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That’s why Democrats are working to make progress on issues like job creation, equal pay, education, health care, and clean energy.
As required by the Delegate Selection Rules for the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the Democratic Party of the United States Virgin Islands is hereby posting its draft Delegate Selection Plan for public comment for a period of 30 days.
The Democratic Party of the United States Virgin Islands’ plan for delegate selection to the 2020 Democratic National Convention Plan is now available to the public. This document specifies policies and procedures for securing all the U.S. Virgin Islands’ delegates and alternates, who will attend the 2020 National Convention in Milwaukee, WI.
Virgin Islands Democrats are committed to a transparent process that ensures that the delegates we send to the 2020 National Convention represent Democrats of this territory.
In accordance with the Democratic National Committee’s rules, the plan is open for feedback for 30 days. Responses are being accepted until 7/12/2019 at 5:00 PM.
Public comments on the draft DSP document must be emailed to email@example.com with the name and contact information of the commenter. All public comments, excluding the profane or irrelevant, will be published on https://democraticpartyvi.org/ with the name (but not contact information) of the commenter. All written public comments will be submitted along with the Democratic Party of the United States Virgin Islands’ plans to the Rules and Bylaws Committee of the Democratic National Committee. Comments can also be mailed to Post Office Box 222848, Christiansted, VI 00822.
All appropriate and helpful comments will be considered carefully. Commenters are welcome to propose revisions; please use page numbers, section numbers, and line numbers to be as clear as possible.
Thank you for your participation in this important process.
Cecil R. Benjamin
Role of super delegates
Superdelegates are delegates to the convention who are automatically chosen by the party, rather than by the results of primaries and caucuses. While technically unpledged, many of them have informally pledged themselves to a predesignated front-runner in previous elections. During the 2016 Democratic primaries, most of these favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. The superdelegate system is controversial among Democrats, and supporters of both Clinton and Sanders have called for their removal in 2020.
The Unity Reform Commission, created after the 2016 election, recommended that the number of 2020 superdelegates be drastically reduced. As of July 2018, the DNC plans to revoke voting rights for superdelegates on the first ballot. They will be able to affect the selection of the presidential and vice presidential nominees only if voting continues to another ballot, which has not happened since 1952.
Selection of pledged delegates
Further information: 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries
The rules stipulate that delegates from candidates who have withdrawn from the race will lose their right to attend and be replaced by delegates pledged to the designated front-runner. In the past, candidates would "suspend" their campaigns rather than officially withdraw in order to let their supporters have the "convention experience."
Legally elected delegates pledged to candidates deemed "unacceptable" by the leadership of the party will be denied entry, as was the case in 1996 and 2012.
Presidential and vice presidential balloting
Candidates who have received enough signed petitions from delegates will be permitted to have their names placed into nomination. Those who have not may not be able to receive any votes at the convention.
Since 1996, uncontested balloting has been done by a full roll call vote. In 2008, the balloting was stopped short by agreement of the two candidates (there was a "secret ballot" earlier in the day so delegates for the losing side, in this case, Hillary Clinton, could cast their votes). In 2016, there were attempts to do away with the roll call, but the Sanders campaign refused this idea.
Due to problems with the scattering of votes during the 1972 and 1980 vice-presidential balloting, as well as threats to do so in 1984, 1988 and 2016, the nominee's choice will be nominated by voice vote.
There have been no multi-ballot conventions in 70 years in the presidential race and with the exception of the 1956 Democratic National Convention, none in the vice presidential vote as well.
The 2020 Democratic National Convention is an event in which delegates of the United States Democratic Party will choose the party's nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
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