How to be a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National ConventionAn overviewof Florida’s2012 DelegateSelection Process
What is the Democratic National Convention?• Held every four years• Delegates from all 50 states and American territories• Nominate and confirm the Party’s candidate for President and Vice President “This convention is… about Americans coming together to commit ourselves and our country to a path that creates• Adopt a Party Platform more opportunity.”• Unify and celebrate - The Democratic National Convention Committee the Democratic Party
What is the Role of a Convention Delegate? • Attend the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte September 3-6. • Vote for the Presidential and Vice Presidential Nominee. • Approve the 2012 DNC Platform. • Establish theThe National Convention is an exciting and rules tounforgettable experience. Attendees will govern themake memories that will last a lifetime. Democratic Party.
Who Can be a Delegate?• Any Florida Democratic voter can run to be a delegate• Each elected delegate will sign a pledge of support for his or her presidential candidate• Delegates will be evenly divided between men and women Delegates will experience firsthand the energy in the• The Florida Democratic Party convention hall as the Party selects its nominees for President and Vice President. encourages participation by members of groups historically underrepresented in Party activities.
The Four Delegate TypesDistrict-Level Elected through a two-tier caucus system: • The first tier caucuses will be held at the county level on May 5 to elect State Convention delegates. • The second tier caucuses will be held at the State Convention on June 2 to elect National Convention District-Level delegates.Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) • Big city mayors, state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county, and local elected officials and party leaders.At-Large • Elected by the District-Level delegates at the State Delegate Selection Convention. • May be used to achieve Affirmative Action goals.Unpledged (Automatic) • Democratic Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. • Members of the Democratic National Committee. • Former DNC Chair.
Delegation OverviewFlorida has a total of 300 delegates and 23 alternatesDistrict-Level• 184 Delegates At-LargePledged Party Leaders & (20%)Elected Officials (PLEO)• 31 Delegates PLEO District- Level (10%)At-Large (62%)• 61 Delegates• 23 Alternates Unpledged (8%)Unpledged (Automatic)• 24 Delegates (Democratic Members of Congress, DNC Members & Former DNC Chair)
Dates to Keep in MindDate DescriptionMarch 9 Filing begins for State Convention delegate candidatesApril 27 Filing ends for State Convention delegate candidatesMay 5 County CaucusesMay 5 Filing begins for National Convention delegate candidatesMay 10 Filing ends for National District-Level delegate candidatesJune 1 State Delegate Selection Convention begins in TampaJune 2 State delegates caucus by CD & elect District-Level delegates District-Level delegates meet & elect statewide delegatesJune 3 All delegates meet to elect Standing Committee MembersSept 3-6 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Florida’s 2012 Democratic Delegate Selection Process Pledged Delegates and Alternates Unpledged Delegates COUNTY State Convention DemocraticCAUCUSES (67) Delegates (1,500 total Members ofSaturday, May 5 elected from each Congress (6) 10 am - 2 pm county by Cong. Dist.) Dem. National Committee STATE DELELGATE SELECTION CONVENTION Members (17) Tampa June 1-3 Distinguished Former Party Leaders (1) Congressional District All Delegate Meeting Caucuses (25) Sunday, June 3 (10 am) Saturday, June 2 (9 am) Standing Committee District-Level Members (27)Delegates (184) Party Leader & Elected Official Delegates (31)District-Level Delegate Meeting Florida’s Saturday, June 2 (1:30 pm) At-Large National Delegates (61) & Convention Alternates (23) Delegation
First Step – County Caucuses on May 5• Our selection process begins with caucuses held in each county.• Caucuses are “party-run primaries” where Democratic voters cast their vote for President and elect delegates to the State Delegate Selection Convention.
County Democratic Caucuses – May 5Who Can Vote?• All Democratic voters may vote in their county’s Democratic Caucus on May 5. (Florida has 67 counties.)• Voting is done by Congressional District (CD) within each county.• Each voter indicates their presidential preference and then receives a ballot for state convention delegate candidates in that CD.• Like in any primary, a voter marks his/her ballot and places it in the ballot box and leaves.
