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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 20201
Precinct Caucus: Saturday 7 March 2020
County Assemblies/Conventions: Saturday 7 March - Wednesday 1 April 2020
District Assemblies/Conventions: Thursday 2 April - Friday 17 April 2020
State Assembly/Convention: Saturday 18 April 2020
79 total delegate votes - 44 district / 14 at large; 9 Pledged PLEOs; 12 Unpledged PLEOs
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2020 Delegate Selection Plan as of 1 March 2019 from the Colorado Democratic Party.
2020 Delegate Selection Plan from the Colorado Democratic Party.
2020 Presidential Primary Candidate List from the Colorado Secretary of State.
Results of the Presidential Primary from the Colorado Democratic Party.
2020 Election Calendar from the Colorado Secretary of State.
The Colorado Democrats will apportion their delegates by primary in 2020. Voters approved Proposition 107 in the 2016 general election which restores the presidential primary election. SB 17-305 1-4-1203: "A presidential primary election shall be held on a Tuesday on a date designated by the governor. The date selected for the primary must be no earlier than the date the national rules of the major political parties provide for state delegations to the party's national convention to be allocated without penalty and not later than the third Tuesday in March"
Primary Elections FAQs from the Colorado Secretary of State.
Returns from the Colorado Secretary of State.
30 April 2019: Governor Jared Polis (Democratic) and Secretary of State Jena Griswold (Democratic) officially announce 3 March 2020 as Colorado's presidential primary date.
Colorado has same-day voter registration [CTS 1-2-217.7]. Unaffiliated voters may vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary election, but not both. [CRS 1-7-201(2.3)]. Voters who are affiliated with a major political party may switch their affiliation no later than 29 days before the primary election. State law restricts participation in Party caucuses and conventions to registered Party members [CRS 1-3-101]. Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in a party primary without affiliating with the party [CRS 1-7-201(2.3)].
Votes cast for Michael Bennet, Peter Paul Montgomery "Pete" Buttigieg, John K. Delaney, Amy Jean Klobuchar will not be counted as they have submitted withdrawal forms to the Secretary of State.
67 of 79 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Colorado 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.
Candidates Michael Bennet, Pete Buttigieg, John Delaney, and Amy Klobuchar have submitted their withdrawal paperwork to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, and therefore will not be counted in the vote allocation.
The Party will calculate the allocation of national convention delegates to the presidential contenders based on the results of the certified presidential preference primary returns on 16 March 2020.
Undated notes from the Colorado Democratic Party: The four Democratic Presidential Candidates who met threshold on Super Tuesday were Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren. The four of them are the candidates who qualify for Congressional District-level delegates. Joe Biden is the candidate still in the race who met threshold on Super Tuesday. As a result, he is who qualifies for statewide delegates.
Saturday 7 March 2020: Colorado Precinct Caucus. Hours reportedly begin at 2:00p MST (2100 UTC). First tier Caucuses meet in each precinct to elected delegates to the County Assemblies/Conventions.
There are two separate processes in Colorado that are dealt with simultaneously: Caucuses and conventions elect Colorado's National Delegates according the the results of the primary while assemblies designate candidates for nomination at the June Colorado state primary.
A fine point: In some counties delegates are elected from the precinct caucuses to the congressional and/or state assembly/conventions. In other counties, delegates are elected from the precinct caucuses to the county assembly/conventions and then to the congressional assembly/convention and state assembly/conventions.
Saturday 7 March - Wednesday 1 April 2020: County Assemblies/Conventions - held no later than 25 days after the precinct caucuses. The Assemblies/Conventions meet to elect delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.
Thursday 2 April - Friday 17 April 2020: Congressional District Assemblies/Conventions. National Convention district delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.
Saturday 18 April 2020: State Assembly/Convention convenes. Hours begin at 11:00a MDT (1700 UTC). National Convention At-large and Pledged PLEO delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.
The remaining 12 National Convention delegates consist of
These 12 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
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.1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
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|• Colorado Daily - Boulder|
|• Colorado Political News - ColoradoPols.com|
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|• Cortez Journal|
|• Criag Daily Press|
|• Daily Reporter-Herald - Loveland|
|• Delta County Independent|
|• Denver Post|
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|• Greeley Tribune|
|• Gunnison Country Times|
|• Haxtun-Fleming Herald|
|• Lamar Daily News|
|• Mineral County Miner|
|• Monte Vista Journal|
|• Montrose Daily Press|
|• Pine River Times - Bayfield|
|• Politics1.com - Colorado|
|• Pueblo Chieftain|
|• Rifle Citizen Telegram|
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|• Rocky Mountain News - Denver|
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|• The Crested Butte News|
|• The Daily Camera - Boulder|
|• The Daily Sentinel - Grand Junction|
|• The Daily Times-Call - Longmont|
|• The Daily Times-Call - Longmont|
|• The Durango Herald|
|• The Fort Morgan Times|
|• The Gazette - Colorado Springs|
|• The Herald Democrat - Leadville|
|• The Journal Advocate - Sterling|
|• The Mountain Mail - Salida|
|• The Mountain-Ear - Nederland|
|• Times-Call - Longmont|
|• Vail Daily|
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