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The Constitution a
(Adopted by the Democratic State
?. onvention, Holdcn at -Columbia, i>iay
.;>th. 21s-:, 1914.)
1. At the convention of the Democratic
party of the State of South Carolina
begun and holden at Columbia
on the -Oth day o May in the year 1914
the following rules are ordained and
established in place <x the constitution
c.:id rules heretofore in force which are
hereby declared null and void.
.MEANING OF WORDS.
2. The words and phrases used in
these rules shall, unless the same be
'lainly inconsistent with the context,
ie construed as follows:
"County committee" means the
ounry executives committee,
li') "County chairman" means the
chairman oi' the county eexcutive comenittee.
"Slate committee'' means the
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(4) "State chairman'" means the
chairman of the State executive comKiittee.
(5) "Primary"' means the primary
election of the party.
(6) "General election" means the
general election, whether for United
States or State or county offices.
(<) "L'lul) district" means the territory
set apart 1 or each Democratic
c:ub. whether it be a ward or township
or a subdivision thereof.
(8) "The party" means the Democratic
party of South Carolina.
(9) "Rules" means this constitution
and rules (except in section 1 where
the term means the constitution and
rules formerly in effect.)
(10) Inhabitants means the number
of inhabitants according to the
federal census last taken.
3. One or more clubs shall be organized
in each township or ward, except
a< hereinafter provided, each of
h clubs shall have a distinct title,
" Democratic club." and
thail elect a president and one or more
vice presidents, a secretary and trcas
urer, an-d may have the 'following
working committees, of not les6 than
three members each, viz: A committee
on registration, an executive committee
and such other committees as
t > each CiUb may seem expedient.
In th'e absence of the secretary or
in case of his inabiliy to act. unless it
is otherwise provided in these rules,
he shall designate another member of
the c ub to perform his duties.
4. filie president or fl. <. members
shall have power to call all special
meetings of the club (except for reorganization,
provided i or in the succeeding
section), and at all special
meetings one-tenth of the members
shall be necessary .o constitute a quo
rum ior me transaction ot Dusmess, of
vhich meeting at least 48 hours' public
notice shall be given.
5. The clubs shall meet on the
fourth Saturday in April of each election
year for the reorganization: Pro'ided.
That the county committee may
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*eek or such club meeting bv giving
at least two weeks' notice by advertisement
in one or more county papers.
In case any existing club shall
far! to reorganize on the day fixed, the
couuty committee may fix a day for
such club to meet for reorganization
by giving two weeks' notice, as provided
in this section.
6. The qualifications for membership
in any club of the party in this
State, and for voting at a primary shall
be as follows, viz: The applicant ".or
membership, or voter, shall be twenty
- one years of age, or shall become
.so before the succeeding general election,
and be a white Democrat. He
shall be citizen of the United States
:and of this State. No person shall beJong
to any club or vote in any pri nary
unless lie lias resided in the State
two years and in the county six months |
prior to the succeeding general election
and in tne ciud district bt> days prior to .
the first primary following his offer j
to enroll: Provided, That public school j
teachers and ministers of the gospel j
shall be exempt from the provisions of >
'this section as to residence, if otherwise
7. Every negro applying for member&hir>
in a Demoo.ratio, nlnlh nr of
fering to vote in a primary, must produce
a written statement of ten reputable
white men who shall swear 'that
they know of their own knowledge that
xhe applicant or rvoter voted for Gen.
Hampton in 1876, and has voted the
Democratic ticket continuously since.
The said statement shall he placed in
the ballot box by the managers, and
returned with the poll lists to the county
chairman. The managers ct* election
shall keep a separate list of the
mimes of all negro voters.
8. (a) In cities of over 10,000 in
t Democratic Party
habitants, one or more clubs shall be
organized in each of the wards. Each
ward shall be a club district.
