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How a Caucus System Works Step 1: Each state, whether it holds a primary or a caucus, is awarded a specific number of delegates to the party’s national.

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2 How a Caucus System Works

3 Step 1: Each state, whether it holds a primary or a caucus, is awarded a specific number of delegates to the party’s national nominating convention. The number of delegates from each state is determined by a formula based principally on state population. Generally speaking, the more populated a state is, the more delegates it is awarded. The numbers below indicate the total number of delegates allocated to the states to the Democratic National Convention to be held in July VT-18 NH-27 MA-121 CT-62 RI-32 NJ-128 DE-23 MD-99

4 ? ? Edwards Kerry Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Braun Step 2: Voters turn out to a local precinct convention and publicly announce their support for their preferred candidate.

5 Clark ? ? Edwards Kerry Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Braun Step 3: Voters physically relocate to “caucus” with others who have turned out in support of the same candidates. Edwards’ Supporters Kerry’s Supporters Dean’s Supporters Clark’s Supporters Uncommitted Voters

6 Edwards Clark ? ? Edwards Kerry Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Braun Edwards’ Supporters Kerry’s Supporters Dean’s Supporters Clark’s Supporters Uncommitted Voters Step 3: Voters physically relocate to “caucus” with others who have turned out in support of the same candidates.

7 Edwards Clark ? ? Edwards Kerry Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Braun Edwards’ Supporters Kerry’s Supporters Dean’s Supporters Clark’s Supporters Uncommitted Voters Step 3: Voters physically relocate to “caucus” with others who have turned out in support of the same candidates.

8 Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Braun Edwards’ Supporters Kerry’s Supporters Dean’s Supporters Clark’s Supporters Uncommitted Voters Step 3: Voters physically relocate to “caucus” with others who have turned out in support of the same candidates.

9 Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Braun Edwards’ Supporters Kerry’s Supporters Dean’s Supporters Clark’s Supporters Uncommitted Voters Step 3: Voters physically relocate to “caucus” with others who have turned out in support of the same candidates.

10 Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards Clark ? ? Braun Edwards’ Supporters Kerry’s Supporters Dean’s Supporters Uncommitted Voters Clark’s Supporters Step 3: Voters physically relocate to “caucus” with others who have turned out in support of the same candidates. Voters who support candidates that receive less than some predetermined threshold – say 15% - may have to caucus with another group.

11 Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards ? ? Dean Kerry Edwards ? ? Braun Edwards’ Supporters Kerry’s Supporters Dean’s Supporters Uncommitted Voters Clark’s Supporters Step 4: Voters “caucus” to select delegates to support their candidate at a second round of caucusing, usually at a county or congressional district convention. Dean Clark Kerry County Convention

12 Dean Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards ? ? Dean Kerry Edwards ? ? Edwards’ Supporters Kerry’s Supporters Dean’s Supporters Uncommitted Voters Step 5: At the county convention, the delegates who were chosen at the local precinct conventions “caucus” to select delegates to support their candidate at a third round of caucusing at the state convention. Dean State Convention

13 Edwards Kerry Step 6: The national convention delegates pledged to the various candidates from each state are named at each of the party’s state conventions in proportion to a candidate’s primary vote total. In 2004, the Democrats will hold their national convention in Boston, MA in late July and the Republicans will hold their convention in New York, NY in early September. ? Edwards Kerry Edwards ? Delaware Delegation Wyoming Delegation Nevada Delegation 2004 Democratic National Convention Kerry Dean Ohio Delegation Edwards Dean Boston, MA

14 Edwards Dean Kerry Edwards Kerry Delaware Step 7: Using a roll call vote of the state delegations, the national convention delegates officially nominate their party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Texas N. Carolina California Idaho Kansas Oregon Georgia Missouri Hawaii Ohio Illinois Kerry Dean Madam Chairperson… The great state of Idaho, which is famous for its rustic mountain vistas and potatoes worldwide, proudly casts its 23 votes for the next president of the United States – Senator John Kerry!


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