Party Rules

2014 ARP RULES

(adopted May 3, 2014,

amended by the SCC on May 16, 2015,

July 20, 2015, and January 30, 2016)

 

ARTICLE I - RULES AND PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Section 1: Parliamentary Authority for Republican Party Procedures                                                              

Section 2: How Rules May Be Amended                                                                                                                     

Section 3: State Rules Committee                                                                                                                                  

Section 4: Interpretation of Republican Party Rules                                                                                               

Section 5: Interim Rules                                                                                                                                                     

Section 6: Rules of the State and District Conventions                                                                                            

Section 7: Party Membership and Office Holder Eligibility                                                                                    

Section 8: Non-Discrimination                                                                                                                                          

Section 9: Open Meetings                                                                                                                                                

Section 10: Executive Sessions                                                                                                                                        

Section 11: Conduct of Members, Delegates, Alternates and Guests                            

Section 12: Effective Date of Rules                                                                                                                                

Section 13: Rural Political Organization                                                                                                                        

 

ARTICLE II – QUORUMS AND VOTING

Section 1: State Convention Quorums                                                                                                                          

Section 2: District Convention Quorums                                                                                                                       

Section 3: State Central and District Committee Quorums                                                                                    

Section 4: State and District Executive Committee Quorums                                                                               

Section 5: Convention Committee Quorums                                                                                                              

Section 6: Delegate Voting                                                                                                                                               

Section 7: Immunity from Block Voting Pressure                                                                                                      

Section 8: Limitations on Assignment of Proxies                                                                                                       

Section 9: Proxies for State Executive Committee                                                                                                    

Section 10: Proxies for State Central Committee Meetings                                                                                   

Section 11: Proxies for District Committee Meetings                                                                                               

Section 12: Additional Methods of Voting                                                                                                                   

Section 13: Date and Time of Presidential Preference Polls in the Call for State Convention        

 

ARTICLE III – DISTRICT CONVENTIONS

Section 1: Call for Regular District Convention                                                                                                            

Section 2: District Convention Manual                                                                                                                 

Section 3: Fee Schedule for a District Convention                                                                                                     

Section 4: Purpose of the Regular District Convention                                                                                             

Section 5: Officers of a District Convention                                                                                                                 

Section 6: Chairmen of District Convention Committees                                                                                        

Section 7: Committee on Committees for the District Convention                                                                      

Section 8: Qualifications for District Convention Delegate                                                                                     

Section 9: Certification of District Convention Delegates                                                                                        

Section 10: Challenges to District Convention Delegates                                                                                       

Section 11: Rights of District Convention Delegates                                                                                                 

Section 12: Seating of Delegates to the District Convention                                                                                 

Section 13: Order of Business for the District Convention                                                                                      

Section 14: Election of District Officers                                                                                                                         

Section 15: Election of Precinct Leaders                                                                                                                       

Section 16: Election of State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates                                               

Section 17: Records of the District Convention                                                                                                           

Section 18: Failure to Hold a Regular District Convention                                                                                       

Section 19: Special District Conventions                                                                                                                       

Section 20: Standing Committees of the District Convention                                                                                

Section 21: Special Committees of the District Convention                                                                                   

Section 22: Combination of Districts                                                                                                                              

 

ARTICLE IV - DISTRICT COMMITTEES

Section 1: Function of District Committees                                                                                                               

Section 2: Membership of the District Committees                                                                                               

Section 3: District Committee Meetings                                                                                                                    

Section 4: District Executive Committee                                                                                                                    

Section 5: Committees of the District Committee                                                                                                   

Section 6: Terms for District Committee                                                                                                                    

Section 7: Vacancies in District Office                                                                                                                         

Section 8: Failure of a District Committee to Organize                                                                                         

Section 9: Duties of the District Chairman                                                                                                                 

Section 10: Duties of the District Secretary                                                                                                               

Section 11: Duties of the District Treasurer                                                                                                               

Section 12: Duties of the District Finance Chairman                                                                                              

Section 13: Duties of District SSC Bonus Vote Member                                                                                        

Section 14: Duties of the District Campaign Committee                                                         

Section 15: Duties of the Precinct Leaders                                                                                                                

Section 16: Joint Liaison Committee                                                                                                                            

Section 17: District Targeting Committee                                                                                                                  

 

ARTICLE V - STATE CONVENTIONS

Section 1: Call for Regular State Convention                                                                                                            

Section 2: Registration Fees for a State Convention                                                                                              

Section 3: Apportionment of Delegates to the Regular State Convention                                                     

Section 4: Purpose of the Regular State Convention                                                                                             

Section 5: Officers of a State Convention                                                                                                                  

Section 6: Chairmen of State Convention Committees                                                                                         

Section 7: Committee on Committees for the State Convention                                                                       

Section 8: Qualifications for State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates                                  

Section 9: Certification of State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates                                       

Section 10: Challenges to State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates                                       

Section 11: Rights of State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates                                                

Section 12: Seating of Delegates to the State Convention                                                                                  

Section 13: Order of Business for the State Convention                                                                                       

Section 14: Election and Appointment of Republican Party Officers                                                                

Section 15: Republican National Convention Delegate and Alternate Delegate Election                         

Section 16: Records of the State Convention                                                                                                           

Section 17: Special State Conventions                                                                                                                       

Section 18: Standing Committees of the State Convention                                                                                

Section 19: Special Committees of the State Convention                                                                                    

Section 20: Election of Presidential Electors                                                                                                             

 

ARTICLE VI - STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Section 1: Functions of the State Central Committee                                                                                            

Section 2: Membership of the State Central Committee                                                                                     

Section 3: State Central Committee Headquarters                                                                                                

Section 4: State Central Committee Meetings                                                                                                        

Section 5: Special and Emergency Meetings of the State Central Committee                                             

Section 6: State Executive Committee                                                                                                                       

Section 7: Committees of the State Central Committee                                                                                       

Section 8: Duties of the Standing Committees                                                                                                        

Section 9: Functions and Duties of the State Chairman                                                                                        

Section 10: Functions and Duties of the State Vice-Chairman                                                                           

Section 11: Functions and Duties of the State Secretary                                                                                     

Section 12: Functions and Duties of the State Treasurer                                                                                     

Section 13: Functions and Duties of the State Finance Chairman                                                                     

Section 14: Functions and Duties of State Legal Counsel                                                                                     

Section 15: Functions and Duties of Assistant State Secretary and Treasurer                                             

Section 16: Functions and Duties of the Parliamentarian                                                                                    

Section 17: Functions and Duties of Regional Representatives                                                                         

Section 18: Functions and Duties of the Executive Director                                                                                

Section 19: Terms for State Central Committee Members                                                                                 

Section 20: Vacancies in State Central Committee Offices                                                                                 

Section 21: Functions and Duties of the State Chairman-Elect                                                                          

Section 22: Functions and Duties of the State Vice Chairman-Elect                                                                 

Section 22: Functions and Duties of the National Committeeman and Committeewoman                     

 

ARTICLE VII – FINANCE

Section 1: Use of Funds                                                                                                                                                   

Section 2: Special Accounts                                                                                                                                            

Section 3: Financial Budget and Plans                                                                                                                        

Section 4: Disbursement of Funds                                                                                                                               

 

ARTICLE VIII - AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS

Section 1: Recognition of Affiliated Organizations                                                                                                 

Section 2: Reporting Requirements                                                                                                                             

 

ARTICLE IX - GENERAL POLICIES

Section 1: General Policies and Procedures                                                                                                              

Section 2: Promotion of Republican Candidates                                                                                                      

Section 3: Recommendations for Appointment to Public Office                                                                        

Section 4: Support of Presidential & Primary Candidates                                                                                    

 

Section 5: Communications of the Alaska Republican Party                                                                               

Section 6: State Strategic Plan                                                                                                                                      

Section 7: Alteration of District Boundaries Due to Redistricting                                                                        

Section 8: Legislative Vacancies                                                                                                                                   

Section 9: Definitions                                                                                                                                                        

Section 10: Abbreviations                                                                                                                                               

Section 11: Severability                                                                                                                                                   

 

ARTICLE X - REMOVAL FROM REPUBLICAN PARTY

Section 1: Grounds for Removal                                                                                                                                   

Section 2: Who May File Charges                                                                                                                                

Section 3: Hearing of Charges                                                                                                                                       

Section 4: Sanctions                                                                                                                                                          

Section 5: Right of Appeal                                                                                                                                               

 

ARTICLE XI - PRIMARY ELECTIONS

Section 1: Eligible Voters                                                                                                                                                 

Section 2: Republican Designation                                                                                                                               

Section 3: Maximize Voter Participation in Primary Elections                                                                            

Section 4: Modification to Primary System                                                                                                              

Section 5: Prior Registration Requirement                                                                                                                 

 

 

ARTICLE I - RULES AND PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

 

Section 1: Parliamentary Authority for Republican Party Procedures

Except as otherwise provided in these Alaska Republican Party (ARP) Rules, all proceedings shall be conducted in accordance with the Rules of the Republican Party of the United States (RNC), or where the proceedings are not otherwise covered, in accordance with ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER, latest edition.

 

Section 2: How Rules May Be Amended

   (a) These rules may be amended at any regular ARP state convention or at any special ARP state convention by a majority of the delegates duly voting at a properly called convention.  All recommended rules changes made by the district conventions shall be forwarded to the State Rules Committee fifteen (15) or more calendar days before the date of the state convention.

   (b) All rules amendments must be submitted in proper amendment form including Article, Section and subsection designation; provide the entire sentence(s) currently in Rules, and show clearly the language to be deleted using brackets [ ], and language to be added using underline.  If the entirety is new, underlining may be excluded, but the word “ADD” must appear capitalized.

 

Section 3: State Rules Committee

The State Chairman shall appoint a seven (7) member State Rules Committee whose duties shall be:

   (a) Consideration of necessary revisions and/or amendments to these rules, and submission of a report of those proposed changes to the State Convention Rules Committee,

   (b) Interpretation of ARP rules and RNC Rules, acting as parliamentary authority concerning conformity with the ARP rules by the various levels of the ARP,

   (c) Resolution of conflicts between ARP rules, RNC rules and federal and state laws, and

   (d) Maintenance of SCC approved interim rules as an addendum to these rules.

 

Section 4: Interpretation of Republican Party Rules

Differences that arise concerning the interpretation of ARP rules or RNC Rules shall be resolved as follows:

   (a) Complaints

  (1) Any registered Republican may file a suspected ARP rules violation compliant.  All complaints must be filed in writing, stating the facts of the suspected violation.

  (2) Violations occurring at the precinct level shall be submitted to their District Committee.

  (3) Violations occurring at the district or state level shall be submitted to the State Rules Committee. 

   (b) Requests for clarification of ARP or RNC rules shall be submitted to the State Rules Committee.

   (c) Rulings and Appeals

  (1) District Committee and State Rules Committee written rulings shall be in effect until overturned.

