GOP Loyalty Pledge Back On

Jeremy Aldrich -- April 19th, 2010

Today 26th District Republican leaders reversed a decision to nix the loyalty pledge. At a meeting on Friday, the 26th House District Committee of the Republican Party (composed of city GOP head Tracy Evans, county GOP representative David Lee, and chairman Joel Hensley) had decided not to require voters to declare their intention to vote for Republicans in the coming election. Over the weekend, those involved learned that the power to make that decision actually resides with the party’s Credentials Committee, composed of Suzanne Obenshain, Chaz Evans-Haywood, and Susan Threewitts. The members of that committee unanimously decided this morning to reinstate the pledge for tomorrow’s canvass.

According to Evans-Haywood, who chairs the Credentials Committee, voters tomorrow will be asked to give their name and email address and certify they are voters of the 26th House District.  They will be required to sign the following statement: “I intend to support all of the nominees of the Republican Party in the ensuing election.”

Votes will be collected, sealed, and then counted at the courthouse by members of the Credentials Committee.  Candidates and their representatives will be allowed to monitor the voting, and after the votes are tallied the media will be notified of an announcement of the winner on the courthouse steps, probably around 10 PM.

Vote totals will not be announced publicly, and people who monitor the voting will be asked not to share the vote totals. “It’s important when you have three candidates, they need to know they have the support of the other people,” Evans-Haywood says.

Brent Finnegan contributed to this report.

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