The Republican National Convention is pondering a change contained in Rule 12 and this is what the revised rule would be:
RULE NO. 12
The Republican National Committee may, by three-fourths (3/4) vote of its entire membership, amend Rule Nos. 1-11 and 13-25. Any such amendment shall be considered by the Republican National Committee only if it was passed by a majority vote of the Standing Committee on Rules after having been submitted in writing at least ten (10) days in advance of its consideration by the Republican National Committee and shall take effect thirty (30) days after adoption. No such amendment shall be adopted after September 30, 2014.
RULE NO. 16 (formerly 15)
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) For any manner of binding or allocating delegates permitted by these rules, no delegate or alternate delegate who is bound or allocated to a particular presidential candidate may be certified under Rule No. 20 if the presidential candidate to whom the delegate or alternate delegate is bound or allocated has, in consultation with the state party, disavowed the delegate or alternate delegate.
The rule, if adopted would basically require the winner of the Nebraska Republican Presidential Primary to receive at least the same proportion of delegates as he or she received in the primary.
By adopting such a rule Nebraska's Republican Presidential Primary would become relevant. Yes, the votes cast by citizens in the primary would actually mean something as delegates to the Republican National Convention would be allocated in a manner to at least assure the winner the same percentage of delegates as votes cast, if not all of them.
Two reasons instantly come to mind as reasons to adopt this beyond allowing the will of the citizens to be reflected in the delegate allocation:
- By making the primary relevant, potential Republican presidential candidates would actually have a reason to come to the state, to spend money advertising here--Nebraska offers about 35 potential delegates for any presidential candidate at the national convention.
- By making the primary relevant and rewarding the winner of it there would be no way for others to hijack the delegation, an effort that the Ron Paul folks made in 2008 and 2012 and will no doubt try again in 2016 when Ron is gone and Rand becomes their likely candidate.