REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS

 

GENERAL RULES FOR ALL CONVENTIONS AND MEETINGS

Rule No. 1 - Adoption and Amendment of Rules; Clarification

  1. Adoption and Amendment: These Rules, having been filed with the Secretary of State of Texas, together with the statutes, rules and bylaws adopted by reference shall constitute the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas. Amendments to rules may be proposed by majority vote of the State Republican Executive Committee, (SREC), at any meeting properly called and constituted, provided at least thirty (30) days notice has been given in writing to each member thereof. Amendments to these Rules may also be proposed by a Temporary or Permanent Rules Committee of any state convention. These Rules may be changed only by action of a state convention, such action reflecting a majority of votes cast by delegates present and voting. When any change is made, a certified copy of the changes shall be filed with the Secretary of State not later than thirty (30) days following their adoption. Provided, however that if, by reason of valid laws enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, or if by reason of any administrative or judicial action of any officer, official, or agency of the State of Texas or any County or political subdivision thereof, or of the Federal Government, or if by reason of any interpretation of these Rules as they relate to the Rules of the National Republican Party by any duly authorized official of the Republican National Committee, or if by reason of technical inconsistencies of defects, the conduct, operation, or implementation of these Rules will become frustrated or impracticable, or contrary to their intent and purpose, unless changes are made therein, then, in any such event, the SREC in its best judgment, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of those present and voting may prescribe such temporary and emergency changes therein and may take interim interpretations of these Rules so as to permit the orderly conduct of the affairs of the Republican Party of Texas in accordance with the intent and purpose of these Rules. Any such changes or interpretations shall be valid only until such time, if any, as they are ratified or amended by the next subsequent State Convention, or until the adjournment of such State Convention, whichever shall occur first.

  2. Clarification: Any member of the Republican Party that discovers an ambiguity in these rules may request in writing a clarification from the county chairman or the State Chairman. Clarification from the State Chairman shall be binding on all members of the Republican Party until final clarification is made by majority vote of the SREC. Any clarification made shall be to maintain the intent and purpose of these Rules as originally adopted.

Rule No. 2 - Publication and Distribution of Rules

In order to publicize these Rules throughout the state, prior to the precinct conventions, copies thereof and of those pertinent portions of the Election Code dealing with Party conventions at all levels shall be mailed to each County Chairman and each Senatorial District Convention Chairman with instructions to supply a copy to each Precinct Chairman and to each County or District Convention Committee Chairman. Upon request, a copy shall be provided to any delegate or alternate to the State Convention and to any other interested person who shall request the same; and an adequate supply thereof shall be maintained at the State Headquarters to fill requests. A charge, which shall be no greater than the unit cost of printing and postage, may be made for requested copies of these Rules.

Rule No. 3 - Discrimination Prohibited

Participation in any Republican convention or meeting including, but not limited to, any primary caucus, any meeting or convention held for the purposes of selecting delegates to a county, district, state or national convention shall in no way be abridged for reason of sex, age, race, religion, color, or national origin.

Rule No. 4 - Adoption of Reference - Texas Constitution and Statutes

The Constitution of the State of Texas and the statutes of the State of Texas, in so far as they may be applicable, are hereby adopted by reference and shall govern the conduct of all conventions and meetings of the Republican Party of Texas from the precinct level through the state level.

Rule No. 5 - Parliamentary Authority

Unless otherwise provided for by the Constitution, statutes, or these Rules, the current edition of Robertís Rules of Order Newly Revised, which is hereby adopted by reference, shall be the parliamentary authority governing all conventions and meetings of the Republican Party of Texas from the precinct level through the state level.

Rule No. 6 - Proxies Prohibited

The use of proxies or proxy voting is hereby prohibited at all conventions and county and district executive committee meetings of the Republican Party of Texas.

Rule No. 7 - Casting Votes - Roll Call

At all conventions, executive committee meetings and any other Party meetings, votes shall be cast and counted in the manner prescribed by the current edition of Robertís Rules of Order Newly Revised; and except as provided in this rule, the vote of each member shall have equal weight. In any convention except a precinct convention, any delegation present, upon request, shall be permitted to cast the number of votes equal to the number of delegates to which it is entitled on any item of statutory business. A roll call vote be taken:

a. when ordered by majority vote of the delegates at any convention, caucus, or meeting, or

b. when demanded by one-fifth (1/5) of the participants at a precinct convention, or

c. when demanded in writing by at least one-fifth (1/5) of the delegations from the precincts represented at a county or senatorial district convention, or

d. when demanded in writing by at least one-fifth (1/5) of the delegations from the districts represented at a state convention, or

e. when demanded in writing by one-fifth (1/5) of the members in the case of a committee meeting, Party caucus, or

f. when by decision of a Convention Chairman.

Rule No. 8 - Supplementary Executive Committee Rules

The operation of the State Republican Executive Committee and each county and district executive committee shall be in accordance with these Rules. Each newly elected executive committee shall have the authority to adopt supplementary rules, as long as such supplementary rules,(bylaws and/or standing rules) do not conflict herewith and provided that such rules are filed with the SREC and with the Secretary of State. All such rules filed herewith or hereafter with the SREC and with the Secretary of State are hereby adopted by reference.

Rule No. 9 - Quorum Established

At other than statutory county or district executive committee meetings, a quorum shall consist of not less than one-fourth (1/4) of the membership, excluding vacancies. At statutory meetings of such committees, a quorum shall consist of those members present; provided, however, that if the quorum provided above for other than statutory meetings is not present, then only such business as is called for by the Election Code may be transacted at such meetings.

 

GENERAL RULES FOR ALL CONVENTIONS

Rule No. 10 - Supplementary Convention Rules

  1. Any convention may adopt temporary or permanent rules which supplement these Rules, as long as such supplementary rules do not conflict herewith.

  2. Any convention committee may adopt supplemental rules related to its proceedings provided that such rules do not conflict with these rules or any supplemental rules adopted by the convention.

