HOW DO I VOTE IN THE MAY 24 GOP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY?
If you are registered to vote in Washington, you will get a ballot mailed to you in early May. May 6 is the start of the voting period – on that date, ballots will be mailed out and ballot drop boxes will be available at voting centers. Only Republicans can vote in the GOP Presidential Primary. Unlike in all other Washington elections, since our state does not have registration by party, Presidential Primary voters are required by law to sign an oath publicly declaring a party for the primary they’re voting in. The oaths are located on the return envelope. Without a signature and checking the appropriate party box, the vote will not be counted. Your ballot must be submitted and postmarked on or before May 24.
WHAT IF I AM NOT YET REGISTERED TO VOTE?
You can register to vote online by CLICKING HERE or you can register to vote in person at your county’s election office. For a list of county election offices, see http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/auditors.aspx. April 25 is the deadline for voter registration, address change and other updates. However, you can still register after April 25 if you register in person. For in person registration only, May 16 is the deadline for new Washington State voter registration.
ONLINE VERSION OF VOTERS’ PAMPHLET FOR THE MAY 24 GOP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY: CLICK HERE
WILL THE MAY 24 RESULTS BIND OUR DELEGATION TO THE GOP NATIONAL CONVENTION?
Yes, our state’s 44 delegates will be bound by the vote of the people in the May 24 GOP presidential primary. Using a proportional formula, the results (from the 10 congressional districts and also statewide) will determine the vote of our state’s delegates at the National Convention. For detailed information on the proportional formula, see pages 32 and 33 at: http://www.gopeakteam.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-Caucus-and-Convention-Manual.pdf
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE WASHINGTON STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY?
The Washington State Republican Party is providing the infrastructure that helps Republicans win elective office. Our efforts include registering, educating, and developing GOP voters; training and equipping volunteers; building and using data; communicating to all audiences using all forms of media; and fundraising.
DOES THE WSRP SUPPORT CANDIDATES?
The WSRP is neutral, not taking sides among the GOP presidential candidates. Once we have our nominee, we will work wholeheartedly toward his election to defeat Hillary Clinton and elect a Republican president in November.
WHAT’S TO PREVENT DEMOCRATS FROM CROSSING OVER AND VOTING IN OUR PRIMARY?
Your ballot requires that you check a box for party preference and then sign an oath that you are a Republican or Democrat. The oaths are located on the return envelope. Without a signature and checking the appropriate party box, the vote will not be counted. Yes, there may be a few Democrats that decide to cross over to vote GOP. But the results of the party preference question (not your vote for a candidate) are public record. Anyone who is truly a Democrat but signs the oath as a Republican signals to the world that he/she lied under oath. This is a very serious offense and most people (even Democrats) are not willing to publicly disgrace themselves. However, some Democrats are truly discouraged by their party’s far-left direction and don’t like their candidates. They may switch parties and sincerely vote Republican this year.
I MISSED MY PRECINCT CAUCUS – CAN I STILL ATTEND MY COUNTY CONVENTION OR LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT CAUCUS?
Republican Precinct Caucuses were held on February 20. The Precinct Caucus is the important first step in the process Republicans use to select our Presidential Nominee. By majority vote, the Precinct Caucuses elected delegates to the County Conventions (in King County, the Precinct Caucuses elected delegates to the Legislative District Caucus). You can still attend your County Convention. County Conventions are being held between now and April 16, and King County Legislative District Caucuses are being held between now and April 9. To find out the date of your County Convention, go to www.wsrp.org/events. It is a good idea to contact your County GOP organization. To find your County GOP go to www.wsrp.org/state-committee and click on the name of your county. (UPDATE: The King County Legislative District Caucuses were held between March 12 and April 9, and the County Conventions were held between March 12 and April 16.)
WHAT HAPPENS AT MY COUNTY CONVENTION?
At the County Convention, by majority vote delegates will be elected to the State Convention. Also, the delegates will decide other issues such as Platform, Rules, Resolutions, etc. (UPDATE: The County Conventions were held between March 12 and April 16.)
CAN I RUN FOR DELEGATE TO THE STATE CONVENTION EVEN IF I AM NOT A DELEGATE TO MY COUNTY CONVENTION?
Yes. If you want to run to be a delegate to the state convention, contact your County GOP organization. To find your County GOP organization, go to www.wsrp.org/state-committee and click on the name of your county. (UPDATE: The County Conventions were held between March 12 and April 16.)
I MISSED MY COUNTY CONVENTION – CAN I STILL ATTEND THE STATE CONVENTION?
Yes. You can register for the State Convention by going to www.wsrp.org/convention2016 and registering as a guest. There is a fee to attend and meals, hotel, and other activities are available at additional cost.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE STATE CONVENTION?
The State GOP Convention will be held May 18-21 in Pasco. The State GOP Convention will elect delegates to the National Convention. Three delegates will be elected by each Congressional District, and eleven delegates will be elected on an At-Large (statewide) basis. Also, the delegates will decide other issues such as Platform and Rules. In order to be elected as a Delegate to the National Convention in Cleveland July 17-21 you must file by Monday, May 16th to be listed on the ballot. To file please click on this link: https://wsrp.org/cleveland/
CAN I RUN FOR DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL CONVENTION EVEN IF I AM NOT A DELEGATE TO THE STATE CONVENTION?
Yes. If you want to run to be a delegate to the National Convention, register for and attend the State Convention. You should file the form with the WSRP that you wish to place your name on the ballot to run for national delegate. You can register for the State Convention by going to www.wsrp.org/convention2016 In order to be elected as a Delegate to the National Convention in Cleveland July 17-21 you must file by Monday, May 16th to be listed on the ballot. To file please click on this link: https://wsrp.org/cleveland/
WHEN IS THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION?
The Republican National Convention will be held July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio. The State delegates at the National Convention, will determine the GOP presidential nominee and the GOP vice presidential nominee. The delegates will also vote on other matters, such as the 2016 GOP Platform and Rules. Who are the delegates, what are the rules, and how does it all work? You will find all those answers and more by going to www.wsrp.org/rnc2016
WHAT IF NO CANDIDATE GETS A MAJORITY ON THE FIRST BALLOT AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTION?
At the GOP National Convention, if no candidate gets a majority of delegates on the first ballot, additional ballot votes will be held until a candidate receives a majority. Our state’s delegates are bound by the May 24 primary results only on the first ballot. If no candidate receives the majority of 1237 votes on the first ballot, our delegates will vote as they choose on successive ballots.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAUCUS, CONVENTION, AND PRIMARY PROCESS?
For more information on the caucus, convention, and primary process, go to http://www.gopeakteam.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-Caucus-and-Convention-Manual.pdf Other links with useful information are www.wsrp.org/100percent and http://1.usa.gov/21OfnxN and http://1.usa.gov/1SNILwy