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RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY HCRP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - 02/11/14 |

RESOLUTION SETTING THE TIME AND PLACE FOR REPUBLICAN PCT CONVENTIONS IN THE 2014 PRIMARY IN HARRIS CO, TX

RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE ALLOCATION OF GUBERNATORIAL VOTES IN PRECINCTS WHICH HAVE HAD BOUNDARY CHANGES SINCE THE LAST GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION FOR THE 2014 PRIMARY IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

RESOLUTION FIXING THE COMPENSATION OF PRIMARY ELECTION PERSONNEL FOR THE 2014 PRIMARY IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR NECESSARY PRECINCT CONVENTION INFORMATION IN COMBINED VOTING LOCATIONS FOR THE 2014 PRIMARY IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

RESOLUTION TO CONGRATULATE THE EFFORTS OF HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY, HCRP OUTREACH COMMITTEE, AND OTHERS FOR INVESTING IN PRECINCT CHAIR RECRUITMENT

SUPPORT FOR ELECTORAL INTEGRITY

Letter Received Regarding Resolution: SUPPORT FOR ELECTORAL INTEGRITY

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RESOLUTIONS PASSED BY HCRP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - 02/11/14

RESOLUTION SETTING THE TIME AND PLACE FOR REPUBLICAN
PRECINCT CONVENTIONS IN THE 2014 PRIMARY IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

A) WHEREAS, the T.E.C. (Texas Election Code) 1 and the R. P. T. (Republican Party of Texas)2 designate Primary Election Day (Tuesday, March 4, 2014) as the day for the 2014 Republican Precinct Conventions; and,

B) WHEREAS, the T.E.C.
1 provides that the County Executive Committee shall set the hour and place for the convening of each Precinct Convention: convening between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., but not until the last voter has voted at the polling place, and The Republican Party of Texas2 requires that the place of such convention shall be large enough to accommodate the expected number of participants and shall be of easy public access; therefore be it

C) RESOLVED, that the Republican Precinct Conventions in Harris County, Texas:

1) Shall be called to order at 7:30 p.m. or immediately after the last voter has voted, whichever is the latter, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014; and

2) Shall be called to order at the polling location for the precinct or at the location posted on the public notice required for such purpose
3; and

3) In the event of a combined polling location or other such condition where the polling location is not located within the physical boundaries of the voting precinct, the Precinct Convention shall be called to order at the location posted on the public notice required for such purpose
3, or from 7:00 a.m. continuously throughout Primary Election Day at the polling location for said precinct if such notice is not publicly posted for the voting precinct; then immediately recessed for a period not to exceed one hour and before any additional business is conducted, followed by reconvening at a location within the physical boundaries of the voting precinct. If there is any discrepancy between the public notice required for such purpose3 and what is posted from 7:00 a.m. continuously throughout Primary Election Day at the polling location, the public notice location supersedes; and

4) In the event a Precinct Convention must move to another location due to unknown or unexpected circumstances, the Precinct Convention must be called to order at the time and place of notice described above, then immediately recessed for a period of not more than one hour, followed by reconvening at a location within the physical boundaries of the voting precinct and a notice of the reconvened Precinct Convention time and place must be posted conspicuously at all entrances of the location where the previous notice of the Precinct Convention was posted, or the polling location if such notice was not posted, and such notice shall provide clear information designating the time and location where the Precinct Convention will reconvene and shall be descriptive in sufficient detail that a person not familiar with the specific location will be able to find it; and

D) RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution shall be provided in each Precinct Convention packet in every Presiding Election Judge’s supplies; and

E) RESOLVED, that if more than one person claims to be the Temporary Chair of the Precinct Convention, the incumbent Precinct Chair shall be presumed to be the Temporary Chair of the Precinct Convention; and if there is no incumbent Precinct Chair and there is an unopposed candidate for Precinct Chair, that person shall be presumed to be the Temporary Chair of the Precinct Convention; and if neither of the previous conditions apply, or if neither of the previous persons described have taken possession of the Precinct Convention packet by 7:01 p.m. on March 4, 2014, then the first person eligible
4 to participate in the Precinct Convention asking the Election Judge for the Precinct Convention packet shall take possession of the packet and call the Precinct Convention to order at the appointed time and place as described above, and shall serve as the Temporary Precinct Convention Chair; and be it further

F) RESOLVED, that if it is commonly known in advance that multiple persons may claim to be the Temporary Chair of the Precinct Convention, the County Chair or his appointed Primary Director shall make reasonable efforts to make this resolution and Precinct Convention information available to any person requesting information on this matter.

