, and Public Ad
ministrator unless that candidate has contacted the party with notice of
their intention to run at lea
st two weeks prior.
Officials of the LPGC can
only accept filing fees or issue a receipt to any candidate who wants
their name to appear on ou
r ballot in the August Primary on the first day of filing. Thereafter,
election officials of the Co
unty Clerk’s office shall collect the filing fees and forward to the
Treasurer of the LPGC as
115.357.2 requires to be done promptly. The LPGC has two weeks
from the time the filing fee
s are received to provide a written refusal to the County Clerk,

indicating a denial of that
candidate to run as a Libertarian. If written refusal is not provided,
receipt shall be considered
given to the candidate.
The County Commi
ttee may refuse acceptance of a candidate’s filing fee for a partisan
election, thus preventing t
he candidate from running for partisan elective office on the
Libertarian Party ballot as
1. Refusing acceptance of a candidate’s filing fee shall require approval by two-thirds of the County
Committee in attendance and voting.
2. The County Committee has two weeks from close of candidate filing to consider refusing
acceptance of a candidate’s filing fee.
3. County Committee members shall be given at least one week notice that a special County
Committee meeting is being called to consider motions to refuse acceptance of candidate filing fees
and which candidates are to be considered,
4. Candidates subject to consideration by the County Committee for refusal of their candidate filing
fee shall be given at least one week notice and invited to participate in the County Committee
5. The Secretary shall inform the Greene County Clerk and the candidate in writing that the Greene
County Libertarian Party refused acceptance of the candidate filing fee.
6. The Treasurer shall return any filing fee received to candidates whose filing fee has been refused by the
County Committee.