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GENERALRULESFORALLCONVENTIONSANDMEETINGS

RuleNo.1–AdoptionandAmendmentofRules;Clarification

TheseRules,havingbeenfiledwiththeSecretaryofStateofTexas,togetherwiththestatutes,rules,andbylaws

adoptedbyreferenceshallconstitutetheRulesoftheRepublicanPartyofTexas(“Rules”).

a.Amendments–AmendmentstoRulesmaybeproposedby:

1. Majority vote of the State Republican Executive Committee (“SREC”), at any meeting properly called and

constituted,providedatleastseven(7)dayspriorwrittennoticeofthefulltextproposedhasbeengiveninwritingto

eachmemberthereof;or

2.TheATemporaryorPermanentRulesCommitteeofanyStateConvention.

b. Adoption – These Rules, with the exception of Permanent State Executive Committee Rules, required or

authorizedbystatelaw,maybechangedonlybyactionofaStateConvention,suchactionreflectingamajorityof

votescastbydelegatespresentandvoting.Whenanychangeismade,acertifiedcopyofthechangesshallbe

filedwiththeSecretaryofStatenotlaterthanthirty(30)daysfollowingtheiradoption.

c. Temporary and Emergency Changes – The SRECinitsbestjudgment,byatwo­thirds(2/3)voteofthose

presentandvoting,providedpriorwrittennoticeofthefulltextproposedhasbeengiventoeachmemberthereof,

mayprescribesuchtemporaryandemergencychangesoftheseRulessoastopermittheorderlyconductofthe

affairsoftheRepublicanPartyofTexasinaccordancewiththeintentandpurposeoftheseRules.Suchtemporary

and emergency changes may be made when the conduct, operation, or implementation of theseRuleswill becomefrustratedorimpracticable,orcontrarytotheirintentandpurpose,ifbyreasonof:

1.validlawsenactedbytheLegislatureoftheStateofTexas;

2. any administrative or judicialactionofanyofficer,oragencyoftheStateofTexasoranycountyorpolitical

subdivisionthereof,oroftheFederalGovernment;

3.anyinterpretationoftheseRulesastheyrelatetoTheRulesoftheRepublicanPartybyanydulyauthorized

officialoftheRepublicanNationalCommittee;or

4.technicalinconsistenciesordefects.

Anysuchchangesshallbevalidonlyuntilsuchtime,ifany,astheyareratifiedoramendedbythenextsubsequent

StateConvention,oruntiltheadjournmentofsuchStateConvention,whichevershalloccurfirst.

d.PermanentStateExecutiveCommitteeRules–TheSREC,asauthorizedbySection163.004(a)(2)(B),Election

Code,byatwo­thirds(2/3)voteofthosepresentandvoting,providedatleastseven(7)dayspriorwrittennoticeof

the full text proposed has been given to each member thereof, may prescribe Permanent State Executive CommitteeRulesthatarenotsubjecttoamendmentbyactionofaStateConvention.

1.ThesePermanentStateExecutiveCommitteeRulesmaybeamendedbytheSRECbyatwo­thirds(2/3)voteof

thosepresentandvotingatanymeetingproperlycalledandconstituted,providedatleastseven(7)daysprior

writtennoticeofthefulltextproposedhasbeengiveninwritingtoeachmemberthereof.AnyPermanentState Executive Committee Rule shall be identified in these Rules by the notation “(Permanent State Executive CommitteeRule).”

2.AtthefirstmeetingofeachtermtheSRECmay,byavoteofamajorityofthosepresentandvoting,delegate

temporaryauthoritytoamendaPermanentStateExecutiveCommitteeRuletoaStateRulesCommitteeofthe

subsequentStateConvention,exceptforRuleNumber1,astheStateRulesCommitteedeterminesandreportsto

theStateConventionforconsideration.SaidtemporaryauthorityshallexpirewiththeadjournmentoftheState

Convention.AnyPermanentStateExecutiveCommitteeRuledelegatedtotheStateConventionshallbeidentified

intheseRulesbythenotation“(PermanentStateExecutiveCommitteeRuledelegatedtotheStateConvention).”

e.PursuanttoSection163.006,TexasElectionCode,anyamendmentsmadetotheserulesandcontainedherein

whichgovernoraffecttheRepublicanPartyofTexas’generalorrunoffprimaryelections,conventionsornominees,

areeffectiveJanuary1ontheodd­numberedyearfollowingadoption.

f.Clarification–AnymemberoftheRepublicanPartyofTexaswhodiscoversanambiguityintheseRulesmay request in writing aclarificationfromtheCountyChairmanortheStateChairman.ClarificationfromtheState ChairmanshallbebindingonallmembersoftheRepublicanPartyofTexasuntilfinalclarificationismadeby majorityvoteoftheSREC.AnyclarificationmadeshallbetomaintaintheintentandpurposeoftheseRulesas originallyadopted.

g.Definitions–PursuanttotheincorporationofSection311.014oftheTexasGovernmentCodeunderRule4of

theseRules,whencomputinganyperiodofdaysreferredtointheseRules,thefirst(1st)dayisexcludedandthe

lastdayisincluded.Also,ifthelastdayofanyperiodofdaysisaSaturday,Sunday,orlegalholiday,thenthe

periodisextendedtoincludethenextdaythatisnotaSaturday,Sunday,orlegalholiday.

RuleNo.2–PublicationandDistributionofRules

InordertopublicizetheseRulesthroughoutthestate,priortothePrecinctConventions,copiesthereofandof

thosepertinentportionsoftheElectionCodedealingwithPartyconventionsatalllevelsshallbemailedtoeach

CountyChairmanandeachSenatorialDistrictConventionChairmanwithinstructionstosupplyacopytoeach

PrecinctChairmanandtoeachCountyorDistrictConventionCommitteeChairman.Uponrequest,acopyshallbe

providedtoanydelegateoralternatetotheStateConventionandtoanyotherinterestedpersonwhoshallrequest

thesame;andanadequatesupplythereofshallbemaintainedattheRepublicanPartyofTexasHeadquartersto

fillrequests.Acharge,whichshallbenogreaterthantheunitcostofprintingandpostage,maybemadefor

requestedcopiesoftheseRules.

RuleNo.3–DiscriminationProhibited

Participation in any Republican convention or meeting including, but not limited to, any primary caucus, any meeting or convention held for the purposes of selecting delegates to a County, District, State or National Conventionshallinnowaybeabridgedforreasonofsex,age,race,religion,color,ornationalorigin.

RuleNo.4–AdoptionofReference–U.S.Constitution,TexasConstitutionandStatutes

TheConstitutionoftheUnitedStates,TheConstitutionoftheStateofTexas,andthestatutesoftheStateofTexas,

insofarastheymaybeapplicable,areherebyadoptedbyreferenceandshallgoverntheconductofallconventions

andmeetingsoftheRepublicanPartyofTexasfromtheprecinctlevelthroughthestatelevel.

RuleNo.5–ParliamentaryAuthority

Unless otherwise provided forbytheUnitedStatesConstitution,TexasConstitution,UnitedStatesandTexas statutes,ortheseRules,thecurrenteditionofRobert’sRulesofOrderNewlyRevised,whichisherebyadoptedby reference,shallbetheparliamentaryauthoritygoverningallconventionsandmeetingsoftheRepublicanPartyof Texasfromtheprecinctlevelthroughthestatelevel,inclusive.

RuleNo.6–ProxiesProhibited

TheuseofproxiesorproxyvotingisherebyprohibitedinallRepublicanPartyofTexasproceedings,fromthe

precinctlevelthroughthestatelevel,inclusiveexcepttheSREC.

RuleNo.7–CastingVotes

a.Atallconventions,executivecommitteemeetingsandanyotherPartymeetings,votesshallbecastandcounted

inthemannerprescribedbythecurrenteditionofRobert’sRulesofOrderNewlyRevised;andexceptasprovided

inthisrule,thevoteofeachmembershallhaveequalweight.Acountyexecutivecommitteemayauthorizemailed

ballotvotingtofillprecinctchairvacancies.InanyconventionexceptaPrecinctConventionoraStateConvention

whenorganizedinCongressionalDistrictCaucuses,anydelegationpresent,uponrequest,shallbepermittedto

castthenumberofvotesequaltothenumberofdelegatestowhichitisentitledonanyitemofbusiness.

b.Arollcallvoteshallbetaken:

1.whenorderedbymajorityvoteofthedelegatesatanyconvention,caucus,ormeeting,or

3. when demandedinwritingbyatleastone­fifth(1/5)ofthedelegationsfromtheprecinctsrepresentedata CountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention,or

4.whendemandedinwritingbyatleastone­fifth(1/5)ofthedelegationsfromthedistrictsrepresentedataState

Convention,or

5.whendemandedinwritingbyone­fifth(1/5)ofthemembersinthecaseofacommitteemeeting,Partycaucus,

or

6.whenbydecisionofaConventionChairman.

Intheeventofarollcallvote,eachDelegationChairmanshallpollhisdelegationandshallannouncetheresult

whenhisdelegationisreached.Ifanydelegatedoubtsthecorrectnessoftheannouncement,theSecretaryofthe

meetingshallpollsuchdelegationandannouncetheresult.

RuleNo.8–SupplementaryExecutiveCommitteeRules–Meetings

a.ComplianceRequired–TheSREC,eachcountyexecutivecommittee,eachdistrictexecutivecommitteeandany committee or sub­committee created by any Bylaws or Rules adopted by same, shall comply with and be establishedinaccordancewiththeseRules.

b. Supplemental Rules Permitted – A State Republican Executive Committee elected at the Biennial State ConventionoraCountyExecutiveCommitteeelectedinbiennialPrimaryElectionoraDistrictExecutiveCommittee createdpursuanttotheTexasElectionCodeortheBylawsofanypoliticalsubdivisionwithintheParty,mayadopt SupplementalRulesorBylaws,providedhoweverthatsuchRulesorBylawsdonotconflictwithanyRulesor Bylawsofahigherauthorityincluding,butnotlimitedtotheseRules.AllsuchRulesandBylawsshallbefiledwith theSRECandwiththeSecretaryofStateandareherebyadoptedbyreference.

c.OrganizationalMeetingoftheStateRepublicanExecutiveCommittee–TheSRECshallholditsorganizational

meetingaftertheadjournmentoftheBiennialStateConvention.

d.OrganizationalMeetingofaCountyExecutiveCommittee–ACountyshallholditsorganizationalmeetingwithin

forty­five(45)daysafterthetermofofficebeginsfortheCountyChairmanandthePrecinctChairmen.(Thisis

twenty(20)daysafterthePrimaryRun­offElectionaccordingtoSubsection171.022(c)oftheTEC.)TheCounty

Chairmanshallberesponsibleforcallingthemeetinghowever,iftheCountyChairmandoesnotcallthemeeting,

thenone­fourth(1/4)ofthePrecinctChairmenmay,bywrittendemand,callanorganizationalmeeting.Noticeof

theorganizationalmeetingshallbemailedbyUSPStothelastknownaddressofthemembersoftheexecutive

committeeatleastfourteen(14)dayspriortothedateofthemeetingandsuchnoticeshallstatethetime,dateand

location of the meeting andthenames(s)oftheperson(s)issuingthecall.Theagendaoftheorganizational meetingshallinclude,butnotbelimitedto,theswearinginofthenewlyelectedexecutivecommitteemembers

andtheadoptionofBylawsand/orRulesforthebiennium.TheproposedBylawsand/orRulesshallbysentout

withthemeetingcallviaUSPSatleastfourteen(14)dayspriortothedateofthemeeting.

