2020 Indiana Republican State Convention

Due to necessary restrictions on large gatherings because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Indiana Republican State Convention will shift to a virtual format. On this page, you’ll find details on upcoming dates, voting, delegate fees and more.

 

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2020 Indiana Republican Convention Update from Indiana GOP on Vimeo.

 

“The Indiana Republican State Committee’s top priority every step of the way has been making sure that our delegates select our party’s nominees for lieutenant governor and attorney general – and this is the only move that can ensure that will happen.” – Chairman Kyle Hupfer
 
 

Ballots Received

Click here to review a full list of the convention ballots that have now been received by the independent accounting firm.
 

Upcoming Dates

June 2 – Indiana Primary (delegates will be elected)
June 9 – Deadline for county chairmen to submit names of county’s delegates to state party secretary
               Deadline for delegates to pay delegate fee
June 11 – Deadline for county chairmen to replace any delegate who did not pay delegate fee
June 22 – Approximate date that delegates will receive ballots from third-party vendor
June 29 – First date to notify the Indiana Republican Party if a delegate has not received his or her ballot
July 9 – Deadline for a delegate’s ballot to be received by the third-party accounting firm
July 10 – Ballots will be counted with watchers present, and winners will be announced
July 15 – Deadline for the Indiana Republican Party to certify the winners with the Secretary of State

View all State Convention deadlines and dates here.

 

Convention Program
 
Even though we’re holding this convention virtually, we still have a program. Check it out here!

 

Delegate Registration

If you will be a delegate to this year's convention, please proceed to pay your $50 delegate fee.

If you'd prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to "Indiana Republican State Committee." It can be mailed to:
 

Indiana Republican Party
Attn: Danielle Zagone
101 W. Ohio St., Suite 2200
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

*Note: If you already paid a $100 delegate fee, please contact dzagone@indiana.gop by June 15 if you would like a $50 refund.

 

Live Broadcast: June 18th

 
Tune in on June 18 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. to watch the 2020 Indiana Republican State Convention broadcast live by WISH-TV in Indianapolis and its statewide broadcast partners. The convention will also be livestreamed and shared broadly afterward so that any delegate who misses the live broadcast will still be able to view it.
 
This is the first time in state history that our convention will be broadcast statewide for all Hoosiers to tune in and hear the Republican message from our leaders!
 
The broadcast will contain all the major components of an in-person convention: 
  • The opportunity for each candidate for attorney general to speak to this statewide audience. 
  • Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch will speak to her commitment to serve a second term.
  • Governor Holcomb will deliver the keynote address, outlining his vision for the next four years of our state.

 

Delegate Voting

 
Mail-in voting will work to replicate the typical voting process at convention as much as possible. Traditionally, in multiple candidate races, votes would happen in rounds until the top vote-getter receives a majority (50% plus 1) of all votes cast. That meant that if no candidate receives that required vote total after a round of voting, the lowest vote-getter is dropped, and another round of voting occurs.  
 
This year:
  • The ballot will allow each delegate to indicate his or her top choice. 
  • As long as that top choice remains an option, the delegate’s vote is cast for that candidate. 
  • The ballot will also allow, but does not require, a delegate to pick who they would vote for if their top candidate is dropped. 
  • If a delegate wants to only select one candidate, that candidate receives that vote as long as they are a candidate. 
  • Once dropped, if no other choices are selected by a delegate, that delegate’s ballot is no longer cast.
Ballots will start arriving to delegates around June 22, and the deadline for voted ballots to be received is July 9 at 5 p.m.
 
To ensure the sanctity of the election process, a third-party vendor has been selected to produce and directly mail the ballots to delegates. The delegate list will be certified, as usual, by an independent credentials committee. An accounting firm has been hired to receive the voted ballots directly from delegates and you will see their name and addres on the addressed and postage paid return envelopes. Finally, the accounting firm will certify receipt and deliver all ballots to a designated counting location on July 10.

Each candidate will be able to designate watchers to be in the count room. To maintain delegate vote anonymity, ballots will be separated from envelopes before they are counted.

 
Committee on Credentials Report
View the report from the Committee on Credentials, which met June 12.

 

FAQ
 

Why couldn’t convention be rescheduled to July and held in person?
With a deadline of July 15 to certify our results and the uncertainty of future restrictions that this virus could cause, a mail-in election was the only option that provided certainty that our delegates would select our candidates.

 

Is the delegate fee changing?
Due to the change in convention format, the Indiana Republican Party is lowering the delegate fee from $100 to $50. This fee helps cover the cost of administering the election. Those delegates who have already paid the $100 delegate fee must respond by June 15 if they would like to receive a $50 refund.

 

I don’t live in the WISH-TV viewing area. How will I watch convention?
WISH-TV’s statewide news partners will also broadcast convention, and convention will also be livestreamed online. The Indiana Republican Party will then post the full video online for delegates to watch at any time.  

 

How will voting work?
Just like at an in-person convention, a winning candidate must receive a majority all votes cast, or 50%+1. In races with more than two candidates, this frequently requires multiple rounds of voting, where the lowest vote-getter is dropped after each round. We will work to replicate that process:

  • Each delegate will indicate their top choice on the ballot, and have the option to rank their remaining choices.
  • As long as that top choice remains an option, the delegate’s vote is cast for that candidate.
  • If their top candidate is dropped (because the candidate is the lowest vote-getter), then the delegate’s vote will be cast for their next choice that is still in the race.
  • If a delegate wants to only select one candidate, that candidate receives that vote as long as they are a candidate. If they don’t have additional choices, their vote will not be cast if their delegate is dropped.

 

Do I need to vote for multiple candidates?
No, you do not need to select multiple candidates.

 

What if I don’t receive a ballot?
Delegates should start receiving their ballots around June 22. If you don’t receive your ballot, please call the Indiana Republican Party directly at 317-635-7561.

 

When do I need to return my ballot?
The deadline for the accounting firm to receive returned ballots is July 9 at 5 p.m. ET.

 

With a mail-in ballot, how will my vote remain anonymous?
Ballots will be separated from envelopes before they are counted.

When will I know who the nominees are?
We will announce the winners on July 10th.

 

How do I know this election is fair?
A third-party vendor has been selected to produce and directly mail the ballots to delegates. The delegate list will be certified, as usual, by an independent credentials committee. An accounting firm has been hired to receive the voted ballots directly from delegates and you will see their name and address on the addressed and postage paid return envelopes. Finally, the accounting firm will certify receipt and deliver all ballots to a designated counting location on July 10th. Each candidate will be able to designate watchers to be in the count room.

Additional Questions?

Have questions about state convention? Contact Danielle Zagone at dzagone@indiana.gop if you're a county officer or delegate. If you're a member of the media, please contact Jake Oakman at joakman@indiana.gop

 

The Indiana Federation of Young Republicans would like to thank their program sponsors.