New Political Action Party Serving Residents of the State of Georgia
PARTY CHARTER AND BYLAWS APPROVED APRIL 2006
We, the members of the Christ Kingdom Party of Georgia, are committed to the establishment of a Party open to all Christ Kingdom members of Georgia. We believe that a Party, which is to call forth, the best in our State will have to embody the best of our State's traditions and heritage. We support the visions and principles of our Founding Fathers who drafted the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Most importantly, though, we look to their source of inspiration, which are God and the Holy Bible. We are committed to the wisdom and efficacy of the will of the majority: to a belief in the merits of a two Party system of government which allows for diversity of groups and individuals and to the belief that our Party will be strengthened by these differences. We believe in the value of the individual and that government, while protecting life, liberty, and property of individuals, must also be responsive to their collective needs and wills. To this end, we encourage full, timely and equal opportunity for all segments of the population to participate in Party affairs.
While pledging ourselves to an honest and open conduct of public affairs befitting the traditions of a people dedicated to a free and just society, we seek to protect and enhance political freedom of all people and to encourage the meaningful participation of all citizens within the framework of the United States Constitution and the laws of the United States and the State of Georgia.
We believe that this Charter and our Bylaws confirm a Party strengthened by its differences and armed by its devotion to the principles of a moral and ethical society.
The purpose of Christ Kingdom Party of Georgia is to elect men and women of high principles to public office to assure that the Party is open to those who share its goals for strong moral, ethical and effective leadership at the local, state and national levels; to advance Christ Kingdom, to advance the social, cultural, economic and political well being of all people by honorable means; to build Christ Kingdom Party of Georgia into a positive force to advance the cause of good government and self determination for the people of Georgia; and to govern ourselves and resume our rightful place among the peoples and the nations on earth.
The name of this organization shall be the Christ Kingdom Party of Georgia, which may hereafter be referred to as the "State Party." All members, officers and subdivisions of the State Party and those seeking to participate in State Party affairs are subject to this Charter and the State Party Bylaws.
The State Party, through the State Committee, shall assist in the election of Christ Kingdom candidates, adopt and promote statements of policy, provide voter education, and raise and disburse monies needed for State Party operation. The State Committee shall also promote fair adjudication of disputes, fair campaign practices, encourage and support codes of political ethics that embody substantive rules of ethical guidance for all public officials and Party members, and assure that public officials shall at all times conduct themselves in a manner that reflects credibility upon the offices they serve.
In carrying out its duties, the State Party, through the State Committee, shall afford all persons full, timely and equal opportunities to participate without prejudice on the basis of gender, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic identity, or physical disability.
Participation in the State Party shall not be denied for failure to pay fees.
Provisions for operating the State Party and all bodies thereof shall be provided for in the Bylaws.
The State Committee shall be the highest authority of the State Party. The State Committee shall have general responsibility for the affairs of the State Party.
TIME AND CALL:
The State Committee shall assemble at least once per year at a date and time established in the Bylaws. Other meetings may be called by the State Chair, the Executive Committee or the State Committee as provided in the Bylaws.
The State Committee may adopt Party policy, legislative platforms, amend the Charter and Bylaws, nominate and elect State Party Officers and Congressional District Chairs, and act upon other matters it deems necessary. Any decision of any State Party Officer and/or the Executive Committee may be overridden by a majority vote of the State Committee provided a 40% quorum is present.
The State Committee shall be composed of regular and ex-officio members.
Regular members of the State Committee shall be the State Party Officers, all Executive Committee members, members elected by County Committees, divided as equally as possible according to gender, 30 members named by the State Chair, and one member of each approved Affiliate organization.
Ex-officio Members of the State Committee shall be the most recent non-elected State Party nominees for the offices of Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor, Public Service Commissioner, and United States House and Senate, and; if Christ Kingdom, Speaker and Speaker Pro Tem of the State House of Representatives and the President Pro Tem of the State Senate; the Christ Kingdom leader of both Houses of the General Assembly; Christ Kingdom young male and a Christ Kingdom young female, both selected by the Young Christ Kingdom of Georgia; and an elected member of a municipal governing body and an elected member of a county governing body appointed by the State Chair.
ELECTION AND TERM:
Election of State Committee members shall be held in Gubernatorial election years as provided for in the Bylaws. Regular State Committee members shall serve terms of four years.
State Party Officers shall be officers of the State Committee.
TIME AND CALL
The State Committee shall assemble as the State Convention in Gubernatorial election years on a date between the Gubernatorial Primary and the General Election.
If not established in the Bylaws, the time and place for the Convention shall be established by the Executive Committee.
The Chair, the Executive Committee, or the State Committee may call a convention at such other times, as either considers necessary.
The State Convention may adopt Party policy, legislative platforms, nominate and elect State Party Officers and Congressional District Chairs, conduct any business that could be conducted at a regular State Committee meeting, and act upon other matters it deems necessary.
All State Committee Members, regular and ex-officio, shall be delegates. Each Affiliate Organization may elect one delegate. The current State Party nominee for Governor may appoint up to 2 additional delegates per State Senate District.
In addition to the above, each County may elect up to twice as many delegates as that County is entitled to State Committee Members and as many alternates as that County is entitled to State Committee Members. These elected delegates do not have to be County Committee members. The method for election shall be provided in the Bylaws.
STATE PARTY OFFICERS
The officers of the State Party shall be a Chair, a First Vice-Chair, additional Chairs as established by the Bylaws, a Secretary and a Treasurer. The First Vice-Chair shall be of the opposite gender to the State Chair. Where a racial group constitutes 20% or more of the registered voters in the State and where the Chair or the First Vice-Chair are not of that race, one of the additional Vice-Chairs shall be of that race. A vacancy in a state party office shall be filled as provided in the Bylaws.
