2012 National Republican Party Rules

2012 National Republican Party Rules - Adopted at Republican National Convention (RNC) 2012

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There were significant, bad rule changes in 2012 meant to take power away from grassroots conservatives and give it to the Republican National Committee and moderates and/or establishment. Don't get me wrong, I am 100% supporting Romney over Obama because Obama MUST go, but that does not make these rule changes ok and we must reverse these bad changes at the next convention.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE REPUBLICAN
NATIONAL COMMITTEE
RULE NO. 1
Organization of the Republican National Committee ............................................................. 1 RULE NO. 2 Method of Election for National Committeeman and National Committeewoman ............................ 1 RULE NO. 3 Term of Office for National Committee Members
.............................................................................. 2
RULE NO. 4 Vacancies of Members and Officers ...................... 2 RULE NO. 5 Officers of the Republican National Committee .... 3 RULE NO. 6 Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee ............................................................. 5 RULE NO. 7 Rules of Order ....................................................... 6 RULE NO. 8 Meetings of the Republican National Committee .. 7 RULE NO. 9 Filling Vacancies in Nominations ......................... 8 RULE NO. 10 Committees of the Republican National Committee .............................................................................. 9 RULE NO. 11 Candidate Support............................................... 14 RULE NO. 12 Amendments ........................................................ 15 ii CONVENING OF THE NEXT NATIONAL
CONVENTION
RULE NO. 13
Call of Next Convention ...................................... 15 RULE NO. 14 Membership in Convention ................................. 15 RULE NO. 15 Participation in the Delegate Selection Process . 18 RULE NO. 16 Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of Delegates and Alternate Delegates ..................... 19 RULE NO. 17 Enforcement of Rules .......................................... 26 RULE NO. 18 Vacancies in a State Delegation .......................... 29 RULE NO. 19 Excess Delegates and Alternate Delegates .......... 29 RULE NO. 20 Certification of Election or Selection of Delegates ............................................................................ 30 RULE NO. 21 Contests: Resolution by States ............................. 30 RULE NO. 22 Temporary Roll of the Republican National Convention .......................................................... 31 RULE NO. 23 Contest Filing ...................................................... 31 RULE NO. 24 Contest Procedure ............................................... 32 RULE NO. 25 Convention Committee on Credentials ................ 34 PROCEEDINGS OF NATIONAL CONVENTION
RULE NO. 26
Order of Business ................................................ 34 RULE NO. 27 Committee Reports .............................................. 35 RULE NO. 28 Admission to Convention Hall ............................. 35 RULE NO. 29 Voting .................................................................. 36 iii RULE NO. 30 Rules of Order ..................................................... 36 RULE NO. 31 Length of Debate ................................................. 36 RULE NO. 32 Suspension of Rules ............................................. 37 RULE NO. 33 Platform Resolutions ........................................... 37 RULE NO. 34 Minority Reports; Amendments ........................... 37 RULE NO. 35 Motion to Table ................................................... 37 RULE NO. 36 Previous Question ............................................... 38 RULE NO. 37 Roll Call .............................................................. 38 RULE NO. 38 Unit Rule ............................................................. 39 RULE NO. 39 Record Vote ......................................................... 39 RULE NO. 40 Nominations ........................................................ 39 RULE NO. 41 Convention Committees ....................................... 40 RULE NO. 42 Temporary Rules ................................................. 42 iv PREAMBLE BE IT RESOLVED, That the Republican Party is the party of the open door. Ours is the party of liberty, the party of equality, of opportunity for all, and favoritism for none.
It is the intent and purpose of these rules to encourage and allow the broadest possible participation of all voters in Republican Party activities at all levels and to assure that the Republican Party is open and accessible to all Americans.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the following be and hereby are adopted as
The Rules of the Republican Party, composed of the rules for the election and government of the Republican National Committee until the next national convention, the rules under which delegates and alternate delegates shall be allotted to the respective states in the next national convention, and the rules under which such delegates and alternate delegates shall be elected and under which contests shall be considered, and the rules of business of this national convention. 1 of 42 THE REPUBLICAN
NATIONAL COMMITTEE
RULE NO. 1 Organization of the Republican National Committee (a) The Republican National Committee shall have the general management of the Republican Party, based upon the rules adopted by the Republican National Convention. The members of the Republican National Committee shall consist of one (1) national committeeman and one (1) national committeewoman from and the chairman of the state Republican Party of, each state.
(b) For the purposes of this rule and all other rules, "state" or "states" shall be taken to include American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, except in Rule No. 14, and unless the context in which the word "state" or "states" is used clearly makes such inclusion inappropriate.
RULE NO. 2
Method of Election for National Committeeman and National Committeewoman (a) Where the rules adopted by a state Republican Party provide a method of election of the national committeeman and the national committeewoman, they shall be elected pursuant to such method.
(b) Where the rules adopted by a state Republican Party do not provide a method of election of the national committeeman and the national committeewoman, and where state laws do provide such a method of election, they shall be elected pursuant to such method provided by state laws.
(c) Where neither the rules adopted by a state Republican Party nor state laws provide a method of election of the national committeeman and the national committeewoman, the national convention delegation from such state shall elect them.
(d) At each national convention, the chairman of the delegation from each state shall submit the names of the elected national committee members to the secretary of the convention and their election shall be ratified by the national convention if
2 of 42 otherwise in accordance with these rules.
RULE NO. 3
Term of Office for National Committee Members (a) National committeemen and national committeewomen shall serve from the adjournment of the national convention until the adjournment of the following national convention, and until their successors shall have been elected and ratified. For seniority purposes, newly elected committee persons shall be ratified in order of the date of their individual election.
(b) The duly elected and acting chairman of each state Republican Party shall be a member of the Republican National Committee during his or her term in office.
RULE NO. 4
Vacancies of Members and Officers (a) Election of members to fill vacancies in the Republican National Committee shall be ratified by the Republican National Committee after their election by the state Republican Party in and for the state in which the vacancy occurs.
(b) The Republican National Committee shall have the power to declare vacant the seat of any member who refuses to support the Republican nominee for President of the United States or Vice President of the United States.
(c) In the event of the death, resignation, disqualification, or disability of any officer of the Republican National Committee or member of a committee of the Republican National Committee, such vacancy shall be filled by the same body and in the same manner as provided herein for the election of such officer or officers or committee members in the first instance. In the case of a vacancy in the office of either secretary or treasurer of the Republican National Committee, the chairman shall appoint an acting secretary or acting treasurer from among the members or officers of the Republican National Committee who shall serve until the next meeting of the Republican National Committee, when an election to fill such vacancy shall occur. In the event of the death, resignation, disqualification or disability of the chairman, the co-chairman shall serve as temporary chairman until the members of the Republican
3 of 42 National Committee fill the vacancy in accordance with the provisions of this section. All appointees of the chairman of the Republican National Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the chairman until removed by the chairman, until replaced by another appointee, until the position is eliminated, or until the position is vacated by the appointee. Unless otherwise specified by these rules, appointments are not affected by the subsequent vacancy of the chairmanship by the appointing chairman.
(d) In the event of the death, resignation, disqualification, or disability of any member of the Republican National Committee, the vacancy shall be filled according to adopted state Republican Party rules. If no rule exists, vacancies shall be filled by majority vote of the Republican state committee.
RULE NO. 5
Officers of the Republican National Committee (a) The officers of the Republican National Committee shall consist of:
(1) A chairman and a co-chairman of the opposite sex who shall be elected by the members of the Republican National Committee. The chairman or co-chairman need not be a member of the Republican National Committee. Except as otherwise ordered by a majority of the members of the Republican National Committee present and voting on the matter, the chairman and the co-chairman shall be full-time, paid employees of the Republican National Committee. The chairman shall be the chief executive officer of the Republican National Committee. The chairman or co-chairman may be removed from office only by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire Republican National Committee.
