The 2020 Louisiana Democratic primary will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020, one of three states voting on the same day in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 presidential election. The Louisiana primary is a closed primary, with the state awarding 57 delegates, of which 50 are pledged delegates allocated on the basis of the results of the primary.

2020 Louisiana Democratic primary

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57 delegates (50 pledged, 7 unpledged)

ProcedureEdit

Louisiana is one of three states holding primaries on April 4, 2020, the other two being Alaska and Hawaii.[1] On June 20, 2019, governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill consolidating the presidential primary with municipal and ward elections on the same date, shifting the primary date from the first Saturday in March to the first Saturday in April.[2]

Voting is expected to take place throughout the state from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. In the closed primary, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the congressional district or statewide level in order to be considered viable. The 50 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will be allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 50 pledged delegates, between 3 and 8 are allocated to both of the state's 6 congressional districts and another 7 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 11 at-large pledged delegates. These delegate totals do not account for pledged delegate bonuses or penalties from timing or clustering.[3]

Following the primary, district-level delegates will be elected at post-primary congressional district caucuses featuring mail-in balloting on Saturday, April 25, 2020, with counting running until April 27. The Democratic state central committee will then meet on Saturday, May 9, 2020 to vote on the 11 pledged at-large and 7 PLEO delegates to send to the Democratic National Convention. The 50 pledged delegates Louisiana sends to the national convention will be joined by 7 unpledged PLEO delegates (5 members of the Democratic National Committee; a sole U.S. Representative in Cedric Richmond; and the governor).[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Putnam, Josh. "The 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Putnam, Josh (June 20, 2019). "Louisiana Presidential Primary Moves to April on Bel Edwards' Signature". Frontloading HQ. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Louisiana Democratic Delegation 2020". The Green Papers. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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