The Utah County Republican Party Central Committee met in a special session yesterday to vote on delegate allocation bylaws that were left unfinished from our November meeting. The final credentials report listed 275 members in attendance.
The meeting ran very smoothly, with a pre-published agenda (in accordance with Special Meeting rules), a well-run credentialing process, presentations from both the For and Against sides, a healthy amount of respectful debate, and a transparent balloting process.
To view the text of the bylaw proposals, visit the Constitution and Bylaws Committee website.
At issue was the allocation process for State Delegates. There were two bylaw proposals to be considered on this topic: B114-A would have allocated all state delegate seats to the precincts (eliminating the 78 ex officio state delegate seats). If B114-A failed, B114-B would be taken up, which would allow the committee to choose which state delegate seats to allocate to the precincts and which to keep as ex officio.
The committee first voted on B114-A, which passed by a vote of 144 for, 130 against. The effect of this vote will be to allocate all state delegates to the precincts. (Because this bylaw passed it nullified any need to address B114-B, so B114-B was not taken up).
The effect of this vote is that those ex officios currently listed in Bylaw 1 will no longer have an automatic State Delegate seat:
– Executive Committee Members
– Legislative District Vice-Chairs and Education Officers
– Federal Republican Elected Officials residing in Utah County
– State Republican Elected Officials residing in Utah County
– County Republican Elected Officials
– State Party Officers residing in Utah County
– The most recently released County Party Chair
All of these still retain their ex officio County Delegate seat, as well as their existing membership on the Party’s governing committees. Precinct Chairs’ State Delegate status is not affected by this vote.
Also voted on at this meeting was Bylaw 140, which outlined notification and filing procedures for Legislative District Officer elections. An amendment was made and approved by the body to allow nominations from the floor if fewer than 2 candidates have filed for a position. The bylaw proposal passed as amended.
The committee also raised $1,005.00 in donations from members. The Party now has a mobile card reading device allowing more people to donate at meetings.