Proposed Bylaws of the United Utah Party

ARTICLE I – Executive Committee

Section 1 - A quorum for executive committee meetings shall consist of one-half of its total membership at any particular time.

Section 2 - All meetings of the United Utah Party, including the executive committee and all official party committees, commissions and bodies shall be open to the public with the exception for closed sessions on matters of personnel, campaign and party strategy and finance.

Section 3 - The time and place of the executive committee meeting shall be set by the state chairperson unless previously set by the committee itself.

Section 4 - Minutes of all executive committee meetings shall be distributed no later than 21 days after said meeting to all executive committee members.

Section 5 - Any action about urgent matters of personnel, campaign and party strategy, and finance that may be taken at a meeting of the Executive Committee may also be taken without a meeting and voted on by email subject to the policies developed and approved by the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE II - Finances

Section 1 -The state chairperson shall appoint, prior to the expiration of each fiscal year, a budget committee, which shall have the responsibility for preparing a budget for the next fiscal year. The budget as prepared shall then be presented to the executive committee for the approval at the last meeting prior to the new fiscal year. The budget committee shall be comprised of the state chairperson and the state treasurer and three additional members. The state chairperson will have authority to authorize payment in recount situations upon determination of need. In the event the chairperson is not available, the vice- chairperson and one other executive committee officer will act.

The above provisions shall apply to general elections only.

Section 2 – The state chairperson will commission an audit of party finances at the end of each fiscal year.

Section 3 - No expenditure shall be reimbursed to party officers or employees without the presentation of itemized vouchers. Such vouchers will be honored only if submitted no later than three months after the expenditure has been incurred.

ARTICLE III - Conventions
The state convention is a function of the state organization. Its purpose is to promote Party unity, form the Party platform in election years, to consider state party finances, elect state party officers, and conduct any other appropriate business. The executive committee shall set the date, site, and other matters related to the convention.

Section 1 - CALL TO CONVENTION: The call to convention must be made public no less than 30 days prior to the convention and shall include the date, purpose of convention, site, hours of registration, etc. (The exception is the first party nominating convention in June 2017.)

Section 2 - DELEGATES: To be eligible to participate at the state convention, all delegates must be registered members of the United Utah Party.

ARTICLE IV – NOMINATION PROCESS

Section 1 - All persons intending to become candidates at the Primary Convention for any elected public office, except for Lieutenant Governor of the State of Utah, shall file a statement of candidacy with either the County Clerk or Lieutenant Governor's Office, as is appropriate. Where the number of candidates filing declarations of candidacy is not greater than the number to be elected at the next general  election, those candidates shall be allowed to address the convention, delegates, or caucus, as  appropriate, seeking confirmation of the United Utah Party nomination. Where the number of candidates is greater than the number of nominees required for the next general election, there  shall be nominating and seconding speeches made on behalf of the candidate and the candidate  shall be allowed to address the convention, delegates, or caucus, as appropriate. Then the delegates who reside in the district to be represented by the candidate shall vote by secret ballot.

The results of the ballot shall be determined as follows:  

a. if a candidate receives 80 percent or more of the votes cast at the primary convention, that candidate shall become the party's nominee in the general  election without the necessity of standing for election in the primary election; provided that no candidate gathers the requisite number of signatures as provided by applicable state law.
 
b. if there were more than two candidates seeking the Party’s nomination and no candidate receives eighty percent or more of the votes cast at the primary convention but one candidate received seventy percent of the votes cast, the convention shall use a second ballot. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes on the first ballot shall be placed on a second ballot. If one candidate receives eighty percent or more of the votes cast at the primary convention on the second ballot, that candidate may become the party's nominee in the general election without the necessity of standing for election in the Primary Election, provided that no candidate gathers the requisite number of signatures as provided by applicable state law.
 
c. if, after the second ballot, no candidate has received eighty percent of the vote, then a primary will be held.  All candidates who received over twenty percent of the vote on the second ballot will be eligible to participate in the primary election. In the event of a primary election, those eligible to vote in the primary election will be all registered voters of Utah.
 
Section 2 - Nomination for Lieutenant Governor. The Gubernatorial Candidate or Candidates nominated by the Convention shall nominate a candidate for Lieutenant Governor who meets the  eligibility requirements of the statutes and Constitution of the State of Utah. Nominees for Lieutenant Governor shall then file a statement of candidacy with the office of the Lieutenant Governor in a timely manner. The Gubernatorial Candidate or Candidates shall then run for election to that office on a joint ticket with their respective Lieutenant Governor nominee. In the election the names of the candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor shall appear together on the ballot and the votes cast for a candidate for Governor shall be considered as also cast for the candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
 
Section 3. Public Official Vacancies. The process to fill a vacancy resulting from the death, resignation or other cause, of a county, state or federal elected official shall be as follows:

(i) the State or County Party which provided the process for nominating the public official whose office is left vacant shall oversee the process for filling the vacancy; any member of the United Utah Party desiring to fill the vacancy shall be  allowed to file a statement of candidacy with the State Party Headquarters or the  County Party Secretary, as appropriate;  

(ii) a ballot listing the names of the candidates to fill the vacancy shall be prepared listing  the names in an order to be determined by lot;  at the discretion of the Chair, and in accordance with the laws of the State of Utah, a  meeting of delegates in that jurisdiction (state, district, or county) shall be convened to select nominees to fill the vacancy for transmission to the appropriate legal authority as soon as is practicable with a ten day written notice or at a regularly scheduled  meeting.  Each delegate shall be allowed to cast one vote with the person(s) receiving the highest number of votes being the nominee(s); and,  in the event that two or more persons have an equal number of votes, the tie shall be  decided by lot.

ARTICLE V - OTHER

The party will not have a presidential candidate and therefore will not require a provision for selecting presidential electors. The party records will be accessible to members of the party on request.

In the case of grievances against the party, the chair will appoint a grievance committee to handle the matter.