By-Laws

 

ARTICLE I: ESTABLISHMENT

Section 1 – Name: These articles shall govern the association known as the “United Independents Party”, hereinafter referred by name or as the “Party” or the “UIP”.

Section 2 – Objective: The Party is organized to give voice to the voters that have become disenfranchised by factional divisive entities and do so by taking the following actions:

a) Nominate and assist in the election of the UIP candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States,

b) Assist and establish state and local Party organizations in the election of their candidates and the education of their voters so we may influence policy in elected positions,

c) Raise and disburse monies needed for the successful operation of the Party,

d) Work with public officials at all levels so we may influence policy in elected positions.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 – Eligibility: Members are the life blood of any organization and as such we invite everyone that believes in the UIP Platform and Objectives to become active and assist inspiring a conversion back to independence.  There will be no regard to biological sex, gender, race, ethnicity, creed, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical appearance, or economic status. Membership is a separate identification from delegation which shall be determined by these bylaws and corresponding government requirements and regulations.

Section 2 – Status: The UIP National Committee may execute the following regarding membership:

a) The National Committee may offer life memberships, and must honor all prior and future life memberships,

b) “Active Member” is any Party member who has paid the annual dues to the Party in the prior twelve months, or who is a life member,

c) The National Committee may create other levels of membership and shall determine the contribution or dues levels for such memberships and these shall be added as an appendix and updated as needed to these bylaws.

Section 3 – Membership Removal & Suspension:

Members will be held accountable to the Party’s Code of Conduct rules; and if found in violation may be brought in front of the Judicial Committee for review and may receive reprimand from the Executive Committee up to expulsion of membership.

These terms shall be added as an appendix and updated as needed to these bylaws.

ARTICLE III: PARTY ORGANIZATION

The United Independents Party shall be organized using checks and balances. The UIP shall be structured in a manner that respects the will of the members, yet continues to embrace the mission of the founders of the Party.

Section 1 – National Committee: The UIP National Committee (also referred as UIPNC) shall function in a bi-cameral manner with the UIPEC and the UIPSCC having certain duties.

a) The members of the UIP National Committee shall consist of:

i. The members of the UIP Executive Committee (UIPEC) and,

ii. The members of the UIP State Chairs Committee (UIPSCC).

b) National Committee members shall be active members of the Party, and shall not be the candidate of any party except the Party, an affiliate, a fusion ticket, or as an independent where the Party does not yet have affiliation.

c) The Party shall have legal ownership of the name United Independents Party.

i. The Party shall have legal ownership of the state and local affiliates according to corresponding laws.

ii. The Party shall own and operate all media sources.

iii. Contracts will be drawn for permission uses of Party material.

Section 2 – Executive Committee: 

The UIP Executive Committee shall have the general management of the United Independents Party, based upon the rules and bylaws adopted by the UIP National Convention between National Conventions.

a) Members of the UIPEC shall consist of the officers and 7 Regional Representatives.

b) The Officers shall be Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

i. The Officer terms shall be approximately 4 years, depending on convention dates.

ii. The Chair & Treasurer Officers shall be elected at even, off-Presidential year National Conventions, and shall take office upon the close of the Convention and shall serve thereafter until the next even, off-Presidential year.

iii. The Vice Chair & Secretary shall be elected at National Conventions where the Presidential & Vice-Presidential Candidates are selected, and shall take office upon the close of the Convention and shall serve thereafter until the next even, off-Presidential year.

iv. Officer shall be elected by the delegates of the National Convention.

v. No offices shall be combined.

vi. The Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly on a date specified by the Chair.

vii. Officers missing meetings without cause may be subject to removal by the Executive Committee.

a. After two consecutive missed meetings the UIPEC shall need ¾ of the UIPEC members to vote in favor of removal

b. After three or more consecutive missed meetings the UIPEC shall need 2/3 of the UIPEC members to vote in favor of removal

viii. Executive Chair

a. Shall be regarded as the Chair of the National Committee at-large

b. Shall preside at all Conventions and all meetings of the Executive Committee

c. In the absence of a Corporate Action Committee (UIPCAC) the Chair shall be the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Party with full authority to direct its business affairs and duties as proscribed by the UIPCAC section of these bylaws.

