How Utah Could Lose Half Its National Delegates And Why That's Good For Ron PaulSubmitted by UTPaulite on Fri, 03/30/2012 - 14:14
I was reading the rules of the National Party for the convention and came across something interesting and thought I would share.
"Rule No. 15
Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of Delegates and Alternate Delegates
(4) No delegates shall be deemed eligible to participate in any Congressional district or state convention the purpose of which is to elect or select delegates to the national convention who are elected or selected prior to the date of the issuance of the call of such national convention."
So the call to the national convention was issued on Dec 30th 2011. In Utah, many counties practice a much disputed process of selecting automatic, or ex-oficio delegates. These positions are given to county, state, or national elected office such as state senator, or county mayor. They are also given to county party leaders.
The reason this is important, is that they are selected as delegates when they are elected, which is in many cases 1-2 years or more prior to the "date of the issuance of the call of such national convention."
The possible penalty of this violation is listed here:
"Rule No. 16
Enforcement of Rules
(a) If any state or state Republican Party violates
The Rules of the Republican Party relating to the timing of the election or selection process with the result that any delegatefrom that state to the national convention is bound by statute or rules to vote for a presidential nominee selected or determined before the first day of the month in which that state is authorized by Rule No. 15(b) to vote for a presidential candidate and/or elect, select, allocate,or bind delegates or alternate delegates to the national convention, the number of delegates tothe national convention from that state shall be reduced by fifty percent (50%)"
If indeed selecting state and congressional delegates who will elect national delegates early is grounds for a penalty, then Utah would lose 20 of it's 40 delegates. It is quite obvious to people in Utah that Romney will be the winner of the primary and since delegates are bound to the winner of the primary he will be getting 40 votes from Utah. If we can get this penalty enforced, then the total delegates from Utah who are voting for Romney in the first round would only be 20.
1144 is the number of delegates needed to win, if Utah's number is cut in half, that number changes from (2286/2=1143+1) to (2266/2=1133+1). Dropping the number needed to win by 10 to 1134, but also dropping the number of Romney delegates from 40 to 20.
If anyone has any sway with the RNC or the ability to submit this rule violation, I would encourage them to do it. The rules state that if the Chairman of the RNC does not act, then the rest of the national committee can.
"(d) If the chairman of the Republican National Committee does not act upon a violation of The Rules of the Republican Party
relating to the election, selection, allocation, and/or binding of delegates or alternate delegates to the national convention, then a statement may be filed against a state or state Republican Party by any three (3) members of the Republican National Committee Standing Committee on Rules who feel that a violation has occurred."