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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Caucuses: Thursday 15 March 2012
State Convention: Saturday 21 April 2012
Primary: Tuesday 26 June 2012
Delegate Selection: Winner-Take-All,
Polling hours 7:00a MDT (1300 UTC) to 8:00p MDT (0200 UTC).
Voter Eligibility: Modified Primary
40 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 12 re: 4 congressional districts / 3 party / 15 bonus
Utah Republican Party Bylaws 2012 Official Version|
Thursday 15 March 2012: Neighborhood Precinct Caucuses meet to elect County and State Convention Delegates. Approximately 3,500 delegates are elected to the State Convention.
Saturday 21 April 2012: The Utah State Republican Convention convenes.
The Nominating Convention selects a National Committeeman, a National Committeewoman, and the National Convention Delegates. [Utah Republican Party Bylaws 7.5.A.]
The Republican Presidential Primary shall be open to registered Republicans, and unaffiliated voters requesting a Republican ballot who affiliate at the polls as a Republican. [Utah Republican Party Bylaws 7.0.C]
Tuesday 26 June 2012: All 40 of Utah's delegates to the Republican National Convention are bound to the presidential contender receiving the greatest number of votes statewide in today's Presidential Primary. [Utah Republican Party Bylaws 7.0.B]
The 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Utah's Republican Party, will attend the convention as pledged delegates by virtue of their position.
On the first ballot, the national delegation shall be bound to vote for the candidate who has received the most votes in the Republican Presidential Primary, but the delegation shall not be bound on any subsequent ballots. If the candidate requests in writing that the state party not bind its national delegates or if the candidate is not a candidate at the national convention ... then the national delegates shall not be ... bound on the first ballot. [Utah Republican Party Bylaws 7.0.B]
Results of Saturday 21 April 2012 State Convention:
The Utah State Legislature did not appropriate funds for a 2012 state-run Presidential Primary.
7 June 2011 Utah Republican Primary Moving Back to Save State Money from Utah policy.com. The article reports that the Utah Republican Presidential Primary will be held on 26 June 2012.
A 12 March 2011 article in the Des Moines Register mentions that Utah's 7 February 2012 primary would violate the rules of both political parties. It was mentioned that the the Utah Republican Party expects their 2012 primary to be hold in conjunction with their 26 June 2012 Partisan Primary. Note that the Democratic Party requires states to complete their delegate selection primaries and caucuses by 12 June 2012 while the Republican Party requires their statewide parties to complete their process by 23 July 2012.
On 3 October 2011, Peter C. Knudson sponsored SB3004. The bill was signed by Governor Gary R. Herbert (Republican) on 13 October 2011. This bill establishes the requirements for a political party to hold their Presidential Primary concurrently with the regular partisan primary election on the 4th Tuesday in June as long as there is no Western States Presidential Primary.
"If there is no legislative appropriation for the Western States Presidential Primary ... a candidate for President of the United States who is affiliated with a registered political party and chooses to participate in the regular primary election ..." [Subsection (6)]
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