The South Dakota Democratic Party hosted seven regional caucuses on Saturday, March 14th to select delegates to the Statewide Caucus. The slate elected at each of the seven regional caucuses on March 14th for each presidential candidate represented their region at the Statewide Caucus on March 21st. All delegates must be present at the Statewide Caucus in order to be considered for a delegate or alternate spot. Those elected, in priority order, are eligible to continue on to the National Convention pending the results of the June 2nd primary election. Delegates are allocated according to the proportion of votes won in the primary election, to the nearest whole number.
Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) and At-Large Delegates to the National Convention will be elected at the South Dakota Democratic Party’s State Convention, scheduled for June 19-20 in Rapid City, SD. Pledge forms for those positions are due June 12, 2020 and are available below.
Who is eligible to be a delegate?
Any South Dakota registered Democrat, at least 18 years old on or before November 3, 2020.
How many delegates may South Dakota send to the Democratic National Convention?
10 District-level delegates (Gender-balanced) and 2 alternates
5 SDDP leaders (SDDP Chair, Vice Chair, Committeeman, Committeewoman & Sen. Tom Daschle)
2 Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEO) Delegates
4 At-Large Delegates
TOTAL = 21 Delegates and 2 Alternates
Affirmative Action Goals= Gender balance; 8 Youth (under age 36); 2 Native Americans; 3 LGBTQ+; 3 Persons w/disability; and 1 each African American, Hispanic, and Asian American/Pacific Islander.
June 12: Deadline to submit presidential candidate pledge forms for potential PLEO or At-Large delegates
June 20: South Dakota Democratic Party Convention in Rapid City, SD (Election of PLEO and At-Large Delegates)
August 17-20: Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, WI