UPDATED VDP DELEGATE SELECTION PLAN DUE TO COVID-19


**There are no fundamental changes to the overall delegate selection process. Instead, the in person caucuses and convention have been shifted to online voting using secure Google form ballots.** 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • March 3: Presidential primary
  • April 6 - April 21: Voters may sign up online to be a caucus participant and file to become a state convention delegate
  • April 21: Delegates to the state convention are selected through countywide elections (NOTE: elections will only take place if the number of individuals who file to be a state convention delegate exceeds a candidate’s allocated delegates)  
  • May 15: Deadline to file to run as a District Level delegate to the National Convention 
  • May 30: Digital State Convention 
  • June 4: Deadline to file to run as an At-Large, Party Leader or Elected Official (PLEO) or Alternate delegate
  • June 13: At-Large, PLEO, and Alternate delegates are selected
  • August 17: National Convention in Milwaukee

 

COUNTY DELEGATE DISTRIBUTION
 

County

Total County Delegates

Biden Delegates

Sanders Delegates

Addison

82

25

57

Bennington

74

29

45

Caledonia

50

15

35

Chittenden

382

104

278

Essex

16

6

10

Franklin

75

24

51

Grand Isle 

14

5

9

Lamoille

53 

16

40

Orange

56

14

30

Orleans

44

14

30

Rutland

103

38

65

Washington

130

36

94

Windham

109

28

81

Windsor

119

42

77

 

 

 

 

STATE DELEGATE DISTRIBUTION 
 

Candidate

Number of Delegates

Deadline to File 

Date of Selection

Selecting Body

Sanders

910

April 21

April 21

County Caucuses

Biden

397

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL DELEGATE DISTRIBUTION

Vermont Democrats will elect 16 delegates and 2 alternates based on the results of the presidential primary. 

Type of Delegate

Number of Delegates

Deadline to File

Date of Selection 

Selecting Body 

District Level Delegate

Sanders: 8

Biden: 3

May 15, 2020

May 30, 2020

Democratic State Convention 

Pledged Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs)

Sanders: 1

Biden: 1

June 4, 2020

June 13, 2020

A committee constituting a quorum of the elected district level delegates 

At-Large Delegates and Alternates 

Sanders: 2 

Biden: 1

June 4, 2020

June 13, 2020

A committee constituting a quorum of the elected district level delegates 

 

Eight delegates are automatic, unpledged delegates. They are: 

Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Congressman. Peter Welch, DNC members Mary Sullivan and Tim Jerman, former DNC Chair Howard Dean, VDP Chair Terje Anderson, and VDP Vice-Chair Tess Taylor. These “automatic, unpledged delegates” do not vote for the Presidential nominee on the first ballot at the Convention. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What changes have been made? 

There are two major changes. 1) The April 21 in person caucuses have been replaced by a virtual system through which individuals can sign up to participate in the caucuses and State Convention. 2) The May 30 State Convention will not be held in person, and voting will instead take place through remote voting. If there are more individuals interested in being a delegate to the state convention then there are delegates allocated, the third change is from towns to counties as a basis for delegate allocation and voting. 

 

What happens if more people file to be State Convention delegates then there are delegates allocated?

If this happens, we will break down delegates for each candidate by county. In the counties where the number of Sanders and Biden delegates is equal to or fewer the delegates allocated, all those who file from that county will be declared elected. In counties where more people file for Sanders or Biden slots than are available, a virtual election will be conducted to elect delegates pledged to that candidate, with only that candidate’s supporters voting for their delegates. Each registered “caucus” participant will be emailed a ballot for Sanders or Biden candidates in their county (can be mailed for anyone who requests). Balloting will be over a 7 day period. Ties, if any, will be determined by random draw. 

 

How will the state convention be conducted? 

The May 30th state “convention” will elect 11 “District-Level” delegates (8 Sanders, 3 Biden). The filing deadline is Friday, May 15th (unchanged). Presidential campaigns have until May 22 to approve/reject candidates (unchanged). The party will have a website where all candidates can submit short statements. List of state delegates will be available to national delegate candidates so they can campaign. Email containing secure link to Google-form ballot will be sent to all registered State Convention delegates by Monday, May 25th, paper ballots will be sent to those who request. Registered Biden supporters will receive only Biden ballot; registered Sanders supporters will receive only Sanders ballot. Ballots must be received by VDP no later than 1 pm, Saturday, May 30th. The top 8 vote getters for Sanders and top 3 vote getters for Biden will be elected, factoring gender parity requirements 

Who can become a delegate or alternate to the national convention?

Any registered voter in Vermont who participated in the March 3rd, 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary is eligible to file to run to be elected a delegate. Anyone who does not participate in the March 3rd, 2020 Presidential Primary cannot run to be a delegate to the national convention.


The Vermont Democratic Party operates a non-discriminatory delegate selection process open to all Vermont Democratic voters. Party rules guarantee equal gender division in the delegation, and work to encourage representation from traditionally underrepresented communities (including African-Americans, Hispanic/Latinx-Americans, Asian & Pacific Islander Americans, Native Americans, LGBTQ+ people, and youth). 

 

What does it cost to be a delegate?

There is no cost to file a Notice of Candidacy; however delegates to the national convention are responsible for all costs related to their attendance, including airfare, hotel and incidentals. Breakfast will be provided by the party and other food will often be available at various convention-related events. The DNC provides ground transportation between the hotel and convention activities. Delegates often choose to share hotel rooms to reduce costs. In total, the delegate experience is likely to cost $2,500 to $5,000.  The Vermont Democratic Party cannot provide direct financial assistance to support delegates, but will assist in delegates in developing fundraising efforts. 

 

Do I have to support a particular Presidential candidate?

Yes. All elected delegates pledge their support to a candidate when they file a Notice of Candidacy. 

 

Why does the primary election matter?

The number of delegates each Presidential candidate receives is determined by the outcome. It is not a winner-take-all. Delegates are awarded proportionally to all candidates who received at least 15% of the primary vote. 

 

What are my duties if I am elected a National Convention Delegate?

  • Attend a meeting of the Vermont delegation two weeks after the State Convention adjourns
  • Respond and participate in communication and planning for the national convention (the DNC will want to know a lot about you and you’ll want to know a lot about the convention)
  • Represent Vermont in Milwaukee, attend convention sessions and vote for the Party’s nominee and for the Party’s platform
  • Return to Vermont ready to lead the state to victory

 

 

PRE-COVID-19 DELEGATE SELCTION PLAN.