Proposed Constitution of the
    Independent American Party for Kansas

    (Established <date>)

    ARTICLE I. NAME

    The official name of this state political party is “Independent American Party of
    Kansas” (herein “IAP-Kansas” or “State Party”). The official name of each County
    Party shall be “Independent American Party of <county name> County, <#SN>”
    (herein “County Party”). The affiliate national party shall be the national
    Independent American Party (herein “National IAP”).

    ARTICLE II. OBJECT

    The IAP-<#SA> Mission is to promote respect for life liberty and property; strong
    traditional families; patriotism; and individual, state and national sovereignty —
    with a strong reliance on the Declaration of Independence and allegiance to the
    Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of <#SN> — by
    petition to God and by political and educational means.

    ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP

    Membership in the IAP-<#SA> shall consist of general members, active members,
    and members in good standing. General membership shall be open to all
    residents of the State of <#SN>. Active members shall be those who participate at
    State or County Party meetings. Members in good standing shall be active
    members who support the ideals and goals of the State Party.

    ARTICLE IV. CAUCUS ORGANIZATIONS

    Active members residing in a Congressional District, State Senate District, State
    House of Representatives District, or Precinct District, may form a Congressional,
    Senate, Legislative or Precinct District Caucus, respectively, for the purpose of
    electing caucus officers, nominating candidates where applicable, and performing
    other functions authorized by the State Party.

    ARTICLE V. COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS

    Each county with active members in the State of <#SN> shall have a County Party
    within the State Party. The county structural organization shall consist of county
    Executive Officers, a county Executive Committee, special committees as needed,
    and the County Convention. The County Party may optionally establish a county
    Constitution and Bylaws, providing that they are in harmony with and subservient
    to this State Party Constitution and the State Party Bylaws.

    ARTICLE VI. STATE ORGANIZATION

    The State structural organization shall consist of four State Executive Officers, the
    state Executive Committee (consisting of the Executive Officers and
    Congressional District representatives), the state Central Committee (consisting
    of the Executive Committee and County representatives), and the State
    Convention. The auxiliary organization shall consist of state Standing Committees
    to be specified in the State Party Bylaws, any number of state Special Committees
    as needed, and auxiliary organizations as provided for in the State Party Bylaws.
    The State extended organization shall include all County and District
    organizations within the State Party.

    ARTICLE VII. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

    The IAP-<#SA> shall elect Representatives and Alternates to the National
    Committee of the National IAP in the numbers authorized by the National IAP; and
    shall elect Delegates and Alternates to the National Convention of the National
    IAP at the times and in the numbers authorized by the National IAP.

    ARTICLE VIII. SUPREMACY

    This Constitution shall be the ruling document for the IAP-<#SA>. It is severable in
    that if any portion hereof be declared void, all other portions shall remain binding
    and effective. The state Central Committee shall be the supreme governing body
    of the State Party. The State Party shall establish state Bylaws which shall provide
    rules of conduct and organization for the State Party in accordance with, and
    subordinate to, this Constitution. The state Executive Committee shall assume the
    role of the state Central Committee if that body is not organized.

    ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS

    Amendments or revisions to this Constitution may be proposed by majority vote of
    the state Executive Committee or the State Convention. Proposed amendments or
    revisions to this Constitution may be ratified by two-thirds vote of the state Central
    Committee at a Regular meeting held any time after three months from the
    proposal date.

    ARTICLE X. ADOPTION

    This Constitution shall be established upon majority vote of the organizing body of
    the State Party. Contrary to the provisions of Article IX, this Constitution may be
    amended or revised by majority vote of the state Central Committee at any time
    within one year of the establishment of this Constitution.

    Note: These sample Bylaws for State Parties are designed for cut and paste in
    drafting a state party’s Bylaws. Each occurrence of <#SN> should be replaced
    with the state’s name (such as Kansas). Each occurrence of IAP-<#SA> should be
    replaced with IAP- and the state’s postal abbreviation (such as IAP-KS). See the
    Sample C&BL Considerations for helpful comments.

