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Green-Rainbow Party Presidential Election Plan
Approved by Green-Rainbow Party State Committee, Sept 13, 2003

1 Introduction

2004 is a unique year since the election laws allow us to place presidential candidates on the
March 3rd, 2004 presidential primary ballot without gathering a single nomination
signature. All the party will need to do is have the co-chairs provide a list of candidates for the
primary to the Secretary of the Commonwealth by January 2nd, 2004, and notify said candidates
that the party has placed them on the ballot.
2004 is also unique because it is the only even numbered year for many to come when only one
statewide office, president of the United States, is on the ballot. If our presidential/vice
presidential candidates do not win at least 3% of the vote then we will not maintain ballot status
after 2005.
Failure to maintain ballot status would result in the removal of a Green-Rainbow check box on
the voter registration forms and a decreased ability to fundraise. Since losing ballot status would
mean that we would change to a political designation and political designations cannot change
their name, our name, as far as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is concerned, would revert
to Massachusetts Green Party. Our next opportunity to regain our ballot status would be 2006. It
is unknown if our name would change back to Green-Rainbow once we regained ballot status.
This document attempts to define the processes for:
      Placing candidates on our presidential primary ballot;
      Notifying members about the options on the presidential primary ballot;
      Selecting our presidential electors;
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2 Summary of Decisions
2.1    Decision Point 1
Decision: We will require that a candidate be a Green/Green-Rainbow Party member, unless they have run for
president under the Green Party previously. The Candidate Development and Legal Committee will invite each
declared Green Party presidential candidate to be on our ballot and require that they send us a letter indicating that
they wish to be on our primary ballot and a few other items. The CDLC will give a list of the candidates who have
accepted our invitation to the co-chairs. By law, the co-chairs will notify the Secretary of the Commonwealth of the
candidates we wish to place on the ballot prior no later than January 2nd, 2004.

Rationale: We should ask candidates before placing them on our ballot and notify the Commonwealth in a timely
manner.


2.2    Decision Point 2
Decision: We must notify those individuals who are members as of January 16 th, 2004, that we will be holding a
presidential primary, and information about the candidates on the ballot. We must do this by our newsletter and web
site.

Rationale: The media will devote scant resources about who is running in our primary. It is our responsibility to
provide our members with information about the positions of our presidential candidates.


2.3    Decision Point 3
Decision: Commonwealth law requires that the StateCom select our presidential electors and notify the Secretary of
the Commonwealth as to who they are by September 14th, 2004. The StateCom will select our twelve (12)
presidential electors using normal rules at a meeting called for this purpose, to be held prior to September 2 nd, 2004.

Rationale: This is just following the law.
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3 Table of Contents

1    Introduction ............................................................................................................................. 1
2    Summary of Decisions ............................................................................................................ 2
3    Table of Contents .................................................................................................................... 3
4    Placing Candidates on the Presidential Primary Ballot........................................................... 4
5    Notifying Members about the Options on the Presidential Primary Ballot ............................ 5
6    Selection of Presidential Electors ........................................................................................... 6
7    Amendments ........................................................................................................................... 7
8    Corrections .............................................................................................................................. 7
9    Key Dates for Delegate and Alternate Delegate Selection...................................................... 8
10      Appendices .......................................................................................................................... 9
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4 Placing Candidates on the Presidential Primary Ballot
4.1     Decision Point 1
Decision: We will require that a candidate be a Green/Green-Rainbow Party member, unless
they have run for president under the Green Party previously. The Candidate Development and
Legal Committee will invite each declared Green Party presidential candidate to be on our ballot
and require that they send us a letter indicating that they wish to be on our primary ballot and a
few other items. The CDLC will give a list of the candidates who have accepted our invitation to
the co-chairs. By law, the co-chairs will notify the Secretary of the Commonwealth of the
candidates we wish to place on the ballot prior no later than January 2nd, 2004.
Rationale: We should ask candidates before placing them on our ballot and notify the
Commonwealth in a timely manner.

4.2     Requirements
The only requirement for a candidate to be placed on the presidential primary ballot is that the
candidate be a Green Party member in their home state, provided that their home state has an
active state Green Party that has a membership criteria, unless she has run for president of the
United States in a past primary or general election. Proof of being a Green Party member is
based on the membership requirements of the candidate’s home state party.

