Bylaws › SECTION VIII
Selection of State Convention Delegates
1. At each primary election, the members of the respective political parties shall elect the precinct committeemen and precinct committeewomen of their political parties, and pursuant to their constitution or bylaws shall elect or appoint, or both elect and appoint, the number of delegates and alternates set by the constitution or bylaws from each county for each political party to the state convention of the party. In the years when a President of the United States is to be elected, the political party in accordance with the provisions of Sections 12-5-3.6 to 12-5-3.15, inclusive. If delegates and alternates are not elected at large from the entire state the constitution or bylaws must set forth the area boundaries for representation coincident with some geographical division of the state otherwise authorized or provided by law. (SDCL 12-5-17)
Each political party shall hold a state convention in each even numbered year in which they are necessary for the purposes of Section 12-5-21. The time and place of holding such convention shall be determined by the State Central Committee of each political party, the chairman of which shall notify the Secretary of State at least thirty days previous to the date so chosen. (SDCL 12-5-17)
At the state convention of a political party, each delegate shall vote the number of votes equal to his proportionate representation as to all delegates present from that county bears to the number of votes cast in his country at the last gubernatorial election for his party candidate for governor. (SDCL 12-5-18)
2. Pursuant to the procedures of SDCL 12-5-2 (paragraph 1, above) delegates to the state Convention of the Republican Party shall be.
A. The County Chairman, Vice-Chairman, State Committeeman and State Committeewoman (previously elected at county level.)
B. Not to exceed three (3) county-at-large delegates to be elected in the primary election preceding the convention.
C. One (1) precinct committeeman and one (1) precinct committeewoman for each county precinct so organized. The precinct committeeman and committeewomen shall hold their positions in accordance with the provisions of SDCL 12-5-2, 12-5-14, and 12-5-15. (See this section, paragraph 1 above and Section V, paragraph 2, C, these Bylaws.)
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 (precinct committeeman/woman, unopposed at large delegate, chairman, vice-chairman, state committeeman, state committeewoman) for each person planning to attend the state convention. The list shall also include the names of any at-large delegate candidates who will appear on the ballot. The list will be forwarded to the Republican State Central Committee at least forty-five (45) days prior to the opening date of the state convention.
The delegates designated at Section VIII, Paragraph 2 (B) shall be certified to the Republican State Central Committee and Secretary of State as prescribed by law. Certification to the state party shall include name, address, and phone number.
3. At-large delegates need not be members of their county central committee but must be registered Republican voters in their county.
4. The Executive Board of the Republican State Central Committee shall adopt a resolution issuing an official call of the convention which will be send to every county chairman.
5. After their designation, the delegates to the State Convention from each county shall caucus and choose from their membership a chairman and vice chairman of the delegation. The vice chairman shall serve as chairman in the absence of the elected chairman.
6. 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 his delegation and announce the total vote for the country when said county is called.
7. The state convention shall complete all responsibilities assigned by the state law or by the provisions of these bylaws.