e.LimitationsonCountyExecutiveCommitteemeetings–NoCountyExecutiveCommitteemeetingshallbeheld

duringtheweekoftheBiennialStateConventionorthequadrennialNationalConvention.

f.OpenMeetingsandRighttoTestify–Allmeetingsofanycommittee,sub­committeeoradhoccommitteeofany StateorCountyExecutiveCommitteeshallbeopentoanymemberofthatexecutivecommittee,andtheyshall have the right to appear before any such committee, sub­committee or ad hoc committee and make recommendations for the committee’s consideration or testify concerning any item under purview of the committee. The committee may adoptreasonablerulesincludingtimelimitsforsuchpresentationsandmay establishareasonablelimitoftimeforthesepresentations.ThisRuledoesnotprecludethecommitteefrom goingintoexecutivesession;however,suchexecutivesession(s)shallbeopentoanymemberoftheexecutive committeeincludingex­officiomembers.

g.TheCountyChairmanshallmaintainacurrentlistofthename,mailingaddress,phonenumber,emailaddress (ifavailable),andprecinctnumberofeveryRepublicanPrecinctChairwhowaselectedinthePrimary,thePrimary Runoff,orwasappointedbytheCountyExecutiveCommitteetofillaPrecinctChairvacancy.Thelistshallbe

updatedwithinseven(7)businessdaysofanelectionchangingthestatusofthelistandshallbemadeavailable

atreproductioncostsorbyemailtoanyRepublicanPrecinctChair,RepublicanPartyOfficial,RepublicanElected

OfficeHolder,orRepublicanCandidateforElectiveOfficeofthecountyrequestingsuch.

h.FillingVacanciesonaCountyExecutiveCommittee(PermanentStateExecutiveCommitteeRule)–ACounty Executive Committee shall, bymajorityvoteatitsorganizationalmeeting,adoptaBylawand/orRuleforfilling vacanciesontheCountyExecutiveCommittee.

RuleNo.9–ExecutiveCommitteeQuorum

a.Non­StatutoryBusinessandFillingVacancies–AtCountyorDistrictExecutiveCommitteemeetings,one­fourth

(1/4)ofthemembership,excludingvacancies,shallconstituteaquorumforconductofnon­statutorybusiness.As

provided by Section 171.024(c), Texas Election Code, the SREC has designated one­fourth (1/4) of the membership,excludingvacancies,orsuchgreaterpercentage,nottoexceedamajorityofthemembership,as maybespecifiedinCountyExecutiveCommitteeBylawsand/orRulesasquorumforfillingvacanciesonCounty ExecutiveCommittees(PermanentStateExecutiveCommitteeRule).AtSRECmeetings,thequorumforconduct of non­statutory business shall beinaccordancewiththeSRECbylaws.Ifthequorumprovidedaboveisnot presentatanyexecutivecommitteemeeting,thenonlystatutorybusiness(calledforbytheTexasElectionCode) maybetransactedatameeting.

b. Statutory Business – At SREC, County,orDistrictExecutiveCommitteemeetings,aquorumforconductof statutorybusiness(calledforbytheTexasElectionCode)shallconsistofthosememberspresent.

GENERALRULESFORALLCONVENTIONS

RuleNo.10–SupplementaryConventionRules

a. Any convention may adopttemporaryorpermanentruleswhichsupplementtheseRules,aslongassuch

supplementaryrulesdonotconflictherewith.

b.Anyconventioncommitteemayadoptsupplementalrulesrelatedtoitsproceedingsprovidedthatsuchrulesdo

notconflictwiththeserulesoranysupplementalrulesadoptedbytheconvention.

RuleNo.11–ConventionOfficialsListed–Challenge

a.ConventionOfficials–Theofficersofanyconvention,whetheritbeintemporaryorpermanentorganization,shall

consist of a Chairman, aSecretary,aSergeant­at­Arms,andsuchotherofficersastheChairmanmaydeem

necessary.TheSecretaryandtheSergeant­at­Armsshallhavethepowertoappointassistants.Thepermanent

officers,exceptparliamentarian,shallbeelectedorappointedfromamongtheconventiondelegates.

b. Challenge–Anyofficerorcommitteechairmanofanyconvention,whetheritbeintemporaryorpermanent

organization,whointentionallyviolatestheRulesoftheRepublicanPartyofTexasorthedirectivesoftheTexas

ElectionCode,shallbesubjecttoachallengefiledundertheprovisionsofRuleNo.27;andifsuchchallengeis

upheldbytheConventionwhichhearsthechallenge,thatofficerorcommitteechairmanshallberemovedfrom

servingasadelegatetoanyconventionofthePartyatanylevelthroughouttheyear.

RuleNo.12–ResolutionsAuthorized–NoUnitRule

Anyconventionmayexpressitssenseonanissuebyadoptingaresolutiononthatissue;however,theuseofthe

unitrule(wherebytheentiredelegationvotesasaunitnotrecognizingtheminorityvoteswithinthedelegation)or

thepracticeofgivingbindinginstructionstothedelegatesshallnotbepermittedatanyleveloftheconvention

process.

RuleNo.13–ConventionQuorum–Adjournment

a.PrecinctConvention–ThereshallbenoquorumtoconveneorcontinueaPrecinctConvention.

b.County/DistrictConvention–AquorumtoconveneaCounty/DistrictConventionshallconsistofamajorityofthe

delegatesregisteredasattending.Thereafter,aquorumshallbeconsideredpresentaslongas:

1.Thenumberofvotesrepresentedbydelegatesinattendancecomprisesmorethanfiftypercent(50%)ofthe

totalvotingstrengthoftheConvention;

2.Amajorityoftheseatedprecinctsarepresent;and

c. State Convention – A quorum toconvenetheStateConventionshallconsistofamajorityofthedelegates registeredasattending.Thereafter,aquorumshallbeconsideredpresentaslongas:

1.Thenumberofvotesrepresentedbydelegatesinattendancecomprisesmorethanfiftypercent(50%)ofthe

totalvotingstrengthoftheConvention;

2.Amajorityoftheseateddistrictsarepresent;and

3.One­third(1/3)oftheseateddelegatesarepresent.

d.Adjournment–Inordertoadjournaconventionforlackofaquorum,theChairshallverifytheabsenceofa

quorum,usingtheaforementionedcriteria,andsuchverificationshallbemadepartoftheconventionminutes;

providedhowever,thatnoquorumshallberequiredforconsiderationofthereportofanominationscommitteeor

fortheelectionofdelegatesandalternates.

RuleNo.14–OpenMeetingandRighttoTestify

i.Allmeetingsofanycommitteeorsub­committeeofanyconvention,whetheritbeintemporaryorpermanent organization,shallbeopentoanydelegateoralternatetothatconvention,anyStateorCountyRepublicanParty Officer,anyelectedRepublicanPublicOfficeholderoranyRepublicanCandidate.Thesesamepeopleshallhave the right to appear before any convention committee or sub­committee and make recommendations for the committee’s consideration or testify concerning any item under purview of the committee and to record the proceedingswithelectronicdevices.Thecommitteemayadoptreasonablerulesincludingtimelimitsforsuch presentationsandmayestablishareasonablelimitoftimeforthesepresentations.Thisprivilegeshallinclude

delegatesandalternatesunderchallengeatanyconventionpursuanttoRuleNo.35.NothinginthisRuleshallbe

construedastoprohibitindividualCommitteemembers,whethertheybeintemporaryorpermanentorganization, from communicating with one another about business to come before their Committee, in anymannerthey choose, prior to the convening of their first Committee meeting or at any other time outside of their official Committeemeetingormeetings.Noticeofanymeetingsofanytemporarycommitteeorsub­committeeofany SenatorialDistrictorCountyConventionshallbepostedonthewebsiteofthecountyparty,ifany,priortothedate ofthemeeting.

ii.Anofficialvideorecordingmaybemadeofallgeneralsessionsandanymeetingsofanycommitteeofthestate

convention,whetheritbeintemporaryorpermanentorganization.

RuleNo.15–IdentificationRequired

AnypersonpresentatanyconventionmustidentifyhimselfwhenrequestedtodosobytheSergeant­at­Arms,his

assistants,oranyotherofficeroftheconvention.

RuleNo.15A–DistributionofLiterature

LiteraturemaybefreelydistributedinthedelegateandalternateseatingareasofanyStateorCounty/Senatorial District ConventionorCaucus,providedthattheitemsbeingdistributeddisplaythenameandaddressofthe personand/ororganizationrepresented.

Anysuchliteraturedistributedwithoutthenameofthepersonand/ororganizationrepresentedshallberemoved.

RuleNo.16–PreviousQuestion

a.PreviousQuestion–Atanyconvention,whenthepreviousquestionhasbeenmovedandsecondedandis

sustainedbyamajorityvote,thequestionshallbedeemedtohavebeencalledandavoteshalloccuruponthe

pendingquestion,exceptasprovidedinsubsectionbofthisRule.

b.Exception–Atanyconvention,amotiontomovethepreviousquestionortoclosenominationconcerningany

election,includingtheelectionofdelegatesandalternatesshallnotbeinorderuntiltherehasbeenreasonable

opportunityforadditionalnominations,debateand/oramendment.

RuleNo.17–Debate

a.MainMotions–Nodelegateshallspeakformorethanfive(5)minutesonamainmotionwithoutthegeneral

consentoftheConvention;norshallhespeakmorethanonceonthesamemotionwithoutgeneralconsent.

b. Amendments and Secondary Motions – No delegate shall speak more than three (3) minutes on any amendmentordebatablemotionsubsequentlymadewhileamainmotionispendingwithoutthegeneralconsent oftheConvention;norshallhespeakmorethanonceonthesamemotionwithoutgeneralconsent.

c.CommitteeReports–Thedelegatemakingthecommitteereportandthedelegatemakingtheminorityreportof

anyconventioncommitteemayspeakonsuchreportforuptoten(10)minutes,andmaythenanswerlegitimate

questionsaskedbyanydelegaterelatingtosuchreport.

d.LimitingDebate–AnyConvention,bymajorityvote,maylimitorextendequallythetimeandthenumberof

speakersforeachsideofadebatablemotion.

RuleNo.18–VotingStrength–NumberofDelegates

The Convention will continue to enjoy its full strength in thecasesofprecedingConventionsnotelectingall delegatestowhichitisentitled.NoConventionshallelectfractionaldelegates;i.e.noConventionshallelectmore delegatesoralternatesthanthenumbertowhichitisentitled.

RuleNo.18A–NoAmendmentsAfterAdjournment

Theminutesofanyprecinct,county,orsenatorialdistrictconventionmaynotbeamendedtoaddanydelegateor

alternate,orstrikeanyelecteddelegateoralternateafteradjournmentofthatconvention.