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    Bylaws


    Independent American Party for <#SN>

    (Established <date>)

    SECTION 1. NAME

    Pursuant to Article I of the Constitution of the Independent American Party of
    <#SN> (herein “IAP-<#SA> Constitution”):

    A. State Name. (1) The official name of this state political party is “Independent
    American Party of <#SN>” (herein “IAP-<#SA>” or “State Party”). (2) It may also
    be known as <#SN> Independent American Party, Independent American Party,
    IAP-<#SA>, IAP of <#SN>, <#SN> IAP, or IAP.

    B. County Names. (1) The official name of each County Party of the IAP-<#SA>
    shall be “Independent American Party of <county name> County, <#SN>” (herein
    “County Party”). (2) Each County Party may also be known as <county name>
    County <#SN> Independent American Party, IAP of <county name> County, or
    <county name> County IAP.

    C. National Name. (1) The IAP-<#SA> shall be affiliated with the national
    Independent American Party (herein “National IAP”), subject to approval of the
    National Committee of the National IAP.

    SECTION 2. OBJECT

    Pursuant to Article II of the IAP-<#SA> Constitution:

    A. IAP Candidates. (1) To further the IAP-<#SA> Mission, the State Party shall
    endeavor to find, nominate, assist and support candidates for federal, state and
    local offices, who are wise, moral and honest, and who will uphold and defend the
    Constitutions of the United States and the State of <#SN>. (2) These candidates
    shall also adhere to the Mission and Platform of the State Party. (3) The State
    Party shall also assist and support the presidential and vice presidential nominees
    of the National IAP.

    B. Non-IAP Candidates. (1) The State Convention may choose to endorse and/or
    support non-party candidates for public office, who meet the ideals expected of
    State Party candidates, who are not in direct contest with any State Party or
    National IAP nominees for public office.

    C. Party Assistance. (1) The State Party shall endeavor to assist County Parties
    and other State Party entities with organization, voter education, ballot
    qualification, recruiting, fund raising, public relations, and other services.

    SECTION 3. MEMBERSHIP

    Pursuant to Article III of the IAP-<#SA> Constitution:

    A. General Members. (1) A “general member” of the IAP-<#SA> is any resident of
    the State of <#SN> who claims membership in the State Party, but who does not
    necessarily participate in State or County Party activities.

    B. Active Members. (1) An “active member” of the State Party is one who is a
    registered voter in the State of <#SN>, and who attends, participates and votes at
    State or County Conventions or meetings of the State Party. (2) A member may
    be denied active participation in the State Party for reasonable cause by two-
    thirds vote of the state Central Committee.

    C. Good Standing. (1) An active member in “good standing” is one who supports
    the State Party Mission and Platform, Constitution and Bylaws, and candidates for
    public office; and who is committed to building the State Party for the cause of
    freedom. (2) All State Party officers, delegates, and candidates for public office
    (except for president and vice president) are expected to be active members of
    the State Party in good standing.

    SECTION 4. CAUCUS ORGANIZATIONS

    Pursuant to Article IV of the IAP-<#SA> Constitution:

    A. Congressional Caucus. (1) Each Congressional District with active members
    residing in the district, may have a Congressional District Caucus. (2) Such
    caucuses may meet at prescribed times during meetings of the State Convention,
    and at non-convention times as determined by the caucus members. (3) The
    caucus shall also elect members from the district as Congressional District
    Representatives to the state Executive Committee. (4) The caucus may nominate
    its candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.

    B. Senate Caucus. (1) Each state Senate District with active members residing in
    the district, may have a Senate District Caucus. (2) Such caucuses may meet at
    prescribed times during meetings of either the State or County Conventions for
    single-county senate districts, or during meetings of the State Convention for
    multi-county senate districts, and at non-convention times as determined by the
    caucus members. (3) The caucus may nominate its candidate for the State
    Senate seat.

    C. Legislative Caucus. (1) Each state House of Representatives District with
    active members residing in the district, may have a Legislative District Caucus. (2)
    Such caucuses may meet at prescribed times during meetings of either the State
    or County Conventions for single-county house districts, or during meetings of the
    State Convention for multi-county house districts, and at non-convention times as
    determined by the caucus members. (3) The caucus may nominate its candidate
    for the State House of Representatives seat.

    D. Precinct Caucus. (1) Each Precinct District with active members residing in the
    district, may have a Precinct Caucus. (2) Such caucuses may meet at any time as
    determined by the caucus members.

