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KIT CARSON COUNTY

REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE

BYLAWS - 1997

(Proposed Amendments and Revisions - January 2009)

 

ARTICLE I – NAME

            The name of this organization shall be the Kit Carson County Republican Central Committee.

 

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE, OBJECTIVES, and POLICIES

            The purpose and objectives of this organization shall be to encouraged and foster the activities of the Republican Party by organizing to elect Republican candidates to offices at the county, state, and national levels.

            It is acknowledged that all elected and appointed members of both the County Central Committee and its committees fill such positions to further the objectives set forth in these bylaws.  In accordance therewith and in a spirit of party unity, to and until such time as any designated candidate is nominated at any primary election, or for so long as such candidate is opposed by another Republican candidate, no members of such committees shall actively participate in the campaign of (that is, publicly endorse, support or oppose) any such candidate.  In the event of any violation thereof, the Central Committee shall be empowered to remove such member from office and declare that office vacant.

 

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

            All of the elected precinct Committeepeople of the Republican Party in Kit Carson County; the County Chairman, the County Vice-Chairman, and the Secretary-Treasurer of this organization together with the elected County officials of the Republican Party, and the elected Republican Judicial, State and National officials who reside within Kit Carson County, and the Chairman of the Kit Carson County Republican Women, shall constitute the County Central Committee.

 A.   Vacancies on the Central Committee shall be filled by appointment of the County Central Committee or County Executive Committee.

 B.   No removal from office shall occur without a two-thirds vote of the County Central Committee.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

            The officers of the County Central Committee shall be a Chairman, a Vice-Chaiman, and a Secretary-Treasurer.

 A.   Vacancies

 1.    Should a vacancy occur in the office of County Chairman, the County Vice-Chairman, shall call a County Central Committee meeting for the purpose of electing a new Chairman. If such vacancy occurs within 90 days of the biennial re-organizational  meeting, the vacancy may be filled at that time.

 2.    All other vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the Executive Committee, subject to approval by the County Central Committee.

 B.   No removal from office shall occur without a two-thirds vote of the County Central Committee.

 

ARTICLE V – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

 A.  Chairman shall be. . . .

 1.     The chief executive office of the County Central Committee. He shall preside at all meetings of the the Committee and shall observe and enforce the rules and regulations prescribed by the Committee. Upon convening of any Republican County Assembly or Convention, the Chairman shall call the meeting to order at the place and on the date designated by said Committee in its call. He shall select some person or shall himself preside over the deliberations until a permanent chairman shall have been chosen.

 2.     Responsible for promotion of the party platform and finances, and shall see that appropriate training and information is given to precinct committeepersons. He shall supervise keeping of adequate records for the County Central Committee and State Central Committee.

 B.   Vice Chairman shall . . .

 1.     Act in the case of death, resignation, or absence from the county of the Chairman, and in such emergency, shall perform all necessary duties of the Chairman until a new Chairman is elected.

 2.     In general, follow the prescribed duties and functions of the Chairman.

 3.     Supervise the precinct committeepersons.

 4.     Coordinate all Republican auxiliary organizations and activities in the county.

 5.     Be responsible for establishing and maintaining Republican headquarters in election years.

 6.     Act as Chairman of the Nominating Committee.

 

 C.  Secretary shall . . .

 1.     Be the chief clerical officer for the County Central Committee, shall make a complete record of all proceedings of the Committee; be responsible for sending required lists, reports and information to the State Central Committee; and perform such other duties as may be delegated by the County Central Committee, the County Chairman or the County Vice Chairman.

 2.     Furnish copies of minutes upon request to any member of the County Central Committee and the County Executive Committee with 14 days following such meetings.

 3.     Act as Secretary upon convening of any Republican County Assembly or Convention until a permanent Secretary thereof shall have been chosen; and when the Assembly or Convention shall have been called to order by the Chairman, to read the Call authorized by the Committee, and thereafter to rad the temporary role of delegates.

 4.     Prepare and authenticate all credentials of designation of candidates that shall be made by any such Convention or Assembly.

 

 D.  Treasurer shall . . .

 1.     Keep an account of all receipts and expenditures and present the books for audit annually; present financial report to the Executive Committee whenever called upon to do so; serve as a member of the County Finance Committee.

 2.     Establish a checking account under the name of the Kit Carson County Republican Central Committee and dispense funds on the authorization of the Chairman or, in the Chairman's absence from the county, by the Vice Chairman. All checks shall be co-signed by the Chairman and Treasurer.

 

ARTICLE VI - MEETINGS OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

 A.             Organizational Meeting

The organizational meeting of the County Central Committee shall be held in odd-numbered years between February 1 and February 15 to elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary-Treasurer.

 

 B.              Meetings

Other meetings of the County Central Committee may be called, as necessary, by the Chairman who shall be required to call any meeting directed by the Executive Committee or by petition of 25 percent of the members of the Central Committee. Seven days notice of all meetings shall be given, in writing, to all committeepersons and other voting members.

 

 C.             Quorum

A quorum of nine members of the County Central Committee shall be required to conduct a meeting.

 

 D.             Voting

 1.    At such meetings all issues shall be decided by majority vote of those present.

 2.    Voting shall be voice vote or secret ballot,except in cases of no contest when vote by acclamation shall suffice.

 

 E.              Rules

 1.    “Roberts Rules of Order, Revised” shall govern all meetings held pursuant to these rules except as otherwise noted.