  (2) Appeals regarding District Committee ruling shall be made to the State Rules Committee.

  (3) Appeals from ruling of the State Rules Committee shall be made to the SCC whose decision shall be final.

 

Section 5: Interim Rules

The SCC may enact interim rules governing ARP operations.  Interim Rules may not be adopted relative to Art IV.2, Art IV.4, Art V.3, Art. VI.2 and Art. VI.6.  Interim Rules shall be adopted by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote.  Interim rules may not conflict with RNC Rules.  The Rules Committee shall assign an Article, Section and Paragraph for an interim rule and publish each according to Art. I.11.  Unless rescinded by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote, interim rules shall be in effect until the next state convention where each interim rule shall be adopted or rejected.

 

Section 6: Rules of the State and District Conventions

For District Convention: District => Precinct & State => District

Rule # 1: Only certified delegates, Republican Party officials, and legislators shall be recognized by the chairman, except by consent of 2/3 of the delegates.  The convention chairman may grant special privileges of the floor.

 

Rule # 2: Any person must first give his name and district number after being recognized by the chairman.

 

Rule # 3: Convention participants may not use abusive language or make personal attacks.

 

Rule # 4: ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER shall govern any question not covered by these convention rules or the RPA rules.

 

Rule # 5: Debate shall be limited to two (2) minutes per person, and no person may speak on the same subject more than once until all others desiring the floor have spoken. The maximum debate on any subject shall be limited to twenty (20) minutes unless a majority of delegates assembled consent to an extension.

 

Rule # 6: The delegation chairman shall poll his delegates for a division of the house.

 

Rule # 7: On a call for division of the house, the secretary shall call the roll by district, announce district’s registered delegate count, and record the vote reported by the delegation chairmen. However, upon approval of 2/3 vote, the division may be taken by a standing vote.

 

Rule # 8: Election of Republican Party officers and convention delegates shall be by paper ballot except by consent of 2/3 of the delegates. The canvass committee shall tally and verify the vote. The Convention Secretary shall call the roll of the delegates by district, at which time the delegate shall present his ballot to the canvass committee. The convention may conduct other business while the votes are tallied.

 

Rule # 9: Challenges to district votes must be made at the time the district vote is announced. However, the chairman shall defer polling the challenged delegation until the roll call of other districts is completed; at which time the challenges shall be taken up in the order they were made.

 

Rule #10: The delegation chairman shall be responsible for maintaining his current district delegate count and certifying same with the Credentials Committee. However, a convention delegate shall notify both his delegation chairman and the Credentials Committee of his anticipated temporary absence.

 

Rule #11: Each convention delegate shall be entitled to one vote on any issue that comes before the convention.

 

Section 7: Party Membership and Office Holder Eligibility

   (a) A Republican shall hold only one elected or appointed voting position in the District and State Committees. 

   (b) An ARP officeholder shall notify the ARP of any address, fax/phone or email change within thirty (30) calendar days after such change.

   (c) Paid political consultants cannot serve as SCC members, due to the inherent conflict of interest, which is unavoidable.

 

Section 8: Non-Discrimination

   (a) Participation in any caucus, meeting, convention, or any other ARP function shall in no way be abridged for reasons of sex, race, religion, color, age, or national origin.  Violation of this section is grounds for removal from Republican Party office.

   (b) Terms denoting gender in these rules or in any other official ARP correspondence, such as chairman, vice-chairman, his, him, himself, and he, are used solely for ease of reference and are not intended and shall not be construed to any particular gender: masculine or feminine.

 

Section 9: Open Meetings

All official meetings of the ARP and its subdivisions shall be open to all registered Republicans.  The nominations committee and the credentials committee of either a state or a district convention may hold closed meetings upon a majority vote of its members.

 

Section 10: Executive Sessions

Executive Session may be convened for the purpose of discussion in a session closed to the public by a majority vote of a duly convened meeting of the party or its subdivisions, committees or auxiliaries.  The motion must state the purpose of convening an Executive Session and no other matter may be discussed during the Executive Session that was not addressed in the original motion calling for closed session. Only matters of litigation, personnel, presenting and discussing a targeting committee report, financial contracts and other binding procedures, and state or national emergencies will be accepted as a motion to recess to Executive Session.

 

Section 11: Conduct of Members, Delegates, Alternates and Guests 

Attendees shall not record audio or video, videotape, broadcast, or transmit without prior permission of the chair.  Press media shall be accredited by the chair and shall be identified with name badge and organization.  Attendees shall turn off or mute cell phones.

 

Section 12: Effective Date of Rules

   (a) State rules shall become effective upon adjournment of the state convention at which they were approved, unless the convention rules otherwise by a two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the delegates present.

   (b) The Rules Committee shall be authorized to make corrections in capitalization, spelling, punctuation, order, and format and in related uncorrected affected text, that will clarify the language herein without altering the meaning or intent of the rules as approved by the State Convention. The final ARP Rules draft shall be submitted to the SCC Rules Committee for approval within sixty (60) calendar days after State Convention adjournment. This authorization shall continue from State Convention adjournment until the publishing of ARP Rules as called for in Article I.12(c).

   (c) The ARP Rules shall be posted on the Alaska Republican Party Website:    www.alaskarepublicans.com

Section 13: Rural PoliticalOrganization

The SCC shall adopt interim rules that assist rural Republican organizations in Districts 6, 9, 29, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, and 40.  Rural districts authorized at-large precinct leader count is district Republican registration divided by 235.  These districts are encouraged to establish teleconferences for their district conventions.

 

ARTICLE II - QUORUMS AND VOTING

 

Section 1: State Convention Quorums

Representation in person by delegates from at least fifty percent (50%) of the authorized vote and at least two-thirds (2/3) of the districts in the state convention call shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business at any properly called ARP state convention.

 

Section 2: District Convention Quorums

Representation in person or via teleconference by a minimum of two voters from at least fifty percent (50%) of the district’s organized precincts shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business at any properly called district convention, unless a lesser percentage is authorized for geographic reasons by the SCC call.

 

Section 3: State Central & District Committee Quorums

Representation in person, via teleconference and internet conference or by proxy of a majority of the authorized voting committee members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business at any properly called committee meeting.

 

   (a) District Committee Quorums: Representation in person, via teleconference and internet conference or by proxy of 35% of the voting committee members authorized by Article IV Section 2 (a) through (j) and 25% of the precinct leaders authorized by Article I Section 13 and Article IV Section 2(k) shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business at any properly called committee meeting.

 

   (b) State Central Committee Quorum: Representation in person, via teleconference and internet conference or by proxy of a majority of the authorized committee members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business at any properly called committee meeting.  Republican State Legislators shall not be considered for establishing quorum. 

 

Section 4: State and District Executive Committee Quorums

Representation in person, via teleconference and internet conference or by proxy of a majority of the authorized voting members of the State Executive Committee or a District Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business at any properly called meeting.

 

Section 5: Convention Committee Quorums

Representation in person by fifty percent (50%) of the delegates assigned to any committee of the state convention or any district convention shall constitute a quorum for conducting committee business.  The committee chairman shall maintain a list of delegates assigned to that committee by the convention Committee on Committees.

 

Section 6: Delegate Voting

No delegate to a state or district convention shall be allowed to vote on any issue until the Credentials Committee has met and certified the temporary roll of the convention and has determined that a quorum is present.

 

Section 7: Immunity from Block Voting Pressure

No delegate or alternate to any state or district convention shall be bound by any attempt of any district or precinct to impose the unit rule or block voting.

 

Section 8: Limitations on Assignment of Proxies

   (a) A person shall vote only one (1) proxy at any SEC, SCC or district committee meeting.

   (b) Proxies may not be permitted for the district or state convention for any purpose.

   (c) The vice-chairman shall be automatically qualified to represent the chairman without specific proxy.  In the event that both the chairman and vice-chairman cannot attend a committee meeting of which the chairman is a member, the first option of giving a proxy shall go to the chairman.

 

Section 9: Proxies for State Executive Committee

   (a) A State Republican Party officer may give a proxy to another SCC member.

   (b) A regional representative may give a proxy to another SCC member from that particular region.

   (c) Alaska Federation of Republican Women Representative may give her proxy to any Federation Officer.

 

Section 10: Proxies for State Central Committee Meetings

   (a) A SCC member who represents a district may give his proxy only to a qualified Republican residing in the district.

   (b) State Republican Party officers, the Republican Congressional Delegation, the Republican Governor and the Republican Lt. Governor may give a proxy to any qualified Alaskan Republican.

   (c) An affiliated organization representative may give his proxy only to members of his respective organization.

   (d) Republican State Legislators may give a proxy to another member of their body.

 

Section 11: Proxies for District Committee Meetings

A District Committee member may assign his proxy only to a qualified Republican residing in his precinct.  

 

Section 12: Additional Methods of Voting

Committee votes on specific issues may be conducted by email, fax or telephone at the chairman’s discretion.  Unless an emergency exists, the voting period shall commence after 25-hour notice. The voting period is 48 hours. Oral votes are confirmed to the committee secretary or chairman by email or fax transmitted not more than twenty-four (24) hours following the verbal vote.  The secretary shall attach these hard copies to the next regular minutes.

 

Section 13:  Date and Time of Presidential Preference Polls in the Call for State Convention

In a presidential election year on a date established by the State Central Committee, any registered Republican should indicate his preference for a Qualified Presidential Candidate at a location determined by each district executive committee.  For the purposes of the Presidential Preference Poll, any person who completes a State of Alaska Voter Registration Application at the polling place wherein that person selects affiliation with the Alaska Republican Party will be counted as a registered Republican whether or not a certified registrar is present to finalize the registration.  Polls open at 3:00 PM.  The District Chair shall certify to the State Chairman, or his designee, the number of votes for each Qualified Presidential Candidate after the polling closes at 8:00 PM, but not later than 9:30 PM.  

ARTICLE III - DISTRICT CONVENTIONS

 

Section 1: Call for Regular District Convention

The District Committee shall call a Regular District Convention whenever the SCC issues a Regular State Convention Call.  The Regular District Convention date shall be such that Regular State Convention delegates will be elected thirty (30) or more calendar days before the Regular State Convention.  The time, date, place, and fee schedule of the Regular District Convention shall be publicly announced sixty (60) or more calendar days before the Regular State Convention and thirty (30) or more calendar days before the Regular District Convention. Public announcement shall include publication in appropriate news media available throughout the district, the ARP web site or email.

 

Section 2: District Convention Manual

The District Convention Manual (DCM) shall be used to conduct District Conventions.  If there is a conflict between the DCM and these rules, these State Rules shall prevail.

 

Section 3: Fee Schedule for a District Convention

The District Committee shall set delegate registration fees.  

 

Section 4: Purpose of the Regular District Convention

The purpose of the Regular District Convention shall include, but not be limited to:

   (a) Elect District officers and Precinct Leaders as required by the ARP rules.

