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for many disputes and investigations by the State Board of Elec-
tions.

As each session of the Democrat-controlled legislature passes
with only token changes in the election laws, it becomes more and
more apparant to the people of this State that the hope for free and
more honest elections lies with the Republican Party alone.

The Republican Party reproves the party in power for its biennial
failure to correct the many faults of its elections. It circumvents
any action to prevent ballot box abuses and absentee ballot irregu-
larities. It steadfastly upholds its complete comination of the elec-
tion boards at every level. In some counties, it refuses to allow the
minority party to name its own judges. And in every respect it
shows a continual lack of concern for truly representative govern-
ment.

We, the Republican Party, recognizing the trend toward a more
youthful society, desire that a greater responsibility be given to the
young people for the total progressive development of our nation.



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We believe that the majority of the eighteen to twenty-one year
olds represent the best in ideals and integrity, and wish to be a part
of and a service to the establishment and to share in electing our
leaders; further, that they have faith and pride in. and a great love
for, our country.

The North Carolina Party hereby goes on record in support of a
state-wide constitutional referendum giving the people the oppor-
tunity to determine whether or not the voting age shall be lowered
to eighteen.



THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ADVOCATES

A State Board of Elections composed of five members, two of
which would be appointed from the recommendations of the State
executive committees of each of the two major political parties
and the fifth member to be named by the four duly appointed
members.

Compulsory reregistration with the implementation of the loose
leaf registration system, and in addition require each registrant
to sign his name when registering to vote for handwriting com-
parison. A transfer of names from registration books to cards
without a reregistration of all persons in no way purges the
registry of ineligibles.

The mandatory appointment of precinct election officials by the
County Boards of Election from those persons recommended to
such boards by the chairman of the county executive committee
of each political party in each county.

The vesting of authority in the State Board of Elections to
issue bills of indictment on information and belief for violations
of any of the provisions of the election laws, returnable to the
Superior Court in the County in which the offense was com-
mitted. This would provide some authority for the State Board
of Elections to indict persons for violation of the election laws
when such violation is discovered from investigation conducted
by said Board.

Requiring the voter to sign a poll book before voting. This, in
conjunction with the requirement of having the voter to sign his



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name when registering to vote, would be very helpful in pre-
venting illegal voting, by handwriting comparison.

Repeal of the law passed by the Democrat-controlled General As-
sembly providing for certain members of the General Assembly
to file for a numbered seat in seeking election to this body. This
is designed to defeat minority groups.

The more widespread use of voting machines with the State
sharing the cost. Voting machines would obviously result in more
honest and efficient elections, eliminating the stuffed ballot
boxes, false bottomed ballot boxes, marked ballots and similar
frauds.

That State employees be prohibited from serving as election
officials.



ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

The people of North Carolina are becoming increasingly concern-
ed about the pollution of our environment by untreated industrial
and domestic waste, and the clutter of trash and litter which are
defacing the natural landscape of our State. North Carolina has
been blessed with abundant natural resources, but their quality and
appearance are gradually being eroded and destroyed. The Repub-
lican Party calls upon all State and local authorities to cooperate
with the President's program of pollution control. We are confident
that the enlightened industrial management and civic leadership of
our State will respond to positive clean-up programs, and will re-
sponsibly adapt the kinds of technical controls that will produce
cleaner air and water.



REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION

The Republican Party notes and commends a new trend in the
voluntary association of local governments, county and municipal,
in Councils oi Governments, Economic Development Associations
and other regional organizations. These cooperative efforts are en-
abling groups of neighboring jurisdictions, on a voluntary basis, to
plan for and provide health facilities, air and water pollution, flood
control, more coordinated land-use, better law enforcement, etc.,



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than any single jurisdiction alone could consider. We believe that
a greater use of this regional approach will greatly strengthen local
governments in their efforts to provide better and more efficient
service without having to yield entirely to centralized State and
federal agencies.



CONCLUSION

Our National Republican Administration under President Nixon
has shown calm, able and competent leadership in charting our
nation's course.

We believe that North Carolina has seen the benefits of strong
competition in a two-party system. Your vote for Republican can-
didates, dedicated to these, our principles of good government, will
speed the advent of government by and for the people.



PLAN OF ORGANIZATION OF THE REPUBLICAN
PARTY OF NORTH CAROLINA

(STATE REPUBLICAN CONSTITUTION)

PREAMBLE

We, the members of the Republican Party of North Carolina,
dedicated to the sound principles fostered by that Party, conscious
of our civic responsibilities and rights, firm in our determination
to give our strength to preserving the American principle that gov-
ernment ought and must be of all the people, by all the people, and
for all the people do, for the purpose of uniting and co-ordinating
our efforts for maximum power and efficiency, herewith establish
this instrument, The Plan of Organization of the Republican Party
of North Carolina.



ARTICLE I

Membership

I. Mevibers

All citizens of North Carolina who are registered Republicans
are members of the Republican Party of North Carolina, and
shall have the right to participate in the official affairs of the
Republican Party in accordance with these rules. All references
herein to delegates, alternates, officers, and members shall, in
all cases, mean persons identified and registerd with the Re-
publican Party in the precinct of their residence.

