As many of you know, D. Raja has resigned from his position as Chair of the Republican Committee of Allegheny County (RCAC), effective June 29, 2019. RCAC will now hold ann election on Saturday, June 29, 2019 to select a new Chair.
Under RCAC Rule 4.3, nominations for the RCAC’s Chair must be by petition bearing the signatures of at least fifty (50) Committee Members. Only those Committee Members who are members as of the date and time of Raja’s announcement are eligible to sign a nomination petition or vote at the June 29, 2019 meeting. Also, as Rule 4.3 states, no Committee Member may sign more than one nomination petition. Any signature of a Committee Member that appears on more than one petition will not be counted to determine whether a valid nomination petition exists. Any nomination petition with the signatures of less than 50 Committee Members will be invalid.
To be qualified as a candidate, a person must be a registered Republican elector in Allegheny County. However, the person need not be a member of the RCAC when assuming office.
Starting today, May 29, 2019, nomination petitions will be available for pick-up at RCAC’s headquarters at 100 Fleet Street, Suite 205, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 during normal business hours. Additionally, the list of all eligible Committee Members will be available for use by all candidates seeking nomination upon execution of an agreement protecting the confidentiality and non-business use of such information. No nomination petition shall be circulated prior to Wednesday, May 29, 2019, and no signature shall be counted unless it bears a date affixed not earlier than May 29, 2019 and not later than Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
All duly executed nomination petitions must be delivered to RCAC’s headquarters by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Nomination petitions received after that date and time, even if the envelopes containing the petitions are post-marked on or before June 12, 2019, shall not be accepted for placement of the candidate on the ballot.
The Judge of Elections for the June 29, 2019 meeting is the RCAC’s Solicitor, Ronald L. Hicks, Jr. In accordance with Rule 4.5 of the RCAC Rules, Solicitor Hicks has ruled that voting at this meeting will be in person or by absentee ballot. Further, consistent with past election practice, voting by proxy will not be used.
In person voting at this meeting will be held at RCAC’s headquarters at 100 Fleet Street, Suite 205, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. The hours of in person voting will be from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Voting by absentee ballot will be available to any Committee Member who cannot vote in person on June 29, 2019. To vote by absentee ballot, a Committee Member must deliver in person or send by U.S. Mail, postage prepaid, his or her written application for an absentee ballot to RCAC’s headquarters by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. An Absentee Ballot Request Form is enclosed. A Committee Member whose absentee ballot application is received after that date and time, even if the envelope containing the application is post-marked on or before June 12, 2019, shall not be eligible to vote by absentee ballot and must vote in person.
In the case of a Committee Member who is physically disabled or ill on or before 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2019 or becomes physically disabled or ill after 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2019, such Committee Member may request an absentee ballot by submitting to Solicitor Hicks a written application, letter or other signed document stating that due to physical disability or illness the member was unable to apply for an absentee ballot on or before 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2019 or became physically disabled or ill after that period. Also, in the case of a Committee Member who becomes absent because of the conduct of business, duties or occupation due to circumstances that were not known and could not reasonably be known to the member on or before 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2019, such Committee Member may request an absentee ballot by submitting to Solicitor Hicks a written application, letter or other signed document stating such unforeseen circumstances. Upon determination that the Committee Member is an eligible voter who has sustained an emergency, Solicitor Hicks shall issue an absentee ballot to that Committee Member.
Any Committee Member who is eligible to vote by absentee ballot must mark his or her ballot in secret and then place the absentee ballot in the envelope titled “Official Absentee Ballot.” The Committee Member must then place the Official Absentee Ballot envelope in the outer envelope and sign and complete the information on the return address portion of the outer envelope. Thereafter, the Committee Member must deliver in person or send by U.S. Mail, postage prepaid, the sealed outer envelope containing the Official Absentee Ballot envelope to the Judge of Elections by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019. Any absentee ballot not received by that date and time, even if the outer envelope is post-marked on or before June 28, 2019, shall not be counted.
The term “deliver in person” does not include third-party delivery. Instead, only the Committee Member applying for an absentee ballot application or voting by absentee ballot must deliver the application and absentee ballot.
As a Committee Member you are encouraged to participate and vote at the June 29, 2019 meeting.
Vice Chairman RCAC