Become a National Delegate
Message from the RNHA Chairwoman
We are so excited for you to begin your Journey to become a National Delegate. President Trump needs Hispanic Republicans there to help him secure the Nomination, and your participation is crucial. We encourage you to do what it takes to be at the National Convention, and we appreciate your commitment to be there. Our goal is to help you offset the costs associated with attending such a Convention, and we look forward to your application for our Delegate Scholarship.
See you in Charlotte!
-Betty Cardenas, RNHA Chairwoman
What is a National Delegate?
A national delegate is someone who represents his or her state at that party’s national convention. The delegates get to cast a vote for the presidential candidate that they support and the vote will determine the party’s official candidate for President of the United States of America.
Who gets to be a delegate?
Most delegates are grassroots party activists who campaign to represent their congressional district or their state at large. But both parties also set aside a certain number of delegate slots for “party insiders.”
On the GOP side, these are each state’s party chair and two Republican National Committee members. The committee members — 112 in all — also make the rules that govern the national convention.
Of the total 2,472 Republican delegates, most are pledged delegates who, as with the Democratic Party, are elected at the state or local level. To become the Republican Party nominee, the candidate must win a simple majority of 1,237 of the 2,472 total delegates at the Republican National Convention.
Caucus or Primary State?
There are two systems used to elect delegates: the caucus system and the primary system. In the caucus system, political parties organize meetings in places like school gyms and community centers where people can gather to discuss and vote on the candidates. In a primary system, voters simply turn up at a polling place and cast their votes for a presidential candidate and delegates. While 13 states and territories still use the caucus system, most states now use a primary system to elect delegates. States and territories that still use a caucus system include:
- Kentucky (Republican only)
- North Dakota
- Washington (Democratic only)
- American Samoa
- US Virgin Islands
Road to the National Convention
On Primary Election Night, after the Polls close at 7pm, you must return to your Precinct Voting center and attend the Republican Precinct Convention.
DON’T BE LATE
At the Precinct Convention, you will be given the opportunity to add your name to the list as a Precinct Convention attendee. At the same time, you will notify the Precinct Convention Chairman of your intent to attend the County Convention and your name will be added to that list and forwarded to the County Chairman.
Usually within 2 weeks of the Precinct Convention, the County Republican Party will host the County Convention, where they will develop the roster of Delegates to represent the County at the State Convention. In many cases there are plenty of spaces available, but at times, you may be required to compete for those Delegate positions. If so, you will be given time to speak and address your desire to attend the State GOP Convention, and the County Delegates will vote to determine the final roster.
If you make the final roster to attend the State GOP Convention, then you are one step closer to making it as a National Delegate.
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the State GOP Convention! Now, as a Delegate, you will attend your Caucus meetings and handle business of the Convention, like nominating National Delegates, Electors, and the State Party Chairman.
You must be Nominated, by one of your Caucus members, and seconded, in order to have the opportunity to compete for the National Delegate positions.
At this moment, you are convincing your caucus to choose you, so it would be wise to talk with people within your caucus and ask for their vote.
If you ARE SELECTED, and make the Roster at the State Convention, then you are OFFICIALLY a NATIONAL DELEGATE!
Support a Delegate
It costs a lot to attend the National Convention.
You can donate a little, or completely Sponsor a National Delegate. Whatever level you choose, we are grateful for your support.
Thank You for helping these National Delegates offset the cost of Transportation, Hotel and Meals for the week of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC.