2019 National Convention

Save the date! Our 2019 DSA National Convention will be held August 2nd-4th in Atlanta, Georgia.

The national office will include general interest convention updates in the monthly Dispatch and in occasional member emails. If you are a DSA member in good standing, and want to receive more frequent and detailed National Convention update emails, you can opt-in for those here.


Table of Contents

Updated Convention Rules

Please read the convention rules passed at the April 2019 National Political Committee meeting or view the slideshow we shared on a national zoom call and presented at the preconvention conferences.

Registration, Housing and Travel

Information about rates and how to make arrangements for attending the Convention is here.

Scholarship and Travel Share Waiver FAQ (updated 6/21)

You can find a scholarship and travel share waiver FAQ, including deadlines, the scholarship application, and scholarship distribution process information here.

At-Large Delegate Elections

Voting for at-large delegated ended 6/2. Elected delegates were notified by email on 6/7. More information, including the results and voting process, is available here. The candidate nomination period closed May 10.

National Political Committee (NPC) Elections for 2019-2021

The nomination period for NPC candidates ended June 16th.

We will hold three NPC candidate forums on Zoom. Each call will feature a different group of candidates. Members will receive a form to submit questions in advance. Each call will be two hours long. These calls will be recorded. You can RSVP at the links below:

You can find a description of NPC member responsibilities here and more info about the NPC election here.

Apportionment Ratio

In 2019, chapters will be able to send one delegate to the national convention per every 51 members in good standing. The NPC has apportioned 100 at-large delegate seats for members who are not in a chapter. At-large members and members of Organizing Committees are eligible to run for one of the 100 at-large delegate seats.

Postponing the DSA Political Platform Process

At their April 2019 meeting, the NPC decided to postpone development of a political platform and instead propose to the 2019 convention a resolution calling for a two-year long process to develop a political platform for DSA to debate and adopt at our 2021 convention. You can read more details here.

Important Dates 

By June 23 Locals must report convention delegate election results to national DSA, including delegate contact information and requests for full or partial relief from travel share requirements
By June 23 Compendium of proposed resolutions and constitutional/bylaws amendments released
June 23
Any member or group of DSA members in good standing may submit amendments to proposed resolutions and Constitutional and Bylaws changes through July 9
June 23 Scholarship application deadline
June 30
NPC candidates Zoom forum
July 1 All registration and hotel booking closes
July 7 NPC candidates Zoom forum
July 9 Deadline to submit amendments to proposed resolutions and Constitutional and Bylaws changes
July 12 Deadline for National DSA to send a temporary roster of delegates and alternates to delegates, alternates, locals, national commissions and DSA officers
July 14
NPC candidates Zoom forum
July 19 Deadline for challenges to the credentials of any delegate or alternate to be submitted to national DSA
By July 26 Final convention program released
Passed Deadlines for Reference

February 1 Delegate apportionment ratio was decided, with a target number of 1,000 delegates
By March 1 National DSA sent a call for at-large delegates
March 1 – May 10 Nominations for At-Large Delegates
March 2 – May 2 Any member or group of DSA members in good standing could propose changes to the DSA national constitution or bylaws through May 2
By April 2 National DSA informed locals of the number of delegates apportioned to them
April 2 – June 2 Any member or group of DSA members in good standing could propose political or organizational resolutions through June 2
May 12 – June 2 National DSA held at-large delegate elections, through June 2
April 2 – June 16 NPC nomination period. Deadline for NPC nominees to  complete candidate questionnaire was June 16
April 2 – June 18 Locals elect delegates and alternate delegates, through June 18
June 18 Deadline for chapter delegate and alternate delegate elections
June 20 Early Bird registration deadline


Other Logistics

We will have an accessibility committee, travel scholarships, and child watch. More info coming soon!