    E. Caucus Officers. (1) Each district caucus may elect officers such as Chair and
    Vice Chair, as the caucus members see fit. (2) Elections shall normally be held on
    an annual basis during the first caucus meeting of each year.

    SECTION 5. COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS

    Pursuant to Article V of the IAP-<#SA> Constitution:

    A. Executive Officers. (1) The county Executive Officers shall consist of a Chair,
    Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. (2) Any two officer positions may be
    combined as one. (3) The officers shall be elected for a two-year term by the
    County Convention held in odd-numbered years; and by the county Executive
    Committee whenever needed to fill an officer vacancy. (4) The officers shall be
    members of and preside over the County Executive Committee and the County
    Convention. (5) The order of succession in case of absence or vacancy of the
    Chair shall be the Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer. (6) Officers may be removed
    at any time for reasonable cause by two-thirds vote of the county Executive
    Committee. (7) The officers shall meet at least quarterly either in person or by
    suitable electronic means. (8) Their duties shall be comparable to those of their
    corresponding State Party Executive Officers, but limited in scope to the county
    level.

    B. Executive Committee. (1) The county Executive Committee shall consist of the
    county Executive Officers and a limited number of other individuals, as determined
    by the County Convention. (2) The non-Officer Executive Committee members
    shall be elected for a one-year term by the County Convention at its annual
    meeting; and by existing members of the Executive Committee to fill committee
    member vacancies. (3) The Executive Committee shall meet at least quarterly in
    person or by suitable electronic means to (a) set County Party policy; (b) conduct
    the affairs of the County Party organization; (c) approve or reject any actions of
    the county Executive Officers; (d) select individuals to fill vacancies for any
    position within the County Party jurisdiction; (e) perform other functions as
    specified in the IAP-<#SA> Constitution and these Bylaws; and (f) conduct other
    appropriate business. (4) The county Executive Officers may assume the role of
    the county Executive Committee if that body has not been organized.

    C. County Convention. (1) The County Convention shall consist of the county
    Executive Officers, all county Executive Committee members, and all active
    members that reside in the county. (2) New party members may be seated as
    delegates to the County Convention at the discretion of the already seated
    delegates. (3) The County Convention shall (a) meet at least annually in person
    or by suitable electronic means, and elect non-Officer county Executive
    Committee members for a one-year-term; (b) in odd-numbered years elect county
    Executive Officers for a two-year term; (c) in even-numbered years nominate
    candidates for public office to county offices and single-county state senate and
    house districts within the county, as needed; and (d) conduct other appropriate
    business as specified by the county Executive Committee, in the IAP-<#SA>
    Constitution and elsewhere in these Bylaws. (4) The county Executive Committee
    may assume the role of the County Convention if that body has not been
    organized.

    D. Special Committees. (1) County Special Committees may be created by the
    county Executive Committee for specific County Party purposes and limited
    periods of time; and may be dissolved at any time by the county Executive
    Committee. (2) Committee chairs and members shall be determined by the county
    Executive Committee. (3) Each special committee may create subcommittees that
    are limited to the scope, function and time confines of the parent committee.

    SECTION 6. STATE ORGANIZATION

    Pursuant to Article VI of the IAP-<#SA> Constitution:

    A. Executive Officers. (1) The state Executive Officers shall consist of a Chair,
    Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. (2) The officers shall be elected for a two-
    year term by the State Convention held in odd-numbered years; and by the state
    Executive Committee whenever needed to fill an officer vacancy. (3) The officers
    shall be members of and preside over the state Executive Committee, state
    Central Committee, and the State Convention. (4) The order of succession in
    case of absence or vacancy of the Chair shall be the Vice Chair, Secretary,
    Treasurer. (5) Officers may be removed at any time for reasonable cause by two-
    thirds vote of the state Central Committee. (6) The officers shall meet at least
    quarterly either in person or by suitable electronic means.