Rule No. 11 - Convention Officials Listed - Challenge

The officers of any convention, whether it be in temporary or permanent organization, shall consist of a Chairman, a Secretary, and a Sergeant-at-Arms, and such other officers as the Chairman may deem necessary. The Secretary and the Sergeant-at Arms shall have the power to appoint assistants. The permanent officers, except parliamentarian, shall be elected or appointed from among the convention delegates. Any officer or committee chairman of any convention, whether it be in temporary or permanent organization, who intentionally violates the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas or the directives of the Texas Election Code, shall be subject to a challenge filed under the provisions of Rule 27; and if such challenge is upheld by the convention which hears the challenge, that officer or committee chairman shall be removed from serving as a delegate to any convention of the Party at any level throughout the year.

Rule No. 12 - Resolutions Authorized - No Unit Rule

Any convention may express its sense on an issue by adopting a resolution on that issue, however, the use of the unit rule or the practice of giving binding instructions to the delegates shall not be permitted at any level of the convention process (whereby the entire delegation votes as a unit, not recognizing minority votes within the delegation.)

Rule No. 13 - Quorum - Adjournment

A quorum to convene any convention other than precinct convention shall consist of a majority of the delegates registered as attending. Thereafter, a quorum shall be considered present as long as the number of votes represented by delegates in attendance comprises more than fifty percent (50%) of the total voting strength of the convention, representing a majority of the seated districts (at State) or seated precincts (at county or district) and provided that one-third (1/3) of the seated delegates are present.

In order to adjourn a convention for lack of a quorum, the Chair shall verify the absence of a quorum, using the aforementioned criteria, and such verification shall be made part of the convention minutes; provided however, that no quorum shall be required for consideration of the report of nominations committee or for the election of delegates and alternates.

Rule No. 14 - Delegates Right to Testify

Any delegate or alternate shall have the right to attend the entire meeting of any committee or subcommittee. Any delegate, including those under challenge or Republican officeholder attending any convention, shall have the right to appear before any convention committee or subcommittee and make recommendations for the committeeís consideration or testify concerning any item before the committee; provided, however, that a committee may make reasonable rules including time limits for such presentations and may establish a reasonable limit of time available for these presentations.

Rule No. 15 - Identification Required

Any person present at any convention must identify himself when requested to do so by the Sergeant-at-Arms, his assistants, or any other officer of the convention.

 

Rule No. 16 - Previous Question

  1. At any convention, when the previous question has been moved and seconded and is sustained by a majority vote, the question shall be deemed to have been called and vote shall be had upon the pending question; provided, however, that on the report of the Nominations Committee, the previous question shall not be in order until there has been reasonable opportunity for debate and/or amendment.

  2. At any convention, a motion to move the previous question or to close nomination concerning the election of delegates and alternates shall not be in order until there has been reasonable opportunity for additional nominations, debate and/or amendment.

Rule No. 17 - Time Limits - Speaker/Number

No delegate shall speak without the general consent of any convention for more than five (5) minutes on any one subject; nor shall he speak, without such consent, more than once on the same subject; but he may speak once on any amendment or debatable motion subsequently made and referring to said subject for not exceeding three (3) minutes; provided that the delegate making the majority report and the delegate making the minority report of any committee of said convention may speak on such report for not exceeding ten (10) minutes and may then answer legitimate questions relating to such report asked by any delegate. Any convention by majority vote may limit equally the time and the number of speakers for each side of a question.

Rule No. 18 - Voting Strength - Number of Delegates

The convention will continue to enjoy its full strength in the cases of preceding conventions not electing all delegates to which it is entitled.

No convention shall elect fractional delegates; i.e. no convention shall elect more delegates or alternates than the number to which it is entitled.

 

GENERAL RULES FOR PRECINCT CONVENTIONS

Rule No. 19 - Date, Time, and Place

On the day of the general primary election in each even-numbered year, a precinct convention shall be held in each precinct at the time and place designated by the County Executive Committee or in its failure to act, the County Chairman; provided that the place of such convention shall be large enough to accommodate the expected number of participants and shall be of easy public access.

Rule No. 20 - Qualifications for Participation

The only qualification for participation in a precinct convention, being an officer of such convention or being elected a delegate to the next higher convention shall be that the person shall have voted in the Republican Primary that year in that precinct, provided he has not been disqualified under this Rule or Rule 11. A Precinct Chairman, or person acting in his stead, who convenes the precinct convention earlier than the hour determined by the county executive committee shall be subject to challenge by any Republican General Primary voter in the precinct through the method outlined in Rule 27; and if the challenge is upheld by the county or senatorial district convention, such person shall be removed from serving as a delegate or alternate to any convention at any level throughout the remainder of the year.

Children whose parents or guardians are participants in a precinct convention may attend the convention if space permits, but may not participate or disrupt.

 

Rule No. 21 - Agenda for Precinct Conventions

The agenda for each precinct convention shall include the following order of business:

  1. Call to order at the appointed hour by the precinct chairman or other participant if the precinct chairman is not present.

  2. Preparation of a list of and announcement of number of qualified participants present.

  3. Announcement of agenda and basic rules of procedure.

  4. Election of the permanent officers of the convention by majority vote.

  5. Announcement of county or district convention and of temporary committee meetings, if known.

  6. Election of delegates and alternates to county or senatorial district convention, as the case may be, by majority vote, and certification of eligibility of each delegate and alternate by the precinct convention secretary, where the primary voters list is available.

  7. Resolutions.

  8. Other business.

  9. Adjourn.

Rule No. 22 - Chairmanís Responsibilities

  1. Record of the Precinct Convention: The Permanent Chairman of the Precinct Convention shall be responsible for seeing that an accurate written record (minutes) is kept of all convention proceedings, including the list of persons present and their residence addresses and a list of delegates and alternates elected to the county or Senatorial District convention with residence addresses including towns shown thereon. A signed copy of this written record shall be available for copying by any participant in the convention for a period of thirty (30) minutes immediately following adjournment of the convention. Upon request, the permanent chairman shall certify any correct copy.

  2. Transmittal of Precinct Convention Minutes: The Permanent Chairman of the Precinct Convention shall sign and safely transmit to the county chairman no later than the third day after the date of the precinct convention or deposit in the mail not later than the second day after the date of the precinct convention such record (minutes) and a copy thereof. In multi-district counties, the County Chairman shall deliver the original record to the temporary chairmen of the Senatorial District conventions. The copy shall be public record.

