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Virginia Delegate Selection Plan

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Virginia Delegate Selection Plan

  1. 1. 2008 Democratic National Convention August 25-28, 2008 Denver, Colorado
  2. 2. Nominating the Next President of the United States Be There!
  3. 3. Virginia Delegate Selection Plan • How it works – Primary – Local Caucus – District & State Conventions • Your part in it – Voter – Volunteer – District/State Convention Delegate – National Convention Delegate
  4. 4. Delegate Selection Plan Summary • Presidential Preference Primary – February 12, 2008 – Allocates delegate totals • Caucus/Convention Process – City/County Caucuses elect 2000 delegates,1000 alternates to District and State Conventions – District/State Conventions elect 103 delegates,14 alternates to National Convention
  5. 5. Delegate “Pyramid” / National: 49 At Large (State conv.) / National: 54 District (District conv.) / State: 2000 city/county caucus
  6. 6. National Convention Delegates & Alternates Summary Type Delegate Alternate District Level 54 11 Unpledged PLEO 18 -- Unpledged Add-on 2 -- Pledged PLEO 11 -- At Large 18 3 TOTAL 103 14
  7. 7. Delegate Selection – Resources • Democratic Party of Virginia (DPV) – www.vademocrats.org – 1710 East Franklin Street Richmond, VA 23223 Phone: 804-644-1966 (toll-free 1-800-322-1144) Fax: 804-343-3642 Materials: – Delegate Selection Plan – Brochure – Workshop Presentation
  8. 8. Step 1 – Register to Vote • Contact Local Registrar or State Board of elections: • www.sbe.state.va.us • 800-552-9745 • Must be 18 by Election Day, U.S. Citizen • Register at courthouse, DMV, other sites • You can register by mail • Fill out form completely and verify • No party registration
  9. 9. Step 2 –Volunteer • Presidential candidates: – Help candidates get their petitions signed • (December 14, 2007 Deadline) – Turnout for February 12, 2008 primary – Organize for caucuses/conventions • Volunteer to help your local party – Contact DPV
  10. 10. Sign & Date for 8 • Candidates Need 10,000 Signatures – DNC Rules mandate 5,000 max • We agreed to collect 5,000 – One form, 8 Candidates • Let’s get it done now • Contact state party
  11. 11. Presidential Campaigns Hillary for President- http://www.hillaryclinton.com/ John Edwards for President- http://www.johnedwards.com/ Mike Gravel for President- http://www.gravel2008.us/ Kucinich for President- http://www.dennis4president.com/ Obama for America- http://www.barackobama.com Bill Richardson for President- http://www.richardsonforpresident.com/
  12. 12. Step 3 – Presidential Primary • When? – February 12, 2008; 6 am to 7 pm • Where? – Usual Precinct Polling Place • Who Can Vote? – Any Registered Voter • You will be entered in the Democratic Poll book
  13. 13. Presidential Primary – Allocation of Primary Results • The Presidential Primary Result totals will be used to allocate district/State Convention delegates & National Convention delegates • Candidates must receive 15% of primary vote • State Party will provide lists to each jurisdiction with numbers of district/State Convention and National Convention delegates for each candidate
  14. 14. Step 4 – City/County Caucuses • City/County caucuses elect district/state convention delegates and alternates • May be assembled or unassembled caucuses • April 19, 12:00 noon or April 21, 7:30 pm • Absentee voting (optional) – April 17, 7 pm • Delegate filing deadlines – April 14 or 16 • Caucuses must be publicized and locations must be accessible
  15. 15. City/County Caucuses • Jurisdictions will have a list of the number of delegates allocated to each presidential candidates • If only enough delegates pre-file, local party can cancel caucus • Slate voting is permitted • Jurisdictions may use city or county conventions as an intermediate step
  16. 16. City/County Caucuses • To participate in a city or county caucus: – Be a registered voter – Reside in the jurisdiction – Sign a Democratic pledge form • To be a district/State convention delegate – Prefile – Voluntary Administrative Fee of $25 max to cover expenses (can be waived)
