Become a Precinct Delegate: 1-2-3

Step 1: Find Your Precinct

Check your voter registration card to identify which municipality (city or township), ward (# – only in some large cities), and precinct (#) you reside in.

You can also search the Secretary of State website for this information.

Step 2: Complete the Affidavit of Identity

Find the affidavit at the link below.  Complete all fields on the affidavit, but hold signature.  Sign the affidavit in the presence of a notary.  A notary can be found at most local banks.  Make a copy of the affidavit.  File the original copy with the county clerk: submit via mail or in-person.

 

Filing Deadline for Next Election: May 3, 2022
 
IMPORTANT!  Reduce the chances of having a contestant in your precinct, by submitting the affidavit just prior to the filing deadline.  Also, don’t forget to ask the clerk if any other affidavits have been filed by someone in your precinct.

Step 3: Campaign

When there are more precinct delegate contestants than allotted seats in your precinct, put together a simple letter asking your neighbors for their vote in the upcoming primary election.
 
IMPORTANT!  It is ILLEGAL for anyone other than the postal service to place letters in mailboxes!  Hand deliver letters to your neighbors or tuck them into front doors.  Distribute campaign literature approximately one week prior to the election, so your name is fresh in the voters’ minds.  Take this opportunity to promote other candidates on the ballot as well!
Elevation to Vacant Seats

County political parties may hold a vote at county conventions to elevate precinct delegates to fill vacant seats.

If your precinct is vacant, notify your county party that you are interested in being elevated at the next county convention.  A majority vote is required to approve elevation.
 
NOTE:  If there are no remaining conventions in the current 2-year term, it is better to wait until the next August primary election.  In the meanwhile, nothing stops you from engaging in community outreach and getting to know the local county party!