May 9 deadline looms for delegate hopefuls

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 6, 2016) – The Kentucky Democratic Party is urging interested Democrats to file before May 9 to be a candidate to become a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The convention will be July 25-28 in Philadelphia.

The Democratic National Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for president and vice president of the United States. The Democratic Party also adopts its official platform at the convention.

“This is an exciting process that offers Kentuckians a chance to represent the Commonwealth at the Democratic National Convention this summer,” said Rep. Sannie Overly, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party. “There is a tremendous amount of interest and enthusiasm, and the time is now to sign up if you want to be a delegate.”

Kentucky’s delegation will consist of 65 Democrats, including five alternates. The delegation must strike a gender and diversity balance similar to Kentucky’s voting population.

How it works

Interested Democrats must visit and fill out the Declaration of Candidacy form on or before May 9 at 5 p.m. Eastern time. They are required to declare which presidential candidate they are pledging to support. These forms also can be obtained at the Kentucky Democratic Party’s headquarters in Frankfort.

The pledged delegates will be elected at the Kentucky State Convention on June 4 in Louisville. These delegates will be apportioned to Democratic presidential candidates according to the percentage of votes in the May 17 presidential preference primary. A presidential candidate must have at least 15 percent of the total vote to earn delegates.

Delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will have to pay their own way. The official website of the convention is




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