 

GENERAL RULES FOR COUNTY, SENATORIAL, DISTRICT AND STATE CONVENTIONS

Rule No. 23 - Convention Resolutions

At any convention other than a precinct convention, all resolutions including those offered by delegates for consideration by the convention shall be filed with the Secretary of the Convention not later than thirty (30) minutes after the Permanent Committee on Platform and Resolutions is appointed and shall automatically and without debate be referred by the Secretary of the Convention to the Committee on Platform and Resolutions or other committee appropriate to the subject for consideration and report. The Secretary of the Convention shall remain available in a publicly announced location easily accessible from the convention floor during the period in which such resolutions can be filed. All resolutions adopted by the next lower level convention shall be considered by the Temporary Platform and Resolutions committee of the next higher level convention. A temporary or permanent resolutions committee may originate resolutions.

 

Rule No. 23A - Delegate Allocations and Entitlements

  1. The delegate and alternate entitlements to the county or senatorial district and state conventions shall be based on the number of votes cast for the partyís gubernatorial candidate in the most recent gubernatorial election, provided that any convention shall be entitled to elect at least one delegate and one alternate.

  1. Each precinct convention shall be entitled to elect one delegate and one alternate to the county or senatorial district convention based on a ratio of one (1) for each twenty-five (25) votes and major fraction thereof within the boundaries of the voting precinct and further show in more detail on the following table:

Votes

Delegates

Alternates

1-37

1

1

38-62

2

2

63-87

3

3

88-112

4

4

113-137

5

5

etc.

etc.

etc.

  1. Each county or senatorial district convention shall be entitled to elect one delegate and one alternate to the state convention based on a ratio of one (1) for each three hundred (300) votes and major fraction thereof within the boundaries of the county or senatorial district and further shown in more detail on the following table:

Votes

Delegates

Alternates

1-450

1

1

451-750

2

2

751-1050

3

3

1051-1350

4

4

1351-1650

5

5

etc.

etc.

Etc.

  1. At the option of the local county or senatorial district executive committee and by a two-thirds (2/3ís) vote of said committee at the statutory meeting required pursuant to the T.E.C. Section 172.082, the delegate entitlement may be changed to a ratio of one (1) to forty (40) and major fraction thereof, or any ratio in between, for that year only if said committee can justify among their peers that it is impractical due to size or availability of space to use the formula permitting the maximum number.

  2. The delegate and alternate entitlement in a presidential election year for a county or senatorial district convention which includes more than one congressional district shall be apportioned among the congressional districts in the same manner they are apportioned to the county or senatorial districts, provided that the total delegate and alternate entitlement from the county or senatorial district does not exceed that provided for in this rule and that each congressional district shall be entitled to elect at least one delegate and one alternate.

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  4. In the event of boundary changes among precincts or districts, or the creation or deletion of precincts or districts since the most recent gubernatorial election, the following rules shall govern the allocation of gubernatorial votes to the changed or newly created precincts or districts.

  1. The apportionment of gubernatorial votes to the newly created or changed precincts or districts shall be made using any fair and equitable method for making such determination.

  2. The county executive committee shall apportion to each precinct the number of votes to be used in allocating the number of delegates and alternates which may be elected by such precincts using any fair and equitable method for making the determination.

  3. When the boundaries of a senatorial district or congressional district have changed or a new district formed causing a boundary change in an election precinct, the apportionment of gubernatorial votes to each precinct shall be used in allocating the number of delegates to be elected in each affected district.

  4. If the county executive committee fails to act in a timely manner, the state executive committee shall make such apportionment of the gubernatorial vote to precincts.

Rule No. 24 - Minority Reports of Committees

At any convention other than a precinct convention, a minority report of a committee, in order to be considered by the convention, must be reduced to writing and signed by not less than twenty percent (20%) of the members of such committee. The committee member who presents the minority report to the convention shall be permitted to move the implementing motion.

Rule No. 25 - Persons Admitted and Who May Address

  1. Admittance: At any convention other than a precinct convention, there shall be admitted to the convention floor only delegates whose names are listed on the temporary roll during the temporary organization or on the permanent roll when adopted by the convention, past Chairmen and Vice Chairmen of the SREC, the present members of the SREC, its officers and employees, the National Committeeman and Committeewoman, past National Committeemen and Committeewomen, properly accredited members of the media, babies of nursing mothers who are delegates, Republican officeholders, Republican candidates for public office, and persons assisting delegates that have physical disabilities.

  2. Badges: The Secretary of the Convention is instructed to issue identification badges in accordance with the above, and the Sergeant-at-Arms and his assistants shall admit only authorized persons to the Convention floor. Seating shall be provided for alternates in the section(s) designated for guests.

  3. Addressing Convention: At any convention other than a precinct convention, no person other than a Party official, member of the SREC, or delegate shall address the convention or caucus of the convention without the permission of the Chairman or the general consent of the convention or caucus of the convention.

Rule No. 26 - Seating of Alternates

At any convention other than a precinct convention.

a. Order of Seating Alternates: Alternates shall be seated for absent delegates in the order listed in the minutes of the convention electing them; however, if instructions are provided by the convention electing such alternates, said instructions shall be followed in the seating of alternates.

b. Voting in Caucuses: Alternates shall be admitted to all district caucuses; however, they shall not vote or be provided any privileges of a delegate unless seated for an absent delegate.

c. Limitations on Using Alternates: Alternates shall replace delegates absent from the voting floor only from the same convention electing such alternates.

d. Timing of Seating: Alternates may be seated to replace absent delegates at any time in a convention by the chairman of a delegation and seated alternates shall relinquish their seat upon the return to the floor by the delegate except that:

  1. Alternates shall be seated to replace delegates absent from the voting floor prior to the beginning of any vote and shall not be seated or unseated during any vote.

  2. In caucuses, alternates shall be seated to replace delegates absent from the voting floor prior to roll call of the caucus or delegation of the caucus and shall not be seated or unseated during the roll call of the caucus or delegation of the caucus.

