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in the Congressional District Convention.

B. Convention Action

1. The Congressional District Convention shall adopt a
District Plan of Organization, a current copy of which
shall be on file at State Headquarters.

2. The Congressional District Convention shall elect a
Chairman and a Vice-Chairman (one of whom shall be
a woman), a Secretary, a Treasurer, and such other



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officers as may be deemed necessary, who shall serve for
a term of two years or until their successors are elected.
3. 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
Republican candidate for Governor in the preceeding
General Election.

C. Credentials

The Chairman and Secretary of the Congressional District
shall certify election of officers. State Executive Committee
members, delegates and alternates on forms furnished by
the State Central Committee. Completed District Creden-
tials, plus completed Credentials for the Counties within
the District, shall be in the hands of the State Credentials
Committee Chairman by the deadline set by the State Chair-
man. Credentials received shall be considered official for
mailing purposes only.

II. Presidential Election Year Congressional District Conventio)i

A. A Presidential Election Year Congressional District Con-
vention shall be called in every Presidential Election Year,
beginning 1972, by the Chairman of the Congressional Dis-
trict 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
Presidential Election Year County Conventions, unless suc-
cessfully challenged, shall sit as delegates and alternates
in the residential Election Year Congressional District Con-
vention.

B. The Presidential Election Year Congressional District Con-
vention shall elect two delegates and two alternates to the
Republican National Convention, and shall nominate one
Presidential Elector. No organizational changes shall take
place except as provided in this section.



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The Chairman and Secretary of the Congressional District
shall certify election of delegates and alternates, and nomi-
nee for Presidential Elector on forms furnished by the
State Central Committee. Completed District Credentials,
plus completed Credentials for the counties within the Dis-
trict, shall be in the hands of the State Credentials Com-
mittee Chairman by the deadline set by the State Chair-
man. Credentials received shall be considered official for
mailing purposes only.



ARTICLE IX
Congressional District Committee

I. Metnhership

Membership of the Congressional District Committee shall be
composed of:

A. The officers elected at the District Convention.

B. All duly elected County Chairmen within the District.

C. County Vice-Chairmen from those counties within the Dis-
trict which gave a majority or plurality vote to the Re-
publican candidate for President and Governor in the pre-
ceding election.

D. Such others as the District Plan of Organization may pro-
vide.

II. Powers and Duties

The Congressional District Committee shall encourage quali-
fied candidates for Congress, appoint a Finance Chairman, and
cooperate with the County and State Executive Committees
in all campaigns.

III. Meetings

The Congressional District Committee shall meet at least once
a year upon call of the Congressional District Chairman. One-



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third of the members of the Committee shall constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business. There shall be no
proxy voting.

IV. Duties of Officers

A. The Congressional District Chairman, with the advice and
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 Pro-
grams, supervise 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 func-
tioning of those Counties. He shall maintain constant liaison
with all County Chairmen with regard to a Republican
organization in every precinct within his District. In addi-
tion, he shall furnish each County Chairman and each
County Executive Committee officer an accurate and up-
to-date list of all County Executive Committee officers with-
in his District to include title, name, address, and zip
code. These lists shall be updated periodically to insure that
the latest information is provided to those to whom it is
required to be provided. He shall have such other duties as
may be prescribed by che 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
Chairman; 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.

V. Vacancies and Removals

A. In case of death, resignation, discontinuance of residency
within the District, removal of any officer of the Congres-



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sional District Committee, or other vacancy, 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
Committee 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 dis-
loyalty, or failure to act in compliance 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

I. The District Finance Chairman shall serve as Chairman of the
Congressional District Finance Committee, which shall be
composed of the Finance Chairmen of all the Counties within
the District and the Congressional District Chairman, plus
three additional members to be elected by the members of the
Finance Committee. Other officers as may be deemed neces-
sary may be elected by and from the members of the Com-
mittee. This Committee shall cooperate with the State Finance
Committee and with the County Finance Committees in all
fund-raising efforts.

