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Constitution of the Democratic Party of the State of Oklahoma

Constitution of the Democratic Party
of the State of Oklahoma

Transcribed by: Mollie Stehno




CONSTITUTION

of the

DEMOCRATIC PARTY

of the

STATE OF OKLAHOMA

.Adopted July 26. 1 92 1. and Amended February 28, 1924.
February 5.1934, February 16, 1948 and February 1 7, 1958.

DEMOCRATIC STATE
HEADQUARTERS
800 Sheraton-Oklahoma Hotel

Oklahoma City 1, Oklahoma Central 5 -7361





T ABLE OF CONTENTS Article Item Page Preamble ---- 1 1 Party Organization --- 2 Definition-Meetings and Convention- 3 2 Elections and Committee Meeting3 3 Quorums and Proxies-7 4 Recalls- 9 5 Vacancies-10 6 Appeals ---11 7 State Central Committee ---12 8 State Executive Committee ----14 9 State Convention & County Convention15 10 National Convention --16 11 Amendments to Constitution.- 17


CONSTITUTION of the DEMOCRATIC PARTY of the STATE OF OKLAHOMA DEMOCRATIC STATE HEADQUARTERS 800 Sheraton-Oklahoma Hotel Oklahoma City 1, Oklahoma CEntral 5-7361 Adopted July 26. 1921. and Amended February 28. 1924. February 5. 1934. February 16, 1948. and February 17. 1958. PREAMBLE We. the members of the Democratic State Central Committee of Oklahoma, being the highest governing body of the Democratic Party in the State of Oklahoma. do hereby establish. and adopt this Constitution of the Democratic Party of Oklahoma based on the following principles: The Principle of People-giving service to the needs and aspirations of all people of the United States and the State of Oklahoma; The Principle of Peace-striving in a spirit of cooperation and understanding for brotherhood with man-kind throughout the world; The Principle of Democracy-declaring platforms and policies which work toward the achievement of the Principles of Peace. People and Democracy with an un swerving faith in the traditions of America. We further state that the Democratic Party of the State of Oklahoma consists of those voters of the state who work for and support the nominees of the Democratic Party in national. state and local elections and who are in accord with and pledge allegiance to the time honored principles of the Democratic Party as herein stated. 1


ARTICLE I Organization Section I - Organizations The organization within the Democratic Party of Oklahoma shall be: A. A Precinct Committee elected as hereinafter provided. B. A County Central Committee for each county which shall consist of the Precinct Chairman and Precinct Co-Chairman of the county and the County Chairman. County Co-Chairman and County Secretary-Treasurer. The County Chairman. County Co-Chairman and County Secretary- Treasurer shall be elected as hereinafter provided. C. A Congressional District Committee for each congressional district within the state which committee shall consist of the County Chairman and County Co--Chairman of the counties within the Congressional District and a District Chairman. District Co-Chairman and District Secretary-Treasurer. The District Chairman. Dis-trict Co-Chairman and District Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected as hereinafter provided. D. A State Central Committee which shall consist of the County Chairman and the County Co-Chairman of each county; the Congressional District Chairman and District Co-Chairman of each congressional district in the state; and a State Chairman, State Co-Chairman and State Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected as hereinafter provided. E. A State Executive Committee which shall con-sist of the Congressional District Chairmen and District Co-Chairmen and the State Chairman. State Co-Chairman. and State Secretary-Treasurer. F. A City Central Committee as provided in Article II. Section 9. Section 2 - Democratic Meeting and Democratic Convention. A Democratic "meeting" when hereinafter mentioned shall mean the meeting of one of the committees above referred to as is hereinafter provided. A Democratic "convention" shall mean a meeting at either county or state levels. of delegates properly elected to such convention. as hereinafter provided. -2-


