192 votes by delegates at the Green Party convention on Saturday, July 11 are necessary to win the 2020 nomination
How is that number arrived at?
• Green Party Convention Rules 5-10.1 state that a majority of voting delegates is needed to win the nomination.
• Green Party Convention Rules Article III state that the maximum number of convention delegates will be 400 +/- 2 from states, territories and caucuses, based upon a formula approved by the Green Party National Committee and placed in the GPUS Rules and Procedures.
• The most recent apportionment provides for a maximum number of delegates at 402, based upon Convention Delegates coming from all 50 states, the District of Colombia, four US Territories and Green Party caucuses.
• For 2020, the effective maximum number of convention delegates will be 382, based upon in which states and territories the Green Party is active (as explained below). Here is the breakdown for each state Green Party and Caucus that may send delegates in 2020.
• If all 2020 eligible state Green Parties and Caucuses send their maximum number of delegates, the number of convention votes needed to win the nomination is 192.
• If not all delegates from state Green Parties and Caucuses are in attendance on July 11, the number of delegates needed to win the nomination would go down accordingly.
How is this number of 382 calculated?*
(1) There are currently 48 accredited state Green Parties (including the District of Colombia) and five accredited Green Party Caucuses.
(2) In the three states in which there is no accredited state party – New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota, there is no organized state party seeking accreditation nor is there expected to be before the convention. Therefore no delegates will be sought form these three states via that route based upo Convention Rules 2-3.
(3) In the territories of the island of American Samoa, the island of Guam, the island of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas and Water Island, there is no organized state party seeking accreditation nor is there expected to be before the convention. Therefore no delegates will be sought form these four territories via that route based upon Convention Rules 2-3.
(4) Additionally The March 15 deadline has passed for delegates to come from states and territories in which there is no state Green Party by a one-time state convention process. Therefore no additional delegates will be sought via that route based uponConvention Rules 2-4.
(5) Given #1 through #4 above, delegates from state parties will only come from the currently accredited 48 state Green Parties (including the District of Colombia) and the five accredited Caucuses.
* Information provided by the Credentials Committee of the Green Party of the United States, May 18, 2020