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Want to Be a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention

Want to Be a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention

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FAQ on how to become a MD Delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte
FAQ on how to become a MD Delegate to the 2012 Democratic Convention in Charlotte

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WanttobeaDelegatetothe2012DemocraticNationalConvention?
 
1. I want to become a Delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention for PresidentObama. What should I do?
If you are interested in serving as an Obama delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, please complete an application here: http://my.barackobama.com/delegateapplication 
2. What is the formal process for becoming a Delegate? Where do I file?
 
Any registered Democrat can 
qualify 
as a 
district-level Delegate or Alternate 
and run in the Democratic Party by completing a: a. Certificate of candidacy b. Candidate pledge form whereby you designate your presidential preference and sign a pledge to that candidate 
 
These materials must be filed with the Maryland State Board of Elections between 8 AM on January 3 and 5 PM on January 11, 2012. The Board of Elections is located at 151 West St, Suite 2011 in Annapolis. Additionally the forms may be filed at the Washington and Wicomico County Board of Elections. There is no filing fee.
3. Once I file, what happens next? Is my name placed automatically on the ballot for the April3, 2012 primary?
The State Party Chair shall convey to President Obama’s campaign a list of all persons who have filed as a district-level Delegate or Alternate. The Obama campaign shall file with the State Party a list of all candidates they have approved that equal the number of Delegates and Alternates allocated to each district. These persons will appear on the primary ballot, and will likely be elected.
 
4. How many Delegates will be selected in the Primary?
The breakdown of district-level Delegates per Congressional district is provided below: 
District Delegates Alternates
Male Female Total Male Female Total 
1
3 3
6
1
12
4 3
7
1
13
4 4
8
1
14
5 5
10
1
15
5 5
10
1
16
2 3
5
1
17
4 5
9
1
18
5 4
9
1
15. Other than those who run in the primary, are there other Delegates to the Convention?
Yes, please see the chart below for a full breakdown of Maryland’s delegation to the Convention 
Type DelegatesAlternatesSelecting Body and DateFiling requirements and Deadlines
District Level Delegates andAlternates64 8Two-part primary on April 3, 2012File with the SBE by January 11, 2012Unpledged Party Leader andElected Officials*23 0Automatics by virtue of respective public or PartyofficePledged Party Leaders andElected Officials12 0State Central Committee on May 12, 2012File with the State Party by April 30, 2012At-Large Delegates andAlternates21 0State Central Committee on May 12, 2012File with the State Party by April 30, 2012
6. Who are the Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Official Delegates?
These Delegates include the following: Governor, Members of Congress and DNC Members.
7. Can I run to be a Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegate?
Individuals who are eligible to be PLEO Delegates include big city mayors, county executives,statewide elected officials, state legislators, county and local elected officials, and party leaders.Eligible candidates must file a declaration of candidacy with the State Party between April 16 and April 30, 2012, and be approved by the Obama campaign.

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