In August, the Democratic Party will formally nominate the next president and vice president of the United States at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Convention planners' top priority has always been to ensure the health and safety of convention attendees, and they remain in constant contact with health officials and will continue to follow their guidance.
State delegates will be voting remotely for delegates to the National Convention on May 29-31.
See below for more information on campaigning, as well as more information on how ballot order will be determined and other financial costs associated with attending the National Convention in August.
ACCESSING YOUR PETITION DASHBOARD
When you enrolled in our online petition system, you received a confirmation email with your personalized link to your petition dashboard. If you cannot find that email, you can have your dashboard link emailed to you by clicking below:
Update your Photo and Bio. In your dashboard, you can upload a photo and bio:
- Click “Upload a Photo” to add a photo of yourself.
- Click “Enter a Bio” to add a short bio or statement about yourself and your candidacy.
These can be updated at any time! We encourage you to add a photo and bio so that state delegates and alternates can learn more about you and why they should vote for you.
Update your Demographic Profile. The Maine Democratic Party, in cooperation with the National Committee, determined the demographic composition of the follow constituency groups in Maine’s Democratic electorate, and established inclusion goals for representation in Maine’s National Convention delegation:
|African Americans||Hispanic / Latinx Americans||Native Americans||Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders||LGBTQ+||People with Disabilities||Youth|
|Percent in Democratic Electorate||1%||1%||1%||1%||12%||21%||20%|
|Numeric Goals for Delegation||1||1||1||1||4||7||7|
You can use your personalized web link (click here to retrieve your link if you do not have the confirmation email) to update your demographic information if you are a member of one of the constituencies for Maine’s inclusion goals. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page for more information on Maine’s inclusion goals and other questions you may have.
HOW TO CAMPAIGN
In addition to uploading a photo and bio in your online petition portal, the MDP suggests you reach out personally to state delegates and ask for their support. There are a couple of ways you can do this:
- Contact delegates and alternates who can vote for you by phone (you will have access to this list once you are enrolled in our online petition system). Using your personalized web link, you can go to your dashboard and then click "Download Delegate and Alternate List." If you need MDP to resend your personalized link, please click here.
- Find delegates on Facebook and send them a message.
- Contact your presidential preference campaign and request other contact information for delegates.
Ballot order was determined by a live drawing on May 22. You can view the recording of the live drawing here, and see the results here.
ATTENDING THE NATIONAL CONVENTION
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee took up a resolution on May 12 in order to provide the Democratic National Convention Committee maximum flexibility to plan a safe event that guarantees every delegate can accomplish their official business without putting their own health at risk.
This resolution confirms that the convention team has the authority to make the necessary changes to the format, size, date, or other aspects in order to conduct a safe convention. Convention planners are exploring a range of contingency options to ensure all delegates will be able to cast ballots and accomplish their business, regardless of their ability to travel and participate in person.
Protecting the health and well-being of our host community and everyone involved with the convention will drive every decision convention planners make as they put plans in place for August.
In the coming weeks, the convention planning team remains in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials—and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.
Members of the National Delegation will be responsible for funding their travel, lodging, meals and other expenses associated with attending the Democratic National Convention -- whether held in Milwaukee or if it takes another form.. These costs include roundtrip airfare from Maine to Milwaukee, lodging (four night minimum), travel, meals, and incidentals.
The Maine delegation will be staying at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West Hotel. Our hotel will also house the delegations from Indiana, Oregon and West Virginia. Rooms will cost about $400/night with a four night minimum. Reservations can only be made through the MDP.
While delegates are strongly encouraged to stay with the MDP, they are not required to do so. If delegates opt to not stay with the MDP, they must be present at the 7 AM. Delegation Breakfast to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel each day to receive their credentials for the day. If a delegate misses this meeting their credentials will be forfeited.
Additional information on costs and logistics will be provided at the first organizational meeting of the National Delegation, which will take place remotely on June 6 via Zoom. Zoom links will be provided after the elections are completed.
We appreciate your flexibility during this unprecedented situation. Protecting the health and well-being of our host community in Wisconsin and everyone involved with the convention will drive every decision convention planners make as they put plans in place for August. In the coming weeks, the Democratic Convention team will remain in constant communication with federal, state, and local public health officials—and will follow their guidance to determine how many people can safely gather in Milwaukee this August.