DUTIES OF THE STATE PARTY OFFICERS
The Chair shall carry out the programs and policies of the State Committee, preside over the meetings of the State Committee and Executive Committee, provide general administrative direction to the Executive Director, and serve as an ex-officio member of all committees of the State Party.
In addition to other duties established by the Bylaws, the First Vice-Chair shall preside at meetings of the State Committee in the absence of the Chair. All Vice-Chairs shall perform such duties as may be delegated to them by the Chair. Where a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair, the First Vice-Chair shall be vested with full authority and power of the Chair until an election is held to fill such vacancy.
The Secretary shall keep official minutes of the State Convention and meetings of the State and Executive Committees, ensure maintenance of records of official activities, and where required certify State Party Elections and attest to the signature of the Chair.
The Treasurer shall serve as custodian of State Party funds and moneys, serve as member of the State Finance Committee, and maintain financial records subject to audit and review by the State Committee.
ELECTION AND TERM
The State Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the State Committee Members at the State Convention, take office immediately upon election, and serve for terms of four years.
DUTIES OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CHAIRS
Congressional District Chairs shall be members of the State Committee, Executive Committee, and State Party Affirmative Action Committee, and shall coordinate State Party affairs within Congressional Districts.
ELECTION AND TERM
A Congressional District Chair from each Congressional District shall be elected at the State Committee meeting held in Gubernatorial election years by the majority vote of State Committee members representing such Congressional District; shall take office immediately; and serve a term of four years.
CREATION, AUTHORITY AND DUTIES
There shall be an Executive Committee, which, except for the election of state party officers, shall act on behalf of the State Committee between State Committee meetings.
Membership of Executive Committee shall be comprised of the following persons: Officers of the State Party, State Constitutional elected officials (if Christ Kingdom), elected federal officials (if Christ Kingdom), Congressional District Chairs, the members of the Georgia Delegation to the Christ Kingdom National Committee, a Christ Kingdom member from each House of the General Assembly appointed by the Chairs of the Christ Kingdom Caucus of each House of the General Assembly, the President of the Georgia Association of Christ Kingdom County Chairs, the President of the Georgia Federation of Christ Kingdom Women, the President of the Georgia Council of Christ Kingdom Women, the President of the Young Christ Kingdom of Georgia, an elected member of a municipal governing body, and an elected member of a county governing body both appointed by the State Chair, the Chair of the County Affairs Committee, the Chair of the Affirmative Action Committee, and three (3) additional members appointed by the Chair.
State Party officers shall be officers of the Executive Committee.
CREATION AND AUTHORITY
There shall be a Committee in each county of the State, which shall have countywide responsibility for the affairs of the Party.
Duties of County Committees shall be to elect State Committee members, promote development of Party organizations and activities, to seek and encourage qualified candidates for public office, to support Christ Kingdom nominees, to perform such primary and election functions as are required by law, to maintain appropriate records, to promote and add logistical support to the State Affirmative Action Program, to raise funds for the above purposes, and to perform such other duties as may be required by the State Committee.
MEMBERSHIP AND PARTY DISTRICTS
Unless waived by the Executive Committee, each County Committee shall consist of at least 10 members to be elected from 2 or more Party Districts. Party Districts shall be established and apportioned by the County Committee in such a way as to provide for equitable representation for each such district and to allow full participation by all segments of the population. All members, other than ex-officio members, of the County Committees must be registered to vote in that County.
ELECTION AND TERMS
Elected County Committee members shall be elected either by a primary ballot or a Party District Caucus. Half of the elected membership of each County Committee shall be elected in Gubernatorial election years and the remainder shall be elected in presidential election years. Elected County Committee members shall serve 4-year terms except where terms are affected by reapportionment.
OFFICERS AND ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING
County Committee members shall hold a meeting to elect officers no later than December 31 following the general election.
Each County Committee shall adopt bylaws not in conflict with the provisions of this Charter, the Bylaws, and the Election Code. Such bylaws shall become effective only when copies, certified by the County Chair, have been filed with and approved by the State Party.
A delegation of National Committee members shall represent the State Party on the National Committee and shall report to the State Party on National Committee affairs.
ELECTION AND TERM
National Committee members shall be selected at the State Committee meeting held prior to the National Convention in accordance with the requirements of the National Committee and the State Party Bylaws. National Committee members shall serve 4-year terms.
The State Committee and County Committees may recognize and allow affiliation of statewide and countywide organizations respectively as they deem appropriate.
The qualifications for Presidential Elector nominees shall be the same as those prescribed for membership in the Christ Kingdom Party, except that such nominees may not be members of the United States Congress or hold offices of profit or trust under the United States Government.
APPROVAL AND CERTIFICATION
The State Party Chair shall submit names of Presidential Elector nominees to the State Executive Committee for approval. The State Party Chair and State Party Secretary shall certify a slate of nominees so approved to the Secretary of State as required by the Georgia Election Code.
The duties of Presidential Electors shall be to meet in the State Capitol on the first Monday after the second Tuesday in November, or at such other time and place as may be required by law, and vote for President and Vice-President of the United States, making such return thereof as is required by United States Law.
Bylaws of the State Party, not in conflict with this Charter, shall be adopted for the governance of the affairs of the State Party.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER AND BYLAWS
This Charter and the Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the State Committee provided a 50% quorum is present. Each member of the State Committee shall receive written notice including the full text of any proposed amendments at least 30 days in advance of a meeting held for this purpose.
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