•  AdCo Organization chartThe PRECINCT CAUCUS

    When:  The precinct caucuses are held, per state law, at 7pm on either the first Tuesday of March or the first Tuesday of February in even-numbered — general election — years.  (The Feb option is available for either or both parties in Presidential election years).

     Where: Each precinct has two Precinct Committee People (PCPs).  Along with the Adams County Republican Central Committee (ACRC) Executive Committee, they may help determine the place where the caucus will be held, help in notifying the registered Republicans in their precinct, and may conduct the caucus up to the point where the people present will elect a caucus chairman and secretary.

     Who:    Anyone may attend (space permitting), but the only people who may vote are the properly and timely registered Republicans from that precinct, which is determined from a list provided by the AdamsCounty Clerk.

    Purposes:

    1)  To elect two Precinct Committee Persons to serve for 2 years.  PCPs serve as the voting members of the Adams County Republican Central Committee (ACRC), for which there will be at least three meetings they need to attend in the 2-year election cycle.  PCPs serve as their neighborhood’s liaison to help elect Republicans.

                2)  To elect delegates and alternates to the County Assembly and to collect any registration fees for same from those elected.  The ACRC Executive Committee determines how many delegates and alternates are allocated to each precinct, and that depends on how many votes for Republican candidates there were from that precinct, as compared to other precincts, in the last election.

                 3)  IN SOME YEARS, delegates and alternates to higher assemblies / conventions (i.e., congressional and state) could be elected at Caucus, and fees for same collected from those elected.  These delegates and alternates would then be ratified at the County Assembly.  IN OTHER YEARS, however, the delegates / alternates to higher assemblies are elected at the County Assembly.  The method is contingent on the number of State delegates allocated (by the state party) to the County vis-a-vis the number of precincts in the County.

     NOTE:  The delegates / alternates for higher assemblies / conventions must be elected from the pool of people who are elected as County delegates / alternates.  To attend a higher assembly or convention, one must first be a County delegate or alternate.  Also, in a Presidential election year, the same delegates attend both assembly and convention (which are held at the same time and place.)

    NOTE:  Alternates are expected to attend assemblies / conventions even if their precinct Delegates attend.  Alternates may become “alternates at large” and may be assigned a voting seat outside their precinct in the absence of other delegates.

    NOTE:  The only time “Conventions” are held (and they are held concurrent with Assemblies) is during a Presidential election year.

                 4)  To propose possible resolutions for consideration at the County Assembly.

    NOTE:  Any votes, at caucus, for presidential or gubernatorial candidates are  straw votes only.  They are non-binding for any assembly or ballot.

    ADAMS COUNTY REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY

     When:  The County Assembly is held 10 to 30 days after the Precinct Caucuses.

    Where: To be announced.

    Who:    Anyone may attend (space permitting), but the only people who may vote are the people who were elected at the caucuses as Delegates to the County Assembly and Alternates elevated to Delegate status to replace vacant / absent Delegate positions according to the replacement formula adopted by the ACRC Executive Committee. 

    Purposes:

    1)  To elect or ratify Delegates and Alternates to the State, multi-county House and multi-county Senate District, Judicial District, and Congressional Assemblies / Conventions.

    2)  To ratify the Precinct Committee People (PCPs) who were elected at caucus.

    3)  To consider resolutions from the caucuses and to vote on them.  Resolutions that pass will go on to the State Assembly / Convention.

    4)  To designate candidates for the Adams County primaries (all county offices.)  (Any qualified candidate may be designated to the primary ballot.  Qualifications differ by office.)  A candidate must receive 30% in order to go on the ballot.  The Assembly also elects or ratifies a vacancy committee or committees for vacancies in Designees, Nominees, and Candidates.

    NOTE:  The names given to types of candidates may be confusing, especially since they are often used interchangeably or incorrectly.  “Designees” are those placed on the Primary ballot.  “Nominee” is the one that wins a Primary election.  “Candidate”  is a generic term and may refer to one who is running for election, is a designee, a nominee, or an incumbent.

    NOTE:  There exists under state statute an alternate method of “petitioning onto” the primary ballot.  However, if a candidate tries for Designation through the Assembly process and fails to receive at least 10% of the assembly vote, that candidate is barred from petitioning onto the primary ballot.

    5)  To designate, within each State House and State Senate District which lies entirely within Adams County, the candidate(s) for State Representative and State Senator to be included in that District’s primary.  A candidate must receive 30% in order to go on the ballot.  The House Districts and Senate Districts also elect or ratify vacancy committees.

    NOTE:  See the “GENERAL  NOTE  REGARDING  “MULTI-COUNTY  DISTRICTS” at the end of these notes. 

