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SECTION VI
SELECTION OF NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATES

1. All delegates and alternates to which South Dakota may be entitled under the National Convention membership formula shall be elected at large at the State National Delegate Selection meeting.  All elected delegates and alternates shall be bound to support the winner of the primary election as provided in this section.

2. The county chairman in each county shall cause to be held at the county seat a special County National Convention Delegate Selection meeting on a date and time on or between March 1 and March 10 in the year for which a National Convention of the Republican Party is to be held for the purpose of nominating a candidate for President and Vice President.  Such county meeting shall be open to all registered Republicans residing in the county; public notice, including publication in the official county newspaper, of such a meeting must be given at least 15 days in advance, and all appropriate means of providing notice of such meeting shall be used.  It shall be the responsibility of the county chairman to notify the state secretary of the State Central Committee at least 15 days prior to the meeting.  If the County GOP organization fails to hold the required County National Convention Delegate Selection meeting, the state chairman may authorize some other method of selecting delegates from that county subject to the approval of the State Executive Board.

3. At the County National Convention Delegate Selection meeting the county chairman shall, after conducting any general business deemed appropriate, hold an election for up to three persons, except Minnehaha County which may elect up to six persons, to be delegates at a State National Convention Delegate Selection meeting to be held on or after March 15 at a time and place to be designated by the state chairman.  At the county meeting each registered Republican in attendance may cast up to three votes, provided that not more than one vote may be cast for any one person.

4. Call to the state meeting shall be in writing to the delegates selected at the county meetings or by the reading of such a call at the County National Convention Delegate Selection meetings.  The county chairman shall, within 48 hours of the completion of the county meeting, certify to the state secretary of the State Central Committee a complete list of all delegates selected for the state meeting including their names, full addresses, telephone number and email address.

5. At the State National Convention Delegate Selection meeting the state chairman shall, after conducting any general business deemed appropriate, cause to be held the regional caucuses provided for in paragraph 8.  After the regional caucuses, the state chairman shall hold an election for national delegates and alternates.

6. Delegates at the State National Convention Delegate Selection meeting shall cast a number of votes equal to the vote received by the Republican candidate for Governor in the last general election in their respective county.  The delegates from each county shall divide said vote equally among themselves.  In the event that not all delegates are present and voting, the delegate(s) who is/are present shall be entitled to cast the entire vote of that county.

7. The election of national delegates shall be on a single ballot.  A like ballot shall be held for alternate positions.  Only those individuals nominated at the regional caucuses shall be eligible for election as a national delegate or alternate.

The election of national delegates and alternates shall be accomplished by a slated proportional voting procedure.  Each county delegate shall be allocated the appropriate number of votes as defined in paragraph 6.  Additionally, each county delegate will distribute their apportioned number of votes by allocating a percentage of their vote using the following method:  A sum of the number of ballot positions that may be won at that particular caucus election shall serve as the denominator.  The ballot position numbers in descending order shall serve as the numerators.  Divide the numerator by the denominator for each ballot position to determine the percentage of the participant’s vote that will be allocated to any person seeking election as a delegate or alternate.  The delegate or alternate with the highest number of votes will be slated in position one.  The delegate or alternate with the second highest number of votes will be slated in position two and so on.  An example of the slated proportional voting procedure is attached for explanation and is a part of this election procedure.

8. County delegates will conduct separate regional caucuses.  The six regions:  1) Minnehaha, 2) Davison, Douglas, Hutchinson, Turner, Lincoln, Bon Homme, Yankton, Clay and Union 3) Aurora, Grant, Clark, Codington, Hamlin, Deuel, Kingsbury, Brookings, Sanborn, Miner, Moody, Lake, Hanson and McCook, 4) Jerauld, Roberts, Marshall, Day, Brown, Spink, Beadle, Hand, Hyde, Faulk, Edmunds, McPherson, Potter and Walworth, 5) Butte, Harding, Perkins Corson, Ziebach, Dewey, Sully, Hughes, Haakon, Stanley, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Shannon, Bennett, Todd, Tripp, Gregory, Campbell, Buffalo, Brule and Charles Mix, 6) Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade and Pennington.

At the regional caucus, county delegates must determine whether they intend to run for election as a national delegate or as an alternate.  At each regional caucus, county delegates will nominate four delegates and five alternates from each region with the exception of Regions 1 and 6.  Region 1 will nominate five delegates and one alternate, and Region 6 will nominate five delegates and five alternates.  Delegates from each county will vote throughout the entire process according to paragraphs 6 and 7.

9. A.  It shall be the duty of the state chairman to certify in writing to the Secretary of the Republican Party within seven days of the close of the State National Convention Delegate Selection meeting a list including the full names and full addresses of each elected delegate and alternate.

B.  All delegates and alternates nominated at the regional caucuses shall subscribe to an oath of affirmation that they shall support the candidate who receives the most votes at the next succeeding primary election through the first ballot at the National Convention unless that candidate withdraws, suspends campaign activities, or fails to have his or her name placed in nomination at the National Convention, and that if only one candidate’s name is placed in nomination at the National Convention that they shall be bound to vote for such candidate on the first ballot provided that the candidate received votes at the South Dakota primary election.  This oath shall be signed prior to the election of national delegates and alternates.  Any person who fails to do so shall not be eligible for election as a national delegate or alternate.  This oath of affirmation shall be sent to the Secretary of the Republican Party within seven days of such delegate selection.

10. The Secretary of State shall not accept any certification in behalf of a candidate containing the names of delegates and alternates pledged to a Republican candidate for President of the United States nor accept such certification containing the names of uncommitted delegates.  Only the names of presidential candidates shall appear on the primary ballot.  To appear on the primary ballot, a presidential candidate must comply with SDCL 12-5-3.14.  The names of any delegates or alternates shall not appear on the primary ballot.

11. If any vacancy exists in the South Dakota delegation to the National Convention, the State Executive Board may fill such vacancies.  The use of this paragraph shall not result in regional representation of delegates and alternates more than the number allowed in paragraph 8.

EXAMPLE
Slated Proportional Voting Procedure:

Statewide Election:

Numerator/Denominator  Ballot Position  Percentage of vote to allocate
21/231  1  9.1%
20/231  2  8.7%
19/231  3  8.2%
18/231  4  7.8%
17/231  5  7.3%
16/231  6  6.9%
15/231  7  6.5%
14/231  8  6.1%
13/231  9  5.6%
12/231  10  5.2%
11/231  11  4.8%
10/231  12  4.3%
9/231  13  3.9%
8/231  14  3.5%
7/231  15  3.0%
6/231  16  2.6%
5/231  17  2.2%
4/231  18  1.7%
3/231  19  1.3%
2/231  20  0.9%
1/231  21  0.4%

   100%
  231  (Sum of the number of ballot positions)

Regional Caucus (regions 2, 3, 4, 5):

Numerator/Denominator Ballot Position  Percentage of vote to allocate
4/10  1  40%
3/10  2  30%
2/10  3  20%
1/10  4  10%
   100%
  10  (Sum of the number of ballot positions)

Regional Caucus (regions 1 & 6):

Numerator/Denominator  Ballot Position  Percentage of vote to allocate
5/15  1  33.3%
4/15  2  26.7%
3/15  3  20.0%
2/15  4  13.3%
1/15  5  6.7%
   100.00%
  15  (Sum of the number of ballot positions)