   (b) Elect Regular State Convention delegates and alternate delegates.

   (c) Develop proposed ARP Rules revisions.

   (d) Develop proposed ARP Resolutions on various state and national issues.

   (e) Develop proposed ARP Mission Statement, Statement of Principles and Platform changes.

   (f) Enlist, encourage, and train candidates and campaign workers for local, state, and national office.

   (g) Formulate plans to raise the necessary funds to support Republican candidates.

   (h) Formulate district political organization plans and methods to recruit Alaskans to become ARP members.

   (i) Enhance communications between elected Republican officials and all Alaskan Republicans.

 

Section 5: Officers of a District Convention

District Chairman and District Secretary shall be district convention’s permanent chairman and secretary.

 

Section 6: Chairmen of District Convention Committees

The District Chairman shall appoint District Convention standing and special committee chairmen and report such appointments to the convention Committee on Committees for their approval prior to the District Convention.

 

Section 7: Committee on Committees for the District Convention

The District Executive Committee shall be the Committee on Committees of the District Convention.  The Committee on Committees shall meet as necessary during the convention.  The District Executive Committee shall meet prior to the district convention for the purposes of:

   (a) Approving District Convention committee chairmen appointed by the District Chair,

   (b) Approving the convention agenda as prepared by the District Chairman,

   (c) Preparing special reports to be submitted to the convention.

 

Section 8: Qualifications for District Convention Delegates

   (a) A Republican registered with the Alaska Division of Elections more than 90 days prior to a District Convention may serve as a delegate to their District Convention.

   (b) Each District Convention delegate shall pay registration fees, sign the District Convention Registry and provide his address, email address, fax/and phone numbers as available and volunteer interest during the Registration period.  Those Delegates participating by phone shall provide their information for the Registry.

 

Section 9: Certification of District Convention Delegates

   (a) Delegates shall be certified as registered Republican on the current State Voter Registration List.  If the potential participant is not on that list, then he must show proof of registration in district.

   (b) Certification as a registered voter in a temporary precinct shall be determined as possible from available maps. 

 

Section 10: Challenges to District Convention Delegates

Any properly registered Republican voter may challenge the qualifications of any District Convention delegate by appealing to the District Credentials Committee.  All challenges must be in writing, must state the grounds for the challenge, and must be filed with the District Secretary before voting begins.  District Credentials Committee decisions may be appealed to the District Convention, whose decision shall be final.

 

Section 11: Rights of District Convention Delegates

Any delegate to the District Convention has the right to:

(a) Be nominated for and be, if elected, a delegate or alternate delegate to the Republican State Convention.

(b) Serve as a voting member of a convention committee.

(c) Speak and present motions to the District Convention when and if recognized by the Chairman.

(d) Vote, if present at the time the vote is taken, on any issue which may come before the District Convention.

 

Section 12: Seating of Delegates to the District Convention      

Registration for District Conventions shall close one hour after District Convention convenes, unless otherwise stated in the District Call to Convention.  The Credentials Committee shall issue the temporary convention roll as soon as possible after the close of delegate registration.  At the close of registration, all persons registered at the District Convention, shall be seated as permanent delegates to the District Convention.

 

Section 13: Order of Business for the District Convention

The District Convention shall proceed by the order of business printed in the convention agenda.

 

Section 14: Election of District Officers

   (a) During each regular biennial district convention, the Convention shall elect the following officers of the District for a two (2) year term:

      (1) District Chairman

      (2) District Vice-Chairman

      (3) District Secretary

      (4) Assistant District Secretary

      (5) District SCC Bonus Vote Members (Active on SCC only if District House Representative is Republican)

   (b) Only a registered voter who has been a Republican for at least 12 months immediately prior and is not currently holding or running for state or national elected office may hold the positions (a)(1), (a)(2), and (a)(5) above in accordance with relative state statutes.

 

Section 15: Election of Precinct Leaders

After electing district officers, each Precinct that has at least two delegates at the convention may elect a precinct leader per three hundred Republican voters in their precinct from all registered Republicans in their precinct, e.g. 1-300 Republicans = 1 precinct leader, 301-600 = 2 precinct leaders, 601-900 = 3 precinct leaders.  Precincts have the option to elect their precinct leadership at a pre-convention rally.  After the District convention, the District Chairman shall strive to fill vacant precinct leader positions within the district.

 

Section 16: Election of State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates

   (a) Each district is entitled to send to the Regular State Convention the number of delegates and alternate delegates specified in the Regular State Convention Call.

   (b) Only seated Regular District Convention delegates may be elected as Regular State Convention delegates or alternate delegates.

   (c) If a Regular State Convention delegate or alternate delegate moves to another district within the state after his election as a delegate or alternate delegate, he shall retain his seat from the district in which he was elected. If a district boundary is moved after his election as a delegate or alternate delegate, he shall retain his seat from the district in which he was elected.

   (d) Election of delegates and alternate delegates

  (1) Each person who desires to be elected a Regular State Convention delegate or alternate delegate must submit a completed written Nomination Request to the District Convention Nominations Committee before nominations are begun.

  (2) Regular State Convention delegates shall be elected at large by a plurality of the Regular District Convention delegates.  This Elected State Delegate List is be submitted in an alphabetical name sequence with their address, email address, fax/and phone numbers and volunteer interest.  

      (3) Then an Alternate Delegate List to the Regular State Convention shall be elected in order of preference,

     and approved by a majority of the delegates at the Regular District Convention. This Elected State Alternate

     Delegate List is to be submitted in order of precedence with their address, email address, fax/phone number

     and volunteer interest. 

   (e) The District Convention must elect Delegates & Alternates and collect State Convention Fees prior to its adjournment.

 

 

Section 17 Records of the District Convention

   (a) All delegates present at the District Convention shall sign the District Convention Registry.  The District Secretary shall note all delegates attending by teleconference on the Registry.

   (b) The District Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of the District Convention.

   (c) The District Treasurer shall forward all State Delegate & Alternate Fees collected at the District Convention to the ARP office within 48 hours of collection for prompt deposit as required by APOC regulation.

   (d) The District Chairman shall submit to the ARP State Secretary:

  (1) Within five (5) calendar days following the publication of the District Convention Call, a copy of the newspaper publication or other proof of notification,

  (2) Within ten (10) calendar days after the last day of the District Convention: 

  (i) Elected District officer list with their address, email address, fax/phone numbers and volunteer interest,

  (ii) Elected District SSC Bonus Vote Member with their address, email address, fax/phone numbers and volunteer interest,

  (iii) The Elected State Delegate List,

  (iv) The Elected State Alternate Delegate List, 

  (v) A copy of each proposed rule change approved by the District Convention,

  (vi) A copy of each proposed platform change approved by the District Convention and

  (vii) A copy of each proposed resolution approved by the District Convention.

  (3) Within twenty (20) calendar days after the District Convention, a copy of District Convention Minutes and a copy of all District Convention Committee reports.

   (e) Within twenty (20) calendar days after the District Convention, the District Chairman shall make the District Convention minutes available to his State Convention delegates.

 

Section 18: Failure to Hold a Regular District Convention

If a District fails to issue a Regular District Convention call during the period designated by a Regular State Convention call: 

(a) State Chairman shall declare all district offices vacant and shall call an Emergency District Convention to elect officers and delegates to the State Convention.

(b) State Chairman appoints a temporary district chairman. 

(c) State Chairman publishes a call to Emergency District Convention.  This call shall be published fifty-five (55) or more calendar days before the date of the State Convention and twenty-five (25) or more calendar days before the date of the Emergency District Convention.

(d) Emergency District Convention shall be held twenty-five (25) or more calendar days before the Regular State Convention.

(e) District Chairman will provide records as required in Art III.17(d)(2), Art III.17(d)(3) and Art III.17(e).

 

Section 19: Special District Conventions

   (a) The District Committee may call a Special District Convention when the committee deems necessary or upon an SCC call for a Special State Convention.

   (b) Special District Conventions shall be called by the District Committee thirty (30) or more calendar days before the time fixed for said convention.

   (c) The roll of any Special District Convention shall be the same as the preceding District Convention unless otherwise directed by the SCC or District Committee.  Special conventions shall be treated as if the preceding District Convention was reconvened provided that Districts were not instructed otherwise in the SCC convention call.

   (d) In cases when some delegates are no longer available for a Special District Convention, the remaining delegates may caucus and select replacement delegates to the convention.

 

Section 20: Standing Committees of the District Convention

   (a) The standing committees of the district convention shall be: 

      (1) Credentials/Canvass

      (2) Platform/Resolution

      (3) Finance

      (4) Campaign/Candidates

      (5) Nominations

      (6) Rules

   (b) In addition to the above committees, the District Chairman may appoint the following:

      (1) Convention Parliamentarian

      (2) Convention Arrangements Committee 

      (3) Sergeant-at-Arms  

      (4) Convention Pages.

 

Section 21: Special Committees of the District Convention

The District Chairman shall appoint any special committees he or the District Committee deems necessary to study and report to the state or district conventions on any issue requiring special attention of the convention.

 

Section 22: Combination of Districts

   (a) A Republican Alaska State Senate District or another geographic area may combine to form a single Republican Combined District, with district officers elected at large. The decision to combine districts shall be made by a majority vote at each district convention by the delegates of each district authorized to vote at the conventions in which the vote is to be taken. The decision to organize as separate districts may be made by a majority vote at a district convention of delegates from either district.

   (b) As a combined district, the District Chairman and District Vice-Chairman shall be residents of separate Alaska State House Districts. Each shall have a vote on the SCC, but may assign a proxy to a Republican in the Combined District.

   (c) A Bonus Vote Member shall be a resident of the Alaska State House District that has a Republican State House Representative, but a proxy may be assigned to any Republican in the Combined District.

   (d) Delegates to the State Convention shall be elected by a majority vote at the Combined District Convention. Delegates and alternate delegates shall be elected as apportioned by the SCC. 

 

 

ARTICLE IV - DISTRICT COMMITTEES

 

Section 1: Function of District Committees

The Republican District Committee shall be organized in accordance with ARP rules. The District Committee, when the district convention is not assembled, shall be responsible for administering ARP policy in its district, subject to SCC direction. The primary function of the District Committees shall be to promote the election of Republican candidates. This includes candidate recruitment for legislative offices, fund raising for Republican candidates, promotion of the candidates, and any other campaign assistance that may be requested by the candidates.

 

Section 2: Membership of the District Committees

The voting membership of District Committee shall be as follows:

   (a) District Chairman

   (b) District Vice-Chairman

   (c) District Secretary

   (d) Assistant District Secretary

   (e) District Treasurer 

   (f) Assistant District Treasurer

   (g) District Finance Chairman 

   (h) District SCC Bonus Vote Member 

   (i) Republican State House Representative 

   (j) Republican State Senator 

   (k) Precinct Leaders

 

Section 3: District Committee Meetings

The District Committee shall meet at least twice a year and whenever else as deemed necessary.  During any election year, from the close of filing for the Alaska State General Election, the District Committee shall meet at least once each month if possible.  Notice of the time, date, and place of meeting shall be given to all District Committee members seven (7) or more calendar days before meeting day.  District Committee meetings should be noticed via email or on the ARP web site.   

