Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Republican Delegates Can Ignore Any “Committment” to Vote for Mitt Romney, and Can Instead Vote for Ron Paul If They Want

ALL Republican Delegates Can Vote Their Conscience

We noted last week that it’s still possible for Ron Paul to score an upset win over Mitt Romney.

Indeed, the nonpartisan Center for Voting and Democracy (CVAD) reported last December that the the legal counsel for the Republican National Convention said delegates can vote for whoever they want at the National Convention:

As set out in the Rules of the Republican Party, delegates have the ability to vote according to the delegates’ preference, even if that is contrary to the outcome of each state’s primary. According to one source, the legal counsel for the Republican National Convention in 2008 stated: “[The] RNC does not recognize a state’s binding of national delegates, but considers each delegate a free agent who can vote for whoever they choose.” Thus, if a delegate were to challenge his or her ability to vote as a free agent, he or she would have grounds under Rule 38.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/05/republican-delegates-can-ignore-their-committment-to-vote-for-mitt-romney-and-can-instead-vote-for-ron-paul.html

I just hope all the Ron Paul delegates remember Stalin - "It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."

There needs to be a transparent voting system at the Convention or the game will be over, at least in terms of electing Ron Paul as the GOP candidate.

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[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, May 15th, 2012.]

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