ARTICLE II Elections and Committee Meetings Section 1 - Precincts There shall be elected at the hour of 7 :30 P.M. on the second Friday in February of even numbered years, by the Democratic voters of each voting precinct within the State of Oklahoma, a Precinct Chairman and Precinct Co-Chairman, who shall not be of the same sex, and a Precinct Secretary-Treasurer; and four members. two men and two women, who shall serve for a period of two years and until their successors are elected and qualified, who shall constitute the Precinct Committee; provided, however. that the time of day for holding the precinct election may be changed by the County Chairman and County Co-Chairman. Said precinct election shall be held at the usual place for holding elections; provided that the County Chairman and County Co-Chairman may change the place for holding the precinct election to a central location within the county if more convenient. Any such change in time or place must be noted in the call for precinct election and shall be advertised by posting notices on the door of the regular place of voting, if it be in existence, and in three public places in the voting precinct at least five (5) days before the meeting, and by such newspaper publicity as is possible. If no change in time or place for the election} is made, notices of the meeting need not be posted. Section 2 - Precinct Elections The precinct election of the Precinct Committee shall be presided over by the Precinct Chairman for said precinct and in his absence by the Precinct Co-Chairman; or if neither are present, by any Democratic voter of said precinct elected by the Democrats present. At such election all duly registered Democratic voters of said precinct shall be permitted to participate unless the right of some person shall be challenged. in which event, upon the making of an affidavit that he or she intends to support the nominees of the Democratic Party at the next election. the challenged party will be permitted to participate in said meeting. At the conclusion of said elec-tion the newly elected Precinct Chairman shall, within five (5) days, certify in writing to the Secretary of the County Central Committee, the name and post office -3-


address of the Precinct Committee and Precinct Delegates elected at that meeting. Any number of Democrats present at the precinct election shall constitute a quorum. Section 3 - Precinct Delegates At the precinct election. in addition to the precinct officials elected as above provided. there shall be elected delegates from the precinct to the County Convention as provided in Article IX. Section 3. of this Constitution. Section 4 - Counties The County Central Committee of each county of the State of Oklahoma shall assemble on call of the re-tiring County Chairman on the third Saturday in February of each even numbered year at 2 :00 P.M. and organize by the election of a County Chairman and County Co-Chairman. who shall not be of the same sex. and a County Secretary-Treasurer. Any qualified Democrat of said county shall be eligible to any of said offices regardless of whether they are members of the County Central Committee. Meetings shall be held in the county seat of the county unless the County Central Committee by rule provided another place in said county as the meeting place of the County Central Committee. A quorum of the County Central Committee shall consist of a majority of the members elected thereto. Section 5 -Districts Within twenty (20) days from the third Saturday in February of each even numbered year. a Congressional District Committee. whose duty it will be to give particu-lar attention to the election of the Democratic nominee for Congress in said district. shall meet on call of the retiring District Chairman and elect a District Chairman and District Co-Chairman. who shall not be of the same sex. and a District Secretary-Treasurer. all of whom shall be Democrats and residents of said congressional district and who are not a County Chairman. County Co-Chair-man. or County Secretary-Treasurer as the case may be in their respective counties. The time and place of the meeting shall be fixed by the retiring District Chairman of the Congressional District Committee. A quorum of the Congressional District Committee shall consist of a majority of the members elected thereto. -4-


Section 6 -State The State Central Committee shall meet in the State's Capital City by call of the State Chairman not later than the thirty-first (31) day of March following th ir election and shall organize by electing a State Chairman and State Co-Chairman, who shall not be of the same sex, and a State Secretary-Treasurer, and such other officers and committees as the State Central Committee shall deem necessary. A quorum of the State Central Committee shall consist of a majority of the members elected thereto. Section 7 - Special Meetings The Chairman of the County, District, or State Committee may call a special meeting of the Chairman's Committee at any time for any purpose which is for the benefit and welfare of the Democratic Party. Section 8 - Rules The Congressional District Committee and the County Central Committee may formulate such rules for their own government as they may deem necessary and expedient and which are not inconsistent with this Con-stitution. Section 9 - City Central Committee A City Central Committee of each city in this state may be organized and shall consist of the Democratic Precinct Chairmen' and Precinct Co-Chairmen of the various precincts whose boundaries are located within said city whether or not all of said precincts be in the same county. The City Central Committee may be or-ganized at any time on call of the County Chairman of the county in which the city lies, or the county in which a major part of said city, lies, or on call of not less than 300/0 of the Precinct Chairmen and Precinct Co-Chairmen in said city. They shall meet and organize by the election of a City Chairman and City Co-Chairman, who shall not be of the same sex, and a City Secretary-Treasurer, each of whom must be a Precinct Chairman, Precinct Co-Chairman, or Precinct Secretary - Treasurer as the case may be. These officers must pe elected every two years in general election years at least sixty (60) days prior to the general election.' Unless 750/0 of the Pre-cinct Chairmen and Co-Chairmen of the city agree to --5-


