|The Green Papers|
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.
North Carolina Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Precinct Meetings: Tuesday 10 March 2020 (presumably)
County Conventions: Saturday 18 April 2020 (presumably)
Primary: Tuesday 5 May 2020 (presumably)1
Congressional District Conventions: Saturday 16 May 2020 (presumably)
State Convention: Saturday 13 June 2020 (presumably)
124 total delegate votes - 72 district / 24 at large; 14 Pledged PLEOs; 14 Unpledged PLEOs
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SB 655 would move the date of the Presidential and Statewide Primaries from 15 March 2016 to the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in March. In 2016, the Legislature specified the exact date.
Tuesday 10 March 2020 (presumably): Precinct Meetings. The Precinct Meetings start between 6p and 7:30p local time. Their purpose is to elect delegates to the County Conventions. The makeup date is TBD, beginning between 10a to 7p.
Saturday 18 April 2020 (presumably): County Conventions. The conventions start between 10a and 2p and election delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions. At these meetings, delegates are not required to declare their Presidential preferences.
Back in 2016, the state Legislature passed a law setting the primary date to Tuesday 15 March 2016. As of this writing, we are using the "Tuesday after the first Monday in May" from NCGA General Statutes - Chapter § 163‑213.2.
Participation in North Carolina's delegate selection process is open to all voters who are registered as Democrats or Unaffiliated.
Tuesday 5 May 2020 (presumably): North Carolina Primary. Polling hours reportedly 6:30a-7:30p EDT (1030-2330 UTC). In extraordinary circumstances, the county board of elections may direct that the polls remain open until 8:30 p.m. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Primary. Voter Eligibility: Modified Primary.
Tuesday 5 May 2020 (presumably): 110 of 124 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's North 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 16 May 2020 (presumably) - Congressional District Conventions. The Conventions start between 10a and 2p. National Convention district level delegates are selected according to the results of the primary.
Saturday 13 June 2020 (presumably): State Convention in Raleigh. Delegate selection begins at 10a.
The State Convention selects National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates according to the results of the primary.
The remaining 14 National Convention delegates consist of
These 14 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.|
|Links Links to other web sites|
|• North Carolina State Board of Elections|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• North Carolina General Assembly|
|• North Carolina General Assembly - House|
|• North Carolina General Assembly - Senate|
|• North Carolina General Statutes|
|• North Carolina Democratic Party|
|Media & others|
|• Asheville Citizen-Times|
|• Chapel Hill News|
|• Concord and Kannapolis Independent Tribune|
|• Daily Herald - Roanoke Rapids|
|• Goldsboro News-Argus|
|• Hickory Daily Record|
|• Mooresville Tribune|
|• Mount Olive Tribune|
|• News & Record - Greensboro|
|• NewsLink.org - North Carolina|
|• newsobserver.com - Raleigh - Durham - Cary - Chapel Hill|
|• Politics1.com - North Carolina|
|• Star-News - Wilmington|
|• Statesville Record and Landmark|
|• The Charlotte Observer|
|• The Courier-Tribune - Asheboro|
|• The Daily News - Jacksonville|
|• The Herald-Sun - Durham|
|• The McDowell News|
|• The Morganton News Herald|
|• The New Bern Sun Journal|
|• The Pilot - Southern Pines|
|• The Star - Shelby|
|• Winston-Salem Journal|
|• WRAL TV - CBS - Raleigh|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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