Who Gets to Attend the Republican National Convention?

Who Gets to Attend the Republican National Convention?Brianne Carlon Rush

With more than 50,000 visitors expected for the Republican National Convention, Clevelanders still have a few questions. Who is included in this mass amount of visitors to the city? Who gets to attend the Convention? Can I get tickets? What's available for me during Convention Week?

Let's break it down.

Convention attendees are made up of three groups:
1. Delegates and Alternate Delegates: Convention delegates represent their state or territory and cast a vote to nominate the party’s candidate for President and Vice President. Delegates are elected via primary elections or party caucuses held in each state and territory prior to the Convention. Each delegate has a designated seat on the Convention floor and is expected to attend and participate in all sessions of the Convention. Some delegates are chosen to represent their delegation on one of the four Convention standing committees: the Resolutions Committee (sometimes referred to as the Platform Committee), the Credentials Committee, the Rules Committee, and the Permanent Organization Committee.
2. Media Personnel: This group includes reporters, on-air talent, production members and other crew members needed to make broadcasts possible. Local, national and international outlets are represented.
3. Special Guests: Guests of the delegations and the Convention will also be able to attend. These guests include elected officials, party leaders and others involved in the political process.

The Convention itself is closed to the public. However, there are some events and activities that you can attend to be part of the excitement.

Rock 'n' roll has played a part in politics and social movements since its inception. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is teaming up with the News Museum in Washington, D.C., to bring forth Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics. The exhibition will highlight how artists used their music "to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality and freedom." The exhibit is now open at the Rock Hall.

The Western Reserve Historical Society's Power & Politics exhibition opens Thursday, July 14 and will last through January 2017. Cleveland and Northeast Ohio have had pivotal roles in the history of politics; see for yourself how our region has shaped history.

The Lake County GOP is hosting a watch party on July 21 at Classic Park for those who want to see nonstop Convention coverage in real-time with food and beverage service and a few thousand of your closest friends.

The Host Committee is throwing an event to thank the local community for their contributions to the Republican National Convention. The weekend of July 29-31 will have several planned activities, but the primary elements of the weekend programming will be “A Community Thank You Party,” on Saturday, July 30, from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. on Public Square, as well as free admission to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. for residents of Northeast Ohio. Food trucks, music, ice cream, giveaways, kids' activities and more will keep you entertained all afternoon in the city's newly renovated central meeting space.

Stay tuned to 2016cle.com and the Host Committee's social channels for further information as more activities and events for the public are announced.