The basics:  ADEM elections are held to elect representatives to the California Democratic Party who vote on party officials, the party platform, endorsements, and other party business.  Elections are held every two years.  This year, elections are happening via mail-in ballot.  Find your district HERE and request your ballot HERE by 11:59PM PST on January 11, 2021.  


The details:  The California Democratic Party (CDP)  Bylaws (Article VI) provide that an Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMS) be held in each of the 80 California Assembly Districts in January of each odd-numbered year to elect 7 “self-identified female” and 7 “other than self-identified female” to be Assembly District Delegates (ADDs) to represent the Assembly District they are registered in. These elections are open to all California Democrats.

Assembly District Delegates (ADD) are responsible for planning and attending informational meetings throughout the region and working with other Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) delegates throughout California to represent their community.  AD Delegates are elected by voters.

AD delegates vote within CA Democratic Party on behalf of the community they represent at CDP Regional Meetings, the California Democratic Party Convention, and those who are also elected to serve as an Executive Board member are responsible for voting and representing their community at the semi-annual E-Board meetings.


Role of Delegates

Together, CADEM Delegates vote and conduct Party business at the yearly State Convention and Executive Board meetings, including:

  • Election of CDP Officers: Chairman, two Vice-Chairs, Secretary and Controller (in odd-numbered years after presidential elections)
  • Election of 16-25 Regional Directors who function as liaisons between the California Democratic Party, County Central Committees, and Democratic Clubs in regions comprised of 3 to 5 Assembly Districts (in odd-numbered years)
  • Vote for the Endorsements of the California Democratic Party for partisan legislative and statewide offices in California
  • Vote for Positions on Ballot Propositions (as needed)
  • Establishment of the official California Democratic State Party Platform (in even-numbered years), and CDP Resolutions


AD Delegates are elected by voters (to participate in the ADEM you MUST be a registered Democrat in that Assembly District, check your district HERE). A deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot is Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST.  All Voters MUST apply for a vote-by-mail ballot.

The vote-by-mail ballot will be mailed to the residential address or the voter’s mailing address that is listed on their voting record. All participants must be verified as a California Democrat registered in the Assembly District before receiving a vote-by-mail ballot. An alternative method to request a vote-by-mail ballot will be included for unhoused individuals in this process.

Ballots will arrive at the voter’s address listed on their voting record between January 6 - 18, 2021. Each ballot shall contain the names of all qualified candidates; Participants can vote for up to 14 candidates. An instruction sheet will be included with the ballot.

Ballots must be received (not postmarked) by January 27, 2021; turn in your ballot as soon as possible!