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The State Chairman or First Vice-Chairman, whichever is a
man, shall determine what shall constitute a duly organized Demo-
cratic Men's Club within a county and certify the name of the
member who is to represent such club on the County Executive
Committee to the County Chairman.

The State Chairman or First Vice-Chairman, whichever is a
woman, shall determine what shall constitute a duly organized
Democratic Women's Club within a county and certify the name
of the member who is to represent such club on the County Execu-
tive Committee to the County Chairman.

The President of the Young Democratic Clubs of North Carolina
shall determine what shall constitute a duly organized Young Dem-
ocratic Club, College Young Democratic Club, and Teen Dem Club



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within a county and shall certify the names of the members who
are to represent such clubs on the County Executive Committee
to the County Chairman.



Section 2. Voting on the County Executive Committee:

Each officer of the County Executive Committee shall be entitled
to one vote.

The several Precinct Chairmen and First Vice-Chairmen shall
be entitled as members of the County Executive Committee to cast
for their precinct one vote for each fifty Democratic votes or
major fraction thereof cast by their precinct for Governor at the
last preceding gubernatorial election, provided that each Precinct
Chairman and First Vice-Chairman together shall be entitled to
cast for their precinct a minimum of one vote. In the event that
the two members should disagree on how their precinct's votes will
be cast, then each member shall cast exactly one-half of the votes
which their precinct is entitled to cast. In the event that only one
precinct officer who is a member of the County Executive Commit-
tee is present at a meeting of said committee and the other precinct
officer who is a member of the County Executive Committee has
not designated a Democrat as his alternate, in accord with Article
IX, Section 3, who is present, then the precinct officer who is pres-
ent shall be entitled to cast only one-half of the votes to which
said precinct is entitled.

A properly certified member of a Democratic Men's Club, Demo-
cratic Women's Club, County Young Democratic Club, College
Young Democratic Club, and Teen Dem Club, respectively shall
be entitled to one vote subject to the provision that where there
are two or more Democratic Men's Clubs organized within a county,
the properly certified members of the various clubs shall share one
vote, with each club having a portion of said vote in proportion to
the ratio of its membership to the total membership of the com-
bined clubs. This same provision shall apply where there are two
or more Democratic Women's Clubs, two or more County Young
Democratic Clubs, two or more College Young Democratic Clubs,
or two or more Teen Dem Clubs.



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Section 3. Officers of the County Executive Committee:

The County Executive Committee shall have as officers a Chair-
man, three Vice-Chairmen, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The First
Vice-Chairman must be of opposite sex to the Chairman. If the
Chairman and First Vice-Chairman are of the same race, the Sec-
ond Vice-Chairman must be of that race other than the race of
the Chairman and First Vice-Chairman, which constitutes at least
twenty percent of the registered Democratic voters in the county.
The Third Vice-Chairman shall be thirty years of age or under,
if none of the other officers of the County Executive Committee are
thirty years of age or under. Officers of a County Executive Com-
mittee shall be "active Democrats" residing within the county.

Each county that contains two or more municipalities of a popu-
lation of more than sixty thousand persons each shall have, in
addition to the officers specified above, one Vice-Chairman for each
such municipality; provided, that the Vice-Chairman so elected
shall be a resident of such municipality and shall be elected by
the Precinct Chairman and First Vice-Chairman for the precincts
constituting such a municipality.

Should any precinct official be elected as an officer of the County
Executive Committee, he or she automatically vacates the precinct
office. Should a Precinct Chairman or First Vice-Chairman be
elected as President of a Democratic Men's Club, Democratic Wom-
en's Club, County Young Democratic Club, College Young Demo-
cratic Club, or Teen Dem Club, some other member of said or-
ganization shall be certified as the representative of that organiza-
tion on the County Executive Committee.

A person who has served as an officer of a County Executive
Committee for two full consecutive terms shall not be eligible for
re-election to that particular office, provided that after such office
has been held by another individual (s) for one full term, such
person shall be eligible for election to that office again. Time served
since the party meetings held in the spring of 1968 shall be con-
sidered in the enforcement of this provision.

If for any reason there should occur any vacancy in the Chair-
manship of the County Executive Committee, by death, resignation,
or removal, the Vice-Chairmen in their order of succession, and
thereafter the Secretary, shall in such order of succession, be



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vested with full authority and power of the Chairman until such
time as the County Executive Committee has met and duly elected
a successor to such Chairman.

