RULES AND BYLAWS
AMERICA’S PARTY of TEXAS
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the “America’s Party of Texas”,
hereinafter referred to as the “Party.”
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose for which the Party is organized is to support the principles,
platform and goals of the Party within the Great State of Texas. This includes
but is not limited to:
- Affiliating with the America’s Party nationally;
- Promoting educational activities that support Equal Protection for all,
Liberty and the Constitutions of the United States and Texas;
- Nominating and supporting candidates at the Federal, State and local
levels across Texas;
- Establishing county level organizations across Texas; and
- Working as a meta-party to support these purposes alongside anyone
else, regardless of political affiliation.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
III.1 – Voting Membership
A person is eligible to be a Voting Member of the Party if the person:
- Is a qualified Texas voter;
- Has a signed the Personal Affiliation Agreement
- In accordance with Texas law, has not affiliated with another political
party since the last November general election.
III.2 – Non-Voting Membership
A person is eligible to be an non-Voting Affiliate Member of the Party if the
person has signed the Personal Affiliation Agreement but is not otherwise
eligible to be a Voting Member as outlined in Article III.1.
III.3 – Eligibility for Party Leadership
A person is eligible to be elected to a position of Statewide leadership within
the Party or nominated to represent the Party on the ballot, if the person
meets all the qualifications outlined in Article III.1 and:
- Has signed the Leadership Pledge
- Done nothing in violation of said Leadership Pledge.
III.4 – Endorsements for Public Office of non-Voting Members
A person is eligible to be Endorsed for public office as a non-Voting Member
while appearing on the ballot representing another political party in Texas, if
they meet the qualifications outlined in Article III.2 and:
- Has signed the Leadership Pledge
- Done nothing in violation of said Leadership Pledge.
III.5 – Party Dues
Dues will not be a requirement for membership, non-voting membership or
leadership in the Party.
III.6 – Termination of Party Membership, Leadership or Endorsement
A person ceases to be eligible for Party Membership, Leadership or
Endorsement for Public Office, if it can be demonstrated by multiple
witnesses that they have violated the principles of the Personal Affiliation
Agreement or the Leadership Pledge, depending upon the applicable
III.7 – Other Classes of Membership
The State Executive Committee shall have the authority to create, eliminate
or modify other classes of membership as they see fit. Such classes shall not
grant any preference or privilege regarding strength of votes or the manner of
III.8 – Membership Generally
All Members, and all Members of additional classes created by the State
Executive Committee, shall be considered Members of the Party.
ARTICLE IV – PARTY ORGANIZATION
IV.1 – State Executive Committee
IV.1.a – Composition
The State Executive Committee shall be composed of:
- A Chair;
- A Vice Chair;
- A Secretary;
- A Treasurer;
- Up to two Representatives from each of the organized Regions of
Texas, with the maximum number of Regions allowed equal to the 31
State Senatorial Districts; and
- Appointed Members of the America’s Party National Affiliations
IV.1.b – Selection and Terms of Office
- The Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected by
majority vote at the State Convention held during Gubernatorial
- The two Representatives from each organized Region shall be elected
by majority vote of the delegates from that Region in attendance at the
State Convention, while in a Regional caucus.
- If such a caucus fails to elect a Representative to the State Executive
Committee, the State Executive Committee may fill that office.
- The Term of Office for the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer of
the State Executive Committee shall be from the conclusion of a State
Convention held during Gubernatorial Election years, until the
conclusion of the State Convention that is held during the next
Gubernatorial Election year.
- The Term of Office for the Regional Representatives shall be from the
conclusion of a State Convention, until the conclusion of the next State
- In the event of a vacancy, the State Executive Committee may appoint a
successor for the remainder of the appropriate term.
IV.1.c – Removal from Office for Cause
A member of the State Executive Committee may be removed from Office
for Cause by a two-thirds majority vote of the rest of the Committee. Said
Cause must be presented by a minimum of two witnesses and should follow
the guidelines of Article III.6 and Parliamentary procedures, including but not
- The adoption of a resolution outlining specific charges;
- The setting of a specific State Executive Committee meeting for a trial;
- The holding of said trial for the accused.