(2) Eight (8) vice chairmen who shall be elected at regional caucuses by the Republican National Committee members of the four (4) regions and shall be residents of and Republican National Committee members from their respective regions. The election shall take place in January of each odd-numbered year. The election of vice chairmen shall not require confirmation by the Republican National Committee. The eight (8) vice chairmen shall be comprised of one (1) man and one (1) woman from each of the following four regions:
4 of 42 (i) The Western States Association: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona,
California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming;
(ii) The Midwestern States Association: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin;
(iii) The Northeastern States Association: Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the Virgin Islands; and
(iv) The Southern States Association: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
(3) A secretary, a treasurer, and such other officers as the Republican National Committee shall deem necessary, all to be elected by the Republican National Committee. The secretary and treasurer shall be members or officers of the Republican National Committee when elected. A secretary, treasurer and other such officers elected by the Republican National Committee may be removed from office only by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire Republican National Committee. The secretary shall keep an accurate record of the proceedings of the meetings of the Republican National Committee, the Executive Committee, and all other committees of the Republican National Committee. The secretary may appoint assistant secretaries, who shall be members of the Republican National Committee, to assist the secretary in keeping the minutes of meetings and committees other than the Republican National Committee and the Executive Committee. The treasurer shall receive and safely keep all funds of the Republican National Committee, and any committee or other entity under its control, shall make approved disbursements, and shall maintain an accurate accounting of all financial transactions.
(b) The chairman, co-chairman, and all other officers shall be elected in January of each odd-numbered year. All officers, except the vice chairmen,
5 of 42 shall be nominated from the floor and shall have at least the majority vote of the Republican National Committee members in each of three (3) states in order to have their names placed in nomination. There shall be no nominating committee.
(c) The chairman shall appoint a general counsel for the Republican National Committee, who also will serve as counsel to committees and subcommittees of the Republican National Committee, and a chairman of the Republican Finance Committee, both of whom shall be confirmed by the Republican National Committee and shall serve at the will of the chairman. Neither the general counsel nor the chairman of the Republican Finance Committee need be a member of the Republican National Committee.
RULE NO. 6
Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee (a) There shall be an Executive Committee of the Republican National Committee to consist of twenty-nine (29) officers and members of the Republican National Committee: the chairman, the co-chairman, the vice chairmen, the secretary, the treasurer, the general counsel, the chairman of the Republican Finance Committee, the chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules, the chairman of the Standing Budget Committee, the chairman of the Standing Committee on Resolutions, the chairman of the Republican State Chairmen’s Advisory Committee, three (3) members to be appointed by the chairman, and eight (8) additional members to consist of one (1) man and one (1) woman elected by and from each of the four (4) regional caucuses in January of each odd-numbered year.
(b) The Executive Committee may exercise all of the executive and administrative functions required of the Republican National Committee between meetings of the Republican National Committee, with the exception of the following:
(1) election of officers of the Republican National Committee;
(2) ratification of the election of members of the Republican National Committee;
(3) issuance of the call and designation of the time and place for holding the
6 of 42 national convention; and
(4) filling a vacancy in the office of Republican candidate for President of the United States, or Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States.
(c) The Executive Committee shall meet on the call of the chairman and such meetings shall be held at least twice in each year. In addition, upon written petition of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the members of the Executive Committee, the chairman, within ten (10) days of receipt of said petition, shall call a meeting of the Executive Committee to be held in a city to be designated by the chairman. The date of such meeting shall fall between ten (10) and twenty (20) days from the date of the call. The draft minutes of each Executive Committee meeting shall be made available within thirty (30) days after the close of the meeting to all members of the Republican National Committee.
(d) The Executive Committee may meet and act by telephone conference upon twenty-four (24) hours notice.
RULE NO. 7
Rules of Order (a) The current authorized edition of Robert's Rules of Order: Newly Revised ("Robert’s Rules of Order") shall govern in all meetings of the Republican National Committee and its committees insofar as they are applicable and not inconsistent with these rules. All General Session meetings of the Republican National Committee shall have a registered parliamentarian available to render opinions regarding the application of The Rules of the Republican Party and Robert’s Rules of Order. (b) All meetings of the Republican National Committee and all of its committees shall be open meetings, except as provided for by
Robert's Rules of Order. (c) A member of the Republican National Committee may give a written and witnessed proxy to an eligible and declared Republican voter of the same state, which shall be effective for one (1) meeting and may include all committees of the Republican National Committee and other meetings held in conjunction with the Republican National Committee
7 of 42 meeting that the proxy grantor is eligible to attend. A member of a committee of the Republican National Committee may give a written and witnessed proxy to an eligible and declared Republican voter of the same state or to a member of the member’s state delegation to the Republican National Committee. Proxies to attend Republican National Committee meetings shall be filed with the secretary of the Republican National Committee. Proxies to attend a committee of the Republican National Committee shall be filed with the chairman of the respective committee. For any committee of the Republican National Committee where members are elected by region, those committee members who have been elected by their region may give a written and witnessed proxy to a member of the member’s regional caucus within the Republican National Committee, with the approval of that caucus’ regional vice chairmen; those members who have been appointed by the chairman may give a written and witnessed proxy to a member of the Republican National Committee, with the approval of the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
(d) No votes (except elections to office when properly ordered pursuant to the provisions of
Robert's Rules of Order) shall be taken by secret ballot in any open meeting of the Republican National Committee or of any committee thereof. (e) A prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance shall be conducted at the beginning of all meetings of the committees listed in these rules, including meetings of all subcommittees, immediately following the call to order by the chairman.
(f) For the purposes of these rules, unless otherwise specified, "mail" shall be defined as mail by the United States Postal Service, electronic mail, or private mail delivery service.
RULE NO. 8
Meetings of the Republican National Committee (a) The Republican National Committee shall meet at least three (3) times in each year. A tentative agenda for each meeting shall be mailed to the membership at least ten (10) days prior to such meeting. The minutes, including all resolutions and motions, shall be mailed to all members of the Republican National Committee within thirty (30) days after the close of the meeting. 8 of 42 (b) The first meeting of the Republican National Committee shall take place within five (5) days after the adjournment of the national convention. Such meeting and all other meetings of the Republican National Committee shall take place upon the call of the chairman or, in case of a vacancy in the chairmanship, upon the call of the co-chairman or, in case of a vacancy in the chairmanship and the co-chairmanship, upon the call of the vice chairman senior in time of service as a member of the Republican National Committee; provided, however, that such call shall be issued at least ten (10) days in advance of the date of the proposed meeting, except that if one of the purposes of a meeting of the Republican National Committee is to fill a vacancy in the office of Republican candidate for President of the United States or Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States then only five (5) days notice of the purpose, date, and place of said meeting shall be required. Upon written petition of sixteen (16) or more members of the Republican National Committee, representing no fewer than sixteen (16) states, filed jointly or severally with the chairman, requesting a meeting of the Republican National Committee, it shall be the duty of the chairman, within ten (10) days from receipt of said petition, to issue a call for a meeting of the Republican National Committee, to be held in a city to be designated by the chairman, the date of such called meeting to be not later than twenty (20) days or earlier than ten (10) days from the date of the call.
RULE NO. 9
Filling Vacancies in Nominations (a) The Republican National Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, as nominated by the national convention, or the Republican National Committee may reconvene the national convention for the purpose of filling any such vacancies.
(b) In voting under this rule, the Republican National Committee members representing any state shall be entitled to cast the same number of votes as said state was entitled to cast at the national convention.
9 of 42 (c) In the event that the members of the Republican National Committee from any state shall not be in agreement in the casting of votes hereunder, the votes of such state shall be divided equally, including fractional votes, among the members of the Republican National Committee present or voting by proxy.
(d) No candidate shall be chosen to fill any such vacancy except upon receiving a majority of the votes entitled to be cast in the election.
RULE NO. 10
Committees of the Republican National Committee (a) There shall be the following committees:
(1) There shall be a Standing Committee on Rules of the Republican National Committee, composed of one (1) member of the Republican National Committee from each state, to review and propose recommendations with respect to
The Rules of the Republican Party. The members of the Republican National Committee from each state shall caucus, and by majority vote, choose from their number a member to serve on this committee. The chairman of the Standing Committee on Rules, and such other officers as the Standing Committee on Rules shall deem necessary, shall be elected by the committee from among its members. The Standing Committee on Rules shall first consider all rule amendments submitted by any member of the committee at least fourteen (14) days before any regularly called meeting of the Republican National Committee or at least three (3) days before a specially called meeting to be considered by the Standing Committee on Rules. (2) There shall be a Standing Committee on Resolutions, which shall be composed of two (2) members of the Republican National Committee from each of the four (4) regions described in Rule No. 5(a)(2), elected by the members of the Republican National Committee from each such region, and a chairman appointed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee from among the members of the Republican National Committee.