  3. Alternates under challenge pursuant to Rule 27 of the Rules shall not be seated until the challenge is resolved.

Rule No. 27 - Challenges to Credentials of Delegates

The credentials of any delegate or alternate to a county or senatorial district convention may be challenged by any person who voted in the Republican General Primary and resides in the same precinct as the delegate he wishes to challenge by certified or registered mailing to the Republican County or District Convention Chairman a written challenge specifying the grounds for the challenge and detailing the specific rule or rules alleged to have been violated at least three (3) days before the date of the convention. A copy of this challenge shall be certified or registered mailed by the person initiating the challenge to the challenged delegate(s) or alternate(s). The County or District Convention Chairman shall send all challenges to the chairman of the Temporary Committee on Credentials of the convention in question. The credentials of any delegate or alternate to the State Convention may be challenged by any person who voted in the Republican General Primary and who resides in the same county or senatorial district as the delegate or alternate he wishes to challenge by sending via certified or registered mail to the State Chairman and to the delegate(s) or alternate(s) to whom such challenge relates a written challenge specifying the grounds for the challenge and detailing the specific rule or rules alleged to have been violated no later than thirty(30) days following the date of the county or senatorial district convention. The State Chairman shall deliver all such challenges to the Republican State Officials Committee (as constituted in the bylaws of the State Executive Committee). Without attempting to assess merit or lack of merit, the Officials Committee shall conduct a preliminary review of each challenge in order to establish whether the basis for the challenge is valid under the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas. The Officials Committee shall forward to the Temporary Committee on Credentials all challenges alleging violations of party rules at a county or senatorial district convention unless the Officials Committee determines the basis of the challenge to be frivolous, i.e. irrelevant or lacking in substance. Any challenge deemed frivolous shall not be forwarded to the Temporary Committee on Credentials, and the principal(s) who brought such challenge and the principal(s) against whom the challenge was brought shall be promptly notified. The Credentials Committee shall not hear a late challenge of a delegate or alternate.

A decision of the Officials Committee may be appealed by either party to the Temporary Committee on Credentials by mailing notice of appeal to the Credentials Committee Chairman and to the principal(s) named in the challenge no later than ten (10) days prior to the date of the State Convention.

No delegate whose credentials are challenged shall lose his eligibility to serve on a temporary committee, although he may not vote in the Credentials Committee on his own challenge. At any convention other than a precinct convention, the Temporary Committee on Credentials, when it convenes, shall hear both sides of the challenge and shall report to the convention the names of the delegates or alternate delegates whom it believes are entitled to participate in the convention. The convention shall vote on the report of the Committee on Credentials on each challenge that is made. Challenged delegates shall be listed on the Temporary roll, but may not vote on their own challenge. Furthermore, delegates from delegations that are being challenged may not be seated until the challenge is resolved.

 

Rule No. 28 - Conventions in County with Multiple Senatorial Districts

If a county is situated in more than one state senatorial district, instead of a county convention, a senatorial district convention shall be held in each part of the county that is situated in a different senatorial district, provided, however, that shared facilities may be utilized for separate senatorial district conventions and may be held outside the geographical boundaries of the senatorial district, if party interests and public accessibility will be served as determined by the affected senatorial district executive committees no later than the date on which drawing for a position on the primary ballot is conducted. A meeting for this purpose shall have been called by written notice to each member of the respective senatorial district executive committees from the county chairman, post-marked no later than ten (10) days prior to the meeting.

Rule No. 29 - County/Senatorial Convention Committees

  1. Prior to each County or Senatorial District Convention, the temporary chairman shall appoint the following committees, and name the chairman thereof, provided that all members shall be delegates and if the convention has over twenty-five (25) delegates, each such committee shall be composed of at least five (5) and not more than fifteen (15) delegates. The committees and their duties shall be as follows:

  1. Credentials: This committee shall hear any dispute concerning contested delegates and shall recommend the permanent roll of the convention.

  2. Rules: This committee shall recommend supplementary rules for the convention.

  3. Permanent Organization: This committee shall recommend permanent officers of the convention from among the delegates present.

  4. Resolutions: This committee shall conduct preliminary deliberations for the purpose of making recommendations to the Permanent Resolutions Committee.

  5. Nominations: This committee shall conduct preliminary deliberations for the purpose of making recommendations to the Permanent Nominations Committee.

  1. Immediately upon the election of the Permanent Chairman, the Permanent Chairman shall appoint the following Permanent Committees from among the delegates, whose duties shall be as stated below, and the chairmen thereof, provided that if the convention has over twenty-five (25) delegates, each such committee shall be composed of at least five (5) and not more than fifteen (15) delegates. The committees and their duties shall be as follows:

  1. Nominations: This committee shall present nominations for delegates and alternates to the State Convention.

  2. Resolutions: This committee shall recommend resolutions to the Convention, after considering the recommendations of the Temporary Resolutions Committee.

Rule No. 30 - County/Senatorial Convention Agenda

The agenda for each County or Senatorial District Convention shall include the following order of business.

  1. Call to order by the Temporary Chairman.

  2. Roll call of temporary roll of delegates. (Roll call may be taken by name or by Precinct Delegation count. The delegate registration list may be used at the start of the convention to establish the temporary roll and a quorum for the convention, when approved by a majority voice vote of the delegates present. Delegates must provide proper identification upon registration to obtain their credentials, if this method is to be used.) At conclusion of roll call the secretary shall announce:

    1. the number of delegations present;

    2. the combined voting strength of those delegations; and

    3. the number of attending delegates at start of convention.

  1. Report of the Credentials Committee (this report shall be acted on prior to any further business.)

  2. Report of the Rules Committee; adoption of supplemental rules.

  3. Report of the Permanent Organization Committee; election of permanent officers from among the delegates.

  4. Appointment of Permanent Nominations and Permanent Resolutions Committees.

  5. Precinct Caucuses, if applicable.

  6. Report of the Nominations Committee; adoption of nominations.

  7. Report of the Resolutions Committee; adoption of resolutions.

  8. Other business.

  9. Adjourn.

Provided, however, that such order of business, following item (c) may be changed by affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3s) of the delegates present and voting.

