If you voted in the Democratic Presidential Primary on February 27 (like almost 10,000 from our county did), then you completed this first step.
Step Two: Attend Precinct Reorganization on March 12
Every election year, our county party elects new officers at the precinct level, as well as county delegates and alternates. This year's Precinct Reorganization meeting is for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 (click HERE to get the locations and other details.) Usually, just by attending, you can be elected a county delegate or alternate delegate.
Step Three: Attend the County Convention on March 19
This biennial county convention is where we elect officers of the Dorchester County Democratic Party. This takes place at 10 a.m. that Saturday at the Ridgeville Town Hall (105 School Street). We also select state delegates (we usually have about 50 total - a different number from the top and bottom halves of the county - we'll have the exact number soon).
Step Four: Announce Your Campaign!
Once you know you're a state delegate, you can fill out a "notice of candidacy" form with the state Democratic Party. (Access that form HERE.) You must complete and submit that form to SCDP no later than 5 p.m. on April 4. You will declare a presidential candidate you support and will represent at the convention, too.
Please know that the party must maintain diversity in its delegates - minorities, LGBT, under 30, seniors, disabled, and veterans. If you meet one of these categories, you could have a better chance of getting elected.
Step Five: Get Elected at the State Convention!
This year's South Carolina Democratic Party convention is in Columbia on April 30. That's where the elections for national delegate take place.
Congressional District delegate is the most common type, and you get elected by others who are from your same district, and who support the same presidential candidate. Our county is in two different Congressional Districts (lower half is in District 1, and the upper half is in Jim Clyburn's District 6). From all of District 1, Clinton has 3 delegates and Sanders has 2. From District 6, Clinton has 7 and Sanders has 1.
By the way, no Congressional District can be represented by delegates from only one county. That's to our advantage here in Dorchester, and improves your odds of being elected.
There are also "at-large" delegates who are elected from all the congressional districts (8 for Clinton, 3 for Sanders), and "PLEO" (party leader or elected official) delegates (5 Clinton, 2 Sanders).