The Green Papers: Election 2000 
Democratic PartyAlabama Democrat
Primary: Tuesday, June 6, 2000
Popular VoteDelegate Votes
Floor VoteHard Total
Gore, Al  214,541  77%   64.  100%   54.   84%
Uncommitted  48,521  17%         10.   16%
LaRouche, Lyndon  15,465   6%            
Total  278,527 100%   64.  100%   64.  100%
Voter Eligibility: Open Primary, Polls Close at 7 PM CDT (0000 UTC)
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary

64 total delegate votes - 35 district / 12 at-large; 7 Pledged PLEOs; 9 Unpledged PLEOs / 1 Unpledged add-on

Last modified Saturday, December 23, 2000
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The Popular Vote above is based on official returns from the 6 June Primary. This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.

Al Gore is the only candidate to receive 15% of the vote. He will receive the 35 district, 12 at-large, and 7 pledged PLEO delegates.

6 June 2000: Unpledged delegate preference update: Gore 9. Unpledged delegates appear in the "Soft Unpledged" column.

Here's how we compute the delegate count:

  1. A candidate must receive 15% or more of the total popular vote to qualify for delegates. Discard those votes cast for candidates who do not qualify.
  2. Allocate Congressional District delegates from the qualified vote in each district. Allocate Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates using the statewide qualified vote. Bill Bradley, having withdrawn from the campaign, is not entitled to receive At-Large and PLEO delegates.
  3. In each jurisdiction:
    1. Total qualified vote = total votes cast for the qualifying candidates in the jurisdiction.
    2. Allocation = (delegates for the jurisdiction) × (candidate's popular vote) ÷ (total qualified vote).
    3. Assign each candidate the WHOLE NUMBER of delegates.
    4. If delegates remain, allocate each of the remaining delegates to those candidates with the LARGEST REMAINDERS.

Delegates 54

Tuesday 6 June 2000: 54 of 64 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Alabama Presidential Primary.

  • "35 district delegates are to be allocated proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 7 congressional districts. In addition, 12 at-large National Convention delegates plus 7 Pledged PLEOs are to be allocated to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide. 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."

The remaining 10 National Convention delegates consist of 9 Unpledged PLEOs and 1 Unpledged "add-on"; these 10 delegates will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".

The breakdown of unpledged delegates is:

  • 6 Democratic National Committee members
  • 2 Members of Congress (Representatives)
  • 1 Governor
  • 1 add-on

Alabama has 67 counties and 7 congressional districts: 60 counties are wholly within a given congressional district; 7 counties are divided among more than one congressional district.

UNDIVIDED COUNTIES (wholly within one Congressional District):

  • CD 1: Baldwin, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe and Washington.
  • CD 2: Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston and Pike.
  • CD 3: Calhoun, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Lee, Mason, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega and Tallapoosa.
  • CD 4: Blount, Cherokee, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Lamar, Marion, Marshall, Walker and Winston.
  • CD 5: Colbert, Jackson, Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison and Morgan.
  • CD 6: Shelby.
  • CD 7: Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Marengo, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox.

DIVIDED COUNTIES (split between more than one Congressional District):

  • Bibb: CDs 3 and 6
  • Clarke: CDs 1 and 7
  • Jefferson: CDs 6 and 7
  • Lawrence: CDs 4 and 5
  • Montgomery: CDs 2 and 7
  • Pickens: CDs 4 and 7
  • Tuscaloosa: CDs 6 and 7

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