participate in, become members of and work with the City Central Committee, no City Central Committee shall be organized. In the event a City Central Committee is organized, the City Chairman thereof. at his discretion, may cause to be organized a committee in each ward of the city by causing to be elected in each ward, a Ward Chairman, Ward Co-Chairman, and Ward Secretary Treasurer. each of whom must be Precinct Chairman. Precinct Co-Chairman. or Precinct Secretary-Treasurer as the case may be in said ward. The City Central Committees and Ward Committees shall work with and be under the direct supervision and control of the County Central Committees. Any number of Democrats present at a City Central Committee Meeting shall constitute a quorum. Section 10 - Eligible Voters A. At a County meeting. the only persons entitled to vote on the election of the County Chairman. County Co-Chairman and County Secretary-Treasurer shall be the duly elected and qualified Chairmen and Co-Chairmen of the precincts in the county. On any question other than the election of these officers. the County Chairman, County Co-Chairman. and County Secretary-Treasurer shall have a right to vote in addition to the Precinct Chairmen and Precinct Co-Chairmen. B. At a District meeting. the only persons entitled to vote on the election of the District Chairman, District Co-Chairman, and District Secretary-Treasurer shall be the duly elected and qualified Chairmen and Co-Chairmen of the counties in the district. On any question other than the election of these officers. the District Chairman, District Co-Chairman. and District Secretary-Treasurer shall have a right to vote in addition to the County Chairmen and County Co-Chairmen. C. At a State meeting, the only persons entitled to vote on the election of the State Chairman, State Co--Chairman, and State Secretary-Treasurer shall be the duly elected and qualified County Chairmen and County Co--Chairmen of the various counties in the state and the District Chairmen and District Co-Chairmen of the six congressional districts in the state. On any question other than the election of these officers. the State Chairman. State Co-Chairman. and State Secretary-Treasurer shall have a right to vote in addition to the County Chairmen. County Co-Chairmen, District Chairmen, and District Co-Chairmen. -6-


D. Under no circumstances shall any County, District, or State Central Committee meet as a committee of the whole allowing persons other than those above enumerated to vote. Section 11 - Election of Officials Where this Constitution provides for the election of a Democratic official. there shall be elected but one such official and neither the duties nor the privileges of said office shall be divided. ARTICLE III Quorums and Proxies Section 1 - Quorums A. Precinct-Any number of Democrats present at the precinct election shall constitute a quorum. B. County-A quorum of the County Central Committee shall, consist of a majority of the members elected thereto. C. District-A quorum of the District Central Committee shall consist of a majority of the members elected thereto. D. City-Any number of Democrats present at a City .Central Committee meeting shall constitute a quorum. E. State-A quorum of the State Central Committee shall consist of a majority of the members elected thereto. F. State Executive Committee-A quorum of the State Executive Committee shall consist of a majority of its members. G. County Convention-Any number of the dele-gates present at a County Convention shall constitute a quorum. H. State Convention-Any number of the delegates present at a State Convention shall constitute a quorum. I. Recall : (1) Precincts-A quorum shall consist of 25% of the registered Democratic voters of the precinct. (2) Counties-Since a recall requites a majority vote of the membership of the county, no provision as to a qorum is required on recall elections except to proxies. J. Proxies-...ln all instances except where specifically prohibited. proxies shall be considered in determining whether there shall be' a quorum. No proxies shall be voted at any recall vote. -7-


