EPRS Admin By / April 18, 2016

Growth in number of delegates to national conventions

Growth in number of delegates to national conventions

Growth in number of delegates to national conventions

Political parties decide the number of delegates who will attend national conventions, which has grown consistently over the years (see Figure 2). Democrats use a formula known as the ‘allocation factor’, based on the number of votes each state awarded the Democratic candidate in the previous three presidential elections, and the allocation of electors per state. Republicans use a simpler system, with each state assigned ten delegates, plus three per congressional district. In addition, the party also allocates bonus delegates to states and territories meeting certain criteria. Moreover, both national conventions include automatic delegates such as current and/or former elected office-holders and party leaders.

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