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 and delegate counts 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 Colorado Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 20201
Precinct Caucus: Saturday 7 March 2020
County Assemblies/Conventions: Saturday 7 March - Wednesday 1 April 2020
District Assemblies/Conventions: Thursday 2 April - Friday 17 April 2020
State Assembly/Convention: Saturday 18 April 2020
Democrats
CandidateDelegate Votes
Soft
Pledged
Soft
Unpledged
Soft
Total
Hard Total
(available)67 100.00%13 100.00%80 100.00%80 100.00%
Total67 100.00%13 100.00%80 100.00%80 100.00%

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Colorado Primaries for Statewide offices and Congress
 
Colorado State and Local Government

 
 

2020 Delegate Selection Plan as of 1 March 2019 from the Colorado Democratic Party.

2020 Delegate Selection Plan from the Colorado Democratic Party.


The Colorado Democrats will apportion their delegates by primary in 2020. Voters approved Proposition 107 in the 2016 general election which restores the presidential primary election. SB 17-305 1-4-1203: "A presidential primary election shall be held on a Tuesday on a date designated by the governor. The date selected for the primary must be no earlier than the date the national rules of the major political parties provide for state delegations to the party's national convention to be allocated without penalty and not later than the third Tuesday in March"

Primary Elections FAQs from the Colorado Secretary of State.

30 April 2019: Governor Jared Polis (Democratic) and Secretary of State Jena Griswold (Democratic) officially announce 3 March 2020 as Colorado's presidential primary date.


2020 Election Calendar from the Colorado Secretary of State.


   

Colorado has same-day voter registration [CTS 1-2-217.7]. Unaffiliated voters may vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary election, but not both. [CRS 1-7-201(2.3)]. Voters who are affiliated with a major political party may switch their affiliation no later than 29 days before the primary election. State law restricts participation in Party caucuses and conventions to registered Party members [CRS 1-3-101]. Unaffiliated voters are allowed to vote in a party primary without affiliating with the party [CRS 1-7-201(2.3)].


Tuesday 3 March 2020: Colorado Primary. Hours end at 7:00p MST (0200 UTC). Colorado votes mostly by mail. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Primary. Voter Eligibility: Modified Primary.

Primary (preliminary)
Included in Nationwide vote.

CandidatePop
Vote
%
Total  
 

67 of 80 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the results of the voting in today's Colorado 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.

  • 44 district delegates are to be pledged proportionally to presidential contenders based on the primary results in each of the State's 7 congressional districts.
  • 23 delegates are to be pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary vote statewide.
    • 14 at-large National Convention delegates
    • 9 Pledged PLEOs

Primary

Contest
 Pop
Vote
Qual
Vote
Del
CD1  9
CD2  9
CD3  5
CD4  5
CD5  4
CD6  6
CD7  6
PLEO  9
At-Large  14
Total
Delegates
  67

The Party will calculate the allocation of national convention delegates to the presidential contenders based on the results of the certified presidential preference primary returns on 16 March 2020.

 

Saturday 7 March 2020: Colorado Precinct Caucus. Hours reportedly begin at 2:00p MST (2100 UTC). First tier Caucuses meet in each precinct to elected delegates to the County Assemblies/Conventions.

There are two separate processes in Colorado that are dealt with simultaneously: Caucuses and conventions elect Colorado's National Delegates according the the results of the primary while assemblies designate candidates for nomination at the June Colorado state primary.

A fine point: In some counties delegates are elected from the precinct caucuses to the congressional and/or state assembly/conventions. In other counties, delegates are elected from the precinct caucuses to the county assembly/conventions and then to the congressional assembly/convention and state assembly/conventions.

 

Saturday 7 March - Wednesday 1 April 2020: County Assemblies/Conventions - held no later than 25 days after the precinct caucuses. The Assemblies/Conventions meet to elect delegates to the Congressional District and State Conventions.

 

Thursday 2 April - Friday 17 April 2020: Congressional District Assemblies/Conventions. National Convention district delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.

 

Saturday 18 April 2020: State Assembly/Convention convenes. Hours begin at 11:00a MDT (1700 UTC). National Convention At-large and Pledged PLEO delegates are elected according to the results of the primary.

The remaining 13 National Convention delegates consist of

  • 13 Unpledged PLEO delegates:
    • 6 Democratic National Committee members.
    • 5 Members of Congress (1 Senator and 4 Representatives).
    • 1 Governor.
    • 1 Distinguished Party Leader (former DNC Chairman Roy Romer).

These 13 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.

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

 

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