July 22, 2018

Part 5: Selection of Delegates and Alternates

The number of delegates is based upon the number of Republican votes cast for the Secretary of State in the 2010 general election as per the Rules for Selection of Delegates and Alternates to the Fall 2012 Republican County and State Conventions.

The Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Education Board members, members of Congress, the State Senate, the State House and MRP Officers are automatic, at-large delegates and do NOT need to be elected at the county conventions.

Macomb County District 9 will elect 88 delegates and 88 alternates.

Macomb County District 10 will elect 82 delegates 82 alternates.

To be considered as a Delegate or Alternate to the State Convention, a delegate must live in the County and Congressional District that they will represent.

PRECINCT DELEGATE PREFERENCE

There is a rule put forth by the Michigan Republican Party known as PRECINCT DELEGATE PREFERENCE. What this rule means is that current Precinct Delegates shall receive preference to be elected as a delegate or alternate to the State Convention before a non-Precinct Delegate.

Note however that the Precinct Delegate Preference rule for this convention is different than in prior conventions.  Previously, preference was given to Precinct Delegates attending the county convention.  This rule is not in place for this convention.  A Precinct Delegate not at convention can be nominated and would have the same standing as a Precinct Delegate at convention.

Macomb County will be using an “At-Large” method of electing delegates and alternates.  This means the method is open for selecting delegates and alternates.  Some recommended methods include:

  1. Nominations from the floor. This allows delegates to be nominated on a person-by-person basis.  If nominations are made individually and then the number of nominees exceeds the number of State Convention delegates and alternates, each convention delegate votes for each position on the State Convention delegate and alternate slate.
  2. A nominating committee may be appointed by the chair. The chair of the county convention or the county portion of a congressional district may appoint a committee to draw up a proposed slate of delegates. This committee may be of any size. The committee then develops a proposed slate of delegates and alternates, which is presented to the convention for approval.

The Nominating Committee is the approach that has been used in Macomb County.  What this means is that the Chairperson appoints a nominating committee during the appointment of Permanent Caucus Officers.  This committee could be formed weeks in advance so that the names chosen for the slate are carefully researched and selected. For this to be permissible, the convention chair must reappoint the same committee at the convention.

Once the members are identified and sworn in, the Nominating Committee will deliberate on the slate of nominees for delegates and alternates to state convention. After the slate is determined, the names of all delegates and alternates are read aloud.  When the entire slate has been announced, a vote is made to accept the entire slate or not.  Individual members cannot be changed at this point.  If the slate is approved, the Congressional Caucus essentially has concluded its business.  If the slate is rejected, then it may be amended by the convention.

In the case of rejection of a slate, motions may be made to strike one or more names and replace it/them with others. Thus, the slate is amended until it satisfies a majority of the convention, and then it is approved.  At all times under the Nominating Committee method, it is the full slate that is voted on, not a delegate by delegate basis.


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