The Green Papers
2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions

Disclaimer:
These pages contain a combination of official, unofficial, and estimated data. The information posted here is subject to change.

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.

Democrats

  • Democratic pledged delegate counts are determined by the jurisdiction's Presidential vote in 2008, 2012, and 2016; along with the jurisdiction's electoral vote allocation based on 2010 census for the number of electors in 2020.
  • Democratic unpledged delegate counts are determined by the number of DNC Members, Democratic Governors, Democratic U.S. House members, and Democratic U.S. Senators serving at the time of the convention. The count for DNC Members, Distinguished Party Leaders is from the 2016 Convention. The tallies of Governors, Democratic U.S. House members, and Democratic U.S. Senators are the current officeholders.
  • Democratic Bonus Delegates and penalties are not included in these delegate tallies.

Republicans

  • Republican delegate counts are based on the number of Republicans elected to the State Legislatures, Governors chairs, U.S. House seats, and U.S. Senators seats through 31 December 2019. Republican unpledged delegate counts are determined by state (or equivalent) party rules. We have assumed that the policies of 2016 will apply in 2020.
  • The Republican district delegate count is based on the number of U.S. House members each state will elect in 2020.
  • Republican penalties for violating the timing window are not included in these delegate tallies.
 
Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm South Dakota Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
State Legislative District Caucuses: Saturday 14 March 2020 (presumably)
Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday 21 March 2020 (presumably)
Primary: Tuesday 2 June 2020 (presumably)1
State Convention / State Party Central Committee: Friday 26 June - Saturday 27 June 2020 (presumably)
Democrats
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)14 100.00%5 100.00%19 100.00%19 100.00%
Total14 100.00%5 100.00%19 100.00%19 100.00%

States Chronologically   States Alphabetically
 
Democratic Convention
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Republican Convention
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South Dakota Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
 
South Dakota State and Local Government

 
   

Saturday 14 March 2020 (presumably): Legislative District Caucuses meet in each of the state's 35 Legislative Districts to elect delegates to the Congressional District Caucus.

 

Saturday 21 March 2020 (presumably): The Congressional District caucus meets in Pierre to slate National Convention Congressional District delegates, for each Presidential Preference and Uncommitted, to appear on the primary ballot.

 

This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.

Participation in South Dakota's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. A person shall register their Democratic Party affiliation with the secretary of state ... or affirm their affiliation with the Democratic Party or as an independent before public notary to be eligible to participate in the delegate selection process.

Tuesday 2 June 2020 (presumably): South Dakota Primary. Polling hours reportedly 7:00a-7:00p CDT (1200-0000 UTC) / 7:00a-7:00p MDT (1300-0100 UTC). Delegate Pledging: Proportional Primary. Voter Eligibility: Modified Primary.

Primary (preliminary)
Included in Nationwide vote.

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

Tuesday 2 June 2020 (presumably): 14 of 19 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary results statewide as South Dakota has only a single at-large congressional seat. 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.

  • 9 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in the State's single at-large congressional district.
  • 5 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 3 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 2 Pledged PLEOs

Primary (preliminary)

Contest
 Pop
Vote
Qual
Vote
Del
CD  14
PLEO  2
At-Large  4
Total
Delegates
  20
 

Friday 26 June - Saturday 27 June 2020 (presumably): State Convention / State Party Central Committee in Sioux Falls.

National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected according to the statewide primary vote.

The remaining 5 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 5 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 4 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 0 Members of Congress (0 Senators and 0 Representatives).
    • 0 Governors.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former Senate Majority Leader Thomas Andrew "Tom" Daschle).

These 5 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

 

Notes

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
  South Dakota Constitution
Election Authority
  South Dakota Secretary of State
Legislature   Links to State Legislatures
  South Dakota Legislature - Legislative Research Council
Democratic
  South Dakota Democratic Party
Media & others
  Argus Leader - Sioux Falls
  Capital Journal - Pierre
  Daily Press & Dakotan - Yankton
  Dakota Free Press
  KDLT TV - NBC - Sioux Falls
  KELO AM - Sioux Falls
  KELO TV - CBS - Sioux Falls
  KNBN TV-21 (NBC - Rapid City)
  KOTA TV - ABC - Rapid City
  KSFY TV - ABC - Sioux Falls
  KSOO AM - Sioux Falls
  Madison Daily Leader
  NewsLink - South Dakota Newspapers
  Plainsman - Huron
  Politics1.com - South Dakota
  Rapid City Journal
  South Dakota Politics - Conservative
  South Dakota Public Broadcasting
  South Dakota War College - Brookings
  The Aberdeen American News
  The Brookings Register
  The Daily Republic - Mitchell
  Watertown Public Opinion

1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.

 


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  Chronological Cumulative Allocation of Delegates  
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Delegate Counts
  Democratic Hard and Soft Summary   --   Republican Hard and Soft Summary  
 
Delegate Allocation
  Democratic Quick Reference   --   Republican Quick Reference  
  The Math Behind the Democratic Delegate Allocation   --   The Math Behind the Republican Delegate Allocation  
 
  Democratic Delegate Pledging and Voter Eligibility   --   Republican Delegate Binding and Voter Eligibility  
 
  Primaries at a Glance  
 
  Results Status and Date Retreived  
 
Documentation
  Historical Analysis of the Presidential Nominating Process  
  Historical Analysis of the apportionment of delegate votes at the National Conventions of the two major parties  
  Primary/Caucus/Convention Glossary  
  Statutory Election Information of the Several states / Presidential Primary  
  Dates of PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES re: selection and/or allocation/distribution of Delegates to Major Party National Conventions  
 
  Straw Polls  
 
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