May 1-2, 2020
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rdStreet Richmond, VA 23219
(Convening on 5/1at 2:30 pm and on 5/2at 10:00 am)
Call to Convene
As Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia and pursuant to the Plan of Organization and as recommended and directed by the State Central Committee, I, Jack Wilson, do hereby issue this Call for the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2020 Quadrennial Convention (the “Convention”) to be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, or its alternate location,on May 1-2, 2020 for the following purposes:
A. Binding Virginia Delegates to the 2020 Republican National Convention as to their choice for President on the first ballot by a Presidential Preference Poll;
B. Electing 12 At-Large Delegates (“National Delegates”) and 12 At-Large Alternate Delegates (“National Alternates”) to the Republican National Convention to be held on August 24-27,2020 at the Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC in (or its alternate site) (the “National Convention”);
C. Nominating two Electors At-Large to be voted for in the presidential election on November 3, 2020;
D. Electing a State Chairman;
E. Nominating a National Committeeman and National Committeewoman;
F. And for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the Convention.
The Convention will open on Friday May 1st at 2:30 pm for the election of permanent Convention officers and adoption of rules. No other election shall occur prior to 12:00 noon on Saturday May 2nd. I direct the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia to publish this Official Call on the RPV website and via such other means as may be necessary, in accordance with the Rules of the Republican Party.
I. Qualifications for Participation
All legal and qualified voters under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of race, religion, national origin or sex, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, and who, if requested, express in open meeting either orally or in writing as may be required their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in its mass meetings, party canvasses, conventions, or primaries encompassing their respective election districts.
II.Composition of Convention
The Convention shall be composed of delegates and alternate delegates of the respective units they represent. Each unit is allocated one (1) delegate vote for each two hundred fifty (250) votes or major portion thereof cast for the Republican nominee in the most recent elections for President and Governor, provided that each unit shall be entitled to at least one (1) delegate vote. Delegates and alternate delegates shall be elected in unit mass meetings, party canvasses or conventions called in conformity with the Plan of Organization. Each unit may elect no more than five delegates and five alternate delegates for each delegate vote allocated. Each unit’s Delegate Vote is set forth below:
Accomack County 57 Loudoun County 465
Albemarle County 136 Louisa County 71
Alexandria 96 Lunenburg Couny 21
Alleghany County/Covington 40 Lynchburg 116
Amelia County 32 Madison County 30
Amherst County 65 Manassas 39
Appomattox County 38 Manassas Park 11
Arlington County 146 Martinsville 15
Augusta County 174 Mathews County 24
Bath County 10 Mecklenburg County 54
Bedford County 205 Middlesex County 25
Bland County 17 Montgomery County 128
Botetourt County 89 Nelson County 29
Bristol 32 New Kent County 55
Brunswick County 20 Newport News 166
Buchanan County 43 Norfolk 140
Buckingham County 26 Northampton County 18
Campbell County 129 Northumbeland County 30
Caroline County 45 Nottoway County 24
Carroll County 68 Orange County 69
Charles City County 10 Page County 51
Charlotte County 24 Patrick County 43
Charlottesville 21 Petersburg 10
Chesapeake 349 Pittsylvania County 141
Chesterfield County 573 Poquoson 34
Clarke County 31 Portsmouth 84
Colonial Heights 38 Powhatan County 81
Craig County 14 Prince Edward County 27
Culpeper County 87 Prince George County 61
Cumberland County 18 Prince William County 473
Danville 48 Pulaski 74
Dickenson County 30 Radford 17
Dinwiddie County 48 Rappahannock County 17
Emporia/Greensville County 18 Richmond City 111
Essex County 18 Richmond County 15
Fairfax City 26 Roanoke County 208
Fairfax County 1099 Roanoke City 95
Falls Church 10 Rockbridge/Lexington/Buena Vista 62
Fauquier County 146 Rockingham County 175
Floyd County 35 Russell County 59
Fluvanna County 48 Salem 49
Franklin City/Southampton County 44 Scott County 53
Franklin County 123 Shenandoah County 93
Frederick County 167 Smyth County 63
Fredericksburg 25 Spotsylvania County 220
Galax 10 Stafford County 220
Giles County 40 Staunton 34
Gloucester County 85 Suffolk 119
Goochland County 60 Surry County 12
Grayson County 36 Sussex County 14
Greene County 40 Tazewell County 94
Halifax County 64 Virginia Beach 633
Hampton 116 Warren County 74
Hanover County 270 Washington County 126
Harrisonburg 39 Waynesboro 32
Henrico County 414 Westmoreland County 29
Henry County 97 Williamsburg/James City County 163
Highland County 7 Winchester 31
Hopewell 26 Wise County/Norton 81
Isle of Wight County 81 Wythe County 65
King and Queen County 14 York County 126
King George County 47
King William County 39
Lancaster County 25
Lee County 51
Any Military Member who is otherwise qualified under Article I to participate in Republican Party actions and who complies with the procedures to become a delegate to any Convention as set forth in the Official Call of the Convention, Mass Meeting, or Party Canvass called for the purpose of selecting delegates and alternates to that Convention (other than a national Republican Convention), and who produces valid military identification or other proof of active-duty status shall be certified as a delegate and shall not be required to be elected as a delegate. The number of delegates certified in this manner shall count toward each unit’s maximum allowable number of convention delegates. Military Members who are certified as delegates pursuant to the preceding paragraph that are unable to attend the convention in person due to obligations of their official military orders, shall have their votes cast within their unit delegation according to candidate preference ballots. Candidate preference ballots shall list the Military Members rank order preference among candidates (i.e., first choice, second choice, third choice, etc.). Their votes shall be cast for the highest ranked choice candidate who remains eligible to receive a vote in a particular round of voting. Candidate preference ballots shall be made available by the RPV Chairman or his designee at least twenty (20) days prior to the convention. Ballots must be returned to Chairman Jack Wilson no later than 12:30 pm on Tuesday April 28, 2020.
