The 2020 Virtual NHDP State Convention began on Saturday, May 9! 

 General information: 

To prioritize the health and safety of Granite Staters, the NHDP Executive Committee voted unanimously to adapt the State Committee meeting on April 25 and our May 9 State Convention to virtual meetings. If you are a State Committee member or a Convention Delegate, you should have received an email with details about our virtual events! Please reach out to convention@nhdp.org if you did not receive the email. 

Watch Convention Speeches:

The NHDP streamed our Virtual 2020 Convention live on our Facebook page on Saturday, May 9th, from 10AM - 11:30AM. 

What should I know about the NHDP Resolutions? 

There are two types of resolutions: those that address federal issues that cannot be addressed in the NHDP State Platform and those honoring NH Democratic individuals who served in office, held party office, or were active Democrats who passed away since June 2018. The NHDP Resolutions Committee accepted submissions through April 20th. Submissions are now closed. You can view the final 2020 Resolutions here:

2020 Electors to the Electoral College: 

Every four years, the State Convention Delegates confirm the nominations of New Hampshire’s Democratic Presidential Electors. The four electors being nominated for the 2020 Electoral College are Mary Carey Foley of Portsmouth, Mayor Dana S. Hilliard of Somersworth, House Speaker Stephen J. Shurtleff of Penacook, and Senate President Donna M. Soucy of Manchester.

Please read this letter from NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley putting forth the nomination of our Presidential Electors:

What should I know about the trainings that are usually held at the convention? 

Every Tuesday in April and May, the NHDP will be holding online trainings for activists and elected officials online. These trainings’ topics range from writing letters to the editor, to hosting an event, to using social media, and much more. 

Questions? Email convention@nhdp.org, or call us at 603-225-6899.​​

The Virtual Convention included live welcome from Chairman Buckley, Senator Melanie Levesque, special guest speaker Stacey Abrams, and Convention Co-Chairs Maura Sullivan and Senator Jon Morgan. The live welcome was followed by video speeches from all of this year's convention speakers and brief Committee Reports for State Convention delegates from the four NHDP State Convention Committee Chairs.

This year's convention speakers include video addresses from:

  • Senator Jeanne Shaheen

  • Senator Maggie Hassan

  • Congresswoman Annie Kuster

  • Congressman Chris Pappas

  • Senate President Donna Soucy

  • House Speaker Steve Shurtleff

  • Candidates for NH Governor

  • Candidates for the Executive Council

Participating in the Virtual Convention means watching the live stream! You are also encouraged to use our new profile picture filter and commit to volunteer to help elect Democrats in November. State Convention delegates will also need to vote on convention business by May 23rd.

Additional Information for State Convention Delegates

While much of the Convention process and deadlines remain largely the same as in past years, we have outlined some of the changes below.

When is the 2020 NHDP Convention? 

The convention was planned for Saturday, May 9th and the virtual convention will still begin that day. As you know, our conventions have many speakers and opportunities for trainings for candidates and activists - as well as voting on party issues. This will all begin virtually on May 9th.

 

What are we voting on at the convention? 

There are multiple items voted on in even-numbered years conventions. Delegates will vote on the Rules for the Convention, the NHDP State Platform, NHDP Resolutions, and our electors to the Electoral College. On April 27th, the official call to the convention will be emailed to delegates and posted to this page with the platform, resolutions, and names of the electors. Check back for those updates!

 

How do I vote?

Delegates to the state convention will have two options for voting. You can either have a secure online ballot or a paper ballot mailed to you. Please email convention@nhdp.org with your preference of either an online ballot or a paper ballot with your name, address, phone number, and the position you hold as a delegate (i.e. State Representative, Town Chair, State Committee Member, etc.) by May 9th, 2020. 

 

When can I vote? 

Delegates can submit their vote starting Saturday, May 9th at 9:00am for both paper ballots and online ballots. Voting will be open from May 9th at 9:00am to May 23rd at 5:00pm to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate. The ballot will include all the information you’ll need on the submission process.

 

How will we be able to watch the speakers? 

Convention programming will be available to the public on our website. We’ll send a reminder on May 9th to share this content broadly, as we want people across the state to be able to see our candidates, hear our message, and “attend” our virtual convention.

 

What should I know about the NHDP State Platform? 

The NHDP Platform Committee began to hold public hearings across the state in mid-February and held a series of hearings via phone conference as well for input on the 2020 NHDP State Platform. The platform went through an amendment phase for input until April 10th. The Platform Committee has now published the final proposed platform, and it will be voted on during our Virtual Convention on May 9th.

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