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2012 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Caucuses: Tuesday 13 March 20121
County Conventions: Tuesday 13 March - Thursday 19 April 2012
State Convention: Friday 20 April - Saturday 21 April 2012
Delegate Selection: Proportional Primary
Voter Eligibility: Open Caucus
34 total delegate votes - 19 district / 6 at large; 4 Pledged PLEOs; 5 Unpledged PLEOs
The delegate selection processes herein was updated 12 March 2012 per the 2012 Delegate Selection Plan as of 18 November 2011.
Participation in Utah's delegate selection process is open to all citizens who will be at least 18 years old by 6 November 2012 and publicly declare themselves to be participating as Democrats.
Tuesday 13 March 2012: First Level - Precinct Caucuses. 29 of 34 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the Presidential preferences expressed at the Precinct Caucuses. 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.
In addition, the Precinct caucuses elect delegates to the County Conventions with the highest vote getters being elected.
Here's how we compute the delegate count:
Tuesday 13 March - Thursday 19 April 2012: Second Level- County Conventions elect delegates to the State Convention.
Friday 20 April - Saturday 21 April 2012: Third Level- State Convention.
The remaining 5 National Convention delegates consist of
These 5 delegates and will go to the Democratic National Convention officially "Unpledged".
The Utah State Legislature did not appropriate funds for a 2012 state-run Presidential Primary.
7 June 2011 Utah Republican Primary Moving Back to Save State Money from Utah policy.com. The article reports that the Utah Republican Presidential Primary will be held on 26 June 2012.
A 12 March 2011 article in the Des Moines Register mentions that Utah's 7 February 2012 primary would violate the rules of both political parties. It was mentioned that the the Utah Republican Party expects their 2012 primary to be hold in conjunction with their 26 June 2012 Partisan Primary. Note that the Democratic Party requires states to complete their delegate selection primaries and caucuses by 12 June 2012 while the Republican Party requires their statewide parties to complete their process by 23 July 2012.
On 3 October 2011, Peter C. Knudson sponsored SB3004. The bill was signed by Governor Gary R. Herbert (Republican) on 13 October 2011. This bill establishes the requirements for a political party to hold their Presidential Primary concurrently with the regular partisan primary election on the 4th Tuesday in June as long as there is no Western States Presidential Primary.
"If there is no legislative appropriation for the Western States Presidential Primary ... a candidate for President of the United States who is affiliated with a registered political party and chooses to participate in the regular primary election ..." [Subsection (6)]
|Delegation to the National Convention|
Utah Delegation (as posted at http://www.democrats.org/2012-convention-delegate-list, 20 August 2012)
|Osman Ahmed||West Jordan|
|Alan C Anderson||Midvale|
|Laura Arellano||Salt Lake City|
|Patrice Arent||Salt Lake City|
|Ralph Becker||Salt Lake City|
|Weston Clark||Salt Lake City|
|James Dabakis||Salt Lake City|
|Justin Daniels||Salt Lake City|
|Dorothy A Engelman||St. George|
|Eric Ethington||Salt Lake City|
|Brian W Faulkner||Murray|
|Sheryl Ginsberg||Salt Lake City|
|Jamie D Hartley||Alpine|
|Joe Hatch||Salt Lake City|
|Nicholas R Hobbs||Salt Lake City|
|Wayne Holland||Salt Lake City|
|Emily B Hollingshead||Cedar City|
|Miriam Hyde||Salt Lake City|
|Craig Janis||South Jordan|
|Jane Marquardt||Salt Lake City|
|Jim Matheson||Salt Lake City|
|Karen McCoy||Salt Lake City|
|Megan Risbon||West Valley|
|Ross Romero||Salt Lake City|
|Alexandria Sadler||Salt Lake City|
|David Salazar||Salt Lake City|
|Anna Thompson||Salt Lake City|
|Gail Turpin||Salt Lake City|
|Noor Ul-Hasan||Salt Lake City|
|Angela B Urrea||Roy|
|Donna Weinholtz||Salt Lake City|
|Glen J Wright||Park City|
|Links Links to other web sites|
|• State of Utah Elections Office|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• Utah House of Representatives|
|• Utah Senate Democrats|
|• Utah State Senate|
|• Utah Democratic Party|
|Media & others|
|• Box Elder News Journal|
|• Deseret News - Salt Lake City|
|• KSL TV - NBC - Salt Lake City|
|• KTVX - ABC - Salt Lake City|
|• KUTV TV - CBS - Salt Lake City|
|• Park Record - Park City|
|• Politics1.com - Utah|
|• Standard-Examiner - Ogden|
|• The Daily Herald - Provo|
|• The Herald Journal - Logan|
|• The Salt Lake Tribune|
|• The Spectrum - St. George|
|• The Times-News - Nephi|
|• The Wasatch Wave|
|• Tooele Transcript Bulletin|
|• Utah Policy - Politics, Communications & Government Relations|
|• Vote Utah - KUED|
1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
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