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CALL

For the 2020 Democratic National Convention

Issued by the Democratic Party of the United States

Tom Perez, Chair

Adopted by the Democratic National Committee on August 25, 2018
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Articles
I. Distribution of Delegate Votes ......................................................................1

II. Qualifications of State Delegations...............................................................3

III. Delegate Selection Deadline ..........................................................................4

IV. Certification Requirements ............................................................................4

V. Management of the 2020 Democratic National Convention
Operations ........................................................................................................6

VI. Presidential Candidates .................................................................................7

VII. Standing Committees on Platform, Rules and Credentials of the
2020 Democratic National Convention ........................................................8

VIII. Elector Qualifications ...................................................................................13

IX. Procedural Rules for the
2020 Democratic National Convention .....................................................13

Appendix A. Relationship Between the 2020 Rules of Procedure of the
Credentials Committee and the 2020 Delegate Selection Rules .............22

Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee of the 2020
Democratic National Convention ...............................................................22

Appendix B. Delegate/Alternate Allocation ...................................................................31

Appendix C. Allocation of Convention Pages .................................................................35

Appendix D. Allocation of Standing Committee Members ..........................................36

Appendix E. Presidential Candidate Written Affirmation ...........................................37
CALL
For the 2020 Democratic National Convention

To Whom It May Concern:
By authority of the Democratic National Committee, the National Convention of the Democratic Party is hereby
scheduled to convene on July 13-16, 2020 in TBD at an hour to be announced, to select nominees for the offices of
President and Vice President of the United States of America, to adopt and promulgate a platform and to take such
other actions with respect to such other matters as the Convention may deem advisable.

I. Distribution of Delegate Fractions of .5 and above are rounded up to
the next highest integer.
Votes
C. 1. For purposes of this paragraph C, the
The distribution of votes, delegates and period of time in which the first
alternates to the 2020 Democratic National determining stage of the presidential
Convention shall be in accordance with the nomination process takes place during
following: 2020 shall be divided into Stages as
follows:
A. The number of Convention votes for
delegates to the Convention shall be as set Stage I: The earliest date specified in
forth in the compilation included in this Rule 12 of the Delegate
resolution and determined as provided in Selection Rules through March
paragraphs B, C, D, E, F, G, and H1. 31, 2020, inclusive.
B. A base of 3,200 delegate votes is distributed Stage II: April 1 through April 30, 2020,
among the 50 states and the District of inclusive.
Columbia according to a formula giving
equal weight to the sum of the vote for the Stage III: May 1 through June 16, 2020,
Democratic candidates in the three (3) most inclusive.
recent presidential elections and to
population by electoral vote. The formula is 2. A percentage of the base delegate votes
expressed mathematically as follows: determined pursuant to paragraphs B
and E shall be added to the number of
A= base pledged delegates otherwise
1 SDV 2008 + SDV 2012 + SDV 2016 SEV determined pursuant to those
# + 0
2 TDV 2008 + TDV 2012 + TDV 2016 538 paragraphs, for the purpose of
increasing the size of the base pledged
A = Allocation Factor delegation, as follows:
SDV = State Democratic Vote
SEV = State Electoral Vote a. for any state in which the meeting,
TDV = Total Democratic Vote caucus, convention or primary
which constitutes the first
To determine the base delegation for each determining stage in the
state and the District of Columbia, the presidential nomination process in
allocation factors as determined by the that state occurs in 2020 on a date in
above formula are multiplied by 3,200. Stage II, the percentage shall be 10%;
and in which the meeting, caucus,

1 See Appendix B for the allocation of delegates and
alternates.

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convention or primary which at-large and one (1) pledged Party and
constitutes the first determining Elected Official delegate votes. Puerto Rico
stage in the presidential nomination will receive forty-four (44) base delegate
process in that state occurs in 2020 votes.
on a date in Stage III, the percentage
shall be 20%. F. Automatic2 votes shall be allocated to each
delegation to accommodate the members of
b. for any state in which the meeting, the Democratic National Committee from
caucus, convention or primary that state or territory in which they legally
which constitutes the first reside. The size of such a member’s vote
determining stage in the (i.e., whole or fractional) shall be the same
presidential nomination process in size as that which he or she is allowed to
that state is held in a regional cast at meetings of the Democratic National
cluster, that percentage shall be an Committee. Additional automatic delegate
additional 15 % added onto the base votes shall be allocated for other officers
delegate vote without accounting serving in positions created by the
for any adjustments made pursuant Democratic National Committee in
to Article I.C.2.a. States deemed to accordance with Article 3, Section 1.e. of the
qualify as a regional cluster shall Charter of the Democratic Party of the
have contests that are: United States.

i. held in conjunction with at least G. Automatic votes shall be allocated to
two other neighboring states provide for the Democratic President, the
holding similar contests; and Democratic Vice President, and all former
Democratic Presidents, all former
ii. on or after the fourth Tuesday in Democratic Vice Presidents, all former
March. Democratic Leaders of the United States
Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of
D. Fifteen percent (15%) of the base delegate the United States House of Representatives
votes determined pursuant to paragraphs B and Democratic Minority Leaders, as
and E shall be added to the number of votes applicable, and all former Chairpersons of
allocated for the purpose of representing the Democratic National Committee.3 Such
pledged Party and Elected Official delegates shall be seated with the state
delegates. For purposes of this paragraph, delegations from the state in which they
the number of base delegate votes have their voting residences.
determined pursuant to paragraph B shall
be the number determined thereunder after H. Additional automatic votes shall be added if
rounding. Fractions of .5 and above needed to provide for the Democratic
resulting from the multiplication required Governor4 (if any) from that state or
by this paragraph are rounded up to the territory and for the Democratic Members of
next highest integer. the United States House of Representatives
and Democratic United States Senators from
E. American Samoa, Guam, the Northern that state or territory (if any).5
Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands will
each receive six (6) at-large delegate votes. I. Each state, the District of Columbia and
Democrats Abroad will receive twelve (12) Puerto Rico may select a number of

2 For the purpose of the Call for the Convention, the term
“automatic” used in reference to the delegates described in 4 The Mayor of the District of Columbia, if a Democrat, shall
Delegate Selection Rule 9.A corresponds with the term be treated as a Democratic Governor.
“unpledged” as used in Article Two, Section 4(h) of the
Charter. 5 The District of Columbia’s Statehood Senators, if Democrats,
shall be treated as Democratic United States Senators.
3 Former Chairpersons of the Democratic National Committee
shall include National Chairs and General Chairs.

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alternates equivalent to one (1) alternate for Committee. The DNC Rules and Bylaws
every twelve (12) Convention votes received Committee shall have the final authority to
by it pursuant to paragraphs B, C, D, and E, regulate the delegate selection process,
provided, however, that each such subject to the authority of the Convention
delegation shall have at least two (2) Credentials Committee and the Democratic
alternates. American Samoa, Democrats National Convention. It shall be the duty of
Abroad, Guam, the Northern Mariana the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee to
Islands and the Virgin Islands shall each administer the delegate selection process
have one (1) alternate. Fractions of .5 and and ensure compliance with the rules,
above are rounded up to the next highest including equal division, and report to the
integer. It is further provided that each Secretary of the Democratic National
state shall have the additional number of at- Committee those states which are in non-
large alternates necessary to provide at least compliance. Only delegates and alternates
one alternate for each presidential candidate selected under a delegate selection
who is entitled to delegates from that state, procedure approved by the DNC Rules and
if the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Bylaws Committee shall be placed on the
determines that the number of alternates Temporary Roll of the 2020 Democratic
allocated to the state is not sufficient for National Convention. Only standing
each presidential candidate to have at least committee members and convention pages
one alternate. chosen pursuant to a state delegate selection
procedure approved by the DNC Rules and
J. Members of the Democratic National Bylaws Committee shall be qualified to
Committee and delegates selected pursuant serve in their respective capacities.
to paragraphs G and H (“Automatic
delegates”) may run and be elected as B. It is understood that a State Democratic
Pledged delegates. If an Automatic delegate Party, in electing and certifying delegates
is elected and certified as a Pledged and alternates to the Democratic National
delegate, that individual shall not serve as Convention, thereby undertakes to assure
an Automatic delegate at the 2020 National all Democratic voters in the state a full,
Convention. No delegate may hold more timely and equal opportunity to participate
than one (1) vote. Democratic Governors, in the delegate selection process and in all
Democratic Members of the United States Party affairs and to implement affirmative
House of Representatives and Democratic action and outreach and inclusion plans
United States Senators who are members of toward that end; that the delegates and
the Democratic National Committee shall alternates to the Convention shall be
serve as delegates by virtue of their selected in accordance with the Delegate
membership on the National Committee. Selection Rules for the 2020 Democratic
National Convention adopted by the
Democratic National Committee on August
II. Qualifications of State 25, 2018; and that the delegates it certified
Delegations will not publicly support or campaign for
any candidate for President or Vice
A. Notice is hereby given that delegates, President other than the nominees of the
alternates and standing committee members Democratic National Convention.
to the Democratic National Convention Furthermore, voters in the state will have
shall be elected in accordance with the the opportunity to cast their election ballots
Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party for the Presidential and Vice Presidential
of the United States, the Delegate Selection nominees selected by said Convention.
Rules for the 2020 Democratic National
Convention, the Call for the 2020 C. It is presumed that the delegates and
Democratic National Convention, and the alternates to the Democratic National
Regulations of the DNC Rules and Bylaws Convention, when certified pursuant to the
Call, are bona fide Democrats who are
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faithful to the interests, welfare, and success and all former Democratic Presidents,
of the Democratic Party of the United States, Vice Presidents, Democratic Leaders of
who subscribe to the substance, intent, and the United States Senate, Speakers and
principles of the Charter and the Bylaws of Democratic Minority Leaders of the
the Democratic Party of the United States, United States House of Representatives,
and who will participate in the Convention and Chairs of the Democratic National
in good faith and shall not express support Committee.
for any candidate who is opposed to the
Democratic nominee. Therefore, no C. Presidential Preference:
additional assurances shall be required of
delegates to the Democratic National Ten (10) days after the completion of the
Convention in the absence of a credentials state’s delegate selection process, each
contest or challenge. state’s Democratic Chair shall certify in
writing to the Secretary of the Democratic
III. Delegate Selection Deadline National Committee the presidential
preference (including uncommitted) of the
All state parties are required to take all steps state’s delegates.
necessary and appropriate to complete the
process of selecting delegates to the 2020 D. Replacements:
Democratic National Convention no later than
June 20, 2020. 1. Pledged Delegates and Alternates:

IV. Certification Requirements Replacement of a delegate (due to
resignation or death) by an alternate
A. Pledged Delegates and Alternates: Each and replacement of a vacant alternate
state’s Democratic Chair shall certify in position shall be certified in writing by
writing to the Secretary of the Democratic the State’s Democratic Chair to the
National Committee the election of their Secretary of the Democratic National
state’s delegates and alternates to the Committee (pursuant to Rule 19 of the
Democratic National Convention ten (10) Delegate Selection Rules) within three
days after their election. For the purposes (3) days after the replacement is
of this Call, the Chair of a committee selected. Certification of replacements
constituted pursuant to Rule 21.C. of the will be accepted by the Secretary up to
Delegate Selection Rules, shall be 72 hours before the first official session
recognized to act in place of the state’s of the Convention is scheduled to
Democratic Chair. convene.

