Abundance of Candidates for Delegate to Republican National Convention Requires Real-Time Electronic Voting and Paper Ballots
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party thanked the 688 candidates for at-large delegate to the Republican National Convention and announced that due to the large number of candidates in the at-large delegate election, electronic voting must be used for that election at the April 30th Republican Party State Convention. Fifty-five delegates and 55 alternates will be elected, with 27 of each being elected at the congressional district level and 28 of each at-large.
To conduct the electronic tally, Graham appointed the 2016 Convention Electronic Tally Committee, chaired by Ian Murray, an electronic voting and computer security expert. The Committee is advised by supporters of the three major presidential campaigns to ensure a fair and transparent process in counting state delegate votes. The Committee is charged with tallying the electronic election results and reporting the vote counts during the State Convention. The Committee will ensure that every delegate in the room has voted. Committee members will be available to help or answer any questions regarding electronic voting.
Graham appointed Murray as Chairman and the Committee includes three representatives from each of the presidential campaigns: Sal DiCiccio (Trump), Joshua Askey (Cruz), and Larry Gill (Kasich).
“Ian Murray has chaired the Legislative District 25 Republican Committee for many years and has used this electronic voting system in his meetings, including the recent state delegate elections. Other districts in Maricopa and Pima County have also voted electronically and the response has been very positive,” said Robert Graham, Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party. “Ian is an IT Risk and Security expert, he has CISSP, CISM, and CRISC certifications which are well-known in the IT field. He is also an IT Risk and Security Manager in the financial services industry. Given his experience and credentials, I am confident that he will organize a smooth electronic voting system for the at-large election.”
All nine congressional district elections have under 200 candidates each and the names will fit on the customary paper ballots and be tabulated by equipment provided by the Maricopa County Recorder.
“The level of interest in our delegates and the election process is unprecedented and we’re excited to see so many Republicans getting involved in our party and this election, and we’re glad the technology is available to guarantee a fair process for our many, many candidates for delegate,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “No matter what happens, we know we have a solid process, a well-conducted delegate election, a level playing field and we’re going to have an historic outcome in Cleveland. It’s our goal to translate all our efforts into a victory in November when we take back the White House by electing a Republican President.”