(b) In cities or towns of less than
; l-O.OOO inhabitants the county commit- i
] tee may authorize the consolidation of
J two or more wards to form a club district
and where townships are em- ,
j braced in whole or in part in such citie
or towns, the county committee may !
permit the 'Voters residing in such
. townships to belong to a club located
! in such town or citv and to vote in
! such city or town in the club nearest
to their respective residences, calcu- j
lated by the nearest practicable route.
| Provided, No person shall be enrolled
' or vote out or the county in which he
' resides. In cities or towns which arc
not divided into wards the county committee
may designate the extent of the
i club district. Each territory so designated
for a club shall be its club dis- \
(c) In all other cases the voter must'
enroll in the club nearest his place of
residence, calculated by the nearest !
practicable route, and can vote only:
j at the voting place of such club, and'
the territory included by this test shall
ue cousiuerea iue ciuu district oi sucn
! (d) No person shall he enrolled in
any club or take part in any club
meeting or vote in any primary or be >
; elected a delegate to the county con-;
vention, except in the club district in !
which he resides. '
(e) There shall be in no case more ;
than one (voting place for each club, j
Xo club shall have less than 25 mem- j
bers: Provided, however, That any'
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county committee may permit the or- j
ganization of a club or less than 25 :
I members at inacessible points where
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aic less -o voters.
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i 9. Xo person shall vote except at j
! the voting place authorized by the ;
county committee for the club to which !
he belongs: Provided. That if he re-;
move from a club district within 60 !
days prior to the first primary he may j
vote (in the year in which he remov-1
ed) in the club district in which he !
previously resided: Provided, further, |
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mat ne must nave enrolled before the
closing of the club list
10. State and county officers tem- 1
porarily residing at or near the capital
or the county seat may retain their
membership and voting rights in their
ormer home clubs if they so desire (
In ca?e of the mobilization of the ;
National Guard of this State, the State (
committee shall provide for the en- 1
rollmenc and voting of all members of 1
the National Guard qualified to vote *
under this constitution and rules. 1
11. Books of enrollment Tor voting
in primary elections shall he opened |
by the secretary of each cluh. or by
the enrolment committee as hereinaf- 1
ter provided, on or before the second i '
Tuesday in June in eacl- election year. 3
Notice thereof shall be given by the
county chairman showing the names of '(
me ciuu district wnen the clubs are '
in cities or towns or adjacent thereto, !
the names of the secretaries, the names j 1
of the enrollment committee, such other
information as the county chairman
may des're to give, and where the book^. *
are 'o be opened. Thereafter no new (
clubs shall be organized in that elec- 1
nun year, ^acn applicant for enroll- j
ment shall in person write upon the I
club roll his full name and immediate- i
Iv thereafter his age occupation and
postoffice address, and if in a ctty or
town shall write the name of the
street and the number o1* the house in
which he resides if such designations
pxist in said city or town. If the name
he illegible the secretary shall u-rifp
the name beneath the signature of the
applicant. In the event of the inability
of the applicant to write he may
make his mark upon the roll which
shall be witnessed by the secretary, or
other person then having the custody
thereof, and the secretary shall fill in
the other requirements. The county
committee shall furnish to the secretaries
suitable books for enrollment,!
which shall be uniform throughout the
State (except Charleston) and the form
of which shall ?be sanctioned iby the
State committee: Provided, That nothing
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be construed as inconsistent with any
laws of the State regulating 'primary
elections: And provided, further, That
the county committee shall on first
Monday in June, 1914, or as soon there|
after as possible appoint for each club
an enrollment committee off three
three which may consist of the secretary
and county committeeman from
the said club, and a third member to
be designated by the county committee,
by whom said enrollment shall "be conducted.
The enrollment book shall be
kept in the custody of the secretary or
at such place as shall be designated
by the enrollment committee. The I
club rail shall be open to inspection
by any member of the party.
