How to Become A Delegate

How to become a National Convention Delegate or Alternate

Step 1.  There will be a County National Convention Delegate Selection meeting held between March 1, 2016 and March 10, 2016. At the county meeting an election will be held to elect up to three persons, except Minnehaha County may elect up to six persons, to be delegates at the State National Convention Delegate Selection meeting held in Pierre on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The county meeting shall be open to all registered Republicans residing in the county; public notice, including publication in the official county newspaper, of the meeting must be given at least 15 days in advance, and all appropriate means of providing notice of such meeting shall be used. 

Step 2.  There will be the Regional Caucus at 10:00am on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Pierre South.   At the regional caucus, county delegates must determine whether they intend to run for election as a national delegate or as an alternate.  At each regional caucus, county delegates will nominate four delegates and five alternates from each region with the exception of Regions 1 and 6.  Region 1 (Minnehaha County) will nominate five delegates and one alternate, and Region 6 will nominate five delegates and five alternates.  The people elected at the Regional level will advance to the Statewide Caucus.

1. Minnehaha

2. Davison, Douglas, Hutchinson, Turner, Lincoln, Bon Homme, Yankton, Clay and Union

3. Aurora, Grant, Clark, Codington, Hamlin, Deuel, Kingsbury, Brookings, Sanborn, Miner, Moody, Lake, Hanson and

              4. Jerauld, Roberts, Marshall, Day, Brown, Spink, Beadle, Hand, Hyde, Faulk, Edmunds, McPherson, Potter and  

              5. Butte, Harding, Perkins Corson, Ziebach, Dewey, Sully, Hughes, Haakon, Stanley, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette,
                  Shannon, Bennett, Todd, Tripp, Gregory, Campbell, Buffalo, Brule and Charles Mix,

              6. Custer, Fall River, Lawrence, Meade and Pennington.

Step 3.  There will be a State national Convention Delegate Selection meeting “Statewide Caucus” at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 in Pierre.  Delegates at the Statewide Caucus will select 26 delegates and 26 alternates from those people who won at the Regional level.  The election of national delegates and alternates shall be accomplished by a slated proportional voting procedure.  Each county delegate shall be allocated the number of votes equal to the vote received by the Republican candidate for Governor in the 2014 General Election in their respective county.  Additionally, each county delegate will distribute their apportioned number of votes by allocating a percentage of their vote using the following method:  A sum of the number of ballot positions that may be won at that particular caucus election shall serve as the denominator.  The ballot position numbers in descending order shall serve as the numerators.  Divide the numerator by the denominator for each ballot position to determine the percentage of the participant’s vote that will be allocated to any person seeking election as a delegate or alternate.  The delegate or alternate with the highest number of votes will be slated in position one.  The delegate or alternate with the second highest number of votes will be slated in position two and so on.

All delegates and alternates nominated at the regional caucuses shall subscribe to an oath of affirmation that they shall support the candidate who receives the most votes at the next succeeding primary election through the first ballot at the National Convention unless that candidate withdraws, suspends campaign activities, or fails to have his or her name placed in nomination at the National Convention, and that if only one candidate’s name is placed in nomination at the National Convention that they shall be bound to vote for such candidate on the first ballot provided that the candidate received votes at the South Dakota primary election.