State Constitution and bylaws

Utah State IAP Constitution

 Constitution of the  Independent American Party  of Utah
(Established 1998 Salt Lake City, Utah)
 

ARTICLE I. NAME
 

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

ARTICLE II. OBJECT
 

The IAP of Utah Mission is to promote respect for life, liberty and property (defined as the pursuit of happiness); 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 (including its Bill of Rights) and the State of Utah — by petition to God and by political and educational means.
 

ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
 

Membership in the IAP of Utah shall consist of general members, active members, and members in good standing. General membership shall be open to all residents of the State of Utah. 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 Utah 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 of Utah 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 of Utah.  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. 

Utah State Bylaws

  Constitution of the  Independent American Party  of Utah

(Established 1998 Salt Lake City, Utah)

(Amended 2018 Provo, Utah)


ARTICLE I. NAME

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


ARTICLE II. OBJECT


The IAP of Utah Mission is to promote respect for life, liberty and property (defined as the pursuit of happiness); 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 (including its Bill of Rights) and the State of Utah — by petition to God and by political and educational means.


ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP


Membership in the IAP of Utah shall consist of general members, active members, and members in good standing. General membership shall be open to all residents of the State of Utah. 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 Utah 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 the State and National Independent American Party, and Bylaws.

After each County is properly organized, they are to elect or appoint one person to serve on the State SCC. After all 29 counties are properly organized with at least one chair, vice-chair, secretary, and treasurer. There shall be 29 SCC members making up the legislative branch of the State party leadership. After each county is properly organized, the State shall not ever unaffiliated the county. They may assist the County when asked with any needs that the County needs help with.


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 of Utah 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 of Utah.  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. Once a minimum of four counties are organized, then the Executive Committee shall not, have seats within this committee. If less than four counties being organized, then the counties organized may appoint or elect their person to serve on the SCC Committee.


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.



Bylaws of the Independent American Party of Utah

(Established 1998 Salt Lake City, Utah)


SECTION 1. NAME


Pursuant to Article I of the Constitution of the Independent American Party of Utah (herein 

“IAP of Utah Constitution”):


A. State Name. (1) The official name of this state political party is “Independent American Party of Utah” 

(herein “IAP of Utah” or “State Party”). (2) It may also be known as Utah Independent American Party, 

Independent American Party, IAP OF UTAH, IAP of Utah, Utah IAP, or IAP.


B. County Names. (1) The official name of each County Party of the IAP of Utah shall be “Independent 

American Party of <county name> County, Utah” (herein “County Party”). (2) Each County Party may 

also be known as <county name> County Utah Independent American Party, IAP of <county name> 

County, or <county name> County IAP, or IAP.


C. National Name. (1) The IAP of Utah 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 of Utah Constitution:


A. IAP Candidates. (1) To further the IAP of Utah 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 Utah. (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 of Utah Constitution:


A. General Members. (1) A “general member” of the IAP of Utah is   any resident of the State of Utah 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 Utah, and who attends,   participates and votes at State or County Conventions or meetings of the State Party.

 

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 are expected to be active members of the State Party in good standing.


SECTION 4. CAUCUS ORGANIZATIONS


Pursuant to Article IV of the IAP of Utah 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 of Utah 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 of Utah 

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 of Utah 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 of Utah 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 of Utah 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 of Utah 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) Once there are county representation for the SCC, they are to elect a 

spokesperson to convene SCC meetings and speak with the State Chair, or the body of the Executive 

Committee. (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 of Utah 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 of Utah 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, 

PEOPL and Media   Committees. (2) The Rules Committee shall draft procedural rules for meetings, and 

advise on proposed changes to the IAP of Utah Constitution and these Bylaws. The Rules Committee shall 

be a body of 6 elected persons at the State Convention.  (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. The Issues Committee shall be a

committee of 6 appointed persons, 3 from the executive and 3 from the SCC Committees. (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. (8) A committee of 12 to be elected at the State Convention to serve a period of two years. This 

committee is to comprise a question and answer segment for all potential candidates comprised of questions 

from the 15 principles of the party and the State platform. Then they are to post either on the website and 

notify all of the delegates these questions and responses to the questions by each candidate for office before 

the State Nominating Convention. A minimum of one week notice must be given to the voting body of 

the State nominating convention regarding these question and answer series of questions.



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 of Utah 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 OF UTAH 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 of Utah 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 of Utah 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 of Utah 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 bona fide 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 of Utah 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 of Utah 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 of Utah 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.


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.