4.3     Request for permission to place candidate on the presidential primary ballot
By September 30th, 2003, the Candidate Development and Legal Committee (CDLC) will send a
letter via registered mail to each declared candidate requesting that they or their campaign
committee provide us with:
      1) A letter indicating their intent to be placed on our presidential primary ballot;
      2) A picture (preferably digital);
      3) A 100 word statement on why they are running;
      4) And, optionally, a list potential delegates and their contact information. As specified in
         the 2004 National Presidential Convention Delegate Selection Rules, this list must be
         sorted in female-male order. Optionally, the list can include the diversity characteristics
         of potential delegates.
After September 30th, 2003, the CDLC will follow the above procedure for each new candidate
we discover. This process will continue until December 13th, 2003.

4.4     Process for placing a candidate on the presidential primary ballot
The CDLC will provide a list of candidates who have accepted a place on our presidential
primary ballot to the co-chairs by December 1st, 2003. This list will include the contact
information of the candidates or their campaign committees.
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The CDLC will provide a list of candidates to place on the ballot to the co-chairs by December
20th, 2003. This list will include the contact information of the candidates or their campaign
committees.
As required by Massachusetts General Laws (Chapter 53: Section 70E – see below), the co-chairs
shall transmit to the Secretary of the Commonwealth the above list no later than Friday, January
2nd, 2004.

4.5     Notification of placement on the presidential primary ballot
The co-chairs must notify each candidate placed on the presidential primary ballot, by registered
mail, of the presence of his name on our list of people we will place on the presidential primary
ballot no later than Friday, January 2nd, 2004.


5 Notifying Members about the Options on the Presidential Primary
  Ballot
5.1     Decision Point 2
Decision: We must notify those individuals who are members as of January 16th, 2004, that we
will be holding a presidential primary, and information about the candidates on the ballot. We
must do this by our newsletter and web site.
Rationale: The media will devote scant resources about who is running in our primary. It is our
responsibility to provide our members with information about the positions of our presidential
candidates.

We will follow the process below in notifying our members of the candidates we are placing on
the presidential primary ballot:
      1) The Administrative Committee or its delegate would request the latest list of voters from
         the Secretary of the Commonwealth by January 16th, 2004. This list should be current at
         least as of the end of 2003 or preferably mid January 2004.
      2) The Communications Committee will put together the party newsletter with the candidate
         information gathered in Section 2 above, and mail it to all members by the end of
         January.
      3) The Communications or the Technical Committee will place the candidate information
         gathered in Section 2 above in a visible place on our web site as soon as it is available
         and notify members on our announcements list promptly.
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6 Selection of Presidential Electors
6.1     Decision Point 3
Decision: Commonwealth law requires that the StateCom select our presidential electors and
notify the Secretary of the Commonwealth as to who they are by September 14th, 2004. The
StateCom will select our twelve (12) presidential electors using normal rules at a meeting called
for this purpose, to be held prior to September 2nd, 2004.
Rationale: This is just following the law.

6.2     Relevant Commonwealth Law
Chapter 53, Section 8 of the Massachusetts General Laws states that the state committee shall
hold a meeting for the purpose nominating our presidential electors.
The surnames of the candidates for president and vice president of the United States shall be
added to the party or political designation of the candidates for presidential electors.
No later than September 14th, 2004, the co-chairs must provide to the Secretary of the
Commonwealth an acceptance form to be provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. This
form includes the following items:
      1) The surnames of our candidates for president and vice president;
      2) A list of the persons nominated for presidential electors;
      3) The signed acceptance for each candidate for presidential elector.
This acceptance form shall include a pledge by the presidential elector to vote for the candidate
named in the filing.

6.3     Relevant Green-Rainbow Party by-laws
Section 5 of the Green-Rainbow Party by-laws defines the process for selecting multiple
selections from among a larger number of possibilities. The State Committee must follow this
procedure for the selection of the twelve (12) presidential electors.

6.4     The process for selecting presidential electors
No less than six weeks prior to September 14th, 2004, the State Committee shall call a meeting
for the purpose selecting the presidential electors. This meeting cannot occur later than
September 1st, 2004. At this meeting, the state committee shall select, from among party
members, twelve (12) presidential electors. Candidates cannot be self-nominated, but must be
nominated by at least two other members.
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7 Amendments

The State Committee may amend the document provided that the decision-making process as
specified in the by-laws is used.


8 Corrections

The Candidate Development and Legal Committee may make such changes to this document as
to correct any typographical and grammatical errors that do not affect the substance of the plan.
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9 Key Dates for Delegate and Alternate Delegate Selection

Items in bold are dates mandated by law.