d. Shall appoint Chairs of established committees subject to the approval of the UIPEC and the UIPSCC

e. Shall be the Public Representative for the Party

f. Shall be a de-facto member of all committees except for those committees listed in “Article III, Section 2, e”. On committees, other than the UIPEC, the chair shall only cast a vote that would change an outcome to a motion.

g. May call special meetings for urgent matters

ix. Executive Vice Chair

a. If for any reason the Chair of the Executive Committee is unable to perform the duties of the office the Vice Chair shall resume chair duties.

b. Shall serve as liaison to the UIPSCC and assist states affiliates in growth.

c. Shall have training seminars for committees on laws and rules to assist the party in success.

d. Shall complete duties as assigned by the Executive Committee.

x. Executive Secretary

a. Shall be the recording officer of the Party.

b. Shall assist in the creation of a communications network for the Party

c. Shall record meeting minutes or assign someone to do so if the secretary shall not be available to do so

d. Shall complete duties as assigned by the Executive Committee.

xi. Executive Treasurer

a. Shall receive, expend and account for the funds of the Party under the supervision and direction of the Chair and the National Committee in absence of a Party accountant under the Corporate Action Committee.

b. When the UIPCAC is in operation, the Executive Treasurer shall work with the UIPCAC to report on the accounts of the Party.

c. Shall make an annual financial report to the UIPNC and shall oversee all duties required of the office by applicable federal and state law.

d. Shall complete duties as assigned by the Executive Committee.

c) The Regions shall be comprised of states, the territories of the United States of America (USA), and the District of Columbia distributed by electoral college votes.

i. The Regional Representatives terms shall be 2 years.

ii. The UIPSCC shall group the regions after each USA Census.

iii. The UIPEC shall approve of those regions with a majority vote.

iv. The current Regional Groups shall be added as an appendix and updated as needed to these bylaws.

v. Regional Representatives shall be a resident of the Region they are representing and in event they move shall be removed from the position without bias.

vi. Regional Representatives shall be elected by the delegates of the National Convention whom live in the regions represented by the Region.

vii. Each Region shall also choose an alternate to act on behalf of the Regional Representative in times of absence.

viii. Shall work with the State Chairs in their regions to hold trainings of Party officials and candidates.

d) The UIPEC may enact a Corporate Action Committee to carry out every day business affairs and duties as proscribed in these bylaws.

e) Shall create committees as viewed needed for Party operation and unity, subject to the UIPSCC approval, except for the Audit Committee. A list of committees and duties shall be added as an appendix to these bylaws and updated as needed.

f) No member of the UIPEC shall serve on the UIPCAC, Judicial Committee, Audit Committee, or the UIPSCC as these would create a conflict of interest.

 

g) Shall set the dates for the National Conventions

h) The members of the UIPEC may receive compensation determined by agreement between the UIPEC and subject to approval by the 2/3 of the UIPSCC.

i) In the event of the death, resignation, disqualification, removal, or disability of any officer of the UIP Executive

Committee such vacancy shall be filled by the UIPEC with approval by majority vote of the UIPSCC, except for the position of Chair.

j) UIPEC members missing meetings without cause may be subject to removal by the Executive Committee

i. At two consecutive missed meetings the UIPEC shall need ¾ of the UIPEC members to vote in favor of removal.

ii. At three consecutive missed meetings or more the UIPEC shall need 2/3 of the UIPEC members to vote in favor of removal.

k) UIPEC members in violation of the Code of Conduct are subject to removal

i. By a 2/3 vote of the Executive Committee.

ii. By a ¾ vote of the Corporate Action Committee Impeachment with a 2/3 vote of the Judicial Committee at the Impeachment trial.