B. Automatic Delegates: 2. Automatic Delegates:

1. Pursuant to Rule 9.A. of the Delegate a. Members of Congress and
Selection Rules, official confirmation by Democratic Governors shall not be
the Secretary of the Democratic National entitled to name a replacement. In
Committee to each State Democratic the event of any changes or
Chair shall constitute verification of the vacancies in a state’s Democratic
following automatic delegates: members congressional delegation following
of the Democratic National Committee; the official confirmation and prior to
the Democratic President, Vice the commencement of the National
President and Democratic Governor, if Convention, the Secretary shall
applicable; all Democratic members of recognize only such changes as have
the United States House of been officially recognized by the
Representatives and all Democratic Democratic Caucus of the United
members of the United States Senate; States House of Representatives or
the Democratic Conference of the
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United States Senate. In the event of a. Each of the 50 States, the District of
a change or vacancy in a state’s Columbia and Puerto Rico shall
office of Governor following the have a minimum of two (2) pages.
official confirmation and prior to the
commencement of the National b. One (1) additional page will be
Convention, the Secretary shall allocated to a state for every fifty
recognize only such changes as have (50) additional delegate votes.
been officially recognized by the Fractions of .5 and above are
Democratic Governors’ Association. rounded up to the next highest
integer.
b. Members of the Democratic
National Committee shall not be c. American Samoa, Democrats
entitled to a replacement, nor shall Abroad, Guam, the Northern
the state be entitled to a Mariana Islands, and the Virgin
replacement, except in the case of Islands shall each be allocated one
death of such delegates. In cases (1) page.
where a state’s DNC membership
changes following the Secretary’s 2. The National Chairperson of the
official confirmation, but prior to the Democratic National Committee may
commencement of the 2020 select not more than twenty-five (25)
Democratic National Convention, pages to assist him/her and the
acknowledgment by the Secretary of Democratic National Convention
the certification of the new DNC Committee in carrying out the work of
member shall constitute verification the Convention.
of the corresponding change of
automatic delegates. 3. The State Chair shall certify the
person(s) to serve as the Delegation’s
c. Delegates allocated pursuant to Convention Page(s), as allocated to the
Articles I.F., I.G. and I.H. of this Call delegation by this section. Such
shall not be entitled to name a certification shall be in writing to the
replacement, nor shall the state be Secretary of the Democratic National
entitled to a replacement. Committee and shall be made no later
than the time the state certifies its
E. Delegation Chair: Each delegation shall standing committee members pursuant
select one (1) person to serve as Delegation to Article VII.B.3. of this Call. The
Chair. The State Chair shall certify the National Chairperson of the Democratic
Delegation Chair. Such certification shall be National Committee shall certify the
in writing to the Secretary of the Democratic person(s) to serve as the Chair’s
National Committee within three (3) days Convention Page(s), as allocated to the
after the position is filled, which shall be no National Chairperson by this section.
later than the date by which the state Such certification shall be in writing to
certifies its standing committee members. the Secretary of the Democratic National
Committee and shall be made within
F. Convention Pages: three (3) days after these positions are
filled, but in any event, no later than
1. A base of 151 Convention Pages shall be June 20, 2020.
allocated among the 57 delegations as
follows:6 G. Certification Requirements: Each
certification required herein will include full
name, address and other information as

6 See Appendix C for the allocation of Convention Pages.

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required by the Secretary of the Democratic seating, as close to delegate seating as
National Committee. arrangements will permit. Members of
Democratic National Convention
V. Management of the 2020 Standing Committees who are not
already delegates or alternates shall be
Democratic National afforded guest seating for each session
Convention Operations of the Convention proceedings. Those
with disabilities shall be afforded
A. The Democratic National Committee has the seating within the delegation, or as close
authority to plan, arrange, manage and to the delegation seating as
conduct the Democratic National arrangements will permit.
Convention.
4. Delegates’ and Alternates’ Credentials:
B. In its sole discretion, the Democratic The state’s delegate, alternate, and
National Committee may establish and standing committee credentials shall be
organize a 2020 Democratic National distributed to the Chair of the state
Convention Committee (“DNCC”) to delegation from the credentials office.
exercise the authority on behalf of the
Democratic National Committee and the 5. Floor Access: Floor access shall be given
Democratic National Convention, to enter to delegates, alternates replacing
into contracts relating to business and delegates, the highest ranking
financial matters connected with the Democratic official in each state that
conduct of the 2020 Democratic National does not have a Democratic Governor,
Convention, in compliance with the each State Democratic Party’s Executive
parameters for convention operations set Director, such number of
forth herein. representatives of the presidential
candidates as may be deemed necessary
C. The DNC shall make every effort to exercise by the DNC, and such press personnel
its authority in accordance with the and other personnel as may be
following guidelines, subject to Rule 21.C. of determined by the DNC to be necessary
the Delegate Selection Rules: for the proper functioning of the
Convention and which does not
1. Contractors: The DNC shall as a policy compromise security and safety
seek to engage the services of unionized requirements. Additionally, any person
firms, including those owned by who is certified by Convention
minorities, women, LGBTQ+ persons, Operations as necessary to accompany
and people with disabilities. Contractors an individual with Floor access who is
shall be engaged according to DNC in a wheelchair shall receive Floor
policy. access.

2. Housing: The DNC shall design and 6. Visitor’s Seating: Seats for members-
implement a fair and equitable system elect of the Democratic National
by which hotel facilities shall be Committee as certified by the state’s
allocated to eligible state delegations Democratic Chair, guests and other
and to presidential candidates. observers shall be allocated for and shall
be fairly apportioned to the states
3. Delegate and Alternate Seating in according to each state’s relative
Convention Hall: The DNC shall design delegate strength. The Delegation Chair
and implement a fair and equitable and the State Democratic Chair shall
system by which the location of each each be given one half of the credentials
eligible state delegation’s seating in the for guest seats apportioned to the state
Convention Hall shall be determined. pursuant to this paragraph. Presidential
Alternates shall be afforded preferential preference shall be taken into account in
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the distribution of these guest
credentials. 10. Security: Coordination for security
within the Convention Hall, premises
7. Communications: and surrounding area shall be under the
authority of the DNC.
a. Microphones: Each state shall be
provided one (1) floor microphone 11. Financial Reports: All financial reports
which shall be located at the relating to convention financing
position of the Chair of the state required by the Federal Election
delegation. Each delegate shall have Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, and
access to the microphone. applicable Federal Elections
Commission regulations shall be filed
b. Telephones: Adequate provisions by the DNC or its authorized
shall be made for communication committees.
between the floor and the Chair of
the Convention so as to advise the VI. Presidential Candidates
Chair of the identity of any delegate
seeking recognition to speak and the The term “presidential candidate” herein shall
purpose for which recognition is mean any person who, as determined by the
sought. One (1) such telephone National Chairperson of the Democratic
shall be provided for each state National Committee, has accrued delegates in
delegation. the nominating process and plans to seek the
nomination, has established substantial support
c. General: The DNC may, in its for their nomination as the Democratic
discretion, promulgate guidelines or candidate for the Office of the President of the
restrictions regarding the use of United States, is a bona fide Democrat whose
communications equipment on the record of public service, accomplishment, public
floor of the Convention. writings and/or public statements affirmatively
demonstrates that the candidate is faithful to the
8. Facilities for Presidential Candidates: interests, welfare and success of the Democratic
The National Chairperson of the Party of the United States, and will participate
Democratic National Committee and in the Convention in good faith. At the time a
representatives of the presidential presidential candidate announces their
candidates shall design and implement candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm
a fair and equitable system whereby that they are a Democrat. Each candidate
facilities in the Convention Hall and its pursuing the Democratic nomination shall
immediate environs shall be fairly affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson
apportioned to presidential campaigns of the Democratic National Committee that
so as not to afford an undue advantage they:
to any presidential candidate. The cost
of such facilities shall be paid by the A. are a member of the Democratic Party;
presidential campaigns.
B. will accept the Democratic nomination; and
9. Facilities for News Media and Press
Seating: There shall be made available C. will run and serve as a member of the
adequate facilities, as close to the Democratic Party.
Convention floor as conditions permit,
for the print press, radio, on-line, and This requirement of written affirmation shall
television, including a limited number not supplant any necessary qualifications a
of camera positions commanding a full candidate must satisfy at the state level, but is in
view of the proceedings. The cost of addition to such affirmations required by
such facilities shall not be borne by the individual states and territories. The written
DNC. affirmation shall be done via an approved

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format by the DNC Rules and Bylaws delegates or alternates to the
Committee appended to this Call7. Democratic National Convention.

VII. Standing Committees on 4. Qualifications: Members of the
Platform, Rules and Convention Standing Committees must
be bona fide Democrats who are faithful
Credentials of the 2020 to the interests, welfare and success of
Democratic National the Democratic Party of the United
Convention States, who subscribe to the substance,
intent and principles of the Charter and
The Democratic National Committee, acting the Bylaws of the Democratic Party of
under its authority to issue the Call and the United States, and who will
establish the standing committees of the participate in the Convention in good
National Convention, hereby creates and faith.
organizes the Standing Committees on
Platform, Rules, and Credentials of the 2020 5. Quorum: A majority of the total votes
Democratic National Convention. The allocated to a standing committee shall
jurisdiction and rules of procedure of each constitute a quorum thereof for the
standing committee are set forth in this Call to purpose of transacting business. Such
the 2020 Democratic National Convention. votes shall be present and represented
Each standing committee may, by a majority of by the standing committee members.
the members voting, adopt additional rules of Upon a point of order of no quorum, the
procedure for the conduct of its business not Chair shall ascertain the presence or
inconsistent with this Call. The Democratic absence of a quorum by visual
National Committee shall publish and make estimation and shall not proceed until a
available all relevant requirements and quorum is present, provided, however,
deadlines for submitting proposals for that a roll call shall be had to determine
consideration by the standing committees. Such whether a quorum exists if the Chair is
information shall be distributed to the standing in doubt or upon demand of any
committee members and made available to the member of the standing committee
public as early as practicable before the supported by:
committees meet.
a. twenty percent (20%) of the
A. Membership: Subject to Rule 21.C. of the members of the committee as
Delegate Selection Rules, each standing evidenced by a petition submitted to
committee shall be composed of: the Chair indicating support of the
demand by not less than twenty
1. Base: A base of 162 members, casting percent (20%) of the members
158.25 votes, allocated to the states and present, or
territories in accordance with the same
distribution formula used to allocate b. by the rising in support of the
delegates to the Democratic National demand by not less than twenty
Convention.8 percent (20%) of the members
present, except that a motion to
2. PLEOs: 25 members, each casting one adjourn or to recess may be offered
(1) vote who shall be Party Leaders and and voted upon without a quorum
Elected Officials. present.

3. Delegate Status: Members of the 6. Proxies: As the standing committees are
standing committees need not be deliberative bodies of the National

7 See Appendix E for the Presidential candidate written 8 See Appendix D for the allocation of standing committee
affirmation. members.

