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43. VIII. Procedural Rules of the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Thu Apr 21, 2016, 06:11 PM
Apr 2016

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C. Order of Business: The order of business for the Democratic National Convention shall be as provided in these rules and in any special order of business adopted under Section D. of these rules. The Chair of the Convention may, at appropriate times, interrupt the order of business provided for in these rules for introductions, announcements, addresses, presentations, resolutions of tribute and appreciation, or remarks appropriate to the business of the Convention.

7. Roll Call for Presidential Candidate:

a. After nominations for presidential candidates have closed, the Convention shall proceed to a roll call vote by states on the selection of the presidential candidate. The roll call voting shall follow the alphabetical order of the states with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and the territories treated as states for the purpose of the alphabetical roll call.

b. A majority vote of the Convention’s delegates shall be required to nominate the presidential candidate.

c. Delegates may vote for the candidate of their choice whether or not the name of such candidate was placed in nomination. Any vote cast other than a vote for a presidential candidate meeting the requirements of Article VI of this Call and Rule 12.K. of the 2016 Delegate Selection Rules shall be considered a vote for “Present.”

d. Balloting will continue until a nominee is selected. Upon selection, balloting may be temporarily suspended, provided that the balloting shall continue at a time certain determined by the Convention Chair, until all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the territories shall publically deliver their vote prior to the nominee’s acceptance speech. The nominee shall become the candidate of the Democratic Party of the United States for the Office of President upon the conclusion of his or her acceptance speech.

Pledged and Unpledged Delegates are considered a subset of all delegates.
I. Distribution of Delegate Votes
The distribution of votes, delegates and alternates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention shall be in accordance with the following:

A. The number of Convention votes for delegates to the Convention shall be as set forth in the compilation included in this resolution and determined as provided in paragraphs B, C, D, E, F, G, and H1.

B. A base of 3,200 delegate votes is distributed among the 50 states and the District of Columbia according to a formula giving equal weight to the sum of the vote for the Democratic candidates in the three (3) most recent presidential elections and to population by electoral vote. The formula is expressed mathematically as follows:

F. Unpledged votes shall be allocated to each delegation to accommodate the members of the Democratic National Committee from that state or territory in which they legally reside. The size of such a member’s vote (i.e., whole or fractional) shall be the same size as that which he or she is allowed to cast at meetings of the Democratic National Committee. Additional unpledged delegates shall be allocated for other officers serving in three (3) positions created by the Democratic National Committee in accordance with Article 3, Section 1.e. of the Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States.

