California Democratic Party Opens Selection Process for Delegates to 2016 Democratic National Convention

SACRAMENTO — The California Democratic Party will have one of the largest and most diverse delegations at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28, 2016. The nomination and selection process is now open to all eligible Californians.

The California Delegation will send 475 Pledged Delegates and 40 Alternates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Only registered Democrats can participate, and the only way to attend the Democratic National Convention is as a delegate.

California Democrats wanting to attend Convention should visit www.cadem.org/philly2016 to learn about the process and apply online or by mail.

Pledged Delegates are committed to vote for the Democratic presidential candidate of their choice. There are three ways to become a pledged delegate:

District-Level (317 Delegates with 30 Alternates): Each of California’s 53 congressional districts (CDs) are allocated a number of district-level delegates and alternates, based upon population and presidential voting from the 2008 & 2012 elections. Potential candidates for district-level delegates must submit Form A, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, during the filing period of Feb 29 – April 13. Caucuses will be held May 1 in each CD where Democrats registered in the CD will be able to vote to slate delegates. Presidential vote levels per CD in the primary will determine which district-level delegates are selected, based on the caucus rankings.

At-Large (105 Delegates with 10 Alternates): At-large delegates are selected from a statewide pool and offer another way for Democrats to participate in the national convention. Potential candidates for at-large delegate must submit Form B, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, within the filing period of Feb 29 – Jun 9. Selection of at-large delegates will be confirmed at the June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting.

PLEO (53 Delegates): Party Leaders and Elected Official (PLEO) are Democrats from one of the following categories: big-city mayors and statewide elected officials; state legislative leaders and state legislators; other state, county and local elected officials; California Democratic Party leaders. PLEO candidates must submit Form C, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, during the filing period of Feb 29 – June 9. Selection of PLEO delegates will be confirmed at the June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting.

The delegation is evenly split by gender, and the California Democratic Party’s delegate selection plan includes affirmative action goals to increase the diversity of the delegation by race, age, Native American status, and sexuality.

The total delegation of 548 Delegates includes 73 Unpledged Delegates, who are California’s Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, Governor Jerry Brown and members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). They are automatic delegates to the National Convention.

All steps in the delegate selection process are open to the Press and the Public.

Visit www.cadem.org/philly2016 to view the plan, download forms, and apply online or by mail.

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