Become a Delegate
BECOME A 2020 NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATE
So you want to be a Delegate for your Favorite Presidential Candidate?
By Andrew Rickel, National Convention Coordinator
If you’re interested in becoming an Oklahoma Delegate to the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, you’ve come to the right place! For those that have done this before and know what they’re doing, feel free to skip the into and go straight to the forms by clicking the buttons below. Otherwise, continue reading to learn all about the process and how to become a delegate.
Part 1: What you need to know
The Democratic National Convention, which will be held on July 13–16, 2020, is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the Democratic National Convention, Democrats from all around the county will come together to nominate the next President of the United States!
How many national delegates does Oklahoma have and how are they selected?
The Oklahoma Democratic Central Committee adopted the 2020 Delegate Selection Plan for submission to the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee in the winter of 2019. This plan is what is used to determine what type and how many delegates Oklahoma gets. As well as how they should be elected. Once approved, the rules and processes for selecting National Delegates will be in place officially.
Per the 2020 Delegate Selection Plan Oklahoma’s delegation is 46 persons; 37 Pledged Delegates, 6 Super-delegates, and 3 Alternates.
The 37 Pledged Delegates and 3 Alternates are calculated based on the strength of Democrats voting for the presidential nominee in 2016 (Clinton) and the governor nominee in 2018 (Edmondson).
The 37 Pledged Delegates are elected in three categories:
1) The 24 District-Level delegates are selected by ODP State Convention Delegates at Congressional District Caucuses of the supporters of each candidate who wins delegates. A candidate must win at least 15% of the Presidential Primary vote in the congressional district to win District-Level delegates.
The District-Level delegates have been allocated across all 5 Congressional Districts. The bluest district (CD 5 in Oklahoma City) will have 6 National Delegates to elect. The districts with the smallest allocations (CD 2 and CD 3) only have 4 National Delegates. See below to see all 5 district allocations.
2) 5 Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEO) and 8 At-Large Delegates are elected by a vetting and nominations process at the ODP’s Delegate Selection Convention. Much with Congressional Districts, a Presidential candidate must get 15% of the Primary vote statewide to receive PLEO and At-Large delegates. Any Presidential candidate who receives less than 15% will be disregarded.
3) There are 6 superdelegates. These folks are unpledged and are selected because of their party positions. In Oklahoma, those individuals are the ODP’s four (4) DNC Members, one (1) National DNC Member, and one (1) Congressional Representative. Under a new national rule in place for 2020, these folks automatically attend, but they don’t have a vote in the nominating process unless the convention delegates are unable to select a nominee by majority vote on the first ballot. They vote on all other matters such as the platform and rules and have a nominating vote on any second or subsequent ballot for the presidential nomination. Those individuals are:
‣ Alicia Andrews – ODP Chair
‣ Dave Ratcliff – ODP Vice-Chair
‣ David Walters – ODP National Committeeman
‣ Kalyn Free – ODP National Committeewoman
‣ Joshua Harris-Till – National YDA President
‣ Representative Kendra Horn – Member of Congress
At the end of the day, the entire delegation must be equally balanced by gender, half male and half female. The delegation should “look like” Oklahoma, too. To accomplish this the ODP, in cooperation with the DNC, has set affirmative action goals for historically underrepresented groups: Native Americans, Latinx, African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ+ Oklahomans, youth (people under 36), and people with disabilities.
Part 2: How to become a National Delegate
STEP ONE: Pick who you wish to vote for in the March 3, 2020 presidential primary.
STEP TWO: Complete and file a Declaration of Candidacy form with the ODP by NO LATER THAN 5:00 pm March 5th, 2020!
STEP THREE: Campaign, donate, work and organize for your candidate! The more votes they get, the more delegates they win, and the more likely you have a slot in your area to run for! Additionally, that Campaign has the right to either approve or deny you running to be their National Delegate.
STEP FOUR: Figure out who supports your candidate’s campaign. The ODP will send lists of all individuals that pledge their support in your district to your candidate’s campaign team. Only individuals supporting your candidate will get to vote at the district caucuses, so the pool may be just a few dozen up to a hundred for the front runners. That means email, call, and visit with individuals pledged to your candidate and ask for their vote. It’s a campaign!
STEP FIVE: Go to the ODP’s National Delegate Selection Convention and campaign some more to be elected!
STEP SIX: Didn’t win in the District-Level? Run At-Large or as an Alternate. There will be a vetting process done by each campaign that won statewide At-Large delegates, following District Caucuses. However, they must use these slots to assure that we’ve met the affirmative action goals for underrepresented groups.
STEP SEVEN: Get elected and get ready to head to Milwaukee! So you got elected. Know that this is not an inexpensive trip. You are responsible for all costs of transportation, and five nights in an expensive hotel. We assist in roommate selection but the cost is mostly on you. Plan on spending about $1500. You can hold fundraisers and some groups help folks who need assistance.
STEP EIGHT: Have a great life-changing experience nominating the next President!
BONUS: HELP MAKE OKLAHOMA MORE BLUE! No matter what happens, the most important part is that you come home to Oklahoma and help our nominee make this state more BLUE! Don’t worry about having to remember all this. Download our Delegate Selection Summary one pager by clicking the button below.