 

Section 4: District Executive Committee

The District Executive Committee composed of District Committee members (a) through (h) shall serve as an advisory board for the District Committee and the District Chairman and shall have such other powers as granted by the District Committee.  The District Chairman may call Executive Committee meetings as necessary with two (2) or more calendar days notice.

 

Section 5: Committees of the District Committee

   (a) There may be the following standing committees of each District Committee:

      (1) Campaign

      (2) Communications

      (3) Finance

      (4) Targeting

   (b) The District Chairman appoints the chairmen and members of these and any other committees that he deems necessary.  The District Committee confirms all appointments.  These District committees have the same duties as the corresponding SCC committees.  These committees shall work for the mutual benefit of the ARP and all Republican candidates. 

 

Section 6: Terms for District Committee Members

   (a) The District Committee members shall serve two (2) years beginning at the end of the District Convention at which they were elected and end upon adjournment of the District Convention at which their successors are elected.

   (b) The District Finance Chairman when not filled by the District Chair Elect, District Treasurer and Assistant District Treasurer are appointed by the District Chairman and approved by the District Executive Committee.  Their term of office is from approved appointment until a new approved appointment is made.

 

Section 7: Vacancies in District Office

   (a) If the District Chairman office is vacated, the District Vice-Chairman shall become the District Chairman.

   (b) If both the District Chairman and District Vice-Chairman offices are vacated, it shall be the duty of the District Secretary to immediately issue a call to convene the District Committee to fill the vacancies.  The meeting date shall be ten (10) or more but not more than thirty (30) calendar days after the date of the call.  If there be no District Secretary to preside at such meeting, a temporary Chairman shall be elected by the District Committee to proceed immediately to the qualifications of any proxies, establish a quorum and the election of a new District Chairman.

   (c) Other elected district office vacancies shall be filled by majority vote of the District Committee.

 

Section 8: Failure of a District Committee to Organize

   (a) The State Chairman shall appoint a temporary District Chairman in any unorganized district.

   (b) The temporary District Chairman and the SCC shall work together to organize a district.

 

Section 9: Duties of the District Chairman

The chairman of each district committee shall have general supervision over the organization and other affairs of the Republican Party within his district, shall preside at all the meetings, and shall perform all other duties as are incidental to his office. These duties are subject to the direction of the district committee. The District Chairman is responsible for submission of the district budget during the first district meeting of each calendar year for approval by the district committee. The District Vice-Chairman will assume the duties of the District Chairman whenever the District Chairman is unable to perform the duties of his office or files for state elective office.

 

Section 10: Duties of the District Secretary

The District Committee Secretary keeps committee meeting minutes, maintains district organization files and serves district committee notices.  The District Assistant Secretary will assume the District Secretary duties whenever the District Secretary is unable to perform the duties.

 

Section 11: Duties of the District Treasurer

The District Treasurer is the district fiscal agent. He deposits district committee funds in a depository designed by the district committee.  He informs the District Finance Committee of funds required for district activities. He disburses funds for expenses, budgeted or otherwise, as authorized by the district committee.  He accounts for all receipts and disbursements as required by the Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) and provides reports based on district and APOC schedules to the district committee and APOC.   The Assistant District Treasurer will assume the District Treasurer duties whenever the District Treasurer is unable to perform his duties. 

 

Section 12: Duties of the District Finance Chairman

The District Finance Committee is responsible for raising the necessary funds for the district, planning fund raising events in the district, and coordinating state fund raising in conjunction with the State Finance Committee when required.  The District Finance Chairman chairs the District Finance Committee, which is composed of the District Finance Chairman and all precinct finance volunteers within the District.  

 

Section 13: Duties of District SSC Bonus Vote Member

The Bonus Member shall be an Executive Assistant to the District Chairman and shall serve as directed by the District Chairman.

 

Section 14: Duties of the District Campaign Committee

The District Campaign Committee coordinates and assists in the election of Republican candidates.  The District Campaign Chairman chairs the District Campaign Committee that is composed of the Precinct Leaders.

 

Section 15: Duties of the Precinct Leaders

The Precinct Leaders shall be responsible for voter registration drives, canvasses and Election Day activities in conjunction with campaigns within their precinct and shall be in charge of all other Republican Party activities within their precinct. They shall serve as voting members on their District Committee. They calls and presides at all precinct meetings and performs other duties incidental to their office.

 

Section 16: Joint Liaison Committee

In order to coordinate activities and promote cooperation among Republican districts, these district chairmen may meet on a periodic basis and form such committee or council as the chairmen may desire, providing such activities do not conflict with the ARP rules. The district chairmen, so organized, shall keep the district committee members informed of the activities of this council.  Other district officers shall also be authorized to participate in the activities of this council if required.  District officers, district committees and delegates assembled in district conventions may coordinate their activities and cooperate together to further the policies and purposes of the Republican Party providing such activities do not conflict with these rules or the laws of the State of Alaska.

 

Section 17: District Targeting Committee

Registered Republican Candidates seeking municipal, legislative, and statewide office may receive contributions from any district after the primary. For pre-primary actions see Art. IX 4. The targeting committee shall distribute district funds or in kind services to candidates using the following criteria:

   (a) The candidate has developed a realistic and reasonable campaign plan which includes, but is not limited to, political environment evaluation; campaign strategy and tactics; campaign time line; campaign management structure; campaign budget and fund raising strategy.

   (b) The candidate's background, character, education, training, experience, and reputation in the District for which he is a candidate are appropriate,

   (c) The candidate is complying with the Republican Party rules,

   (d) The candidate is willing and able to raise the necessary funds to wage a creditable campaign,

   (e) The candidate desires to win election.

The candidate may be required to present a qualified poll that indicates his position relative to his opponents.  No contributions shall be made by the District Targeting Committee.  The District Committee may make contributions to those candidates determined to be eligible.

 

 

ARTICLE V - STATE CONVENTIONS

 

Section 1: Call for Regular State Convention

The SCC shall call a Regular ARP State Convention biennially during the even-numbered years at a suitable Alaskan location.  The SCC shall set the date to insure that Alaskan Republican Legislators and their staff are able to attend.  The Regular State Convention Call shall be issued seventy-five (75) or more calendar days before the beginning date of said convention.  The Regular State Convention Call shall include the time, date, and place of the convention; the total number and apportionment of delegates and alternate delegates to the convention; and the schedule of fees for the convention.   

 

Section 2: Registration Fees for a State Convention

The SCC shall set the delegate and alternate delegate registration fees for the Regular State Convention.  An alternate delegate who is eligible for seating as permanent delegate must pay the full delegate registration fee before being seated.

 

Section 3: Apportionment of Delegates to the Regular State Convention

The delegates for the various districts will be apportioned on the basis of the Republican U.S. House of Representative Candidate’s vote in the last preceding Alaska State General Election.  A district’s percentage of State Convention delegates is equal to the district’s percentage of the Republican U.S. House of Representatives candidate’s total vote.  Each District with a Republican State House Representative shall be allocated one additional delegate. The SCC shall authorize at least three hundred fifty (350) State Convention delegates.  Districts allocated a part of a delegate under this procedure shall be allocated the additional delegate.  Districts allocated fewer than three delegates in the above procedure shall be authorized three delegates.  Each district shall be apportioned one alternate delegate for each apportioned delegate.

 

Section 4: Purpose of the Regular State Convention

The purpose of the Regular State Convention shall include, but not be limited to:

   (a) Elect ARP officers or a National Committeeman and a National Committeewoman as per the ARP rules.

   (b) Elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention as per the ARP rules.

   (c) Revise the ARP Rules and Polices as required.

   (d) Review and update ARP Mission Statement, Statement, Statement of Principles and Platform

   (e) Formulate ARP resolutions defining our position on various state and national issues.

   (f) Enlist, encourage, and train candidates and campaign workers for local, state, and national office.

   (g) Formulate plans to raise the necessary funds to support Republican candidates and the ARP.

   (h) Formulate ARP political organization plan and methods to recruit Alaskans to become ARP members.

   (i) Enhance communications between elected Republican officials and all Republicans throughout Alaska.

 

Section 5: Officers of a State Convention 

The State Chairman and State Secretary shall be the state convention’s permanent chairman and secretary.

 

Section 6: Chairmen of State Convention Committees

The State Chairman shall appoint a chairman of each standing & special committee and report such appointments to the convention Committee on Committees for approval at the time set prior to the State Convention.

 

Section 7: Committee on Committees for the State Convention

The SCC shall be the Committee on Committees for the State Convention. The SCC shall meet within a period of not more than twenty-four (24) hours before the beginning of the State Convention for the purpose of

   (a) Approving the temporary roll of the convention.

   (b) Approving the convention agenda as prepared by the State Chairman.

   (c) Assignment of delegates from the temporary roll to the convention committees.

   (d) Preparing special reports to be submitted to the convention.

The Committee on Committees shall meet as necessary during the convention.

 

Section 8: Qualifications for State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates

   (a) Each State Convention delegate & alternate delegate shall have been selected in accordance with RPA rules.

   (b) Each delegate and alternate delegate shall have paid registration fees at their District Convention and sign the State Convention Registry and provide address, email address and fax/telephone.

   (c) There shall be no automatic delegates in the delegate selection process other than Republican US and Alaska State Legislators shall be allowed State Convention delegate status during Off-Presidential Election years.

   (d) If a delegate or alternate delegate to a State Convention moves to another district after his election, he shall retain his seat from the district in which he was elected.  If a district boundary is moved after his election, he shall retain his seat.

 

Section 9:Certification of State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates 

The District Chairman shall file his Elected State Delegate List and his Elected State Alternate Delegate List with the ARP State Secretary within ten (10) calendar days of his District Convention adjournment.  These lists containing the individual’s address, email address and fax/phone numbers make up the Temporary Roll of the State Convention.  The Temporary Roll will be made available to the public at reasonable cost ten (10) calendar days before the State Convention.

 

Section 10: Challenges to State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates

Any properly registered Republican voter may challenge the qualifications of any delegate or alternate delegate to the State Convention by appealing to the State Credentials Committee.  All challenges must in writing, must state the grounds for the challenge, and must be filed with the State Secretary seven (7) or more calendar days before the date of the beginning of the State Convention.  An unfavorable decision by the State Credentials Committee may be appealed to that State Convention, whose decision shall be final.

 

Section 11: Rights of State Convention Delegates and Alternate Delegates 

   (a) Any seated delegate to the State Convention has the right to:

  (1) Serve as a voting member of a convention committee.

  (2) Speak and present motions to the State Convention, when and if recognized by the Chairman.

  (3) Vote, if present at the time the vote is taken, on any issue which may come before the State Convention.