 2.    The Chairman shall appoint a parliamentarian for each meeting of the County Central Committee.

 

 F.              Controversies

As provided in the State Election laws, the State Central Committee shall have full power to pass upon all controversies concerning the regularity of the organization and also concerning the right to use the Party name.

 

ARTICLE VIII – PATRONAGE

            In consideration of any person for positions to be filled upon recommendation of the Republican Party, the following factors shall be considered: Registration as a Republican, qualifications for the position, voting record, and party record.

 

1.      Patronage to be handled by the precinct committeepersons shall include recommendation of persons for election judges and poll watchers.

2.      Other patronage shall be handled by the Chairman and Vice Chairman with cooperation from the members of the Central Committee and Executive Committee.

           

            Interviews of candidates for a position to be filled by the Executive Committee shall be conducted by all members at a regularly called meeting. Following the interviews, their party record shall be presented to the committee and a secret ballot shall decide by a majority of votes of those present which candidate shall be recommended.

 

ARTICLE IX – CAUCUSES

 A.   Precinct caucuses shall be held on the first Tuesday of April of each even-numbered year at an hour and place to be fixed by the County Central Committee.

 B.   All places where precinct caucuses are to be held must be posted at least 10 days before the caucus. These posters shall be provided by the County Secretary Clerk.

 C.   Those persons entitled to vote at precinct caucuses must have been a resident of the precinct for 29 days and affiliated with the Republican Party for at least 2 months as shown on the registration books of the County Clerk; expect that any registered elector who has attained the age of 18 years or who has become a naturalized citizen within the two months immediately preceding the caucus may vote even though he has been affiliated with the party for less that two months as shown on the registration books of the County Clerk. 

An elector who moves from the precinct where registered within 29 days prior to any caucus shall be permitted to participate and vote at the caucus in the precinct of his former residence, but shall not be eligible for election as a delegate or for nomination as a precinct committeeperson in the precinct of his former residence.

 

 D.   Those persons attending the precinct caucus shall nominate candidates for Precinct Committeepeople. No person shall be a candidate unless he shall have affiliated with the Republican Party for a period of at least two months preceding the date of the precinct caucus. The two people receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected the Precinct Committeepeople. If two or more candidates shall receive equal number of votes, the election shall be determined by lot. The names of the Committeepeople shall be certified to the county assembly by the officers of the caucus. All disputes regarding the election of Committeepeople shall be determined by the credentials committee of the party assembly. The County Assembly shall ratify the list of Committeepeople. The presiding officer and secretary of the County Assembly shall file a certified list of the names and addresses, by precinct, of those persons elected as precinct Committeepeople with the County Clerk and Recorder within ten days after the date of the County Assembly.

 

 E.   Delegates to the County Assembly shall be elected at precinct caucuses and must have been affiliated with the Republican Party for at least two months preceding such meeting. The persons receiving the highest number of votes at the precinct caucus shall be the delegates to the County Assembly.  If two or more candidates receive an equal number of votes for the last delegate position, then the delegate shall be determined by lot. The list of delegates and alternates shall be submitted to the County Secretary no later than three days after the precinct caucus is held.

 

 F.    The County Central Committee shall fix the number of delegates (and a like number of alternates) from each precinct to participate in the County Assembly.

 

ARTICLE X – COUNTY ASSEMBLIES AND CONVENTIONS

 A.   Designation and Acceptance

 1.    No person shall be eligible for designation by the Assembly as a candidate for nomination at any Primary Election unless such person has been affiliated with the party at least two months prior to the precinct caucus, as shown by the registration books of the County Clerk and Recorder, and meets all other statutory requirements for the office which he is seeking. The candidates are certified by affidavit of the presiding officer and secretary of the assembly.

 2.    A certificate of designation must be filed by the Secretary with the County Clerk within 10 days after the adjournment of the assembly. 

 B.   Acceptance

 1.    Each candidate designated by assembly as a  candidate for nomination at a Primary Election shall be certified by affidavit of the presiding officer and Secretary of the assembly.

 2.    Each candidate designated by the assembly shall file his written acceptance with the County Clerk and Recorder, or other appropriate officer, within 10 days after the adjournment of the assembly. If an acceptance is not filed within the specified time, the candidate shall be deemed to have declined the designation.

 

ARTICLE XI – CONTEST OR CONFLICT

            These bylaws are superseded by the Colorado Republican State Central Committee Standing Rules and Bylaws and by the Colorado State Statutes and automatically reflect any changes made therein.

 

ARTICLE XII – AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

1.      These bylaws may be altered, amended, or changed at any meeting of the Central Committee by majority votes of those members present and voting, provided that the proposed amendment was submitted in writing to the elected officers for review, mailed no fewer that 30 days before the meeting, and reference was made to the proposed amendment in the written notice of the meeting.

 

2.      If the previous notice of a proposed amendment was not given, the unanimous consent of the members of the Central Committee who are present at the meeting and who constitute at least a majority of the Central Committee, must be obtained before such amendment may be offered for consideration or adoption at a Central Committee meeting.

 

 

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Jason Rector,
Jun 16, 2017, 2:43 PM
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