What is a Precinct Delegate?
The role of Precinct Delegate is extremely important and is as "grassroots" as you can get. PrecinctDelegates are elected by that precinct's voters to serve as a liaison between voters and the Democrat or Republican Party in your neighborhood.
What is a Precinct?
The precinct is the smallest political unit in the country and it is where elections are won or lost. All voters ina precinct vote at one location. It is your neighborhood, where you know the people and the issues most important to them.
What do Precinct Delegates do?
As a grassroots leader for your party in your precinct, a Precinct Delegate might:
1. Help people get registered to vote; take information on issues and candidates to voters
2. Identify and recruit others interested in your party
3. Help turn out your party's vote in your neighborhood on Election Day; or inform party leaders about theissues that concern voters.Precinct Delegates also attend the local party's county/district convention from which delegates to the state convention are elected. The state convention in September will debate and adopt a state platform, nominate candidates for Supreme Court Justices, State Board of Education and university boards, and presidential electors. Late in the year and early the following year, Precinct Delegates attend county/district conventions to elect executive committees and officers to serve through the following election. There they will also elect delegates to the February state convention where new state party officers and a new State Central Committeewill be chosen to serve through the next two years.
How do Precinct Delegates get elected?
Precinct Delegates are elected by their Party in the August Primary. Your party's County Chair or DistrictChair will be able to tell you how many delegate positions have been allocated to your precinct based on past party vote strength. Precinct Delegate candidates need to file a completed and notarized Affidavit of Identityform with your county, city or township clerk to get on the ballot. 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.
Checklist to Become a Precinct Delegate
1. Obtain a precinct map from your local clerk's office.
2. Find out the number of party Precinct Delegate vacancies in your precinct.
3. File your notarized Affidavit of Identity with your county, city or township clerk by 4PM, on the twelfthTuesday prior to the August Primary. Find out how many delegates have filed in your precinct for Precinct Delegate.
4. If you have opposition, contact your neighbors, friends and family that reside in your precinct and ask for their support. Primary election day is the second Tuesday in August. Remember to vote.
5. Get involved in your local party immediately. Keep the party informed about what your neighbors are talking about and keep your neighbors informed about what elected party members are doing for them.