Rule No. 31 - Report of Nominations Committee

At a County or Senatorial District Convention, the Committee on Nominations shall present a report including a list of delegates and alternates for election to the State Convention and the Nominations Committee shall designate the manner in which alternates shall replace absent delegates. That report may be amended by the convention by the process of adding, or by striking and inserting, or by substitution. The convention shall then elect the delegates and alternates to the State Convention by adopting the report, or the report as amended, of the Nominations Committee. All delegates and alternates may be elected at-large, or some or all may be allocated to precincts, at the discretion of the convention.

Rule No. 32 - Certified List of Delegates

The Permanent Chairman shall be responsible for making a certified list of the delegates and alternates chosen, with residence addresses including towns shown thereon, together with a copy of all resolutions adopted by the convention, and shall sign the same, the Permanent Secretary of such convention attesting his signature; and within five (5) days after the convention shall forward such certified lists, and resolutions to the State Party Chairman at the Austin headquarters. The lists, resolutions, and other records of the convention shall be treated as public record and shall be made available for inspection and copying during office hours, at a charge not to exceed the costs incurred.

 

GENERAL RULES FOR STATE CONVENTIONS

Rule No. 33 - Temporary Organization

  1. The SREC shall select the time and place of the State Convention, and the State Chairman shall include this information along with the date and place of temporary committee meetings in the call to the convention, which shall be mailed at least ten (10) days prior to the Convention to each delegate and alternate on the temporary roll.

  2. Within twenty (20) days following the county/senatorial district conventions, the two (2) SREC members representing each Senatorial District shall recommend to the State Chairman one representative from among their districtís delegates to each of the State Convention temporary committees. The State Chairman shall appoint one delegate from each Senatorial District to each of these committees from among these recommendations timely submitted, or of his own choosing if no names were submitted, or none were eligible or willing to serve.

In addition to these members, the State Chairman shall appoint the Chairman for each temporary committee. The temporary committees are:

    1. Credentials: This committee shall hear any disputes concerning contested delegates and alternates which were not filed as challenges and shall recommend the resolution of such disputes, plus the temporary roll about which there is no dispute, to the SREC. Additionally, this committee shall hear all challenges forwarded to it by the State Officials Committee, plus any challenge under appeal, and shall recommend the resolution thereof to the State Convention.

    2. Rules: This committee shall recommend the supplementary rules for the convention to the State Executive Committee and may recommend changes in these rules.

    3. Platform and Resolutions: This committee shall conduct the preliminary deliberations for the purpose of making recommendations to the Permanent Committee on Platform and Resolutions.

    4. Temporary Organization: This committee shall recommend the temporary organization of the convention to the SREC. The State Chairman shall be the temporary chairman of the Biennial State Convention.

  1. The temporary roll of the convention shall be the roll approved by the SREC together with those challenges, if any, resolved by the convention as provided in Rule No. 27. Temporary rules of the convention shall be approved by the State Executive Committee prior to each convention, and together with these Rules, shall be the temporary rules of the convention. The temporary organization of the convention shall be determined by the SREC.

  2. Prior to each state convention in Presidential election years the Chairman of the SREC shall appoint the temporary chairman of each Congressional District Caucus. Prior to each state convention, the two members from each Senatorial District of the SREC shall appoint one representative from among their Senatorial Districts delegates to be the temporary chairmen in Senatorial District caucus; provided, however, that if requested in writing by senatorial district convention resolution, the Chairman of the SREC shall appoint the Permanent Chairman of the last Senatorial District Convention for those senatorial districts which lie solely within one county, unless the Permanent Chairman is unable or unwilling to serve. If the two (2) SREC members cannot agree on a selection, then each shall submit a name to the State Chairman, who will select one of the names submitted. If any appointed delegate is unable to serve, the State Chairman may appoint a replacement. The officers of each State Convention shall include a registered parliamentarian, appointed by the State Chairman.

Rule No. 34 - Permanent Committees and Composition

At each Biennial State Convention, the membership of each permanent committee listed below shall be composed of one delegate from each senatorial district, to be elected by caucus of the delegates in each such district, plus the chairman thereof, to be appointed by the Temporary Chairman of the Convention.

Such permanent committees shall be as follows:

  1. Credentials: This committee shall recommend to the convention the permanent roll of the convention.

  2. Rules and Order of Business: This committee shall recommend to the convention supplementary rules, any amendments to these Rules, and the Order of Business.

  3. Platform and Resolutions: This committee shall recommend to the convention the platform (if applicable) and the resolutions.

  4. Organization: This committee shall recommend to the convention the permanent organization.

  5. Nominations: This committee shall report to the convention nominations for the state positions to be filled by the convention.

 

Rule No. 34A - National Nominations Committee

At the Biennial State Convention in presidential election years, there shall also be a permanent National Nominations Committee composed of one delegate from each congressional district, to be elected by caucus of the delegates in each such district, plus the chairman thereof, to be appointed by the Temporary Chairman of the Convention. This committee shall report to the Conventions nominations for National Delegates and Alternates, Presidential Electors, and National Committeeman and National Committeewoman, which nominations have previously been made in accordance with Rules 39 and 40 and Sections 6 and 7 of Rule 38.

Rule No. 35 - Temporary Committee on Credentials - Contest

At a state convention, delegates and alternates whose names are not listed on the temporary roll of the convention, but are listed on County or Senatorial District Convention Minutes and Returns filed with the State Chairman shall be allowed admittance to the room in which the Temporary Committee on Credentials holds its meetings for the purpose of presenting a contest and may speak to the merits of their case within the time limits established by the committee. The contestants from only one county or senatorial district shall be admitted at one time. Any protest will be reported by the Credentials Committee to the State Executive Committee, with a recommendation as to its resolution, and the decision of the SREC will be final in determining its effect on the Temporary Roll. If the protest is filed as a challenge, in accordance with provisions of Rule 27, the issue will be presented by the Credentials Committee with a recommendation for its resolution, to the full convention for final determination.

