A first-hand account from the Daily Paul:
Just on a whim I decided to call the RNC HQ in Washington, DC (202.863.8500). The result of the conversation was that no delegates are bound. The lady I spoke with was very nice and respectful. I know this isn’t proof that they won’t try anything, but it made me feel good!
Here is how the conversation went:
Me: Hey, I am a registered Republican in CT and was wondering if the delegates to the national convention are required to vote the way the state went at the National Convention, or can they vote however they want?
Lady at RNC: That’s a really good question, can I put you on hold and find out an answer from someone who may know better?
Me: Absolutely, thanks
….wait about 2 minutes
Lady at RNC: Hey, so I just got an answer and anyone who is a pledged delegate is “expected” to vote the way their state went but unpledged delegates can vote however they want.
Me: Well the reason I am calling is because I read through your rules and it states rule 38 “No delegate or alternate delegate shall be bound by any attempt of any state or Congressional
district to impose the unit rule.” So for example, in my state of CT which is winner take all and all the delegates are chosen by the winner of the state, could those delegates vote however they want at the national convention?
Lady at RNC: They are “expected” to.
Me: Do they have to though? Are they required to?
Lady at RNC: No they are not required. Nothing can happen to them if they vote whatever way they want.
Me: Thanks so much!
Lady at RNC: You’re welcome and good luck!