Action Phase 1: Discovery
Get to Know Your Precinct
Determine which precinct you live in. Your voter registration card identifies which municipality (city or township), ward (# – only in some large cities), and precinct (#) you live in.
This information can also be found on the Secretary of State website. Search by name or driver’s license and date of birth.
Obtain a precinct map. Your local clerk can provide this to you – sometimes the map is available on the city or township website. Many precinct maps can be found on your county page. The map will illustrate the boundaries of your precinct.
Drive around your precinct. Take in the characteristics of your precinct. Note which areas are industrial, commercial, farmland or residential. Pay attention to the kinds of homes in your area – single-family, multi-family or communities with restricted access. Look for growth – new homes, subdivisions or businesses. All of this information will be useful to you as a precinct delegate, as well as local candidates, while you plan for election activities.
Find out who your precinct delegate is. On your county page, scroll down to the precinct delegates expandable toggle, and search in the precinct delegate list by township and precinct #.
Are there vacant seats in your precinct? It is unlikely that you will have to campaign…you only need one vote to be elected – your own!
Are there precinct delegates elected in your precinct? Try to get in touch with them via phone, email or social media. Introduce yourself as one of the neighbors they represent! Ask them (A) what their experience has been (B) what they think of current party leadership, elected officials and various political issues (C) if they need help with anything. You will learn quickly whether or not they need to be replaced or assisted!
Get to Know Your Elected Officials
Every elected official has some control over your life and the lives of those in your neighborhood – from the federal government down to the local school board. They are all “public servants” and must be held accountable by We the People for things they’ve done AND failed to do.
Make a contact list of everyone who represents you. Educate yourself on what their duties are, what committees they serve on, and who they have the power to appoint. On your county page, find federal and state district maps, local government websites and lists of county and statewide government officials with contact info.
Executive: President, Vice President
Legislative: Senators, Representatives
Executive: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General
Legislative: Senators, Representatives
Judiciary: Supreme Court Judges, Court of Appeals, Trial Court, District Court, Probate Court
Education: Board of Education, University Boards (WSU, UOM, MSU)
Executive: Clerk, Register of Deeds, Treasurer, Sheriff, Prosecutor, Drain Commissioner, Road Commissioner, County Commissioners
Education: Community College Board Members
LOCAL (CITY or TOWNSHIP)
Executive: City Mayor or Township Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, City Council Members or Township Trustees
Education: School Board Members
Investigate. Check their social media posts. Look up their voting records. Review the minutes from government meetings. Note any significant actions taken that you either agree or disagree with.
Attend the meetings. The county board of commissioners, city council, township board of trustees and school board usually meets on a monthly basis. These meetings are open to the public and notice of meetings must be posted in a readily visible public space. Mark your calendar. Be there. Bring a friend. They are not expecting you. Listen and learn. Make public comment when needed.
Get to Know Your Local Party
On your county page, find the link to the County GOP site (if it exists), the complete list of elected precinct delegates and a list of County Executive Committee members with contact info.
Investigate. Locate the party office. Sign up for the party newsletter, if it exists. Check the social media posts of party committee members. Review the agendas and minutes for committee meetings. Note any significant actions taken that you either agree or disagree with.
Read the bylaws and rules. All party committees are governed by a set of bylaws. Understanding these is key to knowing how to implement change. Some local parties post these bylaws online, while others provide them by request only.
Attend the meetings. The County Executive Committee usually meets on a monthly basis. Mark your calendar. Be there. Bring a friend. They are not expecting you. Listen and learn.
REMEMBER: Many local GOP committees are controlled by RINOs. They DO NOT want America First patriots involved. If they get wind that you are interested in becoming a precinct delegate, and you are considered a threat to the status quo, they will actively recruit and campaign against you.
Get to Know Local Grassroots Patriots
These are the folks you will need to join forces with if you have a county party to restore! Find them at party meetings, campaign events and rallies. Network with them on social media.
Work with them to form an America First team in your county – a powerful group of constitutional, conservative activists that can stand up to the corruption and big money of dirty politicians.