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Convention, proxy voting by standing the Democratic National Committee
committee members shall not be shall certify in writing to the Secretary
permitted. of the Democratic National Committee
the Party Leader and Elected Official
7. Subcommittees: Any subcommittee of standing committee members within
the standing committees of the National three (3) days after their election.
Convention shall be composed only of Certification of each person will include
members of standing committees, full name, address and other
except that these subcommittees may be information as required by the Secretary
chaired by persons other than members of the Democratic National Committee.
of the committee.
4. No substitutions will be permitted in the
B. Election: case of standing committee members,
except in the case of resignation or
1. The members of the standing death. Substitutions must be made in
committees allocated to the states and accordance with the election procedures
territories shall be elected by each state’s specified in Article VII.B., C., D. and E.,
National Convention delegates present and must be certified in writing to the
at a meeting of which adequate notice of Secretary of the Democratic National
time and place shall be given and at Committee, in accordance with
which a quorum of the state’s delegates procedures specified in Article VII.B.3.
shall be present. Such meeting shall be Substitutions of standing committee
held in accordance with procedures members are encouraged to be made up
approved by the DNC Rules and Bylaws to forty-eight (48) hours prior to the
Committee and consistent with this Call. time the standing committee meets,
Such meeting shall take place within 14 except in the case of death.
days after the final selection of a state’s
delegation, but no such meeting shall be 5. Any challenge to the credentials of a
held after June 27, 2020. standing committee member shall be
considered and resolved by the affected
2. The members of the standing standing committee in accordance with
committees allocated as Party Leaders Appendix A of this Call. The DNC
and Elected Officials shall be elected by Rules and Bylaws Committee shall have
the Executive Committee of the jurisdiction over challenges brought
Democratic National Committee during before the 56th day preceding the date
the calendar year of the National of commencement of the Democratic
Convention upon nomination received National Convention.
from the National Chairperson of the
Democratic National Committee, after C. Presidential Preference:
consultation with the State Chairs from
those states from which members are 1. The members of the standing
contemplated to be nominated. Said committees allocated to the states and
members must be elected at a meeting territories shall proportionately
of the Executive Committee or by mail represent the presidential preference of
ballot no later than 30 days prior to the all candidates (including uncommitted
date of the standing committee meeting. status) receiving the threshold
percentage used in that state’s
3. Each state’s Democratic Chair shall delegation to calculate the at-large
certify in writing to the Secretary of the apportionment pursuant to Rule 14.E. of
Democratic National Committee their the Delegate Selection Rules, provided,
state’s standing committee members however, that members of the standing
within three (3) days after their committees from primary states shall be
selection. The National Chairperson of allocated to presidential candidates

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(including uncommitted status) based Delegate Selection Rules shall be given
on the statewide popular vote. adequate notice of the meeting of the
state’s delegation authorized to select
2. The presidential preference percentage standing committee members.
of each candidate receiving the
applicable percentage or more within 2. The delegation shall select the standing
the delegation shall be multiplied by the committee members from among names
total number of standing committee submitted by the presidential
positions allocated to that state or candidates (including uncommitted
territorial delegation. If the result of status), and presidential candidates
such multiplication does not equal 0.455 shall not be required to submit the name
or above, the presidential preference in of more than one person for each slot
question is not entitled to representation awarded to such candidate for members
on the standing committee. If the result of standing committees. Provided
of such multiplication is 0.455 but less further, that presidential candidates
than 1.455, the presidential preference in (including uncommitted status) shall
question is entitled to one (1) position. use their best efforts to ensure that the
Those preferences securing more than name or names of standing committee
1.455 but less than 2.455 are entitled to members submitted help achieve the
two (2) positions, etc. affirmative action and outreach and
inclusion goals established by the state’s
3. Where the application of this formula Delegate Selection Plan.
results in the total allocation exceeding
the total number of committee positions, E. Division Between Men and Women:
the presidential candidate whose
original figure of representation is 1. In the case of gender non-binary
farthest from its eventual rounded-off committee members, they shall not be
total shall be denied that one (1) counted as either a male or female, and
additional position. Where the the remainder of the delegation shall be
application of this formula results in the equally divided between male gender
total allocation falling short of the total (men) and female gender (women).
number of committee positions, the
presidential candidate whose original 2. The membership of each of the standing
figure of representation is closest to the committees from a state or territory
next rounding level shall be allotted an shall be as equally divided among men
additional committee position. and women (determined by self-
identification) as possible under the
4. Standing committee positions allocated state allocation; the variance between
to a presidential candidate shall be men and women in any committee or
proportionately allocated, to the extent among the three committees in
practicable, to each of the three standing aggregate shall not exceed one. The
committees. When such allocation DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee shall
results in an unequal distribution of have continuing jurisdiction to ensure
standing committee positions by compliance with this equal division
candidate preference, a drawing shall be requirement. No standing committee
conducted to distribute the additional members from a state shall be officially
positions. recognized unless the Rules and Bylaws
Committee has certified to the Secretary
D. Presidential Candidate Right of Approval: of the Democratic National Committee
that such state’s standing committee
1. Each presidential candidate or that delegation complies with this equal
candidate’s representative authorized division rule. It is the duty of the DNC
pursuant to Rule 13.D.1. of the 2020 Rules and Bylaws Committee to

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determine such compliance as soon as 2. The selection must take place at an open
practicable following the certification of well publicized meeting of by the State
the state’s standing committee Party’s governing body, provided it
members. meets the qualifications of Delegate
Selection Rule 10.B as if it were a state
3. The Party Leader and Elected Official party committee. The procedures for
membership of the standing committees selection must be approved by the DNC
elected by the Executive Committee of Rules and Bylaws Committee as part of
the Democratic National Committee the state’s Delegate Selection Plan.
shall be divided among men and
women so that the variance between 3. Members selected as temporary
men and women in any committee or standing committee members under this
among the three committees in provision serve only in the event that a
aggregate shall not exceed one. standing committee is called to meet
prior to completion of the state’s
F. Chairs of Standing Committees: delegate selection process. Temporary
members selected after the first
1. The Chair(s) of each Standing
determining step has occurred in a state
Committee shall be elected by the
shall reflect the Presidential preferences
Executive Committee of the Democratic
so established. No such temporary
National Committee upon nomination
member may continue to serve after the
of the National Chairperson of the
permanent standing committee
Democratic National Committee. Co-
members are selected unless he or she is
Chair(s) and Vice Chair(s) may also be elected as a permanent member
elected in this manner.
pursuant to the provisions in Section B
of this Article.
2. Individuals who are not otherwise
members of the standing committees
4. Substitutions in a state’s list of
who are elected Chair(s), Co-Chair(s) or
temporary standing committee
Vice Chair(s) thereof shall not have any
members may only be made up to 10
voting privileges on the standing
days prior to the time the standing
committees, except that the Chair(s),
committee meets.
may vote in the case of a tie.

3. The Chair(s) of each standing committee H. Platform Committee:
shall call and preside over each
1. The Platform Committee shall be
committee meeting, prepare an agenda
responsible for drafting and
to provide for orderly conduct of the
recommending the Platform of the
committee’s business, and supervise
Democratic Party to the Democratic
preparation of such research studies and
National Convention.
briefing materials as are required to
accomplish the committee’s work.
2. The Chair(s) of the Platform Committee,
in consultation with the National
G. Temporary Standing Committee Members:
Chairperson of the Democratic National
Committee, shall determine the number,
1. In the event that a standing committee
place and time for conducting hearing(s)
meeting is held prior to the election of a
and/or forum(s) and name the
state’s standing committee members, a
presiding panel, who need not be
state may select temporary members for
members of the Platform Committee, for
those standing committee member
each hearing and/or forum. Any
positions. person may submit a written statement
concerning the Platform to the Platform
Committee at any time prior to the

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Platform Committee meeting, and may prepared for distribution to the
request permission to testify at a public Convention delegates and alternates as
hearing and/or forum. part of the committee’s report. The
committee staff shall assist in the
3. No later than thirty (30) days before the preparation of such report.
first meeting of the Platform Committee,
written notice of the date, time, place, 7. The report of the Platform Committee
and the tentative agenda of such and any minority reports shall be
meeting shall be sent to all members of distributed to all delegates and
the Platform Committee. A special or alternates, and to the public as soon as
emergency meeting of the Platform practicable after their adoption.
Committee may be held upon call of the
Chair(s) of the Platform Committee with I. Rules Committee:
reasonable notice to the members.
1. The Rules Committee shall issue a
4. Prior to the first meeting of the Platform report to the Democratic National
Committee, the National Chairperson of Convention recommending the
the Democratic National Committee Permanent Rules of the Convention, the
shall distribute to the members of the Convention agenda, the permanent
Platform Committee a document officers of the Democratic National
outlining the issues to be considered by Convention, amendments to the Charter
the committee. of the Democratic Party of the United
States, and resolutions providing for the
5. The National Chairperson of the consideration of any other matter not
Democratic National Committee, in provided for in the Permanent Rules of
consultation with the Chair(s) of the the Convention and not contained in the
Platform Committee, shall appoint reports of other standing committees.
fifteen (15) persons to serve on a The foregoing notwithstanding, no
Platform Drafting Subcommittee and amendment to the Charter of the
the National Chairperson of the Democratic Party shall be effective
Democratic National Committee shall unless and until it is subsequently
appoint the Chair(s) thereof. In ratified by a vote of the majority of the
addition, one (1) non-voting member entire membership of the Democratic
may be appointed by each presidential National Committee.
candidate to serve on the Drafting
Subcommittee. The Platform Drafting 2. No later than thirty (30) days before the
Subcommittee is considered a first meeting of the Rules Committee,
subcommittee of the Platform written notice of the date, time, place,
Committee as defined in Article I.A.6 and the tentative agenda of such
provided, however, that members of the meeting shall be sent to all members of
Platform Drafting Subcommittee need the Rules Committee. A special or
not be members of the Platform emergency meeting of the Rules
Committee. The Drafting Subcommittee Committee may be held upon call of the
shall be responsible for the drafting of Chair(s) of the Rules Committee with
the report of the Platform Committee reasonable notice to the members.
under the direction and with the
approval of the full Platform 3. Upon the request of members
Committee. representing twenty-five percent (25%)
of the total votes of the Rules
6. Upon the request of members Committee, a minority report shall be
representing twenty-five percent (25%) prepared for distribution to the
of the total votes of the Platform Convention delegates and alternates as
Committee, a minority report shall be part of the committee’s report. The
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committee staff shall assist in the a proposed minority report relating to a
preparation of such report. credentials challenge to any delegate or
alternate from their state. The
4. The report of the Rules Committee and committee staff shall assist in the
any minority reports shall be distributed preparation of such report.
to all delegates, alternates, and to the
public as soon as practicable after their 4. The report of the Credentials Committee
adoption. and any minority reports shall be
distributed to all delegates, alternates,
J. Credentials Committee and Procedures for and the public as soon as practicable
Challenging Delegates or State Delegations: after their adoption.

1. The Credentials Committee shall VIII. Elector Qualifications
determine and resolve questions
concerning the seating of delegates and
alternates to the Convention pursuant to Each State Democratic Party shall take adequate
the resolution entitled the “Relationship steps, as set forth in its Delegate Selection Plan,
Between the 2020 Rules of Procedure of to assure that presidential electors will vote for
the Credentials Committee and the 2020 the election of the Democratic Presidential and
Delegate Selection Rules,” which Vice Presidential nominees including, having
includes the “Rules of Procedure of the each candidate for presidential elector sign a
Credentials Committee of the 2020 certification to so vote.
Democratic National Convention”
hereby approved and adopted by the IX. Procedural Rules of the 2020
Democratic National Committee, and
set forth in full in the Appendix to this Democratic National
Call. The committee shall report to the Convention
Convention for final determination and
resolution of all such questions. This The following Procedural Rules shall serve as
committee does not have authority over the Temporary Rules of Procedure for the 2020
the allocation and distribution of Democratic National Convention and are
convention credentials, including passes recommended to the Rules Committee and to
for delegates, alternates, guests or press. the Convention as the Permanent Rules of
Procedure for the conduct of the 2020
2. Challenges to the seating of any Democratic National Convention.
delegate or alternate shall be in
accordance with the Rules of Procedure A. Temporary Chair:
of the Credentials Committee. Any
challenge to the seating of a delegate or 1. The National Chairperson of the
alternate that is not made in conformity Democratic National Committee shall
with these rules shall be deemed call the Convention to order and shall
waived. preside until the Permanent Chair of the
Convention shall be chosen in
3. Upon the request of members accordance with these rules.
representing twenty-five percent (25%)
of the total votes of the Credentials 2. The National Committee Secretary shall
Committee, a minority report shall be serve as Temporary Secretary. The
prepared for distribution to the Chairperson of the Democratic National
Convention delegates and alternates as Committee shall appoint such other
part of the committee’s report; temporary officers as may be required
provided, however, that no member to assist in the conduct of the business
elected to the committee by a state of the Convention. These officers shall
delegation may join in such request as to be divided equally. In the case of gender
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non-binary temporary officers, they committee’s report unless a longer
shall not be counted as either a male or period of time shall be provided in a
female, and the remainder of the officers special order of business agreed
shall be equally divided. upon by the Convention. The
Chair(s) of the committee may
B. Temporary Roll: present committee amendments,
yield part of their time to others and
1. The Secretary of the Democratic may yield for the presentation and
National Committee shall determine a disposition of minority reports
Temporary Roll of delegates to the without losing the right to the floor.
Convention which shall consist only of
those persons selected and certified as b. The Temporary Chair shall arrange
delegates in accordance with the Rules for the orderly presentation of
and pursuant to this Call, unless a amendments and of minority
credentials contest shall have arisen reports offered at the direction of
with respect to any such person(s), in the committee. Twenty (20) minutes
which case the Secretary shall include shall be allowed for the presentation
on the Temporary Roll the name of the of each committee amendment or
credentials contestant recommended for minority report unless a longer
inclusion by the Credentials Committee period for any committee
in its report. amendment or minority report is
provided in special orders of
2. Persons whose names are included on business agreed to by the
the Temporary Roll of delegates shall be Convention. Time shall be allotted
permitted to vote on all matters before equally to proponents and
the Convention until after the adoption opponents of each committee
of the report of the Credentials amendment or minority report. The
Committee; provided that no person questions shall be put on each
shall be permitted to vote on their committee amendment or minority
credentials contest. report immediately following its
presentation without intervening
C. Order of Business: The order of business for motion.
the Democratic National Convention shall
be as provided in these rules and in any c. Upon conclusion of the
special order of business adopted under consideration and disposition of
Section D. of these rules. The Chair of the committee amendments and
Convention may, at appropriate times, minority reports, the Temporary
interrupt the order of business provided for Chair shall put the question on the
in these rules for introductions, adoption of the report of the
announcements, addresses, presentations, Credentials Committee with
resolutions of tribute and appreciation, or amendments previously adopted, if
remarks appropriate to the business of the any, without intervening motion. A
Convention. majority vote of the Convention
delegates eligible to vote shall
1. Report of the Committee on Credentials: constitute adoption of the report.
The Report of the Credentials
Committee shall be acted upon before d. In the event that the committee’s
the consideration of other business. report shall not be adopted when
the question is put, the committee
a. The Temporary Chair shall shall immediately reconvene to
recognize the Chair(s) of the reconsider its report and shall
Credentials Committee for up to present a new report to the
thirty (30) minutes to present the Convention as soon as possible.

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Secretary in the same manner in which
2. Report of Rules Committee: The it elected the Chair. The Co-Chairs shall
Temporary Chair(s) may then recognize be divided equally.
the Chair(s) of the Rules Committee to
present the committee’s report for the 5. Committee on Platform: The Permanent
Rules of the Convention and minority Chair shall recognize the Chair(s) of the
reports, if any, in the same manner as Platform Committee to present the
that provided for the presentation of the committee’s report and minority
Report of the Credentials Committee. reports, if any, in the same manner as
However, the Temporary Chair may, in that provided for the presentations of
the interest of conducting an orderly the reports of the Credentials and Rules
proceeding, opt to place before the Committees.
Convention the election of the
Permanent Chair, the Co-Chairs and the 6. Nomination of the Democratic
Secretary, prior to the presentation of Candidate for President: The Permanent
the Rules Committee report. Chair shall receive nominations from
the floor for the Democratic candidate
3. Convention Chair: The Convention shall for the Office of President of the United
proceed to elect the Permanent States in the following manner:
Convention Chair in the following
manner: a. Requests to nominate a presidential
candidate shall be in writing and
a. In accordance with the requirements shall have affixed thereto the written
of the 1984 Democratic National approval of the proposed nominee
Convention Resolution which calls and the name of the individuals
for alternating the Convention Chair who shall be recognized to make the
by gender, the Permanent Chair of nominating and seconding speeches
the 2020 Democratic National on behalf of a presidential candidate
Convention shall be a male. and shall be delivered to the
Convention Secretary at a location
b. The Chair(s) of the Rules Committee as specified by the Secretary no later
shall be recognized to offer a than 6:00 p.m. of the day preceding
nomination for Convention Chair as the day designated for the
recommended by the Committee on commencement of presidential
Rules. Nominations from the floor nominations.
shall then be received.
b. Each such request must be
c. When there are no further accompanied by a petition
nominations or upon adoption of a indicating support for the proposed
motion to close nominations, the nominee signed by delegates
Temporary Chair of the Convention representing not less than 300 or
shall conduct a vote for Permanent more than 600 delegate votes, not
Convention Chair. more than 50 of which may come
from one (1) delegation. A delegate
d. A majority vote of the delegates may not sign more than one (1)
present and voting shall be required nominating petition for president
to elect the Convention Chair. and for vice president. Pledged and
Balloting shall continue until a Chair automatic delegates may sign the
is elected. The Permanent Chair petition.
shall then take the gavel.
c. The order for nominating
4. Convention Co-Chairs: The Convention presidential candidates shall be
shall proceed to elect Co-Chairs and a determined by the National
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Chairperson of the Democratic
National Committee, the Permanent c. In the event that a nominating
Chair of the Convention and each contest moves beyond the first ballot
presidential candidate, or their of the presidential roll call, all
authorized representative, who pledged and automatic delegates
qualifies to be nominated pursuant will be permitted to vote for a
to this section. presidential candidate on all
subsequent ballots until a nominee
d. Each presidential candidate shall be is chosen.
allowed a total of twenty (20)
minutes for the presentation of their d. A majority vote of all Convention
name in nomination by nominating delegates eligible to vote on the
and seconding speeches, the time to ballot in question shall be required
run without interruption from the to nominate the presidential
recognition of the nominator. candidate.

e. Delegates and alternates shall e. Eligible delegates may vote for the
maintain order during and candidate of their choice whether or
following nominations for the Office not the name of such candidate was
of President and demonstrations placed in nomination. Any vote cast
shall not be permitted. other than a vote for a presidential
candidate meeting the requirements
7. Roll Call for Presidential Candidate: of Article VI of this Call and Rule
13.K. of the 2020 Delegate Selection
a. After nominations for presidential Rules shall be considered a vote for
candidates have closed, the “Present.”
Convention shall proceed to a roll
call vote by states on the selection of f. Balloting will continue until a
the presidential candidate. The roll nominee is selected. Upon selection,
call voting shall follow the balloting may be temporarily
alphabetical order of the states with suspended, provided that the
the District of Columbia and Puerto balloting shall continue at a time
Rico and the territories treated as certain determined by the
states for the purpose of the Convention Chair, until all states,
alphabetical roll call. the District of Columbia, Puerto
Rico and the territories shall
b. On the first ballot of the presidential publically deliver their vote prior to
roll call, only pledged delegates will the nominee’s acceptance speech.
be permitted to vote unless a The nominee shall become the
presidential candidate has been candidate of the Democratic Party of
certified by the DNC Secretary to the United States for the Office of
have obtained a number of pledged President upon the conclusion of
delegates equal to a majority of all their acceptance speech.
pledged and automatic delegates to
the Convention9, at which point 8. Acceptance Speech by Presidential
automatic delegates will also be Candidate: Immediately after the
permitted to vote on the first ballot. selection of the Democratic nominee for

9 The determination that a presidential candidate has Secretary shall publicly announce his or her determi-
secured the requisite number of pledged delegates nation as soon as practicable after receiving every
shall be made by the DNC Secretary upon certifi- delegation’s certification of pledged delegates. Subse-
cation of pledged delegates at the conclusion of the quent events after the Secretary’s announcement shall
delegate selection process (the Secretary’s calculation not change the determination.
shall not take into account any alternates). The DNC
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President, the Permanent Chair shall Vice President, the Permanent Chair
invite the nominee to deliver an shall invite the nominee to deliver an
acceptance speech to the Convention. acceptance speech to the Convention.
The nominee shall become the candidate
9. Nomination for the Democratic of the Democratic Party of the United
Candidate for Vice President: The States for the office of Vice President
selection of a nominee for the Office of upon completion of their acceptance
Vice President of the United States shall speech to the Convention.
be conducted in the same manner as
that heretofore provided for the D. Special Orders of Business: It shall be in
selection of the nominee for President of order at any time for the Rules Committee
the United States except that (i) a at the request of the Chair of the
request to nominate must be delivered Convention, or pursuant to its rules, to
to the Convention Secretary at a location report a resolution providing a special order
as specified by the Secretary not later of business for debate of any resolution,
than 9:00 a.m. of the day designated for motion, committee report or minority report
the commencement of Vice Presidential or for the consideration of any matter.
nominations, and (ii) automatic
delegates shall be permitted to vote on E. Powers and Duties of the Chair:
all ballots for the nomination of the
Democratic candidate for Vice 1. It shall be the responsibility of the Chair
President. to conduct and expedite the business of
the Convention and to preserve order
10. Roll Call Ballot for Vice Presidential and decorum in its proceedings.
Candidate:
2. The Chair is authorized to appoint such
a. After nominations for Vice Convention officers as may be required
Presidential candidates have closed, to assist in the conduct of the business
the Convention shall proceed to a of the Convention, such officers to be
roll call vote by states on the divided equally (In the case of gender
selection of the Vice Presidential non-binary convention officers, they
candidate. The roll call voting shall not be counted as either a male or
procedure shall be conducted in the female, and the remainder of the
same manner as that heretofore delegation shall be equally divided); to
provided for the selection of the appoint any delegate temporarily to
nominee for President of the United perform the duties of the Chair; and to
States except that automatic take such lawful action as may be
delegates shall be permitted to vote necessary and appropriate to preserve
on all ballots for the nomination of order throughout the Convention Hall;
the Vice President. and to take any other actions consistent
with the Charter and the Bylaws of the
b. A majority vote of the Convention’s Democratic Party of the United States
delegates shall be required to select and this Call.
the Vice Presidential candidate.
Delegates may vote for the F. Voting:
candidate of their choice whether or
not the name of such candidate was 1. Secret Ballot: No secret ballots shall be
placed in nomination. Balloting will permitted at any stage of the
continue until a nominee is selected. Convention or its committee
proceedings.
11. Acceptance Speech by Vice Presidential
Candidate: Immediately after the
selection of the Democratic nominee for
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2. Proxy Voting: Neither delegate nor shall not be used in the balloting
alternate delegate votes may be cast by for the Presidential and Vice
proxy. Presidential nominees. Business
shall be permitted to proceed
3. Roll Call Votes: during the telephone roll call and
votes may be conducted by
a. On all votes, except the first ballot electronic mechanism. After each
of the presidential roll call as official vote, the Delegation Chair
described in Article IX.C.7, shall record and tally votes of the
automatic delegates retain their delegation on official roll call tally
ability to vote according to their sheets provided by the
own preferences. Convention Secretary. All official
roll call tally sheets shall be turned
b. Voting shall be by voice vote or, in to the Convention Secretary at a
when prescribed by these rules, by specified location not more than
roll call vote. The roll call voting thirty (30) minutes after the close
shall follow the order as specified of each voting period.
in Article XI.C.7.a. A roll call vote
shall also be had if the Chair is in d. All delegates to the National
doubt or upon demand of any Convention pledged to a
delegate supported by twenty-five presidential candidate shall in all
percent (25%) of the Convention’s good conscience reflect the
delegates as evidenced by one of sentiments of those who elected
the following methods: them.

