CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF JONES COUNTY
The name of the organization shall be “The Republican Party of Jones County”.
The purpose of the organization shall be to conduct, under one central organization, the activities of the Republican Party of Jones County and to aid in every way the establishment of fundamentals of Republican principles and policies on a voluntary basis and to cooperate and assist in the conduct of national, state and local elections in support of the Republican ticket.
The membership of the Party shall be composes of all eligible voters of Jones County who desire to support the objectives of The Republican Party.
Membership shall be available to all said eligible voters of Jones County without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, or national origin.
Nothing within the constitution shall be construed to abridge or deny the right of any voter to participate in any caucus, primary election or convention wherein the voter is entitled by law to participate.
It shall be the duty of the County Central Committee to enroll all members of the Party within Jones County insofar as it is practicable to do so. Opportunity for enrollment shall be open at all times to eligible electors.
IV: MEMBERSHIP OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
The County Central Committee shall be comprised of two persons from each voting precinct, elected at precinct caucuses or as otherwise provided by the state or county constitution. However, each precinct shall have one additional committeeperson for each seventy-five votes over one hundred fifty votes cast in the last general election for the Republican candidate for President or Governor, as the case may be. The precinct committeeperson shall be residents of the precinct from which they are elected.
Each precinct shall elect an equal number of alternate committeepersons to the County Central Committee who will be eligible to vote at County Central Committee meetings in the absence of regular committeeperson.
The general management of the affairs of the Party in Jones County Central Committee, subject to direction from time to time by the County Convention of the Party.
The Jones County Central Committee shall have such officers and administrative personnel as it may determine and shall organize its operation to attain the objectives of the Republican Party, and shall have power to adopt bylaws to carry out its duties and the purposes of the Constitution, provided such bylaws are not in conflict with the provisions of this Constitution or the Constitution of the Republican Party of Iowa.
The term of office of a member of the County Central Committee shall begin on the day of the organizational meeting of the County Central Committee in March of the caucus year, and shall continue for two years or until a successor is elected and qualified, unless the member is sooner removed by the County Central Committee of inattention to duty, incompetence or failure to support the ticket nominated by the Party.
Vacancies on the County Central Committee shall be filled by the County Central Committee by using the first alternate committeeperson of that precinct. Second vacancy using the second alternate committeeperson, etc.
V: COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE OFFICERS
The officers of this Central Committee shall be a chair, two co-chairs, secretary and treasurer and such members as the County Central Committee in its bylaws may provide. The Central Committee Officers shall organize in January of the non-election year.
The Chair or Co-Chair or thirty percent (30%) of the duly elected and serving member of the County Central Committee may call a meeting of said committee and there shall be no less than 10 meetings per year.
VII: DEFINITION OF RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF AUXILIARY ORGANIZATION
The Jones County Central Committee may recognize official auxiliaries authorized by the Republican Party of Iowa. The activities of such organizations shall be coordinated with activities of such organizations shall be coordinated with authorized Party activities and shall be subject to the direction of the regularly constituted Party authorities.
Each auxiliary shall elect its own officers.
The Chair of each recognized Party auxiliary shall be an advisory member of the County Central Committee, but shall have no vote in official business transacted by the Committee.
VIII: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The members of the Executive Committee are the Chair, two Co-chairs, Secretary and Treasurer and such other persons as provided by the bylaws.
The Executive Committee shall transact the routine business of the Central Committee and may act in the name of the Central Committee between the meeting of the Central Committee.
The Republican Party of Jones County shall conduct regular precinct caucuses and County Conventions, as called by the Republican State Central Committee. The number of delegates elected from each precinct at the caucuses shall be designated in the Call of the County Covention, Said number shall be based on the Republican vote for Governor or President in the previous election as provided by state law. The number of alternate delegates elected shall be based on fifty percent (50%) of the elected delegates.
Notice of the date, time and place of the precinct caucuses shall be given twice by publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the precinct. First notice shall be published not more than fifteen days nor less than seven days before the date of the caucus and the second shall be made not more than seven days before and not later than the date of the caucus.
Any person voting at a precinct caucus shall be a Rebublican, an eligible elector and a resident of the precinct. The eligibility of any person to participate in the caucus shall be determined by a majority of those in attendance.
X: VOTING AT PRECINCT CAUCUSES AND COUNTY CONVENTIONS
Voting by proxy will not be permitted at any precinct caucus or county convention provided for in Constitution.
At County Conventions, the delegation from each precinct shall vote the strength of the precinct delegation present.
This constitution may be amended by any regularly or specially called County Convention. Notice of intention to so amended shall be included in the call at the request of the chair, co-chairs, or thirty percent (30%) of the duly elected and serving members of the County Central Committee. Such amendment shall be adopted by a majority vote of delegates of such Convention.
XI: CONFLICT WITH STATUTES
No provisions hereof shall supersede or abrogate any of the provisions of the statutes of the State of Iowa, the Constitution of the Republican Party of Iowa and the rules of the Republican National Convention which are in conflict herewith.
XIII: EFFECTIVE DATE
This constitution was adopted at a meeting of the Jones County Central Committee on May 7th, 1992 at Anamosa, Iowa and was filed with the county and state commissioner of elections on the 8th day of May, 1992.