Section 2 - Proxies Proxies may be used as follows: At any meeting of the County Central Committee. Congressional District Committee or State Central Committee. County Con-vention or State Convention. The person entitled to vote at such meeting may give a proxy to another who must be a Democrat and a resident of the unit; such as precinct. county or district in which the giver of the proxy resides. Except that such proxy may be given by a Precinct Chairman or Precinct Co-Chairman to the County Chairman or County Co-Chairman; and a proxy may be given by a County Chairman or County Co-Chairman to a District Chairman or District Co-Chairman; and a District Chairman or District Co-Chairman may give his or her proxy and or a proxy already given him or her to the State Chairman or State Co-Chairman. Proxies must be voted by persons of the same sex as the person giving the proxy except in the case of District Chairman or District Co-Chairman and State Chairman and State Co-Chairman who may vote the proxies of persons of either sex. Any such proxies must be in writing and must substantially state the name of the person giving the proxy; the name of the person to whom the proxy is given; the name. date and place of the meeting at which the proxy shall be exercised. All proxies must be sworn to before a Notary Public or any other officer authorized to administer oaths under the Statutes of the State of Oklahoma. The proxy may contain instructions in writing concerning the exercise thereof; and if such instructions are included. they are binding upon the person holding the proxy and the holder must vote in accordance therewith. If the proxy contains no written instructions. the holder may vote said proxy according to his own discretion. If the presiding officer has knowledge of the exis-tence of a proxy which a person there' holds and such person refuses to vote the proxy and such proxy contains instructions. the presiding officer shall declare the proxy voted in accordance with the instructions of the written proxy. -8-


Section 3 - Absence of Proxies In the event a member of the Sate Central Com-mittee fails to attend a meeting and fails to give his or her proxy as heretofore set forth, then in that event that individual shall have no voice or representation ar the meeting. No person shall have the right to cast their vote for him. ARTICLE IV Recall Section 1 - Recall All officers elected under this Constitution are subject to recall if they do not support the entire" Democratic ticket in any general election, and/or for any cause the Committee, which such officer serves, feels is detrimental to the principles or purposes of the Democratic Party. The officers elected by the State Central Committee, the Congressional District Committee. and the various County Central Committees may be recalled and re-moved from their offices by majority vote of the persons constituting the Committee electing such officers under the procedure of this article. A meeting of the State Central Committee or any Congressional District Committee or any County Central Committee for the purpose of recall may be called by the chairman of the committee concerned, or by a notice signed by 300/0 of the members of any such committee; provided. however, that the call for such recall showing the time and place of meeting shall be served by registered mail upon each of the members of the committee being called at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting for recall. At any recall meeting of any committee, when a motion be made for recall of any officer who is then presiding, said presiding officer shall immediately re-linquish the chair. If there be no other regularly elected presiding officer present to preside. the members present may elect a temporary chairman to preside. Said temporary chairman shall preside until a consideration and disposition of the motion for recall is concluded. If the motion for recall carries by a majority vote of the total membership of the committee. the temporary chairman shall continue or preside and immediately conduct an -9-


election of a successor for the officer recalled. If such motion for recall does not carry. the temporary chairman shall immediately relinquish the chair to the regular presiding officer. The Precinct Chairman. Precinct Co-Chairman. Precinct Secretary-Treasurer and Precinct Committee members are also subject to recall under the provisions hereof at a meeting called for that purpose by the Precinct Chairman or by a notice signed by ten (10) percent of the registered Democratic voters of the precinct provided that such notice giving time and place of the meeting shall be made by registered mail to all registered Democratic voters of the precinct at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting being called. At such precinct recall meeting. a quorum shall consist of twenty-five (25) percent of the registered Democratic voters of the precinct. No proxies shall be voted at any recall vote. ARTICLE V Vacancies Section 1 - Precincts Any vacancy occurring in the Precinct Committee by resignation. by death. or by change of residence from a precinct. or by recall. or in any event any precinct shall fail to elect a Precinct Committee or any member thereof. the Precinct Chairman or if the vacancy be a Precinct Chairman. the Precinct Co-Chairman may issue a call to the Democratic voters of said precinct within twenty (20) days after the said vacancy occurs calling a special election to be held in said precinct for the filling of said vacancy. If said vacancy is not filled by said election within twenty (20) days. said vacancy may be filled by appointment by the County Chairman. County Co-Chairman, and County Secretary-Treasurer. Section 2 - Counties When a vacancy occurs among the officers of the County Central Committee. a meeting of said committee shall be called within twenty (20) days after the vacancy arises by the County Chairman. or if the vacancy be in the County Chairman by the County Co-Chairman. and an election held for the purpose of filling such vacancy. If the vacancy is not filled within such twenty (20) days. -10-