12. On the iast Tuesday in July in
each election year, which shall be the
last day of enrollment, the club books
shall close: an.i within threp. davs
thereafter each secretary shall transmit
the original ro'l to the counts
chairman, who shall forthwith cause to
be made and shall certify a copy thereof
and file the same with the clerk of
the court for public inspection at all
times. At least ten days before the
first primary the county committee
shall meet after three days' published
notice in a newspaper of general circulation
in the county of time and place
o' meetig and examine the rolls. .Any
person may complain of errors therein
and county committee, a'ter hearing
complaints, shall in a fair and impartial
manfier correct and purge the
rolls, stiiking off the names of all per"ot
residing in the club listrict
for which c.^ch roll was made up or
otherwise improperly enrolled, and
adding any names improperly omitted:
Provided No name shall be stricken
irom any ciud ro:i wnnout tnree aays
notice by mail to the address appearing
on the club roll to the person
whose name is proposed to be dropped
from the roll to show cause why said
name should not be dropped.
When said rolls have been revised
and corrccted by the said county committee
they shall be certified to and
returned to the respective secretaries!
o." each club and shall thereupon be- j
mc uiiiuiai ciuu iuiis anu ii<J
names shall be added thereafter' except
by the order of a judge of competent
Upon the completion of said revision
the county chairman shall Immediately
file in the office of the clerk of court
a list duly certified by him of all
names added or dropped from said roll
with age, place of residence and occupation,
which list shall be preserved
by the clerk along with the duplicate
roil on file in his office and any person
may there inspect said roll and
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The original roll shall be returned
to the secretary of each club and by
him delivered to the managers of the
primary election before the hour of
opening the polls; and no person shall
be allowed to vote a: said election
whose name does not appear on said
original roll as herein required. The
managers ef election shall return said
rolls to the secretary o<r the club immediately
after the counting of the
votes and the declaration of the result
or as soon thereafer as practicable:
Provided. If the original roll be lost
:>r miscarried a copy of the duplicate,
is corrected by the county committee
md filed in the c'erk's office, such copy
;o be certified to >by him, shall be used
in place of the original.
SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR
13. Provided, however That within
:he city limits o' all cities of over 40,)00
inhabitants the tallowing provisions
A new enrollment shall be made
?very election year, beginning on the
:hird Thurs-day in May of said year,
and closing 60 days before the primary.
Xo name shall be entered on a club
roll unless 'the applicant shall have
iled with the secretary of the proper
:litb at least 66 days before the primary
an application on the following
form, properly signed and witnessed:
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I, , hereby certify that
I am a native (naturalized) citizen of
the United States; that I have been a
resident of the State of South Carolina
since (one year previous
to date of primary); that I am
a citizen of the said State or I shall
have been a resident of said State with
the bona fide intention o becoming a j
citizen of said State at least one year |
next preceding the primary; that I am
a resident of , living at No.? ?|
street, in said city; that I am '
years of age, ?feet, ?inches in J
height, and I hereby apply for enroll- J
mem in Club . Ward I
The residence, age and. height of |
each voter shall be recorded opposite
the name of the applicant on the club
14. tThe secretary o: each ward
club shall, within 48 hours of the receipt
of an application in the above
fnrm Antpr thr na/mp of said annlicant
upon the club roll, provided he is satisfied
that the application is bona fide
and his ignature is genuine. If he is
not satisfied of this, he shall at once,
not later than 48 hours after its receipt,
transmit the application to the
secreary of he county committee.
15. The county committee shall
have all of the names of applicants
whose applications have been thus
transmitted to it, together with the j
name of the witness to each application
published. It shall also call upon !
each of said applicants in said publi- j
cation to appear at a fixed time and j
place to show why his name should be
enrolled. All names which the county
committee, or any subcommittee thereof
appointed for this purpose, decide
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back to the respective secretaries and
by them entered upon the respective
10. The county committee shall j
give ample opportunity within the 6<> :
davs during which the club rolls are
fPorl wLli tlw? r?nnnK* ?i nrlitAv I /\r fiHncr ;
and hearing complaints of the enroll- j
i nient of those not entitled to vote in !
' , '
I the approaching primary. The name j
[ complained of, the winiess to the ap- ;
plication and the party complaining, |
together with the time fixed for the '
hearing which shall not be within j
throe days of the publication, shall ajl
| he published in the daily newspaper of
i that city.
