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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 6 March 2012
Deadline for Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 28 April 2012
Deadline for State Committee Meeting: Tuesday 12 June 2012 (tentative)
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary,
Polling hours 7:00a EST (1200 UTC) to 8:00p EST (0100 UTC). Some municipalities may open their polls as early as 5:45a EST.
Voter Eligibility: Modified Primary
41 total delegates - 10 base at-large / 27 re: 9 congressional districts / 3 party / 1 bonus
Unpledged delegate preferences as of
28 April 2012 policymic: Ron Paul Wins Massachusetts Delegates in District Caucuses
The delegate selection processes herein, was updated on 3 November 2011.
Tuesday 6 March 2012: 38 of 41 delegates to the Republican National Convention are proportionally allocated to presidential contenders based on the statewide results of today's Massachusetts Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates. [Plan for the selection of delegates. I. 1.4, 1.5; IV. 4.1, 4.2]
After the primary, the Allocation Committee meets to determine how to apportion the 38 pledged National Convention Delegates to those Presidential contenders receiving at least 15% of the statewide vote. The number of delegates allocated to each candidate = (vote received by that candidate) ÷ (total votes of all candidates receiving at least 15% of the vote). The Allocation Committee determines how rounding of fractions is to be handled.
In addition, 3 party leaders, the National Committeeman, the National Committeewoman, and the chairman of the Massachusetts's Republican Party, will attend the convention as unpledged delegates by virtue of their position.
All delegates ... whose selection is made ... by ... Presidential Primary ... shall vote on the first such roll call for that presidential candidate unless released by such candidate. [G.L. c.53, §70I] [Plan I. 1.4]
We have allocated the state's 38 bound delegates proportionally to those candidates receiving 15% or more of the statewide primary vote.
Saturday 28 April 2012: Deadline for Congressional District Conventions. 27 District delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.
30 April 2012 update: All delegates are bound to Romney. However, reports indicate that 16 delegates support Paul, 10 support Romney, and 1 is unknown.
References: Massachusetts 5th district delegates all go to Ron Paul!, Sweeping in Massachusetts, Ron Paul supported by 16 Massachusetts delegates, says campaign, Romney's Former Lt. Governor Loses Delegate Bid In Massachusetts.
From Red Mass Group on 15 June 2012: MassGOP Allocation Committee bounces delegates and alternates for "failure to follow the rules" "... the Allocation Committee of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee has informed 17 delegates and alternates that they are not qualified to go to the convention in Tampa ..."
As of 24 February 2012, the date for the State Committee meeting has not been set.
Tuesday 12 June 2012 (tentative): Deadline for State Committee Meeting. 11 At-Large delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.
27 July 2012 from MA Liberty Caucus: Sixteen Massachusetts Duly Elected Delegates and Alternates to the Republican National Convention formally file challenges to the RNC. MA Liberty Caucus files 16 Challenges..
On 21 January 2011 H01972 was filed. This bill would change the state's partisan and Presidential primaries to be held concurrently on the 1st Tuesday in June-- 5 June 2012. Current law sets the Presidential Primary to the 1st Tuesday in March and the Partisan Primary to 7th Tuesday preceding the November General Election [The General Laws of Massachusetts, Title VIII, Chapter 53: Section 28.]. The bill's sponsors are Representatives James J. Dwyer (Democratic) and Bradley H. Jones (Republican).
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