Salt Lake City, UT— The Utah State Democratic Committee today released a draft of the Utah State Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan for the 2012 Democratic National Convention for public comment. The plan outlines the requirements for individuals wishing to run for delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention to be held next year in Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as guidelines to which the Utah State Democratic Party must adhere throughout the delegate selection process. The public comment period will be open for 30 days from March 28, 2011 to April 27, 2011. The plan will be formally adopted by the Utah State Democratic Party after the public comment period has ended.
The state of Utah will be allotted 34 delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention which will nominate candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. Five of the 34 are automatically allocated to party leaders. The other 29 positions will be elected at the Utah State Democratic Party Convention to be held on April 20-21, 2012. The plan will allocate delegates according to population in each of Utah's four congressional districts and prior Democratic voting percentages. It also provides for allocation of the delegates to Democratic presidential candidates based on the presidential preference vote at neighborhood caucuses to be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.
Inclusive in the plan is the appointment of an Affirmative Action Committee whose mission will be to make the delegate selection process accessible to all Utah Democrats. The plan also includes provisions for the selection of Standing Committee members, the delegation chair, convention pages, and challenges to the plan, implementation and specific delegates.
The plan is forty-nine pages in length. Copies of the plan are available from the Utah State Democratic Committee at 825 North 300 West Suite C400, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103 or on the web at www.utdemocrats.org. Any comments to the plan can be addressed to the committee at that address, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or sent by facsimile to 801/328-1238.