(1) A petition submitted to the e. In the case where a pledged
Chair indicating support of the delegate is not on the floor of the
demand by not less than Convention Hall at the time a vote
twenty-five percent (25%) of is taken, an alternate may be
the Convention’s delegates. designated according to the rules
to cast the vote. In no case may an
(2) By the rising in support of the alternate cast a vote for a delegate
demand by not less than allocated under I.F., I.G., or I.H. of
twenty-five percent (25%) of this Call.
the delegates present.
f. On a roll call vote by states, the
c. When a roll call vote is ordered, vote cast on behalf of a delegation
the roll call shall be called by may be challenged by
states, and the Chair of each communication to the Convention
delegation or Their designee shall Secretary by telephone or other
report the vote of their delegation means by any voting member of
and shall send to the Convention that state’s delegation within ten
Secretary a tally showing the vote (10) minutes after the Convention
of each member of their delegation Secretary’s announcement of the
indicating whether such vote was state’s vote. The votes of that
cast in person or by an alternate. delegation shall then be recorded
Such roll call votes may be as polled without regard to any
conducted by having the Chair for state law, party rule, resolution or
each delegation report by instruction binding the delegation
telephone, or electronic voting or any member thereof to vote for
mechanism, the vote of their or against any candidate or
delegation to the rostrum, proposition. The Convention
provided that the telephone poll Chair may send a parliamentarian
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to the delegation to conduct the Conventions, to the precedents of the
poll. At the discretion of the United States House of Representatives and
Convention Chair, the roll call to general parliamentary law.
may continue instead of waiting
for the result of the polling. I. Appeals:

g. On a roll call vote conducted by 1. The Chair shall decide all questions of
telephone or other electronic order subject to an appeal by any
voting mechanism, the vote of a delegate which may be debated for not
delegation as shown on the video more than ten (10) minutes, the time to
projection system may be be equally divided between the delegate
challenged by communication to appealing the ruling and a delegate in
the Convention Secretary by favor of sustaining the ruling of the
telephone or other means by any Chair; provided that an appeal shall not
voting member of the delegation be in order while another appeal is
within ten (10) minutes after the pending or from decisions on
delegation’s vote is shown on the recognition or from decisions on
screen. dilatoriness of motions or during a roll
call vote or on a question on which an
h. A demand to poll a delegation appeal has just been decided or, when in
may be withdrawn at any time the opinion of the Chair, such appeal is
before the actual polling has clearly dilatory.
begun.
2. Before the question is put on any
4. Interruption of Vote: When the question appeal, the Chair shall be entitled to
has been put, the vote thereon may not state briefly the reasons for the ruling
be interrupted for any purpose other being appealed.
than a demand for a roll call vote or a
point of order directed to the conduct of J. Motion to Suspend the Rules: The Chair
the vote. shall entertain a motion to suspend the
rules, which shall be decided without
5. Determination of Question: Except as debate and which shall require a vote of two
otherwise provided in these rules, all thirds (2/3) of the delegates voting, a
questions shall be determined by a quorum being present.
majority vote of the delegates to the
Convention. K. Motion:

G. Filling a Vacancy on the National Ticket: In 1. No question of privilege or any motion
the event of death, resignation or disability other than those provided under these
of a nominee of the Party for President or rules shall be entertained, except the
Vice President after the adjournment of the motion to recess (to a time certain or at
National Convention, the National the call of the Chair), which shall be
Chairperson of the Democratic National privileged, and the motion to adjourn,
Committee shall confer with the Democratic which shall be the highest privilege.
leadership of the United States Congress
and the Democratic Governors Association 2. Motions to adjourn or to recess shall be
and shall report to the Democratic National in order at any time except when the
Committee, which is authorized to fill the question has been put or a vote is in
vacancy or vacancies. progress and shall be decided without
debate. The Chair shall not entertain a
H. Interpretation of the Rules: In interpreting motion to adjourn or recess when such
the rules, the Chair may have recourse to motion closely follows another such
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motion if in the opinion of the Chair special order of business, debate on any
such motion is dilatory. question shall be limited to a total of twenty
(20) minutes and shall be equally divided
L. Amendments: No amendments to between proponents and opponents unless
resolutions or motions before the they and the Chair agree upon an additional
Convention shall be permitted, except or lesser amount of time.
amendments to standing committee reports
or resolutions offered at the direction of the P. Quorum: A majority of the delegates to the
standing committee or in a minority report Convention shall constitute a quorum
of that standing committee; provided that thereof for the purpose of transacting
no motion or proposition on a subject business. Upon a point of order of no
different from that under consideration quorum being made, the Chair shall
shall be admitted in the form of such an ascertain the presence or absence of a
amendment. quorum by visual estimation and shall not
proceed until a quorum is present; provided
M. Minority Reports: Minority reports of that a motion to adjourn may be offered and
committees shall not be considered unless voted upon without a quorum present.
adopted in writing by members
representing at least twenty-five percent Q. References to the “Chair”: All references to
(25%) of the total votes of a committee. A the authority and responsibilities of the
minority report may be withdrawn at any “Chair” shall pertain to the Temporary
time prior to or during the Convention. A Chair, the Permanent Chair, the Co-Chair(s)
minority report shall be deemed to be and any other person assuming the duties of
withdrawn when support for the report falls the Chair as appropriate during the
below the number of members representing Convention.
twenty-five percent (25%) of the total votes
of the standing committee as evidenced by R. Equal Division: The Charter of the
the written withdrawal of support by Democratic Party of the United States
proponents of the report. A committee provides that the National Convention shall
member may withdraw their support for a be composed of delegates and alternates
minority report by written notice to the equally divided between men and women
Secretary of the Democratic National (as determined by self-identification). This
Committee. Call, in compliance with the Charter, and
pursuant to Rule 6.C. of the 2020 Delegate
N. Responsibility: By participating in the Selection Rules, mandates that delegates and
Democratic National Convention, each alternates from each state and jurisdiction
delegate assumes the responsibility for shall be equally divided between men and
doing all within their power to assure that women with a variance of no more than one
voters of their state will have the (1). In the case of gender non-binary
opportunity to cast their election ballots for delegates, they shall not be counted as
the Presidential and Vice Presidential either a male or female, and the remainder
nominees selected by the Convention or, of the delegation shall be equally divided
should a vacancy arise, pursuant to Article between male gender and female gender.
VIII.G. of these rules, and expressly agrees
that he or she will not publicly support or S. Non-Discrimination: Discrimination on the
campaign for any candidate for President or basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national
Vice President other than the nominees of origin, religion, ethnic identity, sexual
the Democratic National Convention, or, orientation, gender identity, economic
should a vacancy arise, the nominee(s) status or disability in the conduct of
selected pursuant to Article VIII.G. Democratic Party affairs is prohibited.

O. Debate: Unless otherwise provided in these T. Territories: The term “territories” shall refer
rules or in a resolution providing for a to American Samoa, Democrats Abroad,

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Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and
the Virgin Islands in this Call.

U. Proceedings:

1. A record of all actions taken each day by
the Convention shall be made available
to all delegates and alternates.

2. The Secretary of the Democratic
National Committee will provide a
journal of the full proceedings of the
Convention, which shall be made
available within the year following the
Convention.

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Appendix A
Relationship Between the 2020 Rules of Procedure of the
Rules of Procedure of the Credentials Committee of the 2020
Credentials Committee and the Democratic National Convention
2020 Delegate Selection Rules
1. Jurisdiction of the Credentials Committee
Under Rule 21.B. of the 2020 Delegate Selection
Rules, the Rules and Bylaws Committee has The Credentials Committee shall have
jurisdiction over challenges pertaining to the jurisdiction to hear and decide:
submission, non-implementation and violation
of state Delegate Selection Plans, Affirmative A. Any challenge brought before the DNC
Action Plans, and Outreach and Inclusion Rules and Bylaws Committee and not
Programs. The following “Rules of Procedure of resolved before the 56th calendar day
the Credentials Committee of the 2020 preceding the date of commencement of
Democratic National Convention” describes the the Democratic National Convention;
procedure for considering challenges once the and,
Credentials Committee assumes responsibility
for the challenge process as otherwise described B. Any challenge alleging:
in Rule 21.B.
1. Failure to implement a final order of
All delegates and alternates to the 2020 the DNC Rules and Bylaws
Democratic National Convention shall be Committee; or
selected in accordance with the 2020 Delegate
Selection Rules and the 2020 Call. Only delegates 2. Failure to implement a plan
and alternates selected under a delegate selection approved by the DNC Rules and
system approved by the DNC Rules and Bylaws Bylaws Committee, if such challenge
Committee pursuant to the 2020 Delegate Selection is initiated on or after the 56th day
Rules shall be placed on the Temporary Roll of preceding the date of commencement
the 2020 Democratic National Convention. of the Democratic National
Convention, except with regard to
All challenges to the credentials of delegates and Rule 19.E. of the Delegate Selection
alternates to the 2020 Democratic National Rules.
Convention shall be processed in accordance
with the “Rules of Procedure of the Credentials 2. Parties
Committee of the 2020 Democratic National
A. Challenging Parties: A challenge to the
Convention.”
credentials of any delegate or alternate to
the 2020 Democratic National
Convention shall be brought by at least
fifteen (15) Democrats who are residents
of the state and level at which delegates
to the National Convention are elected in
which the challenge arises, and who
fulfill (1), or if there is no Democratic
Party enrollment or registration in the
state, then either (2) or (3) below:

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1. Registration or enrollment as 2. Where delegates or alternates to the
Democrats in those states which Convention have not yet been
employ such procedures. Persons selected from the level at which
not registered to vote or persons delegates to the National Convention
registered as unaffiliated voters or are elected in which the challenge
enrolled as members of other parties arises, the challenged party shall be
or as independents shall not have the Democratic Party organization
standing to bring a challenge. responsible for that level; provided
that where any state law or state
2. Participation in Democratic Party party rule, regulation, decision or
affairs. Persons who have other state party action or omission is
participated in the affairs of another challenged, the State Democratic
political party during the preceding Party shall also be named as a
12-month period shall not have challenged party. If during the
standing to bring a challenge. tendency of the challenge, any
Participation in a party’s affairs shall delegate(s) or alternate(s) to the
include, but not be limited to, voting Convention are selected from the
in the immediately preceding level involved, such delegate(s) or
primary of that political party. alternate(s) shall be joined as
challenged parties if any relief with
3. Any person who lacks standing respect to their credentials at the
under paragraphs (1) and (2) and Convention is sought.
who demonstrates that he or she
attempted to participate in the affairs 3. The State Democratic Party shall be
of the Democratic Party in good faith joined as a challenged party if a
shall have standing to challenge. challenged party so requests.

