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State law and national party rules play a part in prescribing the nominating process for President of the United States.

Three of the four political parties registered with the Election Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth held primaries on March 1, 2016 and Massachusetts delegates from those parties will be going to national conventions.

Yesterday’s post, “Selection of Delegates to National Conventions – Massachusetts Law,” talked about the process for choosing who would represent Massachusetts at the national conventions.  There are links in that post to the documents that describe the systems used by the parties’ state committees to choose delegates to the conventions, as required by M.G.L., Chapter 53, § 70B .  In this post, we make reference to the national committees’ rules for choosing their nominee.

M.G.L., Chapter 53, § 70I addresses voting for presidential candidates at the National Conventions. It says “If there is a roll call vote for president at the national convention of a political party, all delegates and alternate delegates whose selection is subject to party rule to approval of a presidential candidate shall vote on the first such roll call for that presidential candidate unless released by such candidate.”  Each of the parties that have qualified by holding primaries in Massachusetts has a different nomination process.

Democrats.  Article 2 in The Charter & The Bylaws of the Democratic Party of the United States deals with the National Convention and its role in nomination of a candidate for President.  Call for the 2016 Democratic National Convention lays out the procedure to be used at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to choose the nominee for President of the United States.

Republicans. Rule 40 of the Rules of the Republican Party deals with “Nominations.” The Official Guide to the 2016 Republican Nominating Process  offers some explanation.

Green Party of the United States. The Green-Rainbow Party is the Massachusetts Affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. The Rules of the Presidential Nomination Convention of the Green Party of the United States establishes the convention as the delegated decision-making body responsible for nominating the national Green Party’s candidates for president and vice-president. The 2016 Presidential Nomination Process is described in simpler terms on a separate web page with links to appropriate documents.

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