If a County Chairman should be incapacitated then upon written
notice to such Chairmen sipcned by the remaining officers of tne
County Executive Committee, the Vice-Chairmen in their order
of succession, and thereafter the Secretary and the Treasurer, shall
in such order of succession, be vested with the full authority and
power of the Chairman until such time as the County Executive
Committee has met and duly elected a successor to such Chairman.

When the County Executive Committee is not in session, the
officers of the County Executive Committee shall act in the place
of the County Executive Committee on all matters; unless this
Plan of Organization states that action is to be by the entire
Couny Executive Committee.

Section 4. Additional Meetings:

In addition to the common day and time fixed by this Plan of Or-
ganization, any County Chairman may issue a call for a meeting
of the County Executive Committee. In addition to the other busi-
ness specified in the call, the said committee may adopt resolutions
fixing a day, time, and place for the holding of additional Precinct
Committee meetings ; and, may provide for precinct meetings for
the election of a Precinct Committee and precinct officers in any
precinct created by the Board of Elections since the immediate
preceding general election, or in any precinct in said county which
is not px'operly organized. Such committee and officers shall serve
until the subsequent biennial precinct meeting fixed by this Plan
of Organization. The call and resolutions hereinabove referred to
shall be posted at the courthouse door of the county and copies
thereof shall be sent as a new^s item to each news media published
in the county. Any precinct meeting provided for in this section
shall be held more than two weeks before the day fixed by this
Plan of Organization for the biennial precinct meeting.

Section 5. Duties of County Officers:

The duties of the County Executive Committee officers shall be:



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(1) The Chairman shall be responsible for the organization of
the county on all levels, the holding of political instruction classes
for Precinct Committees, obtaining all materials necessary for the
proper performance of his duties and doing all other things neces-
sary for the proper carrying out of the best interest of the Party.
He shall appoint a Public Relations Committee consisting of such
lay and professional personnel and with such duties and responsi-
bilities as the County Chairman may, in his discretion, direct.

Thirty days prior to the biennial County Convention, the County
Chairman shall designate the exact place at v^^hich such convention
is to be held. In addition, the County Chairman shall perform such
duties as are set forth in Article IV, Section 6.

(2) The Chairman or First Vice-Chairman, whichever shall be
a woman, shall be responsible for the organization and activities
of the women members of the County Executive Committee and the
women's activities in behalf of the Democratic Party in the county,
subject to the direction of the County Chairman.

(3) The other Vice-Chairmen of the County Executive Commit-
tee shall have such duties and responsibilities as may be assigned
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 Chairman.

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

Section 6. Board of Elections:

The County Chairman 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



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the approval of the County Executive Committee and only when
such recommendations are approved by a majority of the com-
mittee members present and votinjj, as provided in Section 2 of
this Article, shall the same be submitted to the State Chairman by
the County Chairman. The time of such meeting of the respective
County Executive Committees 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 7. 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 this Plan of Organization. It
shall be the duty of the County Executive Committee to notify the
Precinct Chairman or person who is to preside at the biennial pre-
cinct meeting of the date, time and place of the biennial County
Convention and the votes that each precinct is entitled to cast at
the County Convention; to prepare and furnish all forms and blanks
needed in making the returns from the precinct meetings and any
reported challenges and appeals therefrom ; and it shall have the
power to raise the funds necessary to pay for the expenses thereof.

The County Secretary shall forward a copy of each precinct or-
ganization and officers of the county organization to the State
Chairman.

Section 8. Removal of County Officers:

Any officer of the County Executive Committee who gives sup-
port to, aids, or helps any opposing political party or candidate of
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 State Cnairman by three active Democrats in the
county. The State Chairman shall, upon the approval of a majority



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of the other State Executive Committee officers, after giving five
days notice thereof, call a meeting of the Council of Review to hear
the complainant, the alleged offender and any other interested par-
ties or witnesses. A majority vote of those members of the Council
of Review present and voting shall be necessary to remove a County
officer. The decision of the Council of Review shall be final.

(2) If, in the opinion of the State Chairman, a County Chairman
or other officer is disloyal or refuses to perform his duty he shall,
after the approval of a majority of the other State Executive
Committee officers, file a complaint with the Chairman of the Coun-
cil of Review outlining his charges and after giving five days notice
thereof, call a meeting of the Council of Review to sit in executive
session unless otherwise requested by the accused and determine
whether the county officer named in the complaint should be re-
moved from office. The officer can be represented by counsel if he
desires. A majority vote of those members of the Council of Re-
view present and voting shall be necessary to remove a county
officer. The decision of the Council of Review shall be final.



