Ad Hoc Committee on ADEM Elections


The Assembly Delegate Election Meeting’s (ADEM) election process can be one of the California Democratic Party’s greatest assets in organizing the state and getting more activists involved in the Party. Traditionally, the ADEM election was a process by which the Party only elected delegates. Elections meetings would have thirty or forty people show up in a caucus election style environment, and statewide turnout in ADEM elections totaled no more than 12,000 voters. Starting in 2017 turnout increased exponentially with approximately 33,280 people voting and in 2019 with 41,395 people voting.

As more people have begun to get involved in the ADEM process, issues have arisen as to how elections are operated, how locations are selected, and the need for consistent staff and volunteer training. These issues cannot be ignored. To that end, I have created an Ad Hoc Committee on ADEM Elections. The purpose of this committee is to address these concerns and follow the charges laid out below.

Charge of the Committee

This Ad Hoc Committee has been created to address two specific issues with the ADEM Election.

First, the Committee needs to review and address issues addressing the ADEM Election Process. These issues include where the elections are held, how the meeting is conducted, how to do voter verification, and how to count ballots.

Second, the Committee needs to look at how we can turn the ADEM Election from strictly a way to elect delegates to a process for the Party to engage Democrats across the state.

The Committee will provide the Chair with at least 3 proposals addressing the charges above, differing in the number of financial resources dedicated to the election. Everything is on the table when considering new ideas.  The Committee is to provide recommendations to the Chair no later than February 20, 2020, at which point the committee will be dissolved. 

To submit public testimony, please click here. 

Committee Roster

Participation Subcommittee
Lead Co-Chairs
Emily Ward
Ricardo Cisneros

Anna Molander
Corey Jackson
Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik
Frances Hsieh
Lauren Hernandez
Manuel Zapata
Nicole Fernandez
Patricia Sanders
Stephen Gale
Process Subcommittee
Lead Co-Chairs
Coby King
Lara Larramendi
David Atkins
Deana Igelsrud
Felipe Grimaldo Jimenez
Gracie Torres
Jim Hilfenhaus
Joe Cislowski
Karen Wingard
Keith Umemoto
Linda Nearing
Margaret Okuzumi
Michael Thaller
Mirvette Judeh
Olivia Lee
Robert Service
Scott Rafferty
Sergio Carrillo
Temika Cook
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