    B. Officer Duties. (1) The state Chair shall (a) preside over the Executive Officers
    and all State Party meetings; (b) be the sole spokesman for the State Party; and
    (c) oversee and coordinate the activities of all State Party organizations within the
    state. (2) The state Vice Chair shall (a) assist the state Chair in his duties; (b) and
    perform other duties assigned by the state Chair. (3) The state Secretary shall (a)
    notify all appropriate members of scheduled state meetings; (b) keep minutes and
    records for all such meetings; (c) report meetings of minutes when appropriate;
    (d) maintain a database of all active members within the state; and (e) file any
    State Party non-financial reports required by law. (4) The state Treasurer shall (a)
    maintain all State Party financial records; (b) report on State Party finances when
    appropriate; (c) make deposits and expenditures as directed by the state
    Executive Committee; and (d) file any financial reports required by law. (5) The
    several officers shall also (a) perform duties specified elsewhere in these Bylaws
    and in the IAP-<#SA> Constitution; and (b) perform other functions related to their
    respective positions.

    C. Executive Committee. (1) The state Executive Committee shall consist of the
    state Executive Officers and three elected or appointed representatives from each
    organized Congressional District Caucus. (2) The Executive Committee shall meet
    at least quarterly in person or by suitable electronic means to (a) set State Party
    policy; (b) conduct the affairs of the State Party organization; (c) determine the
    maximum number of State Convention delegates allowed for each county (based
    roughly on population); (d) approve or reject any actions of the state Executive
    Officers; (e) select individuals to fill vacancies for state, county, caucus or
    committee positions that have not been filled by other appropriate means; (f)
    perform all other functions specified in the IAP-<#SA> Constitution and these
    Bylaws; (g) and conduct other appropriate business. (3) The state Executive
    Officers may assume the role of the state Executive Committee if that body has
    not been organized; and may act temporarily for the Executive Committee in
    urgent matters until the Executive Committee can be convened.

    D. Central Committee. (1) The state Central Committee shall consist of the state
    Executive Officers, all non-Officer members of the state Executive Committee, and
    the County Chairs (or their representatives) from each organized County Party.
    (2) The Central Committee shall meet at least annually in person or by suitable
    electronic means to (a) approve or reject any actions by the state Executive
    Officers or the state Executive Committee; (b) perform other functions as specified
    in the IAP-<#SA> Constitution and these Bylaws; and (c) conduct other
    appropriate business. (3) The state Executive Committee may assume the role of
    the state Central Committee if that body has not been organized.

    E. State Convention. (1) The State Convention shall consist of the state Executive
    Officers (as delegates-at-large), and all state delegates elected at the several
    County Conventions. (2) Other State Party members may be seated as delegates
    to the State Convention at the discretion of the already seated delegates. (3) The
    State Convention shall meet at least annually in person or by suitable electronic
    means to (a) elect non-Officer state Executive Committee members for a one-year
    term; (b) in odd-numbered years elect state Executive Officers for a two-year
    term; (c) in even-numbered years nominate candidates for public office for
    federal, state and multi-county offices, and for local offices not voted on by a
    County Convention, as needed; and (d) conduct other appropriate business as
    specified by the state Executive Committee, in the IAP-<#SA> Constitution and
    elsewhere in these Bylaws. (4) The State Convention, for reasonable cause and
    by two-thirds vote, may overturn the nomination of candidates for public office by
    a County Party or District Caucus election, and elect new nominees. (5) The state
    Central Committee may assume the role of the State Convention if that body has
    not been organized.

    F. Standing Committees. (1) The state Standing Committees shall consist of the
    Rules, Events, Membership, Issues and Media Committees. (2) The Rules
    Committee shall draft procedural rules for meetings, and advise on proposed
    changes to the IAP-<#SA> Constitution and these Bylaws. (3) The Events
    Committee shall plan and coordinate State Party activities. (4) The Membership
    Committee shall plan and coordinate recruiting efforts. (5) The Issues Committee
    shall oversee Platform development and assist candidates with campaign issues.
    (6) The Media Committee shall conduct public relations, prepare campaign
    materials, and maintain the State Party web site. (7) These committees may
    perform other related functions as determined by the state Executive Committee.

    G. Special Committees. (1) State special committees may be created by the state
    Executive Committee for specific purposes and limited periods of time, and may
    be dissolved at any time by the state Executive Committee. (2) Committee chairs
    and members shall be determined by the state Executive Committee. (3) Each
    special committee may create subcommittees that are limited to the scope,
    function and time confines of the parent committee.

    SECTION 7. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION

    Pursuant to Article VII of the IAP-<#SA> Constitution:

    A. National Committee. (1) The State Convention at its annual meeting shall elect
    Representatives and Alternates to the National Committee of the National IAP for
    a one-year term. (2) Alternates shall be numbered as 1st, 2nd, etc.

