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Republican Party of Minnesota

CONSTITUTION

Preamble

The Republican Party of Minnesota welcomes into its party all Minnesotans who are concerned with implementation of honest, efficient, responsive government. The party believes in these principles as stated in the Declaration of Independence: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore, it is the party committed to equal representation and opportunity for all and preservation of the rights of each individual. It is the purpose of this constitution to ensure that the party provides equal opportunity for full participation in our civic life for all Minnesota residents who believe in these principles regardless of age, race, sex, religion, or social or economic status.

ARTICLE I

Name and Object

SECTION 1: Name.

The name of this organization shall be Republican Party of Minnesota.

SECTION 2: Object.

The object of the party shall be the maintenance of government by and for the people according to the Constitution and the laws of the United States and the State of Minnesota, and the implementation of such principles as may from time to time be adopted by party conventions. To obtain this object it is essential the party shall organize at all levels to elect Republicans to public office.

ARTICLE II

Membership and Dues

SECTION 1: Membership.

The membership of the party shall be composed of all citizens of the State of Minnesota who desire to support the objectives of the party.

SECTION 2: Dues.

Payment of dues shall not be required as a condition of membership.

SECTION 3: Rights.

Nothing in this constitution shall be construed to deny or abridge the rights of any voter to participate in any party caucus, primary or convention, where he/she is entitled by law to participate.

ARTICLE III

Congressional and Legislative Reapportionment Committee

SECTION 1:

In the first odd numbered year following reapportionment the State Executive Committee shall establish a standing committee to develop an operating policy and procedure manual for the next reapportionment period.

SECTION 2:

The reapportionment committee shall consist of a chair and one person from each Congressional District. It is recommended that the appointee have actual Congressional District and/or basic political organizational unit (BPOU) leadership apportionment experience. The chair of the reapportionment committee shall be appointed by the state party chair. The Congressional District representative shall be appointed by the Congressional District chair(s), or in the event of a dispute between the chairs regarding appointment, by the Congressional District executive committee.

SECTION 3:

The reapportionment manual shall be prepared by the reapportionment committee and submitted to the Executive Committee for approval. The Executive Committee shall submit the reapportionment manual to the State Central Committee no later than January 1 of each census year.

SECTION 4:

Following the approval of the reapportionment manual by the Executive Committee and the State Central Committee, the manual shall govern Congressional and Legislative reapportionment matters for the current reapportionment process and shall supersede any contrary provision of this constitution.

ARTICLE IV

Delegation of Power

SECTION 1: Basic Unit.

The party shall be organized into BPOUs, i.e., one of the following:

County, House District, or Senate District except that in any county containing four or more entire House Districts the county must organize as House or Senate Districts.

SECTION 2: Organization.

It shall be the responsibility of the BPOU committees to elect Republicans to public office, to expand the membership of the party within their respective units, and to organize or cause to be organized each ward, precinct, or other voting district in their unit. The form of enrollment shall be prescribed by the State Executive Committee and shall be uniform throughout the state. No qualifications for membership shall be imposed except as provided by this constitution. Opportunity for enrollment shall be open at all times to all voters who are eligible for membership under Article II.

SECTION 3: Management.

The management of the affairs of the party within each basic political organizational unit shall be vested in the BPOU committee, subject to the direction of state and Congressional District authorities as to matters within the scope of their respective functions.

SECTION 4: Territorial Realignment.

A county committee of a county containing fewer than four entire House Districts may disband the county organization and reorganize itself along either Senate or House District lines, by adding a portion of an adjoining county, or allocating part of the county’s territory to a Senate or House District.

The procedure shall be by approval of at least 60% of the county convention of each of the involved counties, provided that notice of such proposal for reorganization was issued in the call of the convention. The county convention shall submit its transitional plans including proposed distribution of funds to accomplish such reorganization to the Congressional District and State Executive Committees for their review. The new organization shall have all of the rights and responsibilities of a BPOU. Such reorganization shall continue until the next state-wide reapportionment or until the county form of organization is restored by a convention of the precinct delegates within the original county lines called by authority of the Republican Party of Minnesota State Executive Committee or any Republican Party of Minnesota state convention.

ARTICLE V

Conventions and Endorsements - General Provisions

SECTION 1: Business and Call.

