National Convention and Delegate Election Information

2016 Democratic National Convention

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held the week of July 25th – 28th in Philadelphia, PA.

The process to select Florida’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA will work as follows:

1. The results of Florida’s March 15, 2016 presidential primary election will be used to apportion delegates to the national convention. 

2. On May 7, 2016, grassroots Democrats from each of Florida’s 27 congressional districts will meet in congressional district caucuses to elect 135 district-level delegates to the Democratic National Convention. 

3. Following the congressional district caucuses, the Florida Democratic Party will hold a special meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 21, 2016, where the district-level delegates will meet to select 27 Pledged Party Leader and Elected Official (PLEO) Delegates, 45 At-Large Delegates, and 17 At-Large Alternates to the Democratic National Convention. 

By ensuring all Democrats have a voice in the national convention, this Delegate Selection and Affirmative Action Plan will ensure that the Florida Democratic Party delegation will truly represent the tremendous diversity of Florida and the Democratic Party.

List of Official Candidates

Per the rules of Florida’s 2016 Delegate Selection Plan, the Presidential campaigns were permitted a right of review period concluding on April 20, 2016.  Below, please find the list of official Candidates for District Level Delegates as certified by their respective Presidential Campaigns.

Click here to access the List of official Candidates for district level delegates, pledged to the Clinton Campaign.

Click here to access the List of official Candidates for district level delegates, pledged to the Sanders Campaign.

Information on Florida’s 2016 Congressional District Caucuses

The Florida Democratic Party will host Congressional District Caucuses to elect District Level Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Congressional District caucuses will take place across the state between 10AM and 2PM on Saturday, May 7, 2016, with early voting in select Congressional Districts to be held on Thursday, May 5,2016.

Click here to download Location and Contact information for the 2016 Congressional District Caucuses.


If you wish to file as a candidate for PLEO, At-Large, or Alternate Delegate, please follow the instructions below:

Click here to download the 2016 PLEO, At-Large and Alternate Delegate Filing Form.


Please complete the form and mail to:

Florida Democratic Party

ATTN: PLEO, At-Large, Alternate

214 S. Bronough Street

Tallahassee, FL 32301 


Please Note:  PLEO, At-Large, and Alternate candidates must fully complete the statement of candidacy, pledge of support and loyalty oath and file it with the Florida Democratic Party between February 17, 2016, and May 9, 2016, by 12:00 pm.  Incomplete submissions will result in your form not being accepted.  Please call 850-222-3411 for questions regarding your filing status.

Delegate Allocation

Florida’s Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are a allocated to each Presidential Campaign based on vote of the March 15, 2016 Presidential Preference Primary.

Please click here to view the Allocation of Delegates to the 2016 Democratic National Convention.


Additional Information and Documents

Click here to view the 2016 “How To Become a DNC Delegate” Presentation.

Click here to view the 2016 “How to Run for District Level Delegate” Handout.

Click here to view the 2016 “Delegate Selection Plan.”

FL DEMS FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act’s Impact in Florida

Health Care Accomplishments in Florida

After Health Reform: Improved Access to Care
  • Lowers the uninsured rate. Gallup recently estimated that the uninsured rate in Florida in 2015 was 15.7 percent, down from 22.1 percent in 2013.
  • Prohibits coverage denials and reduced benefits, protecting as many as 7,838,642 Floridians who have some type of pre-existing health condition, including 960,492 children.
  • Eliminates lifetime and annual limits on insurance coverage and establishes annual limits on out-of-pocket spending on essential health benefits, benefiting 5,587,000 people in Florida, including 2,170,000 women and 1,411,000 children.
  • Allows states to expand Medicaid to all non-eligible adults with incomes under 133 percent of the federal poverty level. If Florida expands Medicaid, an additional 750,000 uninsured people would gain coverage.
  • Establishes a system of state and federal Health Insurance Exchanges, or Marketplaces, to make it easier for individuals and small-business employees to purchase health plans at affordable prices. During the open enrollment period for 2016 coverage, 1,742,819 people in Florida selected a plan through the Marketplace, including approximately 731,984 new consumers and 487,989 young adults. In Florida, 82 percent of Marketplace consumers could have selected a plan for $100 per month or less after tax credits for 2016 coverage.
  • Created a temporary high-risk pool program to cover uninsured people with pre- existing conditions prior to 2014 reforms, which helped 11,873 people in Florida.
  • Creates health plan disclosure requirements and simple, standardized summaries so 7,731,600 people in Florida can better understand coverage information and compare benefits.
    After Health Reform: More Affordable Care
  • Creates a tax credit that, during the most recent open enrollment period, has helped 1,585,781 Marketplace enrollees in Florida who otherwise might not be able to afford it sign up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • Requires health insurers to provide consumers with rebates if the amount they spend on health benefits and quality of care, as opposed to advertising and marketing, is too low. Last year, 821,814 consumers in Florida received $59,908,232 in rebates. Since this requirement was put in place in 2011 more than $2.4 billion in total refunds have been paid to consumers nationwide through 2014.
  • Eliminates out-of-pocket costs for preventive services like immunizations, certain cancer screenings, contraception, reproductive counseling, obesity screening, and behavioral assessments for children. This coverage is guaranteed for 7,289,873 people in Florida, including 3,024,126 women.
  • Eliminates out-of-pocket costs for 3,070,451 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida for preventive services like cancer screenings, bone-mass measurements, annual physicals, and smoking cessation.
  • Phases out the “donut hole” coverage gap for nearly 355,360 Medicare prescription drug beneficiaries in Florida, who have saved an average of $987 per beneficiary.
  • Creates Accountable Care Organizations consisting of doctors and other health-care providers who come together to provide coordinated, high-quality care at lower costs to 550,728 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida.
  • Phases out overpayments through the Medicare Advantage system, while requiring Medicare Advantage plans to spend at least 85 percent of Medicare revenue on patient care. Since 2009, Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown by 738,237 to 1,676,049 in Florida while premiums have dropped by 10 percent nationwide.
    After Health Reform: Improved Quality and Accountability to You
  • Provides incentives to hospitals in Medicare to reduce hospital-acquired infections and avoidable readmissions. Creates a collaborative health-safety learning network, the Partnership for Patients, which includes 129 hospitals in Florida, to promote best quality practices. Avoidable readmissions have fallen since 2010, saving 87,000 lives and $20 billion in health care costs, and the rate of one common deadly hospital acquired infection, central-line blood stream infections, fell by 50 percent from 2008 to 2014 nationwide.

We’re not done. Other legislation and executive actions are continuing to advance the cause of effective, accountable and affordable health care.This includes:

Advancing innovative care delivery models and value-based payments in Medicare and Medicaid. The Administration set goals of tying 30 percent of traditional Medicare payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2016 and 50 percent by the end of 2018, and met its 2016 goal 11 months early.

  • Proposals to invest in targeted research and technologies to advance the BRAIN Initiative, Precision Medicine Initiative, and cancer research.
  • A new funding pool for Community Health Centers to build, expand and operate health-care facilities in underserved communities. Health Center grantees in Florida served 1,197,948 patients in 2014 and received $502,975,163 through fiscal year 2015 under the health care law to offer a broader array of primary care services, extend their hours of operations, hire more providers, and renovate or build new clinical spaces.
  • Health provider training opportunities, with an emphasis on primary care, including a significant expansion of the National Health Service Corps. As of September 30, 2015, there were 354 Corps clinicians providing primary care services in Florida, compared to 167 clinicians in 2008.