What if bound delegates break rules?Submitted by Plopper on Sat, 05/05/2012 - 06:40
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?