Public comment to Arizona Democratic Party Chair Alexis Tameron from Stonewall Democrats U.S. & Stonewall Democrats of Arizona in regards 2016 delegate selection:


Fri, May 8, 2015 at 9:44 AM


Chair Tameron:

On behalf of Stonewall Democrats nationwide, thank you for accepting our Delegate Selection Plan public comment. This is an exciting time and we're honored to be part of efforts to ensure 2016's delegation is the most diverse ever. To that end, Stonewall Democrats US is writing to offer technical assistance.

In 2008, the RBC and the DNC established an Inclusion Rule (Rule 7) to further open our party to groups who have been historically underrepresented in the delegate selection process and were not addressed in the Affirmative Action Rule (Rule 6). For 2016, the rules further urge State Parties to provide goals for each of these groups as indicated by their presence in the Democratic electorate.

Below we've provided two figures and a framework suitable for inclusion in your plan. Together they provide a calculation of 11.9% to satisfy Rule 7. Please consider the following LGBTQ data that is new to the 2016 cycle.

To identify this percentage consider the National Election Poll (NEP) conducted by Edison Research in 2012 for ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC and the Associated Press. The NEP was a massive effort on November 6th, 2012 that collected, though in-person and telephone interactions, nearly 120,000 interviews within the span of 16 hours. The poll found 76% of LGBTQ voted for Barack Obama in the 2012 General Election and that 7% of votes cast in Arizona came from LGBTQ.

To calculate the percentage of LGBTQ in the Democratic Electorate, simply take Arizona's 2012 turnout (2,299,254) and reduce it by the population (7%), multiply by the percentage of LGBTQ likely to vote Democratic (76%) and then divide everything by the number of Obama voters (1,025,232). This yields a LGBTQ presence of 11.9% in the Democratic electorate.

  2,299,254 turnout * 7% population * 76% democratic performance

= 11.9%

  1,025,232 Democratic votes

For your consideration we request a participating delegate goal of 11.9% LGBTQ and further request that goals be set for alternates, pages and standing committee members in the same proportion. By setting representative goals in concert with the democratic electorate, together we can build the most inclusive convention ever. We appreciate your consideration and welcome your feedback and questions.

Ralph Young
2016 Delegation Coordinator
Stonewall Democrats US
Robert Rowley
Stonewall Democrats of Arizona



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