Ohio Democratic Party Releases 2020 Delegate Selection Plan

COLUMBUS — In accordance with the Democratic National Committee’s rules, the Ohio Democratic Party today released its delegate selection plan for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and opened the required 30-day comment period for members of the public to offer their feedback.

“Ohio Democrats are fired up for 2020, and today we’re kicking off the process of selecting our DNC delegation, which will represent the energy, enthusiasm and diversity of our party,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “One of the great things about our conventions is that anyone can run — in 2016, we had college students elected at the district level to serve as members of the Ohio delegation, and we had an at-large delegate who was 93 years young. You don’t have to be a party insider or elected official to attend the Democratic National Convention. We encourage all Ohio Democrats who are interested in being a part of the 2020 convention to get informed about our delegate selection plan.”

To view the plan, click here: https://ohiodems.org/2020-delegate-selection-plan/

Ohio will have a total of 153 delegates and 11 alternates, evenly divided between men and women, with diversity goals for African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and young people (age 18-36).

Delegates and alternates will be selected as follows:


Type Delegates   Alternates   Date of Selection   Selecting Body             Filing Requirements
District-Level      89      8 March 10

Jan. 7


Pre-Primary Caucus

Dec. 11 with Secretary of State (candidates for president)

Dec. 31 with Ohio Democratic Party (candidates for delegate)

Members of Congress        5    None March 10 Automatic None
Automatic DNC      11    None March 10 Automatic None
Distinguished Party Leaders       1    None March 10 Automatic None
Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials (PLEOs)      18        0 May 9 State Executive Committee May 1 with the Ohio Democratic Party
At-Large      29        3 May 9 State Executive Committee May 1 with the Ohio Democratic Party

Dec. 11 with Secretary of State

Total    153      11


To submit comments, please email Delegate Selection Director Bill DeMora at [email protected].

The Ohio Democratic Party executive committee will vote on adoption of the delegate selection and affirmative action plans at an upcoming meeting.