(i) The Standing Committee on Resolutions shall consider all resolutions submitted by any member for adoption by the Republican National Committee at least ten (10)
10 of 42 days before any regularly called meeting of the Republican National Committee or at least three (3) days before a specially called meeting. To be considered timely submitted, a resolution must be received by the chairman of the Standing Committee on Resolutions by the submission deadline, followed by the original signed resolution within three (3) business days. All co-sponsorship forms shall be due before the beginning of the meeting. This committee shall report to the Republican National Committee all adopted resolutions, with amendments where applicable, for its consideration. Resolutions that are not adopted by this committee shall be reported for informational purposes only to the Republican National Committee.
(ii) The Standing Committee on Resolutions shall report out, without amendment and for consideration by the Republican National Committee, any resolution submitted in writing and supported by at least one (1) member of the Republican National Committee from each of ten (10) states, which is dated and submitted to the chairman of the Standing Committee on Resolutions at least ten (10) days before any regularly called meeting of the Republican National Committee or at least three (3) days before a specially called meeting. In the event of a memorial resolution submitted in response to the passing of the person so remembered, the ten (10) day requirement may be waived by the Standing Committee on Resolutions.
(3) The Republican National Committee shall create a Standing Budget Committee and any subcommittees thereof that it deems desirable to which it may delegate the responsibility of developing a budget and reviewing income and expenditures of the Republican National Committee. The Standing Budget Committee shall be composed of eleven (11) members of the Republican National Committee, three (3) of whom shall be appointed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee, and each of the four (4) regions shall elect two (2) members, one (1) man and one (1) woman, at its regional caucus held in January of each odd-numbered year (as provided in Rule No. 5(a)(2)) and the following shall serve as
ex officio members of the Standing Budget Committee: the chairman, co-chairman, and treasurer of the Republican National Committee, and the chairman of the Republican Finance Committee. The chairman of the Republican National Committee shall make every effort in such 11 of 42 appointments to ensure that an equal number of men and women serve on the Standing Budget Committee. The chairman of the Republican National Committee shall appoint the chairman of the Standing Budget Committee from among the members thereof. The annual budget shall be approved at the first meeting of the Republican National Committee held in each year. The proposed budget, in reasonable detail, shall be mailed to all members of the Republican National Committee at least ten (10) days prior to such meeting.
(4) There shall be a Standing Committee on the Site Selection of the Republican National Convention, which shall be composed of two (2) members of the Republican National Committee from each of the four (4) regions described in Rule No. 5(a)(2), elected by the members of the Republican National Committee from each such region, and a chairman appointed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee from among the members or officers of the Republican National Committee. This committee shall be responsible for investigating potential sites for the next national convention and for recommending a site to the Republican National Committee for selection. This committee shall be selected no later than two (2) years following the presidential election. Each of the four (4) regions shall elect an alternate who is a member of the Republican National Committee from such region, who shall act, in the event an elected member from the region shall be unable to act by reason of death, resignation, or disability.
(5) There shall be a Standing Committee on Arrangements to plan for and manage the next national convention.
(i) After the Winter Meeting of the Republican National Committee in the year before a Presidential election, the chairman shall appoint the members of the Standing Committee on Arrangements which shall consist of at least one (1) member of the Republican National Committee from each state. The chairman shall also appoint from among the committee’s members a chairman and co-chairman of the committee and such other officers as the chairman desires. The secretary and treasurer of the Republican National Committee shall be the secretary and treasurer of the committee. The chairman, co-chairman, secretary and treasurer of the Republican National Committee, the chairmen of the Standing Committee on Rules and Standing
12 of 42 Committee on Contests, and the chairmen of each of the convention committees shall be ex officio members of the committee. (ii) There shall be an Executive Committee of the committee which shall consist of the chairman, co-chairman, secretary, treasurer and subcommittee chairmen of the committee and which may exercise all the powers of the committee between its meetings. The chairmen of the Convention committees and the chairman and co-chairman of the Republican National Committee shall serve as
ex officio members of the Executive Committee of the committee. (6) There shall be a Standing Committee on the Call, composed of a chairman and at least seven (7) members of the Republican National Committee who shall be appointed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee. This committee shall assist the Republican National Committee in connection with the issuance of the call for the next national convention pursuant to Rule No. 13. This committee shall be appointed after the selection of the Standing Committee on Rules and the Standing Committee on Arrangements.
(7) There shall be a Standing Committee on Contests, which shall be composed of two (2) members of the Republican National Committee from each of the four (4) regions described in Rule No. 5(a)(2), elected by members of the Republican National Committee from each such region, and a chairman appointed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee from among the members or officers of the Republican National Committee. This committee shall perform the duties relating to the resolution of contests prescribed in Rule No. 24. This committee shall be elected after the selection of the Standing Committee on Rules and Standing Committee on Arrangements.
(8) There shall be a State Chairmen’s Advisory Committee, composed of the state chairman of each of the states, the chairman of which shall be appointed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee from among its members. The committee shall provide a forum for discussion among state chairmen of matters of concern to them, but the committee shall take no formal action. The committee shall meet at each meeting of the Republican National Committee and at the State
13 of 42 Chairmen’s meeting. The chairman of the State Chairmen’s Advisory Committee shall assist the chairman of the Republican National Committee with the arrangements for the State Chairmen’s meeting to be held each spring.
(9) The Republican National Committee shall create a Republican Finance Committee, and any subcommittees thereof that it deems desirable, to which it may delegate the responsibility of developing and implementing a broad-based fundraising plan. The chairman of the Republican Finance Committee shall be appointed pursuant to the provisions of Rule No. 5(c).
(b) The draft minutes of these committees shall be made available as promptly as practicable, with the final minutes available upon approval of each respective committee, to all members of the Republican National Committee. Any of these committees may meet and act by telephone conference upon twenty-four (24) hours notice.
(c) The chairman of the Republican National Committee, with the approval of the Republican National Committee, may appoint such other committees and assistants as he or she may deem necessary. Whenever such committees are appointed, they shall consist of a chairman and an equal number of men and women.
(d) Whenever a committee is appointed pursuant to Rule No. 10(c), the committee shall consist of a chairman, who shall be a member of the Republican National Committee, and of other appointees, at least half of whom shall be members of the Republican National Committee.
(e) All committees appointed pursuant to any of these rules, except convention committees, may meet by telephone conference call with twenty-four (24) hours notice from the chairman of the Republican National Committee or the committee’s chairman.
(f) All committees appointed pursuant to any of these rules, whether separately incorporated and whether a separate reporting entity, shall be under the supervision, direction, and control of the Republican National Committee, and its officers and staff, and shall be subject to and comply with the rules, policies and procedures of the Republican National Committee, including its budgetary review and
14 of 42 approval process, financial controls, legal compliance and review process, and employee policies and manual.
(g) There shall be a temporary Commission on Convention Planning to review the financing, security, calendar, program and site selection of future quadrennial Republican national conventions. The chairman of the Republican National Committee shall appoint all members of the Commission on Convention Planning, not to exceed twenty (20) members, to include the chairman and general counsel of the Republican National Committee who shall serve as
ex officio members. The chairman of the Republican National Committee shall convene the Commission on Convention Planning as soon as practicable, but no later than January 31, 2013. This commission shall make any recommendations it deems appropriate and report such recommendations to the Republican National Committee at a Republican National Committee meeting held in conjunction with the 2014 State Chairmen’s Meeting to be held in the spring of 2014. The Commission on Convention Planning shall disband following the transmittal of its report. Necessary and proper resources of the Republican National Committee shall be made available to fund the efforts of this commission. RULE NO. 11
Candidate Support (a) The Republican National Committee shall not, without the prior written and filed approval of all members of the Republican National Committee from the state involved, contribute money or in-kind aid to any candidate for any public or party office of that state except the nominee of the Republican Party or a candidate who is unopposed in the Republican primary after the filing deadline for that office. In those states where state law establishes a non-partisan primary in which Republican candidates could participate, but in which the general election may not include a Republican candidate, the candidate endorsed by a convention held under the authority of the state Republican Party shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the Republican nominee.
(b) No state Republican Party rule or state law shall be observed that allows persons who have participated or are participating in the selection of any nominee of a party other than the Republican Party,
15 of 42 including, but not limited to, through the use of a multi-party primary or similar type ballot, to participate in the selection of a nominee of the Republican Party for that general election. No person nominated in violation of this rule shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the nominee of the Republican Party from that state.