iii. By a 2/3 vote of the Judicial Committee after 30% of active members in each affiliated state (each affiliated state within a region for Regional Representatives) have submitted a petition for removal.

l) May issue a newsletter periodically to the members through the Regions and states allowing them to add local articles.

m) May add rules of operations for procedures dealing with media guidelines, website structure, etc and add these rules as an appendix to these bylaws.

n) A majority of the membership of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all UIPEC meetings.

o) The UIPEC shall, by majority, approve the presented by the UIPCAC or Executive Chair.

p) The UIPEC may adopt resolutions by a 2/3 vote with approval by the majority of UIPSCC

q) The UIPEC may change the Bylaws by a 2/3 vote with approval by the majority of the UISPCC only when statutes are created or discovered that would affect the legal status of the Party.

r) The UIPEC shall create a Code of Conduct by which the Party members shall follow. These codes may be adopted by a 2/3 vote of the UIPEC and amended with ¾ vote. The Code of Conduct shall be added as an appendix to these bylaws.

s) The UIPEC shall assist is organizing state affiliates and establish rules of organization to be added as an appendix to these bylaws. These rules shall take affect with 2/3 of the UIPEC approval.

Section 3 – State Chairs’ Committee: 

The UIP State Chairs’ Committee shall have the general management of the United Independents Party, based upon the rules and bylaws adopted by the UIP National Convention between National Conventions.

a) Members of the UIPSCC shall consist of the chairs of the affiliated states. Where the state chair cannot serve they may assign the position to another officer of their state affiliate.

b) The term of the chairs will be their tenure as chair of their state affiliate.

c) The UIPSCC shall elect among themselves at National Conventions a Committee Presiding Chair and Secretary.

i. The Committee Presiding Chair shall preside all meetings of the UIPSCC and provide reports to the UIPEC

ii. The secretary shall keep the minutes and reports of the UIPSCC

iii. Should either position have their state chair status removed a special meeting will be called to replace them. Should the Presiding Chair position be vacant the Vice Chair of the Executive Committee may preside over the meeting without a vote.

d) The UIPSCC shall approve of the appointment of a Corporate Executive Officer of the UIPCAC and their corresponding contract.

e) No member of the UIPSCC shall serve on the UIPCAC, Judicial Committee, Audit Committee, or the UIPEC as these would create a conflict of interest.

f) The members of the UIPSCC may receive compensation determined by agreement between the UIPEC and with a 2/3 vote of the UIPEC.

g) A majority of the membership of the State Chairs’ Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all UIPSCC meetings.

h) The UIPSCC shall meet at least quarterly on a date specified by the Presiding Chair

i) The UIPSCC may ratify resolutions present by the UIPEC with majority vote.

j) May approve by majority vacancies filled by the UIPEC and UIPJC.

k) The UIPSCC may ratify UIPEC proposed Bylaws by majority of the UISPCC only when statutes are created or discovered that would affect the legal status of the Party.

l) Shall approve of establishing committees proposed by the UIPEC by majority vote.

m) Shall appoint members to the Audit Committee.

Section 4 – Corporate Action Committee:

A UIP Corporate Action Committee (UIPCAC) may be enacted by the Executive Committee.  The UIPCAC will be considered the employees of the United Independents Party.

a) The members of the UIP Corporate Action Committee shall consist of:

i. A Corporate Executive Officer (CEO) appointed through contract for a period of time by the UIPEC by majority and approved by the UIPSCC by majority,

ii. Positions requested by the CEO for the daily operation of the Party, whom shall be approved by majority by the UIPEC.

iii. In absence of a CEO the UIPEC may appoint other positions with a majority approval of the UIPSCC.

b) UIPCAC members shall be

i. Active members of the Party,

ii. Shall not be candidates of any party due to possible conflicts of interest where fiscal funds could be involved,

iii. Shall take a sabbatical if they should to become a candidate from the time of announcement to the time of the election; and if they win their race shall resign their position.

c) The Party shall create contracts of compensation for the members of the UIPCAC.

d) May bring members of the UIPEC to the Judicial Committee for impeachment purposes. (Article II Section 2. k ii) For this purpose a quorum will be considered as a majority of all members of the UIPCAC.

e) UIPEC members, exempt for the CEO, in violation of the Code of Conduct and other work place violations are subject to termination by 2/3 of the UIPEC subject to Judicial Committee review

f) No member of the UIPCAC shall serve on the UIPSPCC, Judicial Committee, Audit Committee, or the UIPEC as these would create a conflict of interest.

