WHDTC FAQ

2018 Frequently​ ​Answered​ ​Questions State,​ ​Congressional,​ ​and​ ​Local​ ​Conventions

What​ ​elections​ ​and​ ​conventions​ ​are​ ​happening​ ​this​ ​year? – Constitutional:​ ​​Governor, Lt. Governor, Sec. of the State,
​Attorney General, Comptroller, and Treasurer

  • U.S​ ​Senatorial​ ​Election:​ ​​One Senate seat
  • U.S.​ ​House​ ​of​ ​Representatives​ ​Elections:​ ​​All five Congressional Districts
  • State​ ​Senate​ ​Elections:​ ​​All 36 State Senate seats
  • ​​State​ ​Assembly​ ​Elections:​ ​​All 151 State House seats
    • in West Hartford, that is the 18th, 19th and 20th Districts
  • Local​ ​Elections​ ​(​Single-Town​):​ ​
    • State​ ​House,​ ​Registrar​ ​of​ ​Voters
    • ​Judge​ ​of​ ​Probate – Judge​ ​of​ ​Probate:​ ​​Multi-Town – DTC​ ​member​ ​and​ ​officer​ ​elections
    • Democratic​ ​State​ ​Central​ ​Committee​ ​member​ ​elections – Delegate​ ​selections​ ​for​ ​each​ ​convention​ ​(Local,​ ​State,​ ​Federal)

What​ ​is​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​these​ ​conventions? – To​ ​endorse​ ​a​ ​candidate(s)​ ​for​ ​nomination​ ​to​ ​run​ ​as​ ​the​ ​party-endorsed​ ​candidate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Primary – For​ ​Constitutional,​ ​US​ ​Senate,​ ​Congressional,​ ​State​ ​Senate,​ ​State​ ​House,​ ​and​ ​Judge​ ​of​ ​Probate

– Endorsement/qualification​ ​thresholds​ ​for​ ​convention​ ​results: – Any​ ​candidate​ ​who​ ​receives​ ​15%​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​eligible​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Primary – A​ ​candidate​ ​shall​ ​automatically​ ​be​ ​the​ ​nominee​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Democratic​ ​Party​ ​if​ ​no​ ​other​ ​person​ ​has​ ​received​ ​at​ ​least fifteen​ ​percent​ ​(15%)​ ​of​ ​the​ ​votes​ ​of​ ​the​ ​convention​ ​delegates.

When​ ​are​ ​these​ ​elections​ ​and​ ​conventions?

– Constitutional,​ ​U.S.​ ​Senate,​ ​Congressional,​ ​State​ ​Senate,​ ​State​ ​House​ ​and​ ​Multi-Town​ ​Probate​ ​elections: – Statewide​ ​Convention​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​on​ ​May​ ​18th-19th – All​ ​Other​ ​Conventions​ ​between​ ​May​ ​9​th​​ ​–​ ​29​th – Primary​ ​Election​ ​Date​ ​on​ ​August​ ​14​th – General​ ​Election​ ​Date​ ​on​ ​November​ ​6​th

– Local​ ​(​Single-Town​)​ ​Elections: – Party​ ​Endorsements​ ​between​ ​May​ ​22​nd​​ ​–​ ​29​th​​ ​(​locations to be determined
​in each district) – ​ ​​Primary​ ​Election​ ​Date​ ​on​ ​August​ ​14​th

General​ ​Election​ ​Date​ ​on​ ​November​ ​6​th – DTC​ ​Member​ ​Elections​ ​&​ ​Officers

DTC​ ​Caucus​ ​Endorsements​ ​between​ ​January​ ​9​th​​ ​–​ ​January​ ​16​th

– DTC​ ​endorsements​ ​certified​ ​with​ ​Town​ ​Clerk​ ​by​ ​January​ ​17​th​​ ​at​ ​4pm

  • DTC​ ​member​ ​Primary​ ​elections​ ​set​ ​for​ ​March​ ​6​th – DTC​ ​member​ ​term​ ​begins​ ​March​ ​7​th
    – Delegate​ ​selections – Between​ ​March​ ​27​th​​ ​
  • April​ ​3​rd – Delegate​ ​lists​ ​must​ ​be​ ​certified​ ​with​ ​Town​ ​Clerk​ ​by​ ​April​ ​4​th​,​ ​and​ ​copy​ ​of​ ​delegate​ ​list​ ​with​ ​contact​ ​information must​ ​be​ ​emailed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​DSCC​ ​office

– DSCC​ ​elections – Between​ ​April​ ​13th​ ​-​ ​23rd – At​ ​these​ ​elections​ ​delegates​ ​also​ ​selects​ ​a​ ​temporary​ ​vice-president​ ​and​ ​secretary​ ​for​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Convention,​ ​and selects​ ​one​ ​member​ ​for​ ​each​ ​convention​ ​committee.

