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Kate Burch
OFRW Political Education/Legislative Chair

Can We Trust the Electoral College?

In this fractious electoral season, some have wondered whether, even if Donald Trump wins the popular vote on November 8, he might be denied the necessary 270 Electoral College votes for election as President by a “Never Trump” cabal.  The anti-Trumpers may be hoping that the Electoral College would exercise the right, not denied them by the Constitution, to cast enough votes for someone other than the Republican Party nominees or to cast enough blank ballots, to make Hillary the winner or throw the election into the House of Representatives.  Trump supporters may fear that state parties may select electors who are averse to Trump, bringing about the same result.

The Electoral College was devised by the Founders as part of the system of checks and balances, intended to prevent the excesses of pure democracy.  James Madison warned, in the Federalist Papers, “Men of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, may, by intrigue, by corruption, or by other means, first obtain the suffrages, and then betray the interests of the people.”  Be that as it may, except for the election of 1836, there has never been more than one “faithless elector” (one who disregards party loyalty.)  There have been four instances in which the winner of the popular vote lost the Electoral College vote, most recently the 2000 Bush-Gore contest that was decided by the Supreme Court, severely rankling the Democrats.  In none of these instances was there significant impact by electors engaging in mutiny. 

Neither the Constitution nor federal law requires that electors hew to the preference of the party that appointed them or vote in accord with the popular vote.  However, there are laws in most states that bind electors to vote consistent with their party or the winner of the popular vote.  According to the U.S. National Archives, “The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Constitution does not require that Electors be completely free to act as they choose and therefore, political parties may extract pledges from electors to vote for the parties’ nominees.”  In some states, laws provide that “faithless Electors” may be subject to fines or disqualification and replacement.  Even so, no Elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged.

In Ohio, section 3505.40 of the ORC provides that electors shall cast their votes “for the nominees for president and vice-president of the political party which certified him to the secretary of state as a presidential elector pursuant to law.” 

The law and history argue that there is little likelihood of significant impact by electors going against the will of the people.  Recently, a Republican elector in Georgia threatened to refuse to vote for Trump and he, in short order, resigned due to the uproar his statement caused in the party.  One can imagine, also, the uproar from the people who overwhelmingly supported Trump in the primaries if electors betrayed them.  Hell to pay! 

So, is it possible?  Yes.  Likely,  No. 
 
Tip of the Month for Club Presidents

When and How Presidents Vote
     
Voting: In a roll call vote (verbal), the president may only vote to break a tie. If the vote is taken by written ballot, the president votes as anyone else and may not break a tie.

As president, you should remain impartial at all times. You may not debate an issue from the chair, but may explain something in detail for the full understanding of members so they are clear on the subject being discussed.
      

Presidential Debate Schedule

Monday, September 26
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Moderator: Lester Holt

Sunday, October 9
Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Moderator: Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Moderator: Chris Wallace
   
Vice-presidential Debate

Tuesday, October 4
Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Moderator: Elaine Quijano
 

     
Judicial Voter Guide issued
Click HERE to find out about the new judicial voter guide that will feature candidate profiles, information about what judges do, descriptions about the duties of different courts, and brief videos of former judges explaining how the court system works.


Click HERE to view the second quarter issue of Victory's Voice -
the OFRW Newsletter.

Click HERE to find a report from Stephanie Garrett regarding the most recent Ohio Republican State Central and Executive Committee.

Great opportunity for Grassroots and Leadership Seminars - Click HERE.
 
  
 
Click HERE to download the NFRW's guide, "IRS and 527 Reporting for Clubs"

Click HERE to view the latest Capital Connection

Click HERE to view the latest Leadership Newsletter

Click HERE to view the latest Senate Spotlight

Click HERE to view the latest issue of the Roundtable

Click HERE to download a .pdf of the latest issue of the Roundtable

Click HERE to view the September Membership Newsletter - featuring the OFRW (scroll down)

Click HERE to view the flipbook of what the NFRW has accomplished during the past two years.

Click HERE to view the position established by the NFRW regarding the 2016 Republican Candidate (action taken at the 2016 Spring Board Meeting)

Click HERE to downlad a high definition version of the NFRW membership video. Click HERE to view the video.
   

NFRW Launches New App

Keep up with the Federation when you're on the run
 with the NFRW's new mobile app.
Available for Apple and Android phones.
Click here for info on how to download.
Google Play ─ Click HERE
iTunes ─ Click HERE

Questions?
Contact Patt Parker928-910-9255 or click HERE to email Patt
 
Great Ideas for
Meetings, Projects and Communications
 
 
!!    ATTENTION CLUB PRESIDENTS   !!

Please click HERE for some great information
for leading your club -
provided by
the National Federation of Republican Women

 

If you would like to host a workshop for Grassroots activities - please click HERE to find all of the information.
If your club does not have a Facebook page or group, it would be a great idea to find someone in your club to start and maintain one for your club. If your club does have a Facebook page and it is not listed in the links under the "On The Web" tab of the menu bar, please email your Facebook Group name by clicking HERE.
     

