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4. The exact date, time and place at which the biennial State
Convention is to be held in accordance with Article VI, Section 1.

5. The number of votes to which each county is entitled at
the biennial Congressional District Convention and at the biennial
State Convention; the number of persons which each county shall
elect as members of the State Democratic Executive Committee;
and the total number of votes which the representatives of a
county are entitled to cast as members of the several District
Executive Committees provided for in Article III.

6. In promulgating the dates for biennial County, District and
State Conventions the State Chairman shall set the dates for such
conventions so as to provide a reasonable time between all such
meetings for the resolution of grievances by the Council of Review
and the presentation of resolutions adopted by the various con-
ventions to the Resolutions and Platform Committee of the State
Convention.

7. The State Party Chairman shall designate at the meeting of
the State Executive Committee referred to above a temporary
Chairman to preside at each biennial Congressional District Con-
vention until such time as a Congressional District Chairman is
elected. It shall be the duty of said temporary Chairman to make
arrangements for the holding of said biennial District Convention.

Section 6. Notice of Party Meetings:

Immediately after the adjournment of the above mentioned
meeting of the State Executive Committee, it shall be the duty
of the State Chairman to publish the proceedings of the same
and it shall be the duty of the State Secretary to notify, in writing,
the several County Chairman of the date, time and places so fixed
for the holding of precinct meetings and biennial conventions; the
number of delegates to which each county is entitled at District
and State Conventions; the number of members to which each
county is entitled on the State Executive Committee; and the total
number of votes to which each county is entitled on the several
District Executive Committees.



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Two weeks prior to the date set for the biennial precinct meet-
ings, the biennial County Convention, the biennial Congressional
District Convention, and the biennial State Convention, the State
Chairman shall disseminate by means of all news media in the
state the time, location (except for County Conventions) and
function of each meeting or convention and urge all "active Demo-
crats" to participate. The County Chairman shall disseminate
similar information (including the locations for County Conven-
tions) to the news media within his county and shall post a copy
of the call forwarded to him by the State Secretary at the court-
house door of his county. Four weeks prior to the date set for
the biennial Congressional District Convention, the State Chair-
man shall disseminate by means of all news media in the state
the exact location (within the town or city previously designated)
at which such convention shall be held. In addition to the proce-
dures outlined above, the State Chairman and the County Chair-
man shall use such other means and methods as will insure full
and timely knowledge of the functions and times of all party
meetings.

Section 7. State Campaign Committee:

As soon as is practical after each State Convention, the State
Chairman shall call the County Chairman and First Vice-Chair-
man in each of the Congressional Districts to meet for the purpose
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.

The State Chairman shall be a member ex-officio of this com-
mittee and shall serve as its Chairman. This committee shall
promulgate and coordinate party activities in all counties and
districts with State Headquarters under the direction of and in
cooperation with the State Chairman.

Section 8. State Public Relations Committee:

The State Chairman shall appoint a Public Relations Committee
consisting of such lay and professional personnel and with such
duties and responsibilities as the State Chairman may, in his
discretion, direct.



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Section 9. Audit Committee:

The State Executive Committee shall appoint a committee of
three persons whose duty it shall be lo audit biennially the financial
accounts and balances of the State Executive Committee.



ARTICLE V.
COUNTY CONVENTIONS

Section 1. Meeting and Function:

Each county shall hold a biennial County Convention each even
numbered year. This convention shall be held from nine to twenty-
nine days following the date set by this Plan of Organization for
the first biennial precinct meeting. The State Chairman shall
designate the date, and the time of such convention. The County
Chairman shall thirty days prior to the date such convention is
to be held, designate the exact place where such convention is to
be held and the same shall be announced prior to the adjournment
of the biennial precinct meetings.

All County Conventions shall be called to order by the County
Chairman, and in his absence, by the Vice-Chairman or by one
of the Vice-Chairmen in order of succession and in his or their
absence, by any member of the County Executive Committee that
may be present at the convention, and in case none of the fore-
going persons shall be present, then by any delegate to the con-
vention; and he shall preside until a permanent Chairman is
elected by the Convention.

The biennial County Convention shall, from among the active
Democrats of the county, elect:

1. The officers of the County Executive Committee.

2. The members of the State Executive Committee to which
the county is entitled. The election of members of said committee
shall, where practical, reasonably reflect the make-up of all
registered Democratic voters in the county as to sex, age and
ethnic background.

3. Delegates and alternates to the biennial Congressional Dis-
trict Convention and to the biennial State Convention. These



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dclcji'atcs and alternates shall reasonably reflect the make-up of
all rog'istered Democratic voters in the county as to sex, ag'e, ethnic
background and, where practical, geogi-aphy. The County Chair-
man sliall notify in writing within five days all persons elected
as delegates and alternates.

