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What if bound delegates break rules?

If delegates who are bound to vote for candidate X, instead vote for candidate Y, wouldn't that vote still count and be legally respected as the decision of the convent? Afterwards, the party could complain against the individuals which it thinks has misused their authority, but that won't affect the legality of the actual convent's nomination.

Let's compare it to selling a car (nominating candidate):

If I give someone power of attorney to sell my car (if I send a delegate to a convent) and tell him to demand at least $15,000 (demand that he is bound to vote for Mr X). But he then sells it for $10,000 (votes for Mr Y) then I can sue him for the missing $5,000 afterwards (sue my delegate for, I don't know what). But the car is sold (candidate has been nominated) the buyer of the car is the proper owner and doesn't need to care about what I demanded of the one who represented me (the national convent decides by counting the individual votes of the delegates, no matter what instructions their states have bound them by).

If the party on state level somehow sues its delegates for having misrepresented them at the convent in Tampa, then there's time to discuss rules in detail to find out if that's correct. And I doubt that the result can be worse than that those delegates are expelled from party membership. And for sure, there's no way that the convent would be disqualified retroactively.

What do you think?



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What I'm most concerned with

aren't the actual rules, it's the precedent. If the rules state that delegates cannot be forced to vote one way, but in practice they are, then it would be only foolish to rely on those rules.

No rules are broken

National gop rules allow states to bind, however nothing in the rules states delegates must uphold that binding at the national convention. Reason being the binding is done based on primaries and such which may, or importantly may not, reflect the gop party. For instance, in many states democrats and independants are allowed to vote in the republican primaries. While the primary tests the waters for a general election, the outcome may not align in the best interests of the gop. So delegates technically are unbound on the national level, or no rule states the bind must be followed at the national convention.

All primaries and caucuses are simply straw votes. The real nomination process is done through grassroot elections of precinct, county, and finally state elections of delegates who determine who gets the nomination.

Exactly my conclusion now!

(Sorry for the edit, I posted the wrong reply here at first, now edited)

Those rules say that state conventions may bind some of the delegates. They do not say that delegates on the national convention must respect being bound.

And where are the rules saying that the chairman of the national convention may kick out delegates depending on what candidate they vote for?

And isn't voting secret? Is it public what delegate voted for what candidate? How does that even work technically with 2288 delegates?