G) ADOPTED by the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party of Harris County, Texas, on February 11, 2014.

Footnotes:

1 T.E.C. 174.022 - Time and Place of Convention
2 Republican Party of Texas Rule No. 19 – Date, Time, and Place of Precinct Conventions
3 T.E.C. 174.023 - Notice of Hour and Place
4 T.E.C. 174.024 - Eligibility

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RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE ALLOCATION OF GUBERNATORIAL VOTES IN PRECINCTS WHICH HAVE HAD BOUNDARY CHANGES SINCE THE LAST GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION FOR THE 2014 PRIMARY IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

A) WHEREAS, the T.E.C. (Texas Election Code)1 and the Rules of the R. P. T. (Republican Party of Texas)2 address issues related to Senatorial District Conventions and all such conventions held in this county are subject to these provisions3; now, therefore be it

B) RESOLVED, that all interested parties are hereby notified that individual Senatorial District Conventions for all Harris County State Senatorial Districts shall be held at a combined location on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Grace Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway, Houston TX, near I.H. 45 South and East Beltway 8, (the Sam Houston Toll Road). Registration for Senatorial Districts 4, 6, 13 and 15 shall begin at 8:00 a.m. Registration for Senatorial Districts 7, 11, 17, and 18 shall begin at 9:00 a.m. The Call to Order in each Senatorial District will follow approximately one hour later than the aforementioned registration beginning time; and be it further

C) RESOLVED, that the Harris County Republican Party of Senatorial District Conventions shall provide written notice of the time, date and location of their Senatorial District Convention along with the precinct delegate allocations via U.S. Postal Service to every eligible delegate and alternate elected from the Precinct Conventions to their Senatorial District Convention. Said written notice shall be postmarked no later than March 12, 2014; and be it further

D) RESOLVED, that the County Chairman or his/her designee shall provide a copy of this resolution in each Precinct Convention Packet; and be it further

E) RESOLVED, that the County Chairman or his/her designee shall provide public notice of the hour and place for convening the individual Senatorial District Conventions at the joint location on the bulletin board used for posting notice of meetings of the Commissioners Court, and to the County Clerk as described in the T.E.C.
4.

F) ADOPTED by the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party of Harris County, Texas, on December 9, 2013.

Footnotes:

1 T.E.C. Sec. 174.063 - Time & place of convention
2 Rules of the R.P.T. Nos. 23-32 - General rules for senatorial district conventions
3 T.E.C. Sec. 174.061-174.069 - General requirements for senatorial district conventions
4 T.E.C. Sec. 174.064 - Notice of Time and Place

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RESOLUTION FIXING THE COMPENSATION OF PRIMARY ELECTION
PERSONNEL FOR THE 2014 PRIMARY IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

A) WHEREAS, The County Party’s Executive Committee shall fix the compensation for election judges, alternate election judges, election clerks and technical support personnel; now therefore, be it1

B) RESOLVED, that the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee shall fix the compensation for Primary Election Personnel as follows:

1) Presiding Election Judges shall be paid an hourly rate not to exceed the amount allowed by the Secretary of State per hour and Alternate Election Judges and/or Election Clerks shall be paid an hourly rate not to exceed the amount allowed by the Secretary of State per hour
1; and

2) An Election Judge, Alternate Judge or an Election Clerk should attend a Secretary of State approved training class without compensation
2; and

3) The election judge or clerk who delivers the precinct election records or other election equipment and unused election supplies after an election is entitled to compensation for that service in an amount not to exceed the amount allowed by the Secretary of State. If more than one election officer delivers the records and unused supplies, the Presiding Election Judge shall determine how the amount fixed for the service is to be allocated among the officers.
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4) Central Counting Station technical support personnel may be paid an hourly rate determined by the pay scale established by the Harris County Clerk’s office.

