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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.
South Dakota Democrat
Presidential Nominating Process
Regional / Legislative District Caucuses: Saturday 14 March 2020
Congressional District Caucuses: Saturday 21 March 2020
Primary: Tuesday 2 June 20201
State Convention / State Party Central Committee: Saturday 20 June 2020
21 total delegate votes - 10 district / 4 at large; 2 Pledged PLEOs; 5 Unpledged PLEOs
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2020 Delegate Selection Plan from the South Dakota Democratic Party.
Saturday 14 March 2020: Regional / Legislative District Caucuses meet in each of the state's 35 Legislative Districts to elect delegates to the Congressional District Caucus.
Saturday 21 March 2020: The Congressional District caucus meets in Pierre to slate National Convention Congressional District delegates, for each Presidential Preference and Uncommitted, to appear on the primary ballot.
This Presidential Primary coincides with a state/local primary. These coinciding primaries tend to have an impact upon voter turnout.
Participation in South Dakota's delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Voters registered as Democrats, Independents, or No Party Affiliation may participate.
Tuesday 2 June 2020: 16 of 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention are pledged to presidential contenders based on the primary results statewide as South Dakota has only a single at-large congressional seat. 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.
Saturday 20 June 2020: State Convention / State Party Central Committee in TBD.
National Convention Pledged PLEO and At-Large delegates are elected according to the statewide primary vote.
The remaining 5 National Convention delegates consist of
These 5 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|
|• South Dakota Constitution|
|• South Dakota Secretary of State|
|Legislature Links to State Legislatures|
|• South Dakota Legislature - Legislative Research Council|
|• South Dakota Democratic Party|
|Media & others|
|• Argus Leader - Sioux Falls|
|• Capital Journal - Pierre|
|• Daily Press & Dakotan - Yankton|
|• Dakota Free Press|
|• KDLT TV - NBC - Sioux Falls|
|• KELO AM - Sioux Falls|
|• KELO TV - CBS - Sioux Falls|
|• KNBN TV-21 (NBC - Rapid City)|
|• KOTA TV - ABC - Rapid City|
|• KSFY TV - ABC - Sioux Falls|
|• KSOO AM - Sioux Falls|
|• Madison Daily Leader|
|• NewsLink - South Dakota Newspapers|
|• Plainsman - Huron|
|• Politics1.com - South Dakota|
|• Rapid City Journal|
|• South Dakota Politics - Conservative|
|• South Dakota Public Broadcasting|
|• South Dakota War College - Brookings|
|• The Aberdeen American News|
|• The Brookings Register|
|• The Daily Republic - Mitchell|
|• Watertown Public Opinion|
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