GENERALRULESFORPRECINCTCONVENTIONS

RuleNo.19–Date,Time,andPlaceforPrecinctConventions(PermanentStateExecutiveCommitteeRule)

OnorafterthedayoftheGeneralPrimaryElectionineachevennumberedyear,PrecinctConventionsshallbe

heldineachprecinctatthedate,timeandplacedesignatedbytheCountyExecutiveCommitteeorinitsfailureto

act,theCountyChairman;providedthattheplaceofsuchconventionshallbelargeenoughtoaccommodatethe

expectednumberofparticipantsandmustmeetthesamerequirementsforaccessbytheelderlyandpersons

withphysicaldisabilitiesasapollingplace

RuleNo.20–QualificationsforParticipation

The only qualifications for participation inaPrecinctConvention,beinganofficerofsuchconventionorbeing electedadelegatetotheCounty,SenatorialDistrict,orStateConventionsshallbethatthepersonmustbea registeredvoterofthatprecinctoraresidentofthatprecinctwhoiseligibletovotealimitedballotandshallhave establishedPartyaffiliation.PartyaffiliationmaybeestablishedbyvotingintheRepublicanGeneralPrimaryorby

othermeansasprescribedbylaw,providedhehasnotbeendisqualifiedunderthisRuleorRuleNo.11.Aperson

whowishestoserveasadelegateoralternatemusthavefulfilledtherequirementofPartyaffiliationatthetimeof election.Forthepurposesofparticipationinaconvention,aperson’sresidenceasindicatedbytheircurrentvoter registrationcertificateorelectronicrecordsprovidedbytheircountyvoterregistrar,isdeterminative.Aperson’s residenceforthepurposeofconventionsinaparticularyearisfixedasofthedateoftheGeneralPrimaryElection, evenifthepersonsubsequentlymovestoadifferentprecinctordistrict.APrecinctChairman,orpersonactingin his stead, who convenes the Precinct Convention earlier than the hour determined by the County Executive Committee shall be subjecttochallengebyanyRepublicanGeneralPrimaryvoterintheprecinctthroughthe

methodoutlinedinRuleNo.27;andifthechallengeisupheldbytheCountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention,

suchpersonshallberemovedfromservingasadelegateoralternatetoanyconventionatanylevelthroughoutthe

remainderoftheyear.Childrenwhoseparentsorguardiansareparticipantsinaprecinctconventionmayattend

theconventionifspacepermits,butmaynotparticipateordisrupt.

RuleNo.21–AgendaforPrecinctConventions

Theagendaforeachprecinctconventionshallincludethefollowingorderofbusiness:

a.CalltoorderattheappointedhourbythePrecinctChairmanorotherparticipantifthePrecinctChairmanisnot

present.

b.Preparationofalistofandannouncementofnumberofqualifiedparticipantspresent.

c.Announcementofagendaandbasicrulesofprocedure.

d.Electionofthepermanentofficersoftheconventionbymajorityvote.

e.AnnouncementofCountyorDistrictConventionandoftemporarycommitteemeetings,ifknown.

f.ElectionofdelegatesandalternatestoCountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention,asthecasemaybe,bymajority

vote,andcertificationofeligibilityofeachdelegateandalternatebythePrecinctConventionSecretary,wherethe

primaryvoterslistisavailable.

g.Resolutions.

h.Otherbusiness.

i.Adjourn.

RuleNo.22–Chairman’sResponsibilities

a.WrittenorElectronicRecords–ThePermanentChairmanofthePrecinctConventionshallberesponsiblefor

seeingthatanaccuratewrittenorelectronicrecordispreparedofallconventionproceedings,including:

1.TheminutesofthePrecinctConvention.

2.Thelistofparticipantsandtheirresidenceaddressesandtowns.

3. The list of delegates and alternates electedtotheCountyorSenatorialDistrictConventionwithresidence

addressesandtowns.

4.Allresolutions,adoptedornotadopted.

b.InspectionofRecords–ThewrittenrecordshallbesignedbyPermanentChairmanofthePrecinctConvention, andmadeavailableforinspectionandadditionalcopyingbyanyparticipantintheconventionforaperiodofthirty

(30)minutesimmediatelyfollowingadjournmentoftheconvention.Uponrequest,thePermanentChairmanshall

certifyanycorrectcopywithhissignature.

c. Transmittal of Records – The Permanent Chairman ofthePrecinctConventionshallsafelytransmittothe

CountyChairmanthewrittenorelectronicrecordofallconventionproceedings,andone(1)copyofthesame.

Transmittalmaybe:

1. Electronic, delivered to the County Chairman’selectronicmailaddressorotherwebsitedesignatedbythe

CountyChairmanforthispurpose,notlaterthanthethird(3rd)dayafterthedateofthePrecinctConventionifnot

heldonthesamedayordayimmediatelyprecedingtheCountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention.IfthePrecinct ConventionisheldonthesamedayorthedayimmediatelyprecedingtheCountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention, the Permanent Chairman shall deliver the record within thirty (30) minutes of adjournment of the Precinct Convention.

2.Bymail,depositedinthemailnotlaterthanthesecond(2nd)dayafterthedateofthePrecinctConventionifnot

heldonthesamedayordayimmediatelyprecedingtheCountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention,or

3.Inperson,deliverednotlaterthanthethird(3rd)dayafterthedateofthePrecinctConventionifnotheldonthe

samedayordayimmediatelyprecedingtheCountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention.IfthePrecinctConventionis held on the same day or the day immediately preceding the County or Senatorial District Convention, the

PermanentChairmanshalldelivertherecordwithinthirty(30)minutesofadjournmentofthePrecinctConvention.

IncountiesthatdonotholdPrecinctConventionsonthesamedayordayimmediatelyprecedingtheCountyor Senatorial DistrictConvention,andcontainmultipleSenatorialDistricts,theCountyChairmanshalldeliverthe originalrecordsofeachPrecinctConventiontotheTemporaryChairmenoftheSenatorialDistrictConventionsnot later than the sixth(6th)dayafterthedateofthePrecinctConvention.TheCountyChairmanshalldeliverany

recordssubsequentlyreceivedfromaPrecinctConventionwithintwo(2)businessdaysafterreceipt.

d.PreservationofRecords–ThePermanentChairmanofthePrecinctConventionshallpreserveacopyofthe

writtenorelectronicrecord,whichisnotapublicrecord,untiltheendofthevotingyear.

TheCountyChairmanshallpreserveapaperorelectroniccopyofthewrittenrecordsofeachPrecinctConvention untiltheendofthevotingyear.Thecopiesareapublicrecord,andshallbeavailableforinspection.TheCounty

Chairmanshallscheduleareasonabletimeandplaceforreviewoftherecordstooccurwithinseven(7)daysof

receiptofawrittenrequest.

GENERALRULESFORCOUNTY,SENATORIAL,DISTRICTANDSTATECONVENTIONS

RuleNo.23–ConventionResolutions

At any convention other than a Precinct Convention, all resolutions including those offered by delegates for

considerationbytheConventionshallbefiledwiththeSecretaryoftheConventionnotlaterthanthirty(30)minutes

afterthePermanentCommitteeonPlatformandResolutionsisappointedandshallautomaticallyandwithout

debatebereferredbytheSecretaryoftheConventiontotheCommitteeonPlatformandResolutionsorother

committeeappropriatetothesubjectforconsiderationandreport.TheSecretaryoftheConventionshallremain

availableinapubliclyannouncedlocationeasilyaccessiblefromtheconventionfloorduringtheperiodinwhich

suchresolutionscanbefiled.Allresolutionsadoptedbythenextlowerlevelconventionshallbeconsideredbythe

TemporaryPlatformandResolutionscommitteeofthenexthigherlevelconvention.Atemporaryorpermanent

resolutionscommitteemayoriginateresolutions.

RuleNo.23A–DelegateAllocationsandEntitlements

a.ThedelegateandalternateentitlementstotheCountyorSenatorialDistrictandStateConventionsshallbe

basedonthenumberofvotescastfortheParty’sgubernatorialcandidateinthemostrecentgubernatorialgeneral

election.

1.EachprecinctconventionshallbeentitledtoelectonedelegateandonealternatetotheCountyorSenatorial

DistrictConventionbasedonaratioofone(1)foreachtwenty­five(25)votesandmajorfractionthereofwithinthe

boundariesofthevotingprecinctandfurthershowinmoredetailonthefollowingtableprovidedthatanyPrecinct

Conventionshallbeentitledtoelectatleastone(1)delegateandone(1)alternate:

VotesDelegatesAlternates

0­3711

38­6222

63­8733

88­11244

113­13755

etc.etc.etc.

2.EachCountyorSenatorialDistrictConventionshallbeentitledtoelectone(1)delegateandone(1)alternateto

the State Convention based on a ratio of one (1) for each 300 votes and major fraction thereof within the boundariesoftheCountyorSenatorialDistrictandfurthershowninmoredetailonthefollowingtableprovidedthat any County or Senatorial District Convention shall be entitled to elect at leasttwo(2)delegatesandtwo(2) alternates:

VotesDelegatesAlternates

0­75022

751­105033

1051­135044

1351­165055

etc.etc.etc.

3.EachPrecinctandCounty/SenatorialDistrictConventiondelegateandalternatedelegateentitlementtotheState

ConventionshallbeincreasedordecreasedproportionatelyamongalldelegationstoachieveaStateConvention

potentialdelegateandalternatedelegaterollofnolessthan7,500delegatesand7,500alternatedelegatesand

nomorethan9,000delegatesand9,000alternatedelegatestotheStateConvention.

b.AttheoptionofthelocalCountyorSenatorialDistrictExecutiveCommitteeandbyatwo­thirds(2/3)voteofsaid

committeeatthestatutorymeetingrequiredpursuanttotheTECSection172.082,thedelegateentitlementmaybe

changedtoaratioofone(1)toforty(40)andmajorfractionthereof,oranyratioinbetween,forthatyearonlyifsaid

committeecanjustifyamongtheirpeersthatitisimpracticalduetosizeoravailabilityofspacetousetheformula

permittingthemaximumnumber.

b. At the option of the local County Executive Committee (in counties containing only oneSenateDistrict),or

SenatorialDistrictExecutiveCommittee(inadistrictcomprisingonlyapartofasinglecounty),ortheprecinct

chairs of the precincts residing in a particular senatorial district (for a countythatisonlypartlysituatedina

senatorialdistrict)byatwo­thirds(2/3)voteofsaidcommitteeatthestatutorymeetingrequiredpursuanttothe

T.E.C.Section172.082,heldnolaterthanthedatespecifiedintheTexasElectionCodefortherequireddrawing

foraplaceonthegeneralprimaryballot,thedelegateentitlementmaybechangedtoaratioofone(1)toforty(40)

andmajorfractionthereof,oranyratioinbetweenone(1)totwenty­five(25)andone(1)toforty(40),forthatyear

onlyifsaidcommitteecanjustifyamongtheirpeersthatitisimpracticalduetosizeoravailabilityofspacetouse

theformulapermittingthemaximumnumber.

c.

c.

The delegate and alternate entitlement in a presidential election year for a County or Senatorial District

Convention which includes more than one (1) Congressional District shall be apportioned among the CongressionalDistrictsinthesamemannertheyareapportionedtotheCountyorSenatorialDistricts,provided

that the total delegate and alternate entitlement from the County or Senatorial District does not exceed that

providedforinthisRule.IfthecalculationofdelegateandalternateentitlementsbyCongressionalDistrictare

differentfromthecalculationofdelegateandalternateentitlementsbyCountyorSenatorialDistrict,thefollowing

guide¬linesshallbeusedinadjustingthetotaldelegate/alternateentitlements:

1.Thedelegateandalternatetotalsshallnotbegreaterthanthedelegate/al¬ternatecalculationfortheCountyor

SenatorialDistrictexceptthatanyCongres¬sionalDistrictshallbeentitledtoelectatleastone(1)delegateand

one(1)alternatewhichmaycausethedelegate/alternateentitlementforaCountyorSenatorialDistricttoexceed

thetotalentitlementfortheCountyorSenatorialDistrictbythenumberofdelegatesandalternatesfromone(1)or

moreCongressionalDistrictswithlessthanenoughvotestogetanentitlementofgreaterthanone(1)pursuantto

sectionaofthisRule,inapresidentialelectionyear;

2.Exceptasprovidedinsubsection1above,ifthecalculationfordel¬egatesandalternatesbyCongressional

District should exceed the number of delegates and alternates by Senatorial District, then the delegateand alternate entitlement to theCongressionalDistrictshallbereducedbeginningwiththesmallestfraction,then contin¬uingtothenexthigherfractionuntilthecalculationsareequal;

3.IfthecalculationfordelegatesandalternatesbySenatorialDistrictshouldexceedthenumberofdelegatesand

alternates by Congressional District,thenthedelegateandalternateentitlementtotheCongressionalDistrict shall be increased begin¬ning with the highest fraction, then continuing to the next lower fraction until the calcu¬lationsareequal;

4.Inapresidentialelectionyear,eachdelegateandeachalternateshallhavecredentialsforboththeSenatorial

DistrictandtheCongressionalDistrictCaucusesandifadelegateoralternateisnotcredentialedforboth,the

delegateoralternateshallnotbecredentialedforeither.

d.Intheeventofboundarychangesamongprecinctsordistricts,orthecreationordeletionofprecinctsordistricts

sincethemostrecentgubernatorialelection,thefollowingrulesshallgoverntheallocationofgubernatorialvotes

tothechangedornewlycreatedprecinctsordistricts.

