2020 State Convention FAQ

Due to the public health risks caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the DPW’s Administrative Committee has decided to limit State Convention to a one-day, virtual convention, to be held on the evening of Friday, June 12th. See below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding these changes.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is still included in the virtual State Convention program?
A: The virtual 2020 State Convention will include a condensed program including limited reports and speeches and the election of Wisconsin’s DNC members for a four-year term. Unfortunately, an extensive speaking program and other traditional party business like caucus meetings, platform and resolutions debate, consideration of constitutional changes, and hospitality suites, are all postponed until the 2021 State Convention in Green Bay.

Q: Do I still have to pay to attend the State Convention?
A: No. Due to the virtual nature of the event, DPW is not collecting registration fees to this year’s State Convention. With that said, folks who attend Convention as delegates or alternates must ensure they are members in good standing. Party membership dues can be paid online here, and are good for a full year.

To check your membership status, please reach out to your local County Party Chair or email stateconvention@wisdems.org.

Q: What if I already bought a ticket to State Convention? Can I get my money back?
A: Yes. While all State Convention registration fees will now automatically be put to use for our campaign efforts for November, you can request a refund if you’ve already paid your convention fee. To request a refund please email stateconvention@wisdems.org.

Q: The Party’s platform and resolutions are up for approval this year. What happens now that the debate and voting for the platform and resolutions has been removed from this year’s Convention schedule?
A: The Party’s platform and resolutions will carry over from previous years, and approval of an updated DPW Platform will be added to next year’s state convention.

Q: How do I become a delegate to State Convention?
A: Delegates to State Convention will still be chosen by their county parties. Individuals interested in requesting to be a delegate to this year’s State Convention can fill out the 2020 Delegate Request Form, linked here, before 5pm on May 15th. All applications will be sent to County Parties for final determination. County parties have until Friday, May 22nd to submit delegate to DPW. Delegates are also required to be DPW party members before 5pm on Friday, May 29th.

Q: Who is considered an automatic delegate to State Convention?
A: Per DPW’s Bylaws, the following individuals are automatic delegates to the DPW State Convention: “Each county chairperson, administrative committee member, U.S. Congressperson, U.S. Senator, State constitutional officer, and state legislator.”

Q: Can I watch the virtual State Convention if I am not selected to be a delegate?
A: Yes, if you do not become a delegate to the state convention, you can still sign up to watch the convention as a guest. More information will be released soon on guest registration.

Q: Will DPW caucuses be holding meetings during Convention as well?
A: No. Due to the limited, virtual nature of this year’s Convention, caucus meetings will not be hosted as a part of the official Convention schedule. DPW’s constituency caucuses may still choose to schedule their own virtual meetings outside of the official state convention schedule.


Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we work to convene DPW’s first-ever virtual Convention! Your cooperation will ensure this year’s State Convention remains in accordance with the most up-to-date guidance from our public health officials and will help to preserve the health and safety of our party members and our state’s population. If you have remaining questions, you can email stateconvention@wisdems.org.

Paid for by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Ben Wikler, Chair