  17. 17. Step 5 – National Convention Delegate Elections • District Conventions – Elect total of 54 delegates, 11 alternates – 4 to 7 delegates, 1 alternate per district – May 10, 17 or 24, 2008 – Filing Deadlines: Apr. 25, May 2, or May 9, 2008 • State Convention – Elect 18 At large dels, 3 alts, 13 Party Leader dels (18 automatic) – June 14, 2008, Hampton Virginia – Filing Deadline: June 2, 2008
  18. 18. Delegation • Virginia’s Delegation will be equally divided between men and women at the district and state levels • All delegates must be pledged; there will be no uncommitted delegates • Presidential candidates have the right to approve or disapprove all National Delegate candidates
  19. 19. District Level National Delegates District Delegates Alternates Males Females Total Males Females Total #1 2 2 4 1 0 1 #2 2 2 4 1 0 1 #3 3 3 6 0 1 1 #4 3 2 5 0 1 1 #5 2 2 4 1 0 1 #6 2 2 4 0 1 1 #7 2 3 5 1 0 1 #8 3 4 7 1 0 1 #9 2 2 4 1 0 1 #10 3 2 5 0 1 1 #11 3 3 6 0 1 1
  20. 20. District Conventions – Business • National Delegates/Alternates Elections • Elector – one per district • Resolutions (optional) • Congressional nominations (if not nominated by primary) • Other business
  21. 21. State Convention Delegates • At large Delegates (18) and Alternates (3) • Unpledged Add-on Delegates (2) (nominated by Party Chair) • Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates (11) • Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates (18) – Automatic
  22. 22. State Convention – Business • Delegate/Alternate Elections • Election of DNC Members (four) • Selection of two electors • Resolutions • Party Building Activities • State Committees: Rules, Credentials, Resolutions
  23. 23. 15% Threshold • State delegates: – Threshold applies at level at which state delegates are selected – Normally applies county-wide – Where counties are split and hold separate caucuses, allocation takes place at each caucus. • National delegates: – District delegates – 15% of District vote – At Large/PLEO – 15% of State-Wide vote
  24. 24. Delegate Selection Issues • If you want to be considered at both the district and State levels, you must file separately for each level. • If a presidential candidate drops out after the primary, the candidate still gets delegates/alternates elected at the district level, but at-large slots are reallocated.
  25. 25. Affirmative Action – Policy • All meetings are open. • Discrimination is prohibited. • Outreach to Democratic constituencies including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans, women, ethnics, youth, persons over 65 years of age, veterans, lesbians and gay men, workers, persons with a high school education or less, persons with disabilities, and persons of low and moderate income.
  26. 26. Affirmative Action Committee • Publicize primary and delegate selection process to all media • Special efforts for minority, student, constituency media, press and publications • Contact/inform constituency organizations • Work with City, County, District Affirmative Action/Outreach Committees
  27. 27. Affirmative Action Principles • Welcome all into our Democratic Party • Outreach to all communities • Increase participation of all constituencies
  28. 28. Affirmative Action Methods • Use Party Outreach/AA Committee Structure • Provide information – Press, Websites, Newsletters, E-mail – Events, Meetings • Invite Participation
  29. 29. Affirmative Action Goals • Representation goals – 19 African-Americans – 4 Hispanics – 4 Asian/Pacific Americans – 1 Native American • Inclusion goals – 12 Youth – 6-7 Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender – 5 People with Disabilities
  30. 30. National Convention Delegation • Delegation Chair • Committees (4 members per committee) – Credentials – Rules – Resolutions • Pages (3) Volunteers are also always encouraged
  31. 31. Virginia Process Dates – 2008 • Jan. 14 – Voter registration deadline • Feb. 12 – Primary • Apr. 14 or 16 – caucus filing deadline • Apr. 19 or 21 – city and county caucuses • Apr. 25, May 2 or 9 – National Delegate filing deadline for district conventions • May 10, 17 or 24 – District Conventions • June 2 – At-Large, PLEO filing deadline • June 14 – State Convention
  32. 32. GET INVOLVED!
  33. 33. • Presented by: Frank Leone October 2007

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