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eran's dependents.

19. Favors increased tax exemptions where feasible and opposes
an increase in state tax.

20. Recognizes the need for welfare programs and lends particu-
lar support to programs which help people help themselves.

21. Pledges support for all Democratic nominees.

2 2. Commends the President on his action with regard to Viet
Nam.



PLAN OF ORGANIZATION OF DEMOCRATIC
PARTY OF NORTH CAROLINA

ARTICLE I
PRECINCT ORGANIZATION

Section 1. Precinct Committee:

The unit of party organization shall be the voting precinct. In
each precinct there shall be an executive committee consisting of
five active Democrats, who reside full time in the precinct, at least
two of whom shall be women and at least two of whom shall be
men, who should be present when elected by the Democratic voters
of said precinct at the precinct meeting called by the Chairman of
the County Executive Committee as provided in this plan of or-
ganization. The precinct committee so elected shall elect from its
membership a Chairman and Vice Chairman, one of whom shall be
a woman and the other of whom shall be a man, and a Secretary-
Treasurer, provided, however, the Chairman and Vice Chairman
shall not be from the same immediate family.

Section 2. Precinct Meeting:

The precinct meetings shall be presided over by the chairman
of the precinct committee, but in his absence, the vice chairman
of the committee shall preside, and in the absence of both the
chairman and the vice chairman, any member of the committee
may preside.

Section 3. Quorum:

A quorum for any precinct meeting shall consist of not less
than five registered Democrats in such precinct. In the event a
quorum is not present the precinct chairman shall notify the
Chairman of the County Executive Committee who shall call a
second meeting. If the second meeting shall fail for lack of a
quorum, the officers of the County Executive Committee shall fill
all vacancies.

Section 4. Election of Delegates:

At the precinct meeting called for that purpose the Democratic
voters in attendance shall elect delegates and alternates to repre-
sent the precinct in the county convention; and said delegates or

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alternates, or such of them as shall attend the county convention,
shall be entitled to vote the full strength of their precinct upon
all questions, nominations, or elections which may come before
the county convention. The chairman, or presiding officer, and
the secretary of the precinct meeting shall certify to the county
convention the names of the delegates and alternates selected at
the meeting.

Section 5. Business Permitted:

At every precinct meeting, if requested, a vote shall be taken on
the different questions, nominations, and elections anticipated to
come before the county convention, and in that event, the chair-
man or presiding officer and the secretary of the precinct meeting
shall certify to the county convention the vote so cast, and the
relative vote as fixed in the precinct meeting shall not be changed
in the county convention, except by two-thirds vote of the entire
unit of delegates desiring to change its vote.

Section 6. Failure to Hold Meeting:

In case there shall be a failure to hold a precinct meeting in
pursuance of the call of the chairman of the county executive com-
mittee, or if at any meeting there shall be a failure to elect dele-
gates to the county convention, in either event, the precinct execu-
tive committee shall appoint the delegates and alternates from the
Democratic voters of the precinct. In the event there shall be a
failure to elect a precinct committee prior to the day of the County
Convention the County Executive Committee at its meeting on the
day of the County Convention may appoint both the precinct com-
mittee and the delegates to the said convention.

Section 7. Representation:

Each precinct shall be entitled to cast in the county convention
one vote for every 50 Democratic votes or major fraction thereof
cast by the precinct for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate
at the last preceding gubernatorial election; provided that each
precinct shall be entitled to cast at least two votes in the county
convention.

The County Executive Committee may, by resolution duly
adopted, require each Precinct to appoint two delegates and two
alternates for each vote to which said precinct may be entitled in
the County Convention.



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Section 8. Removal of Ofi'icers and Committeemen:

Any precinct Chairman, Vice Chairman or Committeeman, or
Committeewoman who gives support to, aids, or helps any op-
posing political party or candidate of any other political party,
or who refuses or fails to perform his duties in organizing his pre-
cinct, or who is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude,
shall be removed from office in the following manner:

(1). A complaint setting forth full details and duly verified
shall be filed with the Chairman of the County Executive Com-
mittee by three active Democrats as defined in this Plan of Or-
ganization registered in the county of the said officer or commit-
teemember. The Chairman of the County Executive Committee
shall upon approval of the other committee officers and after giv-
ing 5 days notice thereof, call a meeting of the County Executive
Committee to hear the complaintant, the alleged offender and any
other interested parties or witnesses. A two-third vote of those
members present and voting shall be necessary to remove a pre-
cinct officer or committeemember. The decision of the County
Executive Committee shall be final.

