Georgia will begin the convention process next Saturday to elect delegates to represent Georgia at the Republican National Convention. County conventions will elect delegates to both district and state conventions where the national delegates will be nominated and elected. There has been rumors of some zealous folks with one of the presidential candidates trying to make it to the national convention at all costs. That includes lying in order to accomplish their goal.
Here’s the deal about the Georgia delegation to the RNC: delegates are, by law, bound to the candidate they are the allocated to for the first two ballots. From my understanding, since it is in the rules for the Georgia Republican Party that delegates are bound for the first two ballots, it is state law. So, if you’re a delegate for Candidate A and vote for Candidate B in the first two rounds of balloting, you will be charged with perjury which is a felony. That’s what I have heard from my district chairman who was relaying that from the state party.
I understand people’s zeal for a certain candidate, but I don’t believe a politican is worth committing a felony for and sacrificing my ability to vote. If you’re one of those folks considering that, I hope that you heed my warning.
Also, 7th District GOP Chairman Jason Thompson has composed an open letter concerning the matter as well. Read it here.