Democratic Timing Penalties and Bonuses

The Democratic National Committee has approved the Call for Convention for the 2020 Democratic National Convention (9 September 2018) and Delegate Selection Rules for the 2020 Democratic National Convention (7 September 2018) for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The party set dates for the pre-window states [Delegate Selection Rules 12.A.]: Iowa-- may begin no earlier than 3 February 2020, New Hampshire-- 11 February 2020, Nevada-- 22 February 2020, and South Carolina-- 29 February 2020. The pre-windows states are designated with a ‡ in the table below. All other states may begin on 3 March 2020 (Stage I).

Delegate selection primaries, caucuses, and conventions will begin on the first Tuesday in March (Stage I - 3 March 2020). The Democrats will award states who begin their process in April (Stage II) with a 10% bonus. For those beginning in May or June (Stage III), a 20% bonus. Starting on the Tuesday 24 March 2020 (Stage I cluster), a 15% bonus is awarded when clusters of 3 or more neighboring states begin on the same date [Call to Convention I.C.].

The Democratic jurisdictions are listed below in chronological order according to their "First Determining Step". Many of these events are primaries whose dates are established by state law.

 
 
Democratic
Chronologically
(sort)
Jurisdiction
(sorted by)
Start Date
Start Date
Issue
Stage Date
Bonus
Cluster
Bonus
IowaMonday 3 February 2020    
New HampshireTuesday 11 February 2020    
NevadaSaturday 22 February 2020    
South CarolinaSaturday 29 February 2020    
WyomingMarch 2020before 1 March   
AlabamaTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
American SamoaTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
ArkansasTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
CaliforniaTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
ColoradoTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
Democrats AbroadTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
GeorgiaTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
MassachusettsTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
MinnesotaTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
North CarolinaTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
OklahomaTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
TennesseeTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
TexasTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
UtahTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
VermontTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
VirginiaTuesday 3 March 2020 Stage I  
LouisianaSaturday 7 March 2020 Stage I  
MaineSunday 8 March 2020 Stage I  
IdahoTuesday 10 March 2020 Stage I  
MichiganTuesday 10 March 2020 Stage I  
MississippiTuesday 10 March 2020 Stage I  
MissouriTuesday 10 March 2020 Stage I  
North DakotaTuesday 10 March 2020 Stage I  
OhioTuesday 10 March 2020 Stage I  
WashingtonTuesday 10 March 2020 Stage I  
Northern MarianasSaturday 14 March 2020 Stage I  
ArizonaTuesday 17 March 2020 Stage I  
FloridaTuesday 17 March 2020 Stage I  
IllinoisTuesday 17 March 2020 Stage I  
AlaskaSaturday 4 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
HawaiiSaturday 4 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
WisconsinTuesday 7 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
ConnecticutTuesday 28 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
DelawareTuesday 28 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
MarylandTuesday 28 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
New YorkTuesday 28 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
PennsylvaniaTuesday 28 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
Rhode IslandTuesday 28 April 2020 Stage II cluster10% 
GuamSaturday 2 May 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
KansasSaturday 2 May 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
IndianaTuesday 5 May 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
NebraskaTuesday 12 May 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
West VirginiaTuesday 12 May 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
KentuckyTuesday 19 May 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
OregonTuesday 19 May 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
District of ColumbiaTuesday 2 June 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
MontanaTuesday 2 June 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
New JerseyTuesday 2 June 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
New MexicoTuesday 2 June 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
South DakotaTuesday 2 June 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
Virgin IslandsSaturday 6 June 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
Puerto RicoSunday 7 June 2020 Stage III cluster20% 
UnassignedJuly 2020    
 
 


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