   (b) Any State Convention alternate delegate has the right to serve as a non-voting convention committee member. 

 

Section 12: Seating of Delegates to the State Convention

   (a) Registration for the State Convention shall close one hour after State Convention convenes on the first day, unless otherwise stated in the Call to State Convention.  The Credentials Committee shall issue the temporary convention roll as soon as possible after the close of delegate registration.

   (b) Seating of delegates and alternate delegates to a state convention shall be in accordance with the following procedures:

  (1) Registered delegates present shall be seated first.

  (2) Alternate delegates shall be assigned to vacancies on the delegate list. These assignments shall be first selected in sequence from the top of the alternate delegate list of their respective districts, it being the intent that no district delegation shall remain short of seated delegates so long as registered alternate delegates from the district are physically present.

  (3) If an elected delegate has not registered by the close of state convention registration, an alternate delegate will be assigned to that delegate seat.

 

Section 13: Order of Business for the State Convention

The state convention shall proceed by the order of business printed in the state convention agenda as submitted by the State Chairman and approved by the SCC.

 

Section 14: Election and Appointment of Republican Party Officers

   (a) The state convention shall elect the following ARP officers for two (2) year terms:

      (1) State Chairman-Elect

      (2) State Vice-Chairman-Elect

      (3) State Secretary

      (4) Assistant State Secretary

   (b) During presidential election years, the state convention shall elect the following ARP officers for four (4) year terms to represent the ARP as members of the RNC:

      (1) National Committeeman

      (2) National Committeewoman

   (b c ) The State Treasurer, State Legal Counsel, State Parliamentarian, State, seven (7) Regional Finance Chairmen and Assistant State Treasurer shall be appointed by the State Chairman and approved by an SCC majority at the SCC meeting immediately after the State Convention.  The State Treasurer and Assistant State Treasurer should be technically well experienced in accounting.

   (c) During presidential election years, the state convention shall elect one National Committeeman and one National Committeewoman who shall represent the ARP as members of the RNC for a four (4) year term.

   (d) All candidates for statewide office must be vetted through the state convention nominations committee. There are no nominations allowed from the floor at the state convention.  The Nominations Committee shall forward all qualified candidates to the convention floor.  

   (e) The state chair, state vice-chair, state secretary, assistant state secretary, national committeeman, and national committee woman must have been a registered Republican for at least four (4) years immediately prior to their election.

 

Section 15: Republican National Convention Delegate and Alternate Delegate Election

   (a) The Alaska State Convention is entitled to send to the Republican National Convention the number of delegates and alternate delegates specified by Republican National Committee Rules.

   (b) All delegates and alternates shall be elected thirty-five (35) or more calendar days before the beginning date of the Republican National Convention.

   (c) The State Convention shall endeavor to have equal representation of men and women in its delegation to the Republican National Convention.

   (d) Only seated Regular State Convention delegates have the right to be nominated for and be, if elected, a delegate or alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention.  Republican Members of Congressional Delegation, Governor, and Lieutenant Governor shall be eligible to be elected delegates to the Republican National Convention.

   (e) A State Convention delegate who cannot attend the State Convention due to an emergency, such as a family death or other significant family event, who provided a written request to the Nomination Committee during the State Convention, can be a delegate to the National Convention.

   (f) National Delegate Selection

  (1) Each person who desires to be elected a Republican National Convention delegate or alternate must submit a completed written Nomination Request on which they shall identify which Qualified Presidential Candidate they shall support for nomination at the following National Convention should they be elected, and a check or credit card authorization in an amount set by the State Central Committee for convention hotel deposit to the State Convention Nominations Committee before its meeting starts.

  (2) Republican National Convention Delegates shall be elected at large from those who are qualified according to the requirements of this section by a plurality of the seated Regular State Convention delegates.

  (3) A Qualified Presidential Candidate must receive a minimum 13% of votes in the statewide Presidential Preference Poll in order to receive any pledged delegates to the National Convention.  Presidential Candidates receiving at least 13%, before any rounding, of the vote will receive a percentage of the overall delegates to the Convention that corresponds to the percentage vote share received by that candidate counting only the votes received by all such candidates. Qualified Presidential Candidates that have met the threshold of 13% or higher shall receive a proportional number of pledged delegates from the total delegates that Alaska is authorized by the Rules of the Republican National Committee.   Proportionality shall be calculated to the hundredth percent (0.01%).   Proportions will be rounded down from 0.49% and up from 0.50%. If rounding results in a total number of Delegates exceeding the number to which Alaska is entitled the excess delegates will be subtracted from the total awarded to the candidate who received the fewest votes of all candidates entitled to delegates. If rounding results in a total number of Delegates less than the number to which Alaska is entitled, the additional delegates will be added to the total awarded to the candidate who received the most votes of all the candidates entitled to delegates.

  (4) Delegates to the National Convention shall be elected from the Delegates to the State Convention.  Delegates to the National Convention shall be pledged to support a Qualified Presidential Candidate.  Delegates must support their indicated Qualified Presidential Candidate so long as their preferred Candidate maintains an active campaign.  After the second round of balloting, if the Qualified Presidential Candidate to which the Delegate is pledged is the candidate receiving the fewest number of votes in the previous round of balloting, the Delegate is no longer required to support that candidate.

  (5) When the Regular State Convention has elected a complete slate of delegates to the Republican National Convention, then a list of alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention shall be elected from those who are qualified according to the requirements of this section. The completed list shall be set in order of preference, and approved by a majority of the seated delegates at the Regular State Convention.

(6) Delegates to the National Convention shall be apportioned to the Qualified Presidential Candidates by first determining the percentage of the support each Qualified Presidential Candidate received at each District Presidential Preference Poll pursuant to Article II, Section 13 of these rules, then multiplying that number by the delegates entitled to attend the State Convention from that district.  Alternate Delegates to the National Convention shall be similarly apportioned.

  (7) Each Alternate Delegate shall be ranked among the Qualified Presidential Candidates and may only become a Delegate if a similarly pledged Delegate is unable to attend the Convention.  In the event that a Delegate position becomes vacant and there is no available Alternate Delegate pledged to the corresponding Qualified Presidential Candidate, the highest ranked Alternate Delegate of the Qualified Presidential Candidate with the greatest number of Delegates shall be seated as the replacement pledged Delegate.

  (8) A “Qualified Presidential Candidate” is any Republican Candidate for President who thirty days prior to the start of the first District Convention, has filed a Request of Nomination with the Chairman of the Alaska Republican Party, paid a $2,500.00 registration fee to the Alaska Republican Party and submitted the signatures of 50 Republicans registered to vote in the State of Alaska, of which no more than ten (10) shall be registered to vote in any one district.

  (9) If a Qualified Presidential Candidate drops out prior to the Republican State Convention, the percentage of national delegates pledged to that candidate shall be reapportioned among the Qualified Presidential Candidates.

  (10) If a Qualified Presidential Candidate drops out after the state convention, but before the national convention, the apportionment of delegates will be recalculated using the methodology described in paragraph V.15.f(3).  Those delegates that had been elected at the state convention to support the candidate that had dropped out should be given first opportunity to commit to supporting one of the remaining presidential candidates.  If enough delegates are not found using this method, the delegate applicants that had not been elected at the state convention will be given the opportunity to become delegates based upon the Qualified Presidential Candidate they had pledged to support and the ranking they had been given by the Nominations Committee during that committee’s deliberations.

   (g) No member of the State Convention nominating committee may be nominated as national convention delegate, alternate, or elector.

   (h) An applicant who applies to be a delegate to the National Convention must be a continuous resident of Alaska and registered as an Alaskan Republican for the six (6) months preceding the state convention.

   (i) When recommending delegates to the National Convention, the Nominations Committee shall consider criteria including preferences as expressed by the respective Qualified Presidential Candidates’ campaigns, length of time the applicant has been registered as an Alaskan Republican, party offices held, legislative offices held, military service, campaign volunteer activity, striving for gender balancing, and years lived in Alaska.  The Nominating Committee will use these criteria for preparing ordered or ranked lists of applicants for each Qualified Presidential Candidate from most qualified to least qualified from among the applicants who have pledged to the respective Qualified Presidential Candidate.  These lists will be used to build a slate of delegates and alternate delegates for presentation to the body of the state convention for approval.

   (j) No state delegate can be put forward as a challenge to an individual on the list prepared by the nominations committee unless that state delegate has previously been vetted by the Nominations Committee.

 

Section 16: Records of the State Convention

(a) All delegates and alternate delegates present at the State Convention shall sign the State Convention Registry.

(b) The State Secretary shall keep an accurate copy of the minutes of the State Convention.

 

Section 17: Special State Conventions

(a) The SCC may call ARP Special State Conventions when deemed necessary. The call shall be issued forty-five (45) or more calendar days before the beginning of the Special State Convention.

(b) The roll of any ARP Special State Convention shall be the same as the preceding regular State Convention unless otherwise directed by the SCC.  Any Special ARP State Convention shall be treated as if the preceding State Convention has been reconvened provided that the SCC’s convention call does not instruct otherwise.  If some district delegates are no longer available for a Special State Convention, the district delegates may caucus and select replacement delegates.

 

Section 18: Standing Committees of the State Convention

   (a)The Standing Committees of APA State Convention shall be:

  (1) Campaign/Candidates

  (2) Communications

  (3) Credentials/Canvassing 

  (4) Finance

  (5) Nominations

  (6) Platform/Resolutions

  (7) Rules

   (b) In addition to the above committees, the State Chairman shall appoint the following:

  (1) Convention Arrangements Committee

  (2) Convention Pages

  (3) Convention Parliamentarian

  (4) Sergeant-at-Arms

 

Section 19: Special Committees of the State Convention

The State Chairman shall appoint any special committees he or the SCC deems necessary for studying any issue requiring special attention of the convention and reporting on that issue to the state convention.

 

Section 20: Election of Presidential Electors 

   (a) During presidential election years, the state convention shall elect candidates for electors of the President and Vice President of the United States in a number equal to the number of senators and representatives to which the State of Alaska is entitled in Congress, and shall elect alternate candidates for electors of the President and Vice President of the United States in a number equal to the number of senators and representatives to which the State of Alaska is entitled by Congress.

   (b) Any qualified voter registered as a Republican in the State of Alaska, except a United States senator or representative or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, may be elected as a candidate or alternate candidate for elector.

   (c) Each person who desires to be elected as a candidate or alternate candidate for elector must submit a written pledge to the State Convention Nominations Committee that he or she will vote for the Republican Candidate for President and Vice President nominated by the Republican Party.

   (d) Following the conclusion of the state convention and prior to September 1 of the presidential election year, the state chairman shall certify a list of names of candidates and alternate candidates for electors to the State of Alaska Director of Elections.