 

g) The UIPCAC shall meet at least monthly to discuss the operating functions of the Party.

Section 5 – Judicial Committee: 

A Judicial Committee oversee issues herein described:

a) The members of the UIP Judicial Committee (UIPJC) shall consist of 5 members of the Party elected at National Convention.

b) A quorum shall consist of a majority of the UIPJC members.

c) The members of the UIPJC shall elect a Presiding Chair and Secretary among themselves for the calling of and operating of the meetings.

d) Judicial Committee members shall be active members of the Party, and shall not be the candidate of any party except the Party, an affiliate, a fusion ticket, or as an independent where the Party does not yet have affiliation.

e) No member of the UIPJC shall serve on the UIPSPCC, UIPCAC, Audit Committee, or the UIPEC as these would create a conflict of interest.

f) Members of the Judicial Committee may appoint new members if vacancies occur with majority approval by the UIPSCC.

g) Each Judicial Committee shall set and review Rules of Appeal that the acting UIPEC may approve by majority and added to these bylaws as an appendix.

h) The Judicial Committee shall review the following:

i. Membership removal or suspension due to Code of Conduct violations (Article II, Section 3)

ii. Suspension or removal of UIPEC members (Article III, Section 2 k ii & iii),

 

iii. Suspension or removal of affiliate parties. (Article III, Section 8 f)

iv. Reviews the termination of members of the UIPCAC (Article III, Section 4 e)

v. Challenges to UIPEC decisions, Platform Planks, and Resolutions.

vi. Handles disputes of bylaw interpretation.

vii. Other items as set forth in the UIPJC rules.

Section 6 – Audit Committee:

 An Audit Committee will be assembled by the UIPSCC.

a) The members of the UIP Audit Committee (UIPAC) shall consist of 5 members of the Party appointed by the majority of the UIPSCC.

b) A quorum shall consist of a majority of the UIPAC members.

c) The members of the UIPAC shall elect a Presiding Chair and Secretary among themselves for the calling of and operating of the meetings.

d) Audit Committee members shall be active members of the Party, and shall not be the candidate of any party except the Party, an affiliate, a fusion ticket, or as an independent where the Party does not yet have affiliation.

e) No member of the UIPAC shall serve on the UIPSCC, Judicial Committee, UIPCAC, or the UIPEC as these would create a conflict of interest.

 

f) Vacancies of the UIPAC shall be filled by the UIPSCC.

g) Each Audit Committee shall set and review Rules of Party Accounting that the acting UIPEC may approve by majority and added to these bylaws as an appendix.

h) The Audit Committee shall contract on behalf of the Party with to have an independent audit of the Party books periodically and present this report to the National Convention.

Section 7 – Other National Committees: 

When created by the UIPEC other committees will operate for the purposes they were established for.

a) The members of these committees shall be active members of the Party.

b) A quorum shall consist of a majority of the committee members.

c) The Presiding Chair will be appointed by the UIPEC Chair.

d) The Presiding Chair shall appoint a secretary from the members of the committee.

