Florida State Law Mandates Full Citizen Participation in the Business of Americans Elect
Americans Elect wants to elect a President in 2012. You have the right to fully and meaningfully participate in its business.
On May 19 2011 the state of Florida sent Americans Elect a copy of a letter rejecting its application for status as a minor political party because of problems with its corporate bylaws as of May 2011 (you can read them here) did not satisfy the requirements of Florida state law. When Americans Elect revised its bylaws, the state of Florida included those provisions again in a letter to Americans Elect on June 1 2011. Florida officials helpfully included relevant section 103.095 of Florida state law for Americans Elect’s review in both letters:
Each elector registered to vote in the minor political party in which he or she has so designated has a fundamental right to fully and meaningfully participate in the business and affairs of the minor political party without any monetary encumbrance. The constitution, bylaws, rules, regulations, or other equivalent documents must reflect this fundamental right and must provide for and contain reasonable provisions that, at a minimum, prescribe procedures to: prescribe its membership; conduct its meetings according to generally accepted parliamentary practices; timely notify its members as to the time, date, and place of all of its meetings; timely publish notice on its public and functioning website as to the time, date, and place of all of its meetings; elect its officers; remove its officers; make party nominations when required by law; conduct campaigns for party nominees; raise and expend party funds; select delegates to its national convention, if applicable; select presidential electors, if applicable; and alter or amend all of its governing documents.
Delegates, who are according to the latest bylaws are assigned the right to vote in the Americans Elect nomination, have according to Florida state law “a fundamental right to fully and meaningfully participate in the business and affairs of the minor political party without any monetary encumbrance.” Not just the affairs, but the business of the party as well.
When Americans Elect accepted its status as a minor political party in the state of Florida, it took on the responsibilities laid out in Florida state law. Floridians, don’t let Americans Elect corporate leaders stonewall you. You have the fundamental right to fully and meaningfully participate in Americans Elect’s business, and according to the letters Americans Elect has received from the state of Florida, Americans Elect must come into compliance with that mandate by December 2011. If Americans Elect does not allow you to fully and meaningfully participate, by…
- hiding information about its funding, its leadership, its agenda, its strategy and other aspects of its business and affairs, or
- restricting powers to a corporate Board of Directors to which you have no access and over which you have no control
… then I encourage you to contact the Florida Division of Elections to make a complaint.
As Americans Elect declares in its rhetoric, “The Delegates—and the rest of the American people—are the true boss of Americans Elect.” Let’s make that rhetoric a reality.