Woooooo, if you missed attending the Utah County Republican Party Central Committee meeting tonight, you missed one wild ride!
Tonight the committee was scheduled to vote on bylaw amendments that could have eliminated or reduced the number of ex officio (“automatic”) state delegate seats — seats that are taken from the precincts and awarded to various leaders in the Party. This issue has a long and controversial history, and people on both sides of the issue are passionate about their views.
The committee was only minutes away from casting ballots on the first proposal, which would have eliminated all ex officio delegates, when the clock struck 9:00 p.m. — the set adjournment time for the meeting. A motion to extend the meeting until the bylaw votes were taken failed by just *5* votes of the 2/3 threshold required, and so we stood adjourned, ballots in hand.
The sentiment of the body seemed to me to be in favor of getting rid of at least some (if not all) ex officios, and I think this would have been the result had we been able to ballot. However, a credentialing snafu ate up much of the meeting time (coincidence? sabotage?). In a departure from the norm, when members arrived and signed in to be credentialed they were not given any name tag, wrist band, etc., that would have designated them eligible to vote. Additionally, many of the members’ names were absent from the credentials list, and some nonmembers names were on the list. This caused a ruckus even before the meeting started, as members were concerned about the integrity of the vote. This snafu lead to nearly an hour of debate on whether the committee could or should move forward with such important votes. In the end we decided to move forward with our business, but precious time had been gobbled up and the automatic delegate issue was left unresolved.
This issue ain’t over. The vote on automatic delegates will certainly be raised again at our next meeting, so stay tuned!