|The Green Papers|
2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 20201
Post-primary Caucus: Sunday 7 June 2020
Delegation Meeting/State Convention: Sunday 28 June 2020
494 total delegate votes - 271 district / 90 at large; 54 Pledged PLEOs; 79 Unpledged PLEOs
States Chronologically States Alphabetically
Due the COVID-19 virus, the District Caucuses were postponed from 19 April to 7 June and the State Convention from 17 May to 28 June.
2020 Delegate Selection Plan from the California Democratic Party.
3 March 2020 Primary returns from the California Secretary of State.
Senator Ricardo Lara introduced SB 568 on 11 April 2017. The state legislature passed SB 568 (Assembly 55-21 on 15 September; Senate 26-10 on 16 September). Governor Jerry Brown (Democratic) signed the biill on 27 September. This law moves all primaries from June to the "1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in March in each even-numbered year" (effective 1 January 2019).
30 July 2019: Governor Gavin Newsom (Democratic) signed SB 27 which requires presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the state's primary ballot. The state's Constitution says "The candidates on the (presidential primary) ballot are those found by the Secretary of State to be recognized candidates throughout the nation or throughout California" [Article II, sec. 5(c)].
This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.
Participation in California's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Under California law, voters who are either registered as either Democrats or No Party Preference may request a Democratic primary ballot. Voters who do so, will have the request noted on their voter file. Any U.S. citizen resident in California who is not on parole for a felony conviction may register to vote as a Democrat. [(Rule 2.A Rule 2.C & Reg. 4.3)]
415 of 494 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's California Presidential Primary. 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.
Sunday 7 June 2020 - Post-primary Caucus. National Convention District-level delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.
Sunday 28 June 2020: Delegation Meeting/State Convention
National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected, by a quorum of the district-level delegates, according to the results of the primary.
The remaining 79 National Convention delegates consist of
These 79 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.1 Democratic Party's "First Determining Step" of the delegate selection process.
|Links Links to other web sites|
|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• California Secretary of State|
|• California Secretary of State - Elections|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• California State Assembly|
|• California State Legislature|
|• California State Senate|
|• Citizens Redistricting Commission|
|• California Democratic Party|
|• California Senate Democratic Caucus|
|• California Senate Democratic Caucus|
|• California State Assembly Democratic Caucus|
|Media & others|
|• @LA - the guide to Greater Los Angeles and Southern California|
|• Alameda Times-Star|
|• Antelope Valley Press|
|• Around The Capitol.com (Lay Consulting)|
|• Beverly Hills Weekly|
|• California Voter Foundation|
|• Calraaces.com - Insider Commentary on California Politics|
|• Chico Enterprise-Record|
|• Contra Costa Times - Walnut Creek|
|• Daily Breeze - Torrance|
|• Daily Democrat - Woodland|
|• Daily Republic - Fairfield|
|• East Bay Times - Walnut Creek|
|• ElectionVolunteer.com - California Candidate and Election Information|
|• Fort Bragg Advocate-News|
|• Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - Ontario|
|• Join California Election History for the State of California|
|• Los Angeles Daily News|
|• North County Times - San Diego and Riverside Counties|
|• Orange County Now|
|• Pasadena Star-News|
|• Political Vanguard (Republican)|
|• Politics1.com - California|
|• Random Lengths News - San Pedro|
|• Redlands Daily Facts|
|• Ridgecrest Daily Independent|
|• Rough & Tumble|
|• San Bernardino Sun|
|• San Francisco Bay Guardian|
|• San Francisco Chronicle|
|• San Gabriel Valley Tribune - West Covina|
|• San Jose Mercury News|
|• Santa Rosa Press-Democrat|
|• Siskiyou Daily News - Yreka|
|• Smart Voter - League of Women Voters|
|• Sonoma Index-Tribune|
|• Tahoe World|
|• The Bakersfield Californian|
|• The Daily Transcript / San Diego Source - San Diego|
|• The Davis Enterprise|
|• The Lompoc Record|
|• The Los Angeles Times|
|• The Mountain Democrat - Placerville|
|• The Orange County Register - Santa Ana|
|• The Press-Enterprise - Riverside - Inland Southern California|
|• The Record - Stockton|
|• The Reporter - Vacaville|
|• The San Diego Union-Tribune|
|• The Union - Grass Valley|
|• The Usual Suspects - San Francisco|
|• Times-Standard - Eureka|
|• Whittier Daily News|
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