Rule No. 36 - Seating and Voting/State Conventions

Seating and voting at the Biennial State Convention shall be by Congressional District or Senatorial District as appropriate.

Rule No. 37 - Roll Call Vote - Polling Delegations

In the event of a roll call vote, at the Biennial State Convention each District Chairman shall poll the delegation within his district and shall announce the result when his district is reached. If any delegate doubts the correctness of the announcement, the Secretary of the Convention shall poll such delegation and announce the result.

Rule No. 38 - National Convention Delegates and Alternates

Section 1. Presidential Primary, Application of Rule

  1. Presidential Primary: A Presidential Primary election shall be conducted by the Republican Party in the year 1980 and every fourth year thereafter in conjunction with the Partyís General Primary Election for the purpose of permitting the qualified voters of Texas to express their respective preferences as to the nominee of the Republican Party to the office of President of the United States.

  2. Application of Rule: Such Presidential Primary shall be held, and the delegates and alternates to the National Convention for that year shall be selected and elected, in the manner and at the times set forth in this rule.

Section 2. Method of Qualifying as Presidential Candidate

  1. Filing: Any person eligible to hold the office of President of the United States may qualify to participate as a Presidential candidate in the presidential primary by filing with the Secretary of the SREC, not later than 6:00 p.m. January 2 preceding the primary, a signed and acknowledged application for his or her name to be placed on the Presidential Primary ballot, accompanied by a supporting petition signed by a minimum of 300 registered voters of the state from each of a minimum of 15 Congressional Districts, or the payment of a filing fee of $5,000.

  2. Signing Petition: A voter may sign only one petition supporting one candidate for President and may sign that petition only one time. The name of any voter violating this provision shall be stricken from all petitions signed by that voter and shall not be counted for any purpose.

  3. Form of Petition: The State Republican Executive Committee shall prescribe the form of all applications and petitions which are to be filed pursuant to this section and may by resolution provide for a method of verification of the petitions required here.

  4. Withdrawal or Death of Candidate: A Presidential candidate may withdraw from participation in the Presidential Primary at any time by filing with the Secretary of the State Republican Executive Committee a signed and acknowledged request to that effect. If a Presidential candidate dies or withdraws before the 62nd day prior to Election Day, the name of the candidate shall not appear on the ballot. If a candidate dies or withdraws during the 62 days before primary election day, the votes cast for that candidate shall be counted and the delegate and alternates, if any, allocable to that candidate under this Rule shall be elected by the appropriate Congressional district caucus from any qualified persons and they shall be uncommitted delegates and alternates.

  5. Replacement of Delegates of Withdrawn or Deceased Candidate: If a Presidential candidate withdraws or dies during the time between primary election day and the convening of the State Convention, then any delegates and alternates to which such Presidential candidate would otherwise be entitled under this Rule shall lapse and the appropriate Congressional district caucuses at the State Convention shall elect qualified delegates and alternates as uncommitted delegates and alternates in replacement of the delegates and alternates of such withdrawn or deceased candidate. For the purpose of this section, withdrawal shall be accomplished only by the candidate filing a signed and acknowledged request to that effect with the Secretary of the SREC.

  6. Challenge to Petition: In the event of a challenge to a petition, the Chairman of the State Republican Executive Committee shall follow the procedure for verification of signatures by means of statistical sampling as provided in Chapter 141, Sub-Chapter C, Section 141.069 of the Texas Election Code.

Section 3. The Presidential Primary Ballot

  1. Listing on Ballot: The names of the qualifying Presidential candidates shall be printed on the ballot as a separate race (and as the first race if not prohibited by law) on the Partyís Official Ballot for the General Primary. The names of the candidates shall be listed in a vertical column under the heading "Preference for Presidential Nominee." The order of appearance on the Ballot in each County shall be determined by lot in each County at a meeting of the County Executive Committee in accordance with Section 172.082, Texas Election Code.

  2. Uncommitted: In addition to the ballot listing of the names of the qualifying Presidential candidates, there shall appear at the bottom of such listing of candidates on said ballot a place designated "Uncommitted" in accordance with Section 4 of this Rule.

  3. Adjustment of Ballot for Various Methods of Voting: Appropriate changes shall be made in ballots for voting machines and electronic voting systems; consistent with the method of voting used.

  4. Style of Names: The type for all names of qualifying Presidential candidates shall be uniform and of the same size and the State Republican Executive Committee shall prescribe a sample ballot and the State Chairman shall furnish a copy of the sample ballot to each County Chairman at the time prescribed by the Election Code for certifying the names to appear on the ballot.

  5. Write-in Prohibited: Write-in voting for presidential candidates shall not be permitted, and any write-in votes shall not be counted for any purpose.

 

Section 4. Uncommitted Delegates and Alternates

In addition to the foregoing, uncommitted delegates and alternates may be elected as follows:

  1. Election of Delegates: In those Congressional districts entitled to uncommitted delegates and alternates under this Rule, the Congressional district caucus convened at the State Convention shall elect and submit to the Convention for confirmation, in like manner with other delegates and alternates, the name(s) and appropriate number of qualified voters who reside in the district and who voted in the Republican Presidential Primary and who sign a pledge declaring themselves uncommitted at the time of their election as uncommitted district delegates and alternates to the National Convention, and such persons shall be confirmed by the Convention as uncommitted district delegates and alternates.

  2. Delegate Entitlement: For the purpose of determining entitlements under Sections 8 and 9 of this Rule, votes cast for "Uncommitted" on the ballot shall be considered as having been voted for a separate candidate.

  3. At Large Delegates: In the event a canvass of the Republican Presidential Primary vote on a state-wide basis demonstrates that the voters are entitled to one or more uncommitted delegates and alternates at-large under this Rule, the National Nominations Committee, as provided for under Rule 34(A), shall nominate and include in its report to the Convention under Section 7, paragraph (c), the appropriate number of qualified voters of the State who voted in the Republican Presidential Primary and who sign a pledge declaring themselves uncommitted at the time of their election, as at-large and uncommitted delegates and alternates to the National Convention.

