calling anyone in PA who would like to be a delegate, I have found this PA government site, that has the detailed instructions, and forms needed to become a delegate. I live in York, PA. I will be trying to become a delegate as well. If you live near me, and would like to get together to talk strategy, have any helpful insight, or discuss becoming a delegate please let me message me. The more people we can get on the ballot for delegate the Better. I’m sure the other campaigns are to some extent trying to do this too. http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/information/12709/o_-_download_nomination_petition_pages/572628
In Pennsylvania you basically run to become a delegate along with the presidential candidates on primary day (looks like April 24).
In Pennsylvania you are “unpledged” as delegate. Rule 8.4 of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania’s Rules states that all delegates elected by Congressional District “…shall run at large within the Districts and shall not be officially committed to any particular candidate on the ballot.” Thus, candidates for delegate positions are NOT listed on the ballot with the name of their presidential preference indicated – as it is with some states. This is good since some states make you declare your preference, and this could work against RP unless he really had the popular vote. If you lie about who you declare it will be overturned at the Republican National Convention in “pledged” states, but in PA you do NOT declare who you are for, as I understand it, so you are for the Republican Party, rah, rah.
62 of the Commonwealth’s 74 delegates to the Republican National Convention will be directly elected in a LOOPHOLE type primary, in which delegates are elected separately from a presidential preference “beauty contest” (the presidential primary vote) on the same day as the primary vote. Each of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts are assigned 3 base delegates; in addition, the 5 “highest-ranked” (in terms of how well they have supported GOP candidates over the last four years) of the 19 congressional districts will get 1 extra delegate.
Pennsylvania allocates its 74 as follows:
–57 congressional district delegates are directly elected by primary voters (3 per congressional district: (19 × 3 = 57).
–5 (one third of the 14 at-large delegates) are allocated to the 5 congressional districts that have best supported the party per Rule 8.2. These delegates are directly elected by primary voters.
–10 (two thirds of the 14 at-large delegates) are selected by members of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania per Rule 8.3.
–3 party leader delegates (the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Pennsylvania’s Republican Party) will attend the convention by virtue of their position.
Friday 6 June – Saturday 7 June 2008 (tentative date): The Pennsylvania Republican State Committee will meet to choose 10 at-large delegates.
–The Commonwealth’s 10 at-large delegates, chosen by the state’s Republican State Committee, will go to the Republican National Convention officially “unpledged” – though they no doubt will be for Rudy.
In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Pennsylvania’s Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position – and they will no doubt be for Rudy.
In essence, well known, politically connected people will be elected as delegates. The key here is going to be getting people who are well known (or who are willing to spend some time and money campaigning) to file as a candidate to be a delegate for RP. From how I understand it works, we are in essence running for office and have to get out and knock on doors and have a campaign within the district we live in to have a chance at being elected as a delegate. This is how I understand the process and I could be wrong on some facts. There is a slight chance that three people within a certain district won’t run to be a delegate, and in that case you are in, but I find that doubtful. The hope is that in some districts maybe one or two of those running are strong, well known candidates to be elected delegates, but that the 2nd or 3rd are not strong and that we can win with some legwork and door knocking. No doubt we will vote for our own and have to have that coordinated. Not sure about the laws regarding electioneering to be a delegate at the poll itself on election day, but that is an opportunity to shake hands and pass out a flyer on why to vote for you as a delegate if allowed.
It will take a LOT for work and organization to get Ron Paul delegates elected. Also, I may have some facts wrong here. This is just from some research and digging I did on the process.
Anyone feel free to correct anything or add you own thoughts.