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SECTION IV

STATE CONVENTION

 

1.   Time and Place of Convention:  A state convention shall be held every even-numbered year.  The time and place of holding the convention shall be determined by the State Central Committee.  The state chairman shall notify the secretary of state at least thirty days previous to the date so chosen.  The state secretary of the State Central Committee shall issue the call for the convention, which shall be sent to each county chairman.

 

2.   Delegates:

A.  County Delegation:  The delegates to the state convention shall consist of the following from each county:

1.   The county chairman, county vice chairman, state committeeman and state committeewoman;

2.   Not to exceed three at-large delegates elected in the primary election preceding the convention, who need not be members of their County Central Committee but must be registered Republican voters in their county; and

3.   Each precinct committeeman and precinct committeewoman.

A.    Pre-Primary Canvass:  It is each county chairman’s responsibility to canvas all potential delegates in his/her county and report the name, address, telephone number and method of qualification (unopposed precinct committeeman/ woman, unopposed at large delegate, county chairman, county vice chairman, state committeeman, state committeewoman) for each person planning to attend the state convention.  The list shall also include the name, address and telephone number of any at-large delegate candidates or candidates for precinct committeeman or precinct committeewoman who will appear on the primary election ballot.  The list will be forwarded to the State Central Committee at least 45 days prior to the opening date of the state convention.  The failure of a delegate to be included in the canvass shall not prevent that delegate from attending or voting at the convention.

B.     Post-Primary Canvass:  Within three days after the primary election, each county chairman shall certify to the State Central Committee the winner of any contested election for at-large delegates or precinct committeeman or precinct committeewoman.  If a recount occurs, the certification shall be sent within three days of the completion of the recount.  The county chairman shall not wait for an official canvass of the votes.

C.     Organization:  The county chairman and county vice chairman shall serve as the chairman and vice chairman of the delegation from their county.  If neither of them is present at the convention, the delegates from the county shall caucus and choose from their membership a chairman and vice chairman of the delegation.  The vice chairman of the delegation shall serve as the chairman in the absence of the chairman.

 

3.   Voting:

A.  Proportional Representation:  Each delegate shall vote the number of votes equal to his or her proportionate representation as to all delegates present from that county bears to the number of votes cast in his or her county at the last gubernatorial election for the Republican candidate for governor.

B.  Roll Call:  Roll call votes shall be a call of the counties.  Whenever a roll call vote is required at the convention it shall be the responsibility of the delegation chairman to survey the delegation and announce the total vote for the county when said county is called.

 

4.   Convention Organization:

A.    Convention Officers:  The state chairman or his or her designee shall call the convention to order and preside until the election the temporary chairman.  Before conducting any business, the convention shall elect a temporary chairman and temporary secretary, who shall take office immediately upon their respective elections.  After the adoption of the reports from the credentials committee and the rules committee, the convention shall elect a permanent chairman and a permanent secretary.  The convention chairman may appoint such other officers as he or she may deem necessary.

B.     Quorum:  A quorum shall consist of delegates carrying a majority of the votes cast in the last general election for the Republican candidate for governor.

C.     Committees:  Prior to the state convention, the state chairman shall designate the members of the platform committee, rules committee, resolutions committee, and credentials committee.  The platform committee shall conduct hearings around the state prior to the state convention.  The convention chairman shall appoint any other convention committees.

D.    Rules of Order:  The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the convention in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any rules of order the convention may adopt.

 

5.   Business:  The state convention shall complete all responsibilities assigned by state law or by the provisions of these bylaws.