ARTICLE III
SECTIONAL ORGANIZATION

Section 1. Congressional District Executive Committee:

There shall be a Congressional District Executive Committee for
each Congressional District in the state. It shall be composed of
two members from each county in the district. These members shall
be elected at their respective biennial County Conventions. These
two members shall be entitled to cast for their county one vote for
each three hundred Democratic votes or major fraction thereof
cast by their county for Governor at the last preceeding guberna-
torial election. In the event that the two members should disagree
on how their county's votes will be cast, then each member shall
cast exactly one-half of the votes which their county is entitled to
cast. If only one representative of a county is present at a meeting
of this committee and the other member from that county on this
committee has not designated a Democrat as his alternate, in ac-



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cord with Article IX, Section 3, who is present, then such repre-
sentative shall be entitled to cast only one-half of the votes which
the county is entitled to cast.

Section 2. Judicial District Executive Committee:

There shall be a Judicial District Executive Committee for each
Judicial District in the state. It shall be composed of two mem-
bers from each county in the district. These members shall be
elected at their respective biennial County Conventions. These two
members shall be entitled to cast for their county one vote for each
three hundred Democratic votes or major fraction thereof cast by
their county for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial elec-
tion. In the event that the two members should disagree on how
their county's votes will be cast, then each member shall cast
exactly one-half of the votes which their county is entitled to cast.
This committee shall, in addition to its other duties, perform such
duties as may be imposed upon a Solicitorial District Executive
Committee by the General Statutes of North Carolina and as
would normally be performed by a Solicitorial District Executive
Committee. If only one representative of a county is present at a
meeting of this committee and the other member from that county
has not designated a Democrat as his alternate, in accord with
Article IX, Section 3, who is present, then such representative shall
be entitled to cast only one-half of the votes which the county is
entitled to cast.

Section 3. State Senatorial District Executive Committee:

There shall be a State Senatorial District Executive Committee
for each State Senatorial District in the State. It shall be com-
posed of two members from each county in the district. These mem-
bers shall be elected at their respective biennial County Conven.
tions. These two members shall be entitled to cast for their county
one vote for each three hundred Democratic votes or major fraction
thereof cast by their county for Governor at the last preceding-
gubernatorial election. In the event that the two members should
disagree on how their county's votes will be cast, then each mem-
ber shall cast exactly one-half of the votes which their county is
entitled to cast. If one representative of a county is present at a



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meeting of this committee and the other member from the county
on this committee has not designated a Democrat as his alternate,
in accord with Article IX, Section 3, who is present, then such
representative shall be entitled to cast only one-half of the votes
which the county is entitled to cast.

Section 4. House of Representatives District Executive Com-
mittee:

There shall be a House of Representatives District Executive
Committee for each House of Representatives District in the state.
It shall be composed of two members from each county in the dis-
trict. These members shall be elected at their respective biennial
County Conventions. These two members shall be entitled to cast
for their county one vote for each three hundred Democratic votes
or major fraction thereof cast by their county for the Governor
at the last preceding gubernatorial election. In the event that the
two members should disagree on how their county's votes will be
cast, then each member shall cast exactly one-half of the votes
which their county is entitled to cast. If only one representative of
a county is present at a meeting of this committee and the other
member from that county on this committee has not designated a
Democrat as his alternate, in accord with Article IX, Section 3,
who is present, then such representative shall be entitled to cast
only one-half of the votes which the county is entitled to cast.

Section 5. Officers of District Executive Committees:

It shall be the duty of the State Chairman as soon as practical
after the biennial County Conventions, to appoint one member
as Chairman and one member as Secretary of each of the District
Executive Committees provided for in Sections 1-4 of this Article;
provided, that the first order of business at the biennial Con-
gressional District Convention shall be the election of a Congres-
sional District Chairman who shall preside at said Congressional
District Convention and serve as Chairman of the Congressional
District Executive Committee until the next biennial Congres-
sional District Convention. The State Chairman shall fill by
appointment any vacancies in the Chairmanship or Secretaryship
of the various District Executive Committees. A person appointed



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as Chainnan of any District Executive Committee shall retain
his voting;- rifihts as a member of the particular District Execu-
tive Committee to which he was elected.