 

ARTICLE VI - STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

 

Section 1: Functions of the State Central Committee

The Alaska Republican State Central Committee (SCC) is hereby created.  When the ARP is not assembled in state convention, the SCC shall be the ARP governing body.  The SCC shall be the highest ARP authority and shall have general supervision over the ARP affairs between state conventions. The SCC shall establish all ARP policy between state conventions and shall delegate the responsibility of administering said ARP policy to the district committees.

 

Section 2: Membership of the State Central Committee

The voting membership of the SCC shall be as follows:

   (a) State Chairman 

   (b) State Vice-Chairman

   (c) National Committeeman 

   (d) National Committeewoman

   (e) State Secretary 

   (f) Assistant State Secretary

   (g) State Treasurer

   (h) Assistant State Treasurer

   (i) State Finance Chairman

   (j) District Chairmen

   (k) Seven Regional Finance Chairmen

(1)           Region 1 - Districts 1-6 & 39-40    Interior & North

(2)           Region 2 - Districts 7-12              Mat-Su

(3)           Region 3 - Districts 13-16, 27       NE MOA

(4)           Region 4 - Districts 17-22                        NW MOA

(5)           Region 5 - Districts 23-26, 28       Southern MOA

(6)           Region 6 - Districts 29–32 & 37-38            Kenai/Kodiak/SW  

  (7)            Region 7 - Districts 33-36                        SE Alaska 

   (l) Immediate Past State Chairman

   (m) District SSC Bonus Vote Members with a Republican State Representative  

   (n) Two Republican members from each body selected by respective Republican caucuses

   (o) Republican US Senators, Congressman, Governor and Lieutenant Governor  

   (q) Representative of the Alaska Federation of Republican Women

   (r) Representative of the Alaska Young Republicans

   (s) Representative of the College Republicans 

   (t) Parliamentarian (nonvoting) 

   (u) Legal Counsel (nonvoting) 

 

Section 3: State Central Committee Headquarters

The SCC shall determine the location of ARP headquarters.

 

Section 4: State Central Committee Meetings

   (a) An SCC meeting shall take place within a period of not more than twenty-four (24) hours before the beginning of the State Convention, at which time all newly elected SCC members shall be certified and seated.

   (b) An SCC meeting shall take place immediately upon adjournment of each ARP state convention for the purpose of carrying out all instructions and policies adopted by the state convention.

   (c) Regular SCC meetings shall be held at least quarterly, at a date, time, and place as directed by the SCC.  One SCC meeting in each alternate calendar year will be held in the Juneau during the Alaska Legislative Session.

   (d) The State Chairman shall issue a call twenty (20) or more calendar days before the beginning date of each regular SCC meeting.  The call shall provide an agenda for the business to be transacted at the meeting and provisions for any other business as may properly come before the SCC.

 

Section 5: Special and Emergency Meetings of the State Central Committee

   (a) A Special Meeting of the SCC will be called upon receipt, jointly or separately, of written petition(s) signed by not less than twenty-five percent (25%) of the SCC members, the signatures representing not less than four (4) Districts.  The State Chairman shall issue this call not more than ten (10) calendar days from the receipt of the petition(s). This special meeting shall be held within the State of Alaska at a date, time, and place to be designated by the State Chairman. The date of such meeting shall be at ten (10) to twenty (20) calendar days after the call date.

   (b) The State Chairman may call an SCC Emergency Meeting when he deems such a meeting is necessary, provided notice is given to all SCC members.

 

 

 

Section 6: State Executive Committee

 

   (a) The State Executive Committee (SEC) shall be composed of the following members:

  (1) State Chairman 

  (2) State Vice-Chairman

  (3) National Committeeman 

  (4) National Committeewoman

  (5) State Secretary 

  (6) State Treasurer

  (7) Finance Chairman

  (8) Seven Regional Representatives elected from: 

   (i)         Region 1 - Districts 1-6 & 39-40    Interior & North

   (ii)         Region 2 - Districts 7-12              Mat-Su

   (iii)        Region 3 - Districts 13-16, 27       NE MOA

   (iv)       Region 4 - Districts 17-22                        NW MOA

   (v)        Region 5 - Districts 23-26, 28       Southern MOA

   (vi)       Region 6 - Districts 29–32 & 37-38            Kenai/Kodiak/SW 

     (vii)        Region 7 - Districts 33-36                        SE Alaska 

  (9) Republican Member of State Senate  

  (10) Republican Member of State House 

  (11) Alaska Federation of Republican Women Representative

  (12) Assistant State Secretary (nonvoting)

  (13) Assistant State Treasurer (nonvoting) 

  (14) Legal Counsel (nonvoting) 

  (15) Parliamentarian (nonvoting).

   (b) The ARP State Executive Committee shall serve as an advisory board for the SCC and the State Chairman, and shall have such other powers granted by the SCC between SCC meetings.

   (c) The Executive Committee shall meet as deemed necessary and when called by the State Chairman or by 25% of the voting members of the Executive Committee.  The State Chairman shall endeavor to hold at least one meeting in each calendar month.  The State Chairman shall endeavor to issue a call for such meeting ten (10) or more calendar days before the date of the meeting.  The State Secretary shall forward a copy of the minutes of each SEC meeting to all SCC members within a period of not more than thirty (30) calendar days after the date of such meeting. 

   (d) The State Executive Committee may authorize the institution of litigation in the name of the ARP, and may provide guidance and direction to the legal counsel during the course of such litigation.  However, the SCC must approve any final litigation settlement. 

 

Section 7: Committees of the State Central Committee

    (a) There shall be the following standing committees of the SCC:

       (1) Campaign

       (2) Finance

       (3) Legislative

       (4) Targeting 

       (5) Communications

       (6) Rules   

   (b) In addition, the following special committees may be appointed when required:

      (1) History & Research

      (2) Redistricting

      (3) Any other necessary special committee

   (c) The State Chairman shall appoint a chairman of each standing and special committee.  An SCC majority must approve these appointments at the SCC meeting immediately after the State Convention.  These chairmen serve at the pleasure of the State Chairman.  These standing and special committees shall meet as necessary for the orderly administration of their duties.  The Committee Chairman shall issue a call to each member of the committee stating the date, place, and time of each meeting twenty (20) or more calendar days before the date of the meeting. 

   (d) Within 15 days of the State Convention, the state chairman shall appoint members of the standing and special committees.  Each SCC member shall serve on a standing or special committee.  Any ARP member may serve as a standing or special committee member with SCC approval.

   (e) The chairman of each SCC standing and special committee shall submit an annual expense budget to the State Chairman thirty (30) calendar days before the date set for the first SCC meeting of each calendar year.

   (f) The chairman of each SCC standing and special committee shall submit the minutes of all meetings to the State Secretary for permanent retention.

 

Section 8: Duties of the Standing Committees

   (a) The State Campaign Committee assists the district campaign committees in recruiting, informing, and training Republican candidates and their key campaign workers for local and statewide elective offices.  This committee conducts campaign seminars when requested and maintains current information concerning media costs, campaign materials, campaign regulations and reporting, and any other information deemed necessary by this committee to assist Republican candidates.

   (b) The State Finance Committee shall be responsible for raising the necessary funds to implement ARP programs as required by approved budgets. It plans fund raising activities, reports to the SCC, and coordinates fund raising activities with the district finance committees.

   (c) The State Executive Committee shall be informed monthly of funds expended.

   (d) Candidates for legislative and statewide office may receive contributions from the ARP.  The targeting committee shall determine which candidates shall receive money or in kind services by considering the following criteria:

  (1) The candidate shall present an approved political plan.

  (2) The candidate shall agree to work with the ARP Staff.

  (3) The candidate shall comply with the rules of the Alaska Republican Party.

   (e) The ARP is required to conduct a Victory Program during each election year.  The Victory program shall include Absentee ballot mailers, voter ID phone banks, polling and get out the vote phone calling, among other projects to deliver votes to Republican candidates.  The Chairman shall present a Victory Plan and estimated budget for such Plan at the first SCC meeting of the election year.

 

Section 9: Functions and Duties of the State Chairman

The State Chairman shall oversee the ARP organization and affairs; chair State Conventions and ARP meetings; attend National Republican Conventions; Republican National Committee meetings; cultivate relationships with Republican elected officials and candidates, and donors; raise funds; direct and receive reports from committee chairmen; develops SEC, SCC, and State Convention meeting agenda; and perform other duties incidental to his office, subject in all cases to SCC direction, ARP rules and RNC rules.

 

Section 10: Functions and Duties of the State Vice-Chairman

The State Vice-Chairman shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the State Chairman or the SCC. The State Vice Chairman shall perform the duties and exercise the powers of the State Chairman upon any occasion when the State Chairman shall be unable to perform the duties of his office.

 

Section 11: Functions and Duties of the State Secretary

The State Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all SEC and SCC meetings, the State Convention, and for maintaining the current RPA records and files.  The State Secretary shall be responsible for the giving and serving of all SCC notices and shall perform such other duties as shall be required by the SCC or the State Chairman.  The State Secretary shall transmit SEC and SCC meeting minutes to members within a period of not more than thirty (30) calendar days following these meetings.  The State Secretary assists with the development of meeting agendas and distributes notifications in conjunction with the State Chairman and SEC; maintain state and district officers’ rosters.

 

Section 12: Functions and Duties of the State Treasurer

The State Treasurer shall act as the sole ARP fiscal agent.  All receipts and disbursements shall be recorded as required by APOC and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and ARP policies. 

   (a) The State Treasurer or his designee: 

      (1) Shall deposit the funds to the account of Alaska Republican Party in SCC approved depositories,  

      (2) Shall disburse funds for expenses that have been budgeted and/or otherwise approved by the SCC,

      (3) Shall render a report that reflects current ARP financial position for each SCC and SEC meeting that reflects current ARP financial status,

      (4) Shall render a financial report at each SEC meeting and

      (5) Shall prepare and file APOC/FEC reports in accordance with applicable laws.

   (b) He shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the SCC.  All disbursements except petty cash shall be made by check bearing two signatures, one must be the State Treasurer, Assistant State Treasurer or ARP Counsel and the other shall be an elected Republican Party official or ARP Counsel.  The SCC shall determine who is authorized to sign checks.  The State Treasurer shall be bonded in such amounts as the SCC may determine, with the premium to be paid by the ARP.

 

Section 13: Functions and Duties of the State Finance Chairman

The State Finance Chairman and the State Finance Committee shall be responsible for raising funds as shall be required by an approved budget.  

 

Section 14: Functions and Duties of State Legal Counsel

The State legal counsel shall advise and assist the ARP in legal matters and, except as authorized or directed by the SCC or the Executive Committee, shall represent the ARP in all litigation and administrative proceedings in which the ARP is involved.

 

Section 15: Functions and Duties of Assistant State Secretary and Treasurer

(a) The State Secretary and the Assistant State Secretary shall divide and perform such duties as are mutually agreeable between them to carry out the duties of the ARP Secretary.  In the event the State Secretary is unable to perform the duties of that office, the Assistant State Secretary shall assume and perform these duties.

