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An Overview of Republican Methods of Nomination for a Special Election 

Dear Friends,

You are receiving this e-mail because you are on our distribution list for members of the Prince William County Republican Committee.  This message is not confirmation that your membership is current.  If you have not attended a meeting since our convention or you are not sure that your membership is current – you can respond to this message and we can check before the meeting on Monday June 23rd at Benton Middle School
If you paid your dues and signed up at our March convention (whether you attended or not) or you attended our April or May meeting and were either listed as a member or were voted in at one of those meetings – then you can vote on June 23rd.  If you have recently applied or intend to apply at this meeting – our By Laws specifically prevent us accepting new members until the end of a scheduled meeting.  We welcome and encourage new members, but you won’t be able to vote at this meeting. 
By this message I hope that you will better understand the methods of nomination that we will select from Monday for the Special Election that we believe will take place in Brentsville once we are able to channel our new Governor into being Governor and not democrat partisan-in-chief. 
I intend to break the decision making into parts as indicated in the call (we have done it that way before and it worked well).  Our first decision will be the method and then all subsequent decisions should flow from that selection.  Benton Middle cafeteria is only available during the hours 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM so we must move efficiently through the schedule and everyone must be out of the building before 10:00 PM.  I will ask that comments be focused on the decisions at hand and be crisp and relevant.  I request that if you plan to speak in favor (or in opposition) of a method that you speak from notes and time yourself in advance. 
                                    
Methods of Nomination (Thank you Rick Hendrix)
Qualifications for Participation
All legal and qualified voters under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of race, religion, national origin or gender, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested, express in open meeting either orally or in writing as may be required, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in its mass meetings, party canvasses, conventions or primaries encompassing their respectiveelection districts.
In addition to the foregoing, to be in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, a person otherwise qualified hereunder shall not have participated in Virginia in the nomination process of a party other than the Republican Party after March 1, 2004.  A single exception shall be approved for a voter that renounces affiliation with any other party in writing, and who expresses in writing that he/she is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and intends, at the time of the writing, to support the nominees of the Republican Party in the future. Any voter that utilizes the foregoing exception, and thereafter participates in the nomination process of a party other than the Republican Party, shall not have the benefit of the exception thereafter.
A person who has made application for registration and meets all other requirements of Section A, but whose name does not appear on the local registration books solely because of the books having been closed in connection with a local election, will nevertheless be deemed a legal and qualified voter.
I.  Mass Meeting
  ·  All registered voters within the election district who meet the qualifications as set forth in the State Party Plan (see above) may vote in a mass meeting.
  ·  Mass meeting participants may not be required to pre-file to attend and vote.
  ·  Candidates for office may be required to pre-file or not, depending on the Call for the mass meeting.
  ·   No fee may be charged to mass meeting participants in order to vote.
  ·   Voting takes place simultaneously (not over an extended period of time), in one location, and usually continues until a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote (majority vote requirement is determined by the Call).
  ·  Voting is “one man/one vote.”  Weighted voting is not allowed.
II.         Party Canvass
  ·  Sometimes called a “firehouse primary.”
  ·  All registered voters within the election district who meet the qualifications as set forth in the State Party Plan (see above) may vote in a party canvass.
  ·  Party canvass participants may not be required to pre-file to attend and vote.
  ·  Voting can take place in one or more locations and can extend over several hours.
  ·  Candidates must pre-file to be on the ballot, but write-in votes can be accepted.
  ·  Voting is “one man/one vote.”  Weighted voting is not allowed.
  ·  A candidate need only win a plurality (more votes than anyone else), not a majority, to win the nomination.
  ·  The party, not the Electoral Board, administers the voting.
III.       Convention
  ·  Delegates to a convention represent their respective constituent units or subdivisions (precincts, magisterial districts, units, etc.) and voting is “weighted” by Republican voting strength.
  ·  All registered voters within the election district who meet the qualifications as set forth in the State Party Plan (see above) may file to be delegates to a convention.
  ·  Delegate votes can be fractionalized to .2 of a vote.  In other words, if there are 100 delegate votes, up to 500 people can be elected as delegates to cast them.
  ·  Candidates usually pre-file, but that is determined by the Call.
  ·  Convention delegates pre-file to be delegates.
  ·  Voting takes place in one location and usually continues until a candidate receives more than 50% of the vote (as determined by the Call).
IV.       Primary – A Primary is not an option to nominate candidates for a special election.
I hope this serves to explain the differences such that the discussion can focus on an option that suits the contest and is supportable by the Committee. 
     
Bill Card,
Chairman