2003                  October                    November                   December
Key Dates                                                                   1st – CDLC compiles list
                                                                            of Presidential
                                                                            Candidates who have
                                                                            accepted a place on our
                                                                            primary ballot
                                                                            13th – Last day the
                                                                            CDLC will notify any
                                                                            candidates of our
                                                                            requirements for
                                                                            placement on our pres.
                                                                            primary
                                                                            20th – CDLC finalizes
                                                                            list of pres. candidates to
                                                                            place on presidential
                                                                            primary ballot
2004                  January                    February                   March
                       nd                          th
Key Dates             2 - Last day to submit     11 – Last day to           2nd – Pres. Primary
                      names for Pres. To Sec.    register to vote in pres   and election of state
                      of Commonwealth            primary                    and local committees
                      16th – Request list of     14th – Last day to
                      voters in the Green-       register 1% of voters
                      Rainbow Party              to keep permanent
                      31st – Mail newsletter     ballot status
                      with pres. Candidate
                      information
                      April                      May                        June
Key Dates             6th – Last day for                                    24th – 27th – Green Party
                      members to apply to be                                of the US Presidential
                      uncommitted delegates                                 Nominating Convention
                      or alternated delegates
                      20th - Last day to mail
                      Acceptance & Rejection
                      letters to Delegates and
                      Alternate Delegates
                      30th - Last day for
                      Delegates and Alternate
                      Delegates to accept
                      July                       August                     September
Key Dates                                        3rd – Last day to          14th – Provide
                                                 announce State             president, vice
                                                 Committee meeting to       president and
                                                 select pres. Electors      presidential electors
                                                                            acceptance for to Sec.
                                                                            of Commonwealth
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10 Appendices
10.1 Appendix A: MGL Chapter 53, Section 70E Order of names on ballots;
     statement of preference; preferential vote count
[This includes the relevant paragraph, and has been formatted for clarity.]
The state secretary shall cause to be placed on the official ballot for use at presidential primaries:
   1) The names of those candidates or potential candidates for the office of president of the
      United States whom she shall have determined to be generally advocated or recognized in
      national news media throughout the United States,
   2) The names of any other candidates or potential candidates for nomination for president
      whose names are proposed therefore by nomination papers prepared and furnished by the
      state secretary, signed in the aggregate by at least twenty-five hundred voters,
   3) And the names of those candidates or potential candidates for nomination for president
      whose names appear on written lists signed by the chairman of the state committees of the
      political parties,
arranged in such order as may be determined by lot under the direction of the state secretary, a
blank space in which the voter may, if she does not vote for any of the candidates for president
whose names are printed on the ballot insert the name of any person of his choice as a candidate
for president and a blank space in which a voter may vote no preference.
A vote both for no preference and for a candidate whose name has been inserted by the voter
shall be counted as a vote for that candidate.
The chairman of the state committee of a political party and the state secretary shall submit lists
or prepare lists of candidates for president, as aforesaid, no later than the first Friday in January
and shall notify each such candidate forthwith, by registered mail, of the presence of his name on
said lists. No name shall be removed from said lists, nor from the ballot, unless such candidate
shall file with the state secretary an affidavit stating that she does not desire his name printed
upon said ballot at the forthcoming presidential primary. Such affidavit shall be filed with the
state secretary no later than five o'clock post meridian on the second Friday in January.

10.2 Appendix B: MGL Chapter 53, Section 8 Certificates of nomination and
     nomination papers; contents; party designation
All certificates of nomination and nomination papers shall, in addition to the names of
candidates, specify as to each,
   1) his residence, with street and number, if any,
   2) the office for which she is nominated, and
   3) except as otherwise provided in this section and except for elections which are not
      preceded by primaries or political party caucuses, the political designation, if any, which
      she represents, expressed in not more than three words.
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This information, in addition to the district name or number, if any, shall be specified on the
nomination paper before any signature of a purported registered voter is obtained and the
circulation of nomination papers without such information is prohibited. Certificates of
nomination made by convention or caucus shall also state what provision, if any, was made for
filling vacancies caused by the death, withdrawal or ineligibility of candidates.
The state committees of the respective political parties at a meeting called for the purpose shall
nominate the presidential electors. The surnames of the candidates for president and vice
president of the United States shall be added to the party or political designation of the
candidates for presidential electors. Such surnames and a list of the persons nominated for
presidential electors, together with an acceptance in writing signed by each candidate for
presidential elector on a form to be provided by the state secretary, shall be filed by the state
chairmen of the respective political parties not later than the second Tuesday of September. Said
acceptance form shall include a pledge by the presidential elector to vote for the candidate named
in the filing.
To the name of each candidate for alderman at large shall be added the number of the ward in
which she resides. To the name of a candidate for a town office who is an elected incumbent
thereof there may be added the words ""Candidate for Re-election''.