Opinion Articles on Current Topics
by the
Political Education and Legislative Committee


 Chair Kate Burch has many offerings on current topics.
These opinion pieces may be found
on that Committee's Webpage.
Click HERE

These would offer great topics for discussion that clubs
might enjoy pursuing in group roundtables.

For further information from the
 Political Education/Legislative Committee
Please click HERE to contact Chair Kate Burch
Some Tips for Planning Club Meetings
  • Cotact Campaign Chair April Cohagen-Gibson to schedule a Voter Registration seminar in January or February
  • The Awards form is a good basis for chosing programs for the year
  • Click the speakers tab on this website for some good program ideas
  • Call the district representative for each of the state level elected officials to be a guest speaker at one of your meetings
  • Get together with a neighboring club for an activity
  • Ask the OFRW to print cards for you to send out inviting new members
  • Browse other clubs' Facebook pages, webpages and websites for ideas on what each is doing
  • Club Presidents - be sure to try to have a conversation with your District Vice-president at least once every quarter. They are a good link for you to access a multitude of resources.
  • Work with Membership Chair Janet Kushlan on ideas for increasing your club's membership.
Arrange Screening of
"Hillary's America:
The Secret History of the Democratic Party"


My name is Elizabeth, and I am one f the Business Development Coordinators at Cinemark USA, Inc. I wanted to reach out to see if your organization would be interested in a private screening of the highly anticipated documentary, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.

Who are these Democrats? What is the progressive party hiding? In his newest film, author and renowned filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza will expose the secret history of the Democrats and the true motivations of Hillary Clinton. Watch the trailer for this hard-hitting exposé on the dirty secrets of the left and book a Private Screening of the film today. Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party will release at a Cinemark Theatre near you Friday, July 22nd. Advance screenings are available beginning on Thursday, July 21st.

Request a Private Screening price quote at www.cinemark.com/events and be sure to reserve extra auditorium time for post film Q&A with your group.

Elizabeth Khorrami
Coordinator, Business Development – South Central U.S.
Cinemark USA, Inc., 3900 Dallas Parkway -- Suite 500 , Plano, TX 75093
P 972-665-1392 
[email protected]
Delaware County Republican Women's Club
Earns Money for Scholarship Fund

 

L to R: Janet Brenneman, Sarah JanTausch, Kim JanTausch, Ruth Wilson, Denise Martin, Cindy Dinovo, Melissa Riggins, Kennedy Coomes, and Kyle Rohrer.

"Our club volunteered at the Ironman Event in Delaware on August 20. We were responsible for checking in all of the athletes' bikes for the triathlon held on August 21. We had a great time!" stated DCRWC President Karin Eldredge.

Message from DCRWC President Karin Eldredge: "On Monday, September 19, come meet the Co-Chair of the Ohio Women's Coalition for Trump, Joy Padgett. Ms. Padgett, a former State Representative and Senator, is working for the Trump Campaign throughout Ohio to speak with women of influence to answer questions and to encourage us in our efforts in the weeks remaining before the election. We have the meeting room in The Old Bag of Nails at 66 N. Sandusky St. in downtown Delaware from 7-8:00 p.m. Parking is available on the street and at the rear of the building in the Fidelity lot. Bar and food service will be available."
Republican Council of Oakwood
Installs New President


L to R: Outgoing RCO President Jill Kendall, OFRW President Lyn Bliss, Incoming RCO President Malou Hurst.

Click HERE for a downloadable/printable .pdf file of the most recent RCO Newsletter.

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf of the above flyer
OFRW Hosts Tea at RNC Convention
Click on picture below to see photo-story of event



The OFRW hosted a tea at the Wyndham Cleveland ─ Playhouse Square to welcome the NFRW Board, OFRW Board and Cardinal Donors to The RNC National Convention and Cleveland.
Ohio Women for Trump
Strategy Session
 


Women leaders from around Ohio were invited as guests of the Trump Campaign to participate in a strategy session for campaign events. L to R:  Eric Trump, OFRW President Lyn Bliss, Lara Trump (So nice to be the short one in the photo).
Calling all OFRW Members

Will you please take photos at your club events and submit them to the OFRW Webmaster -- so they may be featured on the homepage. We'd like to see some different faces here.......... And, other clubs would like to see what you are doing! Please include list of names and brief description of the photo. Also, any information you would like to submit for the upcoming edition of the OFRW Newsletter, please do so! Click HERE to submit information. THANKS!

