THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL convention will be held July 26-29 in Boston, Mass. Delegates selected in the state primaries and caucuses will meet to vote for the party's nominee.

Although he is running unopposed, George Bush won't become the party's official nominee until the Republican National Convention scheduled for Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in New York City. Both parties also use the conventions as an opportunity to develop their platforms for the upcoming race.16

Delegates serve a function similar to national electors, but the number of delegates awarded to each state is based on a complex calculation that rewards states that have shown strong support for the party in the last three elections and have a lot of potential electors.17