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mean persons identified and registered with the Republican Party.

ARTICLE II

Precinct Meetings

1. Biennial Precinct Meetings

In each precinct in every General Election year, the County
Chairman shall call precinct meetings within the dates desig-
nated by the State Central Committee after giving ten (10) days
written notice of the time and place of holding same to each
Precinct Chairman, and after giving one week's notice of such
meeting in a newspaper of general circulation within the County.
Failure of the County Chairman to act in compliance with the

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provision shall be cause for any registered Republican within
the precinct to call said precinct meeting by notice in a news-
paper of general circulation within the County. Every Repub-
lican registered within the precinct, in attendance, shall be
entitled to cast one vote.

2. Elections

Biennial precinct meetings shall elect a Precinct Committee of
five or more voters, one of whom shall be elected as Chairman
and one as Vice-Chairman (one of whom shall be a woman), and
one as Secretary. Members of the Precinct Committee shall
hold their places for two years or until their successors are
chosen. Precinct meetings shall elect one delegate and one alter-
nate to the County Convention, plus one additional delegate and
alternate for every fifty (50) votes, or major fraction thereof,
cast for the Republican Candidate for Governor in the last Gen-
eral Election.

3. Credentials

The Chairman and Secretary of each Precinct shall certify elec-
tion of officers, Committee members, and delegates and alter-
nates to the County Convention, on forms stipulated by the State
Central Committee and furnished by the County Chairman.
Complete Credentials shall be in the hands of the County Secre-
tary by the opening of the County Convention.

4. Other Precinct Meetings

a. Other meetings of the Precinct general membership may be
held at such times as shall be designated by the Chairman of
the Precinct Committee after giving five (5) days notice of such
meeting; or upon similar call of one-third of the members of the
Precinct Committee, or ten (10) members of the general precinct
membership. There shall be no proxy voting.

b. In the event a Precinct fails to properly organize or the Pre-
cinct Chairman fails to act, the County Executive Committee
may direct the County Chairman to appoint a Temporary Precinct
Chairman to serve until a general membership meeting can be
called and a new Chairman elected. The County Chairman shall
call such a meeting within thirty (30) days after appointment of
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ARTICLE III
Precinct Committee

1. Duties of Committee

The precinct committee shall cooperate with the County Execu-
tive Committee in all elections and party activities; provide the
County Chairman with a list of party members within the pre-
cinct suitable for appointment as registrar, election judge, mark-
ers, counters, and watchers at the polls; and promote the ob-
jectives of the Party within the Precinct.

2. Duties of Officers

The Chairman of the Precinct Committee, with the advice and
consent of the Precinct Committee, shall have general super-
vision of the affairs of the Party within his precinct, shall preside
at all meetings of the precinct, and shall perform such other
duties as may be prescribed by the Precinct Committee or the
County Executive Committee. The Vice-Chairman shall function
as Chairman in the absence of the Chairman. The Secretary
shall keep all minutes and records, and shall maintain a list of
registered Republican voters and workers within the Precinct.

3. Meetings

Meetings of the Precinct Committee may be held at such times
as shall be designated by the Chairman of the Precinct Committee
after giving five (5) days notice of such meeting; or upon similar
call of one-third of the members of the Precinct Committee.
There shall be no proxy voting.

4. Vacancies and Removals

a. In case of death, resignation, discontinuance of residency
within the precinct, or removal of any officers or members of the
Precinct Committee, the resulting vacancy shall be filled by the
remaining members of the Precinct Committee.

b. Any members of the Precinct Committee may be removed by
a two-thirds vote of the Precinct Committee after being furnished
with notice of the charges against him, signed by not less than
one-third of the members of the Committee and allowing him
twenty (20) days to appear and defend himself; provided fur-
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inefficiency, party disloyalty, or failure to comply with the
County or State Plans of Organization. Such removal may be
appealed to the County Executive Committee, within twenty f20)
days, and their decision shall be final.

