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Deadline to run as RNC, DNC delegates is this week

February 21, 2012

The office of Secretary of State Ralph Mollis sends along the following info for those interested in being a delegate at this year’s presidential conventions:

Candidates for delegate must file official “Declaration of Candidacy” and “Pledge of Support” forms with the Secretary of State’s office on Feb. 22 or 23. They then have until Feb. 28 to collect the signatures of at least 150 eligible voters in order to qualify to appear on the ballot for the April 24 presidential primary.

Those milestones are among many included in a 32-page guide to Rhode Island’s presidential primary that Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has posted on his website sos.ri.gov (http://sos.ri.gov/documents/elections/PresidentialPrimary2012.pdf).  It spells out the steps that voters and candidates must take leading up to the state’s April 24 presidential primary.

“Ensuring our elections are accessible to Rhode Islanders who vote and Rhode Islanders who wish to serve is one of my priorities. Government belongs to the people. The more they know, the better they will be served,” said Mollis.

Candidates must choose to run as a delegate for one of the presidential candidates who will be on Rhode Island’s ballot or as uncommitted. Barack Obama will be the only candidate on the Democratic ballot. On the Republican side, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum will be on the ballot.

The public can follow who has filed to run for delegate and the progress they are making achieving the 150-signature threshold on the Secretary of State’s website. (http://sos.ri.gov/elections/ppp/)

The Declaration of Candidacy and Pledge of Support forms for delegates are also posted there.

“This strategy saves Rhode Islanders the cost of printing thousands of guides and forms and makes it easier for political parties, citizens and candidates to share links with their constituents, friends and supporters,” said Mollis. 

The Republican National Convention is scheduled for Aug. 27-30 in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Democrats are scheduled to meet in Charlotte, NC, the week of Sept. 3.

Rhode Islanders must register to vote by March 24 in order to cast a ballot in the April 24 presidential primary. April 3 is the deadline to apply for a mail ballot.

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