|The Green Papers|
2016 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 1 March 20161
Town Caucuses: Saturday 26 March 2016
State Convention: Sunday 22 May 2016
National Convention Delegate Meeting: Saturday 11 June 2016
26 total delegate votes - 11 district / 3 at large; 2 Pledged PLEOs; 10 Unpledged PLEOs
States Chronologically States Alphabetically
Unpledged delegate preferences as of
Participation in Vermont's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. There is no party registration in Vermont.
Tuesday 1 March 2016: Vermont Primary. Polling hours 5:00a EST (1000 UTC) to 7:00p EST (0000 UTC). Polls may open as early as 5:00a and no later than 10:00a as set by the Board of Civil Authority. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Primary. Voter Eligibility: Open Primary.
Tuesday 1 March 2016: 16 of 26 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Vermont 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.
Saturday 26 March 2016: Post-Primary Town Caucuses elect delegates to State Convention.
Sunday 22 May 2016. State Convention.
National Convention District delegates are elected by Presidential preference according to the results of the primary.
Saturday 11 June 2016: National Convention Delegate Meeting
National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected, by a quorum of National Convention district-level delegates, according to the results of the primary.
The remaining 10 National Convention delegates consist of
These 10 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
H.115, introduced by Representative Christopher Pearson (Progressive) on 3 February 2015, would require rank choice voting for military or overseas voters in presidential primaries.
This bill proposes to require the Secretary of State to prepare separate ballots in presidential primaries for military or overseas voters to enable these voters – who by federal law must receive their ballots 45 days in advance of the election - to rank their choice of 10 candidates in case a candidate withdraws by the time of the election.
S.76, introduced by state Senator Anthony Pollina (Progressive) on 10 February 2015, would move the Vermont Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in March to the same day as the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.
HB.239, introduced by state Representative Sam Young (Democratic) on 18 February 2015, would also move the Vermont Presidential Primary from the 1st Tuesday in March to the same day as the New Hampshire Presidential 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|
|• Constitution of the State of Vermont|
|• Vermont Secretary of State|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• State of Vermont Legislature|
|• Vermont Statutes Online|
|• The Vermont Democratic Party|
|Media & others|
|• Bennington Banner|
|• Brattleboro Reformer|
|• Burlington Free Press|
|• News & Citizen - Morrisville|
|• Politics1.com - Vermont|
|• Rutland Herald|
|• The Addison County Independent|
|• The Barre Montpelier Times Argus|
|• The Deerfield Valley News - West Dover|
|• The Stowe Reporter|
|• Valley News - White River Junction|
|• Valley Reporter - Waitsfield|
|• Vermont Cynic (UVM)|
|• Vermont Public Radio|
|• Vermont Public Television|
|• VTDigger - Montpelier|
|• WCAX TV - CBS - Burlington|
|• Williston Observer|
|• WVNY TV - ABC - Burlington - Plattsburgh|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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