I 1<. The county committee, ihrough
j a subcommittee appointed for that pur- [
pose, shall, a ter giiving opportunity
for answering all complaints, make up
a "challenge list" of those in its judg- 1
ment not entitled to vote in the approaching
primary, and shall file with
lie managers of each polling precinct
I so many of said names as shall appear
on the rolls constituting the regiser?rl
list or lists at said polling precincts, j
One of the managers, to be designated .
by the chairman of the county commit- (
tee, shall challenge any one offering (
to vote in any of said names and shall j
nlace the baMot in an envelope. In- ]
dorsing thereon he name O" the voter |
and of himself and the ballot shall be
kept separate and not counted Trat
turned over to the county conimittee
hereinafter provided in section 40.
18. The chairman of the subcom- ,
mittee above referred to shall aDDear .
before the county committee at its ,
hearing on the subject of challenged votes,
and state the objections which
have been made with reference to each
name in which a challenged vote on
the "challenge list'' has been cast.
19. /The clubs shall meet in the .
curth week in April of each election
year for reorganization on such day (
and at'such hour as the county comclml!
inent thereof being given at least two 1
week.3 in advance. The place of said
meeting shall be published at least 48 ^
hours previous to the meeting -by the
president of each club. Upon the fail
ure of any club president to publish ,
said notice, then the place shall be
named and published by the chairman 1
of ;he county committee. - i
19 (a) The county committee of
counties containing such cities may ,
require the use of the Australian bal- ^
lot system in whole or in part within
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20. Every general electon year
county conventions shall be called by
the county committee to meet on the
first Monday in May at the county seat |
rhe convention shall be composed of !
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sounty, one delegate for every 25 members,
and one delegate for a majority i
traction thereof, 'based upon the num- ,
ber a votes polled in the first primary j
of the preceding election year. The
lists of delegates certified to by the |
president and secretary of each club
shall constitute the temporary roll of;
ihe convention. The number of dele- !
?ates for new clubs shall be based I
upon their enrollment at the time of t
the club meeting.
21. Each. coun;y convention shall j
be called to order by the county chair-'
man and the convention shall proceed
lo elect a temporary president, a tem-J
porary secretary and a committee
>n credentials for the ^purpose 0s? j
organizing. When organized it shall j
sleet a permanent -president, a secre- i
ary and a treasurer. It shall also elect
he county chairman and as many del-j
:ga;es to the State convention as dou- j
ble the number of members the county
In which the convention is held has i
in the general assembly. The secre-1
:ary of the convention shall keep a rec- ;
3rd of its proceedings in the minute
22. In the event that the county
committee has refused to permit the j
formation of a new club in any ward
3r township such refusal may be ap- j
pealed '.rorn to the county convention,1
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I v. liich may permit the formation of the
1 new club desired, but no such club
shall be allowed any representation ip
the convention in that calendar year.
2if. The 'State committee shall be
composed of one member from each
countv. to be elected by the count?
conventions and the State chairman.
to be elected by the State convention;
Provided, That in case the office of ^
chairman of the State committee shall
become vacant by death, resignation
or otherwise, the State committee >
shall have power to fill the vacancy
by electing a chairman to serve until
the organization of the next regular
State convention: (The iState committee
shall choose its other officers, not
necessarily members thereoT: Provided, '
That the chairman shall vote only in
case of a tie. The State committee
shall meet at the-call of the chairman
or any five members, and at such time
and place as he or they may appoin:.
The member of the naiional Democratic
executive committee from
South Carolina shall be elected by the
May State conveniion in 1916 and every
four years thereafter, and when elected
shall be ex-officio a member of the
State committee. Vacancies on said
S ate committee 'by de^th, resignation
or otherwise shall be filled by the respective
county committees. The State
committee is charged with the execu
tion and direcion oT the policy of the
party of the State, subject to these ruls
?the principles declared in the platform
of principle? and such instruction,
by resolution or otherwise, as &
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