A. Conventions shall transact such business as is specified in the call of the convention, and may transact such other business as a majority of the convention may determine, subject to the provisions of Article VIII, Section 2 of this constitution.

B. The call for a convention shall be issued at least ten (10) days prior to the convention, except that for an endorsing convention for a special election or for a post-primary endorsing convention, the call shall be issued at least five (5) days prior to the convention.

SECTION 2: Registration.

A. Not withstanding Article II, Sections 2 and 3, registration fees may be assessed delegates and alternates attending a convention.

B. Once a delegate or a seated alternate has registered for the convention he/she remains part of the voting strength of the convention even if he/she leaves the convention prior to the convention’s official adjournment

C. A convention may close registration of delegates and alternates only if the convention call states the time at which registration will close. If the call states a registration closing time the convention may permit a later closing time for registration or may require the convention to remain open regardless of the language in the call.

SECTION 3: Endorsements.

A. General Rules.

1. It shall first be determined by a majority vote whether endorsement shall be considered for an office.

2. Voting on a candidate for endorsement for an office shall be by secret ballot. The convention or committee may decide by a two-thirds vote to endorse by a rising vote for any office for which there is only one candidate.

3. Votes may be cast for any person who by law is eligible for election to the office under consideration and who is eligible under this constitution to seek the endorsement, even though he/she has not been nominated or has withdrawn from nomination. Ballots may also be cast stating ‘no preference’ or ‘undecided’, or indicating no endorsement. Blank ballots or abstentions, unintelligible ballots, ballots marked only ‘X’ or ‘a’, or ballots cast for an ineligible person or a fictional character shall not be included in determining the 60% vote needed for endorsement. No preprinted ballot shall be allowed.

4. A motion of no endorsement may be adopted by a majority vote. The rules of a convention may limit how often or when such a motion may be made. However on any round of voting for endorsement, a motion of no endorsement shall be considered adopted if a majority of the ballots (excluding blanks) or a majority of the votes on a voice vote (excluding abstentions) is for ‘no’, ‘none’ or ‘no endorsement’.

5. Excepting the 60% requirement in this Article, BPOU constitutions may establish different rules of endorsement for conventions relating to legislative districts or other areas entirely within the BPOU.

6. An endorsement may carry with it the commitment of party resources, finances and volunteers only when made at a convention which is representative of the entire electorate for the office. In the case of a proposal for endorsement of a candidate whose constituency is not coterminous with the territory of the convention, only those delegates residing within such constituency shall vote upon the proposal. An endorsement for public office at a convention below the level of the one which is representative of the entire electorate for the office shall be no more than an expression of the sentiment of the convention.

B. Pre-Primary Endorsement.

1. If the public office sought by the candidate is legally partisan, the candidate must agree prior to being considered for pre-primary endorsement to seek the office as a Republican if he/she receives the endorsement.

2. Any candidate for public office may be granted pre-primary endorsement by any state, Congressional District, BPOU or other authorized convention if he/she receives a 60% vote of the convention and if the 60% is greater than or equal to at least a majority of the registered delegates and seated alternates as established by the last report of the credentials committee preceding such vote.

3. Only one candidate may be endorsed per seat for a particular office.

4. When more than one candidate is nominated for endorsement for an office, none of the candidates for that office shall be voted upon separately.

C. Post Primary Endorsement By State Central Committee.

If a Republican Primary election for the office of Governor or United States Senator results in the selection of a nominee other than the endorsed candidate, a meeting of the State Central Committee shall be called within ten days of the certainty of the election results. The purpose of this meeting shall be to consider a post primary endorsement of the nominee for Governor or United State Senator. If a Republican primary election for any other statewide office results in a selection of a nominee other than the endorsed candidate, a meeting of the State Central committee may be called within ten days of the certainty of the election results. The purpose of this meeting shall be to consider a post primary endorsement of the nominee winning the primary election. Such a meeting may also consider post primary endorsement of a Republican nominee for any other state office for which no pre-primary endorsement was made. Any endorsement by the State Central Committee shall require a 60% vote of the committee and such vote shall be greater than or equal to at least a majority of the registered delegates and seated alternates as established by the last report of the credentials committee preceding such vote.

