Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hagerstrom: Know Your County Convention Rules To Stop Establishment Tricks Against Trump


By Brandon Hall
(Email him at
In an email Monday night, Donald Trump's Michigan State Director Scott Hagerstrom gives a list of things to watch out for at tonight's County Conventions.

Here is part of that email:

"Things to know and watch out for:

-Don't let the temporary chair vote on any rules. The only purpose of the temporary chair is to oversee the election of the permanent chair, nothing else.

-If the chair is not calling fair voice votes, immediately call for DIVISION and do a credentials vote or a secret ballot. You're always better doing a secret ballot.

-Do not permit the chair to limit debate or to stop amending a slate unless you have 2/3 of the delegates agree to “call the question” or vote on the final slate. Know exactly how many delegates are in your caucus and know what that 2/3 number is. Never allow the chair to make a voice vote judgment call on a vote that requires 2/3. Call DIVISION if this happens. ALWAYS do a standing vote or a secret ballot. Have one of our people verify the count.

-If the chair refuses to acknowledge any call for division, you can remove the chair by making a motion to “Suspend the Rules,"  and vote to replace the chair.

-After you vote on your final slate or list of delegates and before you start on the alternates, TAKE A PHOTO OF THE LIST OF DELEGATES. Do the same with the NUMERICAL list of alternates. Do not let that list out of your sight until you get a photo of it.

-Video and/or audio record your sub-caucus. If we are going to make credential claims, we must have proof and evidence. Do not be intimidated by a bully chair, you have every right to record the caucus.

Thank you for your support of Donald Trump. Together, we will MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Scott Hagerstrom
Michigan State Director
Donald J. Trump For President
(734) 224-3843"

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.

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