RULE NO. 12
Amendments The Republican National Committee may, by three-fourths (3/4) vote of its entire membership, amend Rule Nos. 1-11 and 13-25. Any such amendment shall be considered by the Republican National Committee only if it was passed by a majority vote of the Standing Committee on Rules after having been submitted in writing at least ten (10) days in advance of its consideration by the Republican National Committee and shall take effect thirty (30) days after adoption. No such amendment shall be adopted after September 30, 2014. CONVENING OF THE NEXT NATIONAL
CONVENTION
RULE NO. 13 Call of Next Convention The Republican National Committee shall issue the call for the next national convention to nominate candidates for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States prior to December 1 of the year prior to that in which the national convention is to be held. The Republican National Committee shall issue and promulgate the call in a manner consistent with these rules. The call shall include the text of the rules relating to the convening and the proceedings of the national convention, in addition to the official delegate count for each state, including any penalties assessed under Rule No. 17(a), and will note which states’ delegations will be allocated in direct proportion in accordance with Rule No. 17(b).
RULE NO. 14
Membership in Convention Subject to the provisions of Rule No. 17, the membership of the next national convention shall consist of: 16 of 42 (a) Delegates.
(1) Ten (10) delegates at large from each of the fifty (50) states.
(2) The national committeeman, the national committeewoman and the chairman of the state Republican Party of each state and American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
(3) Three (3) district delegates for each Representative in the United States House of Representatives from each state.
(4) Six (6) delegates at large from American Samoa, sixteen (16) delegates at large from the District of Columbia, six (6) delegates at large from Guam, six (6) delegates at large from the Northern Mariana Islands, twenty (20) delegates at large from Puerto Rico, and six (6) delegates at large from the Virgin Islands; provided, however, that if Puerto Rico shall become a state prior to the next national convention, the number of delegates from Puerto Rico shall be calculated in accordance with the same formula used for the other states.
(5) From each state having cast its electoral votes, or a majority thereof, for the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the last preceding election: four and one-half (4 1/2) delegates at large plus a number of the delegates at large equal to sixty percent (60%) of the number of electoral votes of that state; provided, however, that if Puerto Rico shall become a state prior to the next national convention, it shall be presumed that it would have cast its electoral votes, or a majority thereof, for the Republican nominee in the last preceding election. (In the computation of the number of delegates at large, any sum of the four and one-half (4 1/2) plus the sixty percent (60%) representing a fraction shall be increased to the next whole number.)
(6) In addition, one (1) delegate at large shall be awarded to a state for any and each of the following public officials elected by such state in the year of the last preceding presidential election or at any subsequent election held prior to January 1 of the year in which the next national convention is held:
17 of 42 (i) A Republican governor, provided that no such additional delegate at large awarded to any state shall exceed one (1);
(ii) Membership in the Republican Party of at least one-half (1/2) of the representatives representing a state in the United States House of Representatives; provided that no such additional delegate at large awarded to any state shall exceed one (1);
(iii) Membership in the Republican Party of a majority of the members of any chamber of a state legislature, if such chamber has been organized, and is presided over (if the presiding officer is elected by the chamber), by Republicans; provided that no such additional delegate at large awarded to any state shall exceed one (1);
(iv) Membership in the Republican Party of a majority of all chambers of a state legislature, if all such chambers are presided over (if the presiding officer is elected by the chamber), by a Republican; provided that no such additional delegate at large awarded to any state shall exceed one (1);
(7) In addition, one (1) delegate at large shall be awarded to a state for any and each Republican United States Senator elected by such state in the six (6) year period prior to January 1 of the year in which the next national convention is held; provided that no such additional delegate at large awarded to any state shall exceed two (2);
(8) In addition, if the District of Columbia shall have cast its electoral votes, or a majority thereof, for the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the last preceding presidential election: four and one-half (4 1/2) delegates at large plus the number of delegates at large equal to thirty percent (30%) of the sixteen (16) delegates at large allotted to the District of Columbia. In the computation of the number of delegates at large, any sum of the four and one-half (4 1/2) plus the thirty percent (30%) representing a fraction shall be increased to the next whole number.
(b) Alternate Delegates.
One (1) alternate delegate for each delegate to the national convention, except that no alternates
18 of 42 shall be selected for Republican National Committee members.
(c) Any state Republican Party may set the date for any primary, caucus, convention, or meeting for the purpose of voting for a presidential candidate and/or electing, selecting, allocating, or binding delegates to the national convention subject to the scheduling provisions in Rule No. 16. To the extent a state Republican Party’s rules are in conflict with its state’s laws with respect to this rule, the provisions of this rule and the state Republican Party’s rules shall control. To the extent the provisions of the rule are inconsistent with the provisions of Rule No. 16, the provisions of this rule shall be controlling for all purposes.
RULE NO. 15
Participation in the Delegate Selection Process (a) The states, in cooperation with the Republican National Committee, shall prepare instructive material on delegate election, selection, allocation, or binding methods and make it available for distribution.
(b) Participation in a Republican primary, caucus, or any meeting or convention held for the purpose of electing, selecting, allocating, or binding delegates and alternate delegates to a county, district, state, or national convention shall in no way be abridged for reasons of sex, race, religion, color, age, or national origin. The Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party or governing committee of each state shall take positive action to achieve the broadest possible participation by men and women, young people, minority and heritage groups, senior citizens, and all other citizens in the delegate election, selection, allocation, or binding process.
(c) Unless otherwise provided by the laws of the state in which the election occurs, in those states where delegates and alternate delegates are elected through the convention system or a combination of convention and primary systems, the precinct, ward, township, or county meetings shall be open meetings and all citizens who are qualified shall be urged to participate.
(d) Each state shall endeavor to have equal representation of men and women in its delegation to
19 of 42 the Republican National Convention.
(e) The provisions of these rules are not intended to be the basis of any kind of quota system.
RULE NO. 16
Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of Delegates and Alternate Delegates (a) Binding and Allocation.
(1) Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice among candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in a primary, caucuses, or a state convention must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the national convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner, except for delegates and alternate delegates who appear on a ballot in a statewide election and are elected directly by primary voters.
(2) For any manner of binding or allocating delegates under these rules, if a delegate (i) casts a vote for a presidential candidate at the national convention inconsistent with the delegate’s obligation under state law or state party rule, (ii) nominates or demonstrates support under Rule No. 40 for a presidential candidate other than the one to whom the delegate is bound or allocated under state law or state party rule, or (iii) fails in some other way to carry out the delegate’s affirmative duty under state law or state party rule to cast a vote at the national convention for a particular presidential candidate, the delegate shall be deemed to have concurrently resigned as a delegate and the delegate’s improper vote or nomination shall be null and void. Thereafter the secretary of the convention shall record the delegate’s vote or nomination in accordance with the delegate’s obligation under state law or state party rule. This subsection does not apply to delegates who are bound to a candidate who has withdrawn his or her candidacy, suspended or terminated his or her campaign, or publicly released his or her delegates.
(b) Order of Precedence.
Delegates at large and their alternate delegates and delegates from Congressional districts and their alternate delegates to the national convention shall be elected, selected, allocated, or bound in the following manner:
20 of 42 (1) In accordance with any applicable Republican Party rules of a state, insofar as the same are not inconsistent with these rules; or
(2) To the extent not provided for in the applicable Republican Party rules of a state, in accordance with any applicable laws of a state, insofar as the same are not inconsistent with these rules; or
(3) By a combination of the methods set forth in paragraphs (b)(1) or (b)(2) of this rule; or
(4) To the extent not provided by state law or party rules, as set forth in paragraph (e) of this rule.
(c) Timing and Allocation.
(1) No primary, caucus, convention, or other process to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention shall occur prior to March 1 or after the second Saturday in June in the year in which a national convention is held. Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada may conduct their processes no earlier than one month before the next earliest state in the year in which a national convention is held and shall not be subject to the provisions of paragraph (c)(2) of this rule.
(2) Any presidential primary, caucus, convention, or other process to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to the national convention that occurs prior to April 1 in the year in which the national convention is held may provide for the allocation of delegates on a proportional basis.
(d) General.
In all elections or selections of delegates or alternate delegates to the national convention, the following rules shall apply:
(1) Delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention may be elected, selected, allocated, or bound only in one of the following manners:
21 of 42 (i) by primary election;
(ii) by the Republican state committee, where specifically provided by state law;
(iii) by state and Congressional district conventions;
(iv) by any method consistent with these rules by which delegates and alternate delegates were elected, selected, allocated, or bound to the most recent Republican National Convention from that state;
(v) by Rule No. 14 (a)(2) of these rules.