    NOTE:  It’s important to recognize that the candidates – whether conservative, moderate, liberal, strong, not as strong, etc., are chosen basically by the “grass roots” of the organization, i.e., by those delegates / alternates that were elected at the precinct caucuses or by those elected to higher assemblies at the County Assembly!

     

    ADAMS COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION MEETING

     When:  The Adams County Republican Central Committee (ACRC) Organization Meeting is held between February 1 and February 15 of odd-numbered years.

    Where: The location will be determined by the County Chairman, who will issue the “call” no later than 10 days before the date of the meeting.

    Who:    Anyone may attend (space permitting), but the only people who may vote are the voting members of the ACRC:  All AdCo Republican Precinct Committeepersons (“PCPs”), District Captains (“DCs”), the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the ACRC, and the elected Republican federal, state, and county officials who reside in Adams County.

    Purposes:

    1)  To elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the ACRC to serve for two years.

    2)  To elect District Captains (DCs), to serve for two years, for each District Captain District, which district is determined by the ACRC Executive Committee.  The responsibilities of the District Captains, each of whom oversees 4-7 precincts (recommended, but the numbers may be from 3 to 10), are specified in the ACRC Bylaws, and include training Precinct Committee People and precinct volunteers, recruiting people to fill vacancies in the PCP positions, distributing caucus materials, and generally doing whatever work is necessary to support Republican candidates.  The District Captains also serve as members of the ACRC Executive Committee.

    NOTE:  A District Captain does not have to be a PCP in order to be elected.  He/she must only be a registered Republican, and should reside in the DC District in which he/she is being elected.

    3)  To elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary, to serve for two years, for each State House District which lies entirely within Adams County.

                4)  To elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary, to serve for two years, for each State Senate District which lies entirely within Adams County.

    NOTE:  See the “GENERAL  NOTE  REGARDING  “MULTI-COUNTY  DISTRICTS” at the end of these notes.

    5)  To elect County Bonus Members, on a proportional basis from Adams County Republicans residing in US Congressional Districts 1, 4, 6, and7, to become members of both the State Central Committee and of one of the District 1, 4, 6 or 7 Congressional Central Committees.  The number of Bonus Members allocated to Adams County varies, and is set by the State Party, based on the previous voting for Republican candidates (i.e., President or Governor) for Adams County relative to other counties.

    NOTE:  County Officers (Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary) are also members of the State and each Congressional Central Committee.

    6)  To elect or ratify a Vacancy Chairman and Committee or Committees.

    7)  To conduct any other business which may properly come before the meeting.  (An example would be bylaws revisions.)

    ACRC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

     When:  On a regular, ongoing basis to be determined / called by the ACRC Chairman.

    Where: To be determined / announced by the ACRC Chairman.

    Who:    Anyone may attend (space permitting), but the voting membership consists of the ACRC Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, The Area Coordinators (which are appointed by the ACRC Chairman), the District Captains in the county, the officers of House Districts and Senate Districts who reside in the county, and all elected Republican federal, state and county elected officials who reside within Adams County.

    Purposes:

    1)  To serve as an advisory committee to the Chairman and to perform other functions as prescribed by the Chairman and ACRC Bylaws.

    2)  To ratify the budget by July 1 of each odd-numbered year.

    3)  To ratify nominees to fill vacant ACRC Officer and PCP positions.

    4)  To decide by a majority vote if sufficient evidence exists to declare a vacancy in an office because of permanent absence or permanent disability.

    5)  To hear and determine party controversies (other than delegate contests) subject to review of the ACRC.

    6)  To consider / discuss issues / plans, dispense information, conduct training, etc.

     

    ADAMSCOUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE (ACRC) GENERAL MEETING

     When:  To be announced, but it is often held in the Fall of the odd-numbered year.

    Where:  To be determined and announced by the County Chairman.

    Who:    Anyone may attend(space permitting), but the only people who may vote are the voting members of the ACRC:  All AdCo Republican Precinct Committeepersons, District Captains, the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of the ACRC, and the elected Republican federal, state, and county officials who reside in Adams County.

    Purposes:

    The purposes vary and may include such things as general business, training, amendments to the ACRC Bylaws, discussion, etc.

    NOTE:  The State Party mandates that every county party central committee convene 3 county central committee meetings in a 2-year period.  However, there may also be other ACRC meetings called if needed.

     

    THE STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE

     When:  The Organizational meeting of the Colorado Republican Central Committee (CRC) is held between Feb 15 and April 1 in odd-numbered years.  (Note this is right after the County Organization meetings.)

    The Pre-Assembly / Pre-Convention meeting is held in even-numbered years on the day preceding the State Assembly /Convention.

    One other meeting, besides the 2 above, is required within every 2-year period.          There may also be additional meetings called as necessary.

     Where:  To be announced.

