The Rap on our Election Code Section
Re: Moving forward with a Green Party election code section
Date: Nov 2001
Section 5005 of the California Election Code specifies that newly qualified political parties must adopt the Election Code section of an existing party until the legislature creates a new section of the Elections Code that applies to the new party:
5005. Until otherwise provided for by statute, a political party newly qualified pursuant to Section 5100 shall carry on its activities in accordance with procedures applicable to any other political party that has detailed statutory provisions applicable to its operation as shall be designated by the newly qualified party. The temporary officers of the newly qualified political party elected pursuant to Section 5001 shall file notice of its selection with the Secretary of State not later than 30 days after the political party qualifies
When the Green Party of California gained ballot status in 1992, we adopted the Peace and Freedom section of the Elections Code. We have used it since then, although certain provisions of this section conflict with the bylaws of the Green Party of California and issues such as our presidential nomination are not specified.
To address this situation, we adopted a resolution at our September 2001 plenary specifying the provisions that we wish to include in our election code section.
We are therefore attempting to identify state legislators who would be willing to draft actual statutory language for us and then introduce the bill as soon as possible. Please contact us if you know of a legislator who may be willing to draft and introduce the legislation.
The provisions adopted by the Green Party of California are the following:
If you think one of your state representatives might be willing to draft and/or introduce this legislation, please contact me at 415-824-2735 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to work with you as you contact your representative and attempt to get the legislation introduced.