(2) Only persons eligible to vote who are deemed as a matter of public record to be Republicans pursuant to state law or, if voters are not enrolled by party, by Republican Party rules of a state, shall participate in any primary election held for the purpose of electing delegates or alternate delegates to the national convention or in any Republican caucus, mass meeting, or mass convention held for the purpose of selecting delegates to the county, district, or state conventions, and only such legal and qualified voters shall be elected as delegates to county, district, and state conventions; provided, however, that in addition to the qualifications provided herein, the applicable Republican Party rules of a state may prescribe additional qualifications not inconsistent with law, which additional qualifications shall be adopted before October 1 in the year before the year in which the national convention is to be held and published in at least one (1) newspaper having a general circulation throughout the state, such publication to be at least ninety (90) days before such qualifications become effective.
(3) No state law shall be observed that permits any person to participate in a primary delegate and alternate delegate selection process that also permits that person at the same primary to participate in the choosing of nominees of any other party for other elective office. Delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention shall in that event be selected pursuant to state Republican Party rules that are not inconsistent with
The Rules of the Republican Party; provided, however, that the selection process established by the state Republican Party rules shall provide that only persons eligible to 22 of 42 vote who are deemed to be Republicans pursuant to state law or state Republican Party rules shall participate in such delegate election or selection process.
(4) In any jurisdiction in which Republican representation upon the board of judges or inspectors of elections for primary elections is denied by law, delegates and alternate delegates shall be elected as provided in paragraph (b) of this rule.
(5) In electing or selecting delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention, no state law shall be observed which hinders, abridges, or denies to any citizen of the United States, eligible under the Constitution of the United States to hold the office of President of the United States or Vice President of the United States, the right or privilege of being a candidate under such state law for the nomination for President of the United States or Vice President of the United States or which authorizes the election or selection of a number of delegates or alternate delegates from any state to the national convention different from that fixed in these rules.
(6) Alternate delegates shall be elected to the national convention for each unit of representation equal in number to the number of delegates elected therein and shall be chosen in the same manner and at the same time as the delegates and under the same rules; provided, however, that if the law of any state shall prescribe another method of choosing alternate delegates, they may be chosen in accordance with the provisions of the law of the state in which the election occurs, except that no alternates shall be selected for Republican National Committee members.
(7) Any process authorized or implemented by a state Republican Party for selecting delegates and alternate delegates or for binding the presidential preference of such delegates shall use every means practicable to guarantee the right of active duty military personnel and individuals unable to attend meetings due to injuries suffered in military service the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in that process. This rule is not intended to and shall not prevent a state from using a caucus or convention process that may or may not elect presidential delegates or alternates.
23 of 42 (8) Delegates and alternate delegates at large to the national convention when serving as delegates and alternate delegates shall be residents of and duly qualified voters in their respective states. All delegates and alternate delegates allocated as delegates and alternate delegates at large shall be elected at large in the several states; provided, however, that such allocation and method of election may be varied in any state to the extent, and only to the extent, necessary to avoid conflict with state law applicable to the selection of national convention delegates if such varying allocation and method of election were those pursuant to which delegates at large and alternate delegates at large were elected to the 1988 Republican National Convention from that state.
(9) Delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention representing Congressional districts shall be residents of and qualified voters in said districts respectively when elected and when serving as delegates and alternate delegates. There shall be three (3) delegates and three (3) alternate delegates allocated to represent each Congressional district of the several states, who shall be elected by each such Congressional district; provided, however, that such number of delegates and alternate delegates allocated to represent, and elected by, any Congressional district of a state may be reduced or increased to the extent, and only to the extent, necessary to avoid conflict with state law applicable to the selection of national convention delegates if such varying allocation was that pursuant to which district delegates and alternate district delegates were elected to the 1988 Republican National Convention from the state.
(10) No delegate or alternate delegate, or candidate for delegate or alternate delegate, to the national convention shall be required to pay an assessment or fee in excess of that provided by the law of the state in which his or her election or selection occurs as a condition of standing for election or serving as a delegate or alternate delegate to the national convention.
(11) There shall be no automatic delegates to the national convention who serve by virtue of party position or elective office, except as provided for in Rule No. 14(a)(2).
24 of 42 (12) No delegates or alternate delegates shall be elected, selected, allocated, or bound pursuant to any Republican Party rule of a state or state law which materially changes the manner of electing, selecting, allocating, or binding delegates or alternate delegates or the date upon which such state Republican Party holds a presidential primary, caucus, convention, or meeting for the purpose of voting for a presidential candidate and/or electing, selecting, allocating, or binding delegates to the national convention if such changes were adopted or made effective after October 1 of the year before the year in which the national convention is to be held. Where it is not possible for a state Republican Party to certify the manner and the date upon which it holds a presidential primary, caucus, convention, or meeting for the purpose of voting for a presidential candidate and/or electing, selecting, allocating, or binding delegates to the national convention in effect in that state on the date and in the manner provided in paragraph (f) of this rule, the process for holding the presidential primary, caucus, convention, or meeting for the purpose of voting for a presidential candidate and/or electing, selecting, allocating, or binding delegates to the national convention shall be conducted in the same manner and held upon the same date as was used for the immediately preceding national convention. If it is not possible to hold a presidential primary, caucus, convention, or meeting for the purpose of voting for a presidential candidate and/or electing, selecting, allocating, or binding delegates to the national convention upon the same date as was used for the immediately preceding national convention, then delegates or alternate delegates shall be elected or selected by Congressional district or state conventions pursuant to paragraph (e) of this rule.
(e) Conventions.
Wherever state law permits or the Republican Party rules of a state require the election of delegates and alternate delegates by convention or there is no applicable state law or Republican Party rule, delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention shall be elected by Congressional district or state conventions pursuant to the following rules:
(1) Congressional district or state conventions shall be called by the Republican state committee.
25 of 42 (2) Delegates to Congressional district conventions may be elected in precinct caucuses, mass meetings, mass conventions, or county conventions in which only eligible voters in such precinct, county, or district, as the case may be, shall vote.
(3) Notices of the call for any such caucus, meeting, or convention shall be published in a newspaper or newspapers of general circulation in the county, district, or state, as the case may be, not less than fifteen (l5) days prior to the date of such caucus, meeting, or convention.
(4) No delegates shall be deemed eligible to participate in any Congressional district or state convention the purpose of which is to elect or select delegates to the national convention who are elected or selected prior to the date of the issuance of the call of such national convention.
(5) Congressional district conventions shall be composed of delegates who are persons eligible to vote and who are deemed to be Republicans pursuant to state law or party rules. State conventions shall be composed of delegates who are persons eligible to vote and who are deemed to be Republicans pursuant to state law or party rules in the respective districts that they represent in said state conventions. Such delegates shall be apportioned by the state Republican Party among counties, parishes, and cities of the state or district having regard to the Republican vote or the population therein.
(6) There shall be no proxies at any district or state convention (which shall not include meetings of a Republican state committee) held for the purpose of electing or selecting delegates to the national convention. If alternate delegates to such selection convention are elected or selected, the alternate delegate and no other shall vote in the absence of the delegate.
(f) Certification and filing by the state committees.
(1) On or before October 1 of the year before the year in which the national convention is to be held, each Republican state committee shall adopt rules, procedures, policies, and instructive materials (prepared pursuant to Rule No. 15(a)) governing the election, selection, allocation, or
26 of 42 binding of delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention to convene during the following year and shall certify and file with the secretary of the Republican National Committee true copies of the same and of all statutes governing the election, selection, allocation, or binding of such delegates and alternate delegates.
(2) The Republican National Committee may grant a waiver to a state Republican Party from certain provisions of this rule where it is not possible for a state Republican Party to comply with the October 1 deadline delineated in paragraph (f)(1) of this rule and not possible for a state Republican Party to hold its presidential primary, caucus, convention, or meeting for the purpose of voting for a presidential candidate and/or electing, selecting, allocating, or binding delegates to the national convention as was used for the immediately preceding national convention or to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates or alternate delegates by Congressional district or state conventions pursuant to paragraph (e) of this rule, and the Republican National Committee determines that granting such waiver is in the best interest of the Republican Party.
(3) The Republican National Committee may grant a waiver to a state Republican Party from the provisions of Rule Nos. 16(a)(1) and (2) where compliance is impossible and the Republican National Committee determines that granting such waiver is in the best interests of the Republican Party.