1.Theapportionmentofgubernatorialvotestothenewlycreatedorchangedprecinctsordistrictsshallbemade

usinganyfairandequitablemethodformakingsuchdetermination.

2.TheCountyExecutiveCommitteeshallapportiontoeachprecinctthenumberofvotestobeusedinallocating

the numberofdelegatesandalternateswhichmaybeelectedbysuchprecinctsusinganyfairandequitable methodformakingthedetermination.

3.WhentheboundariesofaSenatorialDistrictorCongressionalDistricthavechangedoranewdistrictformed

causingaboundarychangeinanelectionprecinct,theapportionmentofgubernatorialvotestoeachprecinctshall

beusedinallocatingthenumberofdelegatestobeelectedineachaffecteddistrict.

4.IftheCountyExecutiveCommitteefailstoactbeforethefirst(1st)dayofcandidatefilingforaplaceonthe

General Primaryballotforpublicoffice,theSRECshallmakesuchapportionmentofthegubernatorialvoteto precincts.

RuleNo.24–MinorityReportsofCommittees

AtanyconventionotherthanaPrecinctConvention,aminorityreportofacommittee,shallbepresentedtothe Convention, if a committeememberhasnotifiedthecommitteechairmanoftheintenttofileaminorityreport

beforethecommitteeadjourns,andifithasbeenreducedtowritingandsignedbynotlessthantwo(2)ortwenty

percent(20%)ofthemembersofsuchcommittee,whicheverisgreater,andpresentedtothechairmanofthe

committeeortheconventionsecretarynolongerthan30minutesafterthecommitteeadjourns.Thecommittee

memberwhopresentstheminorityreporttotheConventionshallbepermittedtomovetheimplementingmotion.

RuleNo.25–PersonsAdmittedandWhoMayAddress

a.Admittance–AtanyconventionotherthanaPrecinctConvention,thereshallbeadmittedtotheconventionfloor only delegates whose names are listed on the temporary roll during the temporary organization or on the permanentrollwhenadoptedbytheConvention,pastStateChairmenandViceChairmen,thepresentmembers of the SREC, its officers and employees, the National Committeeman and Committeewoman, pastNational CommitteemenandCommitteewomen,properlyaccreditedmembersofthemedia,babiesofnursingmothers who are delegates, Republican public officeholders, Republican candidates for public office, and persons assistingdelegatesthathavephysicaldisabilities.

b.Badges–TheSecretaryoftheConventionisinstructedtoissueidentificationbadgesinaccordancewiththe

above,andtheSergeant­at­Armsandhisassistantsshalladmitonlyauthorizedpersonstotheconventionfloor.

Seatingshallbeprovidedforalternatesinthesection(s)designatedforguests.

c.AddressingConvention–AtanyconventionotherthanaPrecinctConvention,nopersonotherthanaRepublican

PartyofTexasofficial,memberoftheSREC,ordelegateshalladdresstheConventionorCaucusoftheconvention

withoutthepermissionoftheChairmanorthegeneralconsentoftheConventionorCaucusoftheconvention.

d.Atanyconvention,registrationandcredentialingshallcontinuethroughadjournment.

RuleNo.26–SeatingofAlternates

AtanyconventionotherthanaPrecinctConvention.

a.OrderofSeatingAlternates–Alternatesshallbeseatedforabsentdelegatesintheorderlistedintheminutesof

theconventionelectingthem;however,ifinstructionsareprovidedbytheConventionelectingsuchalternates,said

instructionsshallbefollowedintheseatingofalternates.

b.VotinginCaucuses–Alternatesshallbeadmittedtoalldistrictorprecinctcaucuses;however,theyshallnot

voteorbeprovidedanyprivilegesofadelegateunlessseatedforanabsentdelegate.

c.LimitationsonUsingAlternates–Alternatesshallreplacedelegatesabsentfromthevotingflooronlyfromthe

sameconventionelectingsuchalternates.

d.TimingofSeating–Alternatesmaybeseatedtoreplaceabsentdelegatesatanytimeinaconventionbythe chairman of a delegation and seated alternatesshallrelinquishtheirseatuponthereturntothefloorbythe delegateexceptthat:

1.Alternatesshallbeseatedtoreplacedelegatesabsentfromthevotingfloorpriortothebeginningofanyvote

andshallnotbeseatedorunseatedduringanyvote.

2.Incaucuses,alternatesshallbeseatedtoreplacedelegatesabsentfromthevotingfloorpriortorollcallofthe

caucus or delegationofthecaucusandshallnotbeseatedorunseatedduringtherollcallofthecaucusor delegationofthecaucus.

3.AlternatesunderchallengepursuanttoRuleNo.27shallnotbeseateduntilthechallengeisresolved.

RuleNo.27–ChallengestoCredentialsofDelegates

a.CountyorSenatorialDistrictConventions.ThecredentialsofanydelegateoralternatetoaCountyorSenatorial DistrictConventionmaybechallengedbyanypersonwhovotedintheRepublicanGeneralPrimaryandresidesin the same precinct as the delegate he wishes to challenge by mailing to the County or District Convention ChairmanawrittenchallengespecifyingthegroundsforthechallengeanddetailingthespecificRuleorRules

allegedtohavebeenviolated.Thechallengeshallbesentviacertifiedorregisteredmailatleastthree(3)days

beforethedateoftheconvention.Acopyofthischallengeshallbecertifiedorregisteredmailedbytheperson initiatingthechallengetothechallengeddelegate(s)oralternate(s).TheCountyorDistrictConventionChairman shall send all challenges to the chairman of the Temporary Committee on Credentials of the conventionin question.

b.StateConvention.

1.FilingofChallenge.ThecredentialsofanydelegateoralternatetotheStateConventionmaybechallengedby

anypersonwhovotedintheRepublicanGeneralPrimaryandwhoresidesinthesameCountyandSenatorial District as the delegate or alternate he wishes to challenge by sending to the State Chairman and to the delegate(s) or alternate(s) towhomsuchchallengerelatesawrittenchallengespecifyingthegroundsforthe challengeanddetailingthespecificRuleorRulesallegedtohavebeenviolated.Achallengemustincludethe Rulenumberallegedtohavebeenviolatedandthespecificfactssupportingthechallengebasedonaviolationof thatRule.Achallengemustalsoidentifyanyallegationsoffactandidentifythoseallegedfactsnotpersonally knowntothecomplainant.Achallengeshouldusesimple,concise,anddirectstatements.Thechallengeshallbe

sentviacertifiedreturnreceiptorregisteredmailnolaterthanthirty(30)daysfollowingthedateofthecountyor

Senatorial District Convention. The State Chairman shall deliver all suchchallengestotheRepublicanState

OfficialsCommitteeoftheSREC(asconstitutedinthebylawsoftheSREC,ArticleVI,Section8).Thenamesofthe

membersoftheSRECOfficialsCommitteeshallbepostedonthewebsiteoftheRepublicanPartyofTexas.

2.StateOfficialsCommittee.Withoutattemptingtoassessmeritorlackofmerit,theOfficialsCommitteeshallin

open session without taking testimony conduct a preliminary review of each challenge in order toestablish whetherthebasisforthechallengeisvalidundertheRulesoftheRepublicanPartyofTexas.Boththepersonfiling a challenge and the delegate or alternate challenged shall be notified of the date and time of the Officials Committee meeting in which the challengeisheard.TheOfficialsCommitteeshallforwardtotheTemporary CommitteeonCredentialsallchallengesmeetingtherequirementsallegingviolationsofPartyRulesatacounty or senatorial district convention unless the Officials Committee determines the basis of thechallengetobe frivolous,i.e.irrelevantorlackinginsubstance.withregardtoform,content,andprocedure.Anychallengenot meeting these requirements deemed frivolous shall not be forwarded to the Temporary Committee on Credentials,andtheprincipal(s)whobroughtsuchchallengeandtheprincipal(s)againstwhomthechallenge was brought shall be promptly notified by certified with return receipt or registered mail. The Credentials Committeeshallnothearalatechallengeofadelegateoralternate.

3.Appeal.AdecisionoftheOfficialsCommitteemaybeappealedbyeitherpartytotheTemporaryCommitteeon

Credentials by mailing of appeal via certified with return receipt or registered mail notice to theCredentials

CommitteeChairmanandtotheprincipal(s)namedinthechallengenolaterthanten(10)dayspriortothedate

thattheStateConventionholdsitsfirst(1st)generalsession.

c.d. Status ofChallengedDelegate.Nodelegatewhosecredentialsarechallengedshalllosehiseligibilityto serveonatemporarycommittee,althoughhemaynotvoteintheCredentialsCommitteeonhisownchallenge.

d.e. Committee on Credentials Procedure. At any conventionotherthanaprecinctconvention,theTemporary Committee on Credentials, when it convenes, shall hear both sides ofthechallengeandshallreporttothe Conventionthenamesofthedelegatesoralternateswhomitbelievesareentitledtoparticipateintheconvention. The Convention shall vote on the report of the Committee on Credentials on each challenge that is made. ChallengeddelegatesshallbelistedontheTemporaryRoll,butmaynotvoteontheirownchallenge.Furthermore, delegatesfromdelegationsthatarebeingchallengedmaynotbeseateduntilthechallengeisresolved.

RuleNo.27A–Date,TimeandPlaceforCountyandSenatorialDistrictConventions(PermanentStateExecutive

CommitteeRule)

CountyandSenatorialDistrictConventionsshallbeheldonthethirdSaturdayaftergeneralprimaryelectionday.

However,ifthatdateoccursduringPassoveroronthedayfollowingGoodFriday,theconventionsshallbeheldon

thenextSaturdaythatdoesnotoccurduringPassoveroronthedayfollowingGoodFriday.TheCountyExecutive

CommitteeineachcountyshallsetthehourandplaceforconveningCountyandSenatorialDistrictConventionsin

thatcounty.

RuleNo.28–ConventionsinCountywithMultipleSenatorialDistricts

IfacountyissituatedinmorethanonestateSenatorialDistrict,insteadofaCountyConvention,aSenatorial DistrictConventionshallbeheldineachpartofthecountythatissituatedinadifferentSenatorialDistrict,provided, however,thatsharedfacilitiesmaybeutilizedforseparateSenatorialDistrictConventionsthatmaybeheldoutside thegeographicalboundariesoftheSenatorialDistrict,ifpartyinterestsandpublicaccessibilitywillbeservedas determinedbyacaucusofprecinctchairmenineachaffectedSenatorialDistrictwithinthecountynolaterthanthe dateonwhichdrawingforapositionontheprimaryballotisconducted.Ameetingforthispurposeshallhavebeen calledbywrittennoticetoeachprecinctchairmanineachrespectiveSenatorialDistrictwithinthecountyfromthe

CountyChairman,post­markednolaterthanten(10)dayspriortothemeeting.

