LCRC Reorganization Process Assistance Sheet

Frequently Used Terms

Mass Meeting: A meeting called by the party to decide inter-party matters such as electing a new chairman, nominating candidates, electing delegates to convention, or setting rules for an election. The Mass Meeting occurs at a specific time and place in which attendees must show up in-person in order to participate. 

Convention: A meeting called by the party to decide inter-party matters such as electing a new chairman, nominating candidates, setting rules for an election in which participants file to be "delegates". The convention occurs at a specific time and place in which delegates must show up in-person in order to participate.  Delegates must file in advance to be eligible to attend.

Delegate: A delegate is a registered voter who has filed to participate in a convention. Conventions are open to the public including the media, but only filed delegates can participate in voting matters. 

Voting Strength: According to the Party Plan of the Republican Party of Virginia, each district counts for a specific number of votes based on a formula. Districts are awarded one delegate vote per 500 votes in the last gubernatorial and Presidential election combined. For example, 34,000 Republican votes in a particular district adds up to 68 delegate votes. 68 would be the voting strength. No matter how many delegates actually file and vote, the number will be divided and a total of 68 votes will be allocated. 

Max # Delegates: To maximize the opportunity to participate, the party allows up to five people to be delegates for each one delegate vote. If 68 is the voting strength for a specific district, then up to 340 voters may file to be delegates from that district- that is the max # of delegates allotted. Suppose that 340 delegates file in a District. The total number of votes would be proportionately allocated so that it adds up to the voting strength. If 170 delegates in that district vote in a particular way, then half of the 68 delegate votes, or 34 votes, will be allocated accordingly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pre-file to attend the Mass Meeting?
No, pre-filing is not necessary to attend the Mass Meeting.

How can I become a Delegate to the 10th District or State Convention?
To be a delegate, you must submit the official Loudoun County Republican Committee filing form which will be posted on our website, www.LoudounGOP.com, on Friday, March 2, the date of publication of the Call.  Pending approval from the LCRC tonight, the form must be filed no later than Sunday, March 18 at 5PM. You can submit it to Davette Everly, Nominations Committee Chairman, 507 Sherry Ann Court SE, Leesburg, VA 20175. 

Registration for the Mass Meeting ends at 10:30AM, what happens if I am late?
Only those in line at 10:30am will be allowed to register for the Mass Meeting.

LCRC Membership Questions

Do I need to renew my LCRC Membership?
YES! You're membership is crucial to keeping our Republican unit strong!  Making Barack Obama a one-term President is perhaps our most important goal this year and we need YOU to make that happen! You do not need to renew your membership to participate in the Mass Meeting or the conventions; however, please note that your membership from the past cycle (March 2010-March 2012) has just expired and is no longer valid at the next committee meeting.

Explanation of Elected GOP Offices

Chairman, Loudoun County Republican Committee
The Chairman is responsible for fundraising, recruiting qualified candidates to run for office, conduct party building activities, provide assistance to our nominated candidates, and to direct and lead the party.  

Chairman, 10th Congressional District Committee
The Chairman is responsible for fundraising, recruiting qualified candidates to run for office, conduct party building activities, provide assistance to our nominated candidates, and to direct and lead the party. 

Presidential Elector
Both the Republicans and the Democrats in Virginia will select 13 electors; however, only the nominee who receives the popular vote in November here in Virginia will get to send his 13 electors to cast a vote. Each Congressional District will select one elector at their district convention and two electors will be selected at-large in Richmond at the State Convention. 

Delegate to the Republican National Convention
Each congressional district will elect 3 delegates and 3 alternates to the Republican National Convention.  Additionally, 13 delegates and 13 alternates will be elected at the state convention in Richmond. These delegates are responsible for setting the rules for the convention taking place in 2016 and for nominating the 2012 Republican candidate for President of the United States. 

State Central Committee
This is the governing body of the Republican Party of Virginia. One of their most important duties is the decision process surrounding the nomination of statewide Republican candidates. This is a four-year term. 

This information is furnished as a reference, not legal advice.   Special thanks to the Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) as the above information was modified and adapted from material provided by FCRC.