Section 8 – Affiliate Parties: No person, group or organization may use the name “United Independents Party” except the Party or an organization to which the Party charters affiliate party status or as otherwise provided in these bylaws.

a) The UIPEC shall charter state-level affiliate parties from qualifying organization requesting such status in each state, territory and the District of Columbia. Organizations which wish to become state-level affiliate parties shall apply for such status on a standard petition form.

b) To maintain the message and purpose of the Party, the UIPNC shall charter these affiliates as dbas under the National Party as Committees of the Party. The state affiliates will work with the UIPNC to advance the Party in unity.

c) There shall be no more than one state-level affiliate party in any one state. Each state-level affiliate party shall, in accordance with its own Bylaws, these Bylaws, Rules of Convention, and laws of their state may determine who shall be its delegates to all National Conventions.

d) No affiliate party shall endorse any candidate who is a candidate for another party unless fusion tickets exist; or it is a state party that has allied with the Party; or the Party does not yet have ballot access and the candidate is running independent.

e) A state-level affiliate party shall work to establish sub-affiliate parties within the state under the same rules as the state-level affiliate are required to follow for qualification and sustaining status.

f) Each state affiliate, shall provide:

i. Current copies of its applicable charter, constitution, bylaws, and/or rules;

ii. Copies of all timely lists of current state officers;

iii. Facsimiles of all documents filed with governmental agencies;

iv. Notices of changes in its legal status in its home state.

v. All documents, lists and notices shall be sent to the National Secretary within fifteen days of their effectiveness.

g) The National Committee shall have the power to revoke the status of any affiliate party, for cause, by a vote of 2/3 of the entire Executive Committee and 2/3 of the entire State Chairs Committee.

i. A motion to revoke the status of an affiliate party for cause must specify the nature of the cause for revocation.

 

ii. The National Committee shall not revoke the status of any affiliate party within three months prior to a Regular Convention.

iii. The affiliate party may challenge the revocation of its status by written appeal to the Judicial Committee within 30 days of receipt of notice of such revocation. Failure to appeal within 30 days shall confirm the revocation and bar any later challenge or appeal.

 

iv. The Judicial Committee shall set a date for hearing the appeal within 15 to 30 days of receipt of the appeal and shall notify all interested persons, which persons shall have the right to appear and submit evidence and argument. The Judicial Committee shall either affirm the National Committee’s revocation of affiliate party status or order reinstatement of the affiliate party. The committee shall issue its ruling no later than 14 days prior to a National Convention.

h) No affiliate party shall take any action inconsistent with these Bylaws.

 

ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS

The Party may call meetings, conferences, and conventions set by the UIPEC. The type of meeting shall dictate the rules to follow.

Section 1 – National Convention: 

The Party shall hold a National Convention periodically, at a time and place selected by the Executive Committee. National Conventions shall be held sometime during the period of September of an odd-numbered year through June of an even-numbered year.

 

a) The Delegation of the National Convention:

i. The delegation to National Convention shall be:

a. Delegates shall be required to be members of the Party for at least 90 days prior to convention.

b. Delegates shall be those so accredited who have registered at the Convention.

c. Any federal or state law to the contrary notwithstanding, delegates to a National Convention shall be selected by a method adopted by each affiliate party so long as they meet the other requirements for delegate;

ii. The delegation to National Convention shall consist of:

a. The members of the National Committee and

b. Each affiliate party shall be entitled to send delegates to each National Convention based on:

1. The a delegate amount set by the UIPEC approved by majority of the UIPSCC.

2. Each state will receive delegates based on the their percentage of members based on the total members of the Party ten months prior to the National Convention.

3. Each state will have alternates to match the number of delegates appropriated.

4. Delegates can must be a resident of the state they are representing.

5. Delegates must be of voting age in their state.

c. Notification to the affiliates:

1. The Secretary shall make a count of the active members qualified under the requirements and shall compute the delegate allocations for the affiliate parties.

2. Notification of the active membership totals and allocation totals shall be sent by the Secretary to the Chair of each affiliate party six months prior to the National Convention.

3. A list of the names and addresses of all delegates and alternates chosen by each affiliate party shall be sent to the Credentials Committee no later than one month prior to start of the first general session of the Regular Convention.

4. Amendments to such lists may be made by the affiliate parties and submitted to the Credentials Committee until the close of the Credentials Committee meeting preceding the Convention.

