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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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Presidential Nominating Process
Global Primary: Tuesday 1 May - Sunday 6 May 20121
Global Convention: Saturday 19 May - Sunday 20 May 2012
Delegate Votes
Hard TotalFloor Vote
Obama, Barack Hussein2,709  99.09%15.0  78.95%18.5  97.37%
Uncommitted25   0.91%4.0  21.05% 
Not Announced  0.5   2.63%
Total2,734 100.00%19.0 100.00%19.0 100.00%

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The delegate selection processes herein was updated on 18 May 2012 per the Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan of 19 January 2012.

The delegate selection processes herein was updated 30 March 2011 per the Draft 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of 29 March 2011.

Starting on Tuesday 20 March 2012, a 15% pledged delegate bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states begin on the same date. American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are considered neighboring states of each other. [Reg 5.1.C Article I.C.2.b]

The state received a 20% pledged delegate bonus for starting in Stage III (May and June).


Participation in Democrats Abroad's delegate selection process is open to all U.S. nationals who will be 18 years of age or older on 6 November 2012, who reside temporarily or permanently outside the United States and who wish to participate as Democrats. Voters must declare that they have not participated and will not participate in the delegate selection process (caucus, primary or other method) of any other delegation to the 2012 Democratic National Convention or in the nominating process of any other political party for the corresponding presidential elections.

Tuesday 1 May - Sunday 6 May 2012: Global Presidential Primary. 14 of the 19 delegate votes to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Democrats Abroad Presidential Primary. Participants may vote by fax, email, in person, or postal mail. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates.

Each voter may cast a vote for 1 Presidential candidate (or uncommited) and up to 9 of that candidate's delegates for that region. Voting for one candidate and the delegates of another is not permitted. Write-ins are not permitted.

11 Regional delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results. The number of delegates elected in each region is proportional to the total percentage votes cast in each region. However, no fewer than 1 and no more than 9 delegates are elected in each region.

  • Americas Region:
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Canada
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Costa Rica
    • Dominican Republic
    • Guatemala
    • Mexico
    • Panama
  • Asia - Pacific Region:
    • Afghanistan
    • Australia
    • Cambodia
    • Hong Kong
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Philippines
    • Singapore
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • Vietnam
  • Europe - Middle East - Africa Region:
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Egypt
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Lebanon
    • Luxembourg
    • Netherlands
    • Norway
    • Portugal
    • South Africa
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom
    • Zambia
  • In addition, 4 delegates are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the global primary vote as a whole.
    • 3 At-large National Convention delegates.
    • 1 Pledged PLEO.

    The election of Regional At-Large National Convention Delegates will take place during the Democrats Abroad Global Primary. Delegates, along with the Presidential Preference, appear on the ballot.

    Number of Regional Delegates elected: Americas: 3, Asia-Pacific: 1, Europe-Middle-East-Africa: 7.

    1 to 6 May 2012 Global Primary
    Delegates  15  15   

    Saturday 19 May - Sunday 20 May 2012: The Global Convention meets in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to elect 1 Pledged PLEO, and 3 At-large National Convention delegates according to the results of the primary.

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD is allocated 19 delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention but will be sending 23 persons who will be acknowledged as "delegates" on the floor of the Convention.

    • The 8 Democratic National Committee members from Democrats Abroad cast the 4 Unpledged PLEO delegate votes on the floor of the Convention (each such "unpledged PLEO delegate" casting ½ vote).
    DateDelegates SelectedEach delegate hasTotal Pledged
    Delegate Votes
    Total Unpledged
    Delegate Votes
    Tuesday 1 May - Sunday 6 May 201211 regional1 delegate vote11 
    Tuesday 1 May - Sunday 6 May 20123 at-large1 delegate vote3 
    Tuesday 1 May - Sunday 6 May 20121 pledged PLEO1 delegate vote1 
    1 March 2012
    8 unpledged PLEO½ delegate vote 4
    Totals23 154

    The election of At-Large National Convention Delegates, Pledged PLEO Delegate, National Convention Alternate and Standing Committee Members will take place at the Global Convention.

    Delegation to the National Convention

    Democrats Abroad Delegation (as posted at, 20 August 2012)

    Kathleen Burnett 
    Roberta Camhi 
    Gil Carbajal 
    John P Chudy 
    Adrianne George 
    Stanley I Grossman 
    Vicki Ann Hansen Thackray 
    Louis S Hureston 
    Dean W Jannone 
    Adrienne S Jones 
    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman 
    Mara Larson-Richard 
    Sandra Loridans 
    Martha McDevitt-Pugh 
    Zachary James Miller 
    Leo Perez Minaya 
    Alexander P Montgomery 
    Theresa Morelli 
    John G Morris 
    Maria Delores Quintela 
    Virginia RustiqueLondon
    Christine Schon Marques 
    Lauren Shannon 
    Kenneth E Sherman 
    Joseph Smallhoover 
    Stephanie Stewart 
    Sebron Toney 
    Robert Vallier 
    Timothy N Whiting 

    Links Links to other web sites

      Democrats Abroad
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    1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.


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