Frequently Answered Questions State, Congressional, and Local Conventions
What elections and conventions are happening right now?
There is a special election on Tuesday, February 26th for the State Senate Seat of Beth Bye. It is the 5th District that represents Burlington, Bloomfield, Farmington and West Hartford.
Past 2018 FAQs
What is the purpose of conventions? – To endorse a candidate(s) for nomination to run as the party-endorsed candidate in the Primary
– 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 9th – 29th – Primary Election Date on August 14th – General Election Date on November 6th
– Local (Single-Town) Elections: – Party Endorsements between May 22nd – 29th (locations to be determined
in each district) – Primary Election Date on August 14th
General Election Date on November 6th – DTC Member Elections & Officers
DTC Caucus Endorsements between January 9th – January 16th
– DTC endorsements certified with Town Clerk by January 17th at 4pm
- DTC member Primary elections set for March 6th – DTC member term begins March 7th
– Delegate selections – Between March 27th
- April 3rd – Delegate lists must be certified with Town Clerk by April 4th, 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 22nd and 29th. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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:
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