4. Two members to each of the following: the Congressional
District Executive Committee, the Judicial District Executive
Committee, the State Senatorial District Executive Committee,
the House of Representatives District Executive Committee, pro-
vided that a county that is not a part of a multi-county Congres-
sional, Judicial, Senatorial or House of Representatives District
shall not elect members to that particular District Executive
Committee.

Section 2. Rules:

(1) The County Chairman shall provide the convention with
a sufficient number of secretaries or accountants, who shall re-
duce the votes to decimals and tabulate the same, disregarding
all fractions after second or hundreths column.

(2) Nothing herein contained shall prevent the convention
from making nominations, holding elections and conducting busi-
ness viva voce or by acclamation where a vote by precincts is
not demanded by any delegate present.

(3) After a vote is cast, there shall be no change in such vote
until after the roll call is completed and before the final result
of the ballot shall be announced by the Chairman of the convention.

(4) It shall be the duty of the delegates from the several pre-
cincts to choose one of their number as chairman, whose name
shall be reported to the Chairman of the convention; and whose
duty it shall be to cast the vote of his precinct as directed, and
the vote as announced by him shall be recorded unless some dele-
gate from that precinct shall challenge its accuracy, in which
case it shall be the duty of the Chairman of the convention to
cause the roll of delegates from that precinct to be called upon
which the vote of such precinct shall be tabulated and recorded
according to the response of the delegates; but in no event shall
the vote of one precinct be challenged by a delegate from another
precinct.



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(5) The County Executive Committee shall have the power to
make such other rules and regulations for the holding of County
Conventions not inconsistent with this Plan of Organization, as
may be deemed necessary or expedient.

Section 3. Voting:

Each precinct shall be entitled to cast in the County Convention
one vote for every fifty Democratic votes or major fraction thereof
cast by the precinct for Governor at the last preceding guber-
natorial election ; provided that every precinct shall be entitled
to cast at least one vote at the County Convention. The precinct
delegates or alternates, or such of them as shall attend the biennial
County Convention, shall be entitled to vote the full strength of
their precinct upon all questions, nominations, or elections which
may come before said convention.

Section 4. Nomination Convention Where County Not Under
Primary Law:

In all counties in which the selection of candidates for members
of the General Assembly and county and township offices is not
provided for by the primary law, nominations shall be made in
the following manner:

(1) The County Executive Committee shall meet and set a time
and place for holding a County Convention for the nomination of
candidates for the aforesaid offices, and shall also set the time
and places for holding the necessary preliminary precinct meet-
ings, and thereupon the County Chairman shall issue a call for
the precinct meetings and the County Convention, which call shall
be sent to the precinct officials and published in such manner and
form as is directed by Article IV, Section 6.

(2) At the meeting held in each precinct pursuant to said call,
delegates and alternates to represent the precinct at the County
Convention shall be elected from the "active Democrats" of the
precinct; and said delegates or alternates, or such of them as shall
attend the County Convention, shall be entitled to vote the full
strength of their precinct in the nomination of candidates and
upon all questions which may come before the County Convention.



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(3) Each precinct shall be entitled to cast at the County Con-
vention one vote for every fifty Democratic votes, or a major
fraction thereof cast by the precinct for Governor at the last
preceding- jrubernatorial election ; provided that every precinct
shall be entitled to cast at least one vote in the County Conven-
tion, and each precinct may appoint as many delefj^ates to said con-
vention as it may see fit, not exceeding three delegates and three
alternates for each vote to which said precinct may be entitled
in the County Convention; provided that each precinct shall elect
at least one delegate for each vote to which it is entitled at the
County Convention.

(4) The Precinct meetings shall be presided over by the Precinct
Chairman, but in his absence, the Precinct Vice-Chairmen, in order
of succession and in the absence of both the Chairman and Vice-
Chairmen, any member of the committee may preside. In the
absence of any of the above, any "active Democrat" may preside.

(5) The County Executive Committee shall have power to
make any rules with regard to holding precinct meetings which
it may deem proper, not inconsistent with this Plan of Organiza-
tion ; 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 there-
from.



ARTICLE VI
STATE AND DISTRICT CONVENTIONS

Section 1. State Conventions:

A biennial State Convention shall be held each even numbered
year. It shall be held from six to twenty-nine days following the
date set by the State Chairman for the holding of the biennial
Congressional District Conventions. The State Chairman shall
designate the day, the time and the location of such convention.
The State Convention shall be composed of delegates elected by
the biennial County Conventions.