(2). When a vacancy exists because of removal for cause, the
vacancy shall be filled by the remaining members of the precinct
executive committee at a duly called meeting by the Chairman of
the County Executive Committee. Notice of the filling of such
vacancy shall be given to the chairman of the County Execu-
tive Committee. If the vacancy is not filled within ten days, the
Chairman of the County Executive Committee within ten days
thereafter shall call a meeting of the officers of the County Execu-
tive Committee who shall fill the vacancy. The Chairman of the
County Executive Committee shall cause a full detailed account
of any removal and replacement to be filed with the Chairman of
the State Executive Committee.

ARTICLE II
COUNTY ORGANIZATION

Section 1. County Executive Committee:

The Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the several precinct
committees, the immediate past chairman of the County Execu-
tive Committee, the President of the duly organized Democratic



Plan of Organization 173

Women's Club within a county and the President of the duly or-
ganized county Young Democratic Club within the county shall
compose the county Executive Committee; provided that where
more than one Young Democratic Club or Democratic Women's
Club exists within a county, the several clubs shall together elect
one representative on the Executive Committee with each club
having a vote in proportion to the ratio of its membership to the
total membership of the combined clubs. The county Executive
Committee shall meet on the same day as the county convention
first held in each election year, the meeting to be held either be-
fore or after the convention at an hour and place to be designated
in the call therefor. At said meeting a chairman of said county
executive committee shall be elected. Immediately after the elec-
tion of the chairman, the committee shall elect one or more, but
not exceeding three, vice chairmen, a secretary and a treasurer.
If more than one vice chairman shall be elected the order of
their successsion shall be designated by title, e.g., first vice chair-
man, second vice chairman, third vice chairman. Either the chair-
man or the first vice chairman shall be a woman, and the other
shall be a man. The chairman, vice chairman or vice chairmen,
secretary and treasurer need not be members of the County Ex-
ecutive Committee, but all of said officers shall be ex-officio mem-
bers of the committee, with the power to vote; however, at any
organizational meeting of said County Executive Committee said
ex-officio members shall not have the power to vote. Should any
precinct official be elected to any county organizational office or
other office entitling him or her to membership on the county Ex-
ecutive Committee, he or she automatically vacates the precinct
office.

If for any reason there should occur any vacancy in the chair-
manship of the County Executive Committee, by death, resigna-
tion, or removal, or is such chairman should be incapacitated, then
upon a written notice to such chairman signed by the remaining
officers of the County Executive Committee, the vice chairman or
vice chairmen, in their order of succession, and thereafter the sec-
retary, shall, in such order of succession, be vested with full auth-
ority and power of the chairman until such time as said County
Executive Committee has met and duly elected a successor to such
chairman.

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officers of the County Executive Committee, presided over by the
Chairman, shall act in the place of the County Executive Com-
mittee on all matters; unless this plan of organization states that
action is to be by the entire County Executive Committee.

Section 2. Additional Precinct Meetings:

In addition to the common day fixed by the State Executive
Committee during election years, the Chairman of any County
Executive Committee may issue a call between October 1st of
any non-election year and March 1st in any election year
for a meeting of the County Executive Committee and, in addi-
tion to any other business specified in the call, the said committee
may adopt a resolution fixing a common day, times and places for
the holding of precinct meetings for the purpose of electing pre-
cinct committees; and fix the day, time and place for the organiza-
tional meeting of the newly elected County Executive Committee
for the purpose of electing a chairman and other county officers.
The County Chairman shall immediately issue a call in writing
at least 10 days before the day set for the said precinct meetings.
This call shall be posted at the court house door of the county and
copies thereof shall be sent as a news item to each news media
published in the county.

Any precinct meeting provided in this section shall be held more
than two weeks before the common day fixed by the State Execu-
tive Committee.

Section 3. Duties of Officers:

The duties of the County Executive Officers shall be:
(1). The chairman shall be responsible for the organization of
the county on all levels, including calling of all meetings, holding
of political instruction classes for precinct executive committees,
obtaining all materials necessary for the proper function of his
duties and doing all other things necessary for the proper carry-
ing out of the best interest of the party.

(2). One of the vice chairmen shall be responsible for the or-
ganization and activities of the women members of the County
Executive Committee and the women's activities in behalf of the
Democratic Party in the said county, subject to the direction of
the chairman of the County Executive Committee.



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(3). The other vice chairman of the County Executive Com-
mittee shall have such duties and responsibilities as may be as-
signed by the chairman.

(4). The secretary shall have the duty and responsibility of
keeping all records of the County Executive Committee, including
attendance at all meetings, of issuing all notices, preparing all
correspondence, and any other duties that may be assigned to him
by the said chairman.

