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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 April 20121
County Caucuses: Sunday 15 April 2012
Congressional District Caucuses: Sunday 6 May 2012
Administrative Committee Meeting and State Convention: Friday 8 June 2012
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary,
Polling hours 7:00a CDT (1200 UTC) to 8:00p CDT (0100 UTC).
Voter Eligibility: Open Primary
111 total delegate votes - 66 district / 22 at large; 12 Pledged PLEOs; 11 Unpledged PLEOs
The delegate selection processes herein was updated 30 March 2012 per the Delegate Selection Plan as of November 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.
Wisconsin does not require voter registration by party and voters can register to vote at the polls on election day. Voters may cast a ballot for one party only.
Tuesday 3 April 2012: 100 of 111 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Wisconsin Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be pledged National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level.
Sunday 15 April 2012: County Caucuses. The first tier caucuses are held at the County or Assembly District level. These caucuses elect delegates to the second tier Congressional District caucuses.
Sunday 6 May 2012: Congressional District Caucuses - second tier. National Convention District-level delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.
Friday 8 June 2012: Administrative Committee Meeting and State Convention.
Prior to the State Convention, the Administrative Committee meets to elected National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates according to the results of the primary.
The remaining 11 National Convention delegates consist of
These 11 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
5.02(22) "Spring primary" means the primary held on the 3rd Tuesday in February ... and to express preferences for the person to be the presidential candidate for each party ....
The state's Spring primary is to be held on 21 February 2012 and the state's Spring election is to be held on 3 April 2012. As of 1 May 2011, the Wisconsin Democratic Party is working with the state's legislative leadership to introduce a bill to move the Presidential Primary to the 3 April 2012 Spring election.
On 27 May 2011, AB 162 was introduced by state Representative Gary Tauchen (Republican) and cosponsored by state Representative Mary Lazich (Republican). The bill would move both the Presidential Primary and Spring election from the 3rd Tuesday in February to the 1st Tuesday in April. Companion bill, SB 115 was introduced on 1 June 2011 by Senator Mary Lazich (Republican).
On 30 September 2011, Governor Scott Walker signed SB 115 into law. The bill changes the date of the presidential preference primary from the 3rd Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in April.
|Delegation to the National Convention|
Wisconsin Delegation (as posted at http://www.democrats.org/2012-convention-delegate-list, 20 August 2012)
|Abdulhamid Ali||Whitefish Bay|
|Margaret "Meg" Andrietsch||Racine|
|Jill Billings||La Crosse|
|Leah V Blough||Kenosha|
|Milton Bond Jr.||Milwaukee|
|Miriam E Briggs-Muhammad||Madison|
|C. Michelle Bryant||Milwaukee|
|Veronica "Vicki" Burke||Onalaska|
|Jacqueline Burke||Beaver Dam|
|Heather Colburn||Green Bay|
|Danny B Cole||Abrams|
|Lashell Drake||Brown Deer|
|Jennifer R Giedd||Beaver Dam|
|Michael J Goebel||Kenosha|
|Jeffrey C Hall||Oshkosh|
|Gary B Hawley||Stevens Point|
|Zachary Henderson||Sun Prairie|
|Roland Hicks||Eau Claire|
|Ellen M Holly||Elkhorn|
|Harold Jackson||Lac du Flambeau|
|Ann S Jacobs||Milwaukee|
|Lori E Kief||Madison|
|Ron Kind||La Crosse|
|Thomas M Kitchen||Fond du Lac|
|Beau Liegeois||Green Bay|
|Vanessa L Llanas||Milwaukee|
|Martha M Love||Milwaukee|
|Devon Thomas McGuire Cook||Madison|
|John W Miller||Fitchburg|
|Dorothy J Miller||Mosinee|
|Connie Palmer Smalley||Madison|
|Patti Phillbrick-Linzmeyer||Green Bay|
|Martha Pincus||Fox Point|
|David L Sartori||Cudahy|
|Kevin Schanning||Iron River|
|Nancy M Schleis||Green Bay|
|Jamie D Shiner||Green Bay|
|Thelma A Sias||Milwaukee|
|Tom Sieber||Green Bay|
|Christopher Stanley||Fond du Lac|
|Lena C Taylor||Milwaukee|
|Susan Van Sicklen||Dodgeville|
|Dana Wachs||Eau Claire|
|Margaret Wood||La Crosse|
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Government Accountability Board|
|• Government Accountability Board - Elections & Voting|
|• Wisconsin Elections Commission|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Wisconsin State Legislature|
|• The Democratic Party of Wisconsin|
|• Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee|
|Media & others|
|• Appleton Post-Crescent|
|• Fond du Lac Reporter|
|• Greater Milwaukee Today|
|• Green Bay News-Chronicle|
|• Green Bay Press-Gazette|
|• Journal Sentinel - Milwaukee|
|• LaCrosse Tribune|
|• Leader-Telegram - Eau Claire|
|• Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter|
|• Oshkosh Northwestern|
|• Politics1.com - Wisconsin|
|• Right Wisconsin - Milwaukee|
|• The Capital Times, Wisconsin State Journal - Madison|
|• The Chippewa Herald|
|• The Daily Press - Ashland|
|• The Janesville Gazette|
|• The Journal Times - Racine|
|• The Wheeler Report - Madison|
|• Watertown Daily Times|
|• Wausau Daily Herald|
|• WISC TV - IBS - Madison|
|• Wisconsin Radio Network - Madison|
|• Wisconsin Vote - University of Wisconsin|
|• WKOW TV - ABC - Madison|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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