This revision contains all changes approved as of September 18, 2013
RULES OF THE INDIANA REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE PREAMBLE To further the rights of its members to freely associate to achieve the goals of the Party, the Indiana Republican Party State Committee adopts the following rules for the organization and government of the Republican Party of the State of Indiana:
GENERAL PROVISIONS Rule 1-1. Subject to the Republican Party of the State of Indiana in the State Convention duly assembled, the State Committee is the supreme party authority in this state, and a permanent political body, continuous from year to year. This committee has full power to adopt all necessary rules for the government and regulation of party affairs. The State Committee shall be organized at the time and in the manner provided for elsewhere in these rules.
Rule 1-2. If there is a conflict between these rules and a statute, the statute prevails.
Rule 1-3. (a) These rules may be amended by a majority vote at any regular meeting of the State Committee, except for rules concerning the State Convention, which must be amended in compliance with Rule 9-47.
(b) The Secretary of the State Committee shall mail an exact copy of any proposed amendment to each member of the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee shall review the proposed amendment and submit a recommendation concerning the proposed amendment to the State Committee.
(c) The Secretary of the State Committee shall mail an exact copy of any proposed amendment, with a copy of the Rules Committee recommendation, to each member of the State Committee at least ten (10) days before the meeting at which the amendment is to be considered.
(d) Mailing under subsection (b) or (c) to the last and usual place of residence of each member is considered compliance with this Rule.
Rule 1-4. The Committees organized in these rules shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, latest revised edition, except as otherwise expressly provided in these rules.
Rule 1-5. The right of all individual Republicans to participate in all party activities shall be sacred and inviolable.
Rule 1-6. Each and every member and officer of any Party Committee or Subcommittee shall be a true representative Republican, in good standing in the Party. If an individual openly supports a candidate after the Primary Election, who is opposing a Republican Candidate, they are not in good standing in the Party and may be removed for cause under Rules 3-22 and 3-23. (See Rule 1-8)
Rule 1-7. Men and women are eligible to all offices and appointments in the Party Organization.
Rule 1-8. Each and every member or officer of any committee, by their own act of seeking or accepting the election or appointment in the Party Organization, expressly agrees by this act to accept the privileges and penalties granted, imposed, or provided for, pursuant to the law and these rules.
Rule 1-9. Unless expressly stated in these rules, as it is necessary to delegate authority occasionally, any reference to an officer in these rules includes “or designee” as a matter of convenience.
Rule 1-10. (a) A quorum for the transaction of business, if required, shall be counted by any precinct, county, district, state, city, or town committee when a majority of the members of the committee are present.
(b) As provided by Indiana Code 3-5-4-10, all ballots, poll lists, and other documents or material generated for or used by the state convention, town convention or a caucus under IC 3-13-1 and IC 3-13-11 to nominate Republican Party candidates are the property of the Republican Party. In the case of the state convention or a caucus under IC 3-13-1 presided over by the State Chairman (or the Chairman’s designee), this property shall be retained and preserved by the Secretary of State Committee for at least two (2) years after the convention or caucus. In the case of a caucus under IC 3-13-1 presided over by a county chairman (or the Chairman’s designee), this property shall be retained and preserved by the Secretary of the County Committee for at least two (2) years after the caucus.
Rule 1-11. A proxy form must be submitted to the Secretary of the appropriate committee before the committee convenes. A proxy given by anyone for any purpose must be signed, but need not be notarized. No proxy may be given to any person, except to a qualified Primary Republican.
Rule 1-12. No proxy may be given for the organization meeting of any county, district or state committee meeting for the election of the four committee officers or to fill a vacancy in the office of chairman, vice chairman, secretary or treasurer.
Rule 1-13. “A qualified Primary Republican” refers to a voter who cast a Republican Party ballot at the most recent primary election in which the voter voted, and who is in good standing in the election district in which the person giving the proxy lives. An “election district” refers to:
(1) a county in the case of a county committee; or
(2) a county wholly or partially within the congressional district, in the case
of a congressional district committee or the state committee.
Rule 1-14. All proxies must be in substantially the following form:
I, (insert name of individual), of (insert name of county) County, Indiana, residing in
the (insert name of district)Congressional District, appoint (insert name of individual