The SCLP organizes at the county level per SC Code of Laws, Title 7, Chapter 9, Sections 7-9-70 and 7-9-80 and will be reorganizing all counties on May 15th at noon on the front steps of each county’s respective courthouse, with a few exceptions as detailed below.
The process for organizing at the county level, given by the laws cited above, is detailed in Rule 5, Section 3, of the Rules of the South Carolina Libertarian Party (formerly known as the SCLP Bylaws) and is outlined here for your convenience:
- Existing county chair calls the convention to order.
- Those present elect:
- A temporary convention president, to preside over the first portion of the meeting,
- A temporary convention secretary, who takes minutes, and
- A credentials committee (which can be the the temporary president and secretary if desired).
- The credentials committee verifies the voter registration and party membership of those present.
- Those delegates whose credentials have been verified then elect a permanent convention president and permanent convention secretary for the remainder of the meeting. These usually are, but don’t have to be, the same as the temporary president and secretary.
- The convention then elects the county committee, first the chair, then the vice chair, then the state committee representative, then any other persons it desires to have on the county committee. This can be as simple as electing all members present, provided that all are party members and registered voters of the county.
- The convention then elects delegates to the State Convention. This can also be as simple as electing all members present, again provided that all are party members and registered voters of the county.
- At this time, the convention may, if it wishes, adopt a local platform and rules, provided that these do not conflict with the SCLP or National LP platform or rules. Local platforms and rules are not common, but they have been done from time to time in some counties.
- Once all business is concluded, the convention should be recessed sine die, to be recalled in the event nominations for local offices are required. Be sure that the minutes state that the convention was recessed sine die and not adjourned!
Once the convention is over, the first meeting of the county committee begins. The newly elected county committee chair calls the committee meeting to order, and the committee’s only business at this time is to elect a county secretary, who may or may not be the convention secretary, and to determine a time for regular meetings.
Note that the process above is mandated by SC State Law; any inanity therein is the fault of the State, not the SCLP.
The following paperwork needs to be completed, usually by the secretary. Be careful to follow all the instructions included in each document. Also submit a copy of the convention minutes to the secretary of the State Party.
|Form||Why is this important?|
|Officer Elections||This is how SC knows you’re organized. Without this form, you aren’t legally organized, and your candidates can lose on a technicality.|
|State Convention Delegates||This is how we know who needs information about the State Convention.|
|County Committee Members||This is how we know who else is on your committee. It’s mostly just for your county’s own records, and only necessary if you have more than just officers.|
|SCLP Membership Pledge||This a way to become a member of the party. All national members are SCLP members, but there is a delay between joining the national party and that information appearing in our database. This allows people to join and participate on short notice (e.g. the day of the county convention).|
|This is how you prove in court that you followed proper procedure. Without this, your candidates can lose on a technicality. Keep a copy of these in your local records and also give the secretary of the State Party a copy to keep with the state records.|
Forms can be submitted online at Organizing Documents Submission.
Reorganizing Noon, May 15, at County Courthouse
Reorganizing a Different date Or Location (see below)
|County||Convention Date and Time||Convention Location|
|Charleston||May 17th at 6:00PM||TBD|
|All other counties||May 15th at noon||Front steps of the county courthouse at the county seat|