(5). The treasurer shall have the duty of raising all money re-
quired for the operation of the activities of the Democratic Par-
ty, keep records of all money received and expended in behalf of
the Party and forward a list of all donors and expenses to the
Chairman of the State Executive Committee. The treasurer shall
also submit any and all reports as required by the law of the fi-
nances of the County Executive Committee.

Section 4. Board of Elections:

The chairman of the Executive Committee in each county shall,
before submitting to the State Chairman recommendations for the
Democratic members of the County Board of Elections in such
county, call a meeting of the County Executive Committee and
submit such recommendations for the approval of the executive
committee and only when such recommendations are approved
by a majority of the committee members present shall same be
submitted to the State Chairman by the county chairman. The
time of such meeting of the respective county executive commit-
tees for the purpose of passing on such recommendations shall be
fixed by the State Chairman.

No member or officer of a County Executive Committee shall
be eligible to serve as a member of a County Board of Elections,
nor as a precinct registrar or judge of elections.

Section 5. Rules:

The county executive committee shall have power to make any
rules with regard to the holding of precinct meetings which it
may deem proper, not inconsistent with the rules prescribed in
this plan; it shall be the duty of said committee to prepare and
furnish all forms and blanks needed in making the returns from
said precinct meetings, and any reported challenges and appeals
therefrom; and it shall have the power to raise the funds neces-
sary to pay for the expenses thereof.



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The secretary of the County Executive Committee shall forward
a copy of each precinct organization and the officers of the County
Organization to the chairman of the State Executive Committee.

Section C. Removal of County Officers:

Any officer of the County Democratic Executive Committee who
gives support to, aids, or helps any opposing political party or
candidate of any other political party, or who refuses or fails to
perform his duties in organizing his county, or who is convicted of
a crime involving moral turpitude, shall be removed from office
in the following manner:

(1). A complaint setting forth full details and duly verified
shall be filed with the Chairman of the State Executive Committee
by three active Democrats as defined by this Plan of Organization
registered in the county. The chairman of the State Executive
Committee shall upon the approval of the other committee officers,
after giving five days notice thereof, call a meeting of the State
Executive Committee to hear the complaintant, the alleged of-
fender and any other interested parties or witnesses. A two-thirds
vote of those members present and voting shall be necessary to
remove a county officer. The decision of the State Executive Com-
mittee shall be final.

(2). When a vacancy exists because of removal for cause, the
vacancy shall be filled by the remaining members of the County
Executive Committee at a duly called meeting of that committee.



ARTICLE III

SECTIONAL, ORGANIZATION

Section 1. Congressional District Executive Committees:

The Congressional District Executive Committee for each con-
gressional district in the State shall consist of two members from
each county in said district who shall be elected at the prelimi-
nary meeting of delegates from the congressional districts held
on the morning of the State Convention; provided, however, that
in any congressional district embracing less than five counties,
the committee shall consist of three members from each county
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Section 2. Judicial District Executive Committees:

The Judicial District Executive Committee for each judicial dis-
trict in the State shall consist of two members from each county
in said district, who shall be elected at the preliminary meetings
of delegates from the congressional districts held on the morning
of the State Convention; provided, however that in any judicial
district embracing less than five counties, the committee shall
consist of three members from each county in the district.

Section 3. Solicitorial District Executive Committee:

The Solicitorial District Executive Committee for each solici-
torial district in the State shall consist of two members from each
county in said district, who shall be elected at the preliminary
meetings of delegates from the congressional districts held on the
morning of the State Convention; provided, however, that in any
solicitorial district embracing less than five counties, the com-
mittee shall consist of three members from each county in the
district.

Section 4. State Senatorial District Executive Committee:

The State Senatorial District Executive Committee for each sen-
atorial district in the State which comprises more than one county
shall consist of one member from each county in said district, who
shall be elected at the preliminary meetings of delegates from the
congressional districts held on the morning of the State Conven-
tion. In districts composed of only one county, the County Ex-
ecutive Committee of said county shall have jurisdiction as in the
matter of county candidates.

Section 5. Appointment of Chairmen and Secretaries:

It shall be the duty of the Chairman of the State Executive
Committee, as soon as practicable after the State Convention, to
appoint one member as chairman and one member as secretary of
each of the committees provided in each of the foregoing four
sections and fill by appointment any vacancies in the chairman-
ship or secretaryship thereof as may occur.

Section 6. One County Districts:

Should any Judicial, Solicitorial or State Senatorial District be
composed of only one county then the County Executive Com-



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mittee of said county shall be the Judicial, Solicitorial or State
Senatorial District Committee for the respective district.

