DC Democratic Party Releases Delegate Selection Process for 2020 Presidential Election

January 17, 2020 | For Immediate Release


WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the DC Democratic Party released its Delegate Selection Plan for the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The plan details the selection process for the District of Columbia’s 45 delegates to the quadrennial convention, which will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 13-16, 2020.


The District’s Delegate Selection Plan details how registered DC Democrats can participate in the pre-primary caucus, the presidential primary, and the Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official process.


“We believe our Delegate Selection Plan offers a clear and concise structure for selecting a diverse delegation of devoted Democratic advocates to represent the District in Milwaukee this summer,” said Charles Wilson, DC Democratic Party Chairman. “As District residents, we have much at stake in the next presidential election. The current officeholder has not lived up to our DC values, especially when it comes to supporting DC Statehood. Our message is clear: we need to elect a presidential candidate that supports our full autonomy. I encourage DC Democrats who want to engage with the Party on the issue of statehood—or any issues important to them—to consider becoming a delegate.”


Under the 2020 plan, the DC delegation will consist of 45 total delegates and two alternate delegates. They will be chosen across three dates:


  • On April 18, 2020, the Party will hold a pre-primary caucus to elect up to 13 district-level delegates and one alternate delegate for each of the remaining 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The allocation of the district-level and alternate delegates among the Democratic presidential candidates will be based on the results of the June 2 presidential primary.

  • On June 4, 2020, two delegates will be allotted to Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs) based on the results of the June 2 presidential primary.

  • On June 11, 2020, the Party will elect four at-large delegates and one at-large alternate to add to the delegation.


To ensure district-level delegates are equally divided between men and women (determined by gender self-identification) delegate positions will be designated by presidential preference beginning with the highest vote-getting presidential preference.


The following chart details the apportionment of district-level delegates and alternates based on gender parity:

*Assuming no gender non-binary delegates are elected


The full Delegate Selection Plan is available on the DC Democratic Party’s website. The plan may also be obtained by contacting Charles Wilson (chair@dcdemocraticparty.org) or Claudette David (executivedirector@dcdemocraticparty.org), mailing a request to the DC Democratic State Committee, P.O. Box 50622, Washington, DC 20091, or by calling (202) 386-8741.


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Chartered by the Democratic National Committee as the elected representatives of the Democratic voters in the District of Columbia, the DC Democratic State Committee “DC Democratic Party” provides input in the affairs of the Democratic Party at the block, precinct, state, and national level by ensuring, preserving, and protecting the principles of Democracy, freedom, equality, and service for the common good through political action for good government, fair elections, quality elected officials, strong and vibrant communities, the election of a Democratic nominee for President of the United States, and voting rights and statehood for DC. Find out more about what the DC Democratic Party is doing at www.dcdemocraticparty.org.


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