National convention delegates are chosen by congressional district. Manatee County is in Florida Congressional District 16, where voters will elect six delegates to the convention – three women and three men – plus a male alternate.
If you want to run, get all the details at www.floridadems.org/convention. As a delegate candidate, you will probably want to campaign for votes. If you are elected as a delegate, travel expenses are not reimbursed by the Manatee County Democratic Party, however you can personally ask for donations from supporters. The filing deadline for those wishing to run for convention delegate is March 7, 2020.
Delegates are chosen in a delegate caucus by registered Democrats voting across the state. In Manatee County, voting will be on April 2 and April 4, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four locations: IMG Academy, Manatee Performing Arts Center, Lakewood Ranch Town Hall and the Palmetto Library.
To vote on the day of the caucus, Manatee County Democrats must present ID and sign a pledge of support for one of the presidential candidates. Manatee Democrats will then receive a ballot that lists the District 16 candidates for convention delegate who support the same presidential candidate.
· March 7, 2020. The filing deadline for convention delegates is at noon.
· April 2, 2020: Early voting for those unable to attend the caucus on April 4, 2020. There is no voting by mail this time.
· April 4, 2020. District 16’s caucus to elect delegates will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four Manatee locations.
· May 30 and May 31. Convention delegates meet in Orlando.
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