D. Vacancies In Nominations.

In the event of the death or withdrawal of an endorsed nominee for statewide office prior to the primary, or in the event of the death or withdrawal of a candidate after the primary, but 21 days prior to the general election, the State Central Committee shall consider the endorsement of a substitute nominee or candidate. The call for the meeting shall be issued at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting. In the event the candidate withdraws or dies less than 21 days prior to the general election, the State Executive Committee shall consider endorsement of a substitute candidate. Any endorsement by the State Central Committee shall require a 60% vote of the committee and such vote shall be greater than or equal to at least a majority of the registered delegates and seated alternates as established by the last report of the credentials committee preceding such vote. Any endorsement by the State Executive Committee shall require a 60% vote of the committee and such vote must be greater than or equal to at least a majority of the members of the committee.

E. Legislative District Endorsing Conventions.

1. A legislative district endorsing convention wholly within a given BPOU may be held subject to the provisions of said BPOU constitution and/or bylaws, provided said provisions are not in conflict with state statutes or the Republican Party of Minnesota State Constitution.

2. Where a legislative district crosses BPOU lines, but lies wholly within a Congressional District, the Congressional District Executive Committee may issue the call for an endorsing convention and appoint the convener.

3. Where a legislative district crosses BPOU and Congressional District lines, the State Executive Committee may issue the call for an endorsing convention and appoint the convener.

4. In the event that a majority of the precinct chairs from a legislative district which crosses BPOU or Congressional District lines should sign a petition requesting an endorsing convention and specifying the convener, the chair(s) of the Congressional District or state chair, on behalf of the respective executive committee which has jurisdiction as specified in Section 3. E. 2. or 3. E. 3. of this Article, shall issue the call for such convention.

5. In the event that all of the BPOU committees from a legislative district that crosses BPOU or Congressional District lines should request an endorsing convention, then the chairs of the respective BPOUs on behalf of their committees may issue a joint call for such an endorsing convention and appoint the convener.

6. Eligible voters at legislative district endorsing conventions shall be the delegates or their alternates who reside within the legislative district and who were duly elected at the most recent Republican Party of Minnesota precinct caucus held within the political boundaries of the legislative district.

7. Should the delegates and alternates qualified to vote at a legislative district convention not all be elected based on the same ratio of the Republican vote count, then those delegates and alternates elected based on the highest ratio of the vote count shall be counted as one (1) vote and those delegates and alternates elected on a lesser ratio of the vote count shall have the percentage of one (1) vote based on their percentage of the highest elected ratio of the vote count.

F. County and County District Endorsing Conventions.

1. For a county containing four or more entire House Districts a county convention may be held solely for the purpose of endorsement for county offices elected on a county wide basis. A county district convention may be held solely for the purpose of endorsements for county offices such as County Commissioner if elected by districts.

2. If a county or county district office lies wholly within a BPOU, a county convention shall be called by the BPOU committee.

3. If a county or county district office crosses BPOU lines, but lies wholly within a Congressional District the convention may be called by the Congressional District Executive Committee unless otherwise provided for in the Congressional District constitution.

4. If a county office crosses BPOU and Congressional District lines, the convention may be called by the State Executive Committee.

5. Should a county or county district consist of more than one (1) BPOU, a request for a county convention must be submitted by the committees of a majority of the BPOUs to:

a. Congressional District Executive Committee, unless otherwise provided for in the Congressional District constitution, if a county lies wholly within a Congressional District; or

b. State Executive Committee, if the county office crosses Congressional District lines.

6. In the event that all of the BPOU committees from a county or county district office

that crosses BPOU or Congressional District lines should request an endorsing convention, then the chairs of the respective BPOUs on behalf of their committees may issue a joint call for such an endorsing convention and appoint the convener.

7. Eligible voters at a county or county district convention shall consist of those delegates and alternates who reside within a county or county district and who were duly elected at the most recent Republican Party precinct caucus held within the county or county district.

8. Should the delegates and alternates qualified to vote at the county or county district convention not all be elected based on the same ratio of the Republican vote count, then those delegates and alternates elected based on the highest ratio of the vote count shall be counted as one (1) vote and those delegates and alternates elected on a lesser ratio of the vote count shall have the percentage of one (1) vote based on their percentage of the highest elected ratio of the vote count.

