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26 April 2011

Georgia Democrats Approaching Deadlines for 2012 DNC Delegate Selection Process

In recent weeks, there's been a lot of talk about the 2012 presidential campaign.

Democrat Barack Obama is seeking another four years in the White House. Plenty of Republicans are forming exploratory committees, testing the waters, and visiting early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire before formally declaring their candidacy for President of the United States.

Before a single vote is cast in the 2012 General Election however, both the Republican and Democrat parties must first select a presidential nominee.

Each party's nominee is chosen through a series of primaries and caucuses that award delegates to presidential candidates. The candidate, who receives a majority of the delegates at the national convention, wins the nomination.

Georgia, as the largest state east of the Mississippi River, is a treasure trove of delegates and will be eyed by any serious candidate competing for their party's presidential nomination.

For the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the Peach State is allocated 142 delegates, 9 alternates, 4 pages, and 4 members on each of the three standing convention committees (Rules, Platform, Credentials).

The process of selecting these 142 Georgia delegates to the Democratic National Convention is heavily controlled by the Democratic National Committee.

A memo to the Democratic Party of Georgia, dated December 15, 2010, detailed the deadlines set by the Democratic National Committee for crafting the state's delegate selection plan.

An affirmative action committee needed to be appointed by the Georgia Democratic Party chairman no later than March 1, 2011. After the delegate selection plan was put together, it would be released and the public would have 30 days to comment on the plan prior to the state Democratic committee voting to adopting the document [Rule 1.C., Delegate Selection Rules for the 2012 Democratic National Convention; Reg. 2.2(E)., Regulations of the Rules and Bylaws Committee]. Finally, the Georgia Delegate Selection Plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention is to be submitted to the Democratic National Committee for its review on May 2nd.

Now I can't speak to the appointment of the affirmative action committee or the 30-day public comment period.

However, I will point out that a Google search of "delegate selection plans" and "2012" produces documents from Delaware, Iowa, Minnesota, Virginia, South Carolina, Colorado, et. al. A visit to the Democratic Party of Georgia web site, though, will find not even a whisper of the 2012 delegate selection process; let alone a plan for the public to review and comment on.

So that, my friends, is an update of what's going on with the Democratic Party's delegate selection process.

Any person wanting to attend the 2012 Democratic National Convention as a delegate should probably contact the Democratic Party of Georgia and request a copy of the 2012 Georgia Delegate Selection Plan.

The Georgia Republican Party selects its national convention delegates a little bit differently; and of course, that'll be discussed at a later date.