Precinct Delegate FAQ's
What is a precinct?
The precinct is the smallest political unit in the country and all voters in a precinct vote at one location. The precinct is where elections are won or lost. It is your neighborhood. You know the people and you know what issues are most important to them.
What is a Precinct Delegate?
The role of a precinct delegate is one of the most important yet least understood of any elected office. Precinct delegates serve as a bridge between the Republicans in your neighborhood and the Republican Party. It is the active precinct delegate who wins elections for the Republican Party.
What are the official duties of a Precinct Delegate?
Officially, you are running to be a "Delegate to the County Convention", meaning you will vote at all County Conventions called during your two-year term.
You will be notified by First Class mail of the date, location, and purpose of these conventions through the official "Call to Convention. Aside from being a delegate, you can help Republicans in your precinct by contacting neighbors and getting them to show up to the polls on Election Day.
What other functions do Precinct Delegates have?
Precinct delegates are the campaign leaders for the Republican Party in their precinct. Besides attending County Conventions, precincts delegates:
Help Republicans register to vote.
Take information on issues and candidates to the voters in your precinct.
Identify other Republicans, and recruit new party members.
Help turn out the Republican vote in your neighborhood on Election Day.
Keep Republican leaders informed about the issues that concern voters.
What kind of things are voted on during a County Convention?
Precinct Delegates help elect the leadership team (Executive Committee) for the Livingston County Republican Party.
District or County Conventions will also elect delegates to attend the state conventions where delegates then get to nominate Republican candidates for the Michigan Supreme Court, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Board of Education, University Boards, and presidential electors.
How do you file to become a Precinct Delegate?
Find out your precinct number.
Fill out and file an Affidavit of Identity with the Livingston County Clerk's office no later than 4:00 pm on the twelfth Tuesday before the August Primary Election, in May. Your Affidavit of Identity must be notarized.
When is the Election for Precinct Delegates?
The election for Precinct Delegates happens on the August Primary ballot every other year.
The next election for Precinct Delegates will be on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
If I miss the August Election am I out of luck?
No. The Livingston County Republican Party Convention Rules allow sitting delegates to appoint individuals to open Precinct Delegate positions at the end of each County Convention.
To qualify, you must be nominated by a sitting Livingston County Republican Precinct Delegate.
Contact us at Info@LivingstonRepublicans.com if you are interested in an appointement.
Who will vote for me?
Only those voting in the Republican Primary during the August election in your precinct will vote for you. There is no cross-ballot voting in the primary, meaning if they vote they either vote solely the Republican side of the ballot, or solely on the Democratic side.
Will my name appear on the ballot?
Yes. Your name will appear on the Republican side of the ballot at the bottom.
Do I need to file any campaign finance reports for my Precinct Delegate race?
NO! Precinct Delegate candidates are NOT required to file disclosure forms or campaign finance compliance statements.
What if there are more people running than spots available?
The person(s) with the highest vote total will be elected.
How will I know if I won?
Each election cycle there will a County Convention with weeks of the August Election. It is important that you watch the Livingston County Clerk's website for election results!
You will also receive an official notice in the mail from the Livingston County Clerk identifying you as the winner. You can also contact the LCRP begninng the day after the election.
How long is my term as a Precinct Delegate?
Your term as a precinct delegate is two years. It begins the day you are elected and will end the day of the August primary in two years.
If you are appointed during a County Convention, your term will begin immediately once the County Convention has adjourned.
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Before turning in your Affidavit of Identity form into your local county clerk’s office, you must have it notarized. Contact us at Info@LivingstonRepublicans.com for help getting your form notarized.