IV.1.d – Duties of the State Executive Committee
- The State Executive Committee shall abide by the Party rules and
follow Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, so long as they are in
accordance with State law;
- May make any additional rules, by-laws and policies necessary for the
functioning of the Committee, so long as the additional rules, by-laws
and policies are not in conflict with these Rules;
- Shall call and organize all State Conventions;
- Shall carry on the activities of the Party on the statewide level between
conventions, and shall have control and management of all Party affairs,
funds and accounts on the statewide level;
- With the approval of the State Executive Committee, the State Chair
may appoint, elect or employ any such officers and assistants as may be
deemed necessary to assist the State Executive Committee in its duties,
functions and in making arrangements for any State Conventions.
IV.1.e – Qualifications of State Executive Committee Members
- All State Executive Committee Members shall meet the qualifications
of Article III.3; and
- Shall be residents of the region or political subdivision they represent,
and if they move their residence out of the region or political
subdivision they represent, it shall cause an immediate vacancy in the
IV.1.f – Meetings of the State Executive Committee
- The State Executive Committee shall meet as required by:
- these rules;
- the action of the State Convention;
- the call of the Chair; or
- the written request of two-thirds of the membership of the
- Minutes or a transcript shall be taken at all meetings of the Committee
and a written copy shall be transmitted to each of the members of the
Committee within thirty days after the meeting.
- The State Executive Committee may meet, without meeting in-person,
vote and transact business via electronic means. Notice of said meetings
must be made at least one week in advance and must include an agenda.
- No in-person meeting of the State Executive Committee shall be held
outside the Great State of Texas.
- Notice of the time and place of in-person meetings of the State
Executive Committee must be made at least 30 days in advance.
IV.1.g – Quorum
A majority of the State Executive Committee, excluding vacancies, shall
constitute a quorum at all meetings, except as specifically provided otherwise
in these Rules.
IV.1.h – Expenditures
- Authorization of expenditures shall require a majority vote of the State
- Disbursement of funds shall require the approval of either the Chair or
- The State Executive Committee shall not take out loans nor incur credit
IV.2 – County Executive Committees
IV.2.a – Organized Counties
- In each organized County, there shall be a County Executive Committee
composed of a County Chair and any other positions as the Membership
of that County may designate in their County by-laws. Any Party
officials serving on a County Executive Committee, except the County
Chair, must be appointed or elected according to the County by-laws
that are drafted and approved by the Voting Members of the County,
and said County by-laws are subject to rejection by the State Executive
- Members of a County Executive Committee shall be elected at County
Conventions in even-numbered years and will serve for two year terms,
from the conclusion of the convention until the end of the following
- County Chairs are required to submit any changes in rules to the State
Party Secretary upon adoption of any changes to the County by-laws.
- In the absence of County by-laws, the State Executive Committee has
the authority to recognize a County Chair of it’s choosing in the event
of a dispute.
IV.2.b – Appointment of Temporary County Chairs
The State Chair, or his designate, may appoint a Temporary County Chair for
any County not yet organized. Said Temporary County Chairs may serve until
their County formally adopts County by-laws and elects it’s own Chair.
Temporary County Chairs will serve at the pleasure of the State Executive
Committee and may be removed for any reason deemed proper.
IV.2.c – Precinct Chairs
In Counties without rules specifying a procedure for the selection of Precinct
Chairs, the County Executive Committee shall select the Precinct Chairs. The
State Chair shall be notified of any Precinct Chairs selected in these Counties
as quickly as possible and these notifications shall include the name, address,
phone number and email address of the Precinct Chairs selected.
IV.2.d – Qualifications of County and Precinct Leadership
- It is preferred that all elected County Executive Committee members
and all Precinct Chairs should meet the qualifications of Article III.3;
- It is required that all elected County Executive Committee members
and all Precinct Chairs be Voting Members of the Party.
IV.3 – Primary Election
The Party shall not hold a Primary Election, unless required to by State law.
Instead, the Party shall utilize the convention system outlined in State law for
the selection of all candidates who will represent the Party in any partisan
elections held in the Great State of Texas.
ARTICLE V – PARTY CONVENTIONS
V.1 – Precinct Conventions
- A Precinct Convention will be held in even numbered years, in
accordance with these Rules.
