Party Constitution

Note: The Constitution was amended at the 2015 BPOU Convention and is in the process of being updated.

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Republican Party of Freeborn County of the State of Minnesota.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP

The membership of the Party shall be composed of all voters of Freeborn County who desire to support the objectives of the Party.

ARTICLE Ill: PURPOSE

The purpose of the Party shaft be the maintenance of good government through the promotion within Freeborn County of the principles and objectives of the Republican Party as determined by the Freeborn County Convention, the First Congressional District Convention, the Minnesota State Convention and the National Republican Convention.

ARTICLE IV: ADMINISTRATION

Section 1: The management of the affairs of the Party within the County shall be vested in the County Convention and its subordinate bodies, the County Committee and the Executive Committee.

Section 2: The County Committee shall be composed of the following Members:

(a) County Co-Chairs (two total — one female, one male), County Co-Vice Chairs (two total — one male, one female), Secretary and Treasurer.

(b) County Co-Chairs shall be delegates to State Central Committee. Vice Co-Chairs shall be alternate delegates to State Central Committee. In the event neither delegates or alternates are able to serve, representative delegates may be appointed by the Executive Committee. If through apportionment only one delegate is allocated that delegate shall be determined by the Executive committee.

(c) One representative from each of the affiliate and auxiliary groups within the County provided they are organized and recognized by the appropriate State organization.

(d) One representative from each Republican office holder or Republican endorsed candidate, having representative or senatorial districts wholly or partly within the boundaries of Freeborn County.

(e) The Chair(s) from each of the precincts organized within Freeborn county.

(f) The Chair of each of the Standing Committees, as appointed by the Executive Committee shall be:

Finance, Special Events, Publicity, and Candidate Search. In addition, the county Committee may create any special or ad hoc committee as it deems necessary and proper to organize (not to exceed three).

Section 3: The County Committee shall meet at the Call of a County Co-Chair or at the request of any seven (7) members thereof, provided, however, that meetings shall be held at least once every six (6) months.

Section 4: Two-thirds of the eligible county committee members excluding precinct chairs, present at any regular or special meeting of the County Committee shall constitute a quorum to do business at the meeting.

Section 5: The County Committee shall be empowered to adopt By-Laws and procedures necessary and proper to conduct the affairs of the Party between County Conventions.

Section 6: The Executive Committee shall be composed of the following members:

(a) The County Co-Chain (two total — (one female and one male),
County Vice Co-Chain (two total — one male and one female),
Secretary and Treasurer.

(b) The Chair of each of the Standing Committees, special or ad hoc committees.

Section 7: The Executive Committee shall meet at the Call of a County Co-Chair or at the request of any two (2) members thereof; provided, however, that meetings shall be held at least once every two (2) months.

Section 8: Five (5) members present at any regular or special meeting of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum to do business at the meeting.

Section 9: The Executive Committee shall be empowered to adopt By-Laws and procedures necessary and proper to conduct the affairs of the Party between meetings of the County Committee.

ARTICLE V: CONVENTIONS

Section 1: County Conventions of the Party shall be held each year during the period and for the purpose designated by the official Call issued by the State Executive Committee, the State Central Committee or the First Congressional District Committee. The time and place therefore shall be determined by the County Committee and this information shall be sent to each delegate and alternate to the Convention in a Convention Call mailed not less than fourteen (14) days nor more than thirty (30) days prior to that Convention.

Section 2: Special County Conventions shall be held at the Call of the State Executive Committee, the State Central Committee or the First Congressional District Committee, or at any time deemed necessary by a majority of the members of the County Committee. The Call to any special convention shall be sent to all delegates and alternates not less than ten (10) days prior to the special convention.

Section 3: Delegates and alternates to the County or any special convention shall be selected in the manner prescribed by the laws of the State of Minnesota, the State Central Committee, the First Congressional District Committee and as set forth in the official Call for such conventions. The number of delegates and alternates to the County Convention may be increased or decreased at the discretion of the County Committee, provided, however, that the basis for appointment be uniform through the County and shall be based on the vote cast for the Republican candidate for Governor in the last preceding statewide general election; or, if such election were a Presidential election, the vote cast for the Republican candidate for President.

Special caucuses for one or more precincts may be called by the County Committee in the manner prescribed by statute for biennial precinct caucuses for the sole purpose of filling vacancies in precincts where such exist at the time of notice.

Delegates and alternates shall be elected for a two-year term and shall serve until their successors are duly elected and certified. Alternates to the County Convention shall be seated in the order in which they have been selected by a random drawing among those alternates attending such convention.

Section 4: A County Convention, by a vote of 60 percent of the delegates seated at the Convention, may endorse candidates for public office, provided, however, that such endorsement shall be advisory only, and that delegates to the District and State Conventions from said County shall not be bound by such endorsements. The endorsements may include candidates for the State Legislature who would represent all or part of the County.