How​ ​are​ ​Convention​ ​and​ ​election​ ​dates​ ​decided?

– State,​ ​Congressional,​ ​State​ ​Senate,​ ​​ ​​Multi-Town​​ ​State​ ​Assembly,​ ​and​ ​​Multi-Town​​ ​Judge​ ​of​ ​Probate Conventions:​ ​​Decided​ ​based​ ​on​ ​Connecticut​ ​General​ ​Statutes​ ​and​ ​our​ ​party​ ​rules.​ ​All​ ​conventions​ ​must​ ​happen no​ ​earlier​ ​than​ ​the​ ​ninety-eighth​ ​day​ ​and​ ​closed​ ​not​ ​later​ ​than​ ​the​ ​seventy-seventh​ ​day​ ​preceding​ ​the​ ​day​ ​of​ ​the primary​ ​​for​ ​such​ ​office.​ ​Congressional,​ ​State​ ​Senate,​ ​State​ ​House,​ ​and​ ​Probate​ ​Conventions​ ​must​ ​conclude​ ​within 21​ ​days​ ​following​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Convention,​ ​but​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​rule​ ​stating​ ​they​ ​cannot​ ​happen​ ​before​ ​the​ ​State Convention.​ ​The​ ​Congressional​ ​and​ ​State​ ​Convention​ ​dates​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​called​ ​by​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Party​ ​Chair,​ ​but​ ​with​ ​the acknowledgement​ ​of​ ​the​ ​DSCC​ ​members. – Local​ ​(Single-Town)​ ​Endorsement​ ​Conventions​:​ ​Conventions​ ​deciding​ ​endorsements​ ​for​ ​Single-Town​ ​State Assembly,​ ​Registrar​ ​of​ ​Voters,​ ​and​ ​Single-Town​ ​Judge​ ​of​ ​Probate​ ​must​ ​happen​ ​between​ ​May​ ​22​nd​​ ​and​ ​29​th​.​ ​These dates​ ​are​ ​decided​ ​by​ ​the​ ​DTC​ ​Chair.

– DTC​ ​Member​ ​&​ ​Officer​ ​Elections:​​ ​These​ ​dates​ ​are​ ​based​ ​on​ ​Connecticut​ ​General​ ​Statutes​ ​and​ ​our​ ​party​ ​rules. After​ ​the​ ​DTC​ ​primary​ ​date,​ ​DTCs​ ​must​ ​decide​ ​on​ ​​electing​ ​their​ ​officers​ ​within​ ​30​ ​days​.​ ​

The​ ​standing​ ​chair​ ​at​ ​the time​ ​decides​ ​the​ ​date​ ​for​ ​the​ ​officer​ ​elections.

– Delegate​ ​Selection​ ​Elections​:​ ​These​ ​dates​ ​are​ ​based​ ​on​ ​Connecticut​ ​General​ ​Statutes​ ​and​ ​local​ ​party​ ​rules.​ ​The General​ ​Statutes​ ​set​ ​the​ ​time​ ​frame​ ​for​ ​when​ ​these​ ​selections​ ​are​ ​held.​ ​Based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​local​ ​party’s​ ​bylaws, delegates​ ​can​ ​be​ ​decided​ ​by​ ​vote​ ​by​ ​the​ ​new​ ​serving​ ​DTC​ ​members​ ​or​ ​by​ ​caucus.​ ​A​ ​caucus​ ​is​ ​open​ ​to​ ​all​ ​registered Democrats​ ​in​ ​that​ ​tow.​ ​Typically,​ ​a​ ​town​ ​with​ ​a​ ​population​ ​less​ ​than​ ​500​ ​will​ ​hold​ ​a​ ​caucus,​ ​while​ ​most​ ​towns with​ ​a​ ​population​ ​of​ ​more​ ​than​ ​500​ ​will​ ​hold​ ​a​ ​convention​ ​with​ ​their​ ​respective​ ​DTC.​ ​Please​ ​check​ ​ ​bylaws

Who​ ​gets​ ​to​ ​vote​ ​in​ ​these​ ​elections​ ​and​ ​conventions?

