What is a Precinct?
A precinct is the smallest political unit in the country. It is your neighborhood. You know the people and you know what issues are the most important. The precinct level is where politics most impacts you and where you can make the biggest difference in your life and for your community.
Contact for questions:
The leaders of our Precinct Delegate team are Lori Brickman and Judy Pelto. You can reach them at PDteam@gtdems.org.
What does a Precinct Delegate do?
The role of the precinct delegate is to serve as the bridge between voters and the Democratic Party. As a delegate you will:
Help Democrats get registered to vote.
Convey information on issues and candidates to the voters in your precinct.
Identify other Democrats in your neighborhood and recruit new Democratic Party members.
Organize neighborhood volunteers to work on behalf of Democratic candidates (this includes door-to-door, phone and email canvassing and events).
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?
An individual who wishes to seek a precinct delegate position must be a qualified and registered voter residing in the election precinct that he or she desires to serve. You must file an Affidavit of Identity with the Grand Traverse County Clerk’s Office by the deadline -- May 5, 2020 -- and your name will then appear on the August primary ballot. The Clerk’s office is located in the Government Center at 400 Boardman Ave., Traverse City. The County Clerk will notify those elected by mail.
Delegates are elected in the Democratic primary every two years in August. Only Democratic voters choose their delegates. Each precinct is allotted a specific number of precinct delegates based on past Democratic voting strength.
Are Precinct Delegates members of the Executive Board?
Precinct Delegates are voting board members of the Grand Traverse County Democratic Party and are members of the Executive Board. They may attend monthly meetings of the Executive Board and participate in the decision-making processes of the Board.
How Can I Learn More about Precinct Delegates?
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a precinct delegate, contact Judy Pelto or Lori Brickman, co-chairs of the Precinct Delegate team, at . They can answer your questions and help guide you through the process.