New Jersey Democrats set 2016 Democratic National Convention delegate selection plan

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee has approved their delegate selection plan for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in South Jersey’s backyard of Philadelphia next July 25-28. This follows a 30-day public comment period that ended recently.

New Jersey is allotted 126 delegates total, plus 9 alternates. More than half this number will be apportioned to districts proportionally based on party registration, census population and previous election results. And those delegates will be divided among Democratic presidential candidates based on New Jersey’s primary election Jun 7, 2016.

Some of the delegate slots go to party leaders and elected officials, including state Chair John Currie and Vice-Chair Lizette Delgado-Polanco, members of Congress, NJ’s DNC members, and legislative leadership.

The Party has adopted specific goals (not quotas) for historically under-represented groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, women, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and youth. Half the state’s delegation to the Convention must be women, per DNC rules. This is a party that intends its delegates to reflect the diversity of the country, unlike the Republicans, who have sometimes strained to look like the bigger-tent party the Democrats already are. I’m looking at you, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

We don’t have the final document yet, it’s under review at the DNC. But below is the draft sent to Washington. On the jump page – this is what New Jersey’s delegation will look like:  

Click the square with the smaller dark square inside it below to pop the document out for best viewing.

Comment (1)

  1. CreedPogue

    Some states, including Maryland I believe, force the presidential campaigns to allow for three delegate candidates per slot.  We all know who the nominee will be and that will be a certainty probably long before the filing deadline.  So, it would probably have done a lot of help for mobilization to allow more delegate candidates so the primary isn’t a complete bore.


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