|The Green Papers|
2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
South Carolina Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Saturday 27 February 20161
Precinct Reorganization Meeting: Saturday 12 March 2016
County Democratic Conventions: Saturday 19 March - Monday 28 March 2016
State Convention: Saturday 30 April 2016
59 total delegate votes - 35 district / 11 at large; 7 Pledged PLEOs; 6 Unpledged PLEOs
States Chronologically States Alphabetically
Unpledged delegate preferences as of
Participation is open to all registered voter who wish to participate as Democrats and have not participated in the 2016 Presidential nominating process of any other political party. (Those who have already voted in the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary last Saturday [20 February] are ineligible to vote in today's Primary. Voters in South Carolina may choose which Presidential Primary to vote in, but cannot vote in both.)
Saturday 27 February 2016: 53 of 59 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's South Carolina Presidential Primary. A mandatory 15 percent threshold is required in order for a presidential contender to be allocated National Convention delegates at either the congressional district or statewide level. How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.
Saturday 12 March 2016: Precinct Reorganization Meetings. The precinct meetings elect delegates to County Democratic Conventions.
Saturday 19 March - Monday 28 March 2016: County Democratic Conventions. The County Conventions elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention.
Saturday 30 April 2016: State Convention in Columbia.
National Convention delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.
The remaining 6 National Convention delegates consist of
These 6 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
6 June 2014: Governor Nikki Randhawa Haley (Republican) signed HB 4732. The law requires the government to fund the costs of Presidential Primaries.
10 December 2014: South Carolina Senator Vincent Sheheen (Democratic) prefiled SB 204. The bill requires that parties receiving 5% or more of the Presidential vote in the last Presidential election agree on a single date for the Presidential primaries. If the parties cannot agree, the primary would be held on (1) the second Tuesday in June or (2) on a date chosen by each party. The latter would require each party to pay for its primary.
|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|
|• South Carolina Code of Laws|
|• South Carolina's Voter Information Resource|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Republican Caucus|
|• South Carolina Legislature|
|• South Carolina Democratic Party|
|• South Carolina House Democratic Caucus|
|• South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus|
|Media & others|
|• FITSNews - Sic Willie|
|• Island Packet - Hilton Head|
|• Lexington County Chronicle|
|• Politics1.com - South Carolina|
|• South Carolina Citizens for Life (SCCL is a non-partisan, non-sectarian pro-life organization and is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee)|
|• Spartanburg Herald-Journal|
|• Statehouse Report - Charleston|
|• The Beaufort Gazette|
|• The Charlotte Observer|
|• The Greenville News|
|• The Herald - Rock Hill|
|• The Item - Sumter|
|• The Lancaster News|
|• The News & Reporter - Chester County|
|• The Post and Courier - Charleston|
|• The State - Columbia|
|• The Sun News - Myrtle Beach|
|• The Times and Democrat - Orangeburg|
|• The Union Daily Times|
|• WCBD TV - NBC - Charleston|
|• WCIV TV - ABC - Mount Pleasant|
|• WCSC TV - CBS - Charleston|
|• WIS TV - NBC - Columbia|
|• WLTX TV - CBS - Columbia|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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