DemDaily: ‘Tis the Season: Convention 101

Convention 101: The first of regular updates on the 2016 Presidential Convention.

pastconventionsThe Place
Democrats: July 25-28, 2016 in Philadelphia
Republicans: July 18-21, 2016 in Cleveland

The Purpose: The national political parties convene every four years to choose their nominees for President and Vice President, and to adopt a public platform or "plank" of issues.

The Conventions mark the end of the state primary election period in June, and the kick off to the November 8, 2016 general election race for our 45th President.

The People: 50,000 delegates, elected and party officials, donors, activists, lobbyists, labor, celebrities and media will attend. Another 35 million will tune in nightly by television.

The Players & Process

philly-love-DThe Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC)
Convention CEO & Reverend Leah Daughtry leads a team of veteran politicos who oversee convention operations, politics and public engagement, including Credentialing, Housing, Transportation, Site Operations, Media and Vendor relations.

The 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee, led by former Governor Ed Rendell and Philly's finest, will shoulder the bulk of the $85 million to hold the convention -- in exchange for a potential $300 million infusion into the region's economy.

*2014 legislation eliminated the $18 million federal funding allocation for party conventions.

Convention Delegates
6,000 Delegates from all fifty states and the territories vote for the Party's nominee.

"Pledged" Congressional District, At-Large and State Party Leader & Elected Official (PLEO) delegates are apportioned by CD or statewide primary and caucus results.

Votes Needed
to Win: 2,383

Automatic, or un-pledged "Superdelegates" include Members of Congress, Governors and DNC Members.

The four-day Convention Schedule covers official party business, speeches and final VP negotiations - and culminates in a state-by-state roll call vote for the Presidential nominee.

The largest single gathering of party leaders and influencers, the Convention is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with all. In 2012, participants posted over 200 unofficial, private and public events to the DemList Convention Calendar.

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