Precinct Delegates — Grassroots of the Democratic Party
What is a precinct?
A precinct is the smallest political unit in the county, and all voters in a precinct vote at one location. The precinct is where elections are won and lost. It is your neighborhood. You know the people, and you know what issues are important to them.
What is a Precinct Delegate?
The role of a precinct delegate is one of the most important yet least understood of any elected office. It is the active precinct delegate who wins elections for the Democratic Party. Precinct delegates are elected directly by the voters of each precinct to serve as a bridge between voters and the Democratic Party in your neighborhood and you represent your neighborhood at Democratic Party meetings.
What do Precinct Delegates do?
· Help Democrats register to vote.
· Take information on issues and candidates to the voters in your precinct.
· Identify other democrats, and recruit new Party members.
· Help turn out the Democratic vote in your neighborhood on Election Day.
· Keep Democratic leaders informed about the issues that concern voters.
· Attend and vote at Democratic Party conventions.
How are Precinct Delegates elected?
Precinct delegates are elected in the Democratic primary every 2 years in August. Only Democratic voters choose Democratic precinct delegates.
Precinct delegate candidates file a notarized Affidavit of Identity to get on the ballot. A precinct delegate candidate can file with the clerk of their county, city, or township of residence. The filing deadline for precinct delegate candidates falls on the twelfth Tuesday prior to the August primary. A precinct delegate can be elected with just one vote.
The Kent County Democratic Party is here to help. Let us know if you need information or assistance. By working together we can deliver Michigan for the Democratic ticket.
Don’t sit on the sidelines — run for Precinct Delegate and be a part of the political solution.
The deadline to file to be a precinct delgate is 4pm Tuesday, May 15th. You must file at your city, township or county clerk. Call Democratic HQ for more information @ 616-406-1573