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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
The delegate selection processes herein, along with any and all dates associated therewith, are unofficial and based on either (1) information obtained from either Major Party, (2) Presidential Primary dates established by currently-effective State statute, or- where the foregoing information could not be obtained- (3) the state's 2016 delegate selection process and associated dates adjusted to the corresponding dates in 2020.
Presidential Nominating Process
Municipal Caucuses: Sunday 8 March 2020 (presumably)1
State Convention.: Friday 1 May - Saturday 2 May 2020 (presumably)
29 total delegate votes - 16 district / 5 at large; 3 Pledged PLEOs; 5 Unpledged PLEOs
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15 April 2016: Governor Paul R. LePage (Republican) signed LD 1673, SP 685. Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA c. 5, sub-c. 7 §431. 1. "No later than November 1st of the year prior to a presidential election year, the Secretary of State shall set the date of the presidential primary election, which must be held on a Tuesday in March of the year in which a presidential election is held. Whenever the state committee of a party certifies that there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate, the Secretary of State shall consult with the state committee of each party to determine the date of the presidential primary."
Participation in Maine's delegate selection process is open to all registered voters who are enrolled in the Democratic Party. A resident may register to vote on the day of the caucus.
Sunday 8 March 2020 (presumably): Maine Municipal Caucuses. Polling hours reportedly 1:00p-6:00p EDT (1700-2200 UTC). Delegate Pledging: Proportional Caucus/Convention. Voter Eligibility: Closed Caucus/Convention.
Sunday 8 March 2020 (presumably): The Municipal Caucuses meet to choose delegates to the State Convention. The State Convention delegates are allocated to presidential contenders in proportion to the percentage of the support each candidate receives at the Municipal Caucus.
"Municipal Caucuses will determine the apportionment of delegates to the State Convention based on ... presidential preference .... In turn, the apportionment of delegates to the National Convention will be determined by presidential preference ... at the State Convention." [Maine Delegate Selection Plan. Section I. B.2.]
Friday 1 May - Saturday 2 May 2020 (presumably): State Convention. 24 of 29 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the presidential preference of the delegates in attendance at the State Convention. 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.
National Convention delegates are elected at the state Convention.
The remaining 5 National Convention delegates consist of
These 5 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.|
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1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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