​ ​Delegates​ ​from​ ​each​ ​town​ ​selected​ ​by​ ​their​ ​newly​ ​elected​ ​DTC​ ​members​ ​or​ ​caucus​ ​&​ ​superdelegates (these​ ​are​ ​DSCC​ ​members​ ​serving​ ​during​ ​2016-2017​ ​term)

– Primary​ ​–​ ​All​ ​statewide​ ​registered​ ​Democrats – General​ ​

–​ ​All​ ​statewide​ ​registered​ Democratic ​voters

US​ ​Senate​ ​Convention & ​​Convention​ ​

–​ ​Delegates​ ​from​ ​each​ ​town​ ​selected​ ​by​ ​their​ ​newly​ ​elected​ ​DTC​ ​members​ ​&​ ​superdelegates​ ​(these are​ ​DSCC​ ​members​ ​serving​ ​during​ ​2016-2017​ ​term)

– Primary​ ​–​ ​All​ ​statewide​ ​registered​ ​Democrats – General​ ​–​ ​All​ ​statewide​ ​registered​ ​voters – Congressional​ ​Conventions – Convention​ ​–​ ​Delegates​ ​from​ ​each​ ​town/portion​ ​of​ ​town​ ​within​ ​each​ ​congressional​ ​district – Primary​ ​–​ ​All​ ​registered​ ​Democrats​ ​who​ ​live​ ​within​ ​the​ ​district​ ​lines – General​ ​

–​ ​All​ ​registered​ ​voters​ ​who​ ​live​ ​within​ ​the​ ​district​ ​lines – State​ ​Senate​ ​Conventions – Convention​ ​–​ ​Delegates​ ​from​ ​each​ ​town/portion​ ​of​ ​town​ ​within​ ​each​ ​Senate​ ​district – Primary​ ​–​ ​All​ ​registered​ ​Democrats​ ​who​ ​live​ ​within​ ​the​ ​district​ ​lines – General​ ​–​ ​All​ ​registered​ ​voters​ ​who​ ​live​ ​within​ ​the​ ​district​ ​lines

– State​ ​House​ ​Conventions – ​ ​​Convention​ ​–​ ​Delegates​ ​from​ ​each​ ​town​ ​or​ ​portion​ ​of​ ​town​ ​within​ ​each​ ​House​ ​district – ​ ​​Primary​ ​–​ ​All​ ​registered​ ​Democrats​ ​who​ ​live​ ​within​ ​the​ ​district​ ​lines – ​ ​​General​ ​–​ ​All​ ​registered​ ​voters​ ​who​ ​live​ ​within​ ​the​ ​district​ ​lines

– Local​ ​(​Single-Town​)​ ​conventions – Convention/Endorsements​ ​–​ ​DTC​ ​members​ ​will​ ​endorse​ ​any​ ​single​ ​office​ ​candidate​ ​town – Primary​ ​–​ ​All​ ​registered​ ​Democrats​ ​who​ ​live​ ​within​ ​the​ ​district​ ​lines – General​ ​–​ ​All​ ​registered​ ​voters​ ​who​ ​live​ ​within​ ​the​ ​district​ ​lines

– Democratic​ ​Town​ ​Committee​ ​selections – DTC​ ​Party​ ​Endorsements​ ​-​ ​Registered​ ​Democrats​ ​in​ ​that​ ​town​ ​or​ ​city​ ​may​ ​vote​ ​for​ ​their​ ​slate​ ​of​ ​Democrats.​ ​Some cities​ ​and​ ​towns​ ​choose​ ​not​ ​to​ ​hold​ ​a​ ​caucus,​ ​but​ ​instead​ ​go​ ​right​ ​to​ ​the​ ​town​ ​committee​ ​primary​ ​to​ ​determine their​ ​DTC​ ​members. – Primary​ ​–​ ​Registered​ ​Democrats​ ​in​ ​that​ ​town​ ​or​ ​city​ ​​ ​can​ ​vote​ ​up​ ​to​ ​the​ ​total​ ​number​ ​of​ ​DTC​ ​membership​ ​seats. Each​ ​town​ ​or​ ​city​ ​has​ ​different​ ​numbers​ ​of​ ​DTC​ ​member​ ​representation.​ ​These​ ​numbers​ ​are​ ​determined​ ​by​ ​their town​ ​rules. – Term​ ​Date​ ​–​ ​Newly​ ​elected​ ​DTC​ ​members​ ​begin​ ​their​ ​term​ ​the​ ​day​ ​after​ ​the​ ​primary

