Oklahoma GOP Claims That All Delegates Will Be Bound on All VotesSubmitted by emalvini on Tue, 03/27/2012 - 18:11
Oklahoma GOP Claims That All Delegates Will Be Bound on All Votes
You will also certify that your delegate vote on selection for President of the United States of America at the Republican National Convention shall be cast as provided by Oklahoma Statute 26 O.S. 20-104(G) AND 20-105 .
26 O.S. 20-104(G) reads as follows: “Each delegate or alternate delegate to the national convention of his political party shall cast their vote on all ballots for the candidate who received this state's vote. If that candidate is for any reason no longer a candidate, the votes of the Oklahoma delegation shall be cast for any candidate of their choice.” 26 O.S. 20-105 also includes that, “Any vote cast by a delegate which is not in accordance with his delegate pledge shall be void.”
So what does this all mean? First, if you wish to be nominated for national delegate you must submit the Delegate Affidavit to the appropriate Convention Secretary, state or district where you intend to run. You must also agree that you will cast your vote according to the results of the Presidential Preference Primary, OKGOP Rules and State Law. You are bound by law to continue to cast your vote for the nominee as long as his name is on the ballot at the national convention. It may be 1 round of voting or it may be 5 but you cannot change your vote or the penalty will be invoked that your vote shall be void.
Now, my first intuition is that this law is unenforceable per the national GOP rules. However, I'm not 100% confident. Does this law mean to state that even in the case of a brokered/open convention, all Oklahoma delegates will still be bound on every vote? And is it enforceable?