Section 5: The officers of the Convention shall be a Chair, Secretary, Parliamentarian, and a minimum of two Sergeant-At-Arms. The Convention officers shall be appointed by the Executive Committee at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Convention. The Convention Call shall contain the names of all appointed officers of the Convention. Any delegate to the Convention may challenge any appointment at the Convention and the delegates may, by a simple majority vote, override any such appointment. The rules of the Convention shall provide an opportunity for delegates to challenge any appointment as the first order of business following the adoption of the Convention rules. Should any appointment be rejected by the Convention, the vacancy will be filled by nominating and electing a replacement during the Convention.

Section 6: The following committees, made up of delegates or alternates elected by the precinct caucuses to the County Convention, shall be appointed by the County Committee and names published in the Convention Call to be mailed not less than fourteen (14) days and not more than thirty (30) days prior to that Convention. All committee appointments shall be made giving consideration to and providing for representation from all parts of the County.

(a) Rules Committee: This Committee shall consist of not less than five (5) nor more than seven (7) members.

(b) Credentials Committee: This committee shall consist of not less than five (5) nor more than seven (7) members.

(c) Resolutions Committee: This Committee shall consist of no less than eighteen (18) nor more than thirty-one (31 members, six (6) to be appointed from within the City of Albert Lea, and six (6) from outside the City of Albert Lea, and the balance at large.

(d) Nominations Committee: This Committee shall consist of nine (9) members, three (3) to be appointed from within the City of Albert Lea, three (3) from outside the City of Albert Lea, and three (3) members at large.

(e) Constitution Committee: This Committee shall consist of not less than five (5) nor more than eight (8) members.

(f) Special Committees: Special Committees may be appointed to serve at the Convention as may be required to properly transact the business of that Convention.

ARTICLE VI: PARTY ELECTIONS

Section 1: Officers of each precinct shall consist of a Chair, and such other officers as may be prescribed by the County Committee, all of whom are elected during the election year for a two-year term by a caucus of Republicans Within said precinct pursuant to the applicable statutes of the State of Minnesota. However, in the event that a precinct shall fail to elect officers at a regular precinct caucus, officers for such precinct may be appointed by the County Committee.

Section 2: The following members of the County Committee shall be elected for a two (2) year term by the delegates of the County Convention held dining each odd-numbered year. County Co-Chain (two total — one female and one male), Vice Co-Chairs (two total — one male and one female), a Secretary and a Treasurer. A majority of the votes cast shall be required for election to any office.

Section 3: Delegates and alternates to the First Congressional District and State Conventions shall be elected to a two-year term by the County Convention in even-numbered years. Alternates to the District and State Conventions shall be seated in the order in which they have been selected by a random drawing among those alternates attending such convention.

Section 4: A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the County Committee in advance of the County Convention for the purpose of nominating candidates for the elective offices of the County Committee or candidates for delegates and alternates to the First Congressional District Convention and the State Convention. Nominations by the Nominating Committee are to be submitted for consideration of the County Convention, provided, however, that nominations may also be made from the floor. The Nominating Committee shall submit all nominations for the elected officers of the County Committee to the Convention on printed ballots which shall be used by the delegates to cast their votes. These ballots shall provide space to write the names of those nominated from the floor. Any person nominated for office may decline the nomination in which event the name shall be stricken from the ballot

ARTICLE VII: VACANCIES AND REMOVALS

Section 1: Vacancies in precinct offices may be filled by appointment of County Committee or, if so directed by said body, by a meeting of the Republicans residing within the precinct in which such vacancy occurs.

Section 2: A member of the County Committee may be removed by a two-thirds vote of all of the members of the County Committee, provided that the member whose removal is under consideration shall have been furnished with a detailed written statement of the charges against him/her at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting and provided further that the said member shall be entitled to answer the charges against him/her before the entire Committee if he/she so desires, before the charges are voted upon.

Section 3: Should a vacancy occur in one or more offices of the County Committee, the County Committee may, by majority vote, at any regular or special meeting appoint a replacement to fill suck vacancy.

ARTICLE VIII: GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 1: The Freeborn County organization is affiliated with the Republican Party in the State of Minnesota and its activities shall be consistent with the objects, platforms and principles of the official State organization.

Section 2: No official of the County organization shall be authorized to express the views or otherwise speak on behalf of any group within the Party or upon any matters of policy unless the group has first considered and taken action on such matter. This shall not be construed to prevent any official of the County organization from expressing his opinions, provided he makes clear that his statements are solely his own personal views.

Section 3: The provisions of this Constitution shall be presumed to be incorporated as a part of the rules of each County Convention with such changes as the County Convention may determine, unless a contrary intention is expressly stated in such rules duly adopted at the Convention.

Section 4: Nothing in this constitution shall be construed to deny or abridge the rights of any voter to participate in the Party caucus, primary or Convention in which he is entitled to participate by law.

ARTICLE IX: AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended by majority vote of the delegates or seated alternates present at any County Convention. Proposed amendments shall have been first referred to a duly appointed Constitution Committee. That Committee is to report what action it has taken on such proposals.

Ratified: 1981
Amended: April 12, 1986
March 1995
March 2001
February 27,2010