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RULES OF THE CONVENTION

I THE CONVENTION

    1) Convention USA, Inc., an active Florida Non Profit Corporation, operates a virtual Article V Amendatory Convention on the Internet and provides a web site for Delegates to register and participate in the process of drafting proposed amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The Convention will meet in Saint Louis, Missouri on the second Monday in May in odd numbered years.

    2) Whenever possible, Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of the Convention. 

    3)  A quorum shall consist of one or more Delegates from at least thirty-four State Caucuses.

II DELEGATES

    1)   Each State shall have one delegate for every 50,000 inhabitants, according to the most recent Decennial Census. Delegates shall be chosen in non-partisan elections conducted on the Internet on the first Tuesday in November in even numbered years from districts drawn along county lines. Delegates must be registered voters residing in the District. The Chairman of the convention may appoint delegates to fill vacancies. Members of the corporation are known as Delegates. Any registered voter in one of the United States of America may become a Delegate from his or her State upon registration and taking the oath of office.

    2)  A Delegate may resign at any time.

    3)  Delegates are expected to conduct themselves with dignity, and show respectful consideration of fellow delegates. Ad hominem arguments and offensive personal references are discouraged.

    4)  A Delegate and/or an elected officer may be removed for egregious misconduct or breach of the oath of office found by a two thirds quorum majority of the entire Convention. A Delegate may also be removed for failure to answer the call for a quorum three consecutive times.

    5)  Registration shall require the following information: State, County, City, first and last name, street address, zip code, telephone number, email address, gender, date of birth, and a password, which shall consist of between 8 and 50  numbers and/or letters. An optional personal statement may be included with registration.

  III STATE CAUCUSES

    1)  The Delegates of each State shall be organized as a State Caucus.

    2)  The first Delegate in a State shall be the State Caucus Captain, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Caucus. In the absence of the Captain the senior Delegate in attendance shall be the Captain Pro Tem.

    3)  The Captain or Captain Pro Tem shall represent and speak for the state at Convention assemblies unless time is given to another Delegate by the Captain or Captain Pro Tem.

IV OFFICERS

    1)  There shall be the following officers, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Convention:

          a) CHAIRMAN, who shall preside at all sessions of the Convention and appoint committees and committee Chairs.

          b) CHAIRMAN PRO TEM, who shall preside in the absence of the Chairman.

          c) SECRETARY, who shall maintain records of the Convention.

          d) TREASURER, who shall deposit and disburse all funds of the Convention and maintain its financial records.

          e) PARLIMENTARIAN, who shall advise the Chair on rules and determine all disputed rulings.

      2) The Chairman of the Convention may fill vacancies in these offices by appointment. 

V COMMITTEES

      1) There shall be the following standing committees:

          a) CREDENTIALS, shall determine the credentials of Delegates, and verify their status as registered voters in their State.

          b) INTERNET, shall maintain the Convention web site.

          c) STYLE AND DRAFTING, shall review and approve the text of all proposals for the amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

          d) RULES, shall review and recommend the Rules of the Convention and such amendments thereof as may be necessary.

      2) The Chairman of the Convention shall solicit volunteers from among the Delegates for committee appointments and shall appoint the members and Chairmen of the Committees.

VI VOTING

      1)  All business of the Convention, except the adopting or rescinding of proposed amendments to the Constitution of the United States, and amendments of the Rules of the Convention, shall be determined by a majority of the States voting on the question and a majority of the Delegates voting on the question.

      2)  No proposal for an amendment to the Constitution of the United States shall be considered unless supported by three States nor approved by the Convention unless the same shall have received:

           a) The affirmative votes of 38 States, and

           b) The affirmative votes of a majority of the registered Delegates.

     3) No proposal for rescinding a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the United States previously adopted by the Convention shall be considered unless supported by three States nor approved by the Convention unless the same shall have received the affirmative votes of 13 States.

     4)  No proposal for the amendment of the Rules of the Convention shall be approved unless the same shall have received:

           a) The affirmative votes of 26 States, and

           b) The affirmative votes of a majority of the Delegates voting on the question.

VII ALTERNATE DELEGATES

          a) Where two or more persons have filed as delegates for a given Seat, the delegate with the higher number of constituent votes shall be the Delegate in that Seat and those with a lesser number of constituent votes shall be Alternate Delegates, ranked according to the number of constituent votes they have received.

          b) The vote to be recorded for a Seat in the Convention shall be the vote cast by the Delegate, or in default thereof, the vote cast by the ranking Alternate delegate.

          c) Where two or more Delegates or Alternate Delegates for the same Seat shall have the same number of constituent votes, the first of their votes to be cast on a Convention issue shall be the vote for that seat.