ARTICLE XI
State Conventions

I. Biennial State Convention

A. A biennial State Convention shall be called in every odd
numbered year, beginning 1971, to be held between Sep-



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tcmbcr 1 and December 1 of said odd numbered year, by
the Chairman of the Republican State Executive Commit-
tee 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. Dele-
gates and alternates elected at the County Conventions,
unless successfully challenged, shall sit as delegates and
alternates at the Biennial State Convention.

B. In every odd numbered year, the Biennial 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.

II. Presidential Election Year State Convention

A. A Presidential Election Year State Convention shall be
called in every Presidential Election Year, beginning 1972,
between the date of the First Primary Election and July
1st of said Presidential Election Year, by the Chairman of
the Republican State Executive Committee after giving
sixty (60) days' written notice of the time and place for
holding same to all members of the State Executive Com-
mittee and to all County Chairmen. Delegates and alter-
nates elected at the Presidential Election Year County Con-
ventions, unless successfully challenged, shall sit as dele-
gates and alternates at the Presidential Election Year
State Convention.

B. In every Presidential Election Year, beginning 1972, the
Presidential Election Year Convention shall elect delegates
and alternates to the National Convention, in addition to
those specified under ARTICLE VIII, in the number stipu-
lated by the State Chairman as determined by the Na-
tional Rules. They shall further elect a National Commit-
teeman and a National Committeewoman who shall serve
for a term of four years or until their successors are elected;
and nominate two Presidential Electors-at-large. No or-
ganizational changes shall take place except as provided
in this section.



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ARTICLE XII
State Executive Committee

I. Membership

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

A. The Congressional District Chairmen, the Congressional
District Vice-Chairmen, the Congressional District Finance
Chairmen, and those persons elected by the District Con-
ventions under ARTICLE VIII, Section I, Subsection B-3,
of this Plan.

B. The State Chairman, Vice-Chairman, National Committee-
man, National Committeewoman, Secretary, Assistant Sec-
retary, Treasurer, Finance Chairman, and General Counsel.

C. The Chairman, National Committeeman and National Com-
mitteewoman of the Young Republican Federation. The
President, President-Elect, and Past President of the Re-
publican Women's Federation.

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

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

F. The County Vice-Chairman from those Counties which gave
a majority or plurality vote to the Republican candidates
for President a)id Governor in the preceding election.

II. Powers and Duties of Conunittee

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 Commit-
tee shall formulate and provide for the execution of such plans



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and measures as it may deem conducive to the best interests
of the Republican Party. It shall appoint an Auditing Com-
mittee of at least three members to conduct a yearly audit;
approve such audit; adopt a budget; and shall have active
management of all affairs of the Party within the State. It
may delegate such duties as it deems proper to the State
Central Committee.

When monies are raised and expenditures authorized by other
than the State Central Committee or the State Executive Com-
mittee on behalf of any Candidate for State or National office,
the Party shall not be held liable; except, however, that the
State Executive Committee, by a two-thirds vote of a quorum
present, may assume any portion of such debts it deems ad-
visable.

III. Co)n»iittee 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 constitute a quorum for the transaction of busi-
ness. There shall be no proxy voting.

IV. 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 cam-
paigns 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
Chairman to act in his behalf on any matter.

B. The Vice-Chairman shall be Chief Assistant to the Chair-
man; and shall act as Chairman in the absence of the Chair-
man. If a woman, the Vice-Chairman should be designated



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as Director of the Women's Division of the Republican
Party, which shall be supported by the State Committee.
The Vice-Chairman shall maintain close liaison with the
District and County Vice-Chairmen, encourage and direct
the women's activities in the Party structure. The Vice-
Chairman shall work with the National Committeewoman
to fund the National Program and provide her with infor-
mation and assistance on the State matters. The Vice-Chair-
man shall have such other duties as may be prescribed by
the State Executive Committee.

C. The National Committeeman and National Committeewom-
an shall maintain liaison with the National Republican
Party.

D. The Secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings. The As-
sistant Secretary shall assist the Secretary in the above
duties and shall act as Secretary in the absence of the Sec-
retary.

E. The State Treasurer shall receive and disburse all funds
collected or earned by the State Party, and all disburse-
ments shall be made by him. All funds shall be deposited
in a central location at the Treasurer's direction. The Treas-
urer shall be bonded in an amount fixed by the State Cen-
tral Committee — the premium to be paid from party funds.