(b) The State Treasurer and Assistant State Treasurer shall divide and perform the duties as are mutually agreeable between them to carry out the duties of the ARP Treasurer.  If the State Treasurer is unable to perform the duties, the Assistant State Treasurer shall assume and perform these duties.  The Assistant State Treasurer shall be bonded in such amounts as the SCC may determine, with the premium paid by ARP.  The ARP shall pay the bond premium.

 

Section 16: Functions and Duties of the Parliamentarian

Duties of the State Parliamentarian are to provide expertise on the proper conduct and order of the business for meetings, hearings, and the hearings of charges, as per the latest revised ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER.

 

Section 17: Functions and Duties of the Regional Representatives

   (a) Regional Representatives will regularly communicate SEC and SCC activities to their region’s District Chairmen.

   (b) The Regional Representative shall be a voting member of the SCC.

   (c) The Regional Representative shall be elected by a majority of the district chairmen in the region immediately following the biennial District Convention.  A record of the vote shall be forwarded to the State Secretary.

   (d) The Regional Representative shall serve until the corresponding regional meeting in the subsequent biennial cycle.

   (e) The Regional Representative shall be responsible to assist the District Chairmen: provide training for officers, precinct leaders, and other volunteers in their respective districts, and assist in recruitment to fill vacant positions.

 

Section 18: Functions and Duties of the Executive Director

   (a) The State Chairman may appoint an ARP Executive Director with salary and conditions approved by the SCC.  The Executive Director shall supervise the headquarters staff and assists the State Chairman and SCC as directed by the State Chairman.  The Executive Director shall serve at the pleasure of the State Chairman.

   (b) The Executive Director shall prepare a written report of his activities prior to each SCC meeting and shall report such activities to the SCC.  A copy of this report shall be attached to the SCC minutes.

   (c) The Executive Director shall not have a vote at any SCC meeting.

 

Section 19: Terms for State Central Committee Members

   (a) An SCC member term of office for each elected state officer except for the State Chair Elect and State Vice-Chair Elect shall begin upon adjournment of the convention at which they are elected and end upon adjournment of the convention at which their successors are elected.

   (b) The State chair and State Vice chair shall serve to February 1 after the state convention. The State chair elect shall serve as State Finance Committee Chair until February 1 after the state convention. The State Vice-Chair elect shall serve as the State Finance Committee Vice Chair until February 1 after the state convention.

   (c) Bonus vote members

   (1) Bonus vote members elected at a district convention are seated as SCC voting members at the SCC meeting following that district convention if the incumbent State Representative is a Republican.

   (2) Bonus vote members’ status is reviewed at the first SCC meeting after the Alaska General Election.  Bonus vote members are seated as SCC members if their State Representative is a Republican.

   (d) Upon filing a letter of intent to run for partisan office or upon filing a declaration of candidacy for partisan elective

office, an SCC member must resign his position immediately upon completing either action.  

   (e) State Legislators, the Congressional Delegation, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman and the Republican governor are exempt from (d) above.

 

Section 20: Vacancies in State Central Committee Offices

   (a) If the office of State Chairman shall become vacant, the State Vice-Chairman shall become the State Chairman. 

   (b) Should both the offices of State Chairman and State Vice-Chairman become vacant, the State Secretary shall immediately issue a call to convene the SCC to fill such vacancies.  The date of the meeting shall be ten (10) or more but not more than thirty (30) calendar days after the date that the call is issued.  If the State Secretary can not preside at such meeting, the SCC shall elect a Temporary Chairman.  The Temporary Chairman will proceed immediately to the qualifications of any proxies, establishment of a quorum and to the election of a new State Chairman.  Any person elected State Chairman pursuant to this paragraph shall serve only until the next State Convention at which time the delegates shall elect a permanent replacement to complete the term.

   (c) If any office other than State Chairman should become vacant, the SCC shall elect a successor at the next SCC meeting.  Any person so elected shall serve only until the next State Convention at which time the delegates shall elect a replacement to complete the term.

   (d) If the immediate Past State Chairman is elected or appointed to another SCC position, the next immediate Past 

State Chairman shall fill that SCC position.

 

Section 21: Functions and Duties of the State Chairman-Elect

State Chair Elect shall serve as State Finance Committee chair until February 1 after the state convention. The State Chair Elect becomes State chairman on February 1 and serves for two years.

 

Section 22: Functions and Duties of the State Vice Chairman-Elect

State Vice Chair-Elect shall serve as State Finance Committee Vice Chair until February 1 after the state convention. The State Vice Chair Elect becomes State Vice Chair on February 1 and serves for two years.

 

Section: 23 Functions and Duties of the National Committeeman and Committeewoman

   (a) The National Committeeman and National Committeewoman shall participate on at least one ARP committee, and

   (b) Attend SEC, SCC and Republican National Committee meetings, and State and National Conventions.

 

ARTICLE VII - FINANCE

 

Section 1: Use of Funds

   (a) All money raised by the State Finance Committee shall be used for state activities.

   (b) All money raised by district committees shall be used for district activities.

   (c) If money is raised by a cooperative effort of the State, Districts and/or Affiliate organizations, funds will be divided as agreed upon in advance.

   (d) For APOC reporting, all ARP political sub-divisions shall provide timely reporting to the State Treasurer. 

   (e) When a person is elected as a delegate or an alternate delegate to the National Republican Convention, that person’s check or credit card charge authorization shall be deposited or processed into the ARP Federal Account.  If an elected delegate does not attend the National Republican Convention, their housing deposit becomes a contribution unless the non attendance is due to an emergency as determined by the State Chairman.

 

Section 2: Special Accounts

   (a) All ARP political sub-divisions, including, but not limited to the Republican House Majority Fund, the Senate Republican Leadership Council, District Funds and Auxiliaries, may request an ARP sub-account.  The sub-accounts balances shall not be made available for general disbursements, but shall be kept separate for the use by the respective committees.   The ARP shall file all required APOC reports for these accounts.

   (b) The ARP shall charge ten percent (10%) overhead fee on the net funds raised in these sub accounts.

   (c) All disbursements for the House Majority Fund, the Senate Leadership Council or similar fund require SEC or targeting committee approval.

   (d) Any special account expenditure shall be paid only upon receipt of written authorization from two special account approvers.

 

Section 3: Financial Budget and Plans

   (a) At the first SCC meeting of each calendar year, the State Chairman shall submit a proposed budget for the calendar year. This budget, when approved by the SCC, shall be used by the State Finance Committee to determine the funds required for the year.  The SCC may amend this budget at any properly called SCC meeting.

   (b) At the first SCC meeting of each calendar year, the State Finance Chairman shall provide a detailed report to the SCC outlining the proposed fund raising projects for the year.

   (c) At the first SCC meeting of each calendar year, the State Treasurer shall provide a detailed ARP financial report.  The State Treasurer shall also submit a detailed report to each state convention.

   (d) Fund raising functions such as banquets, dinners, cocktail parties, and other social events shall be planned by the Finance Committee and shall be responsible for all event arrangements.

 

Section 4: Disbursement of Funds

Disbursement of funds at any level of the ARP shall be in accordance with the following:

   (a) All funds raised or disbursed shall be in accordance with state and federal law and APOC regulations.

   (b) Funds disbursed on behalf of the ARP shall be approved by, and entered into the minutes of, the SCC. The State Treasurer shall not disburse any funds unless approved by the SCC either in a budget or a special appropriation.

   (c) Funds disbursed on behalf of a district committee shall be approved by, and entered into the minutes of, the district committee. The District Treasurer shall not disburse any funds unless approved by the district committee either in a budget or a special appropriation.

   (d) All disbursements by district committees shall be made by check, except for petty cash, and shall bear at least two (2) signatures, one (1) of which must be the District Treasurer or the Assistant District Treasurer. Each committee shall decide the number and individuals authorized to sign.

 

ARTICLE VIII - AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS

 

Section 1: Recognition of Affiliated Organizations

Republican affiliated organizations contribute to ARP strength.  The SCC recognizes the Young Republicans, Alaska Federation of Republican Women and the College Republicans are Republican affiliated organizations.  Other organizations that support ARP platform and rules may apply for SCC recognition.  The SCC will review their applications and with a 2/3 vote grant formal recognition to such organizations.  Each recognized affiliated organization shall have a voting representative on the SCC.

 

Section 2: Reporting Requirements

The affiliated organization must provide copies of their constitution and by-laws to the SCC or District Committee. Meeting minutes, a list of officers, and financial reports shall be submitted to the SCC or district committee as deemed necessary. Failure to provide said required documentation or failure to comply with ARP platform, planks, rules, or policies may result in a review by the SCC or district committee. Such review could lead to the withdrawal of recognition of said organization.  The removal would be by vote of the SCC or the district committee.

 

 

ARTICLE IX - GENERAL POLICIES

 

Section 1: General Policies and Procedures

The State Rules Committee shall publish a Policy Manual, which will contain ARP general policies and procedures not covered in these rules. Each section shall be approved by the SCC, carry an effective date and state chairman’s signature. These policies shall have the same authority as an SCC written directive, provided that in no case shall they conflict with these rules. 

 

Section 2: Promotion of Republican Candidates

   (a) No appointed or elected Republican Party officer shall promote or engage in any activity that promotes the candidacy of any person for partisan public office other than a Republican running on a Republican ticket.

   (b) No appointed or elected Republican Party officer shall recommend for appointment to any partisan office for which political appointment is made, any candidate for said office other than a Republican.

 

Section 3: Recommendations for Appointment to Public Office

Applications for a public office for which political party affiliation is required must be accompanied by a recommendation from a District Chairman.  Such recommendations need not attest to the preeminence of the applicant in his field, but attests to the fact that the applicant is a solid citizen and a Republican residing in the area.  More than one (1) person may be recommended for the same position.

 

Section 4: Support of Presidential & Primary Candidates

   (a) Every Republican district, state, or national convention delegate has the right to support the candidate of his choice for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. 

   (b) Republican organizations are encouraged to provide forums for Republican presidential candidates campaigning in Alaska.  Such forums shall not be construed as endorsement of any particular candidate, and Republicans acting on behalf of the ARP in providing such forums should endeavor to make similar forums available for any other Republican presidential candidate who may request it.  The ARP should endeavor to provide a statewide debate forum by Republican presidential candidates.

   (c) Any Republican Incumbent may advocate their candidacy.  

   (d) Any SCC member, except the six APR statewide elected officers and the ARP Counsel, may support and publicly advocate the candidacy of the statewide Republican candidate prior to the primary election.

   (e) A Republican candidate for the State Legislature who desires a pre-primary endorsement,

      (1) May file a written application for such endorsement with his district committee.

      (2) The district committee may endorse a district candidate by a majority vote. District Committee may make monetary contributions and provide other resources to an endorsed candidate.

      (3) The SCC by majority vote may endorse any candidate endorsed by a district. The ARP, its districts and affiliates may make monetary contributions and provide other resources to these endorsed candidates.

