Information on Missouri Democratic Convention Delegate Selection
Bob Levine, Delegate
Missouri is a mixed state for chosing Presidential National Delegates depending on the Party. Republicans chose to go to the Caucus only system when they had a fall deadline with their Party to change the date to March or lose half their Delegates. They then chose the Caucus only system making their Primary a Beauty contest but they kept all their Delegates.
We Democrats chose to stick with the legal date of February 7th thus our Presidential Primary will decide the makeup of the votes
for Delegate Selection based on the vote. The percentage of Delegates that each candidate received is based on the vote of the
February 7th Presidential Primary. We have all 102 Delegates as given to us by the Democratic National Committee last year. The Delegates will be chosen starting with Mass Meeting Caucuses beginning March 29th at the Ward, Township and County level. Your local Committee Person is in charge of finding those locations. These will be announced in ads taken out in local newspapers by the State Party in March. The selection method will be as per the vote in each existing Congressional District in the February 7th Primary. You must vote in the February 7th Primary to be eligible to be elected as a local Delegate. A candidate must have 15% or more of the vote in each existing Congressional District to be viable. By existing I mean the 9 Districts we have now as the new 8 Congressional Districts do not take effect until January of 2013.
On April 26 we chose the first round of Presidential National Delegates at the Congressional Caucuses. I have been told by 1st
Congressional District Chair, Gwen Reed, that their Caucus will be at UMSL and by 2nd Congressional Chair, CT Sharp, that theirs will be at Parkway West High. Specific rooms will follow soon. I have not heard yet from the 8th or 9th District Chairs where their Caucuses are being held. Those elected at the March 29th Caucus will vote for the National Delegates in their Congressional Caucus.
The final National Delegates will be chosen at the State Convention, which is a Caucus as well. Again the Delegates elected at the March 29th Caucus will be the ones voting for the National Delegates at this Convention and Caucus that is being held June 9th at the Lodge of the 4 Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks. The makeup of the Delegates Chosen will be based on the February 7th Presidential Primary as a whole vote in Missouri. There will be other State Party business to be taken up at this event including election National Committee People to the Democratic National Committee for the next 4 years.
There are many other points of information. The State Party will be handing out a brochure explaining all the details at Caucus
training that will be held in January and February and I will be speaking before MOPAG and West County Democrats meetings in the next couple of months with those brochures as well. I am always available at this e-address and the phone number below for anyone with questions.