Each county in the state shall be entitled to cast at a State Con-
vention one vote for every three hundred Democratic votes or



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major fraction thereof cast in that county for Governor at the
last preceding gubernatorial election and to elect one delegate and
one alternate to said convention for each vote it is entitled to cast;
provided that each county shall be entitled to cast at least one vote.

Section 2. Congressional District Convention:

A biennial Congressional District Convention shall be held
within the geographical boundaries of each Congressional District
each even numbered year. It shall be composed of delegates elected
by the several biennial County Conventions. It shall be held from
six to twenty-nine days following the holding of biennial County
Conventions. The State Chairman shall designate the day, the time
and the city or town in which such convention shall be held. Each
county in a Congressional District shall be entitled to cast at a
Congressional District Convention one vote for every three hun-
dred Democratic votes or major fraction thereof cast in that
county for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election
and to elect one delegate and one alternate to said convention for
each vote it is entitled to cast; provided that each county shall be
entitled to cast at least one vote.

This convention shall, from among the "active Democrats" of
the district:

1. As the first order of business, elect a Congressional District
Chairman in accord with Article III, Section 5.

2. Elect one member of the biennial State Convention's Com-
mittee on Permanent Organization, Rules and Order of Business.

3. Elect one member of the biennial State Convention's Com-
mittee on Credentials and Appeals.

4. Elect one member of the Council of Review.

5. In each Presidential election year, elect from among the
"active Democrats" in the District the number of delegates and
alternates to the National Convention allotted to each Congres-
sional District. The delegates and alternates so elected shall
reasonably reflect the make-up of all registered Democratic voters
in the Congressional District as to sex, age, ethnic background and,
where practical, geography.

6. In each Presidential election year nominate one Presidential
elector from that Congressional District.



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7. Elect one member of the State Legislative Policy Committee.

8. In each presidential election year elect one member of the
Delegate Nominating Committee.

Section 3. Delegates to National Convention and Presidential
Electors:

1. Following the receipt of the "Call to the National Convention"
issued by the Democratic National Committee, the State Chair-
man shall promulgate in accord with the provisions of this Plan
of Organization the number of votes to be cast by National Con-
vention delegates elected by each Congressional District Con-
vention and by the biennial State Convention, and the number of
delegates and alternates to be elected by each Congressional Dis-
trict Convention and by the State Convention (including the num-
ber of votes or fractional votes that each delegate is entitled to
cast). The number of fractional votes to which the State is en-
titled shall be allocated among the District Congressional Con-
ventions and the State Convention in proportion to the number of
delegate votes allocated to said Convention.

At the Congressional District Conventions and the State Con-
vention at which delegates to the National Convention are to be
elected, it shall be announced prior to the election thereof which
delegates to be elected are entitled to cast whole votes and which
delegates are entitled to cast fractional votes.

Alternates shall be apportioned and elected in the same manner
as delegates. The altei'nates to be elected at each Congressional
District and the State Convention shall be designated as first
alternate, second alternate, third alternate, etc. The order desig-
nated shall be the order followed in filling vacancies in the dele-
gates elected at the respective Congressional District Conventions
and at the State Convention.

2. The several biennial Congressional District Conventions dur-
ing presidential election years shall elect delegates to the National
Convention who shall be entitled to cast seventy-tive percent of
the votes which the State is entitled to cast at the Naional Con-
vention. The number of votes to which each Congressional District
shall be entitled to elect delegates to cast shall be determined as
follows :



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The percentage of the total vote that each Congressional Dis-
trict cast for the Democratic Presidential nominee in the preceding
Presidential election multiplied by seventy-five percent of the
votes which the State is entitled to cast at the National Conven-
tion, the result of said multiplications being rounded off to the
nearest whole and an exact half shall be rounded off to the next
highest whole, except that the percentage of the total vote that
each Congressional District cast for the Democratic Presidential
nominee in the preceding Presidential election shall be rounded
off to the nearest hundredth. Where the geographical composition
of a Congressional District shall have been changed by the Gen-
eral Assembly following the preceding Presidential election, then
the percentage of total votes cast by each Congressional District
as hereinabove referred to shall be determined on the basis of
geographical composition of the Congressional District for the
upcoming general election.

