Joining New Jersey’s 2012 Delegation A GUIDE TO BECOMING A MEMBER OF NEW JERSEY’S DELEGATION TO THE 2012 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
Charlotte 2012• The convention is called for September 3-7, 2012in Charlotte, North Carolina.•Convention Delegates will formally re-nominatePresident Obama to run for a second term andadopt our party platform.•Delegations from 56 states, territories andDemocrats Abroad will join together in Charlotte.For more information on the convention, go towww.demconvention.com.
New Jersey’s DelegationTypes of Delegates:District Level Delegates and Alternates • 102 delegates and 10 alternatesAt-Large Delegates and Alternates • 34 delegates and 3 alternatesPledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO’s) • 17 delegatesUnpledged Party Leader and Elected Official • 18 delegates Total = 171 delegates and 13 alternates
District Level Delegates• 102 delegates and 10 alternates.• Elected from 20 delegate districts created by combining 2contiguous state legislative districts.• Must run in the delegate district you reside in.• Elected on June 5, 2012 on the Presidential primary ballot.• Elected district level delegates will be evenly divided betweenmen and women. • Delegates: 51 men and 51 women. • Alternates: 5 men and 5 women.
Delegate DistrictsDelegate Legislative Delegate District LegislativeDistrict Districts Districts 1 1 and 2 11 20 and 22 2 3 and 4 12 21 and 27 3 5 and 6 13 23 and 24 4 7 and 8 14 25 and 26 5 9 and 10 15 28 and 29 6 11 and 13 16 31 and 33 7 12 and 30 17 32 and 36 8 14 and 15 18 34 and 35 9 16 and 17 19 37 and 38 10 18 and 19 20 39 and 40
Other Types of Delegates•At-Large Delegates •34 delegates and 3 alternates. • Elected by members of the NJ Democratic State Committee at a meeting on June 16, 2012.• Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates •17 delegates. • Eligible PLEO candidates are: big city mayors, state legislative leaders, state legislators, County Executives and County Chairs. • Elected by members of the NJ Democratic State Committee at a meeting on June 16, 2012.• Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates •18 delegates (9 DNC Members and 9 Members of Congressional Delegation). • Automatic by virtue of respective public or Party office.
Steps to Apply to Become a Delegate:• Complete a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support form andreturn to the NJDSC: •Forms are available at www.njdelegateselection.com. •You must be a registered Democrat residing in the precinct and delegate district you indicate on your form. •Declare your Presidential preference or declare “uncommitted.”• Submit your form by the following dates: • March 12, 2012: District Level Delegate Candidates. • June 7, 2012: PLEO and At-Large Delegate Candidates.• After you submit your form, you must be approved by the campaign ofyour Presidential preference to be eligible to run for delegate. This isknown as Presidential Candidate Right of Review.• If you are selected to run as a District Level Delegate or Alternatecandidate, you will then have to complete and submit a petition bearingat least 100 signatures to the Division of Elections by April 2, 2012.
Deadlines March 12, 2012District Level Delegate Candidates must submit Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support form to NJDSC April 2, 2012District Level Delegate Candidates that were selected by the Presidential Candidate must submit petition to the Division of Elections in Trenton June 7, 2012 PLEO and At-Large Delegate Candidates must submit Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support form to NJDSC
Presidential Candidate Right of Review• Before becoming eligible for election, all delegatecandidates must be approved by the PresidentialCandidate’s authorized representative.• Presidential Candidates must approve at least onecandidate for each delegate position awarded to them.• When a delegate candidate is approved by the PresidentialCandidate, they become eligible to be elected to thedelegation.•The Obama campaign has set up a website where delegatecandidates can provide background information:https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/delegatereq
Representation Goals•Representation goals were crafted with assistance from theAffirmative Action Committee to ensure that all constituency groupshave a chance to fully participate in the process.•The Representation Goals are: • African American: 32 delegates •Hispanic: 32 delegates •Native American: 2 delegates •Asian American and Pacific Islander: 17 delegates •LGBT: 15 delegates •People with Disabilities: 8 delegates •Youth (under 36): 30 delegates
Important Dates• January 3, 2012: Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support forms become available from NJDSC.• March 12, 2012: Forms for District Level Delegate candidates due to NJDSC.• April 2, 2012: Petitions due to Division of Elections.• June 5, 2012: District Level Delegates elected on primary ballot.• June 7, 2012: Forms for At-Large and PLEO Delegate candidates due to NJDSC.• June 16, 2012: At-Large and PLEO Delegates elected at a meeting of the NJ Democratic State Committee.• June 21, 2012: New Jersey 2012 Democratic National Convention Delegation meets. Standing committee members and pages are selected.• September 3-7, 2012: Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC.
For More Information: The complete plan and other helpful delegate selection materials are available atwww.njdelegateselection.com
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