TO: Members of the Republican National Committee and Interested Parties FROM: RNC Counsel’s Office
DATE: February 11, 2011
RE: New Timing Rules for 2012 Republican Presidential Nominating Schedule
On August 6, 2010, the Republican National Committee (“RNC”) amended the timing rulespertaining to the 2012 presidential nomination process. It is crucial that those responsible ineach state for determining the timing and process for selecting, allocating or binding delegatesto the 2012 Republican National Convention are aware of these changes so that they can makesure their state is in compliance. The new requirements, contained in Rule No. 15(b) of
TheRules of the Republican Party
(the “Rules”), as well as important background and interpretiveinformation, are contained herein.
Text and Summary of New Timing Rules
The following Rule No. 15(b) language will govern the 2012 Republican presidentialnomination schedule. This amended language is followed by a brief summary of therecommended amendments. Rule No. 15: Election, Selection, Allocation, or Binding of Delegates and Alternate Delegates (b) Timing. (1) No primary, caucus, or convention to elect, select, allocate, or bind delegates to thenational convention shall occur prior to the first Tuesday in March in the year inwhich a national convention is held. Except Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina,and Nevada may begin their processes at any time on or after February 1 in the yearin which a national convention is held and shall not be subject to the provisions of paragraph (b)(2) of this rule. (2) Any presidential primary, caucus, convention, or other meeting held for the purposeof selecting delegates to the national convention which occurs prior to the first dayof April in the year in which the national convention is held, shall provide for theallocation of delegates on a proportional basis.