9. For Hennepin County the Hennepin County subcommittee shall allocate the number of delegates and alternates for a county or county district convention based on the Republican Party vote in the last general election for President or Governor. For Ramsey County the Congressional District committee shall allocate the number of delegates and alternates for a county or county district convention based on the Republican Party vote in the last general election for President or Governor.

SECTION 4: Seating of Alternates.

Once the temporary organization has been established, the first order of business of a state or Congressional District convention shall be the seating of alternates. The permanent voting roll of the convention shall be composed of the delegates of each BPOU who actually are present, and in the absence of any delegate to the convention, an alternate shall be seated in his/her stead during his/her absence according to the procedure established by the constitution or bylaws of the BPOU. When a delegate returns to the floor of the convention, he or she will be seated immediately.

SECTION 5: Election and Terms of Delegates.

A. All state, Congressional District, and BPOU delegates and alternates shall be elected in general election years and shall hold office for a term of two years or until their successors are elected, or upon adoption in their respective BPOU constitution, they may elect delegates and alternates to the Congressional District and state conventions annually in the same manner as provided in the general election year, and these delegates and alternates elected under this option shall hold office for a term of one year, or until their successors are duly elected.

B. All affiliate delegates and alternates shall serve a two year term or until their successors are elected. Affiliate delegates and alternates shall not hold the same office for consecutive terms. An affiliate delegate or alternate may not be a regular party delegate or alternate to the same convention. Affiliate delegates and alternates to Congressional District conventions must reside in the Congressional District and must be elected by the affiliate members who reside in the Congressional District and will be legally qualified voters in the next general election.

C. In compliance with the rules of the Republican National Convention, no delegate or alternate may be an automatic delegate or alternate. Each delegate or alternate must be elected by his/her respective convention. No delegate to the Republican National Convention shall be bound by party rules or by state law to cast his/her vote for a particular candidate on any ballot at the convention except that the state convention may bind the delegates whom it elects to the National Convention of the Republican Party on the first ballot to vote for a candidate for the office of President of the United States, unless they be released by said candidate.

SECTION 6: Vacancies.

At all levels within the party a vacancy shall occur in a delegates position upon his/her death, resignation or removal from the geographical area from which he/she was elected, or upon the failure of the body having the power of election to fill such position, if no duly elected alternate is available to fill the vacancy. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original delegate or alternate was elected.

SECTION 7:

Nothing in this Article is intended to affect the right of the convention to authorize, by rule, the delegates present to vote the entire voting strength of the BPOU.

ARTICLE VI

State Convention

SECTION 1: Composition.

State conventions shall be composed of the following:

A. Delegates from various BPOUs of the state who are elected at their conventions. The number of delegates from the various BPOUs shall be apportioned among the BPOUs upon such basis as the State Executive Committee or the State Central Committee may determine, provided that the basis of apportionment shall be uniform throughout the state, and shall be based upon the vote for the Republican candidate for Governor in the last preceding statewide general election; or, if such election were a presidential election, the vote cast for the Republican candidate for President.

B. Subject to Article V, Section 5, B., two delegates and two alternates elected by each of the statewide Republican Party affiliate organizations as listed in the party bylaws.

SECTION 2: Committees.

State convention committee consisting of a platform committee, a rules committee, a credentials committee, and such other state convention committees as may be necessary or desirable shall be organized. The number of members in each committee shall be appointed as follows:

A. An equal number of members from each Congressional District to be appointed by the district chair(s) of the respective Congressional District.

B. Members at large to be appointed by the state party chair, the number of which is not to exceed 15% of the total membership of any committee.

C. A chairman to be appointed by the state party chair.

SECTION 3: Platform Committee.

A. The function of the platform committee shall be to maintain a permanent platform for the Republican Party of Minnesota based upon the platform adopted at the previous regular Republican State Convention. The permanent platform may only be amended as provided in this constitution and the rules of the state convention. The committee will be responsible for performing the work described in subsection C. below.

B. The platform committee shall meet in even numbered years at the call of its chair or the state party chair. The committee report shall be presented to the state party chair no less than fifteen (15) days prior to the state convention. The committee shall then present the report to the state convention to be voted on in the manner prescribed by this constitution and the rules of the convention.

