Why should I become a precinct delegate?
Precinct delegates (PD) are voting members of the Republican Party. If you want to affect the Republican Party you’ll need to be a voting member of the party. PD’s are the only individuals eligible to vote for leadership positions in the local county party or the Michigan State Republican Party.
It is the leadership of the county and the state party which sets the direction of the Republican Party. Therefore, if you want to participate in the direction of the Republican Party, you need to vote for good leaders, and you do this by becoming a precinct delegate. In addition to selecting party leadership, PD’s choose the Republican nominee for some very important positions. These positions include; Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Board of Education, University Trustees and Regents, and Supreme Court Justices.
Many citizens do not realize that nominees for these positions are selected by delegates attending a State Republican Party convention. The general electorate does not get a say in selecting these Republican nominees, only precinct delegates attending a State Convention are eligible to vote.
How do I become a precinct delegate?
Precinct delegates are elected positions, which are elected during the August primary election. In 2020 the primary will be held on August 4, 2020.
After filling out the proper paperwork your name will appear on the ballot. Voters living in the precinct where you reside (and vote) are the only citizens who can vote for you as a PD. The number of voters residing in a precinct varies usually ranges between 1000 and 2999 voters.
What are the duties of a precinct delegate?
At a minimum, it is the duty of a precinct delegate to attend the County Convention and cast your vote. If you want to affect the direction of the Republican Party you’ll need to attend the local conventions of the Republican Party in your county. Generally, there are two or three conventions per election cycle. Most counties, including Livingston, conduct their conventions in the evening. It is at the County Convention where local party elections are conducted. At a typical county convention, PD’s will:
1. Vote for the leadership for the local county Republican Party; and/or
2. Vote for PD’s to attend the State Convention. PD’s selected to attend State Convention will have the opportunity to vote for the Republican nominees for Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Board of Education, University Trustees and Regents, and Supreme Court Justices.
Note: Each county will hold its county convention about two to three weeks after the August 4, 2020 primary. Every county will hold its convention on the same night. If you win your election for PD you will be notified by mail as to the date and the location of your specific county convention. We will also post the date of the county conventions on our website when it becomes available. The State Convention is held about two weeks after the county conventions.
How to get your name on the ballot as a Precinct Delegate.
To become elected as a Republican precinct delegate you must complete a form called a “Precinct Delegate - Affidavit of Identity and Receipt of Filing.”
Completing and returning this form places your name on the ballot. All precinct delegates will be elected during the August 4, 2020 primary election. The link below takes you to the form you need to fill out.
Before turning in or mailing the form into your local county clerk’s office, you must have your Affidavit of Identity notarized.
What precinct does the voter live in?
Many people do not know what voting precinct they live in. This information will be needed to fill out your Affidavit of Identity. You can find your precinct information on your voter registration card; however, if you do not have access to your voter registration card you can find your precinct number by using the Michigan Voter Information Center found at: https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/.