How does it work? In a nutshell, the process works from the bottom up. Voters elect State Delegates, and then the State Delegates meet for a Convention to elect Virginia’s Delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Those National Delegates will meet in Philadelphia to nominate our Presidential candidate.
Click the image on the right for an infographic demonstrating how the process works.
Filing forms: the pre-filing deadline for State Delegate or Alternate has passed but you can still be voted on at your Congressional District convention to fill any vacancies in the district. Forms will be available soon.
Timeline: The following dates indicate key points in the process based on currently available information. Some information might change so please check here regularly for updates.
|1/15/2016 to 2/26/2016||Mon-Fri 8am-4:30pm; Thurs extended to 7pm. Closed Feb. 15||In-Person Absentee Voting at Fairfax County Government Center (click here for official absentee voting information)|
|2/8/2016||5:00pm or postmarked this date||Voter Registration Deadline (for Primary)|
|2/23/2016||5:00pm or postmarked this date||Mail-In Absentee Ballot Deadline|
|2/27/2016||9:00am to 5:00pm||Last Day of In-Person Absentee Voting; Satellite Locations Open|
|3/1/2016||6:00am to 7:00pm||Primary Day – click here for official voter information|
|4/6/2016||Deadline for Congressional District Committees to issue Call to Convention|
|4/9/2016||5:00 PM||Pre-Filing Deadline for April 16 Caucuses
Click here for caucus pre-filing forms
|4/14/2016||7:00pm||County & City Absentee Voting for Caucuses. For Fairfax County, absentee voting is at FCDC Headquarters 8500 Executive Park Ave. Suite 402, Fairfax, VA 22031.|
|4/16/2016||12:00 PM||County Caucuses – Click here for information|
|4/21/2016||By this date, Fairfax County Democrats will provide list of elected State Delegates/Alternates to District & State Conventions|
|4/29/2016||5:00 PM||Filing Deadline for May 14 Conventions|
|4/30/2016||Democratic Party of Virginia provides list of district-level Delegates/Alternates to Presidential candidates (for May 14 Conventions)|
|5/14/2016||Congressional District Conventions (8th, 10th & 11th Districts.) Voting is open to State Delegates.|
|6/18/2016||Virginia State Democratic Convention|
|7/25 – 7/28/2016||Democratic National Convention|
More information – Here are some helpful links:
Democratic Party of Virginia Delegate Selection Plan – contains most of the rules governing this process.
Website and PowerPoint Presentation – provided by DNC Member Frank Leone
Philadelphia Democratic National Convention Official Website
Updates on convention dates and more will be posted here when they are available. Feel free to contact us at (703) 573-6811 or email email@example.com if you need any assistance.