How To Start A Local Group

If a Green Party of Texas county affiliate does not already exist in your area, it's easy to get started.

First, you will need to have a meeting of interested Greens in your area at which the new County Party will adopt by-laws and elect its officers. Next, your new County Party will need to affiliate with the Green Party of Texas, as outlined in our By-Laws:

Section 2: County Organization

A) Counties may organize in any way they choose that includes Consensus-Seeking Facilitation and horizontal organizing and is not in violation of the Sate Constitution, State Election Code, and the Ten Key Values.

B) County Green Party Affiliation with Green Party of Texas:

i. To affiliate with the Green Party of Texas, County Green Party organizations shall make an application in writing (physical or digital) to the State Executive Committee. The application shall include written (physical or digital) democratic bylaws and a list of the County Officers or Executive Committee.
ii. The State Executive Committee has the authority to accept or reject any application for membership, subject to review by the next convention.


School groups & clubs should affiliate with their County Green Party.


Sample By-Laws for a County-level Party



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  • commented 2014-11-23 12:41:04 -0600
          The above text viewed by me early on 2014-11-23 is recommended
    to be corrected and enlarged as follows:
    1. The “I Name” section reads “The name of this organization is the
    Utopia County Green Party, and is the Utopia County affiliate of the
    Green Party of Texas.”  The grammatical error here is that the conditional
    verb “is” can apply only to the subject “name” and a name (as opposed
    to the intended subject “Utopia County” which is here used in as the
    description of the name, cannot in and of itself be an affiliate.  The
    sentence would be better-phrased simply by changing it to read “The
    name of this organization is the Utopia County Green Party, and the
    organization is Utopia County’s affiliate of the Green Party of Texas.”
    2. Under the “II Purpose” section, the sentence currently reads, “The
    purpose of the Utopia County Green Party is to build membership […]”
    which is vague.  A better, more-specific wording would say “The
    purpose of the Utopia County Green Party is to build Green Party
    membership […]” or at least “The purpose of the Utopia County Green
    Party is to build its membership […].”
    3. Another “enabling” technicality is following the final sentence
    under “IV Structure and Meetings,” first paragraph “IV-A”: “[…] but
    only those who have attended at least one prior meeting are entitled
    to vote.” which should be followed by the additional sentence “All
    attendees of the one-time initial-founding meeting are entitled to
    4. Under “IV-B,” there is an error caused by contradictory wording. 
    The current wording, “One Co-chair, the Treasurer, and the
    Secretary will be elected by the membership at a General
    Membership Meeting in May of each year.  One co-chair will be
    elected by the membership at a General Membership Meeting in
    November of each year.  The term of each office shall be one year.”
          If there are to be two Co-chairs, to be elected bi-annually at alternating
    elections in May and November, it precludes the second Co-chair from
    being elected at the first May meeting, and therefore the Party would
    have only one Chair until its first November election.  Likewise, if the
    Party’s first voting-meeting (its founding meeting) is held after May in
    the calendar-year, then this wording incorrectly precludes a first Co-
    chair until the next year!  A complete rewording is needed; I suggest
    the above-quoted text be replaced with “The Party will initially elect
    two Co-chairs, a Treasurer, and a Secretary at its first meeting, and
    between the two Co-chairs it will be decided which will serve individually
    for the remaining time until the next bi-annual elections of one of them
    to serve from the May election-meeting of the year until the May-election
    meeting of the following year, and the other to serve from the November-
    election meeting of the year until the November-election meeting of the
    following year.  Thereafter, the Co-chairs will serve full one-year terms
    beginning from their May and November elections each year.  Special
    elections must be held in the event of any administrative office-holder’s
    disqualification, resignation, or death, and the person elected will
    serve only until the present term expires with the next regular election.”
    5. Also under the “IV” section, in the sentence of “IV-C” the word “last”
    (implying “no more”) should be replaced by “latest” (implying an
    ongoing series). 
    6. Also under that section, all of “IV-E” currently says “E. The Steering
    Committee shall meet monthly, and additionally when called by a Co-
    chair, as necessary.  The Steering Committee shall set the agenda for
    each General Membership Meeting.  Steering Committee meetings
    shall be publicized, and every member is invited and encouraged to
    attend as a non-voting participant.”
          These words leave openings for two potential disputes, and should
    be re-worded to clarify who is being described.  There are two Co-chairs
    for the General Membership, and (as described in the bylaws) the Steering
    Committee will also elect its own Co-chairs, which may or may not be
    different individuals than the General Membership Co-chairs.  If any of
    the potentially four individuals can call a Steering Committee meeting,
    than it should say so.  Likewise, if the decision is limited just to either of
    the Steering Committee Co-chairs OR just to the General Membership
    Co-chairs, then that qualification should be made to avoid disputes.  The
    second potential confusion is the sentence “[…] every member is invited
    and encouraged to attend as a non-voting participant” which, as-worded,
    technically would also exclude members of the sub-set of General
    Members who are Steering Committee Members.  A less-ambiguous
    sentence would read “[…] all non-Steering Committee Members of
    Utopia County Green Party are also invited and encouraged to attend
    as non-voting participants.”
    7. The possessive of it is spelled “its” … “it’s” (as erroneously used in
    “IV-F”) is a contraction for “it is.”
    8. A final word, concerning spacing characters…  There are a number
    of places throughout the texts where there are one, two, or even three
    letterspaces separating sentences.  A search-and-replace should make
    two the standard … unless the text is written for HTML.  One of the poor
    coding designs of the Internet under hypertext markup language (HTML)
    is that a series of spaces is always condensed into one space.  But it
    reads more easily if there is that extra space between sentences. 
          Likewise HTML is ruining the style of people’s writing by putting line-
    skips between paragraphs, because the aforementioned condensation
    of letterspaces prevents indents with normal triple-letterspaces or word-
    processsor-initiated tools for indents at the beginning of a paragraph
    as seen in “hard-copy” journalism and literature.  The HTML coding-
    character that would enable these indents or extra space between
    sentences is called a “non-breaking space” and was originally designed
    to keep a pair of words or numbers from being “wrapped” to separate
    lines when space at the end of a line constrained both from being on
    the first line.  But the same character anywhere else can be inserted as
    many times as needed to space-out words or numbers or put an indent
    in a paragraph.  Unfortunately, most webmasters either are too lazy to
    take the time to do the extra coding to make it look nice (they don’t care),
    or they are ignorant of the character and its uses.  Same can be said for
    the “em-dash” — used for pause or emphasis, which is getting replaced
    by the double-hyphen — which can “wrap” to two lines if it comes at the
    end of a line!  The coding (if you do webscripting) is initated with an
    ampersand and ended with a semi-colon, and contains either the letters
    nbsp (for non-breaking space) or the numerical equivalent #160 … and
    for em-dashes, the coding between the & and ; containers is mdash. 
          It is difficult to tell (unless the webmaster is so courteous as to state
    so) whether or not text one enters into an online “form” input box will
    be interpreted as HTML or not.  The form on this page uses HTML
          Also, people who compose offline using Microsoft Word
    default character-coding often don’t know that they have to disable such
    coding in Word’s preferences before composing and then copy-pasting
    into a web page upload, else-wise HTML will generate spurious characters
    wherever there are “curly” (or “smart”) apostrophes, quote-marks, or other
    special characters.