C. In even numbered years the platform committee shall review the permanent platform and all of the resolutions passed at Congressional District conventions for Congressional Districts that have a representative on the platform committee and any additional resolutions brought to the committee in the manner prescribed by the state convention rules. The committee shall determine which resolutions are new resolutions (i.e., address issues that are not addressed in the current permanent platform). The committee will recommend to the state convention the following changes:

1. Adoption of the new resolutions identified by the committee;

2. Elimination of those resolutions that are no longer germane;

3. Combining those resolutions that are similar;

4. Clarifying those resolutions that are confusing; and

5. Reconsideration of those resolutions that are in conflict with other resolutions.

D. All motions related to the platform committee report shall be voted upon at the state convention in the manner prescribed in the convention rules and need to be adopted by a majority vote.

E. The creation of a permanent platform for the Republican Party of Minnesota will not limit the authority of any BPOU or Congressional District with respect to adopting their own platform.

SECTION 4: Time and Place of Convention.

The regular state convention of the party shall be held in each general election year at such time and place as the State Central Committee may determine. Special state conventions may be called at such other times and places and for such purposes as the State Central Committee may determine.

ARTICLE VII

District Conventions

SECTION 1: Composition.

Congressional District conventions shall be composed of the following residents of the district:

A. Delegates apportioned to and elected at the BPOU convention, in the same manner as delegates to state conventions.

Any BPOU which crosses Congressional District lines shall allot its apportioned delegates to the Congressional Districts using the Republican vote cast for either Governor or President in the most recent general election. The manner of election shall be determined by the BPOU constitution, bylaws or by a motion of its convention.

B. Subject to Article V, Section 5, B., one delegate and one alternate who are residents of the district elected at a district caucus held by any of the statewide affiliate organizations as listed in the party bylaws, provided that the affiliate has at least ten eligible members residing in the district.

SECTION 2: Time and Place of Convention.

Congressional District conventions shall be held annually within a range of dates established by the State Central Committee and at the call of the State Executive Committee, or the committees of the respective Congressional District, and at such other times and for such other purposes as the committee calling the conventions may determine. The place of holding Congressional District conventions in each district shall be determined by the Congressional District committee.

ARTICLE VIII

Basic Political Organizational Unit Conventions

SECTION 1: Composition.

BPOU conventions shall be composed of the following residents of the BPOU:

Delegates elected at the precinct caucuses which are held in each precinct every general election year as required by Minnesota statutes. The number of delegates and alternates at each convention and the basis of their apportionment shall be determined by the BPOU committee, provided that such basis shall be uniform throughout the BPOU and shall be based on the vote cast for the Republican candidate for Governor in the past preceding statewide general election; or if such election were a presidential election, the vote cast for the Republican candidate for President. Special caucuses for one or more precincts may be called by the BPOU committee in the manner prescribed by statute for biennial precinct caucuses for the sole purpose of filling vacancies in precincts where such exist at the time of notice.

SECTION 2: Time and Place of Convention.

BPOU conventions shall be held annually within a range of dates established by the State Central Committee and at the call of the State Executive Committee, the State Central Committee, the Congressional District committee or the BPOU committee. The conventions shall precede Congressional District and state conventions. Special BPOU conventions may be held at the call of the State Executive Committee, the State Central Committee, the Congressional District committee, or the BPOU committee at such time and for such purpose as the committee calling the same may determine. BPOU conventions shall be held at a place determined by the respective committee issuing the call.

SECTION 3: Delegates and Alternates to State and District Conventions.

Delegates and alternates to the Congressional District and state conventions shall be elected at the BPOU conventions in even numbered years; or if provided in the BPOU constitution may be elected annually. A BPOU may elect up to twice as many alternates as the number of delegates allotted, provided that the BPOU convention or constitution specifies a method for the orderly seating of said alternates to fill vacancies in the delegation. The qualifications to be elected a delegate or alternate are residence in the electing unit and being a legal and qualified voter in the next general election. All disputes concerning the seating of alternates shall be settled according to that BPOUs constitution or bylaws. If seating of alternates is not addressed in the BPOUs constitution or bylaws, then a caucus of the delegates from that BPOU will meet to settle the issue.

ARTICLE IX

State Party Administration

SECTION 1: State Central Committee.

A. General Management.

The general management of the affairs of the party in the state shall be vested in the State Central Committee, subject to the control of the state convention and this constitution.

