Listen to Former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer explain how to become a delegate to the 2020 State and National Conventions!

In August 2020, the Republican Party will gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, to nominate its candidates for President and Vice President. As we have always done, the Arizona Republican Party will hold local meetings and a state convention to elect delegates to these meetings. 

These gatherings take on a special importance this cycle, as we will also decide which Presidential candidates to support at the Convention. Getting involved and becoming a delegate has never been more important!

Our state party’s Executive Committee has adopted a 2020 Delegate Selection Plan and the Republican National Committee has approved it. Arizona will be electing 57 delegates and 54 alternates to the National Convention in Charlotte. The process begins with Legislative District meetings in Pima and Maricopa counties, as well as meetings in Arizona’s other 13 counties. These local meetings will be held in the early months of 2020. Delegates elected at these meetings will gather in Phoenix later in the spring of 2020 to elect the delegates to the National Convention in Charlotte.

So you want to be a delegate for your favorite presidential candidate in 2020? Here’s what you need to know:

The Republican Party of Arizona's State Convention will be held on May 9, 2020 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

BECOME A STATE DELEGATE

Click here, or on the “Become a State Delegate” button above, to become a delegate candidate at the County/LD meetings. At the time you register, you must declare who you’re supporting as the Republican nominee for President and Vice President or note that you will be running as a “No Preference” candidate. This is an important declaration, as we’ll be publishing your selection on the delegate ballot. Once the delegate nomination period is closed, delegate candidates are not allowed to change who they support as the Party’s nominees. Importantly, any registered Republican may run as a delegate candidate – but only Precinct Committeemen are able to vote in these local elections.

When filling out and submitting your delegate nomination form, you will be asked to attach a copy of your Arizona Driver's License or Government-issued ID. We encourage you to submit a photocopy of your ID to avoid long credentialing lines at the Convention. If you choose not to supply us with your ID, staff from the Republican Party of Arizona will contact you to verify your identity, and to make sure that you are a registered Republican at the address provided on your form.
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STEP TWO: Attend your County/Legislative District (LD) meeting. Even if you’re not a delegate candidate, every Precinct Committeeman appointed or elected before December 31, 2019, will be qualified to vote in this election. The exact number of delegates each county or LD can elect to the State Convention is a function of how many PCs they have at the end of 2019. Early in 2020, we’ll inform each county and LD exactly how many delegates they’ll be electing. 

By the way, if you live in a LD that’s partially within either Maricopa or Pima county, but also falls within another county’s boundaries – well, that’s when things get fun. For example, LD 1 is mostly represented by Yavapai County; however, it also extends into certain parts of Maricopa County. LD1 Republicans who live at a Maricopa County address will hold one meeting, while LD1 residents who live in Yavapai County will join their fellow Yavapai County neighbors at their county meeting. Maricopa and Pima Republicans will attend their local LD meeting and everyone else will go to a county meeting.

Campaigning is not required in order to become a delegate. At the county or LD meeting there will be a ballot listing all the individuals who nominated themselves, as well as the candidate they’re supporting for the Presidential nomination. PCs will fill out their ballot and pick which of their neighbors they want to represent them at the State Convention in Phoenix. The Arizona Republican Party will post lists of candidates for state delegate – organized by LD or county – as soon as the nominating period closes.

You may be wondering, “What can I do for my Presidential candidate in 2019?” Great question! You can campaign, donate, work, and organize for your chosen candidate. Additionally, you can become a PC and encourage your fellow local Republicans to also become PCs. Make sure that your friends and neighbors who are already PCs attend their county or LD meeting. The more votes your candidate gets, the more delegates they win!
  
Congratulations! You’ve been elected as a delegate to the State Convention. What’s next?

First off, congrats on your election! You’ll be a voter at the State Convention to be held in Phoenix in the spring of 2020. At that time, you’ll be voting for Arizona’s delegates to the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just like at your local meeting, there will be a ballot of National Convention delegates, which will include the name of the candidate whom those individuals support for the Party’s nomination to the Presidency and Vice Presidency. We’ll have just under 2,000 voting delegates at the State Convention in Phoenix who will be responsible for electing our delegates to the National Convention in Charlotte.

The Republican National Convention will be held on August 24-27, 2020 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

BECOME A NATIONAL DELEGATE


Click here, or on the “Become a National Delegate” button above, to become a delegate candidate for the National Convention. When you register, you must declare who you’re supporting as the Republican nominee for President and Vice President or note that you will be running as a “No Preference” delegate. This is an important declaration, as we’ll be publishing your selection on the delegate ballot. Once the delegate nomination period is closed, candidates are not allowed to change who they support for the Party’s nominees. Importantly, running as a National Convention delegate is a separate election from running to become a delegate to the State Convention. 

When filling out and submitting your delegate nomination form, you will be asked to attach a copy of your Arizona Driver's License or Government-issued ID. We encourage you to submit a photocopy of your ID to avoid long credentialing lines at the Convention. If you choose not to supply us with your ID, staff from the Republican Party of Arizona will contact you to verify your identity, and to make sure that you are a registered Republican at the address provided on your form.

You can run to be a delegate in either election, or both, but you must remember to register separately as a candidate for each. Again, anyone who is registered as a Republican can run for delegate, but only PCs can vote in the local elections, while elected delegates vote at the State and National conventions. 

The Arizona Republican Party will post lists of National Convention delegate candidates on our website. Some folks will be running to represent their Congressional District and others will be running as At-Large delegate candidates. We vote twice at the State Convention; on the first ballot, we break up into nine different Congressional District caucuses and elect CD delegates. Approximately, one-half of the delegates are elected to represent their CD. Then we reconvene to elect the other half of the National Convention delegates as At-Large delegates. 

The Rules set for the State Convention require a delegate candidate to choose whether they wish to run as a CD or an At-Large candidate. Each candidate must choose one or the other – candidates are not allowed to appear on both the CD and At-Large ballots. Moreover, there are no floor nominations. You will know who all the candidates are before you arrive at the State Convention in Phoenix. 
 
Woo-hoo! You’ve been elected as a delegate to the National Convention. Now what?

The State Party will help coordinate travel and accommodations to and from Charlotte. This is a four-day meeting that includes lots of activities, important meetings, and fun social events. You should plan on arriving in Charlotte on Sunday, August 23, and returning to Phoenix on Friday, August 28. Please know that this is not an inexpensive trip. Each person will be responsible for the cost of transportation and five nights in a hotel. As a point of reference, most members of the Arizona delegation to the 2016 National Convention in Cleveland spent $4,000 to $5,000 per attendee. 

Joining with thousands of your fellow Republicans to nominate our candidates for President and Vice President is a once in a lifetime experience! You’ll make great memories while doing important work on behalf of all Arizona Republicans.

No matter what happens, the most important part is that you come home to Arizona and help our nominee keep this state RED!
 

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