 
Click HERE for the list of State Republican Candidates
so you are ready to support them when the
Polls open in:
 
Join Team Trump
Buy Trump Gear

Visit the
National GOP Website (RNC)
Click HERE
Visit the
Ohio Republican Party Website
Click HERE
         
To Download a printable .pdf copy of the
2016 Republican Party Platform
Click HERE
Photostory of the OFRW's
2016 Fall Gathering, Board Meeting and
Conference
Click on picture below to see photo-story of event



The OFRW held its Fall Gathering at the Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark, Ohio - hosted by the Licking County Republican Women's Club. 
Trump Truck visits OFRW Fall Conference
Inspires Women Attendees

   

Northeast Women's Clubs Planning
October 12
Women for Trump Event
   

Northeast Ohio Club Presidents (or representative) met to plan a Women for Trump event. L to R front row seated: Sue Bagley (Geauga County Women's Republican Club), President Anne Patram (Western Reserve Women's Republican Club - South Chagrin Unit). Back row: President Janet Kushlan (Bolton Republican Women's Club), Mary Theis (Warren Republican Women's Club - Trumbull County), Doria Daniels (Portage), Chair Joy Padgett (Women for Trump Coalition) and Jeneen Kubala (Portage)
Unable to attend were President Holly Baker (Canfield Republican Women's Club), President Carol Lovas (Ashtabula Republican Women's Club), President Michele Lane (Geauga County Women's Republican Club) and President Barb Rosier (Warren Republican Women's Club - Trumbull County).
 

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf of the above flyer
   
Beavercreek Republican Women
Ready the
Beavercreek Republican Women
 for Trump Victory Center
     

   
Host Women's Empowerment Tour


 

L to R: Beavercreek President Jo Broughton, Omarosa, Katrina Pierson, Lynne Patton (rear), Lara Trump, Diamond and Silk, Vice-chair Ohio Trump Campaign Rob Scott.
Richland County Republican Women's Club
Hosts Trump Luncheon
Featuring: Lara Trump, Diamond & Silk, Katrina Pierson,
Lynne Patton and Omarosa
 

Lara Trump speaking to group.
 

Diamond & Silk 
Miami County Republican Women's Club
to host Annual Style Show


Click HERE to download a printable .pdf of the above flyer

Congratulations to:
  Wood County Republican Women's Club

 issued Charter from
National Federation of Republican Women
 
 

   
WCRWC President Bev Hirzel receives Club Charter from OFRW President Lyn Bliss at special event hosted by the WCRWC.

Click HERE to view NFRW Press Release regarding chartering of the WCRWC.
Darke County Republican Women's Club
Hosts September Meeting


Ohio Republican State Central and Executive Committee member Stephanie Garrett speaking about her job as a committeewoman and also about the Founding of the USA.
  
Bolton Republican Women's Club
To Host Meet the Candidates
 

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf of the above flyer
OFRW at Trump Event
in Wilmington


L to R: Blanchester Republican Women's Club President Cindy Bailey, OFRW President Lyn Bliss, Highland County Republican Women's Club President Shawn Priest found each other at the event!

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf of the above flyer

OFRW represented at
Women for Portman Campaign Luncheon
   


Jane Portman gave a brief update on the Portman campaign. Participants had the opportunity to hear from Ambassador Nancy Brinker about her service as Ambassador to Hungary, her tenure as Chief of Protocol of the United States during the administration of President George W. Bush, and her leadership and efforts to find a cure for breast cancer through Susan G. Komen. OFRW President Lyn Bliss was among those invited to the event.
Hocking County Women's Republican Club
to set up, decorate  and host
Grand Opening of Hocking County Headquarters
   


The HCWRC was responsible for moving supplies from the fair booth to headquarters and worked until late in the afternoon. The club is finishing the decorations for headquarters' Grand Opening on Monday, September 26 at 7 p.m. The HCWRC is planning to have grilled hot dogs, a topping bar, chips and desserts. You are invited and welcome to join the Grand Opening! Ohio Trump Chair for Women's Coalitions Joy Padgett is planning to attend the opening.

Click HERE to download a printable .pdf of the above flyer
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Ohio Federation of Republican Women
OFRW  Club Presidents
OFRW Political
OFRW Central
OFRW East
OFRW Northeast
OFRW Northwest
OFRW South
OFRW Southwest

Each of these pages are to be used to share ideas, thoughts, achievements, congratulations, etc. Please make use of them. You may just find a solution when you are faced with a problem! Check into your district page and find out what information your District Vice-president has to offer to the clubs in your district!
Click HERE to visit the Membership webpage

Don't miss using these great membership building tools:
Membership Display Posters
to use at Fairs, Festivals and Republican Events
 
The OFRW Membership Committee has several posters available for your club to use as part of a membership building campaign. These may be used in conjunction with membership cards coordinated with the poster and also a sign-up clipboard.

For more information regarding the various themed membership campaigns,
click HERE to contact Membership Chair Janet Kushlan 
What does the Republican Party stand for, believe in, and fight for???
??  Have you ever read the Republican Party Platform  ??
Click HERE to download a printable .pdf file
Please let us know how OFRW can be of service to your club ─ email President Lyn Bliss at: [email protected] ─ call/text: (937) 423-2299. Thank you!

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