GOP Chairman Eathorne: Our Convention Team Did Excellent Job Navigating Trying Conditions

On May 8th, the Wyoming GOP opened its 2020 State Convention with two full days of Credentials and Nominating/Elections Committee work and Convention business via videoconferencing.

Annaliese Wiederspahn

May 13, 20204 min read

Frank eathorne
(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Column by Wyoming Republican Party

On May 8th, the Wyoming GOP opened its 2020 State Convention with two full days of Credentials and Nominating/Elections Committee work and Convention business via videoconferencing.  

In light of COVID 19-related restrictions on gatherings over 10 people, the State Central Committee approved a plan to meet virtually for part of the Convention business, us-ing a video and audio conferencing platform widely and successfully used by many businesses and organizations.  

On Saturday, Convention members voted to approve the agenda and floor rules, which included the use of a polling/balloting platform also widely used by businesses and organi-zations.  

This balloting program has also been used by other States in their virtual Regional and State GOP conventions over last few weeks and was recommended.  This was one of the largest Republican virtual conventions held in the U.S. to date.  

After a full day of work on party elections, questions were raised late Saturday evening as to whether technical or process difficulties occurred in the balloting.  The Party is assessing the concerns raised.  The WYGOP and the RNC are committed to election integrity.  The Wyoming GOP staff will be evaluating the situation in the coming days.  Additional information will be forthcoming.

Wyoming GOP Chairman Frank Eathorne stated:  

Video conferencing and digital balloting are not the ideal platforms for conventions as large as ours was.  Our convention team did an excellent job navigating trying conditions.  The hours and days ahead will be prioritized with assessing how the technology worked in a real-world application. 

The Wyoming GOP took the advice of the Republican National Committee and hired one of its 3 most-highly recommended parliamentarians to guide the party through its first – and hopefully last – virtual state convention.  As to the May 9th elec-tion results, certified parliamentarian Al Gage advised the party as follows:

The body voted to adjourn before a revote was ordered and in any case, revoting by the same method was out of or-der.  Since the election was not overturned, it must stand as the action of the body unless or until subsequent action is taken.

The Parliamentarian further advises that neither the Executive Committee nor the State Central Committee have discretion or authority at this time to direct any action contrary to the vote taken on May 9th.  

As a matter of parliamentary procedure, only the State Convention can take any action as to its elections.  When the State Convention recon-venes on June 25th, the body may debate and decide what direction they wish to take, if any, as to the elections on May 9th.  

Unless or until the State Convention chooses to do something different, the election results stand. 

Further, the Wyoming GOP Bylaws require that the party certify election results to the Secretary of State immediately.  

In an effort to ensure the Wyoming GOP has complied with the ByLaws, the election results have been supplied to the Secretary of State.  The election results are as follows:


Marti Halverson 116

Jack Mueller 86

Karl Allred 85


County-selected Delegates

Robert J. DiLorenzo

Paul Metevier

Bill Novotny

Jack Mueller

Taylor Allred

Joe McGinley

Jeb Hansen

Robert Ferguson

Tim Bendel

Jim Robinson

Wendy Salzman

Allen Slagle

Top vote getters

Nathan Winters 142

Harriet Hageman 139

Sam Galeotos 134

Curt Meier 116

Barbara Cubin 115

Darin Smith 94

Bo Biteman 90

Bob Ide 90

Cheri Steinmetz 90

Cathy Ide 88

Karl Allred 86

David Pope 81

David Holland 81

Bryan Miller 80


County-selected Alternates

Rafael Delagadillo

Jeffery Raney

Camilla Hicks

Karl Falken

Heather Hayes

Ben Hornok

Jimmy Dee Lees

John Kolb

Alex Muromcew

Next highest vote getters

JoAnn True 79

Shane True 78

Cynthia Cloud 61

Clara Powers 54

John Kaiser 53

Kerry Powers 51

Hans Hunt 49

Jimmy Dee Lees 49

Dan Laursen 46

Robert Byrd 46

Charles Cloud 45

Jeff Raney 45

Chris Smith 43

Zach Padilla 42

Bob Wharf 36

Chris Wooley 36

Rebecca Bextel 34


Corey Steinmetz 140

Sam Galeotos 114

Ben Barto 1


Harriet Hageman 152

Barbara Cubin 105

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter