Call to Caucus

Why should someone be a State Delegate?
  • Building Community: Highlight the community building aspect of going to the Convention! Being part of a larger community is crucial, now more than ever. By attending the conventions, you’ll forge connections with fellow Democrats and strengthen social ties.
    • Unique Opportunity: When else will you have the chance to mingle with so many passionate Democrats in one place? Seize this opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and make lasting friendships.
  • Exclusive Events: Each convention is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Remind folks to not let this opportunity pass you by. By joining VA Democrats they’re being a part of history in the making!
    • Most CD’s will be having fun activities and events during and around their conventions
    • DPVA is hosting their annual gala and revamping it to be a evening of fun folks can be a part of
    • At State Convention folks will be able to get their hands on exclusive DPVA merch for the event
  • Supporting the Party: By applying to be a Delegate and or Elector, folks are not just attending an event – they’re showing your unwavering support for the President and the Democratic Party. Their participation makes a difference and strengthens our collective impact on the Commonwealth.
FAQs

What does a Delegate do?

  • A Delegate simply attends the Congressional District Caucus in May and the State Convention in June, both of which are single-day events.
  • At the Congressional District Convention, the Delegates will elect District-Level Delegates to the National Convention and a District-level Presidential Elector.
  • At the State Convention, the Delegates will elect Virginia’s state-wide representatives to the National Convention: At-Large Delegates to the National Convention, Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials, and At-Large Presidential Electors.

What does an Alternate do?

  • An Alternate fills in for a Delegate if the Delegate cannot attend the District or State convention
  • Most Alternates for District & State Convention will be able to be credentialed at both District and State convention.

What happens at the Democratic National Convention?

  • The convention’s main focus is nominating the Democratic Party’s candidates for President and Vice President. However, throughout its four days and nights, delegates engage in various activities beyond televised speeches, including additional presentations and party business. Before the daily convention sessions begin at around 5:00 p.m, there are numerous meetings and events available to delegates, catering to different interests and open to all attendees.

How much does this cost? Who covers expenses?

  • Attending the convention is costly, and delegates need to cover their own expenses for travel, hotel (five-night minimum), and meals. Delegates can expect to pay

$2500-4000 when all is said and done.

  • Delegates have found tremendous success in crowd-funding their way to the Convention!

What should I expect to do at the convention?

  • Delegates have a range of meetings and activities before the afternoon convention session at around 5:00 p.m. There are also various parties and receptions held after the convention recesses – some may require tickets or invitations.
  • Delegates are required to get up early each morning for a delegation breakfast meeting at the hotel where they must pick up their convention credential for that day. They are expected to be seated at the United Center promptly for the convention’s start.

Why should someone apply to be both a District/State Delegate and a National Delegate?

  • If you want to go to National Convention in Chicago we highly recommend that you are also a State or CD Delegate so you can go vote and campaign for yourself at Convention
    • By campaigning early on and mingling with folks you might have a better chance at getting more votes to be elected to go to the National Convention

Call to Caucus of the Floyd County Democratic Committee to Elect Delegates and Alternates to the 9th Congressional District and State Conventions

The Floyd County Democratic Committee will hold an unassembled caucus on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at the Jessie Peterman Memorial Library (321 W Main St, Floyd, VA 24091), for the purpose of electing 3 (three) delegates and 1 (one) alternate to the VA-9th Congressional District Convention on Saturday, May 18, 2024 (9:30 am) in Rooker Auditorium, New River Community College (5251 State Rd 373, Dublin, VA 24084) and the Virginia Democratic State Convention on Saturday, June 22, 2024 (10:00 am) in Richmond, VA. Absentee voting will be available Thursday April 18, 2024 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Floyd County Dems 2024 Campaign Office (115 W Main St, Suite A, Floyd, VA 24091).

I. Candidate Filing

Each person seeking to become a Delegate to the 9th CD and State Conventions shall need to file an electronic Declaration of Candidacy form by no later than 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 13, 2024. This declaration form (State Delegate and Alternate Filing Form) is posted at www.vademocrats.org/delegateselection.

II. Candidate Qualification

In order to certify the eligibility of a candidate for election, the Chair shall ascertain that each prospective candidate:

  • is a resident of and registered to vote in the County of Floyd, Virginia;
  • is a Democrat;
  • does not intend to support, endorse, or assist any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee or endorsee in the November 2024 election;
  • is not a member of any other political party;
  • and has not participated and will not participate in the nomination process of any other political party for the November 2024 election.

Only candidates committed to the nomination of the Democratic candidate for President of the United States may serve as Delegates or Alternates.

III. NOTICE

The Floyd County Democratic Committee shall provide notice of this caucus by placement of a general notice of the caucus, including noticing the caucus date, time, and location, along with the Call to Caucus, on the Democratic Party of Virginia, the Floyd County Democratic Committee website FloydVADems.org; by email notification and through other reasonable means that will disseminate information about the caucus to registered voters in Floyd County. In addition, reasonable actions shall be taken to promote participation in the caucus in accordance with the Affirmative Action provisions of the Party Plan of the DPVA.

IV. PARTICIPATION

Every Democrat who is a registered voter in Floyd County is urged to attend and participate. Each participant must sign a written declaration that he or she:

  • is a Democrat and not a member of any other political party;
  • does not intend to support any candidate who is opposed to a Democratic nominee in this General Election;
  • has not participated in and will not participate in the nominating process of any other party for the positions listed above; and
  • is registered to vote in Floyd County.

v. CONDUCT OF CAUCUS

Voting will begin at 12:00 noon and will close at 3:00 pm. Those in line at the close of voting will be permitted to vote. The Chair of the Floyd County Democratic Committee, or his or her designee, shall be the Chair of the Caucus and shall appoint a Secretary and such other Officers of the Caucus as is deemed appropriate.

vi. DETERMINATION OF DELEGATES

If the number of candidates for delegate/alternate is greater than the total allocated to President Biden per the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary results in Floyd County, then an election shall be held. Candidates for Delegate.

Alternates shall be elected separately from delegates. A candidate may file to run as a Delegate OR an Alternate. The highest vote getters from those who filed as Delegates shall be elected Delegate, and the highest vote getters of those who filed as Alternates shall be elected Alternates.

VII. CANCELLATION

If the number of candidates for delegate/alternate is equal to or fewer than the total allocated, the Chair shall cancel the caucus and those delegate/alternate candidates who have filed shall be deemed to be elected by the caucus. In the event that fewer than the allocated number pledged to President Biden are elected in the caucus, the delegation members shall fill the vacancies.

VIII. RULES

Both the rules for the Virginia Democratic Party Selection of Delegates and Filing forms for delegate / alternate candidates and caucus attendees will be found at www.vademocrats.org/delegateselection.

Adopted by the Floyd County Democratic Committee, March 18, 2024.

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