Precincts are the smallest political units in the country. The Democratic Party is, in large part, made up of several precincts and the delegates that work in them. Precincts are where elections from the local to the national level are won and lost.
What is a Precinct Delegate?
Precinct Delegates are elected local grassroots leaders. They serve as a bridge between voters in their precinct and the Democratic Party. It is the active delegate who helps win elections. Precinct Delegates can be the eyes, ears, and the voices of the Democratic Party. They strengthen the party by being in touch with local Democrats in the areas in which they live.
What do Precinct Delegates do?
An important part of what Precinct Delegates will do is to be active during election seasons and help with get-out-the-vote efforts. Delegates work with Democrats (as well as other voters) in their precincts, furnishing them with information on candidates and ballot issues. They can help with voter registration and to identify other Democrats in their precincts. The Clinton County Democratic Party provides support and resources for Precinct Delegates.
How can I become a Precinct Delegate in Clinton County?
For information on how to become a Precinct Delegate, please email the Clinton County Democratic party at email@example.com, call us at 517-512-9555, or contact our Precinct Delegate Coordinator, Theresa Kidd, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checklist to be a Precinct Delegate:
- You must be a registered voter and reside within the precinct where you seek to become a candidate. All forms mentioned below are available at the Clinton County Clerk’s office or on-line.
- To get your name on the ballot, you must file a notarized “Precinct Delegate – Affidavit of Identity and Receipt of Filing” form with your county clerk’s office no later than 4:00 PM on the twelfth Tuesday before the August Primary (usually in May). This form is available at your county clerk’s office or at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Aff-ID_Precnt_139901_7.pdf.
- If the deadline is missed, you can still be an official candidate by filing two forms with the county clerk’s office by election day. They are: a notarized “Precinct Delegate – Affidavit of Identify” form and a “Write-in Candidate Declaration of Intent – Precinct Delegate” form, available at your county clerk’s office or at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Dec-Int-Prc_152628_7.pdf. Write your name on the official ballot and vote for yourself.
- Democratic voters elect their precinct delegates to two-year terms in August primaries. Only one vote in needed to win if you have no challengers.
For more information, you can download the PRECINCT DELEGATE One Page Informational Flyer (2015) Word document.
There are currently 92 total seats for Delegates in Clinton County, far too many are vacant. For a list of the vacant seats, you can download the Precinct Delegate list file here.