|The Green Papers|
2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Rhode Island Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 26 April 20161
State Democratic Committee: Wednesday 25 May 2016
Special Post Primary Caucus: Friday 10 June 2016
National Convention delegation meeting: Monday 13 June 2016
33 total delegate votes - 15 district / 6 at large; 3 Pledged PLEOs; 9 Unpledged PLEOs
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Source: 2016 Rhode Island Democratic Party Delegate Selection Plan (brochures and plan of 24 June 2015) and 2016 Rhode Island Democratic Party Delegate Selection Plan (plan of 1 October 2015).
Polling hours from the Rhode Island Secretary of State.
Unpledged delegate preferences as of
Participation in Rhode Island's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may participate in the primary election. Unaffiliated voters become affiliated with the Democratic Party by voting in the Democratic Primary.
Tuesday 26 April 2016: Rhode Island Primary. Polling hours 7:00a-8:00p EDT (1100-0000 UTC). Polls open 7a to late as 12 noon by location for Presidential Primaries. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Primary. Voter Eligibility: Modified Primary.
Tuesday 26 April 2016: 24 of 33 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Rhode Island 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. How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.
District Delegate candidates, along with their Presidential Preference, appear on the primary ballot. After determining the number of delegates each Presidential Preference will receive, the individual delegates are selected from among the highest votes getters for each Preference.
Wednesday 25 May 2016: State Convention convenes. The State Democratic Committee elects the 3 Pledged PLEO delegates according to the results of the primary.
Friday 10 June 2016: Special Post Primary Caucus. The State Committee holds a special post primary caucus to select additional delegates in the event a Presidential candidate qualified to receive delegates but has not slated a sufficient number.
Monday 13 June 2016: National Convention delegation meeting.
The 6 National Convention At-Large delegates are elected by the Rhode Island Democratic State Committee according to the results of the primary.
The remaining 9 National Convention delegates consist of
These 9 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
House Bill 6054 introduced Representative Brian C. Newberry (Republican) on 9 April 2015, would move the Presidential Primary from the 4th Tuesday in April to the 4thTuesday in March.
|Primary dates marked "presumably" and polling times marked "reportedly" are based on unofficial or estimated data (especially as regards local variations from a jurisdictionwide statutory and/or regulatory standard) and are, thereby, subject to change.|
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Office of the Secretary of State|
|• Rhode Island Board of Elections|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• The State of Rhode Island General Assembly|
|• Democratic Party of Rhode Island|
|Media & others|
|• Anchor Rising|
|• College Hill Independent - Brown / RISD - Providence|
|• East Bay Newspapers|
|• Inside Politics - Darrell West, Brown University, Providence|
|• Politicker.com - Rhode Island|
|• Politics1.com - Rhode Island|
|• Providence Business News|
|• Providence Daily Dose|
|• Rhode Island Public Radio - NPR - Providence|
|• Rhode Island's Future|
|• RICentral - Wakefield|
|• South County Independent - Wakefield|
|• The Newport Daily News|
|• The Pawtucket Times|
|• The Providence Journal|
|• The Valley Breeze - Cumberland|
|• The Westerly Sun|
|• Warren Times Gazette|
|• Warwick Beacon|
|• WHJJ-920 AM (talk radio)-Providence|
|• WJAR TV - NBC - Providence|
|• WLNE TV - ABC - Providence|
|• Woonsocket Call|
|• WPRI TV - FOX - East Providence|
|• WPRO AM - Citadel - East Providence|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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