- Each Precinct Convention shall automatically elect all participants
thereof to be delegates to the County Convention:
- Only Voting Members of the Party will be allowed to participate in
the Precinct Conventions or be elected to the County Convention.
- Affiliate Non-Voting Members may present information, record the
proceedings and contribute to any aspect of the Precinct Convention,
except for voting or selection to the County Convention.
- A person otherwise qualified need not be present at the Precinct
Convention in order to be elected as a delegate to the County
- The list of all eligible Precinct Convention participants, along with
their contact information and any other information required by the
Texas Election Code, shall be immediately submitted to the State
Executive Committee’s Secretary in any year in which the Party is
seeking ballot access.
V.2 – County Conventions
V.2.a – County Convention
- A County Convention shall be held in even numbered years, in
accordance with the Texas Election Code.
- The County Convention shall be composed of all duly elected delegates
from the Precinct Conventions held that year.
- The County Convention shall elect delegates to the State Convention
and any appropriate District Conventions:
- Only Voting Members of the Party will be allowed to participate in
the County Conventions or be elected to represent the County at the
State or District Conventions.
- Affiliate Non-Voting Members may present information, record the
proceedings and contribute to any aspect of the County Convention,
except for voting or selection to the State or District Conventions.
- A person otherwise qualified need not be present at the County
Convention in order to be elected as a delegate to the State or
- A County Convention may select alternates to the State Convention,
not to exceed the delegate total allocated to the County.
V.2.b – Combined Conventions
Each County Executive Committee, or Temporary County Chair in any
unorganized counties, may choose, with the consent of the State Executive
Committee, to combine Precinct and County Conventions into a single event.
This combined convention shall be held at the time normally proscribed for
the Precinct Convention.
V.3 – District Conventions
- A District Convention shall be held in even numbered years for each
district which is made up of more than one county or parts of more than
one county, in accordance with Texas Election Code. This will not
apply, if there are no candidates who filed with the State Chair for
nomination for public office in the District.
- The District Convention shall be composed of all delegates who were
duly elected by their County Conventions of that year.
- The State Executive Committee Secretary shall notify each of the
County Chairs in the District in a timely fashion that they shall
constitute a District Executive Committee for each District in which
there are candidates who have filed with the State Chair for nomination
for public office in the District. The letter shall contain:
- A list of Districts that will need to be constituted and the Counties
that comprise them;
- The names, addresses and phone numbers of the County Chairs in
each District; and
- A list of the candidates who have filed for each District.
- The District Executive Committee shall determine the time and location
for the District Convention.
V.4 – State Conventions
V.4.a – Composition and Dates Held
- A State Convention shall be held in even numbered years in accordance
with these Rules.
- The State Convention shall be composed of all delegates who were duly
elected by their County Conventions of that year.
V.4.b – Committees of the Convention
- A Platform Committee, which shall consider and report to the
Convention any amendments to the Party Platform;
- A Rules Committee, which shall consider and report to the Convention
any amendments to the Party Rules;
- A Credentials Committee, which shall consider and report to the
Convention any recommendations for resolution of any challenges to
the credentials of any delegates to the Convention; and
- Any other committees that the State Executive Committee may deem
proper to establish.
V.4.c – Committee Membership
The members of all committees at the State Convention shall be appointed by
the State Executive Committee no later than one month before the
convention. Members shall be notified immediately.
V.4.d – Officers of the Convention
- The State Chair may designate such temporary officers and assistants as
deemed necessary to assist in planning, arranging and conducting the
preparations for the Convention, until permanent officers are elected by
- The Permanent Officers of the Convention shall be a Chair, Secretary
and any other officers elected by the Convention.
- The Parliamentarian of the Convention shall be chosen by the State
Executive Committee beforehand.
V.4.e – Election of Presidential Electors
- The State Convention in Presidential Election years shall elect a
number of Presidential Elector candidates equal to the total number
Senators and Representatives to which Texas is entitled to at that time.
- Any Voting Member of the Party, as described in Article III.1, who does
not hold any office of profit or trust under the United States shall be
eligible to be a Presidential Elector candidate.
- If for any reason the State Convention cannot or does not select a
complete slate of Presidential Elector candidates, the State Executive
Committee shall select however many Presidential Electors are needed
to complete the requirement under the Constitution.
