April 7, 2016
Find your candidate’s webpage and find your local group for that candidate, get involved and be part of the process.
Do you want to represent and cast a vote for your chosen Democratic Presidential candidate in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention in July?
Do you want to be a district level delegate to the Democratic National Convention?
In 2016 California will send a total of 546 delegates and 40 alternates to the Democratic National Convention.
The delegate selection process is open to all registered California Democrats and the state is known for fielding one of the most diverse delegations in the nation.
Remember These 2016 Dates:
February 29 – April 13 – May 1
If you want to run to be one of California’s 317 district-level delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention (July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), remember these steps:
5 Simple Steps to become a District-Level Delegate
- Register: Make sure you are a registered Democrat
- Check Your District: Determine the congressional district where you are registered
- File: Submit Form A during the filing period from February 29 – April 13
- Canvass: Start organizing your friends and supporters
- Caucus: Show up with your supporters to vote in the May 1 caucus in your district
Register: You must be a registered Democrat to file.
Although California Democrats allow Decline-to-State voters to participate in our presidential primary election, only registered Democrats are eligible to become delegates to the national convention.
Check Your District: You will need to determine the congressional district (CD) where you are registered. If you aren’t sure which district you are in go to http://www.house.gov/, enter your postal zip code at the top right hand corner of the website and it will give you your Congressional District as well as the Representative for your district.
File: Beginning on February 29, 2016, Form A on the California Democratic Party (CDP) Website at http://www.cadem.org/philly2016 .
You may fill out Form A online or print out and submit via fax, but remember that we also need your original signature on file to be “official,” so be prepared to mail the original to our Sacramento office.
If you complete Form A online, a PDF copy of your completed form will be emailed to you to sign and submit. When filing Form A, you must pledge your support for one presidential candidate.
However, should your chosen candidate drop out of the presidential race prior to the Form A filing deadline of April 13, 2016 at 5:00pm, you have the option to re-file Form A and pledge your support to one of the remaining candidates (sort of like having a “Plan B” for your Form A).
Canvass: Start canvassing your community… your gym, work, local clubs, friends, relatives, Facebook friends you never talk to anymore – any registered Democrat who lives in your same congressional district who can attend the district caucus and vote for you.
They can even register as a Democrat on-site – that’s how easy we make it!
Caucus: You and your supporters will need to attend your presidential candidate’s caucus on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Remember, people can arrive early, sign-in and cast a vote – they don’t have to stick around to hear the speeches. Caucus times and locations will be posted at http://www.cadem.org/philly2016 when available.
Candidates will be slated by caucus vote totals, though the final results will not be made until the results of the June 7, 2016 primary are certified. Once the primary results are in, the presidential campaign committee and the CDP will notify and confirm all the winners in each district based on how many delegates each presidential candidate are allocated by vote totals.
These elected Delegates will join the California Delegation at the mandatory June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting and the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
List of Candidates already applied
There are two other ways to become a delegate if you choose not to run at the District level:
At-Large: At-large delegates are selected from a statewide pool and offer another way
for Democrats to participate in the national convention. Potential candidates for at-large
delegate must submit Form B, pledging their support to a presidential candidate, within
the filing period of Feb 29 – Jun 9. Selection of at-large delegates will be confirmed at the
June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting.
Form B will be available on the California Democratic Party (CDP) Website at http://www.cadem.org/philly2016 .
PLEO: Party Leaders and Elected Official (PLEO) are Democrats from one of the
following categories: big-city mayors and statewide elected officials; state legislative
leaders and state legislators; other state county and local elected officials; California
Democratic Party leaders. PLEO candidates must submit Form C, pledging their
support to a presidential candidate, during the filing period of Feb 29 – June 9.
Form C will be available on the California Democratic Party (CDP) Website at http://www.cadem.org/philly2016 .
Selection of PLEO delegates will be confirmed at the June 19 Statewide Delegation Meeting.