2020 State Nominating Convention Rules
This Nominating Convention shall nominate Republican Party candidates for the United States House of Representatives, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Treasurer, multi- county State Senate, multi-county State House of Representatives, multi-county State School Board of Education.
The Nominating Convention shall also select a National Committeeman, a National Committeewoman, 37 National Delegates including 3 from each of the four congressional districts, 37 Alternate National Delegates including 3 from each of the four congressional districts, and six (6) Presidential Electors, one from each of the four congressional districts.
The Utah Republican Party State Nominating Convention shall convene online Saturday, April 25, 2020. Early voting shall begin when the chair declares voting open on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Voting shall remain open until the chairman declares voting closed, or 5:00 PM, Saturday, April 25, 2020, whichever is later.
Only properly credentialed state delegates may vote in the elections.
C. Rules of Order
The State Party Constitution and Bylaws, these Rules and the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern this Convention. These rules shall govern any conflict with Robert’s Rules.
The applicable Convention Rules defined in the bylaws shall not be altered or suspended, save by properly noticed Constitution or Bylaw amendment, except the rules may be modified for the purpose of accommodating venue rules.
D. Order of Business
Business of this convention shall be limited to fulfilling the purposes listed in paragraph A.
All challenges to the qualifications of an individual delegate to serve must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. at State Party Headquarters three days prior to the day of the Convention.
The Credentials Committee shall attempt to contact challenged delegates to resolve any disputes and make a report.
The Credentials Committee shall report the number of delegates with proper credentials immediately preceding commencement of the voting.
E. Seating and Admission
Each delegate to this convention will be issued a credential that is nontransferable.
F. Candidate Rules and Requirements
An individual may not run for both the positions of National Delegate and Alternate National Delegate. An individual may run for both the positions of Presidential Elector and either National Delegate or Alternate National Delegate.
Candidates are not required to have a nomination, or a second, but may if they so desire. The total time limit remains the same regardless.
The order of presentation shall be decided by random drawing.
The intent is to have fairness, and to treat all candidates equally.
H. General Voting Rules
In contested statewide and federal races, candidate names shall appear on the ballot by random drawing at least seven (7) days before the Convention. In the races for Presidential Electors, National Delegates, and Alternate National Delegates, candidate names shall appear on the ballot according to the following system: Each letter of the alphabet shall be randomly drawn. The order in which the letters are drawn shall be the order in which they appear on the ballot. The names of the candidates shall be alphabetized within each individual letter group.
Election of Presidential Electors, National Delegates (both at-large and congressional), and Alternate National Delegates (both at-large and congressional) shall be by single ballot.
There will be no absentee or proxy voting. Alternative voting procedures will be made available to those unable to vote in the prescribed manner.
Unopposed candidates shall be declared the party’s nominee by the Chair.
It is the prerogative of the chair to open and close balloting at appropriate times.
The Elections Committee Chairperson is responsible for the ballot counting room and process, and the poll watching process. The Elections Chairperson is responsible for any complaints and has the authority to take any concerns to the Convention Chair.
In any race where there is only one candidate, that candidate is the party’s nominee.
In any race where there are two candidates, and one candidate receives at least 60% of the total votes cast, that candidate shall be the party’s nominee. If neither candidate receives at least 60% of the total votes cast, both shall proceed to a primary election.
In any contested race with three or more candidates, voting shall be by preference vote. Delegates may indicate a first, second, third, etc. preference for all qualified candidates.
During the count, ballots containing only preferences for candidates who have been eliminated will not count for purposes of vote percentage tabulation.
On the first ballot, each first preference will count as one vote. If any candidate has at least 60% of the total votes counted, that candidate is declared the nominee. If no candidate has at least 60% of the vote, the candidate receiving the fewest first preference votes shall be eliminated. Votes cast for the eliminated candidate shall be added to the totals of the remaining candidates ranked next on those ballots and counted. This process will continue until either 1) a candidate receives at least 60% of the total votes cast and is declared the party’s convention nominee, or 2) only two candidates remain, and neither candidate has received 60% of the total votes cast, those two candidates will be referred to a Primary Election.
The Elections Committee Chair shall be responsible for the security and the accuracy of the count and directing the access and conduct of all persons involved in the ballot counting process.
Challenges to election results must be made directly to the Convention Elections Committee Chair by 11:59 PM, Saturday, April 25, 2020, and shall be made for cause only. Such for cause challenges shall be personally filed by the candidate challenging the results, and must include the reason for the challenge as well as the candidate’s contact information. The Elections Committee shall review all challenges to the election results, and, if a majority of the Elections Committee deems the for cause challenge to be justified, it shall conduct a recount, audit, or a review sufficient to address the issue raised in the challenge. Recounts are justified for cause, and only if a majority of the Elections Committee believes that a recount may materially affect the outcome of the election in question. Ties, if any, shall be broken by a coin toss conducted by the Convention Chair. If a coin toss is used to determine a candidate’s elimination, no challenge or recount will be accepted.
I. Presidential Electors and National Delegates
The Convention shall select 37 total national delegates, including (3) from each of the four congressional districts (12 total), and 25 at-large national delegates. It shall also select 37 total alternate national delegates, including (3) alternate delegates from each of the four congressional districts (12 total), and 25 at-large alternate delegates. When filing for the position of national delegate, candidates shall specify for which type of national delegate position (at-large national delegate, at-large alternate national delegate, congressional district national delegate, alternate congressional district national delegate) he/she wishes to run. All national delegates and alternate delegate candidates shall sign a pledge that they will abide by the state party and national party rules and cast their vote at national convention for the candidate to whom they are bound.
All state delegates at the Convention shall vote for the at-large Presidential Electors, but only delegates living in each congressional district shall vote for their respective congressional district Presidential Elector.
The two at-large Elector candidates with the highest vote totals shall be the at-large Electors. The next six at-large elector candidates with the highest vote totals shall be ordered as alternates. The elector candidate from each congressional district with the highest vote total shall be the Elector for that district. The next three elector candidates in each congressional district with the highest vote totals shall be ordered as the alternate congressional district Electors.
All state delegates at the Convention shall vote for the at-large national delegates and alternates, but only the delegates from each congressional district shall vote for their respective congressional national delegates and alternates.
The 25 at-large national delegates and 25 at-large alternate national delegates with the highest vote totals shall be the at-large and alternate national delegates. The 3 congressional district national delegates and 3 congressional alternates with the highest vote totals shall be the congressional national delegates and alternates for that individual district.
Presidential Electors per congressional district and national delegates and alternates to the national convention representing congressional districts shall be residents of and qualified voters in said districts respectively when elected and when serving.
Candidates for Presidential Elector, National Delegate, and Alternate National Delegate must have registered and participated, either in person, through allowed absentee procedures, or by administering the meetings, in the most recent caucus (neighborhood elections) meetings.
Any Republican Presidential Elector from the state of Utah that attempts to vote for a candidate other than the Republican presidential nominee in the electoral college shall be automatically and immediately removed from the office of presidential elector by the chair of the Utah Republican Party, and the chair shall appoint another elector who will vote for the Republican presidential nominee.
Candidates who file with the Utah Republican Party to become presidential electors shall sign an agreement with the party stating they will cast their electoral vote for the Republican presidential nominee from the general election. The agreement shall include language acknowledging that if an elector attempts to vote for any candidate other than the Republican nominee, that vote will not be counted, the elector shall be deemed to have vacated their position, and the chair of the Utah Republican Party shall be obligated to immediately appoint another elector to fill the vacancy.
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