2024 Delegate Candidate Briefing


DELEGATE CANDIDATE BRIEFING ON THE 2024 DA DELEGATE SELECTION PLAN


The following summary outlines who may run as a delegate and the process that Democrats Abroad takes to select the delegates who will represent our party at the Democratic National Convention. In addition to these details, those interested in running for a delegate position are encouraged to review our delegate candidate workshop slides and recording from November 2023.

You can also read the 2024 Democrats Abroad Delegate Selection Plan, but we've outlined the important details below.

About our delegation to the 2024 DNC

Democrats Abroad will send 21 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, August 19-22, 2024. Together with our alternate committee members and convention page, these delegates make up our delegation. The delegation is divided equally by gender.

  • 21 delegates
    • 8 automatic delegates
      • Global Chair and Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad
      • Our 6 elected Democratic National Committee members 
    • 13 pledged delegates, selected at our regional and global conventions
      • 1 pledged party leader and elected official (PLEO) delegate
      • 12 at-large delegates
        • 9 of these delegates will be selected at the three Regional Conventions. The Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa are those regions. 
        • 3 of these delegates will be selected at the Global Convention.
  • 1 alternate delegate 
  • 3 committee members
    • 1 member of the Credentials Committee
    • 1 member of the Platform Committee
    • 1 member of the Rules and Bylaws Committee
  • 1 Convention Chair, elected by the delegation following the Global Convention. This person is responsible for managing all the details of the delegation’s national convention experience, including prep, housing, breakfast meetings, transportation, etc. 
  • 1 Convention Page, chosen by Global Chair

How delegates are allocated to each presidential candidate

Presidential candidates are awarded delegates to the Democratic National Convention in proportion to the number of votes received in a state primary or in proportion to their support in a state caucus.

For Democrats Abroad, any candidate receiving 15% or more of the primary votes cast in the Global Presidential Primary will be accorded delegates.

Filing Requirements

In order to file to run to become a delegate, you'll need to do the following:

  • Identify your presidential preference, and sign a pledge of support for that single presidential candidate (including if uncommitted).*
  • Submit a written application to the International Chair between March 26 and April 19, 2024. The Chair will provide a form for this application. 
  • Indicate which automatic delegate position(s) you are filing for. You may file for more than one position.

*Your pledge of support may be modified by submitting an updated pledge of support before the April 19th deadline.

Delegate Candidate Eligibility

Delegate candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be a resident abroad both during the Regional and Global Conventions and at the time of the Democratic National Convention in August
  • Be a member of Democrats Abroad 
  • Be 18 years of age or older as of Election Day, November 5, 2024
  • Have the interest, welfare, and success of the Democratic Party and of Democrats Abroad at heart
  • Subscribe to the substance, intent, and principles of the Charter and Bylaws of the Democratic Party and the Charter of Democrats Abroad
  • Must not participate or plan to participate in the nominating process of any other delegation to the 2024 DNC or of any other political party for the 2024 presidential elections
    (Simply put: Don't vote for a presidential candidate in your home state's primary if you'd like to run for a delegate position with DA.)

PLEO Delegate Candidate Eligibility

Those eligible to run for the pledged PLEO delegate position include (in order of priority): 

  1. Sitting International Executive Committee Officers; 
  2. Former International Executive Committee Officers; 
  3. Sitting Country and Transnational Committee Chairs; 
  4. Sitting Country Committee in Formation Chairs; 
  5. Non-Country Committee Representatives and other sitting Country and Transnational Committee Officers and Executive Committee members; 
  6. Sitting Chapter Chairs, Chapter Vice Chairs, and Chapter Executive Committee members; 
  7. Former Democratic National Committee members; 
  8. Former Country or Transnational Committee officers; 
  9. Other former Democratic elected officials and Party leaders

Presidential Campaigns Delegate Review

Each presidential campaign reviews the list of delegate candidates.

  • Democrats Abroad is required to send to each campaign the full list of delegate candidates who have filed to run as delegates by April 22, 2024.
  • Each campaign must, in turn, send Democrats Abroad a list of all approved delegate candidates by April 26, 2024.
    • Campaigns must choose at least 2 names for each delegate or alternate position awarded to the campaign following the Global Presidential Primary.
  • The campaign-approved delegate candidate list must be gender balanced.

Regional Conventions

During the Asia Pacific, Americas, and EMEA regional conventions, Democrats Abroad regional electors will elect 3 DNC members, and 9 delegates for the National Convention. These 9 delegates will be apportioned across the three regions based on the number of voters who participated in the Global Primary. 

These conventions will be held on the following dates: 

Asia Pacific regional convention: Saturday, May 25, 2024 (online)
Europe, Middle East, and Africa regional convention: Sunday, May 26, 2024 (online)
Americas regional convention: Thursday, May 30, 2024 (in Costa Rica and online)

Regional Convention electors

  • Electors for a regional convention may include: 
    • The Regional Vice Chair (RVC) representing the region; 
    • All elected national officers, national executive committee members, DPCA Voting Representatives, and elected or recognized chapter chairs for each in-compliance country or transnational committee in the region.
    • The region’s Non-Country Committee Representative
  • Electors must be willing to sign a statement of support for a presidential candidate (including uncommitted) and also sign a Party Pledge of Support and Certification Slip 
  • All electors for a country or transnational committee must be certified by their committee’s chair and sent to the International Chair and their Regional Vice Chair no later than April 15, 2024, or 30 days before their regional convention, whichever is earlier
  • Only electors certified by the deadline may participate in their Regional Convention
  • A regional convention elector may renounce their role as an elector by sending a written notice to the Permanent Regional Convention Chair and the Regional Convention Credentials and Rules Committee any time before the end of the roll call for their regional convention. 

Regional Convention Rules

  • A quorum = no less than 40% of all certified electors.
  • No proxies are allowed.
  • Unofficial slates are permitted, but no slate may receive preferential treatment.
  • Each delegate position election will be run as a discrete, individual election.
  • Should a delegate not be elected in an election, that delegate may run again if there are further elections within their Presidential preference group caucus.
  • Presidential preference groups must elect a group of delegates who are gender balanced, with no gender exceeding more than one. Gender nonbinary delegation members do not affect the calculation of the gender division.
  • Electors and delegates may participate by video, audio or web conference tools provided by Democrats Abroad
  • Each Regional Convention will be chaired by its Regional Vice Chair or their designee

Regional Convention Agenda

  • Call to order by Regional Vice Chair/designee, aka Permanent Regional Convention Chair (PRC Chair)
  • PRC Chair appoints Permanent Regional Convention Secretary (PRC Secretary)
  • Report of the Regional Convention Credentials and Rules (C&R) Committee
    • Includes the allocation of delegates within the region per presidential candidate ( including uncommitted)
    • Report the value of the vote to be cast by each Regional Convention elector attending the Regional Convention
    • Describes/Prescribes how we elect Platform Committee members
    • Summarizes any decisions referred to the committee by the PRC Chair
  • Election of the Regional DNC Member
    • Each region elects one DNC member
    • Their term begins at the close of the 2024 Democratic National Convention
    • Elected by an absolute majority of ALL regional electors present
    • Each elector’s voting value reflects the value reported by the Regional C&R Committee
    • If there are more than 2 candidates, ranked choice voting (RCV) will be used to select the winner.
  • Recess into Presidential Preference Groups (PPGs)
  • Election of Permanent PPG Chair
    Temporary Chair 
    • Prior to the convention, the presidential candidate or candidate designee appoints a temporary chair of their preference group 
    • The temporary chair calls the meeting to order and presides over the election of a Permanent PPG Chair
    • Election of Permanent PPG Chair 
  • Election of Delegates and Alternate
    • Pre-meeting: The PRC Chair provides each PPG a list of all approved delegate candidates for their group
    • Nomination process: PPG Chair reads the list of all approved delegate candidates; these candidates shall be considered nominated when their names are read
    • No other nominations shall be accepted
    • Election process: individual ranked choice voting rounds for each delegate position
    • Affirmative action process: Before each round of voting, the PPG Chair compares our AA goals with our delegation as it stands
  • Regional Convention - Take Two! 
    • The Regional Convention Reconvenes
    • Results of PPG Caucus elections announced 
      • As each PPG caucus concludes its election, its PPG chair reports its results to the PRC Chair
      • Challenges should be made known to the PRC Chair prior to announcing results, if possible
      • The PRC Chair then announces the results and any challenge
    • Election of 2 Platform Committee members (per region) for the Global Convention (p27)
      • Elected by the absolute majority of ALL regional electors present
      • Each elector’s voting weight reflects the voting weight reported by the Regional C&R Committee
      • There needs to be equally gender divided
      • If there are more than 2 candidates, ranked choice voting (RCV) will be used to select the two committee members.
    • Regional Convention electors will discuss and adopt “such” resolutions  
      • The newly elected platform committee members of each region will bring these resolutions to the Global Convention Platform Committee
    • The PRC Chair may then discuss further business
  • Convention adjourns
    • The PRC Chair and Secretary certify their delegate results with the International Chair of Democrats Abroad, noting any challenges
    • The International Chair certifies these results to the DNC by June 10, 2024

Global Convention

Democrats Abroad will hold its Global Convention beginning on Friday, May 31. During the convention, we will elect 3 DNC members, 4 delegates for the Democratic National Convention (3 at large + 1 Party Leader and Elected Official or PLEO), and 1 alternate for each PPG. 