Section 5. Canvass of Returns

For the purpose of selecting district delegates and alternates, the returns of votes cast for Presidential candidates in the Republican Presidential Primary shall be canvassed by the SREC at the same time as the returns for other offices and shall be canvassed and recorded by Congressional district. For the purpose of selecting at-large delegates and alternates, the returns shall be canvassed and counted on a statewide basis.

Section 6. Election of District Delegates and Alternates at State Convention

  1. Number of District Delegates and Alternates: Three (3) district delegates from each Congressional district and three (3) alternates shall be elected at the State Convention required by Section 174.092, Texas Election Code, in accordance with this section and the entitlements set forth in Sections 8 and 9 hereof.

  2. At the State Convention, each Congressional district shall meet and shall elect those district delegates and alternates to which a candidate is entitled under Section 8. Elections for a candidateís committed delegates and alternates shall be from person nominated from the floor at the said meeting, provided however, that said nominee agree to adhere to the pledge to the candidate required under Section 10 hereof. Nominations for uncommitted delegates, if there is such an entitlement, shall be provided under Section 4. Elections shall be by majority vote, one at a time, with all delegates being elected first and then all alternates. Those delegates and alternates elected by the Congressional district shall be submitted to the convention, which shall confirm, and not amend, those district delegates and alternates who shall be the district delegates and alternates from Texas to the National Convention of the Republican Party, and shall be so certified in accordance with the Rules of the National Republican Party.

Section 7. Election of At-Large Delegates and Alternates at State Convention

  1. As provided for in Rule 34(A), each Congressional District Caucus shall meet at the State Convention, and elect one person to serve as a member of the National Nominations Committee from persons nominated from the floor at the said meeting. Election to this committee shall be by majority vote.

  2. At the State Convention, the National Nominations Committee shall meet to select nominees for all At-Large Delegates and Alternates.

  3. Those At-Large delegate and alternate nominees selected by the National Nominations committee shall be reported to the State Convention. This report shall not be amendable by the State Convention, but shall either be confirmed or rejected by the State Convention. If the report is rejected, it shall be immediately returned to the Committee for revision and then resubmitted to the State Convention, until the report is confirmed by the Convention. The At-Large delegates and alternates shall also be bound by the pledge provisions of Section 10 of this rule. At-large delegates and alternates nominated and elected from Texas in accordance with this Rule shall be certified as the delegates and alternates from Texas in accordance with the Rules of the National Republican Party for the National Convention.

Section 8. District Delegate and Alternate Entitlements

For the purpose of determining the entitlement to district delegates and alternates by candidates, the provisions of this section shall apply as follows:

  1. More than 50% of Vote Received by Candidate: A candidate receiving more that fifty percent (50%) of the votes in any Congressional district shall be entitled to three (3) delegates and alternates from that Congressional district.

  2. No Candidate Receives Majority of Vote: If no candidate receives a majority of the votes in any Congressional district the plurality winner is entitled to two (2) delegates and alternates from that district and the candidate receiving the next highest number of votes receives one (1) delegate and alternate; provided, however, that if the plurality winner receives more than twenty percent (20%) and the number of votes received by the next highest candidate is less than twenty percent (20%), the plurality winner is entitled to three (3) delegates and alternates.

  3. No Candidate Receives 20% of Vote: If no candidate receives more than twenty percent (20%), each of the three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall receive one (1) delegate and alternate.

Section 9. At-Large Delegate and Alternate Entitlements

For the purpose of determining the entitlement to at-large delegates and alternates by candidates, the provisions of this section shall apply, as follows:

  1. More than 50% of Vote Received by Candidate: A candidate receiving more than fifty percent (50%) of the votes cast in the Presidential Primary canvassed on a statewide basis shall be entitled to all at-large delegates and alternates allocated to Texas under the Rules of the National Republican Party.

  2. No Candidate Receives Majority of Vote: If no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast statewide in the Presidential Primary, then the at-large delegates and alternates shall be apportioned among the candidates receiving more than twenty percent (20%) of the statewide vote in the ratio which the number of votes received by each such candidate who received more than twenty percent (20%) of the statewide vote, bears to the total of all such candidates receiving more than twenty percent (20%) of the statewide vote, rounding fractional delegates and alternates upward to the next whole number beginning with the candidate receiving the largest number of votes.

  3. No Candidate receives 20% of Vote: If no candidate receives more than twenty percent (20%), the at-large delegates and alternates shall be apportioned among such candidates, beginning with the candidate receiving the highest number of votes and rounding fractional delegates and alternates upward to the next whole number, and then awarding delegates and alternates to the second highest candidate in the same manner, and so forth until the delegates and alternates to be apportioned have been fully awarded.

 

Section 10. Pledge of Delegates and Alternates.

  1. Commitment to Candidate: By assenting to nomination on a Presidential candidateís slate, each delegate and alternate representing a Presidential candidate becomes pledged to the Presidential candidate on whose slate the delegate and alternate is nominated in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

  2. Length of Commitment: A person who is elected as a delegate or alternate to the National Convention on the slate of a Presidential candidate by the State Convention to represent that particular Presidential candidate at the National Convention and who does not resign from the position is pledged to support that Presidential candidate at the National Convention until the candidate is nominated or until the delegate or alternate is released from the pledges as follows:

    1. First nomination convention ballot: delegate or alternate shall be released from the pledge only in the event of death, withdrawal, or by decision of the candidate.

    2. Second nomination convention ballot: delegate or alternate may be released from the pledge by decision of the candidate;

    3. Third nominating convention ballot: delegate or alternate shall be released from the pledge if the candidate has failed to receive twenty percent (20%) or more of the total vote cast on the preceding ballot; or by the decision of the candidate;

    4. Fourth and subsequent nominating convention ballots: delegates and alternates are released from any pledge.

  1. Uncommitted Delegates: Uncommitted delegates and alternates may vote as they choose on all questions and candidates presented at the National Convention.

Section 11. Delegate/Alternate Resignation

  1. Written Notice: Any delegate or alternate may resign by giving written notice to the Delegation Chairman and the State Chairman at any time before the date of the National Convention.