- Each Presidential Elector shall sign the appropriate affidavit with the
State Executive Committee attesting to their support of the Party’s
Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees. If any Elector candidates
are unable or unwilling to sign the affidavit or fail to supply it within a
reasonable period of time, they shall be subject to removal and the State
Executive Committee shall select a replacement.
V.4.f – Election of National Convention Delegates
- The total number of delegates, and their qualifications, to any national
convention shall be determined by the National Affiliations Committee.
- If such a call for a national convention should occur at a time when it is
not possible for a State Convention to select the delegates, the State
Executive Committee shall select the delegates.
V.5 – General Rules Governing Party Conventions
V.5.a – Governing Authority
- These Rules shall govern all proceedings and the conduct of all
meetings of all Conventions and committees and caucuses at
Conventions at all levels.
- Unless otherwise provided for by the Constitution of the United States,
the Constitution of the State of Texas, the statutes of the United States
or the State of Texas, or these Rules, the current edition of Robert’s
Rules of Order Newly Revised, which is hereby adopted by reference,
shall be the parliamentary authority governing all conventions and
meetings of the Party at all levels.
- Any Convention may make any additional Rules for its conduct and
proceedings which do not conflict with state law or these Rules.
V.5.b – Eligibility to Vote
- All delegates at any Convention shall be eligible to vote on all matters
before the floor of the Convention, except for district or regional
- All delegates shall have one vote.
- In order to vote, a delegate must be present at the time the vote is taken.
- In accordance with Article III.1, a person must be a Voting Member of
the Party in order to be a delegate of a Convention.
V.5.c – Quorum
A majority of the delegates registered to attend a Convention, shall constitute
V.5.d – Voting Procedures
- Unless otherwise provided elsewhere in the Rules, Conventions,
caucuses and committees of the Party may use any of the following
methods of voting:
- Voice vote;
- Show of hands;
- Division of the house;
- Written secret ballot; or
- Roll call vote.
- A roll call vote must be taken when requested by at least 20% of the
- Unless otherwise provided, the presiding officer shall decide the
method of voting.
- All votes shall be counted by the presiding officer and the secretary.
- If a roll call vote is taken, polling shall be by alphabetical call of all
registered delegates in attendance.
- Proxy voting is prohibited, with the exception of meetings of the State
- The unit rule is prohibited.
V.5.e – Limits on Discussion
- No delegate may speak for more than 5 minutes on any one motion at
any Convention. Except for delegates presenting any Committee reports
to the Convention, in which case they are limited to 10 minutes, plus
any time required to answer questions related to the report from any
- Discussion on any motion may not exceed 30 minutes.
V.5.f – Committees and Committee Reports
- The Chair of a Committee at a Convention shall be its presiding officer.
- The vote of a majority of the Committee members that are present shall
be necessary for passage of any proposal to the floor of the Convention.
- Committee members must be present to vote.
- A quorum shall consist of a majority of the Committee’s voting
membership, excluding vacancies.
- Any delegate of the Convention may appear before a Committee and
make proposals for the Committee’s consideration.
- A Committee may make reasonable requirements that govern the time
and manner of such proposals, including:
- A requirement that proposals be submitted in writing to the Chair of
- Requirements may not include a deadline that is more than 72 hours
prior to the committee’s first meeting during a Convention; and
- Requirements may not be made in such a manner as to be too late to
- A Committee may convene via electronic means of communication
prior to the beginning of a Convention, but may not prevent any
Convention delegates from presenting to the Committee by failing to
meet during a Convention.
- The Chair of a Committee, or the designee of the Chair, shall report on
the Committee’s recommendations on the floor of the Convention.
- The Convention Chair shall preside over any debating and any votes
taken on the Committee’s recommendations.
- Any Committee may also issue minority report(s) and these report(s)
must be provided equal consideration by the Convention Chair.
- Platform Committee reports must be considered and voted on a plank
by plank basis, unless there are no proposed changes to the current
V.5.g – Platform Committee Procedures
The Platform Committee must consider and vote on each proposed plank or
V.5.h – Nominations for Party and Public Office
- In accordance with state law, no person may be a nominee of the Party
for any Public Office who has not filed an application with the Party to
be nominated for that office.
