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Ranked Choice Vote ID627
Ranked Choice VoteSelection of Site for 2012 Presidential Nominating Convention
TypeOpen Ballot
Number of Seats1
Ranked Choice Vote AdministratorTamar Yager
Discussion10/31/2011 - 11/13/2011
Voting11/14/2011 - 11/20/2011
Presens Quorum31 0.6666
Candidates Baltimore, MD


The Green Party of the United States holds Presidential Nominating Conventions every four years to select candidates for President and Vice-President and adopt a new platform. Simultaneously, the National Committee of GPUS also convenes annually for a face-to-face meeting. This year, there are two bids from Green Party locals to host the 2012 Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention: Baltimore, MD and Sacramento, CA. Both locals have worked hard and put together solid proposals for your consideration. Unfortunately, as of November 11, Sacramento has decided to withdraw their proposal.

Linked below is a two-sheet spreadsheet documenting the details of Baltimore’s proposal. Sheet 1 is the overview and sheet 2 is the budget.

The proposal is for July 12-15, 2012, and comes in at roughly ~$30,000. The ANMC feels it can safely budget on 300 paying delegates, thus the average registration cost will be $100 (with early birds paying less and late birds paying more). Baltimore is relying on hotels for lodging with rates at $99-$149 per night per room. Because many delegates appreciate the intimacy, lower cost and easier networking opportunities of a meeting at a University, we are encouraging the planners to seek an all-inclusive venue (food, lodging, meeting space). Thus, this proposal represents a conservative (higher) budget than we may actually need.

This proposal is to formally adopt the date, location, and budget for the Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention based on the result of a ranked choice vote.

Candidate Information

Baltimore, MD
Baltimore was the first to submit a letter of interest to the ANM. Advantages: Baltimore’s proposal is slightly cheaper, there is strong support from both the local and state parties, and it’s location along the I-95 corridor make it easily accessible to a great many people (particularly in the northeast). Baltimore is also close to three major airports (BWI, Dulles, Reagan National). Disadvantages: All meeting space would take place at the University of Baltimore, which is largely a commuter school. Thus, there is no dorm space available for lodging or dining facilities for shared meals. The University of Baltimore is located in Baltimore’s mid-town which sits along the main light rail line, but which itself does not have a large number of hotels. Thus, most delegates will have to commute (albeit a fairly short, quick, and cheap commute) from their hotel downtown to the campus. This also means that Greens will be scattered across several hotels, missing opportunities for off-hours networking and community building. Finally, if we have a Nominating Convention which attracts more than 400 people, we will be too large for space on campus and will need to pay for additional space at another venue (such as a theater) which will cost a significant amount of money. Even if this doesn’t happen, it will take a lot of work to make a campus auditorium “ready for prime time” (i.e. presentable to a national audience via C-SPAN).

For further information: Baltimore proposal baltimore-2012.xls

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