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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 President Obama. 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 April 3, 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 Male 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 4 5 5 2 4 5 Delegates Female 3 3 4 5 5 3 5 4 Total 6 7 8 10 10 5 9 9 1 1 1 1 1 1 Male 1 1 Alternates Female Total 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

5. 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 Selecting Body and Date Filing requirements and Deadlines District Level Delegates and Alternates Unpledged Party Leader and Elected Officials* Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials At-Large Delegates and Alternates 64 8 Two-part primary on April 3, 2012 File with the SBE by January 11, 2012 23 0 Automatics by virtue of respective public or Party office State Central Committee on May 12, 2012 File with the State Party by April 30, 2012 21 0 State Central Committee on May 12, 2012 File with the State Party by April 30, 2012

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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.

8. If I’m not selected to run in the primary, is there another opportunity to be a Delegate? Maryland has been allocated 21 At-Large Delegates, which any Democrat can run for by filing a statement of candidacy and designating their presidential preference with the Maryland Democratic Party between April 16 and 30, 2012. The Obama campaign shall approve a slate of candidates from all who have filed, and these persons will be elected by the State Central Committee on May 12, 2012. 9. What is the Affirmative Action, Outreach and Inclusion Plan? In order to encourage full participation by all Democratic constituencies in the delegate selection process, the Maryland Democratic Party has set representation goals for African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, LGBT Americans, people with disabilities and youth. Additionally, the Party will conduct outreach efforts to organized labor, veterans and military families, and new Americans. 10. What is the cost to attend the Convention? Your costs will be transportation to Charlotte, accommodation, food and other incidental expenses. All costs are the responsibility of the attendee

IMPORTANT DATES
Date January 11, 2012 January 13, 2012 April 3, 2012 April 30, 2012 May 12, 2012 Activity District-level delegate and alternate deadline for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Board of Elections and State Party. Presidential candidates provide list of approved district-level delegate and alternate candidates to State Party. Presidential preference primary. Pledged PLEO and at-large delegate or alternate candidate deadline for filing the statement of candidacy and pledge of support forms with State Party. State Committee convenes. Pledged PLEO delegates selected. Following selection of PLEO delegates, State Committee selects at-large delegates and alternates.

To read the entire Maryland Delegate Selection Plan, please visit http://www.mddems.org/your-party/delegateselection

For more information please contact Matthew Verghese at mverghese@mddems.org or 410-269-8818

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