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2016 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL NOMINATING CONVENTION

DELEGATE SELECTION GUIDE
BACKGROUND: The Illinois Republican Presidential Primary Election is Tuesday,
March 15, 2016. Under rules adopted at the 2012 Republican National Convention, and
further subsequently amended by the Republican National Committee, Illinois will send
69 Delegates and 66 Alternate Delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention in
Cleveland, Ohio, during the week of July 18, 2016.

DELEGATE SELECTION: Delegates and Alternate Delegates will be chosen at-large
at the Republican State Convention in May 2016 and directly elected in each
congressional district at the Republican General Primary Election on March 15, 2016.
In addition, the Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, the National Committeeman
for Illinois, and the National Committeewoman for Illinois, as RNC members, are
automatically considered as Delegates in the Illinois delegation.
At-Large Delegates & Alternate Delegates: Illinois will choose twelve (12)
Delegates and twelve (12) Alternate Delegates at-large at the Illinois Republican
State Convention in May 2016. Pursuant to Rule 14(a)(1) of the Rules of the
Republican Party, each state is granted ten (10) Delegates and ten (10) Alternate
Delegates. Pursuant to Rule 14(a)(6) of the Rules of the Republican Party,
Illinois is granted two (2) additional Delegates and Alternate Delegates by virtue
of Republicans holding the offices of U.S. Senator and Governor. These Delegates
and Alternate Delegates are chosen at-large at the Illinois State Republican
Convention. Pursuant to an Illinois Republican Party resolution passed on
September 28, 2015, these At-Large Delegates and Alternate Delegates shall be
bound to the winner of the statewide Presidential preference vote conducted at
the Republican General Primary Election on March 15, 2016.
Moreover, pursuant to Rule 14(a)(2) of the Rules of the Republican Party, the
Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party, the National Committeeman for
Illinois, and the National Committeewoman for Illinois are automatically
considered to be Delegates in the Illinois delegation. Both the National
Committeeman and the National Committeewoman (but not the State Chairman)
are chosen at the Illinois Republican State Convention.

Delegates & Alternate Delegates by Congressional District: In addition
to the above, pursuant to Rule No. 14(a)(3) of The Rules of the Republican Party,
three (3) Delegates and three (3) Alternate Delegates will be elected from each
Congressional District at the Republican General Primary Election on March 15,
2016. Thus, in total, Illinois will have 54 Delegates and 54 Alternate Delegates
directly elected by Republican Primary Election voters.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS: Candidates for Delegate and Alternate Delegate by
Congressional District stand for election to the National Nominating Convention with
the name of their preferred candidate for President of the United States next to their
name, or the word “uncommitted” next to their name. 10 ILCS 5/7-19(2); 10 ILCS 5/710.3. Notwithstanding a designated preference for President of the United States, the
vote for a Delegate or Alternate Delegate is for the sole purpose of securing expression of
sentiment and will of party voters and considered only advisory to the Delegate or
Alternate Delegate so elected, unless otherwise directed by the Rules of the Republican
Party. If more than the allocated number of Delegates and/or Alternate Delegates from
a district seek to run as preferring the same Presidential candidate, that Presidential
candidate (or a representative of his or her campaign) will designate those candidates
who are authorized to run as “committed” to that candidate. Delegate and Alternate
Delegate candidates not committed will be listed as “uncommitted” on the ballot.
Candidates for Delegate and Alternate Delegate must file the following information with
the State Board of Elections:



(1) A statement of candidacy,
(2) loyalty oath (optional),
(3) a statement of preference for a Presidential candidate or a statement that the
Delegate or Alternate Delegate is running “uncommitted,” and
(4) nominating petitions signed by at least 0.5% of Republican primary electors
in the district (see signature requirements for each Congressional District below).

The filing period for Delegates and Alternate Delegates at the Illinois State Board of
Elections in Springfield is January 4, 2016, through January 6, 2016. Petitions may be
circulated beginning October 8, 2015.

PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE: In addition to electing Congressional District
Delegates and Alternate Delegates at the General Primary Election, voters may express
their preference for a Republican Presidential nominee in the Republican General
Primary Election on March 15, 2016. The At-Large Delegates and alternate At-Large

Delegates chosen at the Illinois State Republican Convention in May 2016 (see above
regarding the procedure for selecting At-Large Delegates & Alternate Delegates) will be
bound to the winner of the statewide Presidential preference vote conducted on March
15, 2016, pursuant to an Illinois Republican Party resolution passed on September 28,
2015.
EXPENSES: All Delegates and Alternate Delegates are personally responsible for their
own expenses to the 2016 Republican National Nominating Convention, including
travel, lodging, meals, activities, and any applicable delegation activity fee. Furthermore,
candidates for Delegate and Alternate Delegate should be aware of, and comply with,
any state and federal campaign disclosure regulations regarding their expenditures as
candidates.
The information above is not legal advice and is offered for educational and informative
purposes only. If you need legal advice, consult a licensed attorney. For additional
information, consult the Illinois State Board of Elections candidate guide for
Presidential candidates and candidates for delegate and alternate delegate.
***This information will be supplemented by the Illinois State Board of Elections
publication entitled “Candidate’s Guide 2016 Presidential Preference, Delegates &
Alternate Delegates,” which is (or will be) available at the State Board of Elections
website www.elections.il.gov.
*Please contact the Illinois State Board of Elections Springfield Office if you have any
questions regarding this process.
2329 S. MacArthur Blvd
P.O. Box 4187
Springfield, IL 62708-4187
Phone: (217) 782-4141
Fax: (217) 782-1518
www.elections.il.gov

2015-2016 ILLINOIS CALENDAR FOR REPUBLICAN
PRESIDENTIAL AND DELEGATE ELECTION
10/08/15

First day to circulate nominating petitions for established party candidates
for President of the United States, and Delegate and Alternate Delegate to
the National Nominating Convention.

01/04/16

First day to file nominating petitions for established party candidates for
President of the United States, and Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the
National Nominating Convention with the Illinois State Board of
Elections.

01/06/16

Last day to file nominating petitions for established party candidates for
President of the United States, and Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the
National Nominating Convention with the Illinois State Board of
Elections.

03/15/16

Date of the General Primary Election

2016 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL NOMINATING CONVENTION
UNOFFICIAL DELEGATE AND ALTERNATE DELEGATE ALLOTMENTS
Congressional
District
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

Delegates
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Alternate
Delegates
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3

SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS
Pursuant to 10 ILCS 5/7-10(b), each candidate for Delegate or Alternate Delegate from a
Congressional District must file a nominating petition with at least the number of
signatures equal to 0.5% of the qualified primary electors of his or her party in his or her
Congressional District. Therefore, each candidate for Delegate & Alternate Delegate
must obtain the following number of signatures, determined upon by his or her
Congressional District:
Congressional
District
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

# of Signatures
337
289
548
145
455
899
179
475
514
563
533
756
739
861
987
804
598
1,014

ILLINOIS PRELIMINARY DELEGATE ALLOCATION
Total Delegates and Alternate Delegates*
Delegates
Alternates*
Total Delegate Allocation
Base Allocation
State Allocation
RNC Allocation
Congressional District Delegates
Total Base Allocation
Bonus Allocation
GOP Presidential Win Bonus
GOP Elected Official Bonus
GOP Senate
GOP Governor
½ US House Delegation
1 State Legislative Chamber
Both State Legislative Chambers
Total Bonus Allocation
*RNC Member Delegates do not have alternates.

135
69
66
69
10
3
54
67
0
1
1
0
0
0
2