The 2020 Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 13th – 16th. It is during this time where delegates from across the nation will select the next Democratic nominee for president. YOU can run and be elected to be a delegate to attend the 2020 DNC Convention and participate in the process of selecting the next Democratic nominee for president.
At the 2020 convention, Tennessee will have 73 delegates. These numbers are chosen by the Democratic National Committee looking at presidential year voter turnout in 2012 and 2016. This same voter turnout is used to identify the number of delegates from each of Tennessee’s Congressional District. The First Congressional District will have 4 delegates.
** Increasing voter turnout in 2020 can increase the number of delegates allocated to Tennessee for the 2024 Democratic National Convention. Increased voter turnout in 2020 can also increase the number of delegates allocated from the First Congressional District. **
Each state submits a delegate selection plan to the Democratic National Committee for approval. The TNDP Delegate Selection Plan outlines how each delegate from Tennessee is selected.
To apply to be a 2020 delegate, you must submit an application to the Tennessee Democratic Party. Applications are available from January 6 – February 20, 2020 for Congressional District Delegate and are due March 29, 2020 for At Larch Delegates. Click HERE to complete the form online or visit the TNDP page HERE for additional ways to submit.
Delegate Selection Process
Those wishing to run and be elected as a delegate need to mark their calendars for 3 dates:
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 — Primary Election Day in Tennessee
Saturday, March 7, 2020 — Washington County Delegate Selection Convention
** All counties across Tennessee will hold their county conventions on the same day, at the same time. **
Saturday, March 21, 2020 — First Congressional District Delegate Selection Convention
** All congressional districts across Tennessee will hold their congressional district conventions on the same day, at the same time. **
There are 5 different types of Delegates
These are delegates that are automatically going to the 2020 Democratic National Convention. They include DNC representatives, past presidents and vice presidents, former senators, etc. For example: Vice President Al Gore is an Automatic Delegate.
Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEO) Delegates
These are delegates who are party leaders or elected officials from across the state of Tennessee. There are 8 positions designated for PLEO delegates. Applications to be a PLEO delegate are due by March 29, 2020 at noon. The TNDP Executive Committee will vote on the PLEO Delegates on April 18, 2020. PLEO delegates used to be super delegates. In 2020, PLEO delegates will not have a vote on the first round of the convention voting, only the second and on rounds if there is a contested primary.
Congressional District Delegates
These are delegates selected through the county delegate selection conventions (March 7, 2020) and the congressional district delegate selection conventions (March 21, 2020). Applications to be a Congressional District Delegate are due by February 20, 2020 at noon.
At Large Delegates
These delegate positions are to fill the diversity requirements outlined in the Tennessee Democratic Party Delegate Selection Process rules. There are 14 positions. Diversity is based on age, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. The TNDP Executive Committee will vote on the At Large Delegates on April 18, 2020. Applications to be an At Large Delegate are due by March 29, 2020 at noon.
Alternates are chosen by the TNDP Executive Committee on April 18, 2020 to fill positions in case any of the elected or appointed or automatic delegates have a scheduling conflict or an emergency and are unable to attend the Democratic National Convention. Alternates will attend the convention in their place.
** Delegates MUST fund their own way to the Democratic National Convention. It is estimated it will cost between $3,000 and $5,000. This money can be fundraised and does not have to be personally financed. The TNDP nor the DNC are able to pay for delegates to attend. **
County Delegate Selection Convention
Saturday, March 7, 2020, counties across the state will hold their Delegate Selection Conventions. All those wishing to have a vote and qualify to be a delegate selector MUST have voted in the March 3, 2020 primary and MUST attend the March 7, 2020 county Delegate Selection Convention.
What is a Selector?
A selector is someone who qualifies through the Democratic Party to cast a vote for a delegate they are supporting. To qualify, you must live and be registered to vote in the county where you are participating in the County Delegate Selection Convention. You must also pledge that you are a Democrat and will support the 2020 Democratic nominee.
Washington County’s Delegate Selection Convention
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Location: Langston Centre Gym
Doors Open at Noon
Convention Begins at 1 PM.
** Doors will be closed and locked at 1 PM. **
Washington County has been allotted 36 selectors (18 men and 18 women) per qualifying presidential candidate. If there are more than 36 potential selectors per qualifying presidential candidate on March 7, 2020, an election will be held to elect the 18 men and 18 women. There will be 36 selectors for each qualifying presidential candidate from Washington County. These selectors will then attend the Congressional District Delegate Selection Convention on March 21, 2020 to elect the delegates who will attend the 2020 Democratic National Convention from the First Congressional District.
** The presidential candidate will have to have gotten 15 percent of the vote in the First Congressional District to qualify. **
Congressional District Delegate Selection Convention
Saturday, March 21, 2020
Location: Tusculum College, Room TBD
Doors open at Noon
Convention begins at 1 PM.
** The doors will be locked at 1 PM when the convention begins. **
Here, elected selectors from across the First Congressional District as well as candidates vying to be delegates will gather to elect the 2020 Democratic National Convention delegates. The First Congressional District has been allotted 4 delegates (2 men and 2 women). The apportionment will be determined by the Tennessee Democratic Party depending on how many presidential candidates qualify (receive over 15 percent of the vote in the First Congressional District) and what percentage of the total vote they received. In other words, the presidential candidate who received over 15 percent and who had the most total votes will be allotted the most delegates.