F. The General Counsel shall advise the Executive Committee
on all legal matters and shall act as Parliamentarian at
all meetings of the Committee.

V. 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, resig-
nation, discontinuance of residency within the District, or
removal of any member representing a Congressional Dis-
trict, the vacancy shall be filled by the remaining members
of the Congressional District in which such vacancy occurs.



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B. Any officer or member may be removed by a two-thirds vote
of the Committee after beiiifi; furnished with notice of tlie
charges aj^ainst 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 disloyalty, or failure to act in compliance
with this Plan of Organization. The decision of the State
Executive Committee shall be final.



ARTICLE XIII
State Central Committee

I. Meuibership

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

A. The Congressional District Chairmen; the Congressional
District Vice-Chairman shall act in the absence of the chair-
man.

B. The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, National Committeeman,
National Committeewoman, Secretary, Assistant Secretary,
Treasurer, General Counsel, and Finance Chairman of the
State Executive Committee.

C. The Chairman of the Young Republican Federation and
the President of the Republican Women's Federation.

D. The Republican Leader of the State Senate and the Repub-
lican Leader of the State House of Representatives.

E. The Congressional District Finance Chairmen shall be non-
voting, ex-officio members of this committee.

II. Powers and Duties

The State Central Committee shall have the power to appoint
a Campaign Connnittee, a Publicity Committee, and such other
Committees as it may deem necessary for the proper conduct



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of the affairs of the party; to manage the affairs of the party
between meetings of the State Executive Committee ; to formu-
late fiscal policy, establish quotas, prepare a budget; effective
1971, to set the dates for the Biennial Precinct Meetings, Coun-
ty, Congressional District, and State Conventions, betv^^een
September 1 and December 1 of the odd numbered years and
the Presidential Election Year Precinct Meetings, County, Con-
gressional District and State Conventions, between the date
of the First Primary Election and July 1st of the Presidential
Election years, in accordance with the National Rules; and to
do all other things pertaining to party affairs which it may be
authorized to do by the State Executive Committee. It shall
be responsible for initiating all campaigns for the U. S. Senate
and Council of State and coordinating them as determined
feasible. The State Central Committee shall keep accurate ac-
counts of its proceedings and shall make annual reports to
the State Executive Committee.

The Committee shall employ as full time Executive Director
a person of highest character and political competence to
prosecute on a day by day basis the mission of the Commit-
tee. The Committee shall provide on a full time basis in the
Capital city of North Carolina, adequate offices for the Execu-
tive Director and such staff as the Committee shall provide for
him, which offices shall be known as Headquarters, North
Carolina Republican Party. The Central Committee is charged
with, in addition to all other duties, the mission of creating an
effective Republican organization in every political precinct
in North Carolina.

III. Meetings

The State Central Committee shall meet at least six times a
year upon call of the Chairman upon ten (10) days' notice to
all members or upon petition 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 Officers of the State Executive Committee shall act as



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officers of the State Central Committee, with corresponding
duties.



ARTICLE XIV
State Finance Committee

I. Membership

The Finance Committee shall consist of the State Finance
Chairman, the Congressional District Finance Chairmen, and
the State Chairman, plus six additional members to be elected
by the members of the Finance Committee. The State Finance
Chairman shall serve as Chairman of the State Finance Com-
mittee. Other officers as may be deemed necessary may be
elected by and from the members of the Committee.

II. Powers and Duties

It shall be the duty of the State Finance Committee to develop
ways and means to properly finance the General Election
Campaigns and other business and affairs of the Republican
Party. The Committee shall manage a united fund raising-
effort in cooperation with the State Central Committee only in
those counties with the approval of the County Executive Com-
mittee; and cooperate with District and County organizations
for effective fund-raising campaigns. Said Committee shall
not, directly or indirectly, raise or collect funds for the bene-
fit of any candidates for Primary elections. All persons making
contributions to the State Finance Committee of $10.00 or
more shall be furnished with a receipt therefor. Contributions
going directly to the National Committee or to any candidate
shall not be acknowledged by the State Treasurer or recorded
as a regular contribution to the Republican Party of North
Carolina.

