Charleston County GOP Reorganization March 4, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 PM
*** 3 Locations ***
Mt. Pleasant Senior Center
840 Von Kolnitz Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29405
Precincts: Awendaw, Christ Church, McClellanville, Mt. Pleasant 1-39, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms 1A, 1B, 1C
Site Managers: Cyndi Mosteller, Mark Hartley
Orange Grove Elementary Charter School
1225 Orange Branch Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
Precincts: Lincolnville, Ladson, N. Charleston 1-30, Deer Park 1A – 3, St. Anderws 1-37, Folly Beach 1-2, James Isl. 1A- 22, John’s Isl. 1A-4, Kiawah Isl., Town of Seabrook, Charleston precincts
Site Mangers: Joanne Knapp, Charm Altman
St Paul’s Fire Station #1
6488 Highway 162
Hollywood, SC 29449
Precincts: Wadmalaw 1-2, St Paul 1-6, Edisto Isld
Site Manager: Susan Porcher
Makeup will be March 11th at 5:30 PM at the N Chas. City Hall Chambers prior to the regularly scheduled meeting.
Convention fees for delegates is $35.00 which will also cover annual membership to the county party. You may pay this at the time you participate in reorganization.
Each precinct will “organize” every two years in accordance with SC Statute. Voters in each precinct will meet on a specified organization date. The date, including a make-up date, must be advertised in a local news publication. YOU however, can pass that information on to your FB friends and email list…make calls, etc. These precinct meetings can be schedule to “share” locations. THIS HAPPENS IN MARCH!
On reorganization day, each precinct will elect a Precinct President, Executive Committeeman, Secretary and Treasurer. If there are NOT enough people present to fill four officer spots, then the Executive Committeeman and Precinct President should be the focus.
Delegates for each precinct are determined by the number of voters that participated in the previous year’s primary elections. Each precinct club will get one delegate for every 25 voters or fraction thereof in the primary. Example: if a precinct had 112 voters in the primary, they would get 5 delegates.
This is truly a grass roots effort. People will show up – everything will feel disorganized, but SOMEONE will come forward and organize the effort from within your group. If there was a previous Precinct President or Executive Committeeman present, they should open the meeting. If not…..you be the leader if no one else steps forward. A “site manager” will be present at each location with multiple precincts to provide assistance and collect the forms at the end of reorganization and get them to the Chairman.
YOU WILL NEED YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION CARD .
Select a temp President, temp Sec and credentials committee to determine eligibility (easily done by checking voter registration card). If there are only one, two or three of you and you all know each other, decide among yourselves how you want to organize. If there are more, elections should be held for each permanent position.
Each precinct will receive a reorganization package that will include all forms necessary to organize. Be sure someone is elected Secretary and that the Secretary signs all the necessary forms.
When you have organized, you should have a Precinct President, a VP, a Secretary, a Treasurer and an Executive Committeeman. No more than five officers. No one may hold more than one office UNLESS there are less than five people present. Precinct officers do not assume their duties until after the convention has been held. Someone should be elected or assigned Secretary duties even if this is a dual function.
The remaining people present will be designated as delegates or alternate delegates IF you have more people on hand than the allowed number of delegates. These people should plan to attend the convention as they will be allowed to vote for the County’s Officers.
If there are more people present than allowed delegates, the group should select delegates by holding an election. For example, if a precinct is allowed 5 delegates and there are 12 people present, the group should take a vote. the voters present should write the names of five people present on a sheet of paper, fold it and had it to the precinct president. The five people receiving the most votes will be the delegates. The people receiving the next most votes after the first five are determined will be the alternate delegates. However, anyone present may be a member of the party, attend meetings and provide input into the process. They just would not be allowed to vote at the convention or at executive committee meetings.
Once the forms are completed, they should be turned into the County Chairman by the appointed “site manager” who must forward them to the State Party.
Anyone interested in running for a county party office is entitled to a copy of the delegate registration forms. You must pay for them but they are public documents and you can get copies. Normally, the County Chairman will have a central meeting location after reorganization to collect the forms. If you want copies, you should go to this location.
This will take about ONE HOUR. In order for liberty activists to be eligible to attend Republican conventions, they MUST attend this meeting so we need EVERYONE to go. It won’t take long.