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ADEMs? What the heck are those on my social feeds?

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

Assembly District Election Meetings. You may have seen posts floating around in your social media feeds about “ADEM,” and perhaps even seen candidates asking for your vote. But what is it and why does it even matter? Read on to find out! Knowledge is power!

What is ADEM?

ADEM stands for “Assembly District Election Meetings,” and refers to meetings held by the California Democratic Party, in each of California’s 80 assembly districts, during the month of January in every odd-numbered year (ie: 2021).

What is the purpose of these meetings?

ADEMs are required by the California Democratic Party’s bylaws in an effort to elect fourteen Assembly District Delegates from each Assembly District, seven of which must be self-identified female” and the other seven of which must be “other than self-identified female.”

What does an Assembly District Delegate do?

An Assembly District Delegate (AD Delegate) represents their community by participating in and voting at California Democratic Party (CDP) Regional Meetings and the statewide Convention. According to the ADEM website, AD Delegates also:

  • Elect CDP officers;

  • Elect Regional Directors, who serve as liaisons between the CDP and local affiliates;

  • Vote on official CDP endorsements; and

  • Establish the official Platform for the CDP.

Who may vote for AD Delegates?

Any voter registered as a Democrat in their Assembly District may participate in the AD Delegate election, however, they must pre-register online at, or by calling 916-442-5707. Voting by mail may be done by requesting a ballot before January 11, 2021.

Who Is Running to Serve this Year?

For more information on folx competing in your State Assembly District, visit If you’re unsure of your State Assembly District, you can first visit

aaaand there you have it!

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