III. Delegate RegistrationFee
To assist the operations of the Republican Party of Virginia in supporting unit mass meetings and conventions, and the administration of the state Convention, a Delegate Registration Fee of Thirty-Five Dollars ($35.00) is requested of each person standing for election as a delegate or alternate delegate to the state Convention. Any delegate who fails to pay the registration fee may participate only in the Presidential Preference Poll.
IV. Candidates Filing Requirements
(a) Candidatesfor the Presidential Preference Poll shall pay a filing fee of $20,000 and submit a completed original version of the relevant filing form to the Chairman via postal mail, or in person, to be received no later than 5:00 PM on January 15, 2020. Postmarks do not govern.
(b) Candidates for National Delegate and National Alternate must each submit a completed original version of the relevant filing form to the Chairman via postal mail, or in person,to be received no earlier than noon January 23, 2020 and no later than 5:00 PM, April 2, 2020. Postmarks do not govern. Additionally, candidates for National Delegate and National Alternate must submit a petition signed by 125 Virginia voters that is notarized in accordance with Virginia statutes on elections, along with a check or proof of electronic payment of a $250 filing fee to the Republican Party of Virginia. Candidates seeking election for National Delegate or National Alternate may do so through their respective District Convention or the State Convention, but not both.
(c) Candidates for Republican Party of Virginia State Chairman must submit a completed original version of the relevant filing form along with a check or proof of electronic payment of a $5,000 filing fee to the Republican Party of Virginia, to the Chairman via postal mail, or in person, to be received no later than 5:00 PM, January 15, 2020. Postmarks do not govern.
(d) Candidates for National Committeeman and National Committeewoman must submit a completed original version of the relevant filing form along with a check or proof of electronic payment of a $2,500 filing fee to the Republican Party of Virginia, to the Chairman via postal mail, or in person, to be received no later than 5:00 PM, January 15, 2020. Postmarks do not govern.
(e) Candidates for Elector At-Large must submit a completed original version of the official filing form, along with a check or proof of electronic payment of a $250 filing fee to the Republican Party of Virginia, to the Chairman via postal mail to be received no later than 5:00 PM April 2, 2020. Postmarks do not govern.
(f) All prefiling forms for offices to be chosen at this convention shall be posted on the RPV website.
VI.Certification of Delegates
Delegates and alternate delegates elected by each unit shall be certified in writing over the signatures of the permanent chairman and permanent secretary of the mass meeting or convention, and by the unit chairman in the case of a party canvass. Such Delegate Certifications shall be made using a form to be posted on the RPV website, and must be delivered to the Chairman or his designee no later than April 15 if postmarked or April 17 if delivered electronically or in person (as indicated in Section H.1.c of the Party Plan). Delegate Certifications should be delivered as soon after the election of delegates or, in the case of a cancelled Mass Meeting, Party Canvass, or Convention, the declaration of their election pursuant to Section H.9 of the Party Plan.
All prefiling forms to be transmitted to the Chairman via postal mail must be sent to Jack Wilson, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia, P.O.Box 12025, Richmond, VA 23241. Prefiling forms and fees that may be transmitted in person must be delivered to Jack Wilson, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia, 115 East Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia 23235. Unit certifications of state convention delegates and alternates should be sent via email to 2020-Convention@rpv.org, unless the Chairman or his designee has provided prior written consent to the use of other means (e.g., FTP, DropBox, and so forth).
VIII.Presidential Preference Poll
Virginia delegates and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention elected by the state and district conventions shall be bound on the first ballot to the candidate receiving the highest number of votes in the Presidential Preference Poll. [UPDATED February 7, 2020, to reflect change in convention site, and correct delegate vote table to correct errors in rounding.]