ARTICLE II

Precinct Meetings

I. Biennial Precinct Meetings

A. In every odd numbered year, beginning 1971, the County
Chairman shall call precinct meetings within the dates des-
ignated by the State Central Committee, after giving ten
(10) days written notice of the time and place of holding

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

B. Biennial precinct meetings shall elect a Precinct Committee
of five or more voters, one of whom shall be elected as Chair-
man 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 alternate to the County Convention,
plus one additional delegate and alternate for every fifty
(50) votes, or major fraction thereof, cast for the Re-
publican candidate for Governor in the last General Election.

C. The Chairman and Secretary of each Precinct shall certify
election of officers. Committee members, and delegates and
alternates 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 Secretary by the deadline set by the County
Chairman.

II. Presidential Election Year Precinct Meetings

A. In each precinct in every Presidential Election year, be-
ginning 1972, the County Chairman shall call precinct
meetings within the dates designated by the State Cen-
tral Committee after giving ten (10) days' written no-
tice of the time and place of holding same to each Pre-
cinct Chairman, and after giving one week's notice of
such meeting in a newspaper of general circulation with-
in the County. Failure of the County Chairman to act
in compliance with this provision shall be cause for any
registered Republican within the precinct to call said
precinct meeting by notice in a newspaper of general



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circulation within the County. Every Republican regis-
tered within the precinct, in attendance, shall be entitled
to cast one vote.

B. Presidential Election Year Precinct Meetings shall elect
one delegate and one alternate to the Presidential Elec-
tion Year County Convention, plus one additional dele-
gate and alternate for every fifty (50) votes, or major
fraction thereof, cast for the Republican Candidate for
Governor in the last General Election. No organizational

changes shall take place except as provided in this
section.

C. The Chairman and Secretary of each precinct shall cer-
tify election of delegates and alternates to the Presiden-
tial Election Year County Convention, on forms stipu-
lated by the State Central Committee and furnished by
the County Chairman. Complete credentials shall be in
the hands of the County Secretary by the deadline set by
the County Chairman.



III. Other Precinct Meetings

A. Other meetings of the Precinct general membership may
be held at such times as shall be designated by the Chair-
man 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
Precinct Chairman fails to act, the County Executive
Committee shall 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 the Tem-
porary Chairman.



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ARTICLE III
Precinct Committee

I. Duties of Committee

The Precinct Committee shall cooperate with the County Exec-
utive Committee in all elections and Party activities; provide
the County Chairman with a list of party members within the
precinct suitable for appointment as re{?istrar, election judge,
markers, counters, and watchers at the polls; and promote
the objectives of the Party within the Precinct.

II. 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 pre-
side 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 Sec-
retary shall keep all minutes and records, and shall maintain
a list of registered Republican voters and workers within the
Precinct.

III. Meetings

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

IV. Vacancies and Removals

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



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B. Any member 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 Commit-
tee and allowing him twenty (20) days to appear and de-
fend himself; provided further that said cause for removal
shall be confined to gross inefficiency, party disloyalty, or
failure to comply with the County or State Plans of Or-
ganization. Such removal may be appealed to the County
Executive Committee, within twenty (20) days, and their
decision shall be final.

ARTICLE IV
County Convention

I. Biennial Conventions

A. A County Convention shall be called in every odd numbered
year, beginning 1971, by the Chairman of the County Exec-
utive 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 County
Executive Committee members, and 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
at the County Convention.

B. Convention Action

1. Plan of Organization

The County Convention shall adopt a County Plan of
Organization, not inconsistent with this State Plan of
Organization, a current copy of which shall be on file at
County Headquarters and at State Headquarters.

2. Elections

(a) The County Convention shall elect a Chairman and
(one of whom shall be a woman), a Secretary, and



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such other officers as may be deemed necessary, who
shall serve for a term of two years or until their
successors are elected.

(b) Elect a County Executive Committee of five (5)
or more voters, in addition to the County officers,
who shall hold their places for a term of two years
or until their successors are elected. Nominations
may be made by the biennial precinct meetings for
membership on the County Executive Committee.

(c) Elect one delegate and one alternate to the Congres-
sional District and State Conventions, plus one ad-
ditional delegate and alternate for every 200 votes,
or major fraction thereof, cast for the Republican
candidate for Governor in the last General Elec-
tion in said County. Each County shall further
elect one delegate and alternate for each Republi-
can elected to the State Legislature and to public
office on the state or national level from said Coun-
ty in the preceding election.

C. Credeyitials

The Chairman and Secretary of the County Executive Com-
mittee shall certify the election of officers, committee mem-
bers, delegates and alternates to the District and State Con-
ventions, on forms furnished by the State Central Commit-
tee. Completed Credentials shall be in the hands of the
Congressional District Secretary and the State Headquar-
ters by the deadline set by the State Chairman. Credentials
received shall be considered official for mailing purposes
only.