ARTICLE IV

County Convention

1. Biennial Conventions

A County Convention shall be called in every General Election
year by the Chairman of the County Executive Committee, at the
County seat, within the dates set by the State Central Committee,
after giving fifteen (15) days notice thereof to all Precinct
Chairmen and Executive Committee members, after giving fifteen
(15) days notice of such Convention in a newspaper of general
circulation within the County. The delegates and alternates
elected at the biennial precinct meetings, unless successfully
challenged shall sit as delegates and alternates in the County
Convention.

2. Convention Action

a. Plan of Organization

The County Convention shall adopt a County Plan of Organ-
ization, not inconsistent with this State Plan of Organization.

b. Elections — The County Convention shall

(1) Elect a Chairman and Vice-Chairman (one of whom shall
be a woman), a Secretary, and such other officers as may be
deemed necessary, who shall serve for a term of two years or
until their successors are elected.

(2) Elect a County Executive Committee of five (5j or more
voters, who shall hold their places for a term of tw r o years or
until their successors are elected. Nominations may be made
by the biennial precinct meetings for membership on the
County Executive Committee.

(3) Elect one delegate and one alternate to the Congressional
District and State Conventions, plus one additional delegate
and alternate for every 200 votes, or major fraction thereof,
cast for the Republican candidate for Governor in the last
General Election in said County. Each County shall further



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elect one delegate and alternate for each Republican elected
to the State Legislature and to public office on the state or
national level from said County in the preceding election.

c. District Committee Appointments

One person shall be appointed to each of the Solicitorial.
Judicial, Senatorial, and Legislative District Committees by
the County Chairman, with the consent of the County Conven-
tion, to serve until a candidate is selected with the respective
District.

3. Credentials

The Chairman and Secretary of the County Executive Committee
shall certify election of officers, committee members, delegates
and alternates to the District and State Conventions, and District
Committee members, on forms furnished by the State Central
Committee. Completed Credentials shall be in the hands of the
Congressional District Secretary by the opening of the Congres-
sional District Convention.

ARTICLE V
County Executive Committee

1. Membership

The County Executive Committee shall consist of the County
Officers and other persons elected by the County Convention (in
accordance with ARTICLE IV, sec. 2 (b), and the County Finance
Chairman.

2. Poivers and Duties

The County Executive Committee shall cooperate with the Dis-
trict and State Committees in all elections and Party activities:
shall encourage qualified candidates for office within the county;
adopt a budget; and shall have active management of party
affairs within the County. It shall apoint a Finance Chairman
and a Finance Committee of not less than three members, and
Auditing Committee of not less than three members, and may
appoint such other Committees as may be deemed necessary.

:'.. Meetings

The County Executive Committee shall meet at least twice a
year upon call of the Chairman after giving ten ilOt days notice



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to all members; or upon similar call of one-third of the members
of the Committee. One-third of the members shall constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business. There shall be no proxy
voting.

4. Duties of Officers

The Chairman of the County Executive Committee, with the
advice and consent of the County Executive Committee, shall
have general supervision of the affairs of the party within his
County. He shall issue the call for Biennial Precinct Meetings,
the County Convention, and Executive Committee meetings, and
shall preside at all the meetings of the County Executive Com-
mittee. He shall make quarterly reports on the status of the
Party within his county to the State Chairman, on forms fur-
nished by the State Central Committee. He shall be responsible
for the creation and maintenance of a Republican organization
in every precinct within his County. He shall obtain and pre-
serve a list of all registered Republicans within the County, and
shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the
County, District, or State Committees. The Vice-Chairman shall
function as Chairman in the absence of the Chairman, and shall
have such other duties as may be prescribed by the County Execu-
tive Committee. The Secretary shall keep all minutes and
records, and shall maintain a roster of all precinct officers and
Executive Committee members. Such records shall be available
upon request, to any registered Republican within the county.

