Affirmative Action Goals for the Democratic National Convention

Democrats Abroad's delegation to the Democratic National Convention must be equally divided by gender,* and we strive to meet a set of ambitious diversity goals to ensure that our delegation reflects the diversity of our members. These diversity goals are not mandatory, but electors voting for our delegates take these goals into serious consideration when casing their ballots.

Affirmative Action Goals

A candidate running for delegate may fall into multiple minority groups.

African American 4
Hispanic American 4
Native American (must have tribal affiliation) 1
Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders 2
LGBT Americans*  3
People with Disabilities 3
Youth (under 36 as of Nov 3, 2020) 6

*As mentioned, our delegation must be equally divided by gender, but we welcome candidates who identify as non-binary to run for delegate position.


Full Delegate Numbers

  • 21 delegates and 1-5 alternates are sent to the convention from Democrats Abroad. 
      • 12 at-large delegates, elected during our regional and global conventions in Toronto, Canada, May 15-17, 2020:
        • 9  delegates elected at the regional level from the Americas;  Asia Pacific; and Europe, Middle East and Africa
        • 3 delegates representing Democrats Abroad at the global level
      • 1 pledged PLEO (Party Leader and Elected Official) delegate
        • Those eligible to run for this position include:
          • Democrats Abroad global and country leadership
          • Democrats Abroad past leadership
          • Other party leaders
      • 8 automatic delegates who are Democrats Abroad’s outgoing Democratic National Committee members, elected at the 2016 global convention.
      • 1-5 alternates elected at the global level. This number is based on the number of presidential candidates who receive at least 15% of the vote during the Global Presidential Primary.


More information about running for a delegate position can be found in the Democrats Abroad guide for prospective delegates.