Dr. Steve Parent : Delegate information and Roberts Rules Of Order for Ron Paul 2012 starts hereSubmitted by Dr. Steve Parent on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 15:20
Some of you are now better prepared than the last election but, there is still much more to learn and much more work to be done.
I know many of you are new to the election process but don’t worry.
I am going to go into some depth of how this all works so read and then read again if you need to.
# 1: Every state will require that you are a registered republican, check your state bylaws for specifics on how to become a delegate.
Many states will require that you voted republican in the last election prior to the POTUS election to be a delegate, again check your state for specifics on this issue.
# 2 : It is a must to learn and understand Roberts Ruls Of Order, this is the only way to be effective at your conventions and meetings. you can do research here : http://www.robertsrules.com/
I will be doing some online classes on RROO soon, I haven't decided where yet, perhaps at www.revolutionbroadcasting.com or some other web radio station.
Did you know that the delegates can actually vote to unbind thier delegates that are bound by state rules? Did you know that delegates can actually overturn any previous vote? Did you know the delegates have control of the entire process of how their local and state party elects and nominates potential people from the GOP?
First stop looking at who wins each states popular vote for most of these states the vote by the people is really nothing but a straw poll and have no real bearing on who will become the nominee for the GOP.
The only way this matters is if 1 person receives 1191 delegates that are bound by state rules to be committed to that candidate.
When a candidate wins delegates by winning a primary that does not mean there are actual people that won acting as delegates- these are virtual delegates.
What do I mean by virtual delegates: A virtual delegate is just a number – there are no actual people YET that will go and vote for the candidate who won the particular state at the national convention. We call these people convention delegates
The actual delegates are voted on (in most states) at a statewide delegate caucus after the Primary (which is just a giant preference poll)
Who can be delegates? Anyone. In closed Primary states they must be registered Republicans, in Open Primary states they can be Republicans, Democrats, Independents.
Out of the 2,380 delegates sent to the RNC national convention in 2012 - 463 delegates are bound all the way through the convention.
- 565 delegates will be bound through one ballot. That is, they have to follow the results of the state election on the first ballot. After that, if no candidate has a majority of delegates, they are free to vote as they please and Mccain will not receive over 50% on the first ballot.
- 383 will be bound through two ballots then they are free to vote for whom they wish.
- 318 will be bound through three ballots then they are free to vote for whom they wish.
I am not going to list every state and what the break downs are, just do the math from these numbers or look for yourself here :
Doesn’t Dr. Paul need to WIN 5 states to be on the ballot at the convention for the nomination?
NO THIS IS NOT TRUE, people are just confused on how it actually works.
We only need the majority of delegates from 5 states to be put on the ballot NOT THE POPULAR VOTE OF 5 STATES.
I will be posting more information soon, this will take some time so do as much research on your state as you can.
Dr. Steve Parent