the District Chairman, District Co-Chairman, and District Secretary-Treasurer. of the District including said county shall fill such vacancy by appointment with such appointment to extend until the next regular election held for the filling of such office. Section 3 - Districts When a vacancy occurs among the officers of the Congressional District Committee, a meeting of said committee shall be held for the purpose of filling such vacancy within twenty (20) days after the vacancy arises the meeting to be called by the District Chairman, or if the vacancy be in the District Chairman by the District Co. Chairman. If the vacancy is not filled by the District Committee within such twenty (20) days, the State Chairman, State Co-Chairman, and State Secretary-Treasurer, shall fill such vacancy by appointment, such appointment to extend until the next regular meeting of the Congressional District Committee at which time such office may be filled. Section 4 - State When a vacancy occurs in the office of State Chair-man, State Co-Chairman or State Secretary-Treasurer, the vacancy shall be filled by the State Executive Committee at a special meeting called by the State Chairman, or if the vacancy be in the State Chairman's office by the State Co-Chairman, as quickly as possible after said Vacancy occurs; in any event not longer than fifteen (15) days. Such appointment shall extend for the duration of the term in which the vacancy is filled. ARTICLE VI Appeals Section 1 - Precincts In the event of any disagreement on any matter that may arise at precinct election and the said disagreement is not finally determined at the precinct election, then said disagreement must be determined at the next regular meeting of the County Central Committee and the determination by said County Central Committee shall be final and there shall be no appeal. -11-


Section 2 - Counties In the event of any disagreement on any matter that may arise at a County Central Committee meeting and said disagreement is not finally determined at the County meeting, said disagreement must be determined at the next regular meeting of the Congressional District Committee and said determination of said matter by the Congressional District Committee shall be 'final and there shall be no appeal. Section 3 - Districts In the event of any disagreement on any matter at a Congressional District Committee meeting, the appeal will be to the State Central Committee meeting. Section 4 - Conventions In the event of any disagreement on any matter that may arise at a County Convention and said disagreement is not finally determined in the County Convention, there being no District Convention, said disagreement must be heard at the next State Convention. ARTICLE VII State Central Committee Section 1 - Duties and Regulations The State Central Committee shall be the supreme governing body of the Democratic Party organization, and all other organizations in the state having a purpose similar to the purpose of the State Central Committee shall he subordinate to the State Central Committee and must work through and under the direction of the State Central Committee. and said State Central Committee shall have the direction and control of all campaigns carried on for and on behalf of the Democratic Party within the State. Section 2 - State Chairman The State Chairman of the State. Central Committee shall preside at all meetings of the State Central Committee, and with such limitations as hereafter may be prescribed, act for the State Central Committee when it is not in session; and have the general direction and -12-