Section 7. Rotation of State Senators:

In all State Senatorial Districts composed of more than one
county which it has been the custom to concede the right to nomi-
nate a si nator to one county of the district by a plan of rotation
or otherwise, the same shall remain in lull force and effect until
terminated as herein provided.

The executive committees of the several counties composing
such Senatorial District may hereafter adopt a plan for the nomi-
nation of candidates for the State Senate by one or more counties
composing such district, but such plan shall not be effective until
the executive committee of each of the counties composing the dis-
trict shall, by a majority vote, approve such plan and file with
the chairman of the State Executive Committee a copy of the res-
olution approving the same. The agreement in any senatorial dis-
trict composed of only two counties may be terminated by a maj-
ority vote of the county executive committee of any one of the
counties and in districts of more than two counties by a majority
vote of each of the executive committees of at least two counties,
provided that notice of the termination of such agreement must
be filed with the chairman of the State Executive Committee at
least 120 days in advance of the date of the primary election at
which the candidates for the General Assembly are to be nomi-
nated. The chairman of the State Executive Committee shall
promptly notify the State Board of Elections of all such agree-
ments and of the termination thereof.

ARTICLE IV

STATE ORGANIZATION

Section 1. State Executive Committee:

The State Democratic Executive Committee shall consist of nine
men and nine women from each congressional district in the State,
who shall be elected at the preliminary meetings of delegates from
the congressional districts, held on the morning of the State Con-
vention as provided in Section 2, Article VI, provided, however,
that each county shall have at least one member on the Commit-
tee.



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Section 2. Election of Officers:

As early as is practical after each State Convention herein pro-
vided, the Chairman shall call the State Executive Committee to
meet for the purpose of electing a Chairman and Vice Chairman,
one of whom shall be a woman and the other a man, and each of
whom shall serve for a term of two years, or until his or her sus-
cessor shall be elected.

Section 3. Appointive Officers and Committees:

The Chairman of the State Executive Committee, as early as
practicable after his election shall appoint to serve at his pleasure
a full time Executive Director, a Secretary, a Financial Director
and a Treasurer. The chairman may combine any of two of the
above officers into one.

Section 4. Ex-Officio Members:

The officers of the State Executive Committee, the National
Committeeman, the National Commiteewoman and the President,
National Committeeman and National Committeewoman of the
Young Democratic Clubs of the State shall be ex-officio members
with the power to vote, provided, however, the Executive Director
shall have no vote at any Executive Committee Meeting.

Section 5. Convention Calls:

In each election year the chairman of the State Executive Com-
mittee shall convene said Committee in the City of Raleigh on or
before the 15th day of January and at said meeting the following
business shall be transacted:

(1). The time and place of holding the State Convention shall
be determined and duly published.

(2). A common day shall be fixed, on which all precinct meet-
ings shall be held for the election of delegates to the county con-
ventions.

(3). A common day shall be fixed for the holding of a county
convention in each county in the State for the purpose of electing
delegates to the State Convention.

(4). Elect one member from each Congressional District to the
Resolutions and Platform Committee. It shall be the duty of the



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Chairman of the State Executive Committee to designate one mem-
ber of said Committee as Chairman and one member as Secretary.
The Committee upon call of the Chairman shall organize and pre-
pare the Party's proposed platform and consider all proposed res-
olutions addressed to the convention.

Section 6. Notices:

Immediately after the adjournment of the above mentioned
meeting of the State Executive Committee, it shall be the duty of
the chairman to publish the proceedings of the same and it shall be
the duty of the secretary of the committee to notify, in writing,
the several chairmen of the County Executive Committees in the
State of the respective dates so fixed for the holding of precinct
meetings and county conventions. Directly after receipt of such
notice it shall be the duty of each chairman of a County Executive
Committee in the State to fix the hour and places for holding the
precinct meetings in his county, the hour and place for holding
the meeting of the County Executive Committee required to be
held on the date of the county convention; and thereupon the said
chairman shall issue a call for the precinct meetings, the county
convention, and the meeting of the County Executive Committee.
The call shall be in writing and, at least ten days before the day
set for the precinct meetings. It shall be posted at the court-
house door of the county and copies thereof shall be sent to the
chairmen of all precinct committees in the county for conspicu-
ous posting in each precinct; a copy of the call also shall be sent
as a news item to each news media published in the county.

Section 7. State Campaign Committee:

As soon as is practical after each State Convention, the State
Chairman shall call the County Chairmen and First Vice Chair-
men in each of the Congressional Districts to meet for the pur-
pose of electing two members of a State Campaign Committee
from such Congressional District, one of whom shall be a man
and one of whom shall be a woman; provided, however, no mem-
ber of this committee shall hold any other party office.

Section 8. Duties of State Campaign Committee:



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