Democrat and Republican Conventions


The 2016 Republican National Convention will be held July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Quicken Loans Arena. Convention planners expect to host 2470 delegates and as many as 50,000 journalists, Republican party leaders and supporters, and other guests. The Republican National Committee (RNC) changed the 2016 primary calendar to shorten the process and schedule an earlier convention [1]

How to Become a Delegate

The Republican National Committee nominee will be chosen by primary voters and delegates, as allotted by state parties and in accordance with National Republican Committee rules. State parties submitted their delegate selection and allocation plans for the 2016 Republican presidential nominating process to the RNC. Therefore, if you are interested in becoming a delegate you should contact your state party immediately to determine what the process is and the deadlines for declaring your interest. Deadlines vary among the states but is specified in each state’s plan.[2]

Each state’s delegate allotment is set by national party rules and includes at-large delegates, congressional district delegates, and national party representatives. Apart from the states, the District of Columbia and the five territories are awarded a specified number of at-large delegates.

To learn more about the Convention site and the host committee, visit


How to Host an Event for the Republican National Convention



Jeff Larson
Chief Executive Officer(202) 863-8500


Steve King
Chief Operating Officer
(202) 863-8500 


The 2016 Democratic National Convention, expected to host 3,200 delegates, will be held July 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA, at the Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  It is designated as a National Special Security Event, which means that ultimate law enforcement authority is in the hands of the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security.[3]

How to Become a Delegate

How you become a delegate to the Convention depends on state in which you live. Each state has its own Delegate Selection Plan that describes how delegates are chosen in that state.  These Plans must comply with rules adopted by the National Party that provide guidelines to ensure a fair and open process. This year’s process is quite similar to those of prior years.

If you want to become a delegate, your first step should be to contact your state party to determine what the process is.  For information on becoming a delegate, an individual should call or write his or her respective State Democratic Party headquarters and request a copy of the Delegate Selection Plan (or summary) and filing forms.  These Plan were approved by Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee earlier this year.  You should contact your State Democratic Party headquarters immediately to request a copy of the Plan.

These Delegate Selection Plans provide the information candidates need to know in order to run for delegate positions.  All states require delegate candidates to file a “declaration of candidacy” in order to run. The deadline for this declaration varies among the states but is specified in each state’s plan.[4]  In some cases, the declaration must be accompanied with signatures of registered Democratic voters from that area. All filing requirements must be precisely followed.

For more information about the Delegate Selection process contact:

Office of Party Affairs & Delegate Selection (PADS)
Democratic National Convention


(202) 863-8046

(202) 863-8055


How to Host an Event for the Democratic National Convention



Leah Daughtry
2016 Convention CEO
Democratic National Convention
(202) 863-8000
Matthew Butler

Chief of Staff

Democratic National Convention
(202) 863-8000

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