4. Each challenge shall include a C. Intervening Parties:
statement indicating that each
challenger subscribes to the 1. A State Democratic Party may
substance, intent and principles of intervene as of right in any challenge
the Charter and Bylaws of the proceeding for the purpose of
Democratic Party of the United protecting any interest it may have
States. Each challenger must have with respect to that proceeding.
been personally injured with respect
to their participation in the delegate 2. A presidential candidate may
selection process by any violation intervene as of right in any challenge
complained of or shall be so situated proceeding for the purpose of
that he or she clearly will be protecting any interest he or she may
personally injured by such violation. have with respect to that proceeding.

B. Challenged Parties: 3. For good cause shown, any other
person having standing under
1. Where delegates or alternates to the Section 2.A. may be permitted to be
Convention have been selected from heard as an amicus curiae or, in
the level at which delegates to the appropriate circumstances, to
National Convention are elected in intervene, for all or limited purposes,
which the challenge arises, the by leave of the Chair of the
challenged party or parties shall be a Credentials Committee or the
delegate or alternate or a group of Hearing Officer.
delegates or alternates or the entire
delegation from that level.

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3. Filing, Service of Documents and 2. The Chair(s) of the Credentials
Computation of Time Committee shall have authority for
good cause, on application or sua
A. Filing: Any challenge, answer and sponte, to enlarge or shorten any
accompanying documents to be period of time prescribed by these
considered in the processing of any rules. An extension of time shall be
challenge shall be filed by hand delivery granted only when compelling need
(receipt to be retained), certified mail is shown.
(return receipt requested), or by an
overnight delivery service (signature 4. Challenges
required) to: Chair, 2020 Convention
Credentials Committee, c/o Democratic A. A credentials challenge shall be
National Committee, 430 South Capitol commenced by the filing of a written
Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003 with a challenge not later than:
copy to the Chair of the Democratic Party
of the state in which the challenge arises. 1. Fifteen (15) calendar days after the
The original and a copy of each violation occurred, or
document shall be filed. Filing shall be
deemed complete upon receipt, or in the 2. Fifteen (15) calendar days after the
case of hand delivery, upon delivery. selection of any delegate or alternate
whose credentials to the Democratic
B. Service: Any document filed in any National Convention are to be put in
proceeding pursuant to these rules shall issue, whichever occurs first. The
be served at the same time by the filing challenging parties shall, within the
party upon all other parties to the period provided by the State
proceeding, with a copy to the Chair of Democratic Party in its Delegate
the Democratic Party of the state in Selection Plan, invoke, and shall
which the challenge arises. Service shall thereafter exhaust, the remedies
be made by hand delivery (receipt to be provided by State Democratic Party
obtained), certified mail (return receipt procedures for the violations alleged.
requested), or an overnight delivery
service (signature required) to each party B. The challenge shall be verified by the
or their attorney, if any. Any document notarized signature of each challenging
filed pursuant to these rules shall be party, and shall include the following:
accompanied by a certificate of service
signed by the filing party or by their 1. The name, address and telephone
attorney, if any. Service shall be deemed number of each challenging party
complete, in the case of hand-delivery, and allegations of fact fulfilling the
on the date of receipt by the served party requirements of Section 2.A.; and the
or, in the case of service by certified mail name, address and telephone number
or an overnight delivery of each challenging party’s attorney
service, on the first business day on or other representative authorized to
which delivery is attempted. receive documents on behalf of the
challenger.
C. Time:
2. The name, address and telephone
1. In computing any period of time number of each delegate or alternate
prescribed by these rules, the day of whose credentials are challenged, or
the act or event from which the a statement that such information is
designated period of time begins to unavailable to the challenging
run shall not be included. Weekends parties; or, where delegates or
and holidays shall be included. alternates have not yet been selected,

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the name, address and telephone C. The challenge shall be accompanied by
number of each challenged party. the following documents:

3. An identification of the state and 1. A plain, concise and specific
level at which delegates to the statement that contains, by separately
National Convention are elected in numbered paragraphs, each violation
which the challenge arises. alleged and each form of relief
sought.
4. A plain, concise and specific
statement of each violation of a state 2. A list of the name, address and
delegate selection plan approved by telephone number of each witness
the DNC Rules and Bylaws who is likely to be called to testify in
Committee, or of a final order of the support of the challenge.
DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee;
or a statement that the state does not 3. A list of the documents likely to be
have an approved delegate selection offered in support of the challenge,
plan. together with copies of those
documents.
5. A plain, concise and specific
statement of how each challenging 5. Answer
party has been injured with respect
to their participation in the delegate A. Within ten (10) calendar days after
selection process by each alleged service of a challenge, each challenged
violation. party shall file a written answer, verified
by the notarized signature of each
6. A plain, concise and specific challenged party, including the
statement of the remedies each following:
challenging party has invoked with
respect to each alleged violation 1. The name, address and telephone
before filing a credentials challenge number of each challenged party and
with the Credentials Committee, and the name, address and telephone
a statement of the expected length of number of their attorney or other
time for exhaustion of the state party representative authorized to receive
procedures. documents on behalf of the
challenged party.
7. A plain, concise and specific
statement of the relief requested and 2. A statement as to whether the
the reason therefore. If a challenging standing under Section 2.A. of the
party proposes that he or she be challenging parties is in dispute.
seated in the state’s delegation, the
challenge shall include a plain, 3. A response to the challenge,
concise and specific statement of the separately admitting or denying each
reasons why that party has a right to statement therein, or stating that the
be seated, superior to that of the challenged party is without sufficient
delegate or alternate whose seat he or information to admit or deny. A
she seeks; and a plain, concise and response to a statement shall fairly
specific statement of how the meet its substance, admitting those
challenging party has complied with parts that are true and denying those
all applicable laws, rules and parts that are false.
regulations and has participated in
the delegate selection process. 4. A plain, concise and specific
statement of each and every

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affirmative defense to the alleged dismiss any challenge, or part of a
violations. challenge, which is based solely on
composition of the Convention
5. A plain, concise and specific delegation, except in the case of a
statement of any other reasons why challenge based upon the failure to
the challenged party should prevail. achieve equal division.

B. The answer shall be accompanied by the 3. The Chair shall have authority to
following documents: dismiss any challenge which is
brought by persons lacking standing
1. A plain, concise and specific under Section 2.A., or which
statement that contains, by reference otherwise fails to comply
to each numbered paragraph of the substantially with these rules, or
challenging statement required by which is otherwise manifestly
Section 4.C.1., a response to each insufficient.
alleged violation or request for relief.
A response to a proposition shall 4. Any dismissal shall be accompanied
fairly meet its substance, admitting by a written opinion by the Chair.
those parts that are true and denying
those parts that are false. Wherever a B. Decision on the Pleadings: The Chair of
proposition is denied in whole or in the Credentials Committee shall have
part, the proposition supported by authority to make a decision on the
the challenged party on that point pleadings where it is plain from the
shall be stated. challenge and the answer, together with
the documents accompanying those
2. A list of the name, address and pleadings, that there is no genuine issue
telephone number of each witness of material fact between the parties. Any
who is likely to be called in decision on the pleadings shall be
opposition to the challenge. accompanied by a written opinion by the
Chair.
3. A list of the documents likely to be
offered in opposition to the C. Review of Dismissal or Decision on the
challenge, together with copies of Pleadings: Within five (5) calendar days
those documents. after service of a notice of the entry of a
dismissal under Section 6.A. or under
C. Challenged parties may consolidate their Section 1.B., an aggrieved party may file
answers. a Petition for Review by the Credentials
Committee stating the objections to the
6. Dismissal and Decision on the Pleadings Chair’s action, and may file a brief.
Within five (5) calendar days after service
A. Dismissal: of the petition, any other party may file a
brief. Consideration of the challenge by
1. The Chair of the Credentials the Credentials Committee shall proceed
Committee shall dismiss any as in other cases, except that the
challenge, or part of a challenge, challenge shall be given precedence on
which does not fall within the the committee’s docket.
jurisdiction of the Credentials
Committee. 7. Decision of State Party Body

2. If a state party has adopted and A. The Chair(s) of the Credentials
implemented an approved Committee may defer, for such period as
affirmative action and outreach and is appropriate, proceedings on a
inclusion program, the Chair shall challenge in order to give time for the
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consideration of any challenge or other C. The hearing shall be conducted by a
related matter under State Democratic Hearing Officer appointed by the
Party procedures. The deferral period Chair(s) of the Credentials Committee.
shall not be so long as to interfere with The Hearing Officer shall be a Democrat,
the processing and consideration of the neutral in the context of the challenge,
challenge by the Credentials Committee experienced in the law, known by
if that should prove necessary. reputation to be fair and shall not be
involved in or identified with any
B. The State Democratic Party body may presidential campaign or any group
take such action with respect to the promoting or opposing credentials
challenge or other related matter as it is challenges. The Chair(s) shall make a
authorized to take under state law and reasonable effort to secure the agreement
state party rules. of the parties to the Hearing Officer.

C. After a decision by a state party body on D. The Hearing Officer shall have all power
a challenge or other related matter, any necessary to conduct the hearing in such
party to the challenge pending before the manner, consistent with these rules, as to
Credentials Committee may request the secure the just, speedy and inexpensive
Committee to process the challenge and determination of the challenge, including
the Committee shall do so. The party the right to require the parties to
making the request shall file any written participate in a pre-hearing conference.
decision or order made with respect to
the challenge by the state party body. E. Prior to the commencement of the
The decision of the state party body shall hearing, the Hearing Officer shall
be given such weight as the Credentials announce a ruling identifying, on the
Committee finds warranted in the basis of the papers filed in the challenge
circumstances. and any pre-hearing conference, the
specific issues in dispute. The Hearing
D. Records of proceedings conducted by the Officer shall have power to rule that on
state party body with respect to the certain issues only documentary
challenge or other related matter, and evidence shall be received. Any party
other papers relating to the state party objecting to a ruling under this
proceedings, shall be admissible in paragraph may make a proffer of the
Credentials Committee proceedings on evidence that would have been presented
the challenge. but for the ruling.