5. Vacancies and Removals

a. In case of death, resignation, discontinuance of residency
within the County, or removal of any officer or member of the
County Executive Committee, the resulting vacancy shall be filled
by the County Executive Committee.

b. Any Officer or member of the County Executive Committee
may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Committee after being
furnished with notice of the charges against him, signed by not
less than one-third of the members of the Committee and allow-
ing him thirty (30) days to appear and defend himself; provided
further that said cause for removal shall be confined to gross
inefficiency, party disloyalty, or failure to act in compliance
with the County or State Plans of Organization. Sucli removal



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may he appealed, within twenty (20) days to the Congressional
District Chairman and members of the State Executive Committee
within the District, and their decision shall be final.

ARTICLE VI

Coi viy Finance and Auditing Committees

1 . Finance Committee

The County Finance Committee shall be composed of the County
Finance Chairman, the County Chairman, and not less tban three
persons appointed by the County Executive Committee. They
shall cooperate with the State Finance Committee and shall have
active management of fund-raising efforts within the County.

2. Auditing Committee

The Auditing Committee shall conduct a yearly audit of the
financial records of the County and report such audit to the
County Executive Committee for approval.

ARTICLE VII

Solicitorial, Judicial, Senatorial, and Legislative
District Committees

1. Membership

Membership shall consist of those persons appointed by the
County Chairman with the approval of the County Convention.

2. Election of Officers

At some time preceding the State Convention, the District Com-
mittees shall meet at a time and place designated by the member
of the Committee from that County within the District having
the largest population and shall elect, from among their member-
ship, a chairman and such other officers as may be deemed
necessary. The officers shall have such duties as may be pre-
scribed by the State Executive Committee. The Chairmen shall
report to the State Chairman names of elected officers.

3. Powers and Duties of Committees

a. The Solicitorial District Committee shall encourage qualified
candidates for Solicitor, and shall cooperate with the County



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and State Executive Committees in all campaigns.

b. The Judicial District Committee shall encourage qualified
candidates for District Judge, and shall cooperate with the County
and State Executive Committees in all campaigns.

c. The Senatorial District Committee shall encourage qualified
candidates for State Senator, and shall cooperate with the County
and State Executive Committees in all campaigns.

d. The Legislative District Committee shall encourage qualified
candidates for the State House of Representatives, and shall
cooperate with the County and State Executive Committees in all
campaigns.

ARTICLE VIII

Congressional District Conventions

1. Biennial Convention

A Congressional District Convention shall be called in every
General Election year by the Chairman of the Congressional
District Committee, within the dates designated by the State
Central Committee, upon twenty (20) days written notice of
the time and place for holding same to all members of the
District Committee and to the County Chairmen within said Dis-
trict. The delegates and alternates elected in the County Con-
ventions, unless successfully challenged, shall sit as delegates
and alternates in the Congressional District Convention.

2. Elections

a. The Congressional District Convention shall elect a Chair-
man and a Vice-Chairman (one of whom shall be a woman), a
Secretary, a Treasurer and such other officers as may be deemed
necessary, who shall serve for a term of two years or until their
successors are elected.

b. In every General Election year, the Congressional District
Convention shall further elect one member of the State Executive
Committee, plus one additional member for every 6,000 votes or
major fraction thereof cast within the District for the Repub-
lican candidate for Governor in the preceding General Election.

c. In every Presidential Election year, the Convention shall
further elect two delegates and two alternates to the Republican



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National Convention: and shall nominate one Presidential Elec-
tor.

3. Credentials

The Chairman and Secretary of the Congressional District shall
certify election of officers. State Executive Committee members,
delegates and alternates, and nominee for Presidential Elector
on forms furnished by the State Central Committee. Completed
District Credentials, plus completed Credentials for the Coun-
ties within the District, shall be in the hands of the State
Credentials Committee Chairman by the deadline set by the
State Chairman.

