How can I get active and involved in the DPBC?

Voting in elections is the most important, but the ways of getting involved in the DPBC are limitless. Subscribing to the DPBC’s newsletters and checking our Events Calendar to find local events for you to join is a good start.

Many events involve your Precinct and Ward, which you can find on the DPBC’s Precinct and Ward map. Right click your precinct to learn who your chairs are and how to contact them with your ideas.

Also, volunteering and donating ensures a strong DPBC. It’s your party. Your participation and leadership is essential to our success. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to let us know how you can most effectively participate. Together, we’ll make that happen

What are Precincts and Wards? What are they for?

Precincts are your community. Drawn by the County Clerk and Secretary of State based on census tracts, precincts are sections of the county of roughly equal populations. Precincts are the foundational areas of our democracy. They are the basis of electoral democracy, from municipal to national representation.

The DPBC and DPNM draw wards by organizing and grouping multiple precincts into a manageable organization. In Bernalillo County, wards are comprised of roughly five precincts, but that varies. Bernalillo County has 487 precincts organized into 75 wards.

In the DPBC, each ward and precinct has a chair who represents and coordinate the voters within their area. Some chairs have vice-chairs, and they coordinate with block captains and neighborhood activists to ensure that everyone within their areas has an active role in our democracy.

Neighborhoods sometimes overlap precincts and wards, so get to know your surrounding precincts and wards. After the next census, the precinct and ward boundaries may change, which makes knowing your neighborhood and community is all the more important.

Who are Precinct and Ward Chairs? What do they do?

Precinct and ward chairs are your grassroots representatives and coordinators in the DPBC. They represent our neighborhoods and communities. They are your representatives in the Democratic Party. Many become delegates at conventions, voting for candidates, resolutions, rules, and policies on your behalf. Ultimately, they serve you.

In the DPBC, each precinct and ward chair is elected by registered Democrats like you in the Spring of odd-numbered years to prepare for general elections is even-numbered years. Get to know them. They work for you.

Some chairs have vice-chairs. With the help of community activists like you, they coordinate with block captains and neighborhood activists to ensure that everyone within their areas has a voice and role in our democracy. Together, we are the muscle and backbone of the DPBC. The precinct and ward chairs need your help in reaching and organizing your neighbors. You elect them to serve you and they need your help in getting the Democratic Party elected and ensuring that our values are represented in government.

What's “Appendix A Voting” and how does it work?

In general elections with a single position to fill, the candidate with the most votes wins. In party races, however, multiple positions may need to be filled by multiple candidates, some of whom may be elected and others not. Appendix A voting is ideal when lots of candidates are running for multiple positions within a race. Appendix A eliminates the possibility of one person getting several times as many votes as they need to be elected with many others not getting any votes at all. 

For example, this occurs when numerous but limited delegate positions are available for a convention and we have more candidates than positions. Appendix A voting considers the number of positions to be filled and the number of votes cast. Then, each candidate must reach a quota number of votes to be elected. To determine the quota, we calculate

Votes / (Positions + 1) = Quota

in which the quota is rounded up to the higher whole number. Candidates need to reach the quota number of votes before they’re elected.

Because voters elect multiple candidates, they also vote for multiple candidates. Voters fill out multi-lined ballots, prioritizing their selections. Their first choice should be first, their second choice should be on line two, and so on.

When tallying results, ballots are drawn and counted randomly, with each being numbered so that the sequence can be done again if needed.

A candidate listed first on a ballot drawn late in tally may already have achieved quota and been declared elected. In that case, the candidate on the second line of the ballot gets the vote. If the second choice candidate has also been declared elected, the candidate on the third line gets the vote.

Only one vote gets recorded for each ballot.