Permanent record of all contributors shall be maintained by
the State Chairman and State Treasurer, and such records
shall be available, upon request, to the appropriate County and
District Chairmen.



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III. Duties of Officers

The Finance Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the
Committee and shall be the chief liaison between the Finance
Committee and the State Central Committee. Other officers
shall have such duties as may be prescribed by the Committee.

ARTICLE XV
General Convention Procedure

I. Biennial Conventions and Presidential Election Year Con-
ventions

The County, Congressional District, and State Conventions
shall be called to order by their respective Chairmen, or, in
the absence of the Chairman, by the Vice-Chairman or Secre-
tary, in order stated, who shall have the power to appoint the
necessary Convention Committees and temporary officers at,
or before, the convening of the Convention.

II. Voting Procedure

No delegate, alternate, or other member of a Convention shall
cast any vote by proxy; provided, however, that any delegate
or delegates present shall have the right to cast the entire
vote of the County in District and State Conventions. No pre-
cinct shall cast more votes than it has duly elected delegates
on the floor at the County Convention. No person shall be
seated as a delegate or alternate in any County, District, or
State Convention unless such person shall have been duly
elected a delegate or alternate by the appropriate precinct
Meeting or County Convention; EXCEPT the registered Re-
publican, or Republicans, present at a County Convention from
an unorganized precinct, which has not had its credentials ac-
cepted, shall have the right to vote one vote per precinct.

III. Special Conventions

The State Central Committee, at any time, in the interests of
the Republican Party, may direct the State Chairman or the



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Congressional District Chairmen, to issue call for special Sena-
torial, Judicial, or Legislative organizational meetings, and
special County and Congressional District Conventions, in any
or all of the Counties and Districts of the State. The procedure
for calling regular biennial meetings and Conventions shall
apply to the calling of special meetings and Conventions so
far as applicable and not inconsistent with this Plan of Or-
ganization.



ARTICLE XVI
Official Records

I. Minutes of Official Actioyts

Minutes shall be kept by all Committees and Conventions of
official actions taken and a copy shall be filed with the Chair-
man of the appropriate Committee or Convention.

II. Financial Accounts

The Chairman, Treasurer, and Finance Chairman of the Coun-
ty, District and State Committees shall keep faithful and ac-
curate records of any and all monies received by them for the
use of said Committees and shall make faithful and accurate
report thereof when so requested.

ARTICLE XVII
Appointments

I. Notification

It shall be the duty of the State Chairman to transmit to each
County Chairman, notice of all known vacancies in appointive
positions in his County, in order that eligible Republicans from
that County may be considered and recommended for such
positions. The State Chairman shall further transmit notice
of all known vacancies on a District or State level to those
persons having jurisdiction in such appointments.



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II. County Appointments

When a vacancy occurs in a Governmental office in any prop-
erly organized County, such vacancy shall be filled by recom-
mendation of the State Chairman, only upon majority vote of
the Executive Committee of the County involved, at a meeting
called for that purpose.

III. District Appointments

When a vacancy occurs in a Governmental office on a District
level, such vacancy shall be filled by recommendation of the
State Chairman, only upon majority vote of the National Com-
mitteeman and National Committeewoman, and members of
the State Executive Committee from the counties embraced in
the territory served by the office in question, at a meeting
called for that purpose.

IV. State Appointments

When a vacancy occurs in a Governmental office on the State
level, such vacancy shall be filled by recommendation of the
State Chairman, only upon majority vote of the State Execu-
tive Committee at a meeting called for that purpose.

ARTICLE XVIII
Forfeiture of Official Privileges

I. Any officer or member of Precinct Committee, County Execu-
tive Committee, District Committee, State Executive Commit-
tee, or State Central Committee who, for any reason, is re-
moved or resigns from said position shall forfeit all rights and
privileges in any way connected with that position.

ARTICLE XIX
Applicability and Effectiveness of this Plan
I. Rules as to Towns and Cities

This Plan of Organization is not intended to extend to, or



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