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How to dump Trump on the first ballot...

Version 1.2 July 14, 2016


Reminder: Although Trump won 13,300,472 votes in the Republican primaries, he did not win the majority of the popular votes; 15,284,153 ‘anti-Trump’ Republicans went to their polling places and voted their ‘consciences’.  

 

As set forth below, under the preconvention rules, delegates who are ‘bound’ to Trump are not supposed to ‘vote their consciences’.  What are they then – potted plants?  Not quite.  The existing rules do allow ‘bound’ delegates to abstain.  Hmm.



Seems that the old guy in France is not quite alone in his opinion…

Three Ways Republicans Could Dump Trump in Cleveland

Allowing delegates to abstain

A third way how anti-Trump delegates could dump Trump is by abstaining from their vote to keep Trump below the 1,237 number needed for a majority on the roll-call vote.

[Ben Ginsberg] says that whether a delegate can abstain from his or her vote on a first ballot is likely to come down to a ruling by the chair.  [Paul Ryan]

The smart bet is that none of these scenarios is successful. Most Republican delegates, by nature, aren't rebels. They're go-along-get-along party leaders who probably aren't eager to overturn the will of the voters. More importantly, a real presidential alternative to Trump has yet to emerge. After all, it's hard to beat somebody with nobody.

Abstaining on the first ballot is not nearly so rebellious as voting for somebody other than Donald Trump.  Here’s another thought: The 306 abstaining delegates on the first ballot can vote for Trump on the second ballot, while a different 306 delegates abstain on the second ballot, and so forth.  That would distribute the anguish of “go-along-get-along party leaders who probably aren't eager to overturn the will of the voters” among the 1,542 delegates ‘bound’ to Trump.  Key point: No changes in the GOP convention rules are required.



Version 1.0 July 10, 2016


To dump Trump, only 306 of the 1,542 delegates currently ‘bound’ to Trump for the first ballot can abstain during the role-call and thus deprive Trump of the requisite majority for the nomination, inasmuch as…

 

1,542 – 306 = 1,236 < 1,237

 

You have received this opinion from an elderly Democrat living in a small French village, based on the GOP rules...

 


RULE NO. 16

Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of Delegates and Alternate Delegates

 

(a) Binding and Allocation.

 

(1) Any statewide presidential preference vote that permits a choice among candidates for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in a primary, caucuses, or a state convention must be used to allocate and bind the state’s delegation to the national convention in either a proportional or winner-take-all manner, except for delegates and alternate delegates who appear on a ballot in a statewide election and are elected directly by primary voters.

 

(2) The Secretary of the Convention shall faithfully announce and record each delegate’s vote in accordance with the delegate’s obligation under these rules, state law or state party rule. If any delegate bound by these rules, state party rule or state law to vote for a presidential candidate at the national convention demonstrates support under Rule 40 for any person other than the candidate to whom he or she is bound, such support shall not be recognized. Except as provided for by state law or state party rule, no presidential candidate shall have the power to remove a delegate.

 

Notice, please, that there is no provision in Rule 16 (a)
that forbids any delegate from abstaining.

 

RULE NO. 40

Nominations

 

(a) In making the nominations for President of the United States and Vice  President of the United States and voting  thereon, the roll of the states shall be called separately in each case; provided, however, that if there is only one candida the for  nomination for Vice President of the United States who has demonstrated the support required by paragraph (b) of this rule, a  motion to nominate for such office by acclamation shall be in order and no calling of the roll with respect to such office shall be  required.

 

(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States shall  demonstrate the support of a majority of the delegates from each of eight (8) or more states, severally, prior to the presentation of  the name of that candidate for nomination. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these rules or any rule of the House of  Representatives, to demonstrate the support required of this paragraph a certificate evidencing the affirmative written support of  the required number of permanently seated delegates from each of the eight ( 8) or more states shall have been submitted to the  secretary of the convention not later than one (1) hour prior to the placing of the names of candidates for nomination pursuant to  this rule and the established order of business.

 

(c) The total time of  the nominating speech and seconding speeches for any candidate for nomination for President of  the United States or Vice President of the United States shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes.

 

(d) When at the close of a roll call any candidate for nomination for President of the United States or Vice President of  the United States has received a majority of the votes entitled to be cast in the convention, the chairman of the convention  shall  announce the votes for each candidate whose name was presented in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (b) of this rule.  Before the convention adjourns  sine die , the chairman of the convention shall declare the candidate nominated by the Republican  Party for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States.

 

(e) If no candidate shall have received such majority, the chairman of the convention shall direct the roll of the states be called again and shall repeat the calling of the roll until a candidate shall have received a majority of the votes entitled to be cast  in the convention.   


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ésolution de Niquette pour 2016

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