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TNDP Announces 2012 Delegate Selection Plan

Press Release from the Tennessee Democratic Party, June 1, 2011:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Democrats have adopted a Delegate Selection Plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Chip Forrester announced today.

“Becoming a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention is an exciting, straightforward process that is open to all Democrats,” said Forrester. “We encourage all Democrats who would like to attend the National Convention to review the plan and begin campaigning to become a Delegate or Alternate.”

The Delegate Selection Plan is available at or by calling 615-327-9779.

The Delegate Selection Plan was adopted by the Tennessee Democratic Party executive committee following a 30-day comment period on the plan.

The Delegate Selection Plan describes how the Tennessee Democratic Party will select its delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention to be held Sept. 3 – 6, 2012 in Charlotte, N.C.


Tennessee will be allotted 91 delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Tennessee will use a proportional representation system based on the results of the Primary apportioning its delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

The “first determining step” of Tennessee’s delegate selection process will occur on March 6, 2012 with a Primary.

District-level delegates and alternates will be elected by a convention system with two-tiers: county conventions and congressional district conventions.

All delegates to the congressional district conventions must be elected at the county conventions, and all District level delegates and alternates must be elected at the congressional district conventions.

The Delegate Selection Plan outlines the requirements for individuals wishing to run for delegate to the Democratic National Convention and the guidelines to which the Tennessee State Democratic Party must adhere throughout the delegate selection process.

The Plan includes Affirmative Action provisions designed to make the delegate-selection process accessible to all Tennessee Democrats. The Plan also includes provisions for selecting Standing Committee members, the delegation chair, convention pages, and challenges to the plan, implementation and specific delegates.

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