RuleNo.29–County/SenatorialConventionCommittees

A. Prior to eachCountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention,theTemporaryChairmanshallappointthefollowing committees,andnamethechairmenthereof,providedthatallmembersshallbedelegatesandiftheconvention

hasmorethanfifty(50)delegates,eachsuchcommitteeshallbecomposedofatleastfive(5)andnotmorethan

fifteen(15)delegates.Thecommitteesandtheirdutiesshallbeasfollows:

1.Credentials:ThiscommitteeshallhearanycontestconcerningdelegatesandshallrecommendthePermanent

RolloftheConvention.

3.PermanentOrganization:Thiscommitteeshallrecommendpermanentofficersoftheconventionfromamong

thedelegatespresent.

4. Resolutions: This committee shall conduct preliminary deliberations for the purpose of making

recommendationstothePermanentResolutionsCommittee.

5. Nominations: This committee shall conduct preliminary deliberations for the purpose of making

recommendationstothePermanentNominationsCommittee.

B. The Temporary Convention Chairman shall make available at the Chairman’s podium at the start of the

convention,nofewerthanfive(5)copiesoftheTemporaryRulesCommitteereportandnofewerthanfive(5)

copiesoftheTemporaryResolutionsCommitteereport,andannouncetheymaybeinspectedbyanydelegateor

alternatetotheconvention.

C. Immediately upon the election of the Permanent Chairman, the Permanent Chairman shall appoint the

followingPermanentCommitteesfromamongthedelegates,whosedutiesshallbeasstatedbelow,andthe

chairmenthereof,providedthatiftheconventionhasmorethantwenty­five(25)delegates,eachsuchcommittee

shallbecomposedofatleastfive(5)andnotmorethanfifteen(15)delegates.Thecommitteesandtheirduties

shallbeasfollows:

1.Nominations:ThiscommitteeshallpresentnominationsfordelegatesandalternatestotheStateConvention,

afterconsideringtherecommendationsoftheTemporaryNominationsCommittee.

2. Resolutions: This committee shall recommend resolutions to the Convention, after considering the

recommendationsoftheTemporaryResolutionsCommittee.]

RuleNo.30–County/SenatorialConventionAgenda

TheagendaforeachCountyorSenatorialDistrictConventionshallincludethefollowingorderofbusiness.

a.Calltoorderbythe[Temporary]Chairman.

b.Rollcalloftemporaryrollofdelegates.(RollcallmaybetakenbynameorbyPrecinctDelegationcount.The

delegateregistrationlistmaybeusedatthestartoftheconventiontoestablishthetemporaryrollandaquorumfor

theconvention,whenapprovedbyamajorityvoicevoteofthedelegatespresent.Delegatesmustprovideproper

identificationuponregistrationtoobtaintheircredentials,ifthismethodistobeused.)Atconclusionofrollcallthe

Secretaryshallannounce:

1.thenumberofdelegationspresent;

2.thecombinedvotingstrengthofthosedelegations;and

c.ReportoftheCredentialsCommittee(thisreportshallbeactedonpriortoanyfurtherbusiness.)

d.ReportoftheRulesCommittee;adoptionofsupplementalrules.

e.ReportofthePermanentOrganizationCommittee;electionofpermanentofficersfromamongthedelegates.

f.AppointmentofPermanentNominationsandPermanentResolutionsCommittees.

g.PrecinctCaucuses,ifapplicable.

h.ReportoftheResolutionsNominationsCommittee;adoptionofresolutionsnominations.

i.ReportoftheNominationsResolutionsCommittee;adoptionofnominationsresolutions.

j.Otherbusiness.

k.Adjourn.

Provided,however,thatsuchorderofbusiness,followingitem(c)maybechangedbyaffirmativevoteoftwo­thirds

(2/3)ofthedelegatespresentandvoting.

RuleNo.31–ReportofNominationsCommittee

AtaCountyorSenatorialDistrictConvention,theCommitteeonNominationsshallpresentareportincludingalist ofdelegatesandalternatesforelectiontotheStateConventionandtheNominationsCommitteeshalldesignate themannerinwhichalternatesshallreplaceabsentdelegates.ThatreportmaybeamendedbytheConventionby theprocessofadding,orbystrikingandinserting,orbysubstitution.TheConventionshallthenelectthedelegates and alternates to the State Convention byadoptingthereport,orthereportasamended,oftheNominations Committee.Alldelegatesandalternatesmaybeelectedat­large,orsomeorallmaybeallocatedtoprecincts,at thediscretionoftheConvention,asprovidedintheConvention’ssupplementalrules Intheabsenceofprovisions insupplementalrules,alldelegatesandalternateswillbeelectedatlarge.

RuleNo.32–CertifiedListofDelegates

DelegatesandalternatestotheRepublicanStateConventionshallbemadeaware,atthetimetheysubmittheir

names,thatanycontactinformationprovidedmaybedisclosedinaccordancewiththefollowing:

a. The Permanent Chairman of a CountyorSenatorialDistrictConventionshallberesponsibleformakinga certifiedlistofthedelegatesandalternateschosen,withresidenceaddressesincludingtownsshownthereon, phonenumber(ifavailable),andemailaddress(ifavailable),togetherwithacopyofallresolutionsadoptedbythe Convention,andshallsignthesame,thePermanentSecretaryofsuchconventionattestinghissignature;and

withinfive(5)daysaftertheconventionshallforwardsuchcertifiedlists,andresolutionstotheStateChairmanat

theRepublicanPartyofTexasStateHeadquarters.Thelists,resolutions,andotherrecordsoftheconventiononly to the extentrequiredbylawshallbemadeavailablebythePermanentChairmanforinspectionandcopying

duringofficehours,atachargenottoexceed$1.00perpage,.,orbyelectronicmeanswhensuchmethodis

availableatachargenottoexceed$10.00.

b.AnycompilationofdelegateandalternateinformationpreparedbytheRepublicanPartyofTexasshallnotbe

treated as a publicrecord.However,subjecttoappropriateproprietaryagreements,saidcompilationshallbe madeavailabletoanythencurrentdelegateoralternateoftheRepublicanStateConventionoranyRepublican

officeholderorcandidateforPartyorpublicofficeorPartyCountyChairmanatachargenottoexceed$25.00per

1,000delegatesandalternatesprovided.Saidinformationanditsupdatesshallbemadeavailableattheearliest

practical date and initially no later than five (5) weeks from the date of thelastCountyorSenatorialDistrict

Convention.Saidinformation,onceavailable,shallbeprovidedtoaqualifiedrequestorwithinnomorethanseven

(7) business days of the receipt by the Republican PartyofTexasStateHeadquartersoftheorderformand

payment.

GENERALRULESFORSTATECONVENTIONS

RuleNo.33–TemporaryOrganization

A.Date,Time,PlaceandCall.TheSRECshallselectthedate,timeandplaceoftheStateConvention,andthe

StateChairmanshallincludethisinformationalongwiththedateandplaceoftemporarycommitteemeetingsin

thecalltotheconvention,whichshallbemailedatleastten(10)dayspriortotheConventiontoeachdelegateand

alternateonthetemporaryroll.TheStateChairmanshallrecommendthetemporaryconventionagendaandorder

ofbusinesstotheSREC.

A.Date,Time,PlaceandCall.TheSRECshallselectthedate,timeandplaceoftheStateConvention,andthe StateChairmanshallincludethisinformationalongwiththedateandplaceoftemporarycommitteemeetingsin the call to the convention, which shall be posted on the website of the Republican Party of Texas

(http://www.texasgop.org)mailedatleastthirty(30)dayspriortotheConvention.TheStateChairmanshallsend

thecallviaelectronicmailtoeachdelegateandalternateonthetemporaryrollwhohasavalidemailaddresson

filewiththeRepublicanPartyofTexas.Alldelegatesandalternateswhodonothaveavalidemailaddressonfile

shallbemailedacopyofthecallnotlessthanfifteen(15)dayspriortotheconvention.TheStateChairmanshall

recommendthetemporaryconventionagendaandorderofbusinesstotheSREC.

B.

B.C.TemporaryCommittees.Withintwenty(20)daysfollowingtheCounty/SenatorialDistrictConventions,thetwo

(2)SRECmembersrepresentingeachSenatorialDistrict,eitherseparatelyorjointly,shallrecommendtotheState

Chairmanone(1)representativefromamongtheirdistrict’sdelegatestoeachoftheStateConventiontemporary

committees.TheStateChairmanshallappointone(1)delegatefromeachSenatorialDistricttoeachofthese

committeesfromamongtheserecommendationstimelysubmitted,orofhisownchoosingifnonameswere

submitted,ornonewereeligibleorwillingtoserve.

Inadditiontothesemembers,theStateChairmanshallappointtheChairmanforeachtemporarycommittee. TheselistsofmembersandChairmen,includingcontactinformation,shallbepostedtotheRepublicanPartyof

Texas’websitewithinthirty(30)daysfollowingtheCounty/SenatorialDistrictConventions.Saidlist(s)willbedated

andupdatedasnew/correctedinformationisobtained.Thetemporarycommitteesare:

1.Credentials:Thiscommitteeshallhearanycontestsconcerningdelegatesandalternateswhichwerenotfiled

aschallengesandshallrecommendtheresolutionofsuchcontests,plusthetemporaryrollaboutwhichthereis nocontest,totheSREC.Additionally,thiscommitteeshallhearallchallengesforwardedtoitbytheStateOfficials Committee,plusanychallengeunderappeal,andshallrecommendtheresolutionthereoftotheStateConvention. Upon resolution by the State Convention of any challenges under this appeal process,thiscommitteeshall recommendthepermanentrolltotheStateConvention.

2.Organization:ThiscommitteeshallrecommendthetemporaryorganizationoftheconventiontotheSREC.The

StateChairmanshallbetheTemporaryChairmanoftheBiennialStateConvention.TheofficersofeachState

Conventionshallincludearegisteredparliamentarian,appointedbytheStateChairman.Thiscommitteeshall

alsorecommendthepermanentorganizationtotheStateConventionaftertheStateConvention’sadoptionofthe

permanentroll.Theelectionofapermanentconventionchairmanshallnotbeinorderuntilamajorityofthose

delegateselectedatcountyorsenatorialdistrictconventionshaveregisteredinattendanceatthestateconvention.

Forthepurposesofthissection,alternatesseatedasdelegatesshallbecountedasdelegates.

3.Rules:ThiscommitteeshallrecommendtheSupplementaryRulesfortheConventiontotheSRECandmay

recommendchangesintheseGeneralRulestothePermanentCommitteeonRules.

4.PlatformandResolutions:Thiscommitteeshallconductthepreliminarydeliberationsforthepurposeofmaking

recommendationstothePermanentCommitteeonPlatformandResolutions.

C.SRECPre­conventionMeeting.Priortotheconvention,theSRECshallapprovethefollowing:

1.TheTemporaryRolloftheConvention,excludingthosechallenges,ifany,toberesolvedbytheConventionas

providedinRuleNo.27.

2.ThetemporarySupplementaryRulesoftheConvention,whichtogetherwiththeseGeneralRulesshallbethe

TemporaryRulesoftheConvention.

3.Thetemporaryagendaandorderofbusinessoftheconvention.

4.Thetemporaryorganizationoftheconvention.

D.TemporaryCaucusChairman.PriortoeachStateConventioninPresidentialelectionyearstheStateChairman shallappointtheTemporaryChairmanofeachCongressionalDistrictCaucus.PriortoeachStateConvention,the

two(2)membersfromeachSenatorialDistrictoftheSRECshallappointone(1)representativefromamongtheir

SenatorialDistrict’sdelegatestobetheTemporaryChairmaninSenatorialDistrictCaucus;provided,however,

that if requested in writing by Senatorial District Convention resolution, theStateChairmanshallappointthe PermanentChairmanofthelastSenatorialDistrictConventionforthoseSenatorialDistrictswhichliesolelywithin

one(1)county,unlessthePermanentChairmanisunableorunwillingtoserve.Ifthetwo(2)SRECmembers

cannotagreeonaselection,theneachshallsubmitanametotheStateChairman,whowillselectone(1)ofthe

namessubmitted.Ifanyappointeddelegateisunabletoserve,theStateChairmanmayappointareplacement.

RuleNo.34–PermanentCommitteesandComposition

At each Biennial State Convention, the membership of each permanent committee listed below shall be

composedofone(1)delegatefromeachSenatorialDistrict,tobeelectedbycaucusofthedelegatesineachsuch

district, plus the Chairman thereof, tobeappointedbytheStateChairman.Ifthereisatemporarycommittee specified in these Rules corresponding to a permanent committeeinthisRule,thescopeofthepermanent committeeisnotlimitedtowhatwasconsideredby,votedupon,orrecommendedbythetemporarycommittee counterpart.

Suchpermanentcommitteesshallbeasfollows:

a.Credentials:Thiscommitteeshallcontinuetoaddregistereddelegatesandalternatestothepermanentroll

throughouttheconvention.

b.RulesandOrderofBusiness:ThiscommitteeshallrecommendtotheConventiontheSupplementaryRulesof

theConvention,anyamendmentstotheseGeneralRules,andtheOrderofBusiness.

c.PlatformandResolutions:ThiscommitteeshallrecommendtotheConventiontheplatform(ifapplicable)and

theresolutions.

d.StateNominations:ThiscommitteeshallreporttotheConventionnominationsforthestatepositionstobefilled

bytheConvention.

RuleNo.34A–NationalNominationsCommittee

At the Biennial State Convention in presidential election years, there shall also be a permanent National

NominationsCommitteecomposedofone(1)delegatefromeachCongressionalDistrict,tobeelectedbycaucus

ofthedelegatesineachsuchdistrict,plusthechairmanthereof,tobeappointedbytheStateChairman.The

ChairmanofthepermanentNationalNominationsCommitteeshallconvenethemeetingofthecommitteetwo(2)

hoursafterthestartoftheCongressionalCaucuswithaquorumbeingpresent.Thiscommitteeshallreporttothe Convention nominations for National Delegates and Alternates, Presidential Electors, and National CommitteemanandNationalCommitteewoman,whichnominationshavepreviouslybeenmadeinaccordance

withRuleNos.39and40,andsections6and7ofRuleNo.38.

RuleNo.35–TemporaryCommitteeonCredentials–Contest

AtaStateConvention,anydelegateoralternatewhohasfiledachallengeorwhohasbeenchallengedincluding delegatesandalternateswhosenamesarenotlistedontheTemporaryRolloftheConvention,butarelistedon County or Senatorial District Convention Minutes and ReturnsfiledwiththeStateChairmanshallbeallowed admittancetotheroominwhichtheTemporaryCommitteeonCredentialsholdsitsmeetingsforthepurposeof presentingacontestandmayspeaktothemeritsoftheircasewithinthetimelimitsestablishedbythecommittee.

Thecontestantsfromonlyone(1)CountyorSenatorialDistrictshallbeadmittedatone(1)time.Anycontestwillbe

reportedbytheCredentialsCommitteetotheSREC,witharecommendationastoitsresolution,andthedecision oftheSRECwillbefinalindeterminingitseffectontheTemporaryRolloftheConvention.Ifthecontestisfiledasa

challenge,inaccordancewithprovisionsofRuleNo.27,theissuewillbepresentedbytheCredentialsCommittee

witharecommendationforitsresolution,tothefullConventionforfinaldetermination.

RuleNo.36–SeatingandVoting/StateConventions

SeatingandvotingattheBiennialStateConventionshallbebyCongressionalDistrictorSenatorialDistrictas

appropriate.

RuleNo.37–Isintentionallyblank.

RuleNo.38–NationalConventionDelegatesandAlternates

Section1.PresidentialPrimary,ApplicationofRule

a.PresidentialPrimary:APresidentialPrimaryelectionshallbeconductedbytheRepublicanPartyintheyear

1980andeveryfourthyearthereafterinconjunctionwiththeParty’sGeneralPrimaryElectionforthepurposeof

permitting the qualified voters of Texas to express their respective preferences as to the nominee of the RepublicanPartytotheofficeofPresidentoftheUnitedStates.

b.ApplicationofRule:SuchPresidentialPrimaryshallbeheld,andthedelegatesandalternatestotheNational

Conventionforthatyearshallbeselectedandelected,inthemannerandatthetimessetforthinthisRule.

Section2.MethodofQualifyingasPresidentialCandidate

a.Filing:AnypersoneligibletoholdtheofficeofPresidentoftheUnitedStatesmayqualifytoparticipateasa PresidentialcandidateinthepresidentialprimarybyfilingwiththeStateChairman,notlaterthanthedateandtime

specifiedforthegeneralprimaryelectionballotfilingdeadlineinSection172.023(a),TexasElectionCode6:00

p.m.January2,orthenextbusinessdaythereafter,precedingtheprimary,asignedandacknowledgedapplication

forhisorhernametobeplacedonthePresidentialPrimaryballot,accompaniedbyasupportingpetitionsigned

byaminimumof300registeredvotersofthestatefromeachofaminimumoffifteen(15)CongressionalDistricts,

orthepaymentofafilingfeeof$5,000.

b.SigningPetition:Avotermaysignonlyone(1)petitionsupportingone(1)candidateforPresidentandmaysign

thatpetitiononlyone(1)time.Thenameofanyvoterviolatingthisprovisionshallbestrickenfromallpetitions

signedbythatvoterandshallnotbecountedforanypurpose.

c. Form of Petition: The SREC shallprescribetheformofallapplicationsandpetitionswhicharetobefiled

pursuanttothissectionandmaybyresolutionprovideforamethodofverificationofthepetitionsrequiredhere.

d.WithdrawalorDeathofCandidate:APresidentialcandidatemaywithdrawfromparticipationinthePresidential

PrimaryatanytimebyfilingwiththeSecretaryoftheSRECasignedandacknowledgedrequesttothateffect.Ifa

Presidentialcandidatediesorwithdrawsbeforetheseventy­ninth(79th)sixty­second(62nd)daypriortoElection

Day, the name of the candidate shall not appear on the ballot. If a candidate dies or withdraws duringthe

seventy­nine(79)sixty­two(62)daysbeforePrimaryElectionDay,thevotescastforthatcandidateshallbecounted

and the delegate and alternates, if any, allocable to that candidate under this Rule shall be elected by the appropriateCongressionalDistrictCaucusfromanyqualifiedpersonsandtheyshallbeuncommitteddelegates

andalternates.

e.ReplacementofDelegatesofWithdrawnorDeceasedCandidate:IfaPresidentialcandidatewithdrawsordies

duringthetimebetweenPrimaryElectionDayandtheconveningoftheStateConvention,thenanydelegatesand

alternatestowhichsuchPresidentialcandidatewouldotherwisebeentitledunderthisRuleshalllapseandthe

appropriate Congressional District Caucuses at the State Convention shall elect qualified delegates and alternates as uncommitted delegates and alternates in replacement ofthedelegatesandalternatesofsuch

withdrawnordeceasedcandidate.Forthepurposeofthissection,withdrawalshallbeaccomplishedonlybythe

candidatefilingasignedandacknowledgedrequesttothateffectwiththeSecretaryoftheSREC.

f.ChallengetoPetition:Intheeventofachallengetoapetition,theStateChairmanshallfollowtheprocedurefor

verificationofsignaturesbymeansofstatisticalsamplingasprovidedinChapter141,Sub­ChapterC,Section

141.069oftheTexasElectionCode.

Section3.ThePresidentialPrimaryBallot

a. Listing on Ballot: The names of the qualifying Presidential candidates shall beprintedontheballotasa

separaterace(andasthefirstraceifnotprohibitedbylaw)ontheParty’sOfficialBallotfortheGeneralPrimary.

Thenamesofthecandidatesshallbelistedinaverticalcolumnundertheheading“PreferenceforPresidential

Nominee.”TheorderofappearanceontheBallotineachCountyshallbedeterminedbylotineachCountyata

meetingoftheCountyExecutiveCommitteeinaccordancewithSection172.082,TexasElectionCode.

b.Uncommitted:InadditiontotheballotlistingofthenamesofthequalifyingPresidentialcandidates,thereshall

appearatthebottomofsuchlistingofcandidatesonsaidballotaplacedesignated“Uncommitted”inaccordance

withSection4ofthisRule.

c.AdjustmentofBallotforVariousMethodsofVoting:Appropriatechangesshallbemadeinballotsforvoting

machinesandelectronicvotingsystems;consistentwiththemethodofvotingused.

d.StyleofNames:ThetypeforallnamesofqualifyingPresidentialcandidatesshallbeuniformandofthesame

sizeandtheSRECshallprescribeasampleballotandtheStateChairmanshallfurnishacopyofthesample

ballottoeachCountyChairmanatthetimeprescribedbytheElectionCodeforcertifyingthenamestoappearon

theballot.

e.Write­inProhibited:Write­invotingforpresidentialcandidatesshallnotbepermitted,andanywrite­invotesshall

notbecountedforanypurpose.

Section4.UncommittedDelegatesandAlternates

Inadditiontotheforegoing,uncommitteddelegatesandalternatesmaybeelectedasfollows:

a.DistrictDelegates:InthoseCongressionalDistrictsentitledtouncommitteddelegatesandalternatesunderthis Rule, the Congressional District Caucus convened at the State Convention shall elect and submit to the Convention for confirmation, inlikemannerwithotherdelegatesandalternates,thename(s)andappropriate numberofqualifiedvoterswhoresideinthedistrictandwhovotedintheRepublicanPresidentialPrimaryandwho signapledgedeclaringthemselvesuncommittedatthetimeoftheirelectionasuncommitteddistrictdelegates and alternates to the National Convention, and such persons shall be confirmed by the Convention as uncommitteddistrictdelegatesandalternates.

b.DelegateEntitlement:Forthepurposeofdeterminingentitlementsundersections8and9ofthisRule,votes

castfor“Uncommitted”ontheballotshallbeconsideredashavingbeenvotedforaseparatecandidate.

c.AtLargeDelegates:IntheeventacanvassoftheRepublicanPresidentialPrimaryvoteonastate­widebasis demonstratesthatthevotersareentitledtooneormoreuncommitteddelegatesandalternatesat­largeunderthis

Rule,theNationalNominationsCommittee,asprovidedforunderRuleNo.34A,shallnominateandincludeinits

reporttotheConventionundersection7,subsectionc,theappropriatenumberofqualifiedvotersoftheStatewho

votedintheRepublicanPresidentialPrimaryandwhosignapledgedeclaringthemselvesuncommittedatthe

timeoftheirelection,asat­largeanduncommitteddelegatesandalternatestotheNationalConvention.

Section5.CanvassofReturns

Forthepurposeofselectingdistrictdelegatesandalternates,thereturnsofvotescastforPresidentialcandidates intheRepublicanPresidentialPrimaryshallbecanvassedbytheSRECatthesametimeasthereturnsforother offices and shall becanvassedandrecordedbyCongressionalDistrict.Forthepurposeofselectingat­large delegatesandalternates,thereturnsshallbecanvassedandcountedonastatewidebasis.

Section6.ElectionofDistrictDelegatesandAlternatesatStateConvention

a.NumberofDistrictDelegatesandAlternates:Three(3)districtdelegatesfromeachCongressionalDistrictand

three(3)alternatesshallbeelectedattheStateConventionrequiredbySection174.092,TexasElectionCode,in

accordancewiththissectionandtheentitlementssetforthinsections8and9hereof.

b.AttheStateConvention,eachCongressionalDistrictshallmeetandshallelectthosedistrictdelegatesand

alternatestowhichacandidateisentitledundersection8.Electionsforacandidate’scommitteddelegatesand

alternatesshallbefrompersonnominatedfromtheflooratthesaidmeeting,providedhowever,thatsaidnominee

agreetoadheretothepledgetothecandidaterequiredundersection10hereof.Nominationsforuncommitted

delegates,ifthereissuchanentitlement,shallbeprovidedundersection4.Electionsshallbebymajorityvote,

oneatatime,withalldelegatesbeingelectedfirstandthenallalternates.Thosedelegatesandalternateselected

bytheCongressionalDistrictshallbesubmittedtotheConvention,whichshallconfirm,andnotamend,those

districtdelegatesandalternateswhoshallbethedistrictdelegatesandalternatesfromTexastotheNational

ConventionoftheRepublicanParty,andshallbesocertifiedinaccordancewithTheRulesoftheRepublican

Party.

Section7.ElectionofAt­LargeDelegatesandAlternatesatStateConvention

a.AsprovidedforinRuleNo.34A,eachCongressionalDistrictCaucusshallmeetattheStateConvention,and

electone(1)persontoserveasamemberoftheNationalNominationsCommitteefrompersonsnominatedfrom

the floor at the saidmeeting.Electiontothiscommitteeshallbebymajorityvote.Inthesamemanner,each

CongressionalDistrictCaucusmayrecommendthenameofone(1)memberforconsiderationbytheNational

NominationsCommitteeasaNationalConventiondelegateoralternate,buttheNationalNominationsCommittee

isnotrequiredtoacceptsuchrecommendation,inaccordancewithTheRulesoftheRepublicanParty.

b.AttheStateConvention,theNationalNominationsCommitteeshallmeettoselectnomineesforallat­large

delegatesandalternatedelegates,andconsidertherecommendednamesofmembersoftheCongressional

DistrictCaucusesforpossibleselectionasNationalConventionDelegatesandAlternates.Thoseelectedfederal

officeholderswhohaveaccesstotheflooroftheNationalConventionbyvirtueoftheirofficeshallbeprohibitedfor

selectionasanat­largenationaldelegateoralternate,bytheNationalNominationsCommittee.

c. Those at­large delegateandalternatenomineesselectedbytheNationalNominationscommitteeshallbe reportedtotheStateConvention.ThisreportshallnotbeamendablebytheStateConvention,butshalleitherbe confirmed or rejected bytheStateConvention.Ifthereportisrejected,itshallbeimmediatelyreturnedtothe Committee for revision and then resubmitted to the State Convention, until the report is confirmed by the

Convention.Theat­largedelegatesandalternatesshallalsobeboundbythepledgeprovisionsofsection10of

thisRule.At­largedelegatesandalternatesnominatedandelectedfromTexasinaccordancewiththisRuleshall

becertifiedasthedelegatesandalternatesfromTexasinaccordancewithTheRulesoftheRepublicanPartyfor

theNationalConvention.

Section8.DistrictDelegateandAlternateEntitlements

For the purpose of determining the entitlement to district delegates and alternates by candidates, the provisionsofthissectionshallapplyasfollows:

a. More than Fifty Percent (50%) of Vote Received by Candidate: A candidate receivingmorethanfifty

percent(50%)ofthevotesinanyCongressionalDistrictshallbeentitledtothree(3)delegatesandalternates

fromthatCongressionalDistrict.

b. No Candidate Receives Majority of Vote: If no candidate receives a majority of the votes in any

CongressionalDistrictthepluralitywinnerisentitledtotwo(2)delegatesandalternatesfromthatdistrictand

thecandidatereceivingthenexthighestnumberofvotesreceivesone(1)delegateandalternate;provided,

however,thatifnocandidatereceivesamajorityvoteinaCongressionalDistrict,andonlyonecandidate

receivesmorethan20%oftheCongressionalDistrictvote,suchcandidateshallbeentitledtotwodelegates

andalternates.TheremainingCongressionalDistrictdelegateandalternateshallbeawardedtothesecond

(2nd)placecandidate.

b.thepluralitywinnerreceivesmorethantwentypercent(20%)andthenumberofvotesreceivedbythenext

highestcandidateislessthantwentypercent(20%),thepluralitywinnerisentitledtothree(3)delegatesand

alternates.

c.NoCandidateReceivesTwentyPercent(20%)ofVote:Ifnocandidatereceivesmorethantwentypercent

(20%),eachofthethree(3)candidatesreceivingthehighestnumberofvotesshallreceiveone(1)delegate

andalternate.

Section9.At­LargeDelegateandAlternateEntitlements

For the purpose of determining the entitlement to at­large delegates and alternates by candidates, the provisionsofthissectionshallapply,asfollows:

a. At­Large Delegates and Alternates Allocated by State Convention Caucus: The delegates elected to

participate in the State Convention shall caucus by secret ballot and select a presidential candidateby majorityvotetoreceivetheentitlementofanumberofat­largedelegatesandalternatesthatwillrepresent 25% (rounded down) of the total number of Texas delegates (excluding the State Chairman, Republican National Committeeman, and Republican National Committeewoman) and alternates to the Republican

NationalConvention.TheStateRepublicanExecutiveCommitteeshallprescribetheprocessforeachstate

convention delegate to cast their vote for theirpresidentialpreferencebyelectronicorpaperballot.The NationalNominationsCommitteeshallcanvassthevoteandallocatetheStateConventionCaucusselection fromamongtheat­largedelegatespriortoallocatingtheremainingat­largedelegatesasfollows:

b.At­LargeDelegatesandAlternatesAllocatedbyPresidentialPrimary:

a.c. More than FiftyPercent(50%)ofVoteReceivedbyCandidate:Acandidatereceivingmorethanfifty

percent(50%)ofthevotescastinthePresidentialPrimarycanvassedonastatewidebasisshallbeentitledto

allremainingat­largedelegatesandalternatesallocatedtoTexasunderTheRulesoftheRepublicanParty.

b.d.NoCandidateReceivesMajorityofVote:Ifnocandidatereceivesamajorityofthevotescaststatewidein thePresidentialPrimary,thentheremainingat­largedelegatesandalternatesshallbeapportionedamongthe

candidatesreceivingmorethantwentypercent(20%)ofthestatewidevoteintheratiowhichthenumberof

votesreceivedbyeachsuchcandidatewhoreceivedmorethantwentypercent(20%)ofthestatewidevote,

bearstothetotalofallsuchcandidatesreceivingmorethantwentypercent(20%)ofthestatewidevote,

roundingfractionaldelegatesandalternatesupwardtothenextwholenumberbeginningwiththecandidate receiving the largest number of votes. However, if no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast

statewideinthePresidentialPrimary,andonlyonecandidatereceives20%ormoreofthestatewidevote,

then the remaining at­large delegates andalternatesshallbeapportionedamongthecandidatereceiving

morethantwentypercent(20%)ofthestatewidevoteandthecandidatereceivingthesecondhighestnumber

ofvotes,intheratiowhichthenumberofvotesreceivedbyeachsuchcandidate,bearstothetotalofallsuch

candidates,roundingfractionaldelegatesandalternatesupwardtothenextwholenumberbeginningwiththe

candidatereceivingthelargestnumberofvotes.

c.e.NoCandidateReceivesTwentyPercent(20%)ofVote:Ifnocandidatereceivesmorethantwentypercent

(20%), the remaining at­large delegates and alternates shall be apportioned among such candidates, beginningwiththecandidatereceivingthehighestnumberofvotesandroundingfractionaldelegatesand alternates upward to the next whole number, and then awardingdelegatesandalternatestothesecond highestcandidateinthesamemanner,andsoforthuntiltheremainingatlargedelegatesandalternatestobe apportionedhavebeenfullyawarded.

Section10.PledgeofDelegatesandAlternates.

a.CommitmenttoCandidate:ByassentingtonominationonaPresidentialcandidate’sslate,eachdelegateand

alternaterepresentingaPresidentialcandidatebecomespledgedtothePresidentialcandidateonwhoseslate

thedelegateandalternateisnominatedinaccordancewithsubsectionbofthissection.

b.LengthofCommitment:ApersonwhoiselectedasadelegateoralternatetotheNationalConventiononthe

slateofaPresidentialcandidatebytheStateConventiontorepresentthatparticularPresidentialcandidateatthe

NationalConventionandwhodoesnotresignfromthepositionispledgedtosupportthatPresidentialcandidate

attheNationalConventionuntilthecandidateisnominatedoruntilthedelegateoralternateisreleasedfromthe

pledgesasfollows:

1.First(1st)nominationconventionballot:delegateoralternateshallbereleasedfromthepledgeonlyintheevent

of death, withdrawal, or by decision of the candidate. For the first ballot taken attheNationalConventionto determinethenomineeoftheRepublicanPartyfortheofficeofPresidentoftheUnitedStates,thetotalsofthe

votesofthemembersoftheTexasdelegationshallbeannouncedasassignedinaccordancewiththeseRules.

Nopollofthemembersofthedelegation,exceptthosedelegateswhoareuncommitted,shallbetakenforthe

announcementofthevote.

2. Second (2nd ) nominatingconventionballot:delegateoralternateshallbereleasedfromthepledgeifthe

candidatehasfailedtoreceivetwentypercent(20%)ormoreofthetotalvotecastontheprecedingballot;orbythe

decisionofthecandidate;

3.Third(3rd)andsubsequentnominatingconventionballots:delegatesandalternatesarereleasedfromany

pledge.

c.UncommittedDelegates:Uncommitteddelegatesandalternatesmayvoteastheychooseonallquestionsand

candidatespresentedattheNationalConvention.

Section11.Delegate/AlternateResignation

a.WrittenNotice:AnydelegateoralternatemayresignbygivingwrittennoticetotheDelegationChairmanandthe

StateChairmanatanytimebeforethedateoftheNationalConvention.

b.FillingVacancy:Shouldavacancyoccurintheat­largedelegationafterthedateoftheStateConventionbutprior totheconveningoftheNationalConvention,theChairmanoftheNationalNominationCommitteeoftheState Convention shall fill such vacancy by appointing, in writing, any at­large alternatetofillanyat­largedelegate position.Tofillthevacancyofanat­largealternate,thesaidChairmanmayselectanypersoneligibleunderthis Rule to hold said position,inasmuchaspossibleunderTheRulesoftheRepublicanParty.Inthecaseofa vacancyinadistrictdelegateposition,thepairedalternateshallbemovedover,andthepresidentialcandidateor his/herdesignatedrepresentativeshallappointanewalternate,withtheconditionthatthepersonsoappointed shallresideinthesameCongressionalDistrictatthetimeofappointmentastheCongressionalDistrictinwhich thevacancyoccurred.Inthecaseofavacancyinadistrictalternateposition,thepresidentialcandidateorhis/her designatedrepresentativeshallappointanewalternate,withtheconditionthatthepersonsoappointedshall resideinthesameCongressionalDistrictatthetimeofappointmentastheCongressionalDistrictinwhichthe vacancy occurred. All appointments shall be made fromthosenominatedattheconvention,ifpossible.Ifno potentialnomineeexists,thenthepresidentialcandidateorhis/herdesignatedrepresentativeshallappointasa newalternateanyoneeligibleunderthisRuletoholdsaidposition,providedthatsaidnominee(s)agreetoadhere

topledgetothecandidaterequiredundersection10hereof.