ARTICLE IX

Congressional District Committee

1. Membership

Membership of the Congressional District Committee shall be
composed of:

a. The officers elected at the District Convention.

b. All duly elected County Chairman within the District.

c. County Vice-Chairmen from those counties within the District
which gave a majority vote to the Republican candidate for
President and Governor in the preceding election.

d. Such others as the District Plan of Organization may provide.

2. Powers and Duties

The Congressional District Committee shall encourage qualified
candidates for Congress, appoint a Finance Chairman, and co-
operate with the County and State Executive Committee in all
campaigns.

::. Meetings

The Congressional District Committee shall meet at least once
a year upon call of the Congressional District Chairman. One-
third of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum
for the transaction of business. There shall be no proxy voting.

\ Duties of Officers

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consent of the District Committee, shall have general super-
vision of the affairs of the party within his District. He shall
assist the State Chairman in carrying out state programs, super-
vise the Congressional campaigns until such time as a Campaign
Manager shall have been appointed, maintain contact with all
Counties within his District, and shall be responsible for the
proper organization and functioning of those Counties. He
shall maintain constant liaison with all County Chairman with
regard to a Republican organization in every precinct within
his District. He shall have such other duties as may be pre-
scribed by the State Executive Committee.

b. The Vice-Chairman shall be Chief Assistant to the District
Chairman and shall act as Chairman in the absence of the Chair-
man; shall maintain liaison with the County Vice-Chairmen
throughout the District (where applicable) and shall have such
other duties as may be prescribed by the District Committee.

c. The Secretary shall keep all minutes and records, and shall
maintain a roster of all officers of the Counties within the
District.

5. Vacancies and Removals

a. In case of death, resignation, discontinuance of residency
within the District, or removal of any officer of the Congressional
District Committee, the resulting vacancy shall be filled by the
remaining members of the Committee.

b. Any officer of the Congressional District Committee may be
removed by a two-thirds vote of the Congressional District Com-
mittee after being notified of the charges against him signed by
not less than one-third of the members of the Committee, and
allowing him thirty (30) days to appear and defend himself;
provided further that said cause for removal shall be confined
to gross inefficiency, party disloyalty, or failure to act in com-
pliance with the District or State Plans of Organization. Such
removal may be appealed within twenty (20) days, to the State
Central Committee and their decision shall be final.

ARTICLE X
District Finance Committee

1. The District Finance Chairman shall serve as Chairman of the
Congressional District Finance Committee, which shall be com-



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posed of the Finance Chairmen of all the Counties within the
District and the Congressional District Chairman. Other officers
as may be deemed necessary may be elected by and from the mem-
bers of the Committee. This Committee shall cooperate with the
State Finance Committee and with the County Finance Com-
mittees in all fund-raising efforts.

ARTICLE XI
State Conventions

1. Biennial state Conventions

A State Convention shall be called in every General Election
year by the Chairman of the Republican State Executive Com-
mittee after giving sixty (60) days written notice of the time
and place for holding same to all members of the State Executive
Committee and to all County Chairmen. Delegates and alternates
elected at the County Conventions, unless successfully challenged,
shall sit as delegates and alternates at the State Convention.

2. Elections

a. In every General Election year, the State Convention shall
elect a State Chairman and a Vice-Chairman (one of whom shall
be a woman), who shall serve for a term of two years or until
their successors are elected.

b. In every Presidential Election year, the Convention shall fur-
ther elect a National Committeeman and a National Committee-
woman to serve for a term of four years or until their successors
are elected; nominate two Presidential Electors-at-large; and
elect delegates and alternates to the National Convention, in
addition to those specified under ARTICLE VIII. 2 (c). in the
number stipulated by the State Chairman as determined by the
National Rules. The State Chairman. National Committeeman,
National Committeewoman. incumbent Republican Governor,
and Republican members of Congress shall be nominees. Persons
seeking to be delegates and alternates shall notify the State
Chairman of their intentions at least two weeks prior to the
State Convention. The State Chairman shall then furnish the
list of prospective delegates and alternates to all members of the
State Executive Committee at least one week prior to the Con-
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ARTICLE XII

