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How Missouri voters can become national political party delegates

By Jaime Williams
February 6, 2012 | 5:49 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — So you want to be a delegate? Here are step-by-step instructions for each party.

DEMOCRATS

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  1. In order to be considered as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the first step is to vote in Tuesday's presidential primary, according to the Missouri Democratic Party's website and a brochure that's available online
  2. After voting in the primary, people wishing to become a delegate must attend a series of meetings. At each gathering, potential delegates must join their chosen candidate caucus, give a brief self-nominating speech and collect enough votes to be elected within that caucus. The first such gathering in Boone County is the "mass meeting" on March 29. The location has not been determined. At this meeting, delegates and alternates will be elected to proceed to the congressional district convention.
  3. Next, those still in the running must attend the congressional district convention April 26. At the 9th District convention, three male and three female delegates will be chosen to attend the national convention. To be eligible, people must fill out a Form F statement of candidacy and a Form F-3 pledge of support and submit them to the state party chair by April 16. These will be available at the first mass county meeting and at the county convention. A total of 58 delegates for Missouri will be chosen at the congressional level.
  4. Any person elected as a national convention delegate or alternate must then attend the state convention on June 9 to receive information about the Democratic National Convention, which will be held the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C. The final 19 delegates will be chosen at the state convention.  Those seeking election to at-large delegate positions need not attend county mass meetings. They must, however, file a statement of candidacy and pledge of support by May 12 and attend the state convention.

REPUBLICANS

This year, the presidential primary will not be a factor in determining delegates for the Republican National Convention. The process begins at the county caucuses.

Steps are outlined at the Missouri Republican Party website.

  1. To participate in the Boone County caucus, a person must be registered to vote in Boone County and declare themselves to be a Republican. The caucus will be at 10 a.m. March 17 at Kemper Arena, Highway 763 and Boone Industrial Drive.
  2. Delegates chosen at the county level must attend the congressional district convention on April 21 to select three delegates and alternates and one presidential elector. Delegates and alternates must identify their candidate before being chosen and will be bound to that candidate during the first vote at the national convention.
  3. Delegates chosen at the county level must also attend the state convention June 2 to select 25 at-large delegates and alternates and two at-large presidential electors. Delegates and alternates here also must identify their candidate before being chosen and will be bound to that candidate during the first vote at the national convention.

LIBERTARIANS

The presidential primary will not be used as a factor in determining delegates for the Libertarian National Convention. Missouri Libertarian Party State Vice Chairman Mike Bozarth said Libertarians who hope to be national delegates must:

  1. Attend the state convention being held March 24 through March 25 in Kansas City and express interest in being a delegate. At the state convention, congressional district-based caucuses will be held to select delegates and alternates, who will then be approved by all participants at the state convention.
  2. Elected delegates are responsible for their registration at and transportation to the party's national convention, which will be May 2 through May 6 in Las Vegas.