County Democratic Caucuses – May 5Who Can Run for Delegate?• Any Democrat can run to be one of 1,500 delegates elected by counties to attend the State Delegate Selection Convention.• All delegates to the State Convention must be elected (no automatic or appointed delegates).• Individuals qualify to run by filing an application with the county party between March 9 and April 27.• Each county has been allotted a number of State Convention delegates based on the county’s Democratic voting strength.
State Delegate Selection Convention – Overview • 1,500 delegates elected at the May 5 County Caucuses will meet in Tampa, June 1-3. • State Convention delegates will meet by Congressional District on June 2 to elect 184 District-Level delegates to the National Convention. • Individuals elected as District-Level delegates will elect the PLEO & At-Large delegates and alternates. • All delegates will meet on June 3 to elect standing committee members.
District-Level Delegates• Largest and first group of National Convention delegates elected are the District-Level delegates.• Elected at Congressional District caucuses held during the State Delegate Selection Convention.• Florida has 184 District-Level delegates (nearly 2/3 of the delegation).• Only delegates to the State Convention may run for a District- Level delegate position.• Delegates are allocated to presidential candidates based on the presidential vote within the CD as taken during the County Caucuses.• Delegate positions are equally divided between men and women.
District-Level Delegate QualificationsWho Can Run for District-Level Delegate?• Candidates for District-Level delegate must be elected at the County Caucus as a State Convention delegate.• Candidates must file the National Convention delegate application with the State Party between May 5 and May 10.• District-Level delegate positions have been allocated to each of Florida’s current 25 CD’s based on Democratic voting strength.• District-Level delegate candidates will campaign among and be elected by the State Convention delegates from their respective Congressional District.
PLEO Delegates• Florida has 31 delegates elected as Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) delegates.• Only Democratic Party leaders or elected officials are eligible to run for a PLEO delegate position.• PLEO delegates are elected by the District-Level delegates at the State Convention on Saturday afternoon, June 2.• PLEO delegates are allocated to presidential candidates based on the statewide presidential vote taken during the County Caucuses.
PLEO Delegate QualificationsWho Can Run for Party Leader & Elected Official Delegate?• Only Democratic Party leaders or elected officials may run for PLEO delegate positions.• The term “PLEO” includes: big city mayors, state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county, and local elected officials and party leaders.• Individuals qualify to run by filing an application with the State Party between May 5 and noon on June 2.• If an individual is elected as a District-Level delegate he/she is ineligible to run for PLEO delegate.
At-Large Delegates & Alternates• Florida has 61 delegates and 23 alternates elected at the At-Large level.• At-Large delegates and alternates will be elected by the District-Level delegates at the State Convention on Saturday afternoon.• Delegates and alternates are allocated to presidential candidates based on the statewide presidential vote taken during the County Caucuses.• At-Large delegates ensure the total number of delegates is equally divided between men and women and that the delegation reflects the overall demographic composition of Florida’s Democratic electorate.
At-Large Delegate & Alternate QualificationsWho Can Run for At-Large Delegate and/or Alternate?• Any Florida Democratic voter may run for an At-Large delegate and/or alternate position.• Individuals qualify to run by filing an application with the State Party between May 5 and noon on June 2.• An individual elected as a District-Level or PLEO delegate is ineligible to run for an At-Large position.• At-Large delegates will be elected first and then alternates.
Equal Division• A basic tenet of the Democratic Party is to have an equal division between men and women at all levels of the Party.• Each state’s delegation must be equally divided between men and women.• Delegates, alternates, and standing committee members are considered separate groups for purposes of equal division.• District-Level delegates must be equally divided: • within each Congressional District, • between each presidential candidate, and • as a whole (total District-Level delegates).• At-Large positions are used to ensure the delegates and the alternates are equally divided.
Affirmative Action, Outreach & Inclusion• Under Democratic Party rules each state sets diversity goals as part of an ongoing effort to specifically include groups historically underrepresented in the Party’s affairs.• The Florida Democratic Party conducted a study and analysis of our Democratic electorate and established diversity goals for delegates, alternates and standing committee members.• The FDP Affirmative Action Committee assists the Party with outreach and education efforts.• The Obama Campaign has committed to working closely with the State Party to ensure that Florida’s National Convention delegation looks like Florida’s Democratic electorate.
Affirmative Action, Outreach & Inclusion Goals Asian Americans African Americans Hispanics Native Americans & Pacific Islanders % in Democratic 28% 13% <.5% 1% Electorate Numeric Goals for 84/6 39/3 2/0 3/0 Dels / Alts People with LGBT Americans Youth (18-34) Veterans Small Counties Disabilities 12% 10% 24% 3% 13%* 36/3 30/2 72/6 9/1 22 *(Small counties represent 13.394% of the State Convention delegates.)• Some individuals fall into two or more of the outreach categories.• Many delegates will represent other Democratic constituencies not listed above.• Each county Democratic Party must make every effort to ensure its delegates to the State Delegate Selection Convention represent the composition and diversity of the Democratic Party in that county.• Outreach to ALL Democratic Party constituencies is required for this process.
General Provisions• Any Democrat can run to be a delegate to the State Delegate Selection Convention and the Democratic National Convention.• Discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, economic status or physical disability is prohibited.• No person shall be required, directly or indirectly, to pay a cost or fee as a condition for participating. Voluntary contributions may be made.• There are no automatic or appointed delegates to the State Delegate Selection Convention (all delegates are elected).• Any individual or group of Democrats may sponsor or endorse a slate of candidates for convention delegates. No slate may receive a preferential place on the ballot or be publicly identified on the ballot as the official slate.• Proxy voting is prohibited.
Presidential Right of Review• Delegates are allocated to presidential candidates based on the results of the vote conducted at County Caucuses and delegate candidates sign a “pledge” to support the presidential candidate they wish to represent at the State and National Conventions.• Under National Party rules, presidential candidates have the right to review the list of individuals running to represent them as their delegates at the National Convention.• Presidential candidates have the right to remove names from the list of delegate candidates. At the District-Level, they can strike down to 3 names for each delegate position. At the PLEO and At-Large levels, they can strike down to 1 name for each position.• A delegate candidate removed from the list by a presidential campaign at one level may file to run at a subsequent level for delegate and/or alternate.
General Tips About Running for Delegate• Everyone interested in running for delegate (state and/or national) should review the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan available from the FDP at www.fladems.com.• All delegate candidates (state and national) should work closely with the campaign of their presidential candidate.• Running for delegate is like a mini-campaign. You must get out your vote and build support for your election.• Ask your friends to attend the county caucus to vote for you.• Recruit your friends to run for delegate.• Build relationships with delegates in your CD from other counties.
Standing Committee Members• The National Convention has 3 Standing Committees: • Credentials (seating of delegates) • Platform (Party’s issue statement) • Rules (convention administration)• Florida has nine members on each committee (27 total) who are nominated by the presidential campaign(s).• Standing Committee members will be elected by the National Convention delegates at a meeting in Tampa on Sunday, June 3.• Members do not need to be delegates and will attend the National Convention.• Members are equally divided and reflect affirmative action/inclusion goals.• Members are allocated to presidential candidates based on the statewide vote at the County Caucuses.
What is the Schedule for Charlotte?• Monday, September 3: Family- friendly Labor Day event at Charlotte Motor Speedway.• Tuesday, September 4, and Wednesday, September 5: The convention’s opening session and convention proceedings at Time Warner Cable Arena.• Thursday September 6: The President will accept the nomination at Bank of America Stadium.
What are the Convention Costs?• Delegates and Alternates are responsible for cost of travel and hotel (hotel rooms can be shared).• Breakfast is provided.• Ground transportation between hotel and events is provided.• Delegates can fundraise to help cover expenses.
Fundraising Ideas• Send a fundraising letter to your family members and friends through US mail or email.• Work with your local County Party and/or Democratic Club/Caucus to hold a fundraising event.• Ask your employer to sponsor you.• Create a free fundraising website.• Use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Florida’s Time to Shine!Delegate filingforms for the stateconvention and thenational conventionare available on theFlorida Democratic Party’s website at www.fladems.com or byphone at 850-222-3411.
For More InformationFor additional informationabout the 2012 DemocraticNational Convention:• www.democrats.org• charlottein2012.com• www.demconvention.comFlorida Democratic Partywww.fladems.com850-222-3411
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