- If a candidate who has made an application to be nominated withdraws,
dies, or is declared ineligible, the filing deadline for applications for
nomination for that office is reopened and extended until midnight, the
day before the date of the Convention at which the nominee for that
office is chosen.
- All nominations for Public Office shall be made from the floor of the
- The motion to close nominations shall require a two-thirds vote.
- No person may be nominated for any Public or Party Office who:
- is ineligible to serve in that office; or
- has not expressed a willingness to accept the nomination of the Party
for that office.
- The State Executive Committee may choose to provide an option for
the Convention to vote on, in any race for Public Office that there is a
candidate worthy of the Party’s endorsement who will appear on the
ballot as an independent or as the nominee of another Party. This may
be done even if there is a candidate or candidates seeking the Party’s
nomination for said Public Office. If such an option is approved by the
Convention, then the Party may decide to not nominate a candidate for
said Public Office and shall instead publicly endorse the worthy
- Statewide candidates for Public Office may only be nominated at the
State Convention in the year in which they will appear on the ballot.
V.5.i – Balloting Procedures for Party and Public Office
- Candidates for Party and Public Office shall be selected by majority
vote of the delegates present at the time of balloting at the appropriate
- If there are more than one Candidates for a Party or Public Office and
none receive a majority on the first vote, then the candidate receiving
the fewest votes will be dropped for the second ballot, and this will
continue until there is a winner.
- After each ballot, the presiding officer shall announce the vote totals
and the names of the candidates who remain for the subsequent round.
- In voting on the candidates for Public Office, the offices shall be
considered in reverse order in which they appear on the general election
- If the State Executive Committee deems it appropriate, the candidates
for Party and Public Office who are nominated by the Convention may
provide acceptance speeches in the order in which voting occurs.
- A Convention may decline to nominate a candidate to represent the
Party for any Public Office, even if there are candidates seeking the
Party’s nomination for that office.
- A Convention may decline to nominate a candidate for Party Office,
even if there are candidates seeking the Party’s nomination for that
office. In which case, the position will be declared vacant and shall be
filled as provided elsewhere in the Rules, although none of the persons
who sought the office may be considered for that term.
ARTICLE VI – ADOPTION AND
PUBLICATION OF THE RULES
VI.1 – Adoption of the Rules
These Rules, having been filed with the Secretary of State of Texas, together
with the statutes, rules, and bylaws adopted by reference shall constitute the
Rules of the Party and shall take immediate effect.
VI.2 – Amendments of the Rules
VI.2.a – Amendment by State Convention
These Rules, required or authorized by state law, may be changed only by
action of a State Convention, such action reflecting a two-thirds (2/3)
majority of votes cast by delegates present and voting. When any change is
made a certified copy of the changes shall be filed with the Secretary of State
not later than thirty (30) days following their adoption.
VI.2.b – Amendment by State Executive Committee
The State Executive Committee may by three-fourths (3/4) vote renumber,
modify formatting and spacing as long as the meaning and intent does not
change. Notification must be provided to all County Executive Committees
in a timely fashion after any successful vote of these changes.
VI.2.c – Temporary Amendments
The State Executive Committee may by three-fourths (3/4) vote make
Temporary Amendments, provided:
- Any such Amendments are presented as proposed changes at the next
- All members of the State Executive Committee receive a copy of the
proposed Temporary Amendments at least 2 weeks prior to any meeting
held to consider and vote on said Temporary Amendments; and
- All such Temporary Amendments are only held in effect until the
conclusion of the next State Convention, unless approved during said
VI.3 – Effective Date of Permanent Rules Changes
Any permanent Rules changes approved during a State Convention take
effect at the conclusion of said Convention, except for changes pertaining to
the selection of candidates or nominees for Public Office which do not take
effect until the beginning of the next election cycle.
VI.4 – State Chair Responsibilities
The State Chair shall be responsible for ensuring that updated Rules are
delivered to the Texas Secretary of State for review within thirty (30) days
following the adoption of any temporary or permanent amendments.
It is hereby certified that this is a true and correct copy of the rules of
America’s Party of Texas currently in effect as adopted by the America’s
Party of Texas Executive Committee meeting on January 30th, 2018.