     Who:  Anyone may attend, but only the following may vote:  the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the CRC; the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of each Republican County Central Committee and Judicial District Central Committee; elected Republican US Senators and Representatives; elected Republican State officials and elected Republican District Attorneys; the presiding state officer of each nationally recognized Republican auxiliary with a chapter in Colorado; the Republican National Committeeman and Committeewoman for Colorado; and the Bonus Members that were elected at the County Organizational Meetings.

     Purposes:

    Organizational Meeting:

    1)  To elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the CRC

    2)  To conduct other business that may properly come before it

                 Pre-Assembly / Convention Meeting:

    1)  To hear any and all contests of persons claiming seats in the Assembly or Convention

    2)  Conduct any other business placed on the call by the Chairman

                 Third required meeting may be for various purposes.

     NOTE:  As at the County level, there is also an Executive Committee at the CRC level.  Its purposes are roughly the same as those of the County Executive Committee.  Some of the voting members are members by dint of their office, some are appointed, by the State GOP Chair, from among the County Chairmen, and there is one rep elected from and by each of the US Congressional Districts.  The CRC Executive Committee meets at least six times per year.  (See Article IX of the CO CRC bylaws.)

     

    CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENTRAL COMMITTEES

    (Please see the specific bylaws for each of the Congressional Districts.  The following is general information, and it is incomplete):

     When:  The organization meeting is usually in March.  (It must be held before the State Central Committee meeting.)

     Where: To be announced.

     Who:    Bonus Members, elected at the County Organization meeting, who reside in the particular Congressional District; County Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, Secretaries from counties in the District.

     Purpose (of the Organization meeting):

    1 )To elect a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary for the District.

    2) To elect a person from that District to serve on the State Executive Committee.

    3) To address any other business, e.g., bylaws.

     

    STATE ASSEMBLY / CONVENTION

     When:  In even-numbered years.  Time window is statute-mandated, and falls approximately 2-1/2 months before the June primary.

     Where: To be announced.

     Who:    For our purposes here, voting members include the delegates to State elected at the precinct caucuses and ratified at the County Assembly  OR  delegates to State elected at the County Assembly,.  (Remember that alternates must also attend, even though they may not be able to vote.)  For other voting members, see the CRC bylaws.

     Purposes:

    1)  To designate constitutional candidates for State (e.g., Gov, Lt Gov, Secretary of State, Attorney Gen, Treasurer) and all other state-wide offices (US Senate, State Board of Education, University Regent) to appear on the State Primary Ballot.  (A candidate must receive at least 30% of the vote to make the ballot.)

    2)  In Presidential Election years, to elect a National Committeeman and National Committeewoman (who, along with the CRC Chairman, are part of the National Convention Delegation from Colorado)

    3)  In Presidential Election years, to elect Delegates / Alternates to the National Convention

    4)  To vote on resolutions

                 NOTE:  In non-presidential election years, this meeting is an Assembly.  In Presidential years, it is both an Assembly (for State business) and a Convention (for National Convention business.)

     

    CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ASSEMBLIES / CONVENTIONS

     

    (see above re CRC Assemblies /Conventions for explanation of difference between assemblies and conventions)

    When:   Shortly before the State Assembly / Convention.

    Where:  To be announced.

    Who:     For our purposes here, voting members include the delegates elected at the precinct caucuses and ratified at the County Assembly, OR delegates elected at the County Assembly.  (Remember that alternates must also attend, even though they may not be able to vote.)  For other voting members, see the bylaws of the particular Congressional District.

    Purposes:

    1)  To designate Congressional District Candidates to appear on the Primary Ballot (a candidate must receive at least 30% to make the ballot)

    2)  To designate State Board of Education and University Regent candidate(s) to appear on the Primary Ballot

    3)  To elect delegates and alternates to the National Convention

    4)  To consider resolutions

    REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION

    The delegates to the Convention, which is held in the late summer of a Presidential Election Year, nominate the Republican candidates to run for President and Vice President, and they ratify the Party Platform.

    GENERAL  NOTE  REGARDING  “MULTI-COUNTY  DISTRICTS”

    Central Committee Districts not wholly within a County (i.e., “multi-county districts”) have the same meetings and assemblies and for the same purposes as in the above pages, but they are held at different times, usually in conjunction with a corresponding State meeting or assembly.  As of April 2012, (after reapportionment and redistricting) our multi-county districts include all 4 Congressional Districts within AdCo (CD1, CD4, CD6, & CD7), Senate District 34, House Districts 5 and 56, and the 17th Judicial District.

    This chart and associated notes were first created by Patty McCoy,  who was the ACRC Chairman during 2011 and 2012.  Her efforts to help people understand the processes within the party are gratefully acknowledged by Adams County Republicans.

     

    Posted by Dana West @ 10:01 pm for Adams County Politics, Colorado politics, Site News |

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