8. Hearing F. The Hearing Officer shall hear the
evidence, dispose of procedural requests
A. With respect to any challenge or part of a and similar matters and, to the extent
challenge not dismissed or decided on possible, obtain stipulations of the parties
the pleadings under Section 6., an open as to the facts of the challenge.
and public hearing shall be held on the
specific factual and legal matters in G. A challenging party shall have the
dispute. An electronic or stenographic burden of proof by clear and convincing
recording or clerical notes shall be made evidence on all factual issues necessary
of the proceedings at any such hearing. to the challenge, except that the burden
of proof shall rest with the challenged
B. The hearing shall be held in Washington, party in the case of:
D.C. unless the Chair(s) of the
Credentials Committee determines that 1. any unresolved challenges to a state’s
in the interest of justice it should be held affirmative action program filed
elsewhere. thirty (30) days or more prior to the
initiation of the state’s delegate
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selection process other than a A. The Credentials Committee shall begin
challenge made on the basis of non- meeting at the call of the Chair(s) in
implementation of a specific Washington, D.C., or elsewhere at the
requirement of a state plan; and, call of the Chair(s), to hear challenges.
No later than thirty (30) days before the
2. any challenge for failure to submit first meeting of the Credentials
and implement an approved Committee, written notice of the date,
affirmative action program by the time, place, and the tentative agenda of
deadline specified in the Delegate such meeting shall be sent to all members
Selection Rules. of the Credentials Committee. A special
or emergency meeting of the Credentials
H. The Hearing Officer shall have authority Committee may be held upon call of the
to receive all competent evidence Chair(s) of the Credentials Committee
relevant to the specific matters in issue with reasonable notice to the members.
and to assign to it appropriate weight.
B. All meetings of the Credentials
I. The Hearing Officer shall have authority Committee shall be open to the public;
to order for good cause, on application or provided that the Chair(s) of the
sua sponte, that a party produce at the Committee shall exclude from the
hearing designated evidence in the specific area where the committee is
interest of justice. Where a party fails to conducting its business all persons
produce such evidence, the Hearing whose presence in that area is not
Officer may make findings of fact required for the proper conduct of the
adverse to the party on all issues to business.
which the evidence would have been
material. C. Request for hearing by Full Committee:
Within two (2) days after service of the
J. Subject to any ruling under Section 8.E., Hearing Officer’s report, an aggrieved
each party shall have the right to present party may file a written Petition for
competent oral and documentary Review by the Credentials Committee.
evidence relevant to the specific matters The petition shall contain a plain, concise
in issue and to conduct cross- and specific statement of the reasons for
examination. appeal and the procedural and/or
substantive errors claimed by the
K. The Hearing Officer may require parties petitioner.
to consolidate their challenges or
defenses for purposes of the hearing. D. Briefs:

L. The Hearing Officer shall make and file a 1. Within three (3) calendar days after
written report to the Credentials filing the Petition for Review, the
Committee, which shall include findings petitioner for review may file a brief.
of fact, conclusions of law and a
recommendation for disposition of the 2. Within three (3) calendar days after
challenge. The reports shall be served on service of the petitioner’s brief, a
all parties to the challenge. respondent may file a brief.

M. Any transcript or other papers in the 3. Any party filing a brief shall file as
record from any proceedings before the many copies as there are members of
DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee shall the committee, plus ten (10) copies
be part of the record. for the Chair(s) and staff of the
committee.
9. Consideration by the Credentials Committee

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E. Argument: not adopted, the proposed resolution
having the next largest number of
1. Each side of a challenge shall be signed seconds shall become the
entitled to present oral argument pending order of business, and so on
before the Committee for a period until the challenge is disposed.
determined by the Chair(s) of the
committee, generally not to exceed 4. No amendment to any proposed
fifteen (15) minutes. resolution shall be permitted, except
with the consent of the proponent,
2. The Chair(s) of the committee may and no resolution or propositions on
require parties to consolidate or a subject different from that under
separate their challenges or defense consideration shall be admitted in the
for purposes of oral argument. form of such an amendment.

3. The Chair(s) of the committee shall G. Presidential Preference of Delegation:
notify the parties of the time and Except where the issue is the expressed
place of oral argument. presidential preference of the level at
which delegates to the National
F. Resolutions: Convention are elected represented by
the challenged delegates, any remedy for
1. All proposed resolutions relating to a violation shall fairly reflect the
the disposition of a credentials expressed presidential preference of that
challenge shall be in writing and level.
signed by the proponent and at least
one (1) second. Proposed resolutions H. Voting: A member of the Credentials
relating to the seating or unseating of Committee elected by a state delegation
delegates or alternates shall be shall not vote on a challenge arising in
seconded in writing by at least seven that state. All matters shall be
(7) members, no more than two (2) of determined by a majority vote of those
whom may be members elected by present and voting, a quorum of the full
the delegation from the same state as Committee being present. A quorum
the proponent of the resolution. shall consist of members present in
person representing a majority of the
2. All proposed resolutions relating to total number of committee votes entitled
the disposition of a credentials to be counted in the matter.
challenge shall be framed so as to be
dispositive of the entire challenge I. Proxies: Proxy voting shall be prohibited.
and, to that end, shall be specific in
stating the action recommended to be 10. Committee Report
taken by the Convention.
The Report of the Credentials Committee
3. Following the submission of all shall be distributed to all delegates,
proposed resolutions to the Chair(s), alternates and the public as soon as
the resolution having the largest practicable after its adoption.
number of signed seconds shall
become the pending order of 11. Minority Reports
business. Twenty (20) minutes of
debate shall be allotted to each Upon the request of members representing at
proposed resolution, equally divided least twenty-five percent (25%) of the total
between the proponents and the votes of the Credentials Committee, a
opponents. At the conclusion of the minority report shall be prepared for
debate, the resolution shall be put to distribution to all Convention delegates,
a vote. In the event the resolution is alternates and the public as part of the
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Committee’s report. This minority report 2. The answer and accompanying
shall be distributed at the same time the papers shall be filed not later than
Credentials Committee Report is distributed. three (3) days after service of the
No member elected to the committee by a challenge.
state delegation may join in such request as
to a proposed minority report relating to a
credentials challenge to any delegate from
their state. The committee staff shall assist in
the preparation of such report.

12. Record

A. The official record of any proceedings
under these rules shall be maintained in
the office at the Democratic National
Committee in Washington, D.C. and
shall be open and available for public
inspection and duplication at reasonable
times.

B. All meetings of the full Credentials
Committee shall be transcribed.

13. Interpretation and Waiver of Rules and
Provision for Special Rules

A. These rules shall be interpreted and
applied in the interests of justice and
fairness to all parties, speed and
economy. To serve these interests, and
for good cause, on application or sua
sponte, the Chair(s) of the committee
shall have the authority to waive any
provision of these rules other than
Sections 1.B. and Section 5.

B. In the case of any challenge filed on or
after the 56th calendar day before the
convention begins, the Chair(s) may
shorten the time periods specified in
these rules for processing the challenge,
including the time to file documents and
conduct hearings, as the interests of
justice and the orderly disposition of
challenges dictate; provided, however,
that in any event:

1. The challenge and accompanying
papers shall be filed not later than
three (3) days after the occurrence of
the violation alleged.

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DELEGATE / ALTERNATE ALLOCATION
(As approved by the Democratic National Committee at its meeting on August 25, 2018)

Pledged Delegate Votes Automatic Delegate Votes
Allocation Total Total Total
Dem. Dem. Distin- Total
Factor Allocated Base Delegates Party Total Auto- Total # of Dele-
Nat'l Members Dem. guished # of
State Ldrs & Pledged matic Delegate Alter- gates
(AF = 3,200 Comm. of Governors Party Dele-
Total District At- Elected Dels Delegate Votes nates & Alter-
= # of Base
Members Congress (c) Leaders gates
Delegates) Base Level (+) Large (+) Officials Votes (+) nates
Delegates (75% of Base) (25% of Base) (15% add on) (a) (b) (d)

AL 0.01418 45 34 11 7 52 7 2 9 61 61 4 65

AK 0.00369 12 9 3 2 14 4 4 18 18 2 20

American 0.00000 6 0 6 0 6 4 1 5 11 11 2 13
Samoa

AZ 0.01823 58 44 14 9 67 5 6 1 12 79 79 6 85

AR 0.00855 27 20 7 4 31 5 5 36 36 3 39

CA 0.11300 362 272 90 54 416 33 45 1 79 495 495 35 530

CO 0.01819 58 44 14 9 67 6 5 1 1 13 80 80 6 86

CT 0.01347 43 32 11 6 49 6 7 1 1 15 64 64 4 68

DE 0.00461 15 11 4 2 17 6 3 1 1 11 28 28 2 30

Dems. 0.00000 12 0 12 1 13 4 4 (a) 17 21 1 22
Abroad

DC 0.00477 15 11 4 2 17 22 3 1 26 43 43 2 45

FL 0.05934 190 143 47 29 219 15 12 2 29 248 248 18 266

GA 0.02854 91 68 23 14 105 9 5 1 15 120 120 9 129

Guam 0.00000 6 0 6 0 6 4 1 5 11 11 2 13

HI 0.00595 19 14 5 3 22 4 4 1 9 31 31 2 33

ID 0.00531 17 13 4 3 20 5 5 25 25 2 27

IL 0.04229 135 101 34 20 155 13 14 1 1 29 184 184 13 197

IN 0.01908 61 46 15 9 70 5 2 7 77 77 6 83

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DELEGATE / ALTERNATE ALLOCATION
(As approved by the Democratic National Committee at its meeting on August 25, 2018)

Pledged Delegate Votes Automatic Delegate Votes
Allocation Total Total Total
Dem. Dem. Distin- Total
Factor Allocated Base Delegates Party Total Auto- Total # of Dele-
Nat'l Members Dem. guished # of
State Ldrs & Pledged matic Delegate Alter- gates
(AF = 3,200 Comm. of Governors Party Dele-
Total District At- Elected Dels Delegate Votes nates & Alter-
= # of Base
Members Congress (c) Leaders gates
Delegates) Base Level (+) Large (+) Officials Votes (+) nates
Delegates (75% of Base) (25% of Base) (15% add on) (a) (b) (d)

IA 0.01131 36 27 9 5 41 5 3 8 49 49 4 53

KS 0.00901 29 22 7 4 33 4 1 1 6 39 39 3 42

KY 0.01256 40 30 10 6 46 5 1 6 52 52 4 56

LA 0.01333 43 32 11 7 50 5 1 1 7 57 57 4 61

ME 0.00665 21 16 5 3 24 4 2 1 1 8 32 32 2 34

MD 0.02169 69 52 17 10 79 13 9 1 23 102 102 7 109

MA 0.02470 79 59 20 12 91 9 11 3 23 114 114 8 122

MI 0.03403 109 82 27 16 125 13 8 1 22 147 147 10 157

MN 0.02045 65 49 16 10 75 8 7 1 1 17 92 92 6 98

MS 0.00956 31 23 8 5 36 4 1 5 41 41 3 44

MO 0.01859 59 44 15 9 68 7 2 1 10 78 78 6 84

MT 0.00431 14 11 3 2 16 4 1 1 6 22 22 2 24

NE 0.00693 22 17 5 3 25 4 4 29 29 2 31

NV 0.00957 31 23 8 5 36 5 5 1 1 12 48 48 3 51

NH 0.00646 21 16 5 3 24 5 4 9 33 33 2 35

NJ 0.02914 93 70 23 14 107 7 13 1 21 128 128 9 137

NM 0.00781 25 19 6 4 29 4 5 1 10 39 39 2 41

NY 0.06087 195 146 49 29 224 23 21 1 1 46 270 270 19 289

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DELEGATE / ALTERNATE ALLOCATION
(As approved by the Democratic National Committee at its meeting on August 25, 2018)

