Next week, in advance of the Republican National Convention, a 112-member committee will meet to finalize the rules that will govern the proceedings in Cleveland. The most significant question before them concerns the obligations of GOP delegates. Will they be bound by election results in their respective states on the first ballot?
Or will a rule change free them to vote their consciences?
Some opponents of Donald Trump have been urging such a rule change. But according to the Washington Post, they are far short of the votes they need to win it. Were I on the rules committee, I don’t know how I’d vote––as I noted earlier this week, when asking readers if they thought that GOP delegates could legitimately deny the nomination to a man who won so many primaries, I am conflicted.
But there is a compromise rule change that I would support––one that the RNC rules committee would do well to consider as it weighs its obligations to the GOP and to voters.
I owe the idea to reader James Palmer. “Income tax returns from presidential candidates have been available for review for decades. And there should be no surprises after nomination,” he writes. “The rules for the convention should include a requirement for review of at least one year of Donald Trump’s tax returns before the vote.”