5)A judge or clerk may not be paid for more than one hour of work before the polls open, except for payment made for marking early voters under Section 62.014(c)
5. In a precinct in which voting machines are used, a judge or clerk may not be paid for more than two hours of work after the time for closing the polls or after the last voter has voted, whichever is later1.

6) Only one election worker from each combined polling place may claim up to one hour before Primary Election Day to identify the early voting voters in writing beside the name of each person on the list of registered voters whose name appears on the precinct early voting list furnished by the early voting clerk.
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C) ADOPTED by the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party of Harris County, Texas, on February 11, 2014.

Footnotes:
1 T.E.C. Sections 32.091-32.094 & 41.031 - Compensation for election workers & hours of service
2 Texas Administration Code Title 1, Part 4, Chapter 81, Subchapter F, Rule 81.121 – No Compensation for Attending Election Schools for Judges or Clerks
3 T.E.C. Section 32.092 - Compensation for Delivering Election Records and Supplies
4 T.E.C. Sections 127.002, 127.003, and 127.004
5 T.E.C. Section 62.014c – Marking Early Voters
Related subjects in 29 U.S.C. Sec. 206 - Federal minimum wage.

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RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR NECESSARY PRECINCT CONVENTION INFORMATION
IN COMBINED VOTING LOCATIONS FOR THE 2014 PRIMARY IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS

A) WHEREAS, the intent of this resolution is to assure that information and instructions are provided to the Election Judges, Temporary Precinct Convention Chairs, and other interested parties for those precinct which have been combined with other precincts for voting purposes, or when the voters of such precincts will be voting at a polling place outside the physical boundaries of their voting precinct; and,

B) WHEREAS, the T.E.C. (Texas Election Code)
1 and the Rules of the R.P.T. (Republican Party of Texas)2 regulate political party affiliation and Precinct Conventions, and require participants in Precinct Conventions to have voted in the Republican Primary Election in their respective precincts, whether in person at an early voting location, by mail, or in person on Primary Election Day; therefore be it

C) RESOLVED, that for every precinct having at least one registered voter, the Temporary Chair for each Republican Precinct Convention in Harris County, Texas shall be furnished one complete Precinct Convention Packet; and,

D) RESOLVED, that the Election Judge shall make available to the Republican Temporary Precinct Convention Chair the list of persons who voted in that Precinct’s Republican Primary for that precinct until 8:00 p.m. or 30 minutes after the last voter has voted, whichever is latest; and,

E) RESOLVED, that the Election Judge shall record the name, address, telephone number, and all other such identifying information of each person receiving a Precinct Convention packet containing instructions for Precinct Conventions, including the blank form for Precinct Convention Minutes, followed by a request and keeping of record of the expected location for the convening of the Precinct Convention in such a precinct; then shall provide this information to the Temporary Senatorial District Convention Chairman within three (3) days following the Precinct Conventions; and be it further

F) RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution shall be provided to each Republican Election Judge along with the Election Judge’s supplies provided by the County Chairman or his or her designated Primary Director.

G) ADOPTED by the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party of Harris County, Texas, on February 11, 2014.

Footnotes:

1 T.E.C. 174.003 – Delegate to Be Qualified Voter, T.E.C. Chapter 162 – Regulating Participation in Part Affairs
2 Republican Party of Texas Rule No. 20 – Qualifications for Participation.