The newly elected Congressional District Chairman shall be
responsible for reporting the list of National Convention delegates
and alternates to the State Chairman within five days after their
election,

3. The biennial State Convention shall elect from among the
"active Democrats" in the State delegates and alternates who
shall be entitled to cast the remaining twenty-five percent of the
votes which the State is entitled to cast at a National Convention.
The delegates and alternates shall be so elected that the entire
State delegation as a whole shall reasonably reflect the make-up
of all registered Democratic voters in the State as to sex, age, and
ethnic background. There shall be elected at each biennial Con-
gressional District Convention during presidential election years
one person to serve on a Delegate Nominating Committee. The
Committee shall elect to its membership six additional members
so as to make it reasonably reflect the registered Democratic voters
of the State as to sex, age, and ethnic background. The State
Chairman shall serve as Chairman of this Committee but shall
not be entitled to a vote on the Committee. It shall be the duty
of this Committee to meet at least fiive days prior to the biennial
State Convention at the call of the State Chairman and select a
slate of delegates and alternates which they will nominate at the
State Convention to cast the votes hereinabove referred to. In



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selecting: the slate of delegates and alternates to be nominated at
the State Convention, the Deleg-ate Nominating Committee shall
select persons so that the entire State delegation as a whole shall
reasonably reflect the make-up of all registered Democratic voters
in the State as to sex, age and ethnic background. At the State
Convention, the Delegate Nominating Committee shall nominate
persons to cast the remaining twenty-five percent of the votes
which the State is entitled to cast at a National Convention. The
report of the Committee is subject to amendment from the floor
either as to one nominee, or several nominees. The biennial State
Convention shall be the final authority in the election of the dele-
gates to cast the votes hereinabove referred to.

4. A vacancy in the position of alternate to the National Con-
vention that occurs after the Convention which elected said alter-
nate adjourns, shall be filled by alternates listed behind the said
vacant position moving up one place, and a new alternate shall
be appointed by the Chairman of the National Convention dele-
gation. Where possible, vacancies in alternates elected at a District
Convention shall be filled by persons from said District.

5. The delegates and alternates to the National Convention
shall convene promptly after their election at the call of the Na-
tional Committeeman. The delegates and alternates shall thereupon
elect a Delegation Chairman and such other officers as are re-
quired for participation in the National Convention. They shall
also, nominate the National Committee representatives and fill
such other positions as shall be established by the delegation or
the Democratic National Committee. Persons to fill any vacancies
that may occur in the positions of National Committee repre-
sentatives between National Conventions shall be nominated by
the State Executive Committee.

6. The State Convention shall confirm the nominations for
Presidential electors certified by the several districts and, in
addition thereto, shall nominate two Presidential electors at large.

Section 4. Rules:

(1) The delegates or alternates, or such of them as shall at-
tend a District or State Convention, shall be entitled to vote the
full strength of their county upon all questions, nominations or



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elections which may come before the respective District or State
Convention.

(2) In both District and State Conventions, after a vote is
cast, there shall be no change in such vote until after the roll call
is completed and before the final result of the ballot shall be
announced by the Chairman of said convention.

(3) The County Chairmen shall certify to the State Chairman
and State Secretary the list of delegates and alternates from their
county to the District and State Conventions.

(4) The State Secretary shall make up a roll of all delegates
and alternates from the several counties to the District and State
Conventions and transmit the same to the Chairman of the District
and State Conventions.

(5) In District and State Conventions, an election or a nomina-
tion may be made by any majority, even though it be a fraction
of a vote.

(6) In all District and State Conventions, it shall be the duty
of the delegates from the several counties to choose one of their
number Chairman, whose name shall be reported to the Chairman
of such convention, and whose duty it shall be to cast the vote
of his county as directed, and the vote as announced by him shall
be recorded unless some delegate from that county shall challenge
its accuracy, in which event it shall be the duty of the Chairman
of the convention to cause the roll of delegates from that county
to be called, upon which the vote of such county shall be tabulated
and recorded according to the response of its delegates ; but in
no event shall the vote of one county be challenged by a delegate
from another county.

(7) Nothing herein contained shall prevent the District and
State Conventions from making nominations, holding elections
and conducting business viva voce or by acclamation where a vote
by counties is not demanded by any delegate present.

ARTICLE VII
POLICY COMMITTEES

Section 1. Resolutions and Platform Committee:

At the meeting of the State Executive Committee referred to
in Article iV, Section 5, the State Executive Committee shall elect



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one person from each Conj^-ressional District to the Resolutions
and Platform Committee of the biennial State Convention. In
addition, the State Chairman shall appoint four members to said
committee so as to insure that the composition of the committee
shall more nearly reflect the make-up of the regristered Democrat
voters in the state as to sex, age, ethnic background and, where
practical, geography.

The State Chairman shall designate from among the member-
ship of this committee a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman and a Secre-
tary.

The committee shall meet at the call of its Chairman. It shall
prepare the proposed platform of the Party for submission to
the State Convention and shall consider all resolutions addressed
to the biennial State Convention. The committee is encouraged to
hold one or more public hearings and to invite testimony for all
citizens.

Section 2. State Legislative Policy Committee:

There is established the State Legislative Policy Committee. It



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