control of the campaigns and affairs of the Party subject to the suggestions of the State Central Committee. Section 3 - State Co-Chairman The State Co-Chairman of the State Central Com-mittee shall preside over the State Central Committee in the absence of the State Chairman and act for the State Chairman when the State Chairman is absent from the state or otherwise disqualified; act conjointly with the State Chairman under the direction of the State Central Committee in the direction and control of all campaigns. in the promotion of all Party policies and all financial affairs of the Party. The name of the State Co-Chairman shall be attached to all State Calls and in the event the State Co-Chairman is a woman she shall have full control of all women's organizations. Section 4 - State Secretary-Treasurer The State Secretary-Treasurer of the State Central Committee shall maintain or assist in maintaining a record of the meetings of the State Central Committee. such records to be retained in the permanent files of the State Headquarters Office. He or she shall attest to the signa-ture of the State Chairman to all calls and any other official documents deemed necessary by the State Chairman. be the custodian of records and papers of the State Central Committee. however. such records and papers should be retained in permanent files under lock and key in the permanent offices of the State Headquarters. Subject to the direction of the State Chairman. the State Secretary- Treasurer shall be in charge of the clerical or office force of said State Central Committee. He shall. subject to the direction of the State Chairman. receive all funds coming into the hands of the State Central Committee by subscription or otherwise to defray the expenses of the State Central Committee and of the carrying on of political campaigns. All checks shall be drawn on the bank account of the Committee by the State Chairman and countersigned by the State Secretary Treasurer. The State Secretary-Treasurer shall make a detailed report of the financial condition of the State Central Committee. The amount of receipts and disbursements. whenever called upon by the Executive Committee. or to the State Central Committee when called upon. The State Secretary-Treasurer shall be required to -13-


give bond payable to the State Central Committee in such sum as may be required by the Executive Committee. Section 5 - Eligibility Any qualified person shall be eligible to any of the offices of the State Central Committee regardless of whether they are members of the State Central Committee. ARTICLE VIII State Executive Committee Section I - Members The Executive Committee shall consist of the State Chairman, State Co-Chairman and State Secretary-Treas-urer of the State Central Committee and the Chairmen and Co-Chairmen of the Congressional District Committee of each Congressional District. This Executive Committee shall meet as often as may be necessary, and shall be called either upon call duly issued by the State Chairman or upon call of any five members of the Executive Committee; and shall have the power to act for and on behalf of the State Central Committee when same is not in session, but shall have no authority to do anything that is elsewhere in this Constitution required to be done by the State Central Committee. The Executive Committee shall also have the power to call a meeting of ,the State Central Committee whenever. in their discretion, the interests of the Party may demand." A quorum of said Executive Committee shall consist of a majority of its members. ARTICLE IX State Convention Section 1 - Call The State Central Committee, by its, Executive Committee. may at its discretion, issue, a call for a State Convention. for the purpose of giving the rank, arid, me of the Democratic Party of the State of Oklahoma an opportunity to adopt a platform of Party principles and confer upon Party policies. -14-


Section 2 - Issuance of Call In the "event the Executive Committee of the" State Central Committee should issue a call for such convention, the "Executive Committee shall issue a call fixing the time of the convening of the said convention, which shall be held in the State's Capital City. The State Central Committee shall determine the number of delegates to the convention for each county of the state based on the number of votes cast by that county at the preceding general election for the Presidential elector re-ceiving the highest number of votes on the Democratic Ticket; or the highest number of votes cast for the Democratic candidate for governor in the preceding election. A copy of said call including the number of dele-gates for each county shall be mailed by registered mail to the County Chairman of each County Central Com-mittee of the state, who shall within ten (10) days, convene a meeting of the County Central Committee which shall issue a call for a County Convention. Section 3 - Delegates The delegates to the County Convention shall be elected by the Democratic voters of each voting precinct at the time fixed in this Constitution in Article n, Section 3, for the election of the Precinct Committee. The number of delegates elected from each precinct shall be one (I) delegate for each twenty (20) Democratic votes or portion thereof cast in the preceding general election in said precinct for either the office of the Governor of the State of Oklahoma or the President of the United States. The delegates shall be elected by written ballot and immediately after their election the Precinct Chairman shall certify to the Secretary of the County Central Com-mittee the names and post office addresses of the delegates elected to the County Convention. The precinct elections shall be fixed by the State Central Committee in its call and the time shall be uniform throughout the state. Section 4- - County Conventions The County Convention shall be called to order by the Chairman of the County Central Committee, and the Secretary of the County Central Committee shall act as Secretary until the election of temporary officers. The County Conventions shall elect delegates" to the State -15-