      (4) Any state legislative candidate receiving any District or ARP services or monetary contributions shall   agree to organize with the Republican organization in his respective house prior to receiving such services or monetary contributions.

   (f) In State legislative Non-endorsed races

      (1) No appointed or elected SCC member shall publicly advocate the candidacy of one Republican legislative candidate over any other Republican candidate prior to a Primary Election and all SCC members shall discharge their responsibilities on an impartial basis to all Republican candidates.

      (2) No district, affiliated club or other Republican organization shall deny a primary candidate a service that was given to another primary candidate. The SCC may waive this rule should a candidate change party affiliation to the Republican Party within twelve (12) months of an election.

      (3) Any state legislative candidate receiving any District or ARP services or monetary contributions shall agree to organize with the Republican organization in his respective body prior to receiving such services or monetary contributions.

      (4) If district committee finds that their incumbent Republican had performed actions of substantial detriment to the Republican Party or to Republican values and goals, such as forming a coalition in which Democrats hold the majority when a Republican majority has been elected, the district committee by 60% vote may:

         (i) withhold Republican Party support, including financial, from that incumbent and

         (ii) recruit a Republican Primary challenger to oppose that Republican incumbent

      (5) If the SCC finds that a Republican incumbent had engaged in actions detrimental to the Alaska Republicans or to Republican values and goals, such as joining into majority coalition with Democrats, the SCC by 60% vote may:

         (i) withhold Republican Party support, including financial, from this incumbent and

         (ii) recruit a Republican Primary Challenger to oppose that Republican incumbent.  

 

Section 5: Communications of Alaska Republican Party

   (a) All official correspondence, endorsement, resolutions, and other actions shall be transmitted through all channels of the ARP whenever possible and in accordance with other sections of these rules.  Resolutions of state and national scope shall be transmitted to the SCC who shall decide any action to be taken, except in instances where emergency action is required.  This procedure shall be the policy of all ARP subdivisions.

   (b) The State Chairman, subject to SCC direction, shall be the only official ARP spokesman.  However, he may delegate this duty to other Republicans, as he deems necessary.  State Convention and the SCC shall determine ARP policies.

 

Section 6: State Strategic Plan

The State Chairman shall submit an updated ARP strategic plan to SCC each January. This strategic plan shall contain the proposed ARP goals and the proposed methods to accomplish these goals.  The SCC shall approve or modify this updated ARP strategic plan at its first meeting each year.

 

Section 7: Alteration of District Boundaries Due to Redistricting

To maximize the purposes of the ARP in State elections, district boundaries shall be the boundaries of each State House District.

   (a) Within 30 days after the Alaska Redistricting Board issues a Proclamation of Redistricting, all ARP Districts shall be realigned.  The State Chairman shall issue a Call for Special District meetings in the newly defined districts.

      (1) Existing district committee members residing in the new district shall make up the new district committee.

      (2) The first order of business shall be the selection of a transition chairman.  

      (3) If no meeting is called within six weeks of the Alaska Redistricting Board proclamation, the State Chairman shall appoint a transition chairman.

      (4) The transition chairman, newly elected district officers and the district committee shall direct their efforts toward organizing and preparing for the district convention in the upcoming election year.

   (b) Funds held by an ARP district shall be apportioned to the new districts according to the percentage of population movement due to redistricting.

      (1) If the population movement cannot be accurately ascertained, a rough estimate shall be made.

      (2) Apportionment of district funds may be appealed to the State Rules Committee.

      (3) The District Treasurer shall file final reports for the old district to the APOC and turn over all financial records to the new district receiving the major portion of the old district funds.

   (c) The District Secretary shall turn over district records to the new District Secretary receiving the old district financial records.

 

Section 8: Legislative Vacancies

Upon the occurrence of an Alaskan Legislative vacancy during a term of office, an affected district committee shall meet within fourteen calendar days after the vacancy occurs.  Public notice announcing said meeting shall appear on the ARP web site and in the appropriate newspaper 3 or more calendar days before the date of the meeting.  The notice shall include the request for applications from qualified Republicans to fill the vacancy for consideration by the affected committee.  Application must be received by the affected committee by 5:00 pm on the day before the meeting.  The affected district committee, with the assistance of ARP Headquarters if necessary, shall verify that each applicant meets the residency requirements at the time of the prior incumbent filing and has been a Republican continuously after the filing deadline for the election to this term of office.  Applications of all qualified individuals shall be distributed to the entire committee by 6:00 pm on the day before the meeting.  All applicants shall be considered equally in the selection process.  

 

The committee shall select three individuals for the field of applicants to forward to the Governor of Alaska for his consideration.  If a State Senate district cannot create a list of three after full consideration of the applicants, each House district may submit two names to the Governor.

 

Section 9: Definitions

ACTIVITIES: Communications, deeds, and actions that encourage the participation of voters in Republican Party activities, promote Republican policies, principles, candidates, organizations or enhance the image of the Republican Party.

 

CENSURE: Official rebuke and disapproval of actions and/or words, written or spoken with a pointed expression of blame to a particular individual named.

 

MAJORITY: For the purpose of these rules, a majority shall always be defined as fifty percent (50%) plus one.

 

PLURALITY: A number of votes cast for a candidate in a contest of more than two (2) candidates that is greater than the number cast for any other candidate but not more than half the total votes cast.

 

REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION: An organization where all elected Republican members of each house shall organize, whether in the majority or minority, exclusive of Democrats and if in the majority, all committee chairpersons are to be only Republicans and the Policy Caucus is open only to Republicans.

 

Section 10: Abbreviations

The Listed abbreviations shall be used for certain common terms within these rules, except that abbreviations shall not be used in either Article or Section titles:

 

APOC   Alaska Public Offices Commission 

ARP      Alaska Republican Party 

FEC      Federal Election Commission

RNC     Republican National Committee

SCC     State Central Committee

SEC      State Executive Committee

 

Section 11: Severability

The various rules of the Republican Party, including those relating to the primary elections, are severable. Any invalidity or unenforceability of any rule of part thereof, shall not affect the remainder of the rule or rules in any way.

 

 

ARTICLE X - REMOVAL FROM REPUBLICAN PARTY OFFICE

 

Section 1: Grounds for Removal

Any person holding elected ARP office may be removed from office for any of the following reasons:

   (a) Engagement in any activities prohibited by or contrary to these rules or RNC Rules.

   (b) Failure to carry out or perform the duties of the office to which he was elected.

   (c) Failure to attend, without sufficient reason for such absence, two consecutive regular and properly called meetings of the committee of which he is an officer or member.

   (d) Promotion of the candidacy of anyone other than the Republican primary winner in a partisan contest.

   (e) Failure to resign from office within a period of not more than thirty (30) calendar days after a residence change which makes him ineligible to hold that Republican Party office to which he was duly elected.

 

Section 2: Who May File Charges

Any registered Republican may file charges, provided proper grounds and reasons are submitted in writing.  The charges shall be filed with the chairman of the committee of which the person charged is a member.  If the person so charged is a chairman, the charges shall be filed with the vice-chairman who will preside at the hearing.

 

Section 3: Hearing of Charges

   (a) If the person so charged is a member of a district committee, the District Executive Committee shall hear the charges; if he is a member of the SCC, the State Executive Committee shall hear the charges.

   (b) If a person, so charged, is removed from SCC membership and the District Executive Committee does not remove the person from the district office, the district shall lose that SCC membership position until such time the person is removed or the disqualifying action is corrected.  If the action cannot be corrected, the person may not be reinstated until elected to a position at the next regular State or District Convention. In all cases a person may not be reinstated to SCC membership without a majority vote of the State Executive Committee and the SCC.

   (c) No person may be removed from elective Republican Party office without first being given an opportunity for a fair hearing of the charges against him and a reasonable opportunity to reply to such charges.

(d) Persons having charges brought against them have the right to have legal counsel present and, should they so chose, to speak on their behalf. 

   (e) If requested by the person so charged, the hearing shall be a closed hearing. Witnesses may be called if necessary and no minutes shall be made of the hearing.

   (f) The presiding officer of the hearing shall allow equal opportunity to speak, refute, and submit documentary evidence to both sides of the dispute. Members of the hearing body shall be allowed an opportunity to ask questions. The two sides of the disputes shall be allowed an equal time to ask questions of one another.

   (g) Vote of the hearing body shall be by secret ballot, counted by the presiding officer and the secretary, or an individual selected by the hearing body as the second counter.

   (h) A simple majority of the elected membership of the District Executive Committee or State Executive Committee concerned shall be required for removal from office.

   (i) Where charges are found both groundless and harassing or frivolous in nature, the hearing body may find a

verdict of censure against the person bringing charges.

 

Section 4: Sanctions

When the charges are found to be valid, the hearing committee may impose any appropriate sanction, up to and 

Including removal from office.

 

Section 5: Right of Appeal

   (a) Persons removed from office shall have the right to appeal their removal.  A Notice of Appeal shall be sent to the State Chairman within ten (10) calendar days of the hearing. The State Chairman shall place the appeal on the agenda for the next regularly scheduled SCC meeting.  A simple majority of members present at this meeting shall decide the issue and this decision shall be final.

   (b) Persons removed from office shall be considered suspended during appeal and shall not execute the duties of their office during this period.

 

 

ARTICLE XI PRIMARY ELECTIONS

 

Section 1: Eligible Voters

Only registered Republicans, registered Independents, and those who state no preference of party affiliation shall be allowed to vote in the Republican Primary Election for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, US Senator, US Representative, and members of the State Legislature.

 

Section 2: Republican Designation

No person may use the word Republican on any ballot or in any campaign as part of a description of himself as a candidate unless that person is an ARP candidate, selected according to ARP Rules.

 

Section 3: Maximize Voter Participation in Primary Elections

   (a) Any voter qualified to vote in the Republican Party primary may vote in that election, regardless of whether or not that voter has voted in the primary election of any other party.

   (b) The fact that a voter has voted in the Republican Party primary election shall not disqualify that voter from voting in the primary election of any other political party or parties, where that voter's participation in the primary election of other parties is authorized or permitted by the rules of the other party or parties, or the statutes of the United States or the State of Alaska.

 

Section 4: Modification to Primary System 

The SCC, or the SEC in the event that there is insufficient time to convene the SCC, may adopt any and all additional rules, regulations, interpretations, clarifications, and the like, which are necessary or desirable to implement the Republican primary election in accord with other rules adopted at this Special Convention, and pursuant to Art XIII. Any action taken by the Central or Executive Committee under the provisions of this rule shall have the same force and effect as if adopted by this convention.  

 

Section 5: Prior Registration Requirement

In order to be a candidate in any Republican Party primary election, a person must have been a registered voter of the Alaska Republican Party for a continuous period of six (6) months immediately prior to the filing deadline for the primary election. The SCC for statewide candidates and the district committee for district candidates may, by a 2/3 vote of each organized committee involved; waive this rule for specific candidates when they determine such action to be in the best interests of the Republican Party.

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