5.  Failure to submit a listing of delegate/alternate names and addresses, as prescribed within these Bylaws, shall cause no delegation to be registered from that affiliate party.

6. By 7/8 vote, the Convention may approve additional delegates and alternates whose names and addresses are submitted to the Credentials Committee during the Convention.

7. Delegate List: Any Party member shall be provided, upon request and payment of copying and mailing costs, a list of the names and addresses of all delegates selected to attend and those who actually attended the most recent two Conventions, with those who attended clearly identified, and all delegates / alternates selected to the upcoming convention, if available.

b) A quorum shall consist of the majority of the total number of delegates registered in attendance at the Convention.

c) There shall be a Platform Committee, a Bylaws and Rules Committee, and a Credentials Committee for each National Convention.

i. The Executive Committee shall appoint a presiding chair of each committee approved by the State Chairs Committee.

ii. The Executive Committee shall appoint a total number of their choosing, members to sit on the committees for National Convention.

d) All other Rules of Convention will be set by the UIPEC and approved by majority of the UIPSCC. The rules shall be added as an appendix to these bylaws and updated as needed, but never less than 90 days prior to a National Convention.

Section 2 – Conferences: The Party may hold a National Party Conference between National Conventions. The nature, agenda, composition, time and place of the Party Conference shall be determined by the UIP National Committee.

Section 3 – Committee Meetings: The UIPEC shall set rules of meetings by 2/3 vote that shall be added as an appendix to these bylaws and updated as needed.

ARTICLE V: PRESIDENTIAL AND VICE-PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNS

At National Conventions immediately preceding a Presidential election, nominations of candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States may be made. The rules of nomination being part of the Rules of Convention.

Section 1 – Candidate Eligibility: Party Candidates for the President and Vice-Candidates of the United States of American shall meet the following requirements:

a) Must be eligible under the United States Constitution,

b) Has expressed a willingness to accept the nomination of the Party,

c) Is not serving as a stand-in candidate during the current election cycle,

d) Has not appeared on another party’s primary ballot unless it is in a fusion state or a state that does not yet have ballot access.

e) Must be an active member of the Party for at least 180 days.

Section 2 – Candidate Vacancy: In the event of the death, resignation, disqualification or suspension of the nomination of the Party’s nominee for President, the Vice-Presidential nominee shall become the Presidential nominee. Two-thirds of the entire membership of the Executive Committee approved by 2/3 of the State Chair Committee may, at a meeting, fill a Vice-Presidential vacancy, and, if necessary, a simultaneous Presidential vacancy:

Section 3 – Candidate Support: The National Committee shall respect the vote of the delegates at Nominating Conventions and provide support for the Party’s nominee for President and nominee for Vice-President as long as their campaigns are conducted in accordance with the Platform of the Party, The Candidate Pledge, and the Code of Conduct.

Section 4 – Candidate Suspension: A candidate’s nomination may be suspended by a 3/4 vote of the entire membership of the Executive Committee at a meeting and ratified by 2/3 of the State Chairs Committee.

a) The candidate may appeal the suspension to the Judicial Committee within seven days of receipt of notification of suspension.

b) The resolution of suspension must state the specific reasons for suspension and must be signed by each member of the National Committee who voted for the suspension.

c) The Judicial Committee shall meet and act on this appeal within 30 days and before the election.

ARTICLE VI: PROCEDURES

The following shall be the procedures for the documents that operate the United Independents Party.

Section 1 – Platform: The Platform shall be the goals unifying independents in a common goal to change the elected officials of the government.

a) The Platform shall be revisited at National Conventions where presidential and vice-presidential candidates are nominated.

b) The Platform may be amended by a 3/4 vote of the delegates during the Platform Committee presentation at that convention.

c) The Platform may have grammar and spelling mistakes corrected at any time.

