How to Become a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from Your State
There are 3 options to choose from in order to get information on how to become a delegate to your GOP conventions.
"Strategies for Success"
NOTE: Please keep in mind that rules vary between states.
A) Since you'll be elected as a delegate, it's good to do some voter identification (who's gonna vote for you) in your precinct. Show how dedicated you are as a Ron Paul supporter by going out there and talking to people!
Click here for the 'bread and butter' instructions on getting elected as a delegate in your precinct (district). Also see Ron Paul Canvassing.
An even better way would be to look up all Ron Paul contributers in your zip code. Once you have your list, just contact them about becoming a delegate or ask them to vote for you as a delegate since they're already supporters!
B) When it comes time to get elected as a delegate, please know the following like the back of your hand:
a) Read and know the rules of your precinct convention (if you have one): See General Guide to Conducting a Precinct Convention (PC).
b) The permanent chairman at your convention is ALWAYS elected. Do not let them tell you otherwise.
c) The delegates are ALWAYS elected. Do not let them tell you they have already been chosen. See: Robert's Rules of Order for delegate tips and tricks.
d) You have rights so do not let them railroad you. If you feel members are being unfair, know your rules (See: Robert's Rules of Order). The precinct convention is kind of like court—you can say objection, point of order, etc. Here are some basic but critical ones: objection (object to anything unfair), point of order (say this to make a point), point of inquiry (say this to interject at any time), division (say this when you want to call a standing vote against a decision), I nominate myself for a delegate position (get yourself nominated as a delegate), I second that (self-explanatory), I appeal to the assembly (if all else fails, say this to declare unfairness and state your reason and solution), etc.
NEVER GIVE UP! You WILL be a delegate for Ron Paul!
e) Make sure all delegate names are on the delegate sheet and make copies of the paperwork. If you can't make copies, handwrite all copies, make sure they've been signed, get the permanent chairman to certify them as correct and take pictures of the paperwork. This is proof in case the paperwork is lost.
NOTE: You generally have to vote in your state primaries to be eligible to become a delegate so please check your state's date on the right below and mark your calendars.
C) Review your state process below for becoming a delegate to the Republican National Convention (RNC).
Remember, the National Convention is NOT the same as the State Convention.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - Florida
Saturday, February 2, 2008 - Maine
Phase Two: "Super-Tuesday" or "National Primary Day"
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia
Phase Three: The Rest of the Race
Saturday, February 9, 2008 - Kansas, Louisiana, Washington state
Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia,
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - Wisconsin, Washington state
Sunday, March 2, 2008 - Hawaii
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - Mississippi
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - Pennsylvania
Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - Indiana, North Carolina*
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - Nebraska*
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 - Kentucky, Oregon
Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - Idaho
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - South Dakota, New Mexico
*Nebraska - Current law places their primary on May 13. Legislative Bill 460 would replace that with a caucus to be held on the second Saturday in February (2/9 in 2008). The bill is currently in committee.
*North Carolina - Current law places their primary on May 6. Senate Bill 168 would move the primary to the first Tuesday in February (2/5 in 2008). The bill is currently in committee.
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