PRESS RELEASE from South
Carolina Democratic Party
Thursday, September 29, 2011
For Immediate Release
SCDP Delegate Selection Plan Press Release
The South Carolina Democratic Party’s 2012 Delegate Selection and
Affirmative Action Plan has been adopted by the South Carolina
Executive Committee and approved by the DNC Rules and Bylaws
“With the Democratic National Convention being in Charlotte in
2012, we expect there to be fierce competition for Delegate positions.
Becoming a Delegate is an exciting process that is open to all
Democrats,” said Dick Harpootlian, the Chairman of the SC Democratic
Party. “I hope it will be a reward for party
activists who work
non-stop for the Democratic Party and for our Democratic
Harpootlian encouraged all Democrats who would like to attend the
National Convention as a delegate to review the plan, which is
available on the SCDP website at
this link or by calling 803.799.7798.
The Delegate Selection Plan describes how the South Carolina
Democratic Party will select its Delegates to the 2012 Democratic
National Convention which will be held Sept. 3 – 6, 2012 in Charlotte,
N.C. The Plan was adopted by the South Carolina Democratic Party
Executive Committee following a 30-day comment period on the plan.
The SC Democratic Party will begin implementing the plan this fall,
starting with outreach and education efforts. The major components of
the 2012 plan are:
South Carolina will be allotted 67 delegates and alternates to
the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
The first step in South Carolina’s delegate selection process
be the February 28, 2012 Presidential Primary. South Carolina will use
a proportional representation system based on the results of the
primary to apportion its delegates among presidential candidates. If
President Obama is the only candidate who files for the primary, the
Democratic primary will be cancelled and the President will be awarded
all of the delegates.
Congressional District-level delegates and alternates will be
elected at the South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention on May
12, 2012. The At-Large delegates will be chosen later on the same day.
The Delegate Selection Plan outlines the requirements for
individuals wishing to run for delegate to the Democratic National
Convention and the DNC guidelines which the South Carolina
Party must follow throughout the delegate selection process.
The Plan includes Affirmative Action provisions designed to make
the delegate-selection process accessible to all South Carolina
Democrats. The Plan also includes provisions for selecting Standing
Committee members, the delegation chair, convention pages. It includes
details on implementation requirements and how challenges to the plan
or specific delegates must be made.
2012 Plan is not significantly different from the 2004 and 2008
Plans, but reflects changes that the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee has
adopted since 2008. The most important changes include:
More delegates: the DNC has increased the
of National Convention delegates to increase participation for
Democrats at every level (and reduce the effect of the super
delegates). The “base number” increased from 3,000 to 3,700
delegates. Including all types, the total number of National
Convention Delegates will exceed 5,000, including South
delegates and alternates.
Fewer alternates: the number of alternates has
been reduced proportionately to the increase in the delegate number, to
approximately 400. In 2012, South Carolina will have four
chosen at the Congressional Delegate level and one at large alternate.
Unpledged delegates: the new rules
unpledged automatic delegates (super delegates), which include members
of Congress, Governors, former DNC Chairs, and current DNC members, to
declare support for a presidential candidate or an “uncommitted” status
within 10 days of the SC state Convention with the pledged delegates
Persons running for delegate must participate in all
of the 2012 reorganization and presidential nominating process,
including precinct re-organization meetings.
Affirmative Action Plan/Inclusion Programs: South
will add a specific goal to elect at least one Hispanic
Delegate for the first time in 2012, in recognition of the significant
increase in the Hispanic population in SC and to encourage and reward
Hispanic participation in the Democratic Party. There is also a
specific goal to elect at least one person with disabilities.
affirmative action steps are in additional to continuing the specific
goals delegates for young people (under age 30) and GLBT Democrats
established by the SCDP prior to the 2008 Convention. Additionally, the
SC Democratic Party will continue an inclusion and outreach program in
2012 for all underrepresented communities in its Affirmative Action
The SC Democratic Party will conduct training sessions on the
Delegate Selection Plan in November and December of this year.
Information will be posted on the website for these sessions in October.
The SC Democratic Party Plan follows the processes set forth by the
Charter of the Democratic Party of the United States, the Charter and
By-laws of the South Carolina Democratic Party, the Democratic National
Committee’s 2012 Convention Rules, the Democratic National Committee’s
2012 Convention Regulations, and the SC Code of Laws.
For further information, please contact Amanda Loveday at