The South Dakota Democratic Party will host seven regional caucuses on Saturday, March 14th to select delegates to the Statewide Caucus meeting to be held in Pierre, SD on Saturday, March 21st. Each region is made up of five legislative districts, and corresponds to the SDDP Executive Board regions. Regional representatives for your Executive Board Region will organize and oversee the Regional Caucus in your Region.
The slate elected at each of the seven regional caucuses on March 14th for each presidential candidate will represent that region at the Statewide Caucus in Pierre on March 21st. All delegates must be present at the Statewide Caucus in order to be considered for a delegate or alternate spot.
Details for the Regional Caucuses are still be solidified – learn more here!
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.
February 10: First day to submit presidential candidate pledge forms for potential District-level, PLEO, and At-Large delegates
March 9: Deadline to submit presidential candidate pledge forms for potential District-level delegates
March 14: Regional Delegate Selection Caucuses across South Dakota
March 21: Statewide Delegate Selection Caucus in Pierre, SD
June 12: Deadline to submit presidential candidate pledge forms for potential PLEO or At-Large delegates
June 19-20: South Dakota Democratic Party Convention in Rapid City, SD (Election of PLEO and At-Large Delegates)
July 13-16: Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, WI
How do I become a delegate?
- Volunteer (starting NOW) to support your choice for the next Democratic President of the US and to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot!
- Sign a pledge of support for your preferred candidate between February 10 and March 9 of 2020. Download the form at sddp.org and submit via email to email@example.com with subject line “Delegate Pledge Form” or via mail SDDP, PO Box 1485, Sioux Falls, SD 57101. Changes to candidate preference may also be submitted if changes occur during this window. Pledge forms and any following preference changes must be received by 5pm CST on March 9 for participation in the Regional Caucuses.
- Invite your Democratic friends and supporters, who are eligible voters in your Legislative District to the corresponding Regional Caucus on Saturday March 14, 2020.
- Campaign among your presidential preference group at the Regional Caucus for one of the allotted regional spots for your presidential candidate. Elected delegates from your region for each presidential candidate must attend the Statewide Caucus March 21, 2020 in Pierre.
- Communicate and campaign with other elected delegates supporting your presidential preference from the other regions. Names/contact information will be available from SDDP by March 16 at 5pm CST.
- Run as a delegate at the Statewide Caucus in Pierre on March 21, 2020. The more votes you gather among your presidential preference Statewide Caucus, the more likely you are to represent him or her in Milwaukee. 10 delegates and two alternates will be slated in priority order for each Democratic Presidential candidate on the June 2, 2020 primary ballot.
- Campaign for your Presidential Candidate! If you are a Democratic County Party officer or a State Officer, remember to campaign as an individual. (You do not represent your County or the SDDP). South Dakota has a “binding primary” so if your candidate receives 50% of the primary vote, the top five delegates will represent that candidate.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try again! If you are not elected as a delegate on June 2, you may run again at the State Convention in Rapid City on June 19 & 20 as one of the 4 At-Large Delegates who will be elected at State Convention. Again, you will need to campaign among voting members and earn the right to represent South Dakota at the national convention.
- Save your money and pack your bags for Milwaukee, WI for the July 13-16, 2020 National Convention. The South Dakota Democratic Party does not financially sponsor delegates. In the past, some delegates have fund-raised with their county party or like-minded supporters of your Presidential Candidate.
- Enjoy this experience in the democratic process. Each presidential campaign is a special moment in the history of our state and nation. Best wishes for your campaign to be a delegate to the 2020 Presidential Nominating Convention in Milwaukee!