2020 County Convention

Gallatin County Democratic Delegate Selection

Every four years, we have an important honor and responsibility. Immediately following the June 2 Montana Primary Election, we will select the delegates for presidential candidates to represent Gallatin County at the Montana Delegate Selection Convention. Learn more about how Montana Democrats can participate in the delegate selection process.

This year, for the first time and in light of COVID-19, our Gallatin County Democratic Delegate Selection Convention will be held online via Zoom. We will hold this convention on:

Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm

In 2020, the presidential candidates on the Montana Primary Ballot are:

Any presidential candidate who receives at least 15% of the vote in Gallatin County on June 2, 2020, will receive delegates at the Gallatin County Convention and at the Montana Democratic Delegate Selection Convention to be held on June 6, 2020.

This is an opportunity to participate in a critical political process, and you’re invited!

There is a lot to cover for this convention, so please review the following information and contact the convention chair, Pat Simmons, if you have any questions. You can also call/text her at (406) 581-7317.

“The Democratic Party is an equal opportunity organization, and as such we encourage all minority voting groups to actively participate in our conventions and run for the position of delegate, including Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, women, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) Community, people with disabilities and youth.”

Eligibility and Steps to Participate

Any registered voter in Gallatin County who publicly declares to be a Democrat may participate in this convention. Check your voter registration online to confirm your status is active in Gallatin County.

To publicly declare as a Democrat, you must complete the Democratic Affirmation Statement. This form can be submitted via a Google Form, or by completing the PDF and sending it via email or mail to Pat Simmons, County Convention Chair. The completed form must be received no later than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

*Submit completed affirmation statement by 3:00 pm on June 3 to:

Pat Simmons, County Convention Chair

357 Pine Creek Drive, Bozeman, MT 59718

psimmons100@gmail.com

(406) 581-7317

Once we receive your completed Democratic Affirmation Statement, you will receive an email with instructions for joining the convention via Zoom. The convention on June 3, 2020, starts at 6:00 pm, but we ask all participants to join the Zoom meeting starting at 5:30 pm. This will ensure a prompt and efficient start time.

If you are new to using Zoom, we recommend you review the Zoom support documentation. You can participate in the Zoom meeting online or by phone.

Please note, Democrats do not need to be County Delegates to run for a position as a National Delegate at the Montana Delegate Selection Committee. National Delegates are responsible for their own travel costs associated with traveling to and attending the National Convention.

Convention Details and Information

Click on each question below to learn more about the process in place for this convention. If you have any additional questions, please contact Pat Simmons, Convention Chair.

Gallatin County has 26 delegates and 26 alternates that will be divided by the percentage that each Presidential candidate receives (at least 15%) of the total Gallatin County votes for President. The primary election results will be received on the morning of our convention, June 3, and will be posted here. We will calculate the number of delegates per candidate at that stage. 

If any candidate receives less than 15%, those participants who submitted a completed Democratic Affirmation Statement may only observe in the convention and are not eligible to vote or be a delegate.

When you submit your Democratic Affirmation Statement, you must select a presidential candidate to support. Only the presidential candidates who receive at least 15% of the vote in Gallatin County can have delegates selected at the county convention. Each candidate who meets this threshold will then receive a Caucus at our convention, during which the delegates will be selected.

For example only, in Gallatin County, if Joe Biden receives 40% of the vote, Bernie Sanders receives 40% of the vote, Elizabeth Warren receives 14% of the vote, and the remaining 6% of the vote is dispersed between write-in candidates, only Biden and Sanders will get delegates. If you submitted your Democratic Affirmation Statement to support Elizabeth Warren, you would not be able to participate in the county convention, as Elizabeth Warren did not meet the 15% threshold required (in this example scenario).

If you would like to wait until the Primary Election results are calculated to submit your Democratic Affirmation Statement, you may do so as long as it is received by Pat Simmons no later than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

This will be the first time a county convention will be held online. We will do the best we can in organizing and executing this convention. With that in mind, please remember we are human. Technology does not always work the way we expect. We will do our best to navigate and address any technical issues that may arise, and we thank you for your patience and understanding should the unexpected happen.

Once we receive your completed Democratic Affirmation Statement, we will email you the Zoom meeting information for the convention.

Check-in for the convention will begin at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Please plan on joining the Zoom meeting at this time so that we can verify your affirmation and candidate selection.

The convention will officially be called to order at 6:00 pm by Elizabeth Marum, Chair. 

After instructions are given, we will then disperse all participants into the appropriate Caucus Breakout session, within Zoom. Assuming that each of the following candidates receive at least 15% of the vote, the following people will be the Caucus Managers:

If you have questions about a specific caucus, please contact the Caucus Manager.

In addition to the Caucus Manager, there will be a technical manager and 1-2 recorders to manage the delegate votes. If you would like to volunteer for one of these positions, please contact Pat Simmons.

Once the delegates and alternates are voted on in each Caucus, everyone will return to the main Zoom room to share the results and confirm the next steps for elected delegates.

Each prospective delegate in each Caucus will give a 1-minute speech on why they want to be a delegate for that candidate. Once the speeches are completed, a voice vote will be called (this is not a secret ballot process per the Montana Democratic Party). Each participant will be called on to state the names of the prospective delegates they are voting for.

A volunteer recorder will be sharing a spreadsheet with the prospective delegate names and will record each participant’s vote on the spreadsheet for everyone in the Caucus. This will be visible to everyone in the Caucus.

The prospective delegates who receive the most votes will then become the designated delegates for the Montana Delegate Selection Convention on June 6, 2020. Alternates will also be selected, in the event that the first delegate(s) can no longer participate in the state convention.

Assuming that each of the following candidates receive at least 15% of the vote, the following people will be the Caucus Managers:

If you have questions about a specific caucus, please contact the Caucus Manager.

We need at least four volunteers to help with managing the Zoom breakout rooms and recording votes in each candidate Caucus. If you are comfortable and have experience managing a Zoom meeting or would like to serve as a vote recorder, which requires familiarity with Microsoft Excel, we’d love the help!

If you would like to volunteer for one of these positions, please contact Pat Simmons.

All delegates and alternates will be emailed the National Convention Delegate Statement of Candidacy after our convention. This statement must be completed and submitted to Pat Simmons by Friday, June 5, 2020, at 4:00 pm. These forms will be sent to the Montana Democratic Party.

The Montana Delegate Selection Convention will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020, online via Zoom. More information will be added as it becomes available. 

Questions? 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the county convention committee members: