IMPORTANT: If RNC insists Maine Convention was held improperly then there was NO Convention and Mitt is OFF the state ballotSubmitted by joeinmo on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 21:18
As I was reading the election law code for the State of Maine I came upon one very important bit of information that might just put an end to the RNC questioning if the Maine GOP state convention was held properly or not.
In Maine, the law states that there has to be a State Convention for that political Party's Presidential Candidate to appear on the ballot. If the RNC insists that the selection of the delegates was not properly done, not only do they void the delegates elections, but by default they void out the entire State Convention. At that point no Republican nominee is allowed on the State Ballot, and Obama wins by default.
I seriously doubt Romney wants to give up a state, and I guarantee the Democrat Party would file a lawsuit to keep Romney off the ballot (or anybody else - say the Libertarian Party). Unless I am missing something, it is clear cut and final. Either the convention was held properly or not at all.
Below is the law:
2. General election. A party which qualifies under subsection 1 to participate in a primary election must, in that same year, hold a state convention as prescribed by Article III in order to have the party designation of its candidates printed on the ballot in the general election of that year.
[ 1985, c. 161, §6 (NEW) .]