    B. National Convention. (1) The State Convention at the times specified by the
    National IAP shall elect Delegates and Alternates to the National Convention of
    the National IAP for a term through the end of the presidential election year. (2)
    Alternates shall be numbered as 1st, 2nd, etc.

    C. Vacancies. (1) The state Executive Committee if in session, or else the state
    Chair or his representative, may temporarily appoint individuals to fill vacancies in
    the IAP-<#SA> delegations to the National Committee or National Convention.

    SECTION 8. GENERAL

    A. C&BL. (1) These Bylaws shall be in harmony with, and subservient to, the IAP-
    <#SA> Constitution. (2) These Bylaws are severable in that if any portion hereof
    be declared void, all other portions shall remain binding and effective. (3) All
    provisions of the IAP-<#SA> Constitution shall be considered a prime part of
    these Bylaws. (4) All State and County Party officers, candidates, organizations
    and members shall adhere to the IAP-<#SA> Constitution and these Bylaws.

    B. Crossovers. (1) Vacancies in County Chair positions may be filled temporarily
    by a member outside of that county when there are no members in the county
    available to fill the position. (2) Vacancies in non-Officer state Executive
    Committee positions for a Congressional District may be filled temporarily by a
    member outside of the Congressional District when there are no district members
    available to fill the position.

    C. Notices. (1) All notices for Regular and Special meetings of the State and
    County Parties shall be sent to all applicable members via post or by suitable
    electronic means between 30 and 45 days prior to the scheduled meeting. (2)
    The notices shall include the date, time, location, proposed agenda, and purpose
    for which the meeting is called. (3) Emergency meetings for a bonafide
    emergency may be called with minimal but adequate notice. (4) For Special and
    Emergency meetings, only the business proposed in the notice agenda may
    considered or acted upon at the meeting.

    D. Quorums. (1) The quorum for a meeting of the State or County Conventions
    shall be whoever is in attendance. (2) A quorum for all other State or County
    Party meetings shall consist of at least one-half of the Committee Members. (3) If
    there is lack of quorum, business may still be conducted, but all votes of an
    enduring nature must be submitted to all vote-entitled Committee Members either
    by post, courier or suitable electronic means for ratification by the same voting
    percentage that would have been required for the original vote.

    E. Voting. (1) All questions or issues before State and County Party meetings
    shall require a majority vote of those voting, except where specified otherwise in
    the IAP-<#SA> Constitution or these Bylaws. (2) No individual shall have more
    than one vote. (3) There shall be no proxy voting.

    F. Elections. (1) Whenever there are two or more State or County Party
    candidates seeking the same officer position or nomination for public office, voting
    shall be done by secret ballot. (2) A choice of “none of the above” shall also be a
    valid choice. (3) If there is a plurality winner among candidates, then one or more
    run-off elections of the highest vote getters shall be immediately held until there is
    a majority winner. (4) In case of an election tie, lots shall be drawn by the
    candidates who are tied to determine the winner.

    G. Parliamentary Rule. (1) Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised, when not in
    contradiction to the IAP-<#SA> Constitution and Bylaws, shall be followed at all
    State and County Party meetings, unless suspended for the meeting by two-thirds
    vote of the voting Members present.

    SECTION 9. AMENDMENTS

    A. Proposing. (1) Amendments or revisions to these Bylaws may be proposed by
    majority vote of the state Executive Committee or the State Convention. (2) Such
    amendments or revisions must be in harmony with the IAP-<#SA> Constitution.

    B. Ratification. (1) Proposed amendments or revisions to these Bylaws may be
    ratified by a three-fifths vote of the state Central Committee at a Regular meeting
    held any time after three months from the proposal date.

    C. Waiver. (1) Any provision of these Bylaws may be waived by three-fourths vote
    of the state Central Committee at any Regular or Special meeting for a period not
    to exceed six months or until the next meeting of the Central Committee.

    SECTION X. ADOPTION

    A. Establishment. (1) These Bylaws shall be established upon majority vote of the
    organizing body of the State Party.

    B. Interim Provision. (1) Contrary to the provisions of Section 9, these Bylaws may
    be amended or revised by majority vote of the state Central Committee at any
    time within one year of the establishment of these Bylaws.
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