Global Convention electors/delegates

  • Electors/delegates for the Global convention may include: 
    • Regionally elected delegates to the 2024 National Convention
    • Current automatic delegates (DNC members serving from 2020-2024)
    • Newly elected automatic delegates (DNC members elected during the regional conventions)
    • DPCA members
    • Distinguished party leaders designated by the Secretary of the DNC

Global Convention Rules

  • The Global Convention will be chaired by the International Chair or the International Chair’s designee
  • Electors and delegates may participate by video, audio or web conference tools provided by the DPCA
  • A quorum = no less than 40% of all delegates/electors present in person or online
  • No proxies are allowed
  • Voting weights
    • The voting value for DPCA members representing their country or transnational committee = their committee’s turnout in the Global Primary relative to the total turnout of voters in the primary. 
    • The voting weight for all other delegates = the same weight as the total vote allocation allocated to the committee with the lowest turnout in the Global Primary.

Global Convention Appointments

  • Global Credentials & Rules Committee: The International Chair must name a Global Credentials & Rules Committee at least 45 days ahead of the regional conventions
  • Global Convention Platform Committee: The International Chair will name at least 6 members to the Global Convention’s Platform Committee before the regional conventions, as well as their roles. 
    • These 6 are in addition to the 6 platform members elected in the Regional Conventions.
    • The International Chair will announce the rules and procedures of the Platform Committee at least 15 days before the opening of the Global Convention.

Global Convention Agenda 

  • The International Chair will announce the Global Convention agenda no less than 15 days before the opening of the global convention. 
  • The agenda must include (but is not limited to): 
    • Report of the Global Convention Credentials and Rules Committee on:
      • Convention participants
      • Allocation of votes to the convention participants
      • Summary of any decision made by the Committee
    • Diversity announcement - once quorum is called, the Chair announces the current delegation’s gender and diversity balance and reminds all delegates of our diversity goals. 
  • Divide into Presidential Preference Groups (PPGs)
  • Election of Delegates and Alternate
    • Nomination process: PPG Chair reads the list of all approved delegate candidates 
    • Election process:  Ranked Choice Voting
    • Election order: PLEO, at-large delegates, alternate(s)
    • Diversity process: Before each round of voting, the Global Chair (or the Chair's designee) announces our current diversity results and reminds everyone of our diversity goals 
      • If necessary, for gender parity purposes, the Chair may require a PPG to pause an election while waiting to hear the results of another PPG election
  • Global Convention - Take Two! 
    • The Global Convention Reconvenes
    • Results of PPG Caucus elections announced 
      • As each PPG caucus concludes its election, its PPG chair reports its results to the Global Chair
      • Challenges must be made known to the Global Chair prior to announcing the results
      • The Global Chair then announces the results and any challenge
    • Diversity announcement - the Chair announces the current delegation’s gender and diversity balance and reminds all delegates of our diversity goals. 
    • Election of three global DNC Members
      • If there are more than two candidates, ranked choice voting (RCV) will be used to select the winner for each member seat
      • Each member seat will have its own election
      • The term for these DNC members begins at the close of the 2024 Democratic National Convention
    • Democrats Abroad 2024 Platform - The Global Convention delegates will discuss and vote to adopt the Democrats Abroad Platform 
    • The Global Chair may then discuss further business
  • Convention adjourns
    • The International Chair certifies our delegate results, as well as our newly elected DNC member results, to the DNC by June 15, 2024.

Key Deadlines

Nov 2023 Delegate candidate workshops begin to roll out

February 13   Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary ballots available on the DA website

March 5 - 12 Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary 

March 26 Delegate filing period begins

Apr 15 Deadline for country and transnational committees to certify their electors for the Regional Conventions

Apr 19 Deadline for delegate candidates to submit their intent to run with Democrats Abroad 

Apr 26  Deadline for the Presidential Candidate campaigns to send approved delegate candidate lists back to Democrats Abroad

May 25 Asia Pacific Regional Convention (online)

May 26 Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional Convention (online)

May 30 Americas Regional Convention (in Costa Rica and online)

May 31  Global Convention in Costa Rica begins

August 19-22  Democratic National Convention in Chicago, IL