Convention; the number of delegates to be as specified by the call of the State Central Committee with these delegates to be from the rank and file of those voters in the county who are registered as and do vote Democratic. Any number of delegates present at a County Convention shall constitute a quorum. Section 5 - State Conventions The State Conventions shall be called to order by the State Chairman of the State Central Committee who shall preside during the election of a temporary. Con-vention Chairman. The Secretary of the State Central Committee shall act as Secretary during the election of a temporary organization. When the Convention is permanently organized, the permanent officers of that Convention shall be installed and the convention will then proceed to adopt a platform of principles and confer upon questions of Party policies. Section 6 - National Committeeman and National Committeewoman A National Committeeman and a National Com-mitteewoman shall be elected every four years as provided by the Constitution of the Democratic National Committee of the National Democratic Party. ARTICLE X National Convention Section I - Delegates The several Congressional District Committees shall elect at least one-half (Yz) of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention at a called Congressional Dis-trict meeting to be held for that purpose in the year. in which Presidential elections are held, each district having the right to elect an equal number of delegates as far as possible taking into consideration the division of odd numbers in which event the portion thereof shall be granted to or divided by those districts having the largest Democratic vote. . The number of delegates to be elected by each Congressional District Committee shall be determined by the State Executive Committee after the Committee has been -16-


informed by the Democratic National Committee of the number of delegates aloted to the State of Oklahoma for the Democratic National Convention. The remainder of the delegates to the Democratic National Convention shall be elected by the State Convention. ARTICLE XI Amendments Section I - Amendments This Constitution may be amended at any regularly called meeting of the State Central committee. provided written or printed copies of any proposed amendment (s) shall be mailed to each member of the State Central Committee by the State Secretary at least ten (10) days prior to the day of the meeting. Any amendment (s) must receive an affirmative vote of two-thirds (213) of the members present in person or by proxy at such regularly called meeting of the State Central Committee. State of Oklahoma. County of Oklahoma. We hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the Constitution of the Democratic State Central Committee of Oklahoma. as adopted at the meet-ing held in Oklahoma City on July 26. 1921. and amended at meetings of the Democratic State Central Committee. held in Oklahoma City. February 28. 1924. February 5. 1934. and February 16. 1948. and February 17. 1958. and clarified by order of the Democratic State Central Committee March 19. 1960. GENE McGILL. Chairman GRACE HUDLIN. Co-Chairman. RAYMON THOMAS, Secretary-Treasurer -17-


INDEX Item Article Page Absence of Proxies 3 7 Amendments to Constitution 11 17 Appeals 6 12 Call for Conventions 9 14 City Central Committees 2 5 Conventions 3,6,9 7,12,15 County: Appeals 6 11 Conventions 3,9 7,15 Elections 2 3 Meetings -- - - -- -- 2 4 Officers- 2 3 Organization- 1 2 Proxies_ 3 7 Quorums_ 3 7 Vacancies 5 11 Definition- Meetings Conventions m.1 Delegates 9 10 District: See divisions under "County" listed above Duties. State Central Committee 7 12 Elections 2 3 Eligibility of Officers 7 14 Eligible Voters 2 6 Executive Committee (State) 8 14 Meetings - 2 3 Members: Party Organization 1, 2 2 State Executive Committee 8 14 National Committee 9 16 National Convention 10 16 Organization (City, County, District, Party, Precincts. State Central Committee. State Executive Committee) 1, 2 2,3,4 Officers (All divisions) 1. 2, 7. 8 2 Party Officials 1, 2. 7, 8 2,3 Party Organization 1, 2 2,3 Precinct: See divisions under "County" Proxies... 3 8 Quorums 3 7 Recalls - 3. 4 9,10 Rules 2 5 Regulations. State Committee 7 5 Special Meetings 2 State: Officers- l. 2, 7. 8 2,8 Organization 1,2 2,3 Convention. - - --. --. -. -- - -. -. 9 14 Executive Committee 2. 3, 5. 7. 8 2,14 Vacancies- 5 11 Voters 2 6


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