Section12.Delegate/AlternateQualifications

EachnomineefordelegateandalternatemusthavevotedintheRepublicanPresidentialPrimary,andmustbe

qualifiedtobeadelegateoralternateunderTheRulesoftheRepublicanParty.

RuleNo.39–PresidentialElectors

AttheBiennialStateConventioninpresidentialelectionyears,thedelegatesfromeachCongressionalDistrict

shallnominateone(1)PresidentialElectorandsuchnominationshallbepresentedtotheNationalNominations

Committee;additionally,theNationalNominationsCommitteeshallselectadditionalnomineestobringtototal numberofnomineestothenumberallowedbylaw.EachsuchnomineeforPresidentialElector,priortothereport oftheNationalNominationsCommittee,shallfilewiththeChairmanoftheNationalNominationsCommitteean affidavit in writing as to his commitment to vote for the Republican Party’snomineesforPresidentandVice President.ThereportoftheNationalNominationsCommitteeshallincludeonlynomineeswhohavesofiledsuch affidavit.ThereportoftheNationalNominationsCommitteemustincludethenomineesfromtheCongressional Districtwhohavesofiledaffidavits.TheConventionshallthenelectthePresidentialElectors.Anyvacancyamong

thePresidentialElectorsshallbefilledbymajorityvoteoftheSREC,withtheconditionsthat(1)thepersonelected

tofillthevacancyshallhavealreadyfiledwiththeStateChairmananaffidavitinwritingastohiscommitmentto vote fortheRepublicanParty’snomineesforPresidentandVicePresidentand(2)ifthevacancyoccursfora personwhohadbeennominatedbyhisCongressionalDistrictCaucusattheBiennialStateConventionthenthe SRECshallelectapersonwhohasfiledsuchanaffidavit,hasmadeanaffiliationwiththeRepublicanPartyof

TexasunderChapter162oftheTexasElectionCode,andresidesinthatsamecongressionaldistrictatthetime

heiselectedbytheSRECtobeareplacementPresidentialElector.

RuleNo.40–NationalCommitteemanandCommitteewoman

AttheBiennialStateConventionheldinpresidentialelectionyears,eachCongressionalDistrictshallcaucusand recommendamanforRepublicanNationalCommitteemanfromTexasandawomanforRepublicanNational Committeewoman from Texas. These recommendations shall be forwarded to the National Nominations

Committeebythedistrict’smembertothecommittee,whoshallsupportthemonatleastthefirst(1st)roundof

voting. The National Nominations Committee shall select one (1) man and one (1) woman from these recommendationstobesubmittedtotheConventionasnomineesforthesepositions.Nominationsfromthefloor

shallbeallowedonlyforcandidatesrecommendedbyatleastthree(3)districts,orbypetitionsignedbydelegates

equalinnumbertoatleasttwentypercent(20%)oftheconventionvotingstrength.

IntheeventofavacancyintheofficeofNationalCommitteemanorCommitteewomanthevacancyshallbefilledby

amajorityvoteoftheStateRepublicanExecutiveCommitteetoserveuntilthenextbiennialstateconvention.

RuleNo.41–StatePartyChairmanandViceChairman

AttheBiennialStateConvention,eachSenatorialDistrictshallcaucusandrecommendamanandwomanfor State Chairman and Vice Chairman. These recommendations shall be forwarded to the State Nominations

Committeebythedistrict’smembertothecommittee,whoshallsupportthemonatleastthefirst(1st)roundof

voting. The State Nominations Committee shall select one (1) man and one (1) woman from these recommendationstobesubmittedtotheConventionasnomineesforthesepositions.Nominationsfromthefloor

shallbeallowedonlyforcandidatesrecommendedbyatleastthree(3)districts,orbypetitionsignedbydelegates

equalinnumbertoatleasttwentypercent(20%)oftheconventionvotingstrength.Nopersonshallbeeligibleto

beelectedChairmanorViceChairmanformorethanfour(4)consecutivetwo­yeartermstothesameoffice.

RuleNo.42–StateRepublicanExecutiveCommittee(SREC)

At the Biennial State Convention, each Senatorial District shallcaucusandrecommendtwo(2)nomineesto representthatSenatorialDistrictontheSRECasCommitteemanandCommitteewoman.Theresultsshallbe forwardedtotheStateNominationsCommitteebythedistrict’smembertothecommittee,andthecommitteeshall includetheresultsinitsreporttotheConvention.ThosemembersselectedtorepresentaparticularSenatorial DistrictmustbethoserecommendedbytheconventiondelegatesrepresentingthatSenatorialDistrict.Forthe purposesofelectionto,andserviceontheSREC,apersonmustbearesidentofthedistrictheorsherepresents asindicatedbyhisorhercurrentvoterregistration.NopersonshallbeeligibletobeelectedStateRepublican Executive Committee man or woman for more than four (4) consecutivetwo­yearterms.TheSRECshallbe authorizedtoapprovetheminutesoftheStateConvention.

GENERALRULESFORCANDIDATES

RuleNo.43–CandidatePlatformReview

AnyCandidaterunningasaRepublicanforanypublicofficeonanyballotintheStateofTexasshallbeprovideda copyoftheRepublicanPartyofTexasTexasRepublicanPartyPlatformbytheRepublicanPartyofTexas.The RepublicanPartyofTexasshallmakeanelectroniccopyoftheplatformavailabletoeachcandidateuponrequest. TheCountyorStateChairmanshalldistributeacopyoftheRepublicanPartyofTexasTexasRepublicanParty Platformtoeachcandidatealongwithallothercandidateapplicationpapers.TheCandidates,exceptthosefor judicialoffice,mayindicateforeachbulletitemofthePartyPrinciplesincludedinthePreambleoftheRepublican PartyofTexasTexasRepublicanPartyPlatform,whethertheCandidatesagrees,disagrees,orareisundecided, astoeachitem,withcommentsifdesired.TheCountyorStateChairmanshallalsorequestthateachnon­judicial

candidatereadtheentireRepublicanPartyofTexasTexasRepublicanPartyPlatformandchooseatleastten(10)

lineitemsfromtheTexasRepublicanPartyPlatformthatthecandidatestronglysupports.TheSRECshallalso

havethenewestplatformavailabletothecandidateswithintwo(2)monthsaftertheadoptionoftheRepublican

Party of Texas Texas Republican Party Platform by the Republican Party of Texas Convention Delegates. Candidates for federal or state at­large non­judicial office should file the completed platform containing the candidate’s responses at the time of filing for office with the Republican Party of Texas. District and local non­judicialcandidatesshouldfilethecompletedplatformcontainingthecandidate’sresponsesatthetimeof filingwiththeirSRECmember(s)orCountyChairmenofthedistricts,orcounties,respectively,inwhichtheyare running.Thecandidate’scompletedplatformresponseshallbemadeavailablebytheappropriatepartyofficialfor

one(1)yearfromthedateoffilingatreproductioncoststoanypersonrequestingsuch.Candidates’responses

shallbecollectedandrecordedbytheRepublicanPartyofTexasandpublishedontheRepublicanPartyofTexas

websitepriortotheprimary.Acopyofthecandidates’responsesfiledwithacountychairmanshallbeforwardedto

the State Chairman within 10 days of receipt. At the discretion of the Officials Committee of the SREC, a candidate’sresponsemaybeexcludedfromoreditedpriortopostingtothewebsiteoftheRepublicanPartyof Texas.

RuleNo.43A

ThePlatformCommitteeoftheBiennialStateConventionshallpreparealistofnolessthanten(10)andnomore

thantwenty(20)principlesincludedinthePreambleoftheTexasRepublicanPartyPlatformwhichclearlydefines

theRepublicanPartyofTexas’values,withtheknowledgeandpurposethattheybeusedtoidentifycandidate

valuesasstatedinRuleNo.43.Ifacandidatedoesnotreturnthecandidate’scompletedplatformresponse,or

failstocompleteandreturntheCandidateResourceCommittee(CRC)fundingapplicationplatformquestions,the candidateshallnotbeeligibletoreceivefundsfromtheCandidateResourceCommittee(CRC)oftheSREC.A candidate must returnthecandidate’scompletedplatformresponseANDthecompletedCandidateResource Committee(CRC)fundingapplicationplatformquestionnairetobeeligibletoreceivefundsfromtheCandidate ResourceCommittee(CRC)oftheSREC.

Republican Party of Texas 1108 Lavaca Street, Suite 500 Austin, Texas 78701 512­477­9821 (Telephone) 512­480­0709 (Fax)Revised–June2010AdoptedbytheRepublicanExecutiveCommitteemeetinginAustin,

TexasonMarch13,1972;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginDallas,TexasonSeptember19,1972;

amended bytheStateConventionmeetinginHouston,TexasonSeptember17,1974;amendedbytheState

ConventionmeetinginFortWorth,TexasonJune19,1976;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginAustin,

TexasonSeptember11,1976;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginDallas,TexasonSeptember9,1978;

amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginHouston,TexasonJune21,1980;amendedbytheStateConvention

meetinginSanAntonio,TexasonSeptember6,1980;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginAustin,Texas

on September 11, 1982;amendedbytheStateConventioninCorpusChristi,TexasonSeptember22,1984;

amendedbytheStateExecutiveCommitteemeetinginAustin,TexasonNovember23,1985;amendedbythe

StateConventioninDallas,TexasonJune28,1986;amendedattheStateExecutiveCommitteemeetinginAustin,

Texas on May 30, 1987; amended at the State Executive Committee meeting in Copperas Cove, Texas on

November21,1987;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginHouston,TexasonJune10,1988;amendedby

theStateConventionmeetinginFortWorth,TexasonJune30,1990;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetingin

Dallas,TexasonJune20,1992;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginFortWorth,TexasonJune11,1994;

amended by the State Convention meeting in Fort Worth, Texas on June 13, 1998; amended by the State

ConventionmeetinginHouston,TexasonJune16,2000;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginDallas,

Texas on June 8, 2002; amended by the State Convention meeting inSanAntonio,TexasonJune4,2004; amended by the State Convention meeting in San Antonio, Texas on June 3, 2006; amended by the State

ConventionmeetinginHouston,TexasonJune13,2008;amendedbytheStateConventionmeetinginDallas,

TexasonJune12,2010;amendedbytheStateExecutiveCommitteemeetinginAustin,TexasonOctober1,2011;

amendedbytheStateExecutiveCommitteemeetinginAustin,TexasonFebruary29,2012;amendedbytheState

ConventionmeetinginFortWorth,TexasonJune8,2012;amendedbytheStateExecutiveCommitteemeetingin

Austin,TexasonDecember7,2013.PursuanttoSection163.006,TexasElectionCode,anyamendmentsmade

totheserulesandcontainedhereinwhichgovernoraffecttheRepublicanPartyofTexas’generalorrunoffprimary

elections,conventionsornominees,areeffectiveJanuary1,2013.