Mass Delegates FAQSubmitted by claaky23 on Sun, 04/29/2012 - 13:18
I'm mainly creating this post because I have answered the same questions over and over again on the original post in the comments section:
Q: Will this count towards a state that RP won because he has more delegates?
A: No. 1st, Romney won the state of MA and RP did not meet the 15% threshold for the state. Therefore, all delegates will be voting for Romney on the first ballot. Thus, Romney will have the plurality and majority in MA
Q: What about the other 11 delegates that are selected? Who gets those?
A: The additional 11 delegates will all be Romney delegates or State Party dignitaries (Also Romney Hacks). These delegates will be bound to Romney for the first ballot.
Q; Can the delegates choose to unbind themselves?
A: No. There is no convention for the delegates to do this, and if there was, it is against party rules. The delegates are bound to Romney on the first ballot.
Q: Can the delegates Abstain from voting?
A: Maybe. The state GOP Rules state that delegates "Shall cast vote for (Romney)". It does not state that IF they vote they vote for Romney, it states that they do without question. The MA representative will likely cast all 41 delegates to Romney on the first ballot unless there is an open roll call. This results if 15 or more states choose to have delegates called 1 by 1. RP would need to have a plurality in 15 states.
Q: What if the RP delegates decide to go to the bathroom when its time to vote?
A: The MA Rep. will cast all delegates to Romney. Any remaining RP delegates may then protest the vote and the National Chair would call each delegate by name. He would then call alternate delegates for districts not fully represented. Some districts have Romney delegates as alternates. If they see you leave the delegate area, they can then enter and take your place.
Q: Romney used stickers at some of the district caucuses, we will challenge and win those delegates.
A: Simply, No. Stickers are LEGAL at caucuses in MA. You can pass out whatever you want. Polling places and caucus locations are different entities and have different rules. Passing out the stickers was legal. The MA rules state votes need to be WRITTEN on each ballot, but once the observers of the vote counting allowed stickers to count as a vote, the votes officially counted.
These are my understandings of MA GOP rules and National convention rules that I read last night. If anyone has any corrections feel free to add them but remember, the worst thing we can have is false information. The above is as accurate as I can make out from the listed documents.