– Democratic​ ​State​ ​Central​ ​Committee​ ​elections – State​ ​Convention​ ​delegates – Once​ ​these​ ​delegates​ ​select​ ​the​ ​two​ ​DSCC​ ​members​ ​for​ ​their​ ​district​ ​the​ ​newly​ ​elected​ ​DSCC​ ​members​ ​start​ ​their two​ ​year​ ​term​ ​on​ ​the​ ​day​ ​after​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Convention

– Delegate​ ​selections – Based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​local​ ​party’s​ ​bylaws,​ ​delegates​ ​can​ ​be​ ​decided​ ​by​ ​vote​ ​by​ ​the​ ​new​ ​serving​ ​DTC​ ​members​ ​or​ ​by caucus​.​ ​A​ ​caucus​ ​is​ ​open​ ​to​ ​all​ ​registered​ ​Democrats​ ​in​ ​that​ ​town.​ ​Most​ ​of​ ​Connecticut’s​ ​towns​ ​decide​ ​their delegates​ ​by​ ​their​ ​DTC​ ​membership​ ​voting.​ ​Please​ ​refer​ ​to​ ​your​ ​town​ ​committee​ ​bylaws. – Each​ ​town​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​entitled​ ​to​ ​one​ ​delegate​ ​for​ ​each​ ​five-hundred​ ​or​ ​fraction​ ​thereof​ ​registered​ ​Democrats​ ​within the​ ​district​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Congressional,​ ​Assembly,​ ​Senate,​ ​and​ ​Probate​ ​conventions.​ ​At​ ​each​ ​State​ ​Convention,​ ​each town​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​entitled​ ​to​ ​the​ ​sum​ ​of​ ​the​ ​delegates​ ​representing​ ​their​ ​senatorial​ ​district(s).

– One​ ​person​ ​can​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​a​ ​delegate​ ​in​ ​multiple​ ​conventions. – Any​ ​registered​ ​Democrat​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​delegate​;​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​requirement​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​a​ ​DTC

In​ ​preparation​ ​for​ ​these​ ​Conventions,​ ​what​ ​must​ ​happen​ ​and​ ​what​ ​are​ ​the​ ​key​ ​rules?

– Delegate​ ​List:​​ ​Each​ ​Town​ ​Chair​ ​must​ ​send​ ​delegate​ ​certification​ ​forms,​ ​electronically​ ​or​ ​by​ ​paper,​ ​to​ ​the Connecticut​ ​Democratic​ ​Party​ ​office​ ​(​conventions@ctdems.org​) – Alternates​ ​List:​​ ​Each​ ​delegate​ ​to​ ​a​ ​convention​ ​may​ ​designate​ ​in​ ​writing​ ​an​ ​alternate​ ​delegate​ ​to​ ​act​ ​for​ ​him​ ​or her​ ​in​ ​the​ ​delegate’s​ ​absence​ ​at​ ​any​ ​convention.​ ​If​ ​no​ ​alternate​ ​delegate​ ​has​ ​been​ ​designated,​ ​the​ ​Town​ ​Chair​ ​shall have​ ​the​ ​right​ ​to​ ​fill​ ​vacancies​ ​in​ ​delegations​ ​to​ ​conventions​ ​​(the​ alternate must be designated in​ writing prior to the adjournment of the convention).