Section 2 – Resolutions: Resolutions shall be the stances on issues current and future.

a) Resolutions shall be revisited at each National Convention.

b) Resolutions may be amended by:

i. Two-thirds vote of the delegates during the Resolutions Committee presentation at convention.

ii. Resolutions may have grammar and spelling mistakes corrected at any time.

iii. The UIPNC as outlined in Article III of these bylaws.

c) Resolutions shall be numbered by the following:

i. All resolutions shall begin with: RES-

ii. Consecutively with the year following a hyphen starting with: RES-0001-YYYY

iii. Should it be a UIPNC pass a resolution the year shall be followed with NC: RES-0001-YYYYNC

iv. Should the Party decide a resolution has been completed or obsolete and a resolution is passed to remove from active resolutions – the resolution passed recognizing this shall have the original resolution noted in the Resolution.

Section 3 – Parliamentary Procedure: The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern the Party in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order adopted by the Party.

Section 4 – Bylaw Amendments: The 

Bylaws shall be the governing rules of the party and only amended by the rules herein.

a) The Bylaws shall be revisited at National Conventions.

b) The Bylaws may be amended by a 3/4 vote of the delegates during the Bylaws Committee presentation at that convention.

c) Bylaws may have grammar and spelling mistakes corrected at any time.

d) Bylaws that are found not validly legal by the Judicial Committee may be revised by the Executive Committee with a 2/3 vote and ratified by 2/3 of State Chairs Committee.

e) These bylaws shall take effect immediately upon close of convention.

 

REGION REPRESENTATIVE GROUPS APPENDIX as approved with the first bylaws:

Regions Alphabetically:

Capitol Area:

Maryland North Carolina Pennsylvania

South Carolina Tennessee Virginia

District of Columbia

Mid-West:

Illinois Indiana Kentucky

Michigan Ohio West Virginia

North East:

Connecticut Delaware Massachusetts

Maine New Hampshire New Jersey

New York Rhode Island Vermont

North West:

Alaska Iowa Idaho

Minnesota Montana North Dakota

Nebraska Oregon South Dakota

Utah Washington Wisconsin

Wyoming

South:

Alabama Arkansas Florida

Georgia Louisiana Mississippi

Caribbean Islands

South West:

Colorado Kansas Missouri

New Mexico Oklahoma Texas

Puerto Rico

West:

Arizona California Hawaii

Nevada Pacific Islands

 

RULES OF ACCOUNTING APPENDIX as approved with the first bylaws:

Section 1: Budget & Fiscal Term

a) The fiscal term of the Party shall begin on January 1 of each year.

b) Budgets shall be set bi-annually from January 1 of the year following a general election to December 31 of the year of a

general election.

c) If a budget is not yet approved for the current budget cycle the Treasurer may authorize expenditures for any item incorporated in the previous budget as long as the level of expenditure is consistent with that budget.

d) The committees of the Party may submit requests for expenses to be added to the budget.

e) If the UIPCAC is active its members will submit a budget to the Executive Committee for approval, if the UIPCAC is inactive the Executive Chair shall do so.

Section 2: Accounting Methods

a) The National Committee shall cause an efficient double-entry system of accounts to be installed and maintained.

b) There shall be sub-categories in the Chart of Accounts for each of the states as the Party owns the dbas of the states.

c) Financial statements of the Party shall be prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

d) Audits shall be performed annually by an independent auditor.

e) No disbursements exceeding $100 may be made with cash.

f) No disbursements exceeding $2,500 may be made without approval of the Treasurer should the UIPCAC be active and operating the daily activities of the Party.

g) The National Committee shall have the power to designate the depository of all funds of the

h) Party, and shall appoint such officers and employees as in its judgment may seem advisable to

i) deposit and withdraw funds.

j) The Party shall not borrow in excess of $2,000 total without prior approval by 2/3 vote each division of the National Committee.

k) The Executive Committee shall designate an Assistant Treasurer to temporarily serve in the event

l) the Treasurer is incapacitated or unavailable, or vacates the position.