A 101 Breakdown On Becoming A Presidential Convention Delegate
Now that it’s 2016, the biggest buzz is around who will win the Democratic and Republican presidential nomination during the primary elections. The primary election for the state of Maryland is on April 26, 2016. Party convention delegates, who represent each state, play a major role in nominating the presidential candidate for the general election. The complex rules to select delegates vary by party, and at times, by state and Congressional district. To kick off the new year, Politics Within Politics provides female political operatives a breakdown on how to become a delegate in the presidential nominating process.
Who can become a delegate?
Delegates are often current elected officials, party activists, local political party leaders, community leaders and organizers, or early supporters of presidential candidates. These individuals are registered with the Democratic Party or Republican Party in the state they reside in. In general, any individual who is campaigning, supporting, or volunteering for the presidential candidate of her choice can run for a convention delegate position.
What is the main role of a delegate at the party convention?
Delegates of each state are choosing their presidential candidates to represent their political parties. At both party’s conventions, delegates must cast their vote in favor of one candidate. Delegates continue voting if there is no majority for one candidate.
Is there more than one way to become a convention delegate?
Yes. Candidates can run by being on the primary ballot for Congressional district level delegates and alternatives. Party leaders, elected officials, and candidates who run for at-large delegates and alternatives can also become convention delegates by filing after the primary election. Filing processes are different for each of these categories. Check with the Maryland Democratic Party and Maryland Republican Party for more details on how to run after the primary.
What is the general selection process to become a delegate?
The requirements for delegate selection vary by political party. Candidates for delegate must meet specific filing requirements and deadlines, but that does not guarantee their placement on the ballot. Ultimately, the Presidential campaigns decide who is placed on the ballot for delegate during the primary. For candidates running after the primary, the presidential campaigns will select their state of candidates, and the party committees will elect them.
Running for a convention delegate seat is just like running for elected office. Campaigning for yourself is involved, so make 2016 the year you put your political skills to the test! Check out the links below to find detailed information, requirements, and filing rules to become a convention delegate based on political party. Potential candidates for convention delegates are encouraged to read the delegate selection plans thoroughly to ensure that they meet all criteria for filing.
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