Section 6. One County Districts:

Should any Cong'ressional, Judicial, Solicitorial, State Senatorial
or House of Representatives District be composed of only one
county then the County Executive Committee of said county shall
be the Congressional, Judicial, State Senatorial or House of
Representatives District Executive Committee for the respective
district.



Section 7. Rotation of State Senators:

In all State Senatorial Districts composed of more than one
county in which it has been the custom to concede the right to
nominate a Senator to one county of the district by a plan of
rotation or otherwise, the same shall remain in full 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 Connnittee of each of the counties composing the
district shall, by a majority vote, approve such plan and file with
the State Chairman a copy of the resolution approving the same.
The agreement in any Senatorial District composed of only two
counties may be terminated by a majority vote of the County
Executive Connnittee of any one of the counties and in districts
of more than two counties by a majority vote of each of the
County Executive Committees of at least two counties, provided
that notice of the termination of such agreement must be filed
with the State Chairman at least one hundred and twenty days in
advance of the date of the primary election at which the candi-
dates for the General Assembly are to be nominated. The State
Chairman shall promptly notify the State Board of Elections of
all such agreements and of the termination thereof.



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ARTICLE IV
STATE ORGANIZATIONS

Section 1. State Executive Committee:

There is established a State Democratic Executive Committee.
It shall consist of a person or persons from each county in the
state who shall be elected at the biennial County Conventions and
whose number shall be determined as follows: each county is
entitled to one member of the State Executive Committee for each
three thousand Democratic votes or major fraction thereof cast
by that county for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial
election, provided, however, that each county shall have at least
one member.

The terms of office of the members of the State Executive
Committee shall expire on the date set for the next succeeding
biennial County Convention following their election or when their
successors shall be elected or appointed, whichever shall occur first.

Section 2. Election of Officers:

As early as is practical after each State Convention, the State
Chairman shall call a meeting of the State Executive Committee
for the purpose of electing its officers. The State Executive
Committee shall have as its elected officers a Chairman and three
Vice-Chairmen. The First Vice-Chairman must be of opposite
sex to the Chairman. If the Chairman and First Vice-Chairman
are of the same race, the Second Vice-Chairman must be of that
race, other than the race of the Chairman and First Vice-Chair-
man, which constitutes at least twenty percent of the registered
Democratic voters in the state. The Third Vice-Chairman shall
be thirty years of age or under, if none of the other elected officers
of the State Executive Committee are thirty years of age or young-
er. Officers of the State Executive Committee, both elected and
appointed, shall be "active Democrats" residing in the state.

The Chairman or First Vice-Chairman, whichever shall be a
woman, shall be in charge of the activities of the Democratic
Women's Clubs of North Carolina.

A person who has served as a particular elected officer of the



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State Executive Committee for two full consecutive terms shall
not be eligible for re-election to that particular office, provided
that after such particular office has been held by another indi-
vidual (s) for one full term, such person shall be eligible for
election to that office again. Time served since the party meetings
held in the spring of 1968 shall be considered in the enforcement
of this provision.

Section 3. Appointive Officers:

The Chairman of the State Executive Committee, as early as
practical after his election, shall appoint to serve at his pleasure
a Secretary, a Treasurer, a full time Executive Director, a Finan-
cial Director and such other officers as he shall deem necessary.

Section 4. Ex-Officio Members:

The elected officers of the State Executive Committee; the
State Secretary; the State Treasurer; the Financial Director;
the National Committeeman ; the National Committeewoman ; and
the President, National Committeeman and National Committee-
woman of the Young Democratic Clubs of North Carolina shall
be ex-officio members with the power to vote.

Section 5. Calls for Party Meetings:

In each even numbered year, the State Chairman shall convene
the State Executive Committee in the City of Raleigh on or be-
fore the fifteenth day of January. At such meeting of the State
Executive Committee, it shall be the duty of the State Chairman
to publicly announce and enter into the proceedings of that meet-
ing the following:

1. The exact day on which the biennial precinct meetings are
to be held in accordance with Article I, Section 2.

2. The exact date and time at which biennial County Conven-
tions are to be held in accordance with Article V, Section 1.

3. The exact date and time at which biennial Congressional
District Conventions are to be held in accordance with Article VI,



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Section 2. In addition, the State Chairman shall designate the
town or city in which such convention shall be held.



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