Pledged Delegate Votes Automatic Delegate Votes
Allocation Total Total Total
Dem. Dem. Distin- Total
Factor Allocated Base Delegates Party Total Auto- Total # of Dele-
Nat'l Members Dem. guished # of
State Ldrs & Pledged matic Delegate Alter- gates
(AF = 3,200 Comm. of Governors Party Dele-
Total District At- Elected Dels Delegate Votes nates & Alter-
= # of Base
Members Congress (c) Leaders gates
Delegates) Base Level (+) Large (+) Officials Votes (+) nates
Delegates (75% of Base) (25% of Base) (15% add on) (a) (b) (d)

NC 0.03013 96 72 24 14 110 8 3 1 12 122 122 9 131

ND 0.00368 12 9 3 2 14 4 4 18 18 2 20

N. Mar. Is. 0.00000 6 0 6 0 6 4 1 5 11 11 2 13

OH 0.03701 118 89 29 18 136 11 5 1 17 153 153 11 164

OK 0.00990 32 24 8 5 37 4 1 5 42 42 3 45

OR 0.01399 45 34 11 7 52 8 6 14 66 66 4 70

PA 0.04145 133 100 33 20 153 12 10 1 23 176 176 13 189

PR 0.00000 44 33 11 7 51 7 1 8 59 59 5 64

RI 0.00578 18 14 4 3 21 4 4 1 9 30 30 2 32

SC 0.01479 47 35 12 7 54 7 2 9 63 63 5 68

SD 0.00387 12 9 3 2 14 4 1 5 19 19 2 21

TN 0.01748 56 42 14 8 64 6 2 1 9 73 73 5 78

TX 0.06196 198 149 49 30 228 21 13 34 262 262 19 281

UT 0.00779 25 19 6 4 29 5 1 6 35 35 2 37

VT 0.00427 14 11 3 2 16 4 2 1 7 23 23 2 25

Virgin 0.00000 6 0 6 0 6 4 1 5 11 11 1 12
Islands

VA 0.02679 86 65 21 13 99 14 9 1 1 25 124 124 8 132

WA 0.02421 77 58 19 12 89 9 9 18 107 107 7 114

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DELEGATE / ALTERNATE ALLOCATION
(As approved by the Democratic National Committee at its meeting on August 25, 2018)

Pledged Delegate Votes Automatic Delegate Votes
Allocation Total Total Total
Dem. Dem. Distin- Total
Factor Allocated Base Delegates Party Total Auto- Total # of Dele-
Nat'l Members Dem. guished # of
State Ldrs & Pledged matic Delegate Alter- gates
(AF = 3,200 Comm. of Governors Party Dele-
Total District At- Elected Dels Delegate Votes nates & Alter-
= # of Base
Members Congress (c) Leaders gates
Delegates) Base Level (+) Large (+) Officials Votes (+) nates
Delegates (75% of Base) (25% of Base) (15% add on) (a) (b) (d)

WV 0.00646 21 16 5 3 24 5 1 6 30 30 2 32

WI 0.02093 67 50 17 10 77 8 4 1 13 90 90 6 96

WY 0.00331 11 8 3 2 13 4 4 17 17 2 19

Un- 0.00000 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 1
assigned

TOTAL 3,278 2,437 841 490 3,768 440 278 24 22 764 4,532 4,536 327 4,863

Footnotes:
(a) Each member of the Democratic National Committee, as duly certified to the Party Secretary, is a delegate from the state or territory in which he or she legally resides at the time of the
2020 Democratic National Convention. This allocation reflects the current legal residence of all such members, including the officers and those who, pursuant to the Charter of the
Democratic Party of the United States, are members by virtue of their status as Party leaders in the U.S. Congress or by virtue of their status as representatives or designees of such Party
leaders or of other associations and organizations specified in the Charter. Because such members are subject to change, delegate distribution at the Convention may differ from that set
forth above. In addition, the DNC member allocation set forth above reflects the number of votes (not the number of delegates) added to the delegation from each state or territory to take
into account such members. Because of fractional votes in Democrats Abroad, the number of such delegates will differ from the number of delegate votes allocated.

(b) Members of Congress include all Democratic members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, except those Democratic members who are reflected as delegates in
other categories pursuant to the rules. Democratic Members of Congress are allocated to the states based upon the residence of those members. The exact number of those delegates is
subject to change due to possible deaths, resignations, elections or special elections between now and the time of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and possible changes in the
membership of the Democratic National Committee.

(c) The allocation for Democratic Governors does not include those Democratic Governors who are members of the Democratic National Committee and serve as delegates in that capacity.
This allocation for Democratic Governors is subject to change due to possible deaths, resignations, elections or special elections between now and the time of the 2020 Democratic
National Convention, and possible changes in the membership of the Democratic National Committee. Except as otherwise provided herein, Democratic Governors are those individuals as
recognized by the Democratic Governors Association.

(d) Pursuant to Article I.G. of the Call for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, this category includes the Democratic U.S. President and Vice President, former Democratic U.S.
Presidents and Vice Presidents, former Democratic Leaders of the U.S. Senate, former Democratic Speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as
applicable, and former Chairs of the Democratic National Committee. This allocation for Distinguished Party Leaders is subject to change due to possible deaths, resignations, elections or
special elections between now and the time of the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

+ Bonus delegates are awarded pursuant to Article I.C. of the Call for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and will be indicated next to (and in additon to) a state's allocation for District
Level and At-Large delegates and included in the Total Pledged Delegates Votes for the state and the Grand Total. Bonus alternates will be indicated and included in the Delegation Size
for the state and Grand Total.

Prepared by the DNC's Office of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection. For more information call 202-863-8055. This report is subject to change.
Appendix C As of December 7, 2018

2020 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
ALLOCATION OF CONVENTION PAGES TO STATES & TERRITORIES
(As approved by the Democratic National Committee at its meeting on August 25, 2018)

State/Territory Pages State/Territory Pages

ALABAMA 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 2

ALASKA 2 NEW JERSEY 4

AMERICAN SAMOA 1 NEW MEXICO 2

ARIZONA 3 NEW YORK 6

ARKANSAS 2 NORTH CAROLINA 3

CALIFORNIA 11 NORTH DAKOTA 2

COLORADO 3 NORTHERN MARIANA IS. 1

CONNECTICUT 2 OHIO 4

DELAWARE 2 OKLAHOMA 2

DEMOCRATS ABROAD 1 OREGON 2

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 2 PENNSYLVANIA 5

FLORIDA 6 PUERTO RICO 2

GEORGIA 3 RHODE ISLAND 2

GUAM 1 SOUTH CAROLINA 2

HAWAII 2 SOUTH DAKOTA 2

IDAHO 2 TENNESSEE 2

ILLINOIS 5 TEXAS 6

INDIANA 3 UTAH 2

IOWA 2 VERMONT 2

KANSAS 2 VIRGIN ISLANDS 1

KENTUCKY 2 VIRGINIA 3

LOUISIANA 2 WASHINGTON 3

MAINE 2 WEST VIRGINIA 2

MARYLAND 3 WISCONSIN 3

MASSACHUSETTS 3 WYOMING 2

MICHIGAN 4 TOTAL 154

MINNESOTA 3

MISSISSIPPI 2

MISSOURI 3

MONTANA 2

NEBRASKA 2

NEVADA 2

Prepared by the DNC's Office of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection. For more information call 202-863-8055.
Appendix D As of December 7, 2018

2020 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
ALLOCATION OF STANDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
(As approved by the Democratic National Committee at its meeting on August 25, 2018)

State/Territory Members Votes State/Territory Members Votes

ALABAMA 2 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 1 1

ALASKA 1 1 NEW JERSEY 4 4

AMERICAN SAMOA 1 0.25 NEW MEXICO 1 1

ARIZONA 3 3 NEW YORK 10 10

ARKANSAS 1 1 NORTH CAROLINA 5 5

CALIFORNIA 18 18 NORTH DAKOTA 1 1

COLORADO 3 3 NORTHERN MARIANA IS. 1 0.25

CONNECTICUT 2 2 OHIO 6 6

DELAWARE 1 1 OKLAHOMA 1 1

DEMOCRATS ABROAD 1 0.25 OREGON 2 2

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 1 1 PENNSYLVANIA 6 6

FLORIDA 9 9 PUERTO RICO 2 2

GEORGIA 4 4 RHODE ISLAND 1 1

GUAM 1 0.25 SOUTH CAROLINA 2 2

HAWAII 1 1 SOUTH DAKOTA 1 1

IDAHO 1 1 TENNESSEE 3 3

ILLINOIS 7 7 TEXAS 10 10

INDIANA 3 3 UTAH 1 1

IOWA 1 1 VERMONT 1 1

KANSAS 1 1 VIRGIN ISLANDS 1 0.25

KENTUCKY 2 2 VIRGINIA 4 4

LOUISIANA 2 2 WASHINGTON 4 4

MAINE 1 1 WEST VIRGINIA 1 1

MARYLAND 3 3 WISCONSIN 3 3

MASSACHUSETTS 4 4 WYOMING 1 1

MICHIGAN 5 5 TOTAL 162 158.25

MINNESOTA 3 3

MISSISSIPPI 1 1

MISSOURI 3 3

MONTANA 1 1

NEBRASKA 1 1

NEVADA 1 1

Prepared by the DNC's Office of Party Affairs and Delegate Selection. For more information call 202-863-8055.
Appendix E

Presidential Candidate Written Affirmation

Pursuant to Article IV of the Call for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, I hereby affirm that,
upon publicly announcing my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President of the United
States in the 2020 election, I am a member of the Democratic Party. I will run as a Democrat, accept the
nomination of my Party, and I will serve as a Democrat if elected. I understand that signing this form
does not supplant any legal or Party requirement by any state or territory to qualify for ballot placement
in that jurisdiction.

Further, I acknowledge that in submitting this form to the National Chairperson of the Democratic
National Committee, I am subject to the provisions of Rule 13.K of the Delegate Selection Rules for the
2020 Democratic National Convention and Article VI of the Call for the 2020 Democratic National
Convention that authorize the National Chairperson to determine whether a presidential candidate has
established substantial support for their nomination as the Democratic candidate for the Office of the
President of the United States, is a bona fide Democrat whose record of public service, accomplishments,
public writings and/or public statements affirmatively demonstrate that the candidate is faithful to the
interests, welfare and success of the Democratic Party of the United States, and will participate in the
Convention in good faith.


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Print or Type Candidate’s name



__________________________________________________________ _______________________________
Candidate’s signature Date


Campaign Point of Contact:
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NOTARY AFFIDAVIT
STATE OF ______________
COUNTY OF _______________

I, ____________________________________, a Notary Public, do hereby certify that on this ____day of ___________________,
20____, personally appeared before me ______________________________, known to me to be the person whose name
is subscribed to the foregoing instrument, and swore and acknowledged to me that they executed the same
for the purpose and in the capacity therein expressed, and that the statements contained therein are true and
correct.
_______________________________________________
Notary Public, State of __________________

Name, Typed or Printed: __________________________________________
My Commission Expires: ___________________________