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2020 Presidential Primaries, Caucuses, and Conventions
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.
Presidential Nominating Process
Satellite and Precinct Caucuses: Monday 3 February 20201
County Conventions: Saturday 21 March 2020
District Conventions: Saturday 25 April 2020
State Convention: Saturday 13 June 2020
49 total delegate votes - 27 district / 9 at large; 5 Pledged PLEOs; 8 Unpledged PLEOs
States Chronologically States Alphabetically
11 February 2019: The Iowa Democratic Party proposed that the caucuses allow Democrats to vote absentee using ranked choice. The virtual results will be tabulated and added to the precinct caucuses. However, on 29 August 2019, citing security concerns, the DNC disapproved.
Iowa Delegate Selection Plan from the Iowa Democratic Party.
The 2020 satellite caucuses will allow for additional caucus locations for those cannot attend the in-person precinct caucus. Iowa Democrats can apply to hold a satellite site at places like factories, group homes, or community gathering places. Satellite caucuses will be tallied as one additional county in each Congressional District.
Satellite and Precinct Caucuses. Democratic Party Caucuses meet in each precinct at 7 PM CST. Absentee or proxy voting is not allowed. Each Precinct Caucus chooses the precinct's delegates to the County Conventions based on presidential preference.
Example. 57 people attend a caucus electing 3 delegates. The viability is 1/6th of 57 = 9.5 rounded which is 10. Say 29 people support candidate A, 19 support candidate B, and 9 support candidate C. Candidates A and B are viable since they have support of 10 or more of the attendees. Because candidate C did not receive the support of 10 attendees, those supporting candidate C must realign to another candidate. At this point, the attendees realign themselves so 34 support candidate A and 23 support candidate B.
The caucus will next choose the precinct's delegates to who will be allocated in proportion to the percentage of the support each "viable" presidential contender received in the second round of balloting at the precinct caucus as of the time of its adjournment.
Continuing the example from above: For Candidate A: 3 (total precinct delegates) × 34 (supporters) ÷ 57 (total attendees) = 1.789 which rounds to 2 precinct delegates. Candidate B receives 3 × 23 ÷ 57 = 1.211 which rounds to 1 precinct delegate. Note: Due to rounding, the sum of precinct delegates may exceed the total number of precinct delegates allocated to the caucus. If this happens, round down the candidate with the smallest fraction. Candidates receiving 1 precinct delegate are not subject to this rule, that is, candidates cannot loose their only precinct delegate during this adjustment.
National Convention delegates are allocated from the state delegate equivalency results of the precinct and virtual caucuses. In addition, the first and last expression of perference are recorded.
How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.
Saturday 21 March 2020: County Conventions convene in each county to choose Congressional District delegates of which the county is a part as well as the county's delegates the Iowa State Democratic Convention.
Saturday 25 April 2020: Democratic Party District Conventions convene in each congressional district at 9:00am to elect the district's delegates to the Democratic National Convention according to the results of the precinct and virtual caucuses.
Saturday 13 June 2020: The Iowa State Democratic Convention convenes at 9am CDT. The State Convention elects the 9 At-Large and 5 PLEO of the Iowa's Pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention according to the results of the precinct and virtual caucuses.
The remaining 8 National Convention delegates consist of
These 8 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.
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|Constitution Links to State Constitutions|
|• Constitution of the State of Iowa|
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|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
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|• Iowa House Democrats|
|• Iowa Senate Democrats|
|Media & others|
|• Blog for Iowa|
|• Dubuque Telegraph Herald|
|• Fort Madison Daily Democrat|
|• Globe Gazette - Mason City|
|• Iowa City Press-Citizen|
|• Iowa Farmer Today|
|• Iowa Public Television - Johnston|
|• Iowa Starting Line|
|• Kalona News|
|• KCAU TV - ABC - Sioux City|
|• KCRG TV - ABC - Cedar Rapids - Iowa City - Dubuque|
|• KDSM TV - FOX - Des Moines|
|• KLJB TV - Fox - Davenport|
|• Politics1.com - Iowa|
|• Quad-Cities - Dispatch/Argus/Leader - Moline - Rock Island - Davenport|
|• Quad-City Times|
|• Radio Iowa|
|• Sioux City Journal|
|• The Bloomfield Democrat|
|• The Daily Nonpareil - Council Bluffs|
|• The Des Moines Register|
|• The Gazette - Cedar Rapids|
|• The Gazette - Cedar Rapids|
|• The Iowa Republican|
|• The Iowa Republican - Brooklyn|
|• The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier|
|• WHO TV - NBC - Des Moines|
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