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Instructive Materials for Potential Delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention

Following Florida’s March 15 presidential preference primary, the Republican Party of Florida will elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention. The delegate election, allocation, and binding methods are governed by state and national Republican Party rules, the requirements of which are summarized below.

Who is eligible to serve as a delegate?

Each candidate for election as a delegate or alternate delegate must be a legal resident and registered Republican voter of the State of Florida. Each candidate for election as a delegate or alternate delegate from a Congressional District Caucus must additionally be a legal resident of that Congressional District.

No candidate for delegate or alternate delegate shall be required to pay an assessment or fee to become a candidate or to serve as the elected delegate or alternate delegate. No candidate for delegate or alternate delegate shall be discriminated against for reasons of sex, race, religion, color, age, national origin or physical disability.

How do I become a candidate for election as a delegate?

Before the election of delegates and alternate delegates, any eligible registered Republican voter who wishes to be a candidate for election as a delegate or alternate delegate shall certify that he or she is duly qualified to serve by filing the 2016 Republican National Convention Delegate Qualifying Form. The Delegate Qualifying Form is available upon request from, and must be filed with, the Republican Party of Florida.

No later than one week after the presidential preference primary, each Republican presidential candidate whose name appeared on the ballot may submit a list of proposed delegates and alternate delegates from among that candidate’s supporters to be considered as candidates for election. These proposed delegates and alternate delegates must also file the Delegate Qualifying Form to be considered for election.

When will delegates be elected?

Delegates and alternate delegates will be elected at duly-called meetings of the Republican Party of Florida’s Executive Board and its Congressional District Caucuses held between March 22 (one week after the presidential preference primary) and June 3, 2016 (45 days before the Republican National Convention). All meetings to consider the election of delegates and alternate delegates must be called by the Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and are subject to applicable notice requirements under the Rules and Constitution of the Republican Party of Florida.

The specific dates for each Congressional District Caucus and Republican Party of Florida Executive Board meeting at which delegates and alternate delegates will be elected will be published on the website of the Republican Party of Florida as they are scheduled. 

What map will be used?

The current RPOF Congressional District Caucuses were organized under Congressional District map (H000C9057), which was adopted by the Florida Legislature in August 2014. Here is a link to a page with the statewide map and several maps of specific regions: http://www.floridaredistricting.org/2014A.aspx

Although the Florida Supreme Court adopted a new map to be used for the 2016 general election and thereafter, Florida's delegates to the RNC are elected from the current districts. The map referenced above is the one that potential delegates should refer to in determining the congressional district caucus in which they are eligible to run.


 

Delegate Selection Caucus Dates & Information

CD 1
April 30, 2016
10AM (central)
Ryan’s Buffet
3000 S. Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536

CD 2
April, 16, 2016
12PM (Eastern); 11AM (Central)
The Oaks Restaurant
4727 Highway 90
Marianna, FL 32446

CD 3
May 10, 2016
7PM
Porterhouse Grill
894 SW Main Blvd.
Lake City, FL 32025

CD 4
April 7, 2016
7PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel
14670 Duval Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218

CD 5
April 5, 2016
7pm
Perkins Restaurant
989 W. Orange Blossom Trail
Apopka, FL 32712

CD 6
April 2, 2016
10AM
Volusia County Republican Headquarters
999 3rd St. at Nova Road
Holy Hill, FL 32117

CD 7
April 5, 2016
6PM
Perkins Restaurant
989 W. Orange Blossom Trail
Apopka, FL 32712

CD 8
April 9, 2016
10:00AM
Perkins Restaurant
8200 N. Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32940

CD 9
March 23, 2016
7pm
Orange County Library, Southeast Branch
5575 S. Semoran Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32822

CD 10
March 29, 2016
7PM
Perkins Restaurant
43522 US Hwy 27
Davenport, FL 33837

CD 11
April 23, 2016
10AM
Citrus County Historic Courthouse Museum
1 Courthouse Square
Inverness, FL 34450

CD 12
April 16, 2016
10AM
Pinellas County REC HQ
4707 140th Ave. N.
Suite 208
Clearwater, FL 33762

CD 13
April 16, 2016
11AM
Pinellas County REC HQ
4707 140th Ave. N.
Suite 208
Clearwater, FL 33762

CD 14
April 16, 2016
12PM
Pinellas County REC HQ
4707 140th Ave. N.
Suite 208
Clearwater, FL 33762

CD 15
March 31, 2016
7:30PM
Perkins Restaurant
150 E. Van Fleet Dr.
Bartow, FL 33830

CD 16
April 9, 2016
10am
The HUB
1680 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34236

CD 17 
March 31, 2016
7pm
Perkins Restaurant
150 E. Van Fleet Dr.
Bartow, FL 33830

CD 18
March 26, 2016
9AM
Republican Party of Palm Beach Headquarters
1555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
Suite 210
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

CD 19
April 14, 2016
6PM
Barefoot Boat Club
5025 Bonita Beach Road
Bonita Springs, FL 34134

CD 20
April 9, 2016
10AM
Boca Raton Marriott
5150 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486

CD 21
April 9, 2016
10AM
Boca Raton Marriott
5150 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486

CD 22
April 9, 2016
10AM
Boca Raton Marriott
5150 Town Center Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33486

CD 23
April 16th, 2016
12:30PM
Oliva Cigar Company
13955 NW 60th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014

CD 24
April 16th, 2016
12:00PM
Oliva Cigar Company
13955 NW 60th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014

CD 25
April 16th, 2016
11:30AM
Oliva Cigar Company
13955 NW 60th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014

CD 26
April 16th, 2016
1PM
Oliva Cigar Company
13955 NW 60th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014

CD 27
April 16th, 2016
11AM
Oliva Cigar Company
13955 NW 60th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014

 

 


Download the 2016 Republican National Convention delegate qualifying form by clicking here.