ANNUAL PRECINCT MEETINGS
& COUNTY CONVENTION ARE CALLED BY
HAYWOOD COUNTY CHAIRMAN
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Canton Armory, 71 Penland St. Canton, NC,
8:30 am to 9:15 am
9:15 am to 9:45 am Precinct Meetings
9:45 am to 10:45 am Registration & Speeches
County Convention begins
1:00 pm Convention expected to conclude
To vote in your Precinct Meeting, or to be elected as a Delegate to either the County,
District, or State Conventions, you must have been registered with the County Board of Elections
as a Republican by January 31, 2014. You may attend and observe the Convention if you registered
after that date.
Delegates to the County Convention
will be elected in the Precinct meetings. You must be present in the Precinct meeting
to be elected a Delegate to the County Convention.
Delegates to District and State Conventions will be elected in the County Convention.
You must be present at the County Convention to be elected a Delegate to District or State Conventions unless you have filed
a LETTER OF INTENT. You
can download or view a copy of the LETTER OF INTENT at the link at the bottom of this message.
If you plan to attend the County
Convention and wish to be a Delegate to the District or State Convention, please complete a
CANDIDATE REQUEST and email to Ms. Judy Jones, Credentials Committee Chairman, at GOPlocal@gmail.com by noon on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Also at the bottom of this message,
you can download or view a copy of the CANDIDATE REQUEST.
If you do not email your information, you will also have
an opportunity to give this information during registration. The intent of the email notice
is to get as much information as possible collected beforehand to reduce the workload at registration. If
you wish to be a Delegate to the District or State Convention but will not be attending the County
Convention, you should complete and submit a LETTER OF INTENT
by noon onThursday, March 13, 2014. It can be submitted
by email to GOPlocal@gmail.com by snail mail to 318 Echo Ridge, Waynesville, NC 28786, or in person to the headquarters at 303 N. Haywood Street on
days when it is open.
Under the Plan of Organization, the number of slots available to Haywood County
for election at the County Convention is 49 Delegates and 49 Alternates for the District
and State Conventions.
If more than 49 candidates wish to be Delegates, the Convention Chairman will ask
for volunteers to have their names moved to the list of Candidates for Alternate slots. If that
operation does not reduce the number of candidates for Delegate slots to 49, the Convention
Chairman will offer two more options.
Numbers that represent Candidates, will be drawn at random and the Candidate(s)
represented by that number will be moved to Alternate slots. That will continue until the
allotted 49 Delegate slots is reached. Those names will be presented to the Convention
for election as Delegates. The 49 names with the next highest counts will be the elected Alternates. If there are less
than 49 names for Alternates, the names of those who timely filed Letters of Intent will be added to the list, in
the order they were received, until there are 49 names for Alternate slots. The list resulting from this operation will
be the elected Alternates.
This procedure will take quite a bit of time, as ballots will be printed for every
Delegate present (perhaps 100 or so). The ballots will list the name of each Candidate
who wishes to be a Delegate to District or State Conventions (perhaps 60 or so). The ballots will
be distributed to all Delegates present. The Delegates will be instructed to mark 49 Candidate names on their ballots.
The ballots will be counted (by two teams for accuracy) and the 49 names with the highest
counts will be the elected Delegates.
Candidates who do not attend but who timely filed Letters of Intent
will be considered Candidates only if there are still Delegate slots available after slots have been assigned
to Candidates who are present. If you file a Letter of Intent and later find you will be attending
the County Convention, you may withdraw the Letter of Intent at the time you register.
County officers are usually elected in odd-numbered years for 2-year terms. However,
we have vacancies in the offices of Vice Chairman and Treasurer. If anyone has a candidate for either position,
please get that information to the Convention Chairman immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previously unorganized precincts may
organize, elect officers, and elect Delegates to the County Convention. Each precinct table
which has at least one precinct member present will receive a Precinct Kit with information
on how to conduct precinct business. Please do not move the Precinct Table tent identifiers.
Many candidates for local, state, and
federal offices have indicated they will attend and speak. Congressman Mark Meadows' staff has indicated his
current schedule will allow him to be the keynote speaker. Many non-Republicans have asked
to attend to hear the speeches. That seems like a good idea to get non-Republicans on board
with conservative Republican candidates. The newspaper ads and news briefs have invited
all conservative voters to attend to the speeches preceding the Convention.
A link to the minutes
from the 2013 Haywood County Republican Convention is below.