II. Preskleyttial Election Year County Convention

A. A County Convention shall be called in every Presidential
Election year, beginning 1972, by the Chairman of the
County Executive Committee, at the County seat, within the
dates set by the State Central Committee, after giving fif-
teen (15) days' notice thereof to all precinct chairmen and



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County Executive Committee members, and after giving
fifteen (15) days' notice of such Convention in a newspaper
of general circulation within the County. The delegates and
alternates elected to the Presidential Election Year Precinct
Meetings, unless successfully challenged, shall sit as dele-
gates and alternates in the County Convention.

B. The Presidential Election Year County Convention shall
elect one delegate and one alternate to the Congressional
District an3 State Conventions, plus one additional dele-
gate 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 elect one delegate and one alternate for each Re-
publican elected to the State Legislature and to public office
on the state or national level from said County in the pre-
ceding election. No organizational changes shall take place
except as provided in this section.

C. The Chairman and Secretary of the County Executive Com-
mittee shall certify election of delegates and alternates to
the Presidential Election Year District and State Conven-
tions, on forms furnished by the State Central Committee.
Completed Credentials shall be in the hands of the Con-
gressional District Secretary and the State Headquarters
by the deadline set by the State Chairman. Credentials re-
ceived shall be considered official for mailing purposes only.

ARTIVLE V
County Executive Committee

I. Membership

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

II. Powers and Duties

The County Executive Committee shall cooperate with the Dis-



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tric't and State Committees in all elections and Party activi-
ties; shall encouraj^-e qualified candidates for office within the
county; adopt a budget; and shall have active management of
party affairs within the County. It shall appoint a Finance
Chairman and a Finance Committee of not less than three
members, an Auditing Committee of not less than three mem-
bers, and may appoint such other Committees as may be deemed
necessary. The County Chairman shall be an ex-officio member
of all committees indicated in this paragraph.
Prior to the Biennial State Convention, the County Executive
Committee shall elect one man and one woman to each of the
Judicial, Senatorial, and Legislative District Committees
(where applicable). Notification of election shall be made to
the Chairman of the County within the respective District
having the largest population.

III. Meetings

The County Executive Committee shall meet at least twice
a year upon call of the County Chairman after giving
ten (10) days' notice 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.

IV. 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
and Presidential Election Year Precinct Meetings, the County
Convention, the Presidential Election Year County Convention,
and Executive Committee meetings, and shall preside at all the
meetings of the County Executive Committee. He shall make
quai'terly reports on the status of the Party within his county
to the State Chairman, on forms furnished by the State Cen-
tral Committee. He shall be responsible for the creation and
maintenance of a Republican organization in every precinct



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within his County. He shall obtain and preserve a list of all
registered Republicans within the County, and shall perform
such 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 Executive Committee.
The Secretary shall keep all minutes and records, and shall
maintain a roster of all precinct officers and Executive Com-
mittee members. Such records shall be available, upon request,
to any registered Republican within the County. The Secretary
shall iurnish to the Congressional District Chairman and to
State Headquarters up-to-date lists of all Precinct Chairmen.

V. Vacancies and Removals

A. In case of death, resignation, discontinuance of residency
within the County, removal of any officer or member of the
County Executive Committee, or other vacancy, the result-
ing vacancy shall be filled by the County Executive Com-
mittee.

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 allowing him thirty (30) days to appear
and defend himself; provided further that said cause for
removal shall be confined to gross in efficiency, party dis-
loyalty, or failure to act in compliance with the County or
State Plans of Organization. Such removal may be 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

County Finance and Auditing Committees

I. Finance Committee

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County Finance Chairman, the County Chairman, and not less
than three persons appointed by the County Executive Com-
mittee. They shall cooperate with the Congressional District
and State Finance Committees and shall have active manage-
ment of fund-raising efforts within the County.

II. 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

Judicial, Senatorial, and Legislative District
Executive Committees

I. Memhershi'p

A. In one-County Districts, the County Executive Committee
shall serve as the District Committee.

B. In those Districts encompassing more than one county,
membership shall consist of those persons elected under
ARTICLE V (II) of this plan, plus all members of the
State Executive Committee within the District.

II. EIectio)t of Officers

At some time preceding the State Convention, the District
Committees shall meet at a time and place designated by a
member of the Committee stipulated by the County Chairman
from that County within the District having the largest popu-
lation and shall elect, from among their membership, a Chair-
man and such other officers as may be deemed necessary. The
officers shall have such duties as may be prescribed by the
State Executive Committee. The Chairmen shall report to the
State Chairman names of elected officers.

III. Powers and Duties of Committees

A. The Judicial District Committee shall encourage qualified
candidates for Solicitor, District Judge and Superior Court



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Judge and shall assist and cooperate with the County and
State Executive Committees in all campaigns.

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

C. The Legislative District Committee shall encourage quali-
fied candidates for the State House of Representatives, and
shall assist and cooperate with the County and State Execu-
tive Committees in all campaigns.

D. Committees herein elected shall serve as the appropriate
District Executive Committee as they are referred to in
N. C. GS163-114.

ARTICLE VIII
Congressional District Conventions
I. Biennial Convention

A. A Congressional District Convention shall be called in
every odd-numbered year, beginning 1971, 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 District. The delegates and
alternates elected in the County Conventions, unless suc-
cessfully challenged, shall sit as delegates and alternates



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