Charlie Rodríguez

Chairman of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Democratic Party Charlie Rodríguez informed that the local affiliate approved the rules to select its 64 delegates. (Eric Rojas)

The Chairman of the Puerto Rico Chapter of the Democratic Party, Charlie Rodríguez announced the approval of the delegate selection plan for the next Democratic National Convention, an event in which the delegates will choose the party's nominees for President and Vice President for the 2020 general election.

The meeting will be held from July 13 to 16, 2020, at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In a press release, Rodríguez informed that the final version of the plan was approved unanimously by the members of the Executive Committee. He also described the process carried out to adopt the delegate selection plan as "comprehensive, participatory and transparent".

The former Senate President said that the plan was published on the web for a 30-day period prior to its adoption, allowing scrutiny and comment by the public, and was distributed to all local democratic leaders.

"We received several comments and recommendations for amendments to the plan that were evaluated and adopted by the Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Puerto Rico," Rodríguez indicated.

As part of the announcement, Rodríguez underlined that Puerto Rico will have 64 delegates at the Democratic National Convention, more delegates that 24 States of the Union. To date, the Democratic presidential primary is set by law to take place on June 7, 2020.

However, Rodríguez pointed out that he is proposing that the Democratic primary take place earlier, in March 2020.

"Advancing the primary, coupled with the significant number of delegates from Puerto Rico, will increase our political influence and power in the process of selecting the candidate for President to head the 2020 Democratic ticket," he insisted.

Rodríguez urged anyone who wants to be a delegate to the Democratic National Convention to participate in the selection process -that will begin in January 2020- by filing an application to become a delegate committed or uncommitted with a presidential candidate. Forms will be available at least 90 days prior to the Democratic presidential primary.

The Chairman of the local Democratic Party said that an outreach and inclusive program to publicize and promote the delegate selection plan will be implemented to ensure that the island delegates are representative of Puerto Rico. "We want to promote the participation of women, young people, seniors, members of the LGBTT community, veterans and labor in the selection of delegates."

For Rodríguez, the participation of Puerto Ricans in the presidential primaries "brings us closer to political equality with the United States and the achievement of statehood".

Due to the colonial situation of the island, Puerto Ricans vote in the presidential primary and participate in the convention, but can not vote in the U.S. general election.

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