B. Composition.

The State Central Committee shall consist of the following:

1. The Members of the State Executive Committee and the Congressional District Chairs.

Where the Congressional District constitution provides for one chair and one deputy chair instead of two chairs, the chair and the deputy chair will be members of the State Central Committee. Members of the State Executive Committee and the Congressional District chairs may appoint a designee to serve in their absence provided that the designee is either a State Central Committee alternate or an officer from his/her Congressional District.

2. One Delegate-at-large from each Congressional District.

If a Congressional District constitution provides for a Congressional District representative to the State Executive Committee other than a Congressional District chair, then this person will be the Congressional District delegate-at-large. If a Congressional District constitution provides that a chair will represent the Congressional District on the State Executive Committee, then the Congressional District shall elect in accordance with its constitution a delegate-at-large and an alternate in odd numbered years from within the Congressional District.

3. One delegate and one alternate elected from each of the statewide Republican Party affiliate organizations as listed in the party bylaws.

4. Each Republican state constitutional officer and each Republican member from Minnesota of the United States Senate or the House of Representatives, or his/her appointee, shall be a member of the State Central Committee for the duration of his/her term of office.

5. 300 delegates and up to three times as many alternates apportioned among the Congressional Districts, determined by the ratio of each Congressional District’s Republican vote in the last general election for President or Governor. Congressional Districts shall further apportion all of their delegates to the BPOUs, no BPOU or portion thereof may be disenfranchised. The Congressional District shall determine the method for ensuring enfranchisement. Nothing herein shall be construed to require that every BPOU fragment qualify for its own delegate or alternate.

The delegates and alternates shall be elected in odd numbered years from within the Congressional District in accordance with the provisions of the Congressional District constitution. A Congressional District delegate or alternate elected pursuant to this section shall serve a two year term commencing on the date of his/her election and terminating on the date his/her successor is elected. Such delegates and alternates must reside in the Congressional District and be eligible to be a legally qualified voter in the next general election.

In the event that any Congressional District delegate and one of his or her alternates are unable to attend a meeting of the State Central Committee, the Congressional District constitution shall provide for a procedure for appointment of a replacement from among the other alternates elected in that Congressional District.

A vacancy in a Congressional District delegate position shall be filled for the unexpired term by one of his or her alternates if any, otherwise a vacancy in a delegate or alternate position may be filled for the unexpired term by the respective body of officers having power of appointment or election.

6. The Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives, if a member of the Republican Caucus or his/her appointee (otherwise the leader of the House Republican Caucus or his/her appointee) and the leader of the Republican Caucus in the Minnesota State Senate or his/her appointee.

SECTION 2: State Executive Committee.

A. Composition.

The State Executive Committee shall consist of the following:

1. The state chair, deputy chair, and secretary-treasurer;

2. The national committeeman and committeewoman;

3. One district chair from each Congressional District or a Congressional District representative as provided for in the Congressional District constitution or bylaws who shall serve until a successor is elected;

4. The state finance chair.

SECTION 3: State Party Officers.

A. Composition.

The state party officers shall consist of the following:

1. Chair

2. Deputy chair

3. Secretary-treasurer.

B. Elections, Terms and Removals

1. The party officers shall be elected at large by the State Central Committee in accordance with the bylaws or upon the occurrence of a vacancy, as provided in clause 4 below.

2. State party officers shall not serve more than four (4) consecutive full terms in the same office. Unless otherwise provided, each party officer shall serve a two year term in accordance with the procedures established in the bylaws.

3. Any state party officer may be removed by a two-thirds vote of those present at any meeting of the State Central Committee.

4. In the event of a vacancy in the office of state chair, the deputy chair shall carry out the duties of the chair until a new state chair is elected and the State Central Committee shall meet within thirty (30) days thereafter to elect a new state chair. In the event of a vacancy in the office of deputy chair or secretary-treasurer, the state chair may appoint an acting deputy chair or secretary-treasurer subject to ratification by the State Executive Committee within thirty days after the appointment, to carry out the duties of the vacant office until a new officer is elected. The State Central Committee shall elect a new deputy chair or secretary-treasurer at its next regularly scheduled meeting or, if such meeting is scheduled within thirty days after the vacancy occurs, at the second regularly scheduled meeting after the vacancy occurs.

SECTION 4: General Provisions Relating to State Party Administration.