  2. Filling Vacancy: Should a vacancy occur in the at-large delegation after the date of the State Convention but prior to the convening of the National Convention, the chairman of the National Nomination Committee of the State Convention shall fill such vacancy by appointing, in writing, any at-large alternate delegate to fill any at-large delegate position. To fill the vacancy of an at-large alternate delegate, the said chairman may select any person eligible under this Rule to hold said position, inasmuch as possible under the Rules of the National Republican Party. In the case of a vacancy in a district delegate position, the paired alternate shall be moved over, and the presidential candidate or his/her designated representative shall appoint a new alternate. In the case of vacancy in a district alternate position, the presidential candidate or his/her designated representative shall appoint a new alternate. All appointments shall be made from those nominated at the convention, if possible. If no potential nominee exists, then the presidential candidate or his/her designated representative shall appoint as a new alternate anyone eligible under this Rule to hold said position, provided that said nominee(s) agree to adhere to pledge to the candidate required under Section 10 hereof.

Section 12. Delegate/Alternate Qualifications

Each nominee for delegate and alternate must have voted in the Republican Presidential Primary, and must be qualified to be a delegate or alternate under the Rules of the National Republican Party.

 

Rule No. 39 - Presidential Electors

At the Biennial State Convention in presidential election years, the delegates from each Congressional district shall nominate one presidential elector and such nomination shall be presented to the Committee on Nominations; additionally, the Committee on Nominations shall select additional nominees to bring to total number of nominees to the number allowed by law. Each such nominee for elector, prior to the report of the Committee on Nominations, shall file with the Chairman of the Committee on Nominations an affidavit in writing as to his commitment to vote for the Republican Partyís nominees for President and Vice President. The report of the Committee on Nominations shall include only nominees who have so filed such affidavit. The report of the Committee on Nominations must include the nominees from the Congressional District who have so filed affidavits. The Convention shall then elect the presidential electors. Any vacancy among the presidential electors shall be filled by majority vote of the SREC.

Rule No. 40 - National Committeeman and Woman

At the Biennial State Convention held in presidential election years, each Congressional district shall caucus and recommend a man for Republican National Committeeman from Texas and a woman for Republican National Committeewoman from Texas. These recommendations shall be forwarded to the national nominations committee by the districtís member to the committee, who shall support them on at least the first round of voting. The National Nominations Committee shall, select one man and one woman from these recommendations to be submitted to the Convention as nominees for these positions. Nominations from the floor shall be allowed only for candidates recommended by a least three (3) districts, or by petition signed by delegates equal in number to at least 20 percent of the convention voting strength. No person shall be eligible to be elected National Committeeman or National Committeewoman from Texas for more than two (2) consecutive 4-year terms.

Rule No. 41 - State Party Chairman and Vice Chairman

At the Biennial State Convention, each Senatorial District shall caucus and recommend a man and woman for State Chairman and Vice Chairman. These recommendations shall be forwarded to the Committee on Nominations by the districtís member to the committee, who shall support them on at least the first round of voting. The Committee on Nominations shall select one man and one woman from these recommendations to be submitted to the Convention as nominees for these positions. Nominations from the floor shall be allowed only for candidates recommended by at least three (3) districts, or by petition signed by delegates equal in number to at least 20 percent of the convention voting strength. No person shall be eligible to be elected Chairman or Vice Chairman for more than four (4) consecutive 2-year terms to the same office.

Rule No. 42 - State Executive Committee

At the Biennial State Convention, a man and a woman shall be elected to represent each Senatorial district on the State Executive Committee. Those members elected to represent a particular Senatorial district must be those recommended by the convention delegates representing that Senatorial district. No person shall be eligible to be elected State Republican Executive Committee man or woman for more than four (4) consecutive 2-year terms. The SREC shall be authorized to approve the minutes of the State Convention.

 

Rule No. 43 - Candidate Platform Questionnaire

Any candidate running as a Republican for any public office on any ballot in the State of Texas shall be provided a Texas Republican Party Platform Questionnaire, upon which each candidate may indicate for each plank item whether the candidate agrees, disagrees, or is undecided, as to each plank item, with comments if desired. This questionnaire shall be an outline of the RPT Platform, plank by plank, simplified for ease of response and designed by the SREC. The SREC shall have the questionnaire available to the candidates within nine (9) months after the adoption of the RPT Platform by the RPT Convention Delegates. Candidates for federal or state at-large office should file the completed questionnaire at the time of filing for office with the State Republican Party of Texas in Austin. District and local candidates should file the completed questionnaire with their SREC members(s) or County Chairmen of the districts, or counties, respectively, in which they are running. The Candidate Platform Questionnaire shall be made available by the appropriate party official at reproduction costs to any person requesting such.

Republican Party of Texas 211 E. 7th Street, Suite 620 Austin, Texas 78701 512-477-9821 (Telephone) 512-480-0709 (Fax) Revised - June 1998 Adopted by the Republican Executive Committee meeting in Austin, Texas on March 13, 1972; amended by the State Convention meeting in Dallas, Texas on September 19, 1972; amended by the State Convention meeting in Houston, Texas, on September 17, 1974; amended by the State Convention meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 19, 1976; amended by the State Convention meeting in Austin, Texas, on September 11, 1976; amended by the State Convention meeting in Dallas, Texas on September 9, 1978; amended by the State Convention meeting in Houston, Texas on June 21, 1980; amended by the State Convention meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on September 6, 1980; amended by the State Convention meeting in Austin, Texas on September 11, 1982; amended by the State Convention in Corpus Christi, Texas on September 22, 1984; amended by the State Executive Committee meeting in Austin, Texas on November 23, 1985; amended by the State Convention in Dallas, Texas, on June 28, 1986; amended at the State Executive Committee meeting in Austin, Texas on May 30, 1987; amended at the State Executive Committee meeting in Copperas Cove, Texas on November 21, 1987; amended by the State Convention meeting in Houston, Texas on June 10, 1988; amended by the State Convention meeting in Fort Worth, Texas on June 30, 1990; amended by the State Convention meeting in Dallas, Texas on June 20, 1992; amended by the State Convention meeting in Fort Worth, Texas on June 11, 1994; amended by the State Convention meeting in Fort Worth, Texas on June 13, 1998.