Sent: Friday, September 17, 2021 7:32 AM
Subject: Re: our plans together??
Planning for the future and preparing for the next steps are crucial if we are to succeed as a party.
This is especially true if we make the right choice tomorrow, September 18th, and vote to opt-out of the rigged open primary system that allows crooked Democrats to manipulate our nominations and put election integrity into serious question.
To make this effort as successful as possible, we need to know what comes after we opt-out and what the implications are down the road.
There is no question we, as a party, should opt-out, but what plan guarantees our success afterward?
That’s a good question, and the answer is surprisingly simple -- even though it requires good execution on our part.
Remember, no matter what happens on September 18th, ALL COUNTY PARTIES will pay for and organize caucuses and assemblies in 2022.
Knowing this to be the case, we would merely need to convert these assemblies from ballot access elections to nomination elections.
That can be done through a rule change while having minimal impact on the actual logistics.
With that said, we can still make some improvements to lower costs and increase engagement.
No matter what, though, our State Party needs to convene a committee to take input from county chairs and hash out any remaining details so we can get right to work.
First, the State Party should increase the number of delegates needed to pick our nominees – this way, we can really ensure no one that wants to participate will be left out.
As a long-time grassroots organizer, I know more delegates translates into more volunteers, donations, and lasting engagement.
At the same time, the State Party needs to allow counties to decide how they best wish to manage caucuses. Given that all counties are unique, a “one-size-fits-all” approach won’t work.
Instead, a set of basic rules for holding a caucus can be established while allowing counties to have flexibility on how they wish to accommodate caucus attendees.
For example, my county is capable of having an all-virtual caucus that cuts down expenses while allowing for maximum engagement from Republican voters who wish to participate from the comfort of their homes.
We could even mix in-person and online participation to get the best of both worlds if we felt the need.
As long as every registered Republican isn’t turned away and has access to our physical spaces or online platforms, then there’s nothing stopping us from having a successful caucus like they do in Iowa.
By the way, it should be mentioned, we know this is possible because we pulled this off during the COVID lockdowns.
Second, the State Party will need to create ground rules for how nominations will ultimately be determined by delegates at the assemblies. Does majority vote win or plurality? It should probably be a majority vote.
During this phase, the State Party should also list a set of basic expectations that all lower assemblies should follow.
- Any registered Republican that’s eligible to stand for nomination must be placed on the assembly ballot if they declare to be a candidate;
- Officers must remain neutral along with every volunteer serving on the credential and teller committees;
- Party organizations must provide accurate lists of delegates to candidates in a timely fashion;
- Party organizations must provide rules of the assembly to all candidates well in advance that detail how disputes with credentialing and balloting are to be resolved;
- A random selection for ballot placement and candidate speeches, and;
- Candidates, or their designees, must be allowed to observe credential and teller committee activity.
Beyond these basic rules, many of which already exist, counties could be free to hold their assemblies in person, online, or through a combination of both.
Again, we know this works because we accomplished this last cycle during the COVID lockdowns.
After nominees are determined, they would have at least a two-month head start against their Democrat competitors.
Additionally, hundreds of thousands of dollars (if not millions) would be freed up for the general election instead of it being thrown down the drain in vicious open primary fights that pit Republicans against each other.
Simply put, opting out equals more time, more money, and more unity for Colorado Republicans.
The plan is mostly already in place and requires us to make a few adjustments. If a swing state like Iowa can pull this off, then so can we.
This is precisely the motivation we need to drive up participation and support from people who have been leaving our party.
Let’s face reality, under the current system, voters and candidates don’t need us because open primaries allow them to bypass the Republican Party – yet, they can still carry our flag in the general election. That doesn’t seem right to me.
Think about why would you care to register as a Republican if you could remain unaffiliated and still decide the Republican nominee?
Further, if you’re a candidate who can buy petition signatures, why would you care about the party caucus?
Every Republican who wants a vote will get a vote starting at the precinct caucuses.
I don’t know about you, but it would be nice to have more than five or six people show up to the precinct meetings come next February, and this is a way to ensure that.
For the sake of the party’s survival and relevance, please join me in opting out of the failed open primary that has led to election loss after loss for Republicans ever since it was passed.
At this point, what do you have to lose?
Colorado Republican National Committeeman