A. Terms of Appointees.

Unless otherwise provided, persons appointed by a state party officer under this constitution shall have terms of office expiring with a death, removal from office or geographical area, resignation or expiration of the term of the appointing officer. Each such person may be removed at the discretion of the appointing officer.

B. No state party officer shall hold his or her office and at the same time receive monetary or in-kind payment from any candidate or its campaign.

C. The state chair and deputy chair shall meet with the Congressional District chairs as a group at least once every three months.

ARTICLE X

Congressional District Party Administration

SECTION 1: Congressional District Committee.

A. Duties and Responsibilities.

The management of the affairs of the party pertaining to each Congressional District shall be vested in the Congressional District committee of such Congressional Districts, subject to the direction of the State Central Committee, the State Executive Committee, and the Congressional District convention, provided that the Congressional District committee shall have no jurisdiction over local affairs within the respective BPOUs in the Congressional District.

B. Composition.

The composition of each Congressional District committee shall be provided in their respective Congressional District constitution and/or bylaws.

C. Officers.

The officers of each Congressional District committee shall be at least one chair, a treasurer and such additional officers as may be determined by each Congressional District constitution and/or bylaws.

D. Election of Officers.

The delegates to each Congressional District convention held in odd numbered years shall elect the officers of the Congressional District committee from any members of the party residing within the district.

SECTION 2: Congressional District Executive Committee.

The Congressional District Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Congressional District committee and such additional members as provided by the respective Congressional District constitution and/or bylaws.

SECTION 3: Removals.

Any officer of a Congressional District committee, or any member of the Congressional District Executive Committee, may be removed by a two-thirds vote of all the members of the Congressional District committee.

SECTION 4: City Committees.

For cities of the first class (and for cities located wholly within Hennepin County having a population of 75,000 or more), it shall be responsibility of the respective Congressional District committee to organize or cause to be organized such cities and wards thereof, located within their district, for city elections. The Congressional District committee may determine the number of delegates and alternates for such a city or ward convention provided that the apportionment is based on the Republican Party vote in the last general election for President or Governor. A Congressional District may establish a city committee for such a city, including the authority to elect officers and to call endorsing conventions for city office, subject to the provisions of the Congressional District constitution and/or bylaws.

ARTICLE XI

Basic Political Organizational Unit Administration

SECTION 1: BPOU Committee.

A. Composition.

The BPOU committee shall consist of the BPOU party officers and such other members as the BPOU constitution, bylaws, or convention may prescribe.

B. Officers.

The officers of each BPOU shall be at least one chair and such additional officers as may be determined by each BPOU constitution and/or bylaws.

C. Election of Officers.

The officers and other members of the BPOU committee shall be elected at each BPOU convention held in odd numbered years.

D. Management and Fundraising.

The management of the affairs of the party within the BPOU shall be as set forth in Article IV, Section 3 and 4. Organizers or other representatives of state or Congressional District authorities shall not solicit membership of funds within any BPOU without 14 days written prior notice to the BPOU chair(s). (See Article IV, Section 2.)

SECTION 2: BPOU Executive Committee.

The BPOU convention may provide for a BPOU executive committee of such size as it deems proper, who shall be members of the BPOU committee.

SECTION 3: Removals.

Any BPOU representative on a Congressional District committee, or officer of a BPOU executive committee may be removed by a two-thirds vote of all the members of the BPOU committee.

SECTION 4: Vacancies in Precinct Offices.

The BPOU chairman or chair with the approval of the BPOU committee may call a special caucus, for one or more precincts, in the manner prescribed by statute for biennial precinct caucuses for the sole purpose of filling vacancies where such exist at the time of notice, or may provide for the appointment of an acting officer until an officer is duly elected.

ARTICLE XII

National Committeeman and Committeewoman

SECTION 1: Selection of National Committeeman and National Committeewoman.

In the year of each presidential election, immediately after the state convention which precedes the Republican National Convention, the State Central Committee shall meet and select a national committeeman and a national committeewoman.

ARTICLE XIII

Constitution and Bylaws, Committee and Amendments

SECTION 1: Constitution and Bylaws Committee.

The State Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall consist of a chair, and two persons from each Congressional District. The chair of this committee shall be appointed by the state party chair. The Congressional District representatives shall be appointed by the Congressional District chair(s), or in the event of a dispute between the chairs regarding the appointment, by the Congressional District Executive Committee.