RULE NO. 17
Enforcement of Rules (a) If any state or state Republican Party violates Rule No. 16(c)(2), the number of delegates and the number of alternate delegates to the national convention from that state shall each be reduced by fifty percent (50%). Any sum presenting a fraction shall be decreased to the next whole number. No delegation shall be reduced to less than two (2) delegates and a corresponding number of alternate delegates. If any state or state Republican Party violates Rule No. 16(c)(1) of The Rules of the Republican Party with regard to a primary, caucus, convention or other process to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates and alternate delegates to the national convention by conducting its process prior to the last Tuesday in February, the number of delegates to the 27 of 42 national convention shall be reduced to nine (9) plus the members of the Republican National Committee from that state, and the corresponding alternate delegates shall also be reduced to nine (9).
(b) If any state or state Republican Party violates Rule No. 16(c)(2) of
The Rules of the Republican Party, the Republican National Convention shall provide for the allocation of the selected at large delegates (excluding members of the Republican National Committee) among the candidates who received more than 10% of the votes cast in such primary, convention or caucus in accordance with and in proportion to the votes cast for each such candidate as a part of the total of the votes cast for all such candidates in that primary, convention, or caucus. (c) If a violation has occurred before the issuance of the call to the national convention, the chairman of the Republican National Committee shall notify the offending state of the violation and shall inform the state of the number of delegates and alternate delegates it will lose as well as, if the state has violated Rule No. 16(c)(2), that its delegates will be allocated in accordance with Rule No. 17(b). The reduced number of delegates and alternate delegates as well as, if applicable, the delegates allocated in direct proportion to votes received will be reflected in the call to the national convention, and will be reported to the secretary of state or responsible election official of the offending state and to the chairman of every state Republican Party. Said reduced number will be the only number recognized as the official delegation of the state to the national convention.
(d) If a violation has occurred after the issuance of the call to the national convention, the chairman of the Republican National Committee shall notify the state of the violation and shall inform the state of the number of delegates and alternate delegates it will lose, as well as, if applicable, that the delegates will be allocated in direct proportion to votes received. This reduced number of delegates and alternate delegates, as well as, if applicable, the delegates allocated in direct proportion to votes received, will be reported to the secretary of state or responsible election official of the offending state and to the chairman of every state Republican Party, and such reduced number will be the only number recognized as the official delegation of the state to the national convention.
28 of 42 (e) If the chairman of the Republican National Committee does not act upon a violation of Rule No. 16(c) of The Rules of the Republican Party, then a statement may be filed against a state or state Republican Party by any three (3) members of the Republican National Committee Standing Committee on Rules who feel that a violation has occurred. (1) A statement filed against a state or state Republican Party by any three (3) members of the Standing Committee on Rules shall be written and shall specify the reasons why the members believe the state or state Republican Party is in violation. The statement shall be signed and dated by each Standing Committee on Rules member filing the statement, and shall be filed with the secretary of the Republican National Committee. The secretary of the Republican National Committee shall, within twenty (20) days of receipt, distribute such statement to all members of the Republican National Committee.
(2) The Standing Committee on Rules shall meet upon the call of the chairman of the Rules Committee and shall vote upon whether a state or state Republican Party is in violation. If by majority vote the Standing Committee on Rules finds a violation, paragraphs (a) and (b) of this rule will be imposed.
(f) If a state or state Republican Party is determined to be in violation:
(1) No member of the Republican National Committee from the offending state shall be permitted to serve as a delegate or alternate delegate to the national convention.
(2) After the Republican National Committee members are excluded from being part of the offending state’s delegation to the national convention, the state Republican Party shall determine which of the state’s remaining delegates (and corresponding alternate delegates) are entitled to serve as part of the state’s reduced delegation to the national convention.
(g) A state or state Republican Party shall have no appeal from either a finding of a violation against it or a penalty imposed upon it under this rule.
29 of 42 RULE NO. 18 Vacancies in a State Delegation (a) Where the rules adopted by a state Republican Party provide a method for filling vacancies in its national convention delegation, they shall be filled pursuant to such method.
(b) Where the rules adopted by a state Republican Party do not provide a method for filling vacancies in its national convention delegation, and where the state laws do provide such a method of replacement, they shall be filled pursuant to such method provided by state laws.
(c) Where neither the rules adopted by a state Republican Party nor state laws provide a method for filling vacancies in its national convention delegation, the state Republican Party should make every effort to elect those individuals filling the vacancies in the delegation in the same manner as the delegates were originally elected or selected, or by vote of the state Republican Party executive committee or if the state executive committee has not filled the vacancy by ten (10) days prior to the convention, by vote of the state delegation. This section shall not apply to the delegates allocated to the state in Rule No. 14(a)(2).
RULE NO. 19
Excess Delegates and Alternate Delegates (a) No state shall elect or select a greater number of persons to act as delegates and alternate delegates than the actual number of delegates and alternate delegates, respectively, to which it is entitled under the call for the national convention, including any Rule No. 17 penalties. No unit of representation may elect or select any delegate or alternate delegate with permission to cast a fractional vote.
(b) Where more than the authorized number of delegates from any state is certified and forwarded to the secretary of the Republican National Committee in the manner provided in Rule No. 20, a contest shall be deemed to exist and the secretary shall notify the several claimants so reported and shall submit all such credentials and claims to the whole Republican National Committee for decision as to which claimants reported shall be placed upon the temporary roll of the national convention.
30 of 42 RULE NO. 20 Certification of Election or Selection of Delegates (a) All delegates and alternate delegates shall be elected or selected not later than thirty-five (35) days before the date of the meeting of the national convention.
(b) Subject to the provisions of Rule No. 17, delegates and alternate delegates shall be certified:
(1) In every case where they are elected by convention, by the chairman and secretary of such convention or by the chairman and secretary of the Republican state committee, and forwarded to the secretary of the Republican National Committee;
(2) In every case where they are elected by primary, by the canvassing board or officer created or designated by the law of the state in which the election occurs, to canvass the returns and issue certificates of election to delegates or alternate delegates to national conventions of political parties, and all certificates shall be forwarded by said duly elected delegates and alternate delegates in the manner herein provided; and,
(3) In every case where they are elected or selected by the Republican state committee, by the chairman and secretary of the Republican state committee, and forwarded to the secretary of the Republican National Committee.
(c) No later than thirty-five (35) days before the time set for the meeting of the national convention, the credentials of each delegate and alternate delegate shall be filed with the secretary of the Republican National Committee for use by the secretary in making up the temporary roll of the national convention, except in the case of delegates or alternate delegates elected at a time or times in accordance with the laws of the state in which the election occurs rendering impossible the filing of credentials within the time above specified.
RULE NO. 21
Contests: Resolution by States All contests arising in any state electing district delegates by district conventions shall be decided by its state convention or, if the state 31 of 42 convention shall not meet prior to the national convention, then by its state committee. Only contests affecting delegates elected or selected at large shall be presented to the Republican National Committee; provided, however, if the contest regarding a district delegate arises out of irregular or unlawful action of the state committee or state convention, the Republican National Committee may take jurisdiction thereof and hear and determine the same under the procedures provided in Rule Nos. 23 and 24.
RULE NO. 22
Temporary Roll of the Republican National Convention (a) The names of the delegates and alternate delegates presenting certificates of election from the officials designated in Rule No. 20 shall be placed upon the temporary roll of the national convention by the Republican National Committee.
(b) No person on the temporary roll of the national convention and whose right to be seated as a delegate or alternate delegate is being contested shall be entitled to vote in the national convention or in any committee thereof until by vote of the national convention the contest as to such person has been finally decided and such person has been permanently seated, except that any such person may be accorded the right to so vote, except in matters involving the credentials of that person, by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Republican National Committee or the Convention Committee on Credentials.
RULE NO. 23
Contest Filing (a) Notices of contests shall state the grounds of the contest and shall be filed no later than thirty (30) days before the time set for the meeting of the national convention, with the secretary of the Republican National Committee and shall be sent, simultaneously, by registered mail to the person or persons being contested, except in the case of delegates or alternate delegates elected at a time or times in accordance with applicable state law rendering impossible the filing of the notice of contest within the time above specified.
(b) Notices of contests may be filed only by a resident of the state whose delegation is challenged
32 of 42 who was eligible to participate at any level in the delegate selection process of that state.
(c) Only contests that are timely filed under these rules shall be considered.
(d) For purposes of the rules relating to contests and credentials, the term "party" shall mean a person or persons who shall have filed a notice of contest pursuant to this Rule No. 23, and the person or persons whose right to be seated as a delegate or alternate delegate is the subject of such notice of contest.
RULE NO. 24
Contest Procedure (a) The Standing Committee on Contests shall have the power to adopt procedural rules, not inconsistent with these rules, which shall govern the expeditious resolution of contests before the Standing Committee on Contests. When any deadline set out in this rule falls on a Sunday or legal holiday, such deadline shall be extended to the following day.
(b) No later than twenty-two (22) days before the convening of the national convention (or, in the case of delegates or alternate delegates elected at a time or times in accordance with applicable state law rendering impossible compliance with this requirement, within five (5) days after such election), each of the parties shall file with the secretary of the Republican National Committee at least three (3) printed or typewritten copies of the statement of position in support of the party’s claim to sit as delegates or alternate delegates to the national convention together with such affidavits or other evidence as desired. The secretary of the Republican National Committee, upon receiving the statement of position of a party, shall furnish the opposing party a copy of said statement of position. Each statement of position shall begin with a summary of not more than one thousand (1,000) words setting forth succinctly a synopsis of the statement of position and a specific statement of the points relied upon.
(c) The Standing Committee on Contests shall promptly hear the matter; decide which issues are involved, either of law or fact, or both; decide upon its recommendation for resolution of such issues; and submit such issues and its recommendations for resolution to the Republican National Committee. The
33 of 42 issues so submitted by the Standing Committee on Contests shall be the sole issues passed upon and determined by the Republican National Committee unless the Republican National Committee shall, by a majority vote, extend or change the same. If the Committee on Contests for any reason shall fail to state the issues either of law or fact, the Republican National Committee shall decide upon what issues the contest shall be tried, and the hearing shall be limited to such issues unless the Republican National Committee, by a majority vote, shall decide otherwise.
(d) The Standing Committee on Contests shall make up a report of each contest filed, showing the grounds of contest; the statute and rule, if any, under which the contest is waged; and the contentions of each party thereto. The report shall conclude with a statement of the points of issue in the contest, both of fact and law, and a statement of the recommendation of the Standing Committee on Contests as to resolution of such points of issue, and shall be signed by the chairman or his designee. When the Standing Committee on Contests has prepared such report stating the issues of law and fact, a copy of the statement of such issues shall be submitted forthwith to a person in the convention city, whom the parties must appoint at the time of filing the contest to receive such statement, and a copy shall be served forthwith by the chairman of the Standing Committee on Contests upon the parties by the most expeditious method available, providing for written evidence of receipt including, but not limited to, overnight delivery service.
(e) The parties shall have eight (8) days to file written objections to the Standing Committee on Contests' statement of the issues of fact or law, or both, unless the Republican National Committee is called to act upon the contest sooner, in which case such objections shall be made before the meeting of the whole committee. The objections shall contain any additional statement of issues of either law or fact, or both, claimed by the party submitting the same to be involved in and necessary to be decided in the contest.
(f) When the Republican National Committee is called to pass upon any contest that may arise, the members of the Convention Committee on Credentials shall also be notified of the time and place of such meeting and shall have the right to attend all hearings of all contests but without the right to
34 of 42 participate in the discussion or the vote.
RULE NO. 25
Convention Committee on Credentials (a) When the national convention shall have assembled, the secretary of the Republican National Committee shall deliver to the Convention Committee on Credentials all credentials and other papers forwarded under Rule No. 20(c).
(b) An appeal may be taken to the Convention Committee on Credentials from any ruling of the Republican National Committee on any contest, by and only by a party to such contest in the proceedings conducted pursuant to Rule Nos. 23 and 24; provided, however, that notice of such appeal must be filed with the secretary of the Republican National Committee no later than one (1) hour prior to the convening of the Convention Committee on Credentials. This notice shall specify the grounds upon which the appeal is taken. Only the grounds so specified shall be heard by the Convention Committee on Credentials upon such appeal. No evidence other than that taken before the Republican National Committee shall be taken up by the Convention Committee on Credentials unless it shall, by a majority vote of its members present and voting, so direct.
(c) No issue involving the status of one or more delegates or alternate delegates or any contest relating thereto may originate before the Convention Committee on Credentials of the national convention. All contests must first be presented to the Standing Committee on Contests of the Republican National Committee or to the whole Republican National Committee in the manner provided in Rule No. 19(b).
(d) No motion with respect to delegates or alternate delegates from more than one (1) state or territory shall be in order before the Convention Committee on Credentials.
PROCEEDINGS OF NATIONAL CONVENTION RULE NO. 26 Order of Business The convention shall proceed in the order of business prepared and printed by the Republican 35 of 42 National Committee. The order of business may include the time and date for the consideration of any item of business, the time limit assigned for consideration of any item of business, and procedural rules for the consideration of any item of business that are not inconsistent with these rules.
RULE NO. 27
Committee Reports (a) The report of the Convention Committee on Credentials shall be disposed of before the report of the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business is acted upon; the report of the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business shall be disposed of before the report of the Convention Committee on the Platform is acted upon; and the report of the Convention Committee on the Platform shall be disposed of before the convention proceeds to the nomination of candidates for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States. The report of the Convention Committee on Permanent Organization shall be disposed of at any time after the disposition of the report of the Convention Committee on Credentials, but before the nomination of candidates, based upon the order of business as prepared by the Republican National Committee.
(b) The report of any such committee listed in Rule No. 27(a) shall be considered as read if made available to the delegates prior to its consideration.
RULE NO. 28
Admission to Convention Hall (a) No person except members of the several delegations, officers of the convention, members of the Republican National Committee and incumbent Republican governors, incumbent Republican United States Senators, and incumbent Republican members of the United States House of Representatives shall be admitted to the section of the convention hall restricted to delegates.
(b) Press and staff shall be admitted to the section(s) of the hall authorized for them.
(c) The chairman of the Republican National Committee shall ensure that guest passes to the convention are distributed in an equitable fashion. Each delegate and alternate delegate to the convention
36 of 42 shall receive at least one guest pass to each session of the convention.
(d) Each state, through its Republican National Committee members, shall be allocated full sets of additional guest passes equal to thirty-three percent (33%) of the total number of delegate and alternate delegate membership for that state, rounded to the next whole number.
RULE NO. 29
Voting (a) Each delegate to the convention shall be entitled to one (1) vote, which may be cast by an alternate delegate in the absence of the delegate, and an individual holding more than one (1) of the following positions: national committeeman; national committeewoman; or state chairman of any state, shall not be entitled to more than one (1) delegate seat and shall not be entitled to more than one (1) vote.
(b) In the absence of any delegate at large or any delegate from any Congressional district, the roll of alternate delegates for the state or district shall be called in the order in which the names are placed upon the roll of the convention, unless directed otherwise in the delegation’s certification. The Republican National Committee’s form for delegate certification shall provide a means for the state to designate the alternate voting order to be followed.
RULE NO. 30
Rules of Order The Rules of the House of Representatives of the United States shall be the rules of the convention, except that the current authorized edition of Robert's Rules of Order: Newly Revised ("Robert's Rules of Order") shall be the rules for committees and subcommittees of the convention, insofar as they are applicable and not inconsistent with the rules herein set forth; provided, however, that the convention may adopt its own rules concerning the reading of committee reports and resolutions. RULE NO. 31
Length of Debate No delegate shall speak more than once or longer than five (5) minutes upon the same question, unless by leave of the convention, except in the 37 of 42 presentation of the name of a candidate for nomination for President of the United States or Vice President of the United States.
RULE NO. 32
Suspension of Rules A motion to suspend the rules shall always be in order, but only when made by authority of a majority of the delegates from any state and seconded by a majority of the delegates from each of seven (7) or more other states, severally.
RULE NO. 33
Platform Resolutions All proposed resolutions relating to the platform shall be submitted in writing to the Convention Committee on the Platform without reading and without debate.
RULE NO. 34
Minority Reports; Amendments (a) No resolution or amendment pertaining to the report of the Convention Committee on the Platform or the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business shall be reported out or made a part of any report of such committee or otherwise read or debated before the convention, unless the same shall have been submitted to the chairman, vice chairman, or secretary of such committee or to the secretary of the convention in writing not later than one hour after the time at which such committee votes on its report to the convention and shall have been accompanied by a petition evidencing the affirmative written support of a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the membership of such committee.
