Deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 29, to Submit Delegate Applications
TALLAHASSEE - U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton today publicly committed to seating Florida's and Michigan's delegates at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
"I believe our nominee will need the enthusiastic support of Democrats in these states to win the general election, and so I will ask my Democratic convention delegates to support seating the delegations from Florida and Michigan," the Senator said in a statement.
Florida will send 210 delegates and 31 alternates to the Convention. While the Democratic National Committee Rules & Bylaws Committee reduced Florida's delegation, the Florida Democratic Party is confident that all of Florida's delegates will be seated in Denver.
"We thank Senator Clinton for her support and commitment to the Sunshine State," Florida Democratic Chairwoman Karen Thurman said. "Florida will play an extremely important role in this election. The incredible Democratic primary turnout across the state of Florida and in all of the early primary states is proving that this entire nation is hungry for change. The nation needs Florida, and Florida is ready to deliver."
Delegate applications have been pouring in, and there are still a few more days for Democratic activists across the state to apply to attend the Convention. Democrats who want to represent Florida have until noon on the day of the Presidential Primary, January 29, to submit applications to their local county party.
Any Florida voter who is a registered Democrat as of December 31, 2007 can apply. Applications are available for download at www.fladems.com/2008DNC. This year, local Democrats are giving special attention to recruiting military service members and veterans, people with disabilities, and young people to ensure the state's delegation is representative of the people of Florida.
The number of district-level delegates and alternates allocated to presidential candidates in a given Congressional district is determined by a proportional representation system using the results of the January 29, 2008 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary.
The selection of these delegates will be in post-primary district-level caucuses around the state on March 1, 2008. The highest vote-getters slotted under each presidential candidate are elected.
The 2008 Democratic National Convention will be held August 25-28 in Denver, Colorado. For additional information on Florida's Delegate Selection process for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, please visit www.fladems.com/2008DNC.
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