G. Unpledged votes shall be allocated to provide for the Democratic President, the Democratic Vice President, and all former Democratic Presidents, all former Democratic Vice Presidents, all former Democratic Leaders of the United States Senate, all former Democratic Speakers of the United States House of Representatives and Democratic Minority Leaders, as applicable, and all former Chairpersons of the Democratic National Committee. Such delegates shall be seated with the state delegations from the state in which they have their voting residences.
You are correct... pkdu Apr 2016 #1
No, you're not correct... SidDithers Apr 2016 #2
You are incorrect. You make some assumptions which are not certain. morningfog Apr 2016 #6
And superdelegates will do nothing more than be a rubber stamp... SidDithers Apr 2016 #14
Barring something earth shattering, yes. Supers are either irrelevant or undemocratic and should morningfog Apr 2016 #32
The supers vote with their states Stuckinthebush Apr 2016 #16
Best line ever! northernsouthern Apr 2016 #51
No Stuckinthebush Apr 2016 #64
Oh, I see. northernsouthern Apr 2016 #67
Never said any of that Stuckinthebush Apr 2016 #68
If you are serious northernsouthern Apr 2016 #69
I'm ok with the supers, yes Stuckinthebush Apr 2016 #71
I do think they are bought off. northernsouthern Apr 2016 #72
Well....no, they aren't "bought off" Stuckinthebush Apr 2016 #73
Sadly many of them. northernsouthern Apr 2016 #75
Wrong. they have to hit 2383 (I believe thats the correct number) Unicorn Apr 2016 #15
Nope. Once one of them reaches 2026 it is mathematically impossible Lucinda Apr 2016 #33
Which means at that point it goes to open convention. Unicorn Apr 2016 #34
No. It means that person will be the presumptive nominee. Lucinda Apr 2016 #35
No. Just first one this close. Unicorn Apr 2016 #36
The 2008 primary between Obama and Clinton was closer, much closer SFnomad Apr 2016 #37
Thanks for pointing that out. I don't rememer how the election 8 years ago went Unicorn Apr 2016 #39
This isn't close at all. Hillary has a huge lead, and with proportional delegates in every state Lucinda Apr 2016 #41
Incorrect TMontoya Apr 2016 #3
Oh? Did the DOJ and FBI end their investigations? CentralCoaster Apr 2016 #17
Yes it is TMontoya Apr 2016 #21
Since when? Yes, there are requirements. Unicorn Apr 2016 #20
.... MADem Apr 2016 #4
You are incorrect hack89 Apr 2016 #5
You are incorrect about 2008. Hillary conceded and still a third of the supers stuck with her. morningfog Apr 2016 #10
Hillary moved to stop the roll call and nominate Obama by acclamation. hack89 Apr 2016 #25
Probably. morningfog Apr 2016 #27
I know he will. He is a good Democrat. nt hack89 Apr 2016 #29
That was such a great moment at the 2008 Convention obamanut2012 Apr 2016 #58
She needs 175% of the remaining delegates, and Sanders needs just one delegate. Buzz Clik Apr 2016 #7
LOL livetohike Apr 2016 #13
the key number is 2026 pledged delegates, not 2383 geek tragedy Apr 2016 #8
Bullshit. 2,026 is NOT the number needed to win. That is dead wrong. morningfog Apr 2016 #11
okay, then when Clinton passes 2383 including her superdelegates geek tragedy Apr 2016 #19
2,383 is the number. She likely won't hit that until the supers vote at the convention. morningfog Apr 2016 #26
I get that you recognize the reality of the situation. geek tragedy Apr 2016 #30
Automatic delegates do not vote separately. LiberalFighter Apr 2016 #42
2383 is the number that includes pledged and super delegates. You know that. stopbush Apr 2016 #78
Exactly right. yardwork Apr 2016 #60
Quite screwy. jcgoldie Apr 2016 #9
Receiving enough earned delegates to win nomination outright will be difficult for her. pa28 Apr 2016 #12
Every delegate is earned Stuckinthebush Apr 2016 #18
Not quite, or not in the same ways. Orsino Apr 2016 #74
Sanders will not contest the nomination if he loses the voting. geek tragedy Apr 2016 #22
^^^^^^^^^^^ pdsimdars Apr 2016 #40
which means, by your definition, 2008 was an "open" convention onenote Apr 2016 #66
Not my definition. That is the definition and it doesn't happen very often. pa28 Apr 2016 #70
Hillary needs 67% of remaining pledged delegates to secure 2,383 through PDs alone. morningfog Apr 2016 #23
this is an accurate statement. nt geek tragedy Apr 2016 #24
thanks all boomer55 Apr 2016 #28
Hillary has 1930 delegates including everything. She needs around 459 more. Renew Deal Apr 2016 #31
I don't think that' exactly true. She needs those delegate to go from a plurality to a majority. HereSince1628 Apr 2016 #38
VIII. Procedural Rules of the 2016 Democratic National Convention LiberalFighter Apr 2016 #43
I think they can make a motion to suspend the rules HereSince1628 Apr 2016 #45
Highly unlikely to change that aspect. LiberalFighter Apr 2016 #46
Define who could be the delegates in "of the delegates voting" HereSince1628 Apr 2016 #47
She needs the majority of all delegates present at the the convention. LiberalFighter Apr 2016 #44
No you are not correct Demsrule86 Apr 2016 #48
If he truly loves this country he'll stay in boomer55 Apr 2016 #49
I vote for screwy math cemaphonic Apr 2016 #50
You are correct. TM99 Apr 2016 #52
Message auto-removed Name removed Apr 2016 #53
What does it matter? TM99 Apr 2016 #55
After PA and MD it will be less. nt Jitter65 Apr 2016 #54
No that is simply false Gothmog Apr 2016 #56
You left out a few words... Thor_MN Apr 2016 #57
Here's the easiest way to visualize the primary delegates... Sancho Apr 2016 #59
Your title is a bit misleading. Adrahil Apr 2016 #61
Not correct. Agschmid Apr 2016 #62
Message auto-removed Name removed Apr 2016 #63
No, you're not correct. You are applying #BernieMath. nt LexVegas Apr 2016 #65
Careful...basic math doesn't go over well here nt UMTerp01 Apr 2016 #76
Basic math shows that a majority of pledged deletes is 2026. The higher number that Bernie people pnwmom Apr 2016 #77
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