There are a lot of ways you can get involved. We're looking for people who are interested in working together to improve our community.
Please consider becoming a precinct delegate. What is a Precinct Delegate?
Become a Precinct Delegate!
What is a Precinct Delegate?
Precinct Delegates are the grassroots organizing element of the
Democratic Party. Delegates are elected every two years at the State
Primary in August. Activities continue throughout each two year
election cycle. Want to learn more? Contact an officer of the Van Buren County
Dems, or attend our next meeting.
"All politics is local!"
-Tip O'Neil, US Speaker of the House, 1977-1987
What is a precinct?
The precinct is the smallest political unit in the country 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 issue are most
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
Precinct delegates are elected directly by the voters of each local voting precinct
to serve as a bridge between voters and the Democratic organization itself. As a
precinct delegate, you represent the Democratic Party in your neighborhood and
you represent your neighborhood at Democratic Party meetings.
As a Precinct Delegate, you should:
- Vote at Democratic Party State, County, and Congressional District conventions.
- Help Democrats get registered 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.
How do Precinct Delegates get elected?
Precinct delegates are elected in the August Democratic Primary.
Only Democratic voters will choose Democratic precinct delegates by
selecting a Democratic Party ballot. Republicans choose their precinct delegates
by voting a Republican Party ballot.
Each precinct is allotted a number of precinct delegates based on past
Democratic voting strength. Your district or county chair will be able to tell you
how many delegate positions have been allocated to your precinct.
Precinct delegate candidates file an Affidavit of Identity for ballot access. Your
Affidavit of Identity must be notarized.
Candidates for precinct delegate must file their Affidavit of Identity form with the
County Clerk by mail or in person. The filing deadline for precinct
delegate candidates falls on the thirteenth Tuesday prior to the August primary.
A precinct delegate can now be elected with just
one vote. (Formerly a precinct delegate needed a three-vote minimum.)
Careful Review of Filings Urged: It is important to carefully review your
precinct delegate filing to confirm that the filer has accurately identified his or
her precinct of residence on the Affidavit of Identity form. Precinct delegate
candidates who do not accurately identify their precinct of residence on the form
will not be processed. Such errors can be corrected by the filer through the
submission of a notarized statement anytime prior to the precinct delegate filing
What are their responsibilities?
They are the campaign leaders for the Democratic Party in their precincts. After
the primary, those elected will be officially notified by the county clerk by mail.
The notification will include the time and place of the district or county
Precinct delegates should take their official notification to the district or county
convention to register with the convention credentials committee.
District or county conventions will elect delegates to the state convention. These
conventions may also debate or adopt resolutions for recommendation to the
state convention's platform committee.
The state convention will debate and adopt a platform, nominate candidates for
Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Supreme Court Justices,
State Board or Education, and university boards.
Checklist to Become a Precinct Delegate:
- Obtain a precinct map from the county, city, or township clerk's office.
- Find out the number of Democratic precinct delegate vacancies in your precinct.
- Your Affidavit of Identity must be notarized.
- File your Affidavit of Identity with your county clerk.
- Find out how many candidates have filed for precinct delegate in your precinct.
- If you have opposition, contact your neighbors, friends, and family that reside in your precinct and ask for their support.
Don't sit on the sidelines; run for Precinct Delegate and be a part of the political solution.
Run for Office
What better way to ensure that every person has a shot at the American dream. It means making a college education affordable for every student who wants one, fixing our crumbling roads and bridges, and building an economy that works for everyone — not just those at the top.
In order to make that happen, we need strong Democratic leaders in every corner of the country and at every level of government, from the state house to the White House. Real change begins at the bottom and there are many local offices that where everyday people like you can make a difference.
If you're interested please try to attend one of the meetings or contact us. We'd love to hear from you!