State Executive Committee

1. Membership

The State Executive Committee shall be composed of the fol-
lowing:

a. The Congressional District Chairman, the Congressional Dis
trict Vice-Chairman, and those persons elected by the District
Conventions, under ARTICLE VIII, 2 (b) of this plan.

b. The State Chairman, Vice-Chairman, National Committeeman,
National Committeewoman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary,
Treasurer, Finance Chairman, and General Counsel.

c. The Immediate Past State Chairman and Vice-Chairman, the
Permanent Chairman and Secretary of the Preceding State
Convention.

d. The Chairman, National Committeeman and National Com-
mitteewoman of the Young Republican Federation. The Presi-
dent, President-Elect and Past President of the Republican
Women's Federation.

e. All current Republican members of the National Congress,
the State Legislature, and State Board of Elections.

f. The County Chairmen from those Counties which gave a
majority vote to the Republican candidate for President or
Governor in the preceding election.

g. The County Vice-Chairmen from those Counties which gave
a majority vote to the Republican candidates for President
and Governor in the preceding election.

2. Potters and Duties of Committee

The State Executive Committee shall elect a Secretary and an
Assistant Secretary (one of whom shall be a member of the
Young Republican Federation), a Treasurer, a Finance Chair-
man, and a General Counsel, who shall serve for a term of two
years or until their successors are elected. The Committee shall
formulate and provide for the execution of such plans and
measures as it may deem conducive to the best interests of the
Republican Party. It shall appoint an Auditing Committee of
at least three members to conduct a yearly audit; approve such
audit: adopt a budget: and shall have active management of all



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affairs of the Party within the State. It may delegate such duties
as it deems proper to the State Central Committee.

3. ( 'ommittee Meetings

The State Executive Committee shall meet at least once a year:
upon call of the Chairman, at such times as the State Chairman
shall determine, after giving fifteen (15) days written notice to
all Committee members; or upon petition of one-third of the
members of the Committee. One-third of the members shall con-
stitute a quorum for the transaction of business. There shall be
no proxy voting.

1. Duties of Officers

a. The State Chairman, with the advice and consent of the
Central Committee, shall have general supervision of the affairs
of the party within the State. He shall preside at all meetings
of the State Executive Committee and shall perform such duties
as may be prescribed by the State Executive Committee. He shall
be responsible for the campaigns of the Governor and Lieutenant
Governor until such time as a permanent campaign manager
may be appointed. The State Chairman may delegate authority
to the District Chairmen, to act in his behalf on any matter.

b. The Vice-Chairman shall be the Chief Assistant to the Chair-
man; and shall act as Chairman in the absence of the Chairman.
The Vice-Chairman shall maintain liaison with the County Vice-
Chairmen, through the District Vice-Chairmen (where appli-
cable). The Vice-Chairman shall have such other duties as may
be prescribed by the State Executive Committee.

c. The National Committeeman and National Committeewoman
shall maintain liaison with the National Republican Party.

d. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings. The
Assistant Secretary shall assist the Secretary in the above duties
and shall act as Secretary in the absence of the Secretary.

e. The Treasurer shall be custodian of all funds of the State
Executive Committee and shall keep a strict account of all re-
ceipts and disbursements. The Treasurer shall be bonded in an
amount fixed by the State Central Committee — the premium to
be paid from party funds.

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on all legal matters and shall act as Parliamentarian at all meet-
ings of the Committee.

5. Vacancies and Removals

a. In case of death, resignation, discontinuance of residency
within the state, or removal of any officer of the State Executive
Committee, the resulting vacancy shall be filled by the State
Executive Committee. In case of death, resignation, discontinu-



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