The State Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall give consideration to and may propose appropriate amendments and/or revisions of the Constitution to the state convention. The state Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall also give consideration to and propose appropriate amendments of the bylaws to the State Central Committee. One third of the committee members shall constitute a quorum.

Any member of the state Constitution and Bylaws Committee shall have the privilege of addressing the state convention or the State Central Committee when any report of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee is being considered.

SECTION 2: Amendments to the Constitution.

This constitution may be amended by a majority vote at any state convention, provided that any proposal for amendment shall be referred to the state Constitution and Bylaws Committee and reported out of said committee by at least a minority report signed by three such committee members before it shall be submitted to the convention.

SECTION 3: Bylaws.

The State Central Committee and State Executive Committee shall operate under such bylaws as are deemed necessary for the transaction of the business of the party. The bylaws shall contain the specific delegation and division of responsibilities and duties among the various departments if the state organization and may specify whatever rules and administrative procedures are deemed necessary by the State Central Committee.

SECTION 4: Amendments to the Bylaws.

The bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote at any State Central Committee meeting after written notice of any proposal for amendment has been submitted with the notice of the meeting. Any proposal for amendment shall be referred to the state Constitution and Bylaws Committee and reported out of said committee by at least a minority report signed by three such committee members before it shall be submitted to the meeting.

ARTICLE XIV

General Provisions

SECTION 1: Other Constitutions and Bylaws.

Any body within the party organization may adopt and amend a constitution and/or bylaws for its own government not inconsistent with this constitution.

SECTION 2: Affiliates.

A. Affiliated Republican Organizations.

The right of special organizations having Republican affiliations to exist and carry on their activities as they see fit, consistent with the object, platforms, and principles of the party shall be recognized. The organization of permanent local clubs and organizations of party members for the purpose of holding meetings and carrying on other activities in furtherance of party and public welfare shall be permitted and encouraged. The activities of all such organizations during the election campaigns shall be coordinated with authorized party activities and subject to the direction of the regularly constituted party activities.

B. Procedures.

Any group applying for affiliate status shall submit a copy of its constitution, bylaws and any other governing documents of the organization to the State Executive Committee. Upon the recommendation of the State Executive Committee, the State Central Committee shall consider whether or not to grant affiliate status. The State Central Committee shall decide whether affiliate status should be revoked. The State Central Committee may consider whether to add or revoke affiliate status only after written notice to State Central Committee members, as well as the affiliate, that the matter will be on the agenda.

SECTION 3: Removals.

Notice of every proposal for removal by any committee or other body of the party shall be included in the notice of the meeting, and the individual concerned shall be served with a detailed statement of the charges against him/her at least ten days prior to such meeting.

SECTION 4: Vacancies.

A. All vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term by the respective bodies or officers having power of election or appointment, except officers or members of the Congressional District or BPOU committees which shall be filled by such committees.

B. A vacancy shall occur upon the death or resignation of an officer or committee member or upon his/her removal from the geographical area from which he/she was elected.

SECTION 5: Financial Data/Congressional District/Basic Political Organizational Unit, and

Legislative District Budgets.

A. The financial officer of any organization recognized under this constitution including but not limited to each Congressional District, each BPOU, and Legislative District organization and affiliate shall prepare biennial budgets for review by the state party secretary-treasurer and likewise shall submit financial data to the state party secretary-treasurer and finance committee as requested.

B. The party secretary-treasurer shall report at least quarterly on the financial status of the state party to members of the State Central Committee.

C. All money received in the name of the Republican Party of Minnesota shall be deposited in its account. All money received shall be reported by the state party secretary-treasurer along with copies of any reports required by state or federal law.

D. No contribution shall be accepted and no expenditure shall be made by a unit of the party at a time when the office of treasurer of the respective unit is vacant.

SECTION 6: Improper Use of Party Funds.

No loan, in any form, may be made to any individual or party officer. In the event that any party officer, at any level of the Republican Party of Minnesota, converts to his/her own use any funds, party officers shall diligently encourage and assist all law enforcement personnel in prosecuting the violator to the full extent of the law.

ARTICLE XV

Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the party in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the constitution and bylaws of the Republican Party of Minnesota, the statutes of the State of Minnesota, or any special rules of order the party may adopt.


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