– Pre-Convention​ ​Platform​ ​&​ ​Rules​ ​Committees:

State​ ​Convention​ ​Committees:​​ ​The​ ​Committees​ ​of​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Convention​ ​shall​ ​include​ ​a)​ ​Platform​ ​Committee,​ ​b) Committee​ ​on​ ​Credentials,​ ​c)​ ​Committee​ ​on​ ​Permanent​ ​Organization​ ​and​ ​d)​ ​Committee​ ​on​ ​Rules​ ​and​ ​Resolutions. The​ ​memberships​ ​of​ ​each​ ​committee​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​elected​ ​by​ ​the​ ​delegates​ ​to​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Convention​ ​from​ ​each senatorial​ ​district,​ ​who​ ​will​ ​select​ ​from​ ​their​ ​numbers​ ​a​ ​temporary​ ​vice-president​ ​and​ ​secretary​ ​for​ ​the​ ​State Convention,​ ​and​ ​shall​ ​also​ ​select​ ​one​ ​member​ ​for​ ​each​ ​convention​ ​committee.​ ​The​ ​committees​ ​shall​ ​fulfill​ ​the following​ ​functions:

– Platform​:

Puts​ ​forth​ ​a​ ​proposed​ ​draft​ ​of​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Democratic​ ​Platform

– Credentials​ ​-​ ​Report​ ​on​ ​all​ ​challenges​ ​to​ ​delegates – Permanent​ ​Organization​ ​-​ ​To​ ​nominate​ ​the​ ​Permanent​ ​Chair​ ​and​ ​Permanent​ ​Secretary​ ​of​ ​the​ ​State Convention​ ​and​ ​to​ ​appoint​ ​the​ ​Sergeants-at-Arms​ ​and​ ​Pages​ ​of​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Convention – Rules​ ​and​ ​Resolutions​ ​-​ ​To​ ​propose​ ​changes​ ​deemed​ ​necessary​ ​in​ ​these​ ​rules​ ​and​ ​to​ ​propose​ ​procedures for​ ​the​ ​State​ ​Convention​ ​and​ ​such​ ​resolutions

– Nomination​ ​and​ ​Selection​ ​of​ ​Party​ ​Endorsed​ ​Candidates:​​ ​Candidates​ ​for​ ​nomination​ ​may​ ​be​ ​proposed​ ​from the​ ​floor​ ​of​ ​the​ ​convention​ ​by​ ​any​ ​delegate.​ ​Whenever​ ​two​ ​or​ ​more​ ​candidates​ ​for​ ​nomination​ ​to​ ​any​ ​office​ ​are proposed,​ ​the​ ​vote​ ​between​ ​them​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​taken​ ​by​ ​roll​ ​call.​ ​To​ ​obtain​ ​the​ ​endorsement​ ​of​ ​a​ ​convention,​ ​a candidate​ ​must​ ​receive​ ​a​ ​majority​ ​of​ ​the​ ​votes​ ​of​ ​the​ ​convention​ ​delegates​ ​present​ ​and​ ​voting.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​event​ ​a​ ​vote taken​ ​on​ ​the​ ​selection​ ​of​ ​a​ ​party​ ​endorsed​ ​candidate​ ​results​ ​in​ ​a​ ​tie,​ ​such​ ​tie​ ​shall​ ​be​ ​resolved​ ​by​ ​the​ ​vote​ ​of​ ​the permanent​ ​chairperson​ ​of​ ​the​ ​convention,​ ​but​ ​this​ ​provision​ ​shall​ ​not​ ​affect​ ​his​ ​or​ ​her​ ​right​ ​to​ ​vote​ ​as​ ​a​ ​delegate in​ ​the​ ​first​ ​place


PRIMARY – August 14, 2018 (If Needed):

Last day that an enrolled elector can transfer from one party to another and be eligible to vote in state, district or municipal office primary of new party is May 14, 2018.

Mail-in application form for New Voter must be postmarked by August 9, 2018 and received by the Registrars of Voters by 12:00 noon of August 13th in order to be permitted to participate in the August 14, 2018 primary. Online voter registration deadline is 11:59pm on August 9, 2018.

In-Person registration deadline is August 13, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

If you are already registered as an Unaffiliated Voter, your mail-in application must be received by August 9, 2018 or in-person until August 13, 2018 at 12 noon


STATE ELECTION – November 6, 2018:

Mail-is application forms must be postmarked by October 30, 2018 in order to be permitted to participate in the November 6, 2018 election.  Online voter registration deadline is 11:59pm on October 30, 2018.

In-Person registration deadline is October 30, 2018 at 8pm.  Those, whose rights as to age, citizenship, new residence, were attained since October 30, 2018 may apply in person at the Registrars’ Office between 9pm and 5pm on November 5, 2018