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RESOLUTION TO CONGRATULATE THE EFFORTS OF HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY,
HCRP OUTREACH COMMITTEE, AND OTHERS FOR INVESTING IN PRECINCT CHAIR RECRUITMENT

WHEREAS, published material has criticized the Harris County Republican Party (HCRP) for investing in precinct chair recruitment on grounds that when precinct chairs were added, total precinct number of chairs declined,

WHEREAS, available data indicate the addition of at least 40 precinct chair candidates following the investment referred to in the aforementioned published material,

WHEREAS, precinct chair recruitment is the primary responsibility of the local party and filling vacant chairs is essential to an effective ground game during contentious elections,

WHEREAS, the Democrat Party is spending many thousands of dollars with 2500 workers statewide to recruit precinct chairs, due to declining levels of volunteerism and changing cultural moods, doubling spending to ensure even modest gains,

WHEREAS, death, retirement and vacancies in both parties have created continued need for recruitment,

WHEREAS, the Outreach Committee, precinct chairs such as Ned Watkins, Virgil Cruz, David Riddle, Mona Lisa Chambers, Terry Lowry Chris Carmona, and Sara Singleton along with many other individuals identified in recent reports, focused almost entirely on filling vacant precincts, and succeeded in doing so,

WHEREAS, the future of the Harris County Republican Party, and by extension, the State of Texas, rests on the degree to which we invest in Harris County in new precinct chairs,

BE IT HERETOFOR RESOLVED THAT, Jim Bowie, Mona Lisa Chambers, Sara Singleton, Party Chairman Jared Woodfill, & the entire membership of the HCRP Executive Committee & Outreach Committee be commended on their efforts,

RESOLVED, that recruiting precinct chairs in a competitive climate wherein Democrats are outspending Republicans approximately 1000 tol demands investment in sweat equity and financial support,

RESOLVED, that we should heartily thank and congratulate all those who are not with us today who have been called home to the Lord, including great precinct chairs like Stan Smith and many more, for their years of dedicated service,

RESOLVED, that we should thank and congratulate all those who have reached the time where it is necessary to pass the torch to new leaders, great precinct chairs like Billy Moore, Larry Bush, Gail Stanart and many, many more who have been unwavered in their stand to preserve our Constitution, our conservative principals and our Liberty that is so important to all of us,

RESOLVED, that it is imperative that we invest in good government by means of sweat equity and financial investment necessary to recruit precinct chairs and register voters and that additional such efforts should be continued.


ADOPTED by the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party of Harris County, Texas, on February 11, 2014

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SUPPORT FOR ELECTORAL INTEGRITY

WHEREAS the Republican Party has long taken the lead in fighting for the integrity of the electoral process, and

WHEREAS the 2012 Republican Party of Texas platform opposes conflicts of interest in the form of attempting to influence votes by appointed or elected officials on behalf of paying clients, and

WHEREAS the 2012 Republican Party Platform calls upon "every citizen... to preserve the integrity of the vote", and

WHEREAS we recognize that the appearance of impropriety is itself a form of impropriety, and such appearances in campaign and electoral practices undermine the confidence of voters in the integrity of our electoral system,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Harris County Republican Party condemns the practice of "pay to play" endorsements, in which supposedly independent individuals, groups, or organizations request, solicit or require any fee, payment, or contribution as a condition of making or publicizing said endorsement;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Harris County Republican Party opposes the practice of groups, clubs, or organizations requiring candidates for office to pay a sum of money as a condition of being placed on the ballot for any straw poll, whether this is called a fee, contribution, sponsorship, or any other name;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Harris County Republican Party urges all elected or appointed officials of the Harris County Republican Party, Republican Party of Texas, Republican National Committee and any affiliated or associated club or organization to refrain from offering endorsements of any primary candidate when the candidate is a paying client;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Harris County Republican Party opposes the practice of providing money to "politiqueras" or other paid agents of campaigns so that they may provide money or any other thing of value to a voter in return for casting a ballot for a candidate;

AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT the text of this resolution shall be posted under the "Voter Info" section of the Harris County Republican Party website within 48 hours of its adoption by the Executive Committee. Furthermore, within one week of its adoption a copy of this resolution shall be distributed to all candidates currently seeking a contested or uncontested nomination in the Republican primary and that it shall be distributed to all candidates at the time of filing for office in all future Republican primaries.

ADOPTED by the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party of Harris County, Texas, on February 11, 2014.

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