(b) No amendment pertaining to the report of the Convention Committee on Credentials affecting delegates or alternate delegates from more than one (1) state shall be in order.
RULE NO. 35
Motion to Table It shall be in order to lay on the table a proposed amendment to a pending measure and such motion, if adopted, shall not carry with it or prejudice such original measure. 38 of 42 RULE NO. 36 Previous Question When the previous question shall be demanded by a majority of the delegates from any state, and the demand is likewise seconded by a majority of delegates from each of two (2) or more other states, severally, the call is sustained by a majority vote of the delegates to the convention.
RULE NO. 37
Roll Call (a) Upon all subjects before the convention requiring a roll call, the states shall be called in alphabetical order.
(b) In the balloting, the vote of each state shall be announced by the chairman of such state's delegation, or his or her designee; and in case the vote of any state shall be divided, the chairman shall announce the number of votes for each candidate, or for or against any proposition; but if exception is taken by any delegate from that state to the correctness of such announcement by the chairman of that delegation, the chairman of the convention shall direct the roll of members of such delegation to be called, and then shall report back the result to the convention at the conclusion of balloting by the other states. The result shall then be recorded in accordance with the vote of the several delegates in such delegation.
(c) In balloting, if any delegation shall pass when its name is called, then at the conclusion of the roll call all delegations which passed shall be called in the order herein before established. No delegation shall be allowed to change its vote until all delegations which passed shall have been given a second opportunity to vote.
(d) Except in a roll call for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States, or where the majority of delegates of fifteen (15) or more states severally have requested that a roll call be conducted by voice call of the roll, the chairman of the convention may order that the balloting on any subject placed before the convention requiring a roll call be conducted by electronic, telephonic, or computer device which will display votes to the convention simultaneously. Each delegation chairman shall record and tally any such votes of the delegation on official roll call tally sheets
39 of 42 provided by the secretary of the convention, showing the individual vote of the delegates, and file such tally sheets with the secretary of the convention not more than thirty (30) minutes after the completion of the roll call vote.
(e) If the Republican National Committee determines that the national convention cannot convene or is unable to conduct its business either within the convention site or within the convention city, then and only then, the roll call for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall be allowed to be conducted according to procedures authorized by the Republican National Committee.
RULE NO. 38
Unit Rule No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional district to impose the unit rule. A "unit rule" prohibited by this section means a rule or law under which a delegation at the national convention casts its entire vote as a unit as determined by a majority vote of the delegation.
RULE NO. 39
Record Vote If a majority of the delegates of any seven (7) states, severally shall demand a roll call vote, the same shall be taken of the states in the order hereinbefore established.
RULE NO. 40
Nominations (a) In making the nominations for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States and voting thereon, the roll of the states shall be called separately in each case; provided, however, that if there is only one candidate for nomination for Vice President of the United States who has demonstrated the support required by paragraph (b) of this rule, a motion to nominate for such office by acclamation shall be in order and no calling of the roll with respect to such office shall be required.
(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall demonstrate the support of a
40 of 42 majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of the name of that candidate for nomination. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these rules or any rule of the House of Representatives, to demonstrate the support required of this paragraph a certificate evidencing the affirmative written support of the required number of permanently seated delegates from each of the eight (8) or more states shall have been submitted to the secretary of the convention not later than one (1) hour prior to the placing of the names of candidates for nomination pursuant to this rule and the established order of business.
(c) The total time of the nominating speech and seconding speeches for any candidate for nomination for President of the United States or Vice President of the United States shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes.
(d) When at the close of a roll call any candidate for nomination for President of the United States or Vice President of the United States has received a majority of the votes entitled to be cast in the convention, the chairman of the convention shall announce the votes for each candidate whose name was presented in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (b) of this rule. Before the convention adjourns
sine die, the chairman of the convention shall declare the candidate nominated by the Republican Party for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States. (e) If no candidate shall have received such majority, the chairman of the convention shall direct the roll of the states be called again and shall repeat the calling of the roll until a candidate shall have received a majority of the votes entitled to be cast in the convention.
RULE NO. 41
Convention Committees (a) There shall be four (4) convention committees; the convention committees on the Platform, Credentials, Rules and Order of Business, and Permanent Organization of the convention, each of which shall have a chairman and a co-chairman appointed by the chairman of the Republican National Committee, who shall declare each of the committees constituted when notice of election of at least fifty 41 of 42 percent (50%) of its members has been filed in accordance with the following sentence. The Delegates elected or selected to the convention from each state, promptly once all such Delegates are elected or selected, shall elect from the delegation a delegation chairman and their members of the convention committees on the Platform, Credentials, Rules and Order of Business, and Permanent Organization of the convention, consisting of one (1) man and one (1) woman for each committee, and shall file notice of such election with the secretary of the Republican National Committee under Rule No. 20(c); provided, however, that no delegate may serve on more than one (1) committee of the convention. Alternate delegates may not serve as delegation chairmen or as members of the convention committees, except when the number of delegates able to serve on convention committees is less than the number of committee positions to be filled, then an alternate delegate can serve, except that no alternate delegate may serve on more than one (1) committee. Delegations electing alternate delegates to serve on convention committees in violation of the preceding sentence shall forfeit all positions on the committee(s) to which such alternate delegates were elected.
(b) Convention committees and subcommittees may set time limits for speaking on any question by a simple majority vote; provided, however, that not less than twenty (20) minutes, equally divided between proponents and opponents on any question, shall be allowed in any case on any debatable motion, order, or appeal.
(c) Upon request of twenty percent (20%) of the members of a committee or subcommittee of the convention, a vote shall be recorded in the manner provided by these rules, and no votes in the committees or subcommittees of the convention shall be taken by secret ballot.
(d) No later than thirty (30) days prior to the national convention, members of the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business and members of the Republican National Committee shall be provided a copy of the existing
The Rules of the Republican Party along with all recommended changes to those rules approved as of that date by the Standing Committee on Rules since the previous national convention. Any changes shall be prominently noted. A letter shall be attached to the document stating that all proposed rules are still 42 of 42 subject to change prior to the meeting of the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business. After this information is provided, any additional recommendations regarding changes in The Rules of the Republican Party approved by the Republican National Committee shall be provided to the members of the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business as soon as practicable. (e) No later than twenty-five (25) days prior to the national convention, all members of each of the various convention committees shall be provided the most current listing of their fellow committee members, with complete contact information.
RULE NO. 42
Temporary Rules Upon the adoption of the report of the Convention Committee on Rules and Order of Business, Rule Nos. 26-42 shall constitute the Standing Rules for this convention and the temporary rules for the next convention. INDEX Admission to Convention Hall………………..…….35
Candidate Support………………………………14-15
Committees of the Republican National Committee………………….……..5-6, 9-14
Committee Reports………………………...……….35
Contest Filing………………………………...…31-32
Contest Procedure………………………….……32-34
Convention Committees…12-13, 31, 33-35, 37, 40-42
Convention Committee on Credentials……………………31-35, 37, 40
Definition of "states" ………………………………..1
Enforcement of Rules…………………………...26-28
Executive Committee…….……………………4-6, 12
Filling Vacancies………………….........2-3, 6, 8-9, 29
Length of Debate……………………………36-37, 41
Membership in Convention……………………..15-18
Method of Election…………………………….1-2, 23
Minority Reports……………………………………37
Motion to Table……………………………………..37
Nominations……………………………8-9, 35, 38-40
Officers of the Republican National
Committee…………………….…..2-6, 9-14
Order of Business…………………....34-35, 37, 40-42
Organization of the Republican National Committee………………………...……….1
Participation……………………………………..18-19
Platform Resolutions………………………………..37
Pledge of Allegiance……………………….…...……7
Previous Question…………………………...….…..38
Proportional Allocation…………………………15-26
Proxies…………………………………..…..6-7, 9, 25
Record Vote………………………………………...39
Roll Call…………………………………………38-39
Rules Committee………………….5, 9, 11-12, 15, 28, 35, 37, 41-42
Rules of Order…………...………………….... 6-7, 36
Standing Budget Committee……………….…5, 10-11
Standing Committee on Arrangements….………11-12
Standing Committee on Resolutions…………..5, 9-10
Standing Committee on the Call……………………12
Suspension of Rules………...………………..……..37
Temporary Roll………………………………….29-31
Temporary Rules……………………………………42
Term of Office……………………..…………….…..2
Unit Rule……………………………..………….….39
Vacancies……………………….……...2-3, 6, 8-9, 29

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