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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
Primary: Tuesday 3 March 20201
Municipal Caucuses: Sunday 8 March 2020
State Convention.: Saturday 30 May 2020
32 total delegate votes - 16 district / 5 at large; 3 Pledged PLEOs; 8 Unpledged PLEOs
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Ranked-choice voting in Maine just got a lot more complicated by Bill Nemitz.
Delegate Selection Plan from The Maine Democratic Party.
20 June 2019: Governor Janet T. Mills (Democratic) signed LD 1626, SP 523 which changes the date of the Presidential Primary. Sec. 4. 21-A MRSA c. 5, sub-c. 8 §441.1. reads: "No later than November 1st of the year prior to a presidential election year, the state committee of each party shall certify whether there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate. Upon receiving the certification from one or more parties, the Secretary of State shall announce the parties that will have a presidential primary election, which must be held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in March of the presidential election year."
6 September 2019: Governor Janet T. Mills (Democratic) will allow LD 1083, "An Act To Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine" to become law without her signature. Voters rank the candidates in order of preference. Should one candidate receive a majority, that candidates "wins". If no one receives a majority, the candidate with the smallest number of votes is eliminated and his or her votes are redistributed to the voters' second-choice. The process continues until a candidate receives at least 50%. The party will be free to employ ranked-choice.
Participation in Maine's delegate selection process is open to all registered voters who are enrolled in the Democratic Party. Residents who are enrolled in another party must change their affiliation at least 15 days before the primary. A resident who is unregistered or not enrolled in any party may register to vote on the day of the primary.
Tuesday 3 March 2020: Maine Primary. Hours reportedly 6:00a-8:00p EST (1100-0100 UTC). Voting places open between 6:00a Eastern Time and 10:00a Eastern Time depending on the size of the town. Delegate Pledging: Proportional Primary. Voter Eligibility: Closed Primary.
24 of 32 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are allocated to presidential contenders according to the results of the primary. 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. How the Democratic Proportional Delegate Allocation Math works.
Maine has requested a waiver from the DNC to bypass the 15% threshold rule.
Sunday 8 March 2020: Maine Municipal Caucuses.
The Municipal Caucuses meet to choose delegates to the State Convention. Those State Convention delegates will be pledged to presidential contenders according to